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Comment Re:TANSTAAFL (Score 1) 207

We already can watch them for free.

We're paying, it's just the money goes to the ISPs and VPN providers, rather than RIAA and MPAA. Had the entertainment industry groups the foresight to provide inexpensive, DRM-free content free from geo-restrictions and such nonsense, they would have made a lot more money. Instead, they decided to play hardball by suing their customers and locking down content making it difficult to obtain.

The situation today is a directy result of the short-sighted greedy tactics they chose to employ. As any cowboy will tell you "Screw with the bull, you get the horn."

Comment Re:Reverse logic (Score 5, Informative) 641

Speckman swerved to avoid another car going the wrong way down a one way street. I would not be so quick to put all the blame on her for driving drunk.

It doesn't work that way. In the eyes of the law and insurance companies, if you're in an automobile accident while driving impaired, you're at fault no matter the circumstances. This is why we don't drink and drive.

In this instance we have an inexperienced woman driver, high performance sports car and the driver's BAL was three times the limit. Perfect trifecta. I feel for the guy who got in the car with her.

Comment Re:Something is missing (Score 1) 357

Except the summary and TFA specifically say they drove fewer miles.

They are counting the total distance covered by 96,000 trucks. I'm guessing their algorithm is solving a "travelling saleman" type problem where there are 96,000 salesmen and doing it better than human dispatchers can (or at least did in the past.)

Comment Re:And I'll never read TFS (Score 5, Insightful) 232

Or do you think you are somehow entitled to see their content?

Once upon a time the internet was a place to put information you wanted to share with other people. Not "I just want money. I don't give a shit about you. I gets my money maybe I'll give you little a trinket of content you stupid git."

Comment Re:Twist (Score 1) 257

Interestingly, this also means that a large chunk of the population believes that they're doing nothing wrong.

I'm not doing anything wrong. The law is wrong. Geo restrictions are wrong. DRM is wrong.

Someone is trying to convince me that watching a show on TV is OK, but watching it on my computer is not OK. Borrowing a book from the library or sharing a book with friends is "right" but reading and sharing a book on my computer is "wrong." I don't concur.

Comment Re:Disturbing. (Score 1) 98

While most people start thinking, "oh what a breath of fresh air, the government getting it right for once"

Interesting, becasue that's not what I was thinking at all. I was thinking "What astonishing hubris implicit in this debate that they assume they have the authority to access data that has been explicity access controlled by encryption." Apparently just because they are in government or law enforecement they assume they have this authority, when they actually do not. The only persons who can grant this access are the encryption key holders. So, no, I don't think they got it right by any means.

Comment Re:Symbolic (Score 1) 82

Two decades after the original artist's/etc demise would be fair.

I think seven years should be more than sufficient. It doesn't really matter now, though. They could extend copyright to 500 years for all I care; it's not going to affect the ability of a truly determined public from getting the entertainment they want.

As for the US government singling out the Pirate Bay for takedown, they wouldn't be the first government who has tried (and so far failed) to do so. I have to admire TPB folks. They've really built a resilient site.

Comment Re:Time to outlaw the IoT (Score 3, Insightful) 149

The "Internet of Things" was a stupid idea, so why not just ban it once and for all?

Overall, I think the idea is sound, although the lighting example you gave is a silly consequence of marketing gone awry.

A good example of IoT would be if your household appliances worked in concert with the Electric Company so power generation could match expected usage and the consumer could operate their devices when power was cheapest.

Unfortunately, the implementation of these devices so far has been horribly botched. Anything network-facing should be build with security in mind first, and functionality to follow. That's not what happens. Marketing sells features, not bugs, so what gets implemented is the bare minimum functionality that was sold, and security be damned.

Comment Re:Things to solve (Score 1) 253

If you could keep someone healthy to 150 and then just took them out in the streets and shot them that would be preferable to what we have now...

Try convincing that to the 150 year old guy. "OK, Charlie. We're just gonna tie you to a stake and put a bullet through your head. A small one, just to open it up a little bit. Maybe put some fire ants in there. Alright?"

Comment Re:We knew this going in (Score 1) 588

I think compulsory voting would make room for a third party and avoid such obvious mistakes in the future.

I think if people can't be bothered to vote you don't want their vote. They clearly don't understand the importance of voting therefore likely ignorant of each candidate's policies and demonstrably incapable of making good decisions.

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