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Comment Re:forget bitcoins for a moment (Score 3, Informative) 150

Ownership of Gold was illegal in the US for a time period as well.

Section 2. All persons are hereby required to deliver on or before May 1, 1933, to a Federal Reserve Bank or a branch or agency thereof or to any member bank of the Federal Reserve System all gold coin, gold bullion and gold certificates now owned by them or coming into their ownership on or before April 28, 1933, except the following:

Comment Re:median vs average (Score 1) 622

I'm with you on this one. I make OK money, have no mortgage or car loans. Both of my cars are like 10 years old and they work fine for what they are suppose to do (go from Point A to Point B).

My previous car (cheap Voyager) lasted 10 years and it still had the original battery in it when i got rid of it.

People get hung up on cars as "status symbols". If someone wants to judge me because i have a 10 year old car that is fine, i am not "hung up" on cars... they are just machines to serve a purpose and the old ones i own now do that.

Once they start to cost me money in repairs they will be gone. I just replaced the windshield in one car for $200 due to a 12 inch crack, if i get another few years out of it then my $200 "investment" in the windshield was OK.

Comment Perhaps the MPAA is willing to compensate the ISPs (Score 3, Interesting) 263

MPAA - Your action will lead to another company losing revenue.

Using your maths, each customer lost thanks to your rule is a multiple of the actual loss.

So, again using your rules, how about you compensate the ISP for each customer you terminate to the tune of $250,000?

I mean that is the number you use right? And it is all about lost revenue so I am sure you can appreciate the revenue the ISP has lost and want to compensate them just as you expect to be compensated for your "losses".

Comment Re:You can de-limit the operating system (Score 3, Informative) 66

There is basically a "one click" way to do this.. just takes a bit of time.

Once i did it to my own FIRE i then installed another launcher.. basically giving me an ASUS tab (using the asus launcher) for $30 thanks to black friday.
ASUS doesnt have anything that can come close to that price level.

I found moving to CyanogenMod left the device unstable and atually went back to FireOS and the playstore work-around.

Comment Re: Do People Still Watch DVDs? (Score 1) 174

The problem is the DMCA prevents you from ripping DVD's you "own". Most do this, but legally it is at least "Gray".

Why would they want you to format shift when they can sell you the DVD, and then sell you a DRM'd copy for your amazon fire (which hopefully you got on black Friday for $35, Great deal).

Comment Re: (intentionally blank) (Score 1) 268

+1 to you.

I had one ink jet printer (it was a gift).. Once the initial "sample" in packs ran out the full fledged replacements cost around the same as the printer did.

I opted to replace it with a colour laser... Much smarter choice.. no more ink drying out before i use it and a much lower operating cost.
If you have an inkjet, seriously consider tossing it and getting a colour laser, they are reasonably priced and work well and dont have all this "technology" around protecting the ink market with lockout chips in the ink and all that fun stuff.

Comment Re:"Infringing"? (Score 1) 215

Funny, as another foreign national living in the US my US drivers license was not nearly as painful (i think it took a few days) but agree with you 100% on the stacks of paper.

The DMV needed proof of legal status in the US... Did they check their database or have me bring in my passport, with all the US attachments which DHS stapled in?

I also filed my taxes online, but my W2 came in paper form via snail-mail... I then retyped the info into the tax software manually and filed electronically.

Paperless... not so much.

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