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Comment Bargain bin (Score 1) 87

So if I were an artist in the 1995 and I'd give Wal-mart an exclusive to my new CD for 6 months, should I be surprised that in month 7 when it's finally available at Best Buy it's not going to get a very prominent place in their store? Of course not. 6 month down the road it's "old sh1t" and people have moved on to newer stuff.

Comment Re:Can't decide what's stupider... (Score 1) 1017

You'd have to be very stupid indeed to think that you can hack into a computer system, from which emails have been very carefully and securely erased, and somehow obtain said emails. So no, unless Trump knows nothing about computers, he can't have meant for Russia to mount a cyber attack.

It's not unreasonable to assume that 'powerful state adversaries' and domestic intelligence communities keep a close tab on the hacker communities and have obtained the full email spool as well.

As for the TPP, by selecting a TPP Champion as a running mate, we all know what way that is going. It's just a "public secret" until it's too late and the trap has shut, as there is no way out once you're in.

Comment Re:Paradox (Score 2) 192

Hate the people who are coercive, not the people who wear it. They might be doing it due to personal choice and free will...

Some may, others don't. Look for images and videos of Iran before 1979 and look at Iran today. Do you really think ALL of those people suddenly 'chose' to dress like that out of their own free will? It's a bit like freely choosing to believe the Earth is at the center and the Sun revolves around it in Medieval Europe.

Comment Re:The price hike is minimal... (Score 1) 460

Exactly that. Disney is even proud of it in the Offline World - they call it 'the vault'. You can buy a DVD/BD only for a certain amount of time, after which it goes "to the vault" for like seven years. No matter how many people are waving dollar bills wanting to buy it. Completely insane, but that's what you can do when you are a monopolist.

Comment Copyright office? (Score 2) 23

LOC = US Copyright Office.

The LOC has this nice 'jukebox' with sound recordings from the 1900s, over 110 years old, nicely reminding us that it is illegal download them because of 'state copyright laws'. Yeah, no joke.

Our copyright friends are trying to get the copyright office out from under the LOC control, probably because it'll be easier to get it under their own control.

Among her priorities will be the modernisation of the US Copyright Office IT system and trying to define the role of the USCO with the Library. There have been calls from stakeholders, including from the current Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante, to move the Office outside of the realm of the Library and establish it as an stand-alone government agency.


So who knows, maybe Dr. Hayden was seen golfing with Chris Dodd and Joe Biden?

Comment Re:NATO Member & EU Candidate (Score 2) 231

I'm sure that EU was hoping that dangling the membership carrot (e.g. billions of Euros coming their way) would pacify Erdogan, in the sense to keep things at least looking civil from the outside. Erdogan knows how to game the politically-correct, pacifist Europeans perfectly. You can see that with the "refugees" (actually pawns in a huge political game) deal. Heaps and heaps of Euros coming his way, and a one-for-one swap of refugees (i.e. zero-sum). Erdogan has also taken control of the selection process (see here so you can imagine what that means. And gets away with this, the EU even lies for him (or to save their own face) by calling this "cooperation", while the fact is they only get the names that Erdogan allows them to have. So he knows exactly how to deal with the EU. And he will get away with this one. And he knows why: the floodgates can be opened in minutes, and bases can be overrun, of course with the foreign military allowed to leave with their tails between their legs.

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