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Comment Re:Of Course they Replace People! (Score 1) 56

> Without that goal you have socialism

No, without that goal you have either non-profit organizations, or at worst, Communism, neither of which is a bad thing.

> It’s a fiduciary requirement [...]

Only if the business' charter says so. A business' finances can be structured however they want, so long as it's all legal (ethical would be nice, too).

Comment Re:Morons are running the USA (Score 1) 649

I make every effort to tell the truth when I speak. My post uses clear, simple math, hard facts taken from the US Constitution, and a supposition based on the two, not a forecast as would have had to be the case with the story you refer to.

Under a proportional system *with no funny business* (that includes gerrymandered congressional districts), if candidate A gets 45 percent of the popular vote, and candidate B gets 50 percent, then by definition, they should get approximately 45% and 50% of the Electoral College votes as well, not accounting for rounding errors.

Furthermore, I watched's forecasts throughout the election, and as I recall, they didn't exactly have the best accuracy this cycle. I don't trust that site's forecasts any more than I trust mainstream media to do the same.

So, where's the lie?

Comment Re:Morons are running the USA (Score 0) 649

...and the number you're looking for is 711,000 - the average ratio of state population to US House representatives.

By definition, the popular vote, while not being legally binding, is a reflection of states' populations, which are in turn supposed to be what determines the relative number of Representative in the House. The number of Electors each state gets is supposed to be equal to the count of their House reps, plus 2 (representing the Senate).

The problem, as has been the case since time immemorial, is that most states in the country are winner-take-all (all but one or two in the 2016 election). If all states had been strictly proportional with no funny business, then the results would have been approximately 259 votes for Clinton, 248 for Trump, and 31 for other candidates (not accounting for rounding errors).

Submission + - Malibu Media stay lifted, motion to quash denied

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the federal court for the Eastern District of New York, where all Malibu Media cases have been stayed for the past year, the Court has lifted the stay and denied the motion to quash in the lead case, thus permitting all 84 cases to move forward. In his 28-page decision (PDF), Magistrate Judge Steven I. Locke accepted the representations of Malibu's expert, one Michael Patzer from a company called Excipio, that in detecting BitTorrent infringement he relies on "direct detection" rather than "indirect detection", and that it is "not possible" for there to be misidentification.

Comment Re:Actually 3rd point was agreement with trial jud (Score 1) 23

Actually whoever the new guy is, I don't find the site to be "improved" at all; seems a little crummy. The story was butchered and incorrectly interpreted, and the all important software for interaction seems less interactive.

But what do I know?

As to my absence I've been a bit overwhelmed by work stuff, sorry about that, it's no excuse :)

Comment Actually 3rd point was agreement with trial judge (Score 4, Informative) 23

The story as published implies that the ruling overruled the lower court on the 3 issues. In fact, it was agreeing with the trial court on the third issue -- that the sporadic instances of Vimeo employees making light of copyright law did not amount to adopting a "policy of willful blindness".

Submission + - Appeals court slams record companies on DMCA in Vimeo case

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the long-simmering appeal in Capitol Records v. Vimeo, the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit upheld Vimeo's positions on many points regarding the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. In its 55 page decision (PDF) the Court ruled that (a) the Copyright Office was dead wrong in concluding that pre-1972 sound recordings aren't covered by the DMCA, (b) the judge was wrong to think that Vimeo employees' merely viewing infringing videos was sufficient evidence of "red flag knowledge", and (c) a few sporadic instances of employees being cavalier about copyright law did not amount to a "policy of willful blindness" on the part of the company. The Court seemed to take particular pleasure in eviscerating the Copyright Office's rationales. Amicus curiae briefs in support of Vimeo had been submitted by a host of companies and organizations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Computer & Communications Industry Association, Public Knowledge, Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Microsoft, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter.

Comment Re:Righthaven (Score 1) 67

What is right wing about filing a lawsuit to unmask a doe, suing that person, then settling for a much smaller amount. It seems this is used by many different trolls, and likely doesn't have any political ideology behind it. It is sleazy though. Filing a lawsuit with the intention of settling just to get a payout is wrong. It is short circuiting the justice system for personal profit.

Yeah that's neither right nor left, it's the universal language of greedy bloodsuckers.

Comment Re:Righthaven (Score 3, Interesting) 67

What is right wing about that process? The Democrats support the movie industry, not the Republicans.

The fact that Democrats support something doesn't negate the possibility of something being right wing. The Democrats are not ideologically pure, or ideologically homogenous, and very few of them can be considered "left".

To me, pretending that copyright is only about property rights, and ignoring the fact that copyright was also supposed to be about free speech and about making material available for free to the public after a limited time, is definitely "right wing".

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