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Comment Re:This is dumb (Score 1) 84

Music is a closely held oligarchy and they didn't see Apple for what it was at the time. As soon as they figured things out, they immediately dropped encryption and opened things up.

Now the music industry is a cautionary tale for everyone else.

Also, there were no comparable legacy regulations or contracts in the music industry to get in the way. There's still a lot of "cruft" in the video industry to get past.

Comment Re:Can't read my posts either. Strange obsession (Score 1) 472

I've noticed it's the other way around: When liberals say something crappy, we're supposed to take it in the spirit, not the letter. But when conservatives say the same crappy thing, we're supposed to take it as the letter, not the spirit. Oh, and when a liberal says something over the top, it's just hyperbole, but when a conservative says the same thing, it's literal.

If conservatives are insisting that their words be taken at face value, maybe it's because they're tired of liberals twisting 'em like this.

And the sexism/racism seems to be almost exclusively the province of the SJWs, and they're very public about it, but woe unto anyone else saying the same things.

Heads we win, Tails you lose.

Comment Re:I object to some of your comments.... (Score 1) 239

NO, it is not. Mac OS is not either. Free as in beer means free as in beer - no cost. You cannot LEGALLY get Windows for free. Which leads to the OTHER free, which is free as in freedom - which clearly the other two are not either.

Buy a new computer that someone else built, like most people do, and Windows or OS X comes with, no extra purchase necessary. For most people, it's free. It's not even a hidden cost, as it's often compensated for via bulk agreements and pre-loaded software. Deleting the software does not delete the OS, so it's effectively free. Most people never buy a standalone copy of Windows or OS X.

Most people just want to use their computers to run the software they need to run. Your idea of "free as in freedom" is pointless to them, because it affects them not at all.

What kills Linux for most people (including me), is the fact that, to do anything even slightly different than what ten thousand other Linux users have already done is an absolute nightmare.

Want to install a piece of software that isn't' in your OS's repository? Hope you know your way around Make and the GNU compiler! You need to be a wannabe programmer just to install software? Really?

Got a piece of hardware with no built-in driver? Hope you don't wreck your machine when you re-compile the kernel! Again, seriously?

Hope you know your thousands of config files inside and out, so you can re-configure your system when a piece of software mucks a bunch of them up!

In my experience, Linux is best when nothing ever changes on the system. No new software, no editing settings, once it's set it's set and nothing changes. That makes it perfect for many kinds of servers, and embedded systems where the user is sandboxed away from the core system. In fact, I prefer Android as a phone OS, and in that case I think it is an excellent experience.

I'm glad Linux exists, but I used it as my personal desktop for two years and honestly, if you tried to pay me to use it I'd probably look for another job.

I want to use my software, not fight my OS. As much as people bash Windows in nerd forums like slashdot, in the long run it gets out of the way a hell of a lot better than Linux does.

Submission + - ICANN recommends TLDs like .txt -- and .exe (

fyngyrz writes: ICANN says, in part:

Given preliminary feedback that there is not a technical need to prevent file extensions as TLDs, as well as the lack of an authoritative source of common file extensions to draw from, staff determined that it is not workable to prevent common file extensions from being used as TLDs.

To summarize, it is the recommendation of the ICANN technical staff to allow applications for TLD strings that may also be commonly used for file extensions.

But will ICANN approve such applications? If so, we can all look forward to opportunities to click on...


Comment Re: That's, for better or worse, for a court to de (Score 1) 180

Copyright is transferable. OP's suggestion changes nothing about that aspect of the law. Such works are produced under contract, with the copyright going to whatever entity produced the film (studio, uber rich guy, whatever).

So for example, take Mickey Mouse. That original creation, and all of the films produced involving MM, was owned by Walt Disney. He didn't personally create most of it, but the people who did create it did so under contract, transferring their claim of ownership on to him. The MM copyright therefore lasts until 70 years after his death.

Incidentally, this is why Disney re-releases, re-masters, and re-imagines all the old films every few years. They are creating a veritable minefield of copyright, so that when the original claim is no longer valid in 50 years or whatever, any independent attempt to re-create these stories will probably run afoul of one of their copyrighted works.

Comment Reasonable People Distrust Computers (Score 1) 156

Any normal person who uses computers on a day to day bases doesn't have to have a Newspaper tell them that they should be suspicious of any software.

Software is only as good as the software authors. Fly By Wire software has killed several pilots in the past, despite millions and millions of dollars in development. The resources Musk has devoted to this task and the testing done pales in comparison.

It will be a long time before I take my hands off the wheel.

Comment Re:That's, for better or worse, for a court to dec (Score 1) 180

3) Give the "under penalty of perjury" part some teeth. If the content is not actually owned by the claimant, covered by fair use, or in any other way determined to be non-infringing; the individual from step 2 above goes to jail for perjury. I think a nice schedule would be:
1st false claim: 30 days in county.
2nd false claim: 90 days in county.
3rd false claim: 1 year in state, plus felony conviction on their criminal record and disbarment if the claimant is a lawyer.

Those teeth are too sharp. You would swing the balance too far in the opposite direction, which would gut any industry that legitimately relies on digital copyrights having value. Conceptually, the DMCA is a necessary thing, and legitimate claims are beneficial to society at large. It just happens that it was written in an absurd way that allows incredible levels of abuse, and that needs to be fixed.

IMHO, either 1 or 2 that you suggest would effectively solve the problem, though I think it would be better if 1 were simply made more sensible, rather than removed completely. Not requiring automatic take downs would stop the lions share of false claims though, and requiring legitimate identification would make counter-claims much more effective.

If you really want to add teeth, provide a mechanism for determining an intentionally false claim, and make issuing one wire fraud. Then you get sensible criminal charges for intentional abuse of the system automatically.

Comment Re: Can't read my posts either. Strange obsession (Score 1) 472

I think you're being disingenuous. We not only don't want someone picked on the basis of their skin color, we don't want "liberal" justices, and we're not going to fall for this bait-and-switch.

And did a quick skim through his Wikipedia entry and nope, I don't want Merrick Garland either, I don't care if he's black, white, green, or plaid. Go find someone who judges per the Constitution, not from the regulatory POV.

Thomas Sowell:

Comment Re:Diversity Bullshit (Score 1) 472

Because they're trying to sell a narrative that WORDS are the equivalent of VIOLENCE.

Well, over here, solicitation to murder carries the same maximum sentence as murder itself, so sometimes yes, words and the act are taken to be more or less equivalent to importance.

This isn't just "voting with your dollars" and "refusing the patronize". This is ACTIVELY trying to damage a business by harassing its customers and physically interfering with people trying to do business with them.

[Citation needed]

Solicitation to murder is ALSO an action.

Freedom of speech doesn't protect you from the consequences of how you use it or your own actions.

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