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Comment Re:Google's reply? (Score 1) 140

It's not that they're a monopoly, although they are, it's that they are a natural monopoly, which doesn't require government interference to exist (as a monopoly). If it did, then Bing would be the dominant search engine.

Now there are generally many possible sources for any news story, and Google can choose whichever it wants to choose. If it has to pay it would probably pick AP, Reuters, maybe a couple of others and ignore the rest. Whoops! There go the local news sites. How many people will go to a site that promotes the local high school soccer team? A few. What will the advertisers pay? Not enough to run the site, so it will depend on someone doing it as a hobby. How many sites will be able to pay for an AP and Reuters connection if they aren't indexed by Google? Not many.

So you have a natural monopoly. And making them want to stop indexing you is a fast route to bankruptcy.

Please note that these same arguments apply if you substitute a different search engine for Google. ANY other search engine.

Comment Re:good luck with that one... (Score 1) 140

Sorry, but "fair use" within the US only works as a defense if the court agrees with you. Which means you've got to pay for a lawsuit, and you don't get the money back even if you win.

Also, "fair use" within the US is not well-defined, so trying that as your defense is always a crap-shoot (admittedly some cases are clearer than other, but even one measure of music has been found to not fall under fair use).

Comment Re:good luck with that one... (Score 1) 140

The real problem is that we can't "you don't represent me" them when they start acting objectionably. Once they get elected, the control is over until the next cycle.

One possible way to combat this would be to make the votes that a politician can wield proportional to the number of people currently signed on to him rather than to someone else...and to make it easy to switch your vote to someone else within, say, half an hour. This has a lot of problems with potential voter fraud, but it would let people dis-empower those who ignored their wishes...possibly before the damage was done.

Comment CAD licence (Score 1) 196

The funny thing about humans is that different humans care about different things. (Perhaps this signal becomes harder to detect as an Act III BDFL of a sprawling monoculture.)

If you regard your code as a means to an end (e.g. authoring a great web site) then perhaps it's a perfectly reasonable stance not to "care" about your code the way Linus cares about his code.

Licence of the day: Craftspeople with Attachment Disorder. Be there, or be square.

Comment Re:Find'm, KIll'm (Score 1) 59

You know, it's kinda funny that there's not yet a service where someone who knows that kind of trash would grab them, hang them from their toes and sell viewing rights to see them being tortured for a few hours.

Send 1 bitcoin and watch the ransomware asshole being sliced millimeter by millimeter, starting at the soles of their feet...

Comment Re:The whole idea is stupid (Score 2) 185

Three are actually some good reasons for providing a real ID and paper trail for hazmat truck drivers. Hamat disposal has often been simply _discarded_, dumped in open sewer drains or in inappropriate landfill, or dumped out at sea. The results have included medical refuse washing up on beaches and mercury in water supplies. Other hazmat materials have crashed and _leaked_ in residential areas where they were legally forbidden from travel. A basic ID and criminal check for handling such materials may exist for anti-terrorism reasons, but it has sensible use to prevent truck drivers who've been convicted of mishandling hazardous material in one state from being re-employed in another state.

Because of the money involved, and the opportunity to increase profits by cutting corners, hazmat _needs_ to be carefully regulated. Even if it's promoted for "security theater" reasons, it's a field where safety and verifying the source and delivery of material is important to commerce and safety.

Comment Re:Too secure for insecure? (Score 1) 526

Cherry picking that there might be one or two emails out there that are still missing

It's not, "one or two". Maybe you missed this part of the story:

However, an untold number of official e-mails from President George W. Bush's era will probably never be recovered because it would be extremely costly to do so, lawyers involved in lawsuits brought by the National Security Archive and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said.

Comment Re:I think Google would walk here (Score 1) 140

In reality, there is not. You can keep your news outlets within the EU. You just don't ask for the fee you will be entitled to if this becomes law. About half of the german news outlets did so, when the german version of the law was introduced, and the other news outlets which asked for a fee, caved within some months because of their visitor numbers plummeting.

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