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Comment Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 1) 249

Exactly. Netfix exclusive/produced content, assuming they take these complications into consideration in the first place, gets a leg up over the traditional content while the industry fights to shove genies back in bottles.

A recommendation: Kodi with add-ons is easier for the non-techies - and streaming MAY (IANAL) be less legally exposing than outright torrenting. The industry needs to realize that this is the next frontier they are competing with, and the geo-restrictions are a hurdle consumers will work around - they don't care about the complex contracts - if I pay the same as a US subscriber, why should I not have the same access? If Netflix simply pushed forward with their exclusives, and not restricting those, it might hasten the demise of the restricting media rights holders, as it chokes off their revenue. After all, there are only so many hours I can watch in a day, and you won't get view counts from the customers that are cut off.

Hell, just think of the throngs of lawyers studios could drop from the payroll if they just sold their rerun rights to Netflix globally, and a view anywhere generated the same royalty.

Comment Re:Someone actually is using a printing press? (Score 1) 398

The real danger is the refugee flow, which would be very destabilizing for the whole region. You do not want a war in North Korea, and NEVER trust anyone who tells you a war will be over in a matter of weeks and will change the government structure seamlessly. You should know how that went last time.

Comment Digitize and make free (Score 1) 168

This is why all of this needs to be digitized and made freely available online - so it cannot be controlled or contained. Information is power. How big would the torrent for all of it? The scientists should band together, home build book scanners, and seed away. All the tools for information freedom are now at hand, use them!

Comment Re:Come to the UK and learn about real journalism (Score 1) 376

But you still posted AC. And he may have chosen a British paper, the journalist lives in Brazil - incidentally a target country for NSA and CSEC spies. Let's not forget that the British press has ongoing trials for phone hacking. And the sheer number of cameras in public places. And what happened to Jean Charles de Menezes after 7/7/2005. And that the British government is trying very hard to go after journalists for publishing Snowden leaks, pursuing terrorism charges, and Cameron has been publicly warning the press. And there's the whole smashing Guardian hard drives incident. Not quite my flavour of freedom...

Comment Re:Futility of certain laws (Score 1) 550

Number of major hijacking or jumbo jets flown into a building since locked cabin doors and passengers knew new protocol was fight to the death (and TSA if you are failing with correlation = causation): 0
Number of hijackings that happenED when private industry did airport security WITHOUT LOCKED CABINS: 0

Amount of rights violated, colostomy bags spilled, breast milk consumed under threat, tax dollars wasted, spouses and children groped, passengers and staff irradiated, ex-Homeland Security Secretaries enriched, porno scanners bought and scrapped, planes successfully boarded with explosives or weapons since TSA inception?: Far >0.

Comment Re:Best Buy (Score 1) 385

But for how long? Technology retailers and manufacturers have a huge money sink in the inventory required to support brick and mortar retail operations. One store sells out, another has 10 units that they can't move for whatever reason (demographics, poor location, the minimum wage employee couldn't be bothered to find it etc.). Amazon can consolidate all the supply in their warehouses, cross ship between them for little cost based on economies of scale in shipping, and all the inventory is available to all customers. Couple that with the fast life cycle of tech - laptops as an example are 3 lines annually - and consider that all the unsold stock needs to be cleared out. Discounts are challenged by the same inefficiencies in retail, BB and their ilk need to discount deeper to sell the outgoing stock to counter the inefficiencies, and further discount demo models and pay for signage changes, etc.

This is exactly why you are seeing manufacturers opening branded showroom stores - Apple, Microsoft, Sony, (Tesla in the car world) - because they can execute better than the traditional retailers/dealers, and most often aren't willing to invest in the same caliber of displays in stores like BB where they don't have full control. The retailers can't, because the margins are too tight. The multi-brand house bricks and mortar retailer for tech is being squeezed out as the middle man - matching Amazon pricing they will be losing money from all the background costs. Unless they can sell enough warranty extensions to cover the difference, they are circling the drain - and Apple squeezed them out there too!

Comment Re:Towel for that egg, Barry? (Score 1) 499

Bang on. CGI hasn't been looked at closely enough on this. Peel back the curtain on the level of lobbying they do or have done for this.

In Canada, they were responsible for our now cancelled (although Quebec - CGI's home province - keeps fighting in court to reinstate their own) gun registry database and systems contract. It was promised to us by our government to cost $2 million. Later audit determined the true cost to be closer to $2 Billion, with an upkeep of $2M annually. That is for a country with a smaller population than California, or with a generously estimated 10M guns, a taxpayer paid cost of $200 per gun, with additional upkeep costs annually. Amid all this, they donated generously to the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs, who were some of the loudest public supporters of the registry, despite being unable to give an example of one crime that the registry had prevented.

I can only imagine the cost overruns for a program like the one that the US is trying to build with a partner like CGI.

Comment Re:Blame it on the Kiwis. (Score 1) 165

My alternative - read the Constitution. Follow it. Tear up the Patriot Act. Shift all NSA funding into infrastructure. Have a national, single payer health care system. All government employees earning more than 6 figures at any point in their career sign an agreement similar to a non-compete, where they cannot move into a private sector job that in any way is awarded contracts or funds, or else their new employer will suffer hefty conflict of interest fines. Enforce it.

You don't have to know where you are going to know you can't stay on the road you are on, and astroturfing someone who is rightly angry because they don't have all the alternatives for you is intellectually lazy.

Comment Re:Well that's new (Score 2) 242

Why does censorship have to be official? When it becomes well known that all communications are being sucked up, self censorship quite quickly happens, sources and journalists have to go to extremes most people cannot (recent examples demonstrate this, Snowden fleeing to Russia) to remain safe. What we have now is far more insidious and intractable than an overt war. That you see the current situation as demonstrating liberty winning is perfect example of the double speak and mental gymnastics required to continue the charade.

The other difference between a conventional war and the civil liberty limitations are that victory and an endpoint were defined. The threat from the outside enemy was bigger than the restrictions on liberties. Now, victory is undefined: terrorism isn't going to stop, I am far more likely to be impacted directly and negatively by pervasive spying than a terrorist attack. If you asked me if I would prefer a little more risk of terrorism vs. the spying, I'd take the terrorism, thanks, and maybe some of the funding from the NSA applied to health care and poverty mitigation initiatives to really save lives. Stop being an apologist for the growing police state.

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