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Comment Re:Content Creators Need to Assert Control (Score 1) 254

You've got the analogue conversion problem their for everything but interactive media. People can just record the clear text version on their display device.

You've got the key and lock problem for interactive media (that doesn't do a significant chunk of its processing server side and only send the results), ie you're trying to stop someone from accessing the content (making a copy) who you want to be able access the content (viewing it).

Encryption is great for stopping copying by intermediaries but as for stopping copying by the receiving party, the strength of the encryption is irrelevant (they have the key), you have to instead rely on the strength of your obfuscation of the key (and perhaps the encryption methodology).

Comment Re:Setup your own DNS server and point his PC at i (Score 1) 254

Or he's figuring that if enough people regard a law as illegitimate and refuse to obey it (or aren't aware of it and its not intuitively obvious) , it becomes unenforceable whether or not they all deliberately try to get caught (like what happened with the Prohibition, where instead of stopping alcohol sales it created an impressive criminal market because people weren't impressed by the law).

Pretty much every English-as-a-first-language person on the planet is guilty of infringing on Happy Birthday, see how well the enforcement campaign on that one would go over.

Comment Re:College does not tech the right skills and to m (Score 1) 373

Probably because a real job in CS isn't what you (or a lot of CS graduates) think it is. CS is not a different way of saying Software Engineering. CS is about how computing works and more efficient ways to do it (like improving the algorithmic efficiency of sorting), not about how to efficiently and effectively produce 1 000 000 lines of code dedicated to special case X (e.g. flying a plane). Some fields are like that, there's a difference between being a physicist (perhaps a mathematician might be more accurate even in some contexts) and an engineer too.

Comment Re:Scale (Score 2) 464

This is true. Most people only avoid cheap wines (relative to their budget) in situations where there is social pressure to do so (like being at a restaurant or party with people they don't know), when buying wine to drink privately or in the company of friends of a similar social class people tend to buy cheap wine and its not unusual for them to buy it by the box.

Comment Re:Not much to do with computer networks (Score 1) 283

This does not seem like an good argument.

In the case of a murder extradition, the person is extradited to the US if they've committed the murder in the US jurisdiction and then fled to another juridstiction.

In this case of copyright violation, the person is not necessarily ever in US jurisdiction nor is he necessarily targeting the action at the US. I'm not sure why they should be extradited on this basis. If they committed the crime in the US and then fled that would be another matter.

Under your theory of jurisdiction, you wouldn't be able to do anything anywhere in the world because you'd be subject to every law in every country in the world everywhere in it. This does not seem like a good thing.

That the US has actually succeeded on extradition for things of this nature (ie the crime was never committed in US jurisdiction), does not make me like it any better, it more or less proves that the US is a big bully and wants their laws enforced everywhere regardless of how the people of those countries feel about it.

Comment Re:Constant Pirate Bay news (Score 3, Interesting) 159

He might be referring to people who confuse the word unlawful with the word immoral and then demand that all unlawful things be considered immoral without considering the impact (no more revolutions for oppressed people, no more ability to question whether or not the law is correct).

Comment Re:the internet is composed of human beings (Score 1) 157

I agree civilization requires maintenance, on the other hand the maintenance is done by people from that civilization, if the civilization is self-destructive you're going to get the same self-destructive behavior in the enforcers (actually you'll probably get worse behavior in the enforcers because this is a privileged position which means unscrupulous people who want power will seek it out, and being unscrupulous is generally beneficial in rising in power (at least in the short term).

So the question becomes where does the balance lie ? I don't have an answer to this but I suspect that no perfect one exists because trying to solve human nature using humans is a self-defeating proposition, so chances are you're going to get a wide range of answers from people and I suspect many of them are equally good.

Comment Re:My version (Score 1) 730

I'm not sure how this "share" of yours works. Either your share is a % of your income (in which case a maximum means that person is giving less, since you've chosen a percentile basis as the share) or your share is a fixed amount (the maximum value since this is the amount you've decided is the actual due to society). I don't object to either assuming they *work*, if you can calculate a persons life time debt to society and have them pay it in some fashion over that lifetime that still works for me (which is essentially what the fixed share would represent).

I do think the latter of which is probably non-tenable since some people simply won't have that money over the course of their life (taxable wealth is essentially a 0-sum game, if someone has more than their expected amount, someone else is going to have less), and almost definitely non-tenable in a society with a sense of compassion (you probably don't want sick people who can't pay their share to die in horrible pain, so not only are they not paying their contribution their absorbing money from the pool, insert other similar compassionate examples).

The clothes thing is not an analogous situation, I want those clothes back because I either need or want to use them. If I had the maximum useful amount of clothes, you would have the excess clothes forever because I would never wish them returned (or to simplify it , if I had more clothes than I would ever use I'd willingly give the excess away).

Comment Re:My version (Score 1) 730

Actually I really don't have an objection to you using my unworn clothes as long as you're going to return them to me in the same condition you got them in by the time I want to wear them, and you don't expect me to deliver them to you. As you said I have no use for them at the time. I don't gain anything from having them sitting in my drawers except that I can wear them when I need too.

And they should pay so much more because it doesn't effect them at all, if they have so much money they've got the maximum value of luxury available what benefit (to them) justifies them having more than that ? There's an obvious detriment to society in having this money removed from circulation and the monetary system only exists with the tacit approval of said society, so there should be some benefit to someone in the society at least to justify its hoarding, and in this case even the hoarder isn't benefiting, since as we've established they aren't using this money. Alternative way of looking at it: Why should someone else be paying more so that this person can keep more money they can use ? Because in order to let wealthy guy go with a maximum, you're going to have raise the mean rate.

Comment Re:My version (Score 2) 730

Any maximum that is set high enough to let a flat tax theoretically work, isn't going to be doing anything meaningful for the people who get it, these are people who have more money saved than I am ever likely to see (and thats taking the cumulative value of every piece of money I see in my lifetime). That money does nothing for them (or for anyone else for that matter), it just sits there, possibly in some form of investment, possibly not, making them even more money they have no use for.
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There are only so many luxury jets and mansions you can own. This is why you don't live magnitudes of order better no matter how much money you have. That benefit doesn't exist, once you max out the lifestyle scale, you've won the game.
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Or to look at it from the perspective of it seems wrong to have one guy pay for loads of strangers, I doubt that guy is giving a benefit to society proportional to the combined input of the load of strangers he'd be "paying" for either, so why is his income so much higher to start with ?
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Conversely a maximum thats low enough that it wouldn't just be removing theoretical money would result in so little tax income it would be useless, most of the world's wealth is owned by a very tiny percentage of the population. And thats unlikely to change while you have a "free market" (a truly free market remains free only until the vagaries in the market, or forces outside the market, produce a defacto ruler) system.
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None of this is to say I think this is a good solution or see a better solution. I've yet to see any social, political or economic measure that is going to survive contact with people. Once you accept that some people aren't going to do the right thing, you need somebody to make sure they will , but these somebodies are people too and no more likely to do the right thing than those who they supervise and given that its easier to accumulate power if you're a liar and a cheat but you look and/or sound good/believable/honest doing it than actually *being* honest, the probability is going to very quickly be that they are on average worse.

Comment Re:I hope the exploit is turned into something GOO (Score 1) 205

That goal is usually something of a pipedream, if you provide the access to the system necessary to execute arbitrary code in a convenient way, you provide the foundation to write the software that executes a backed up or pirated game.

The only way you could disable piracy is to implement clever limits into your software, obfuscate it ferociously and keep it closed source. And even then chances are pretty good it'll get broken, Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft have all failed to secure a console or handheld for its lifetime since the internet provided ridiculous collaborative power.

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