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Comment Re:Well, duh! (Score 1) 141

The problem is that Facebook T&Cs, as well as granting Facebook an almost unlimited license to anything you upload also includes a clause that you agree to indemnify them against this kind of claim. So, while you might be able to take Facebook to court and win if they took a video your friend uploaded of you and sold it, they would then be able to turn around immediately and sue your friend for whatever amount the court awarded you.

Comment Re:I'll never understand (Score 1) 141

Presumably he read the bit of the Facebook T&Cs that says that you grant them a non-exclusive, sublicensable, transferable, commercial license to anything that you upload, and that you agree to indemnify them against any claims of copyright infringement. They are entirely at liberty to take anything that you upload and sell it and are not required to give you a cut (remember the Starbucks posters with pictures of people who had uploaded Facebook pictures from their shops?). The only surprising part is that Facebook didn't manage to get paid for this.

Comment Re:0.4 of a phone (Score 3, Interesting) 90

Gartner are vigorously trying to shove it up Apple's arse) is that the smartphone market is really the Android market.

That's not really true. From the report, the iOS market is around 22% of the size of the Android market. That's a much higher ratio than the size of the Mac market to the Windows market has ever been. Even that doesn't tell the whole story, because a large part of the Android market is very low-end phones, with razor-thin margins for the manufacturer and very few app sales. This is important to the sort of people reading this kind of report, because they care about what the return on investment will be from supporting a given platform. It doesn't matter that Android completely dominates in the poorer parts of Africa, India, and China to the extent that iOS is a rounding error, it matters what phones the people with money to spend on your product have.

Comment Re: Yay! Cruelty-free bacon! (Score 2) 126

You need to grow around 40 times as much plant matter to feed a food animal and turn it into meat than you need to produce the equivalent amount of nutritional value directly from plants. That said, part of the reason that we eat ruminants is that they can digest a lot of plant matter that we can't. Some land is suitable for growing grasses but nothing that humans can eat. The most efficient use of this land for providing food is to use it for feed crops (though much of it could also be used for biofuel these days).

Comment Re:Going to get folded into Fi any day now (Score 4, Interesting) 106

They're not fighting cable monopolies, they're fighting cities that allow and enforce cable monopolies. This is purely a municipal issue and in some cases a state issue. I squarely place the blame on the people making the laws and taking money from people to make skewed laws. In many states, cities can address this fairly easily. In some, you have to go to the state level. Or for the nuclear option you go federal. Either way, fix the laws and the rest falls in place. This is not the first time nor the last that this is the solution(the Telecommunications Act of 1996 is just one example that can be cited)

Comment Open your eyes and look around you (Score 2) 159

The wealth distribution gap between the rich and the poor is continuously widening. What makes you think that these scientific advancements will be equally available to all members of society?

This will lead to the inequality between the classes to become entrenched on the genetic level.

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