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Comment Re:Are they coming to my house to do a survey? (Score 1) 1146

The important concern is the economics of the situation, not the conceptualization of the utility grid.

Assuming the utility credits you a certain amount for the electricity you supply them, and then charges you another amount for what you use, and the credit/debit at the end of the month is the difference I'd think you would want to minimize the amount of electricity you use at night.

Resistive heating certainly doesn't do that. In fact it's likely to be more expensive than even heating using LPG.

Comment Re:Arbitrary? (Score 2) 345

They are not restricting your right to be on the roads. They are restricting your right to operate dangerous machinery on the roads as a matter of public safety.

There are many well known limits to rights arising from similar issues. It's really idiotic to think an absolute right to exercise one of these rights exists.

One common example is that Freedom of Religion does not permit you to engage in ritual human sacrifice.

Comment Re:I'm sure that'll stop them (Score 2) 345

Enforcement of Supreme Court decisions is a problem far older than the 21st century. Generally it only works because of respect for the institutions of the Constitution.

For example, the Supreme Court ruled against the removal of the Cherokee from their native lands in 1831. President Andrew Jackson disagreed. He proceeded with the removal of the Cherokee, and the Supreme Court was powerless to enforce its decision.

Comment Re:What is the Limit (Score 1) 345

The internets are pretty new. It is an unhappy event to be reminded as to how venial people in position of power in government can be.

Hopefully there will be some careful thought by people in office channeling The Founders that will restore balance.

If not well maybe a new political party has to be established.

Comment Re:Nothing to see here (Score 1) 418

That's interesting.

Still do you think the complete lack of an explanation is acceptable? Certainly there is still harm here because of loss of service for the time the account was not accessible.

In any case Amazon is certainly not the only case where people have lost access to DRM laden media.

Comment Re:Nothing to see here (Score 1) 418

Yes, I would like the non-DRM version too. Let me know when legal movies come without DRM and I'll buy them.

Meanwhile I'm preferring non-DRM physical media to DRM digital media. I buy books, not ebooks, and CDs, not DRM'ed digitial music. I have purchased some non-DRM digital music and archived it by burning it to archival CDs though. That is perfectly acceptable to me.

As far as requiring devices to play them back, I really don't think you can playback digital media without a device either.

There are lots of tools out there that can be used to remove DRM. Very shaky from a legal perspective.

Comment Re:Nothing to see here (Score 1) 418

> And your Blue Ray collection can burn in a house fire or get stolen.

Your digital media storage device can burn up or get stolen too.

> Chances are you won't even remember you owned the thing

There are lots of disks I don't remember owning (my CD collection was started 30 years ago) but since I have the physical item I can get a reminder by looking at the collection.

PLUS I can sell the ones I have decided I don't want any more. Good luck doing that with your stuff.

> People don't want to screw with discs.

Speak for yourself.

> Talking about wills and inheritance. Just give them the account and password.

That isn't a legal transfer of ownership. You've just violated the T&C of the owner of the stuff (not you) plus made pirates and felons of your beneficiaries. Good work!

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