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Comment In some cases they already are... (Score 1) 290

Steam (and other game companies) sells games under half of the US price in Mexico, but it's not related to GDP or out of fairness, it's the bottom line. They know they won't sell many games at $60 (median professional take home is $300 a week), but $25 is attractive enough, and the more people playing a game, the better it sells, so there's extra incentive for them to sell it cheaper.

Microsoft took a similar approach for lustrums, by letting cheaper markets pirate their software freely, then grabbing enterprise and government contracts, without much care about the small business or the home market. Again, not out of fairness.

Autodesk and Siemens have also alternate pricing on emerging markets.

Comment Re:Bunch of Lies (Score 1) 163

But if you wipe your own phone with malicious intent, that would be a crime. For example, if you were angry and threw your phone on the ground and broke it - that would be a violation.

However, the story broke on Spanish-language sites first, so claiming that it's all down to translation errors is a little odd.

Now, the fact that you'd have to sue yourself to be liable might present a challenge. But maybe someone with dissociative identity disorder would be willing to try.

You cannot file a "querella" against yourself in Mexican law. You couldn't even begin to start the legal process, even if you could it would get dismissed ASAP.

Comment Re:Bunch of Lies (Score 2) 163

Unless "malicous intent" is very carefully defined in the law then it could mean whatever the government wants it to mean; for example, you installing an adblocker could be construed as "malicious intent" since you'd be deliberately negatively affecting advertising companies' profits. You're very naive if you believe it wouldn't be used for such purposes.

Except it is not.

"Dolo" is carefully explained in the jurisprudence of Mexican law and it's, more often than not, used in an exculpatory way than the opposite.

It implies malicious intent and awareness of the crime that's being committed. Intent is a very hard thing to prove in a tribunal of law.

And I'm not being "very naive", I understand enough of the Mexican judicial system to know how quickly a case would be dismissed if someone tried to use it for such purposes. You just would have to recourse to an "amparo" (another figure of the Mexican judicial system, kind of an emergency remedy for rights protections) citing the previous jurisprudence and suspend the charges until they could prove your intent.

Comment Bunch of Lies (Score 5, Informative) 163

None of the claims in the article are true. While the draft has many inconsistencies and deficiencies (no exceptions for white hat or academic hacking among others), it does not criminalize anything of what is said in the article. Said law has been attacked heavily due to political reasons (Senator is on his way to be a governor candidate) and not because the law itself (that is really needed as there is a void in the legislation on cyber-crime that's due for over a decade).

You have to understand the Mexican judicial system is different and laws are not interpreted in the same way as English common law (Mexico uses civil law with heavier Roman law influences).

The wording of the law where people are claiming it would be illegal to modify your own PC, specifically words "dolosamente", which roughly could be translated to "with malicious intent". So yes, the purpose of said law is to criminalize any modifications or alterations to an information system with malicious intent, not wiping your own mobile. Both the original 3RD and gizmodo articles deliberately choose to omit that part. Which any decent lawyer or tribunal wouldn't.

The law also provides that any of the crimes in it will be prosecuted as private crimes, where the affected part needs to press charges and can withdraw them (issue a private pardon) at any time; with the exception of crimes against public infrastructure. It also provides that tribunals & judges must be consulted by IT experts on any cases regarding the law (so interpretation of the law would be influenced by the industry professionals).

Comment Re:Giving up the essential for the trivial (Score 1) 195

We once got a 2,000 person venue for free. We only had to pay for the extra security personnel, permits, and we even got a % of the beverage sales.

Lights and sound aren't that expensive to rent, and a lot of bands travel light. Hardest part of the logistics was taking care of all the legalese. You need to be smart with the planning and get as much sponsors as possible. You can even get some government money or tax discounts.

Bands make money from merchandise, not just tickets. And most of them just have a flat fee per concert, or charge according to venue size. Big name bands obviously have venue size requirements.

Of course you can have all kind of mental blocks to think it's not possible. I know it's possible, and can't wait for the next one.

Comment Re:Giving up the essential for the trivial (Score 2) 195

If you want to support the artist, go to their concerts.

If they don't tour near you, go try and get a local promoter to book them, or do it yourself. Some friends and I have managed to get bands and artists we like by directly emailing their managers, then handling all the logistics ourselves. Local radio stations usually are willing to help, too. When you don't have to pay for logistics and you don't expect any profit, the final ticket cost is incredibly low. I'm not saying it was easy, it's usually a lot of hard work, but it's well worth it.

Comment Re:Capital Crime (Score 1) 152

About the voter registration: http://tinyurl.com/7y484fn
Mexico has about 95% of eligible voters on the registry (US is 66% at best), not as good as other countries, but it's not mandatory or enforced by any government agency. Argentina has a 100%, but their ID practices would be considered fascist by US standards.

Second generation Mexican-Americans have an average of 4 more years of school than their parents. http://www.pewhispanic.org/ is an excellent source for statistics about Hispanics in the US.

Comment Re:Capital Crime (Score 1) 152

In Mexico you can't make any kind of transaction without your voter registration card. Which is fairly secure and the country's de-facto method of identification.

Having a country "mandatory" registry goes a long way to avoid identity theft and minimize fraud.

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