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Comment hows about some citations (Score 0) 693

manishs, I don't come here for some random single paragraph from you with no citations, references, follow-up reading material, or even a basic inclination about why we should care. Yeah, the brexit stuff is big news. You've done exactly nothing to try to shed light on the very questions you ask. How's about you find something, then post it.

Comment Recording devices banned since Noah was a boy (Score 1) 482

Cameras and recording devices have been prohibited at the majority of live performances since recording devices became practical to carry. Why on Earth should a recording device suddenly be exempt because it is buried in a phone?

I went to see a play in a 300 seat venue on Friday. and was blessed with being adjacent to a drama school group. The on-again off-again blue glow from these infernal devices was bloody distracting. I must, however, concede that I saw nobody recording the performance or using a flash; just completely ignoring the show. I realise that teens and 20-somethings cannot imagine a life without their personal phone but I also wonder why the phone is more important than the music/play/ballet/opera/whatever that they paid good money to see.

Comment UPS should send bill... (Score 5, Interesting) 202

If enough leaked to affect 9 employees handling the box after the flight then there's a reasonable possibility that the escaped liquid now poses a corrosion hazard to the aircraft structure. UPS should send them the bill for the complete inspection and overhaul of the affected areas of the aircraft used to transport it. Perhaps that will be more than the fine.

Comment Re:Copyrighting APIs (Score 5, Insightful) 106

While I agree with your premise - read the judgement. It's actually pretty impressive. The judge clearly took the time to learn some programming and some java. It's a very well thought out, and clearly well informed judgement. For a judge to dive this deeply into the issue gives me some hope for some of the other idiocy of the legal framework around software.

Comment Re:And the election was handed to Hillary Clinton (Score 1) 605

I don't think I could vote for Trump, but going for Jill Stein (or maybe even the Libertarian candidate), or writing in Sanders, is a distinct possibility.

And herein lies the risk. I don't have a horse in this race (I'm Canadian), but it's hella interesting to watch. What I expect is the lowest voter turnout in history. Both of your choices suck, assuming Hilary holds her current path to be the democratic nominee.

If Trump wins, you'll have a drastic and immediate push by both sides of the isle to reduce the power of the executive before he takes office. Hey, that could be good. If Clinton wins... expect a whole lot of nothing to change.

Comment Re:Can't make it any worse... (Score 4, Interesting) 68

The Yahoo Japan comment is interesting. Yahoo Japan is completely separate from Yahoo Inc -- Yahoo Inc owns 34% of Yahoo Japan, Softbank (A Japanese conglomerate and major telco in Japan) owns 41%. It's a completely independent, publicly traded entity, of which Verizon wouldn't even be getting a controlling or even largest shareholder position in.

It's an odd thing, sort of like saying "we'll buy your web, oh and also a really good investment position - we'd like that too".

Yahoo Japan is valued at ~25B USD... and Yahoo Inc is valued at ~34B USD. That would suggest that without Yahoo's 31% stake of $8.5B in YJ, Yahoo Inc would be worth less than Yahoo Japan.

It could very well be that Verizon is buying their Yahoo Japan position and taking their web business as part of the deal, rather than the other way around.

Comment Turn the Tables? (Score 2) 186

Let's ask Time Warner Cable News for 190 hours of specified short segments of their raw video material with perpetual, unfettered rights to republish, for profit, and with no ongoing royalty. If you could get them to to agree the conditions (unlikely) then I bet they would charge way more than $36k for the privilege. Somehow though they expect the State to do just that without even cost recovery.

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