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Comment Re:oh if only... (Score 1) 169

Not going to happen, despite these costs and strictures, media companies still stand to make money so they will play ball. And the US committee is just following the Olympic committee, who have demanded (and gotten) similar injuctions against nasty free-loading IP pirates in previous editions of the Games. SA gave them special IP police. And some details were published from the Bid Book instructions given to the Dutch commission when they were preparing their bid. It had plenty of provisions to very strictly enforce what went on in the stadiums (including tweets), and they even demanded that all neon signs for beers other than the sponsoring brands to be removed from bars in a 3 km radius around all olympic locations. Oh and they wanted highway lanes closed off at set times so the brass could quickly shuttle between locations in their limos.

It's the countries who should tell them to screw it. Sadly they will not do so either, the Games offer prestige and an enormous opportunity for politicians to shine (and have their pals make a bit of cash too). And the Olympic Committee know this, as well as the fact that if you can put something good on the table (or under it), any politician is willing to bargain, no matter how outlandish your demands.

Comment Re: The Theater Experience (Score 1) 142

I love those, sadly we don't have any left in Rotterdam. But our regular cinemas are decent enough, they are clean, with pretty comfortable seats, good picture and sound, and it's pretty rare for the patrons to be actively disruptive. I make one exception: not to ever visit the cinema during Ramadan; the place will be stacked to the rafters with f'ed-up teens looking for trouble.

Comment Democratic Party lying? (Score 1) 653

A video edit comparing what Hillary Clinton claimed to what James Comey claimed after the FBI investigation highlights the distance between the two quite well and puts a fine point on the part where Comey says that if this had been anyone else who did what she did they might not get the same cushy response from the FBI she got.

And keep in mind that the US has very unclean hands here, according to Edward Snowden, former NSA contractor who would know what tools the NSA has available to look into this.

But of course the veracity of the documents leads us to the real story. Nobody claims the DNC emails were faked, just like nobody said the Snowden revelations were untrue. This helps us focus on what those documents show: Bernie Sanders was not lying to us when he said, "I told you a long time ago that theâ"that the DNC was not running a fair operation, that they were supporting Secretary Clinton.", and that he requests far too weak of a solution to remedy the problem (getting rid of Debbie Wasserman Schultz as chair of the DNC). And the emails show us that the DNC were telling amenable media outlets (such as NBC, if I recall correctly) which stories to not publish because they made someone they cared about look bad. Julian Assange's interview on Democracy Now is worth reading, it's quite revealing about how nasty the Clinton campaign is, sourcing the unnamed "experts" who told Robby Mook, Clinton campaign manager, that "Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole these emails" and "are releasing these emails for the purpose of actually helping Donald Trump".

Comment Re:Apple's on the wrong road (Score 2) 134

They occasionally undercut their competitors. The first flash iPods were cheaper than any other consumer device (including USB flash drives) with that much flash because Apple anticipated the demand and bought up an entire year's flash production capacity from several suppliers, getting a reasonable discount. No one else could get flash chips at close to the rate that Apple was paying for a while. More recently, they've used their cash reserves to build factories for suppliers in exchange for the first year of output from them. They end up paying less for chips than anyone else, and the suppliers then get to keep operating the factory and selling the output after Apple has moved on to wanting the newer process.

Comment Re:TFA is not terribly clear... (Score 1) 227

This sounds like one of those instances where the spirit rather than the letter of the law should be applied. When using a fingerprint to unlock a phone, it is clearly being used as a passcode rather than "physical evidence". FTA:

iOS also only permits five Touch ID unlock attempts before the passcode is required, so smart criminals would either register their little finger and use up those attempts with other fingers.

So in this case, where a judge compels a suspect to unlock his phone using his fingerprint, and he blocks the phone with 5 bogus attempts, can he be held in contempt of court? Or he could claim that the phone didn't recognize his fingers because of sweaty hands.

Comment Re:Do not look into laser with remaining eye (Score 1) 93

Somebody fakes my eyescan successfuly once, it loses all future use to me

That's the real kicker. Imagine a password written on a yellow sticky, kept in your wallet. A password that is thus easily stolen, lost or duplicated. Now imagine that you cannot change that password, ever.

Comment Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 5, Funny) 526

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