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Comment Re:Or politicians can go back to basic services (Score 3, Informative) 469

Awesome. Trying to take public transportation for my 39-mile commute would take 2 hours 49 minutes. I had a 30-mile commute for my previous job, which would have required almost 4 hours of public transportation. Sometimes, it's just not a viable option. My biggest complaint is that the two available train options don't have an "express" that runs the bulk of the distance directly. They insist on running as local-only service, which really limits the people-hours bandwidth. I'm already going to have a car to get to the station. Collect the commuters at a regional station and haul them directly to the next big hub. Stop with the at-grade crossings to pick up 3 people every 2 miles.

Comment Re:In this economy? (Score 5, Informative) 564

Well...let's see an uncompressed, unfiltered, band-unlimited, DRM-less analog audio stream from a cassette, ...

Clearly you've never mastered audio for cassette output. Typical compact cassette tape will start rolling-off around 12-14kHz; chrome tape will get you 16kHz; metal will get you close to 20kHz. Tape ain't the holy grail, as limitations of the medium impose compression, filtering, and band limitation (just in the analog domain.)

I just checked, and I can get 100 CD-Rs for $12 retail all day long. So my band can release a single on CD in an audio-CD format, or as a data disc with a raw uncompressed bit file. I can master this from the kitchen of my apartment, just like the article says.

In spite of the article claiming "this isn't another display of analog hipsterism," oh yes it is.

Comment Re:No, but your ISP can. (Score 1) 88

The ISPs in my area (and my previous area) cut deals with the local municipalities for geographic monopolies. This was done to "keep competing service providers from repeatedly digging up the streets" which was somehow billed as better for the end-user. Uh huh. I have one ISP I can contract with - the cable company (I'm too far for DSL, and have obstructed line-of-sight for satellite.) My only other option is dial-up over POTS, which would only serve for basic email functions.

This is far from a competitive free-market situation for many of us.

Comment Re:I call bullshit ... (Score 2) 88

Agreed. The ISPs should be considered "common carriers" and should have zero involvement with content.

Further, how the hell would an ISP know *anything* about whether my activities are licensed or not. I work with a community theater that licenses shows, scripts and music all the time. For the duration of the contract I have with Tams-Whitmark, MTI, or whoever, I have legal access to the materials, including editing/modifying for our venue's needs. Many of these changes will be circulated via email or file sharing services, though not publicly. That won't stop my ISP from being involved in the transaction. They're not party to the contract, I am not going to involve them in the contract, and I sure as hell am not going to seek their permission to carry out normal activities.

Comment Re: It takes a LOT of cache and very clever data p (Score 1) 110

Good luck finding assembly language programmers for modern processors. Almost all have gone in the RISC direction, relying on the higer-level compilers to fill-in the gaps to make the environment more CISC-like. Example - a RISC CPU doesn't have an ADD instruction, but you can implement the function by negating one of the parameters and using SUB ... a C compiler will do this for you, and will remember to flip the polarity of the carry flag and any conditionals as appropriate. It makes assembly programming insanely complex, but it's invisible once your abstract up a layer to something like C.

The further you abstract away from native code, the harder it gets to write code that's cache- or other-resource-aware.

Comment Re:Now? (Score 1) 117

In the US, police officers are sworn "officers of the court." Functionally, they are an extension of the court system. As such, their testimony may be admitted as evidence, where your common-citizen's testimony may not. That's usually the bias. Additionally, the courts tend to expect that their officers, being sworn, are operating to the rules and limitations imposed on them by the legal system. If that's not the case for the vast majority of situations, the legal system comes apart at the seams.

Comment Re: They want people to pay for backround music on (Score 1) 209

Agreed. The lifetime+infinity coverage is insane. The big cartel artists want one side of the copyright contract - legal protection - but never want to honor the other side of the contract - releasing the work into the public domain at the end of the term.

10 years from creation for the initial term; no fee, but simple registration. Additional coverage on a per-year basis from 11-20, with an annual $100 registration fee. Demonstrate you're using the copyright, or release it.

Comment Re:Victory for common sense! (Score 1) 91

I understand the lower threshold for Civil vs. Criminal, but your logic is flawed. If I'm on a bus, and someone in the back yells something slanderous about me, you seem to think the bus driver is culpable because he's in charge of the bus. Just because a situation is complicated doesn't mean the legal system can arbitrarily assign guilt for procedural convenience.

Your "most likely because you pay the bill" claim might have been valid back in the 90s when there was a single hard-wired computer/modem in a household, but not by today's standards.

That said, Malibu Media is very likely to come after me because my name is on the bill. But that's the nature of the shakedown the judge identified, and one of the primary reasons he denied their request.

Comment Re:Victory for common sense! (Score 1) 91

The requested subpoena does not provide the information requested by the plaintiff Were I John Doe, accused of torrenting Malibu Media's sketchy porn, their IP address would simply identify the Netgear router behind my cable modem. There are three networks behind that - one wired, two wireless. As a matter of policy, I don't keep access logs, so you won't be able to discriminate between me, my wife, my brother, my brother-in-law, my friends, or any of a dozen or so individuals who I allow to access one of the networks.

The judge declined to be part of the shake-down fishing expedition.

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