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Comment Re:Politics aside, is this a copyright violation? (Score 1) 439

But they weren't random communications. They were intentionally created for a particular purpose and crafted and formatted to present more than basic data. There are also thousands of attachments, many of them presumably reports and pictures - all of which would definitely be works which fall under copyright. This post is even copyrighted, as useless as it is, and the terms of using this site are that I grant /. the non-exclusive right to redistribute it.

Comment Re:Politics aside, is this a copyright violation? (Score 1) 439

Even if the performance wasn't copyrighted, unless the arrangement and the original work was either public domain or written on government time, the recording would still carry the music author's copyright and would not be allowed to be reproduced without a license.

Comment Politics aside, is this a copyright violation? (Score 1, Interesting) 439

Since these are private communications - not government data - and each email is a creative work by the author, would this potentially be subject to copyright infringement, to the "value" of the communications (which may only arguably be $10-20 a piece if you count time spent x nominal billing rate), triple damage for intentional distribution, times the number of downloads (or x1 if it was uploaded to a torrent, and then copyright infringement applied to all who are torrenting)? Could several of the key documents be registered and then, if subsequently distributed by others, in for the $150,000 per infringement violation - and could that be applied to any organization which disseminates [even non-fair-use excerpts] of the works?

Comment Re:Pokemon Go to rake in nearly $13 Billion (Score 1) 78

The Play store takes the same cut as Apple (30%), though the recent "long term developer" discounts would have that fall to as little at 15% on both platforms. I suspect that if the simpletons writing the fluff piece don't understand the peaking kind of demand for this game, they wouldn't have considered the out-year rate reductions which are planned.

Comment Re:Pokemon Go to rake in nearly $13 Billion (Score 1) 78

Fireworks have been around in the US for a couple hundred years too - not once has the two week period leading up to a July 4th been extrapolated to annual sales directly.

I have no doubt that the P/Go app will continue to generate revenue - probably good revenue. But to imagine that even 10% of the vast majority of bandwagon jumpers are going to continue the game - and pay for it on a regular basis - is sheer folly. I'll be surprised if they hit 1/2 the 13B in 2 years - which would be less than the jump in market cap of Nintendo due to the game. We should have a timer on /. to come back in 24 months and see which of us was correct.

Comment Pokemon Go to rake in nearly $13 Billion (Score 4, Interesting) 78

That's what the story should be. If Apple is taking a 30% cut of it's 80% market share, then PG is projected to make $3B/0.24 = $12.5B

Of course, this may be a bit like looking at the June 20-July 4 numbers for firework vendors in the US and extrapolating that to how much they'll make over a whole year by multiplying that number by 26. This windfall only happens if the game sustains it's frenzy for 24 months. This isn't a normally mobile crowd, and the next big game (or new Xbox/PS) is always right around the corner. I'm not sure that's really a likely scenario.

Comment Re:New kind of pickup truck? (Score 1) 171

Show me a current model 1/2 ton pickup that has an electric drive factory option. It doesn't exist at any price. VIA converts Chevys, and puts the equivalent of a 4 cylinder NA gas engine (~300ft-lb peak torque, 150ft-lb continuous torque) in a vehicle which can only carry 2/3 the load of the equivalent truck (1000lb vs 1500+). Oh, and it's $80k for the equivalent of a $35k appointed gas truck.

The 3 majors have fumbled the ball pretty completely on electric / hybrid trucks. Hell, they've fumbled the ball on electrics, period. I would love a hybrid or electric full-sized truck. I drive an F150 and am looking at replacing it, but the only thing out there are gas non-hybrids. Chevy made one 3-4 years ago, but priced it so high and sucked so badly with the implementation that they discontinued it. Trucks used for towing (like campers for long haul) will still need gas engines, but a truck with a battery pack like the Model X - which would likely translate into about a 175-200 mile range with the increased drag, and more like 100 mile range when towing, would still cover the vast majority of small contractors.

Comment Re:Separate State and Economics (Score 1) 259

"protecting rights"

You mean like the right to choose a residential neighborhood that is not full of transients? Zoning is all about protecting the rights of people who own land - to ensure stability and compatibility of uses. People who are staying for 1-7 nights have very different lifestyles/uses than those of a year or longer. And if you start allowing incompatible uses into a residential neighborhood, you are interfering with the economic activity of everyone who holds their home as a significant portion of their net worth.

That sword cuts both ways.

Comment Surface Pro time (Score 1) 325

One tablet to rule them all...

SP4 (i5) docking with 2 x 4k 42" IPS monitors (Mango Wasabi)

Work time: AutoCAD Building Design Suite, Bentley/RAM Elements
Play time: Reaper, CS 2016
Browser: Chrome (=email,cal,tasks in app windows)

Utilities I can't live without:
Image adjustment: Irfanview
Text editor: Notepad++
PDF: Bluebeam

I love when architects (esp. mac-based) come around and drool over the monitors with space for two (nearly) full D-sized PDF prints up at the same time, plus a pen-sketch on the tablet screen. I love it more when I tell them that the tablet is running the entire setup, and I can just pop the dock connector and take all of my work into the field.

Comment Re:Why Universal? (Score 1) 1126

"Because that money has to come from people have earned it."

You keep using that word,"earned," as if there is some direct work-money balance which universally exists. I can pretty much guarantee you that anyone making over $500k/yr is not "earning" that money. They are reaping the rewards of investments with little or no effort beyond what the typical tradesperson is doing. That means that those people are siphoning off money from businesses and the actual workers are not getting paid as much for their time. Do you think that a CEO making $6M/yr, or an investment banker making $60M/yr, is somehow working 100-1000 times as hard as a nurse, or an electrician? Are they squeezing in 200,000 hours of productivity in a year? Of course not. And yet that's where more than half of all the money in the US goes - to those who aren't really "earning" it. But they're at the top of the food chain, rather than the bottom, so it looks like good old capitalism, aka "reward for hard work."

I agree that is IS good to earn an honest living. I would propose that people at the top who are sitting on their asses for 90-99% of their income go back to being productive, not just skimming the profits off the top.

Comment Re:Amazon cutting their own throat (Score 1) 205

Oh, it's easy to find the OEM battery for those phones. Just do a price sort high to low. The $50-100 per piece batteries are the real OEMs, for the most part. Then you have the recognizable third party batteries (wasabi and the like) for $8-15, and then the mystery meat versions which are maybe $2 cheaper. If you're suckered in by the third party battery at 6.97 vs a recognizable vendor/brand at 8.00, you probably get what you deserve.

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