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Comment completely wrong (Score 1) 2

This is completely wrong. Opponents of global warming find their basis here:

1. A single counter-example disproves a theory.

2. Improper abstraction of limited experimental data. The experiments, where sound, are used to draw broader conclusions than the parameters of the experiment support.

3. Misuse of statistics massage the collected data to the researchers' desired conclusions.

4. The "what's your theory?" fallacy. Opponents of a theory are not required to offer a coherent alternative to demonstrate errors and fallacies in the one proposed. That something is the only theory does not make it a correct theory.

5. Politicization of the theory severely hampers efforts at falsification. Theories which cannot be falsified have left the realm of science altogether.

6. Time and prediction. Much of the theory of global warming hangs on computer models which have not survived the test of time. A predictive model should have very different outcomes depending on data input, and then sufficient following years of data should be input with predicted results matching the observed results. This hasn't happened. There is no model from a decade ago which accurately predicts today's observations based on the last 10 years' inputs.

Comment Re:Tor exit node = child sex offender (Score 2) 237

As an ISP you're already required to report address allocation information to the regional registry who makes the associations publicly available. The police know whether they're looking for ISP staff or a customer when they show up at the door because as an ISP you published enough information for them to make that determination.

Comment I'm with Charter (Score 0) 65

I'm with Charter on this. There's a cost associated with customers that use random equipment instead of your preferred equipment and there's a cost associated with having to plan around customer-owned equipment when making changes to your sytem. It's unlikely this cost is meaningfully less than what charter pays for the equipment it provides customers.

I 100% support requiring charter to allow customers to use their own equipment but if they're already doing that then the FCC should back off.

Comment Re:Don't blame the courts. (Score 1) 220

the states can forbid councils from building roads or installing mains water services.

This is common. For example, in Virginia incorporated cities are required to maintain their own roads (and may collect taxes for the same) while county roads are maintained by the state and the county governments are generally forbidden to do roadwork.

The state government decides what subordinate governments are allowed to do and what activities are reserved to the state government. This is long, long settled law.

Comment Re: Don't blame the courts. (Score 2) 220

Municipal governments don't have rights, they have responsibilities and areas of authority as assigned by the state governments. To misunderstand that is to grossly misunderstand basic civics in the United States.

You also misunderstood what I wrote if you think I made any sort of claim that there's "right for some private entity to be given access to infrastructure they did not build."

I spoke to the smart plan, not any kind of rightful one. The smart plan is to build roads and let private enterprise build cars. The smart plan is to build last-mile fiber and let private enterprise build services like Internet access.

I would support laws against municipalities building cars were any hair-brained enough to try.

Comment Don't blame the courts. (Score 5, Interesting) 220

Blame North Carolina for passing a bad law. The courts did no more than affirm the states' right to regulate their municipalities.

While you're at it, blame Wilson for overreaching. They could have made a case for installing basic infrastructure (fiber optic cable, no different than roads) and then leasing it by the strand to individuals and businesses to connect to the Internet provider of their choice. And invited providers to enter the market and compete, now with the ease-of-entry facilitated by last-mile infrastructure. Instead they made the same bad decision most municipalities make: run a municipal Internet service with no direct access to the cable for other purposes.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 265

The Clinton campaign was not hacked. That's a misreport. The DNC was hacked. Two organizations. Two networks. Two different sets of staff.

The misreport is like saying that because VISA was hacked, Bank of America was hacked. No. Bank of America does buy services from VISA and they are impacted by a (theoretical) VISA hack but that doesn't mean that they have automagically been hacked solely because VISA has.

And no, Hillary's email server wasn't hacked either. Some of the folks she communicated with were hacked. She was not.

Submission + - Getty Sued For $1 Billion For Selling Publicly Donated Photos

An anonymous reader writes: Online stock media library Getty Images is facing a $1 billion lawsuit from an American photographer for illegally selling copyright for thousands of photos. The Seattle-based company has been sued by documentary photographer Carol Highsmith for ‘gross misuse’, after it sold more than 18,000 of her photos despite having already donated them for public use. Highsmith’s photos which were sold via Getty Images had been available for free via the Library of Congress. Getty has now been accused of selling unauthorised licenses of the images, not crediting the author, and for also sending threatening warnings and fines to those who had used the pictures without paying for the falsely imposed copyright.

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