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Comment Cui Bono? (Score 1, Insightful) 148

There's lots of senseless finger-pointing going around. Anonymous doesn't get anything by shutting down Netflix (Americans aren't going to pressure the State Dept. over it to restore Julian's internet). So, who benefits by shutting down Twitter while Wikileaks is rolling out anti-Clinton hits and the Twitterverse is trying to work out what the leaks mean? North Korea? Only if they're doing it for the lulz. Or promises of favorable treatment under a Clinton administration.

Comment Re:in other news (Score 2, Insightful) 81

And I don't have to buy them from Tesla â" there are plenty of other sellers out there.

Yeah, but if you have a Tesla roof, Powerwall, and Model 3, then it'll handle the credits for you among the reverse net metering, the panel, and your charge-ups at the SuperChargers.

If you put ten Teslets in at home yesterday, you can take ten Teslets out at the SuperCharger today.

Solar City, on its own, had to make up all of the finance costs from net-metering only. As part of Tesla, they can give you flexibility on how to handle the charges. If you consume way more than your production in your cars, and go past the finance costs for your roof, then they can charge that difference to your credit card. But before that, it's much more economically efficient to keep all the charges in-system.

If you have a non-integrated stack then you can do all the same things, but it's necessarily going to cost more because of transaction costs.

Comment Re:That's, for better or worse, for a court to dec (Score 1) 218

Without copyright law, someone else could grab my novel and start printing/selling their own copies of it.

You should look into Creator Endorsed.

Only asshole people will buy from a rip-off publisher. But asshole people will also elect a government that will enact things like a DMCA, so they're going to screw society either way as long as they have the government stick to wield. Not having the government-enforced copyright also eliminates problems like this Samsung* one, so you get multiple benefits from that strategy. It's risk-management, not risk-avoidance.

* guess whose phones I won't be buying again in the future?

Comment Re:Let's see what it really costs and what you get (Score 1) 21

I see $25-40 as a tough sell.

Yeah, I was paying that for all the channels I could watch on Dish Network, and I killed it because I didn't need yet another bill when the Internet has so much free and interesting content. And that was five years ago - why can't Google undercut that by half since they don't have to maintain a fleet of satellites and special hardware?

TV is for people who like the TV format now. There are just many other options than there were in the past and many people have rejected the TV programming model as uninteresting, given [better] options. But TV people will pay a lot of money for their preferred entertainment.

Comment Re: Uneducated voters, yay! (Score 2, Interesting) 412

There's a great study out showing that educated voters tend to prefer Hillary (and then Stein and Johnson on the upper end as levels max out).

The funny thing about the study though is that a plumber running his own business with a dozen employees is "uneducated" while a Ph.D. in Gender Studies working the counter at Panera is "educated".

YMMV, read the fine print .

Comment Re:This should be used with Cannabis (Score 2) 197

Or what usually happens: we grow more humans.

Nope - more efficient food production leads to more leisure time which leads to more education which leads to lower population levels. Feed everybody as much as possible if you want the population to decline.

Comment Re:We need to end the system as it is today (Score 1) 39

We need DNSSEC and DANE. Let people get and offer multiple DANE records for multiple CA's so when one of them fucks up (like this, or they get untrusted for acting like typical CA's do these days) the client can follow the other chain.

Browsers can have a quality meter that shows how good the trust metric is - a few sigs for a cert would increase the score, absent other metrics.

When the DNSSEC root gets a 2048-bit signature in the next year, we'll see adoption start to creep up. We do have all the tech now to solve these problems - deployment is the current issue.

Comment Re:Facebook and Google welcome... (Score 1) 77

Meaning censorship, sharing data on dissidents, funnel money into China and not take any out, agree to let the state quietly execute any employees who speaks bad about the leadership.

If you're supporting any regimes laws, you're almost always going against the human rights of its subjects (good ideas don't require force). China just makes this abundantly clear, so it's an illustrative example.

Comment Re:So great that (Score 1) 76

WebM is caching on. Oh, wait. . . .

You must be joking. I run Chromium (no flash installed) and there are many YouTube videos I cannot play. The /html5 test says it supports everything except h.264, and yet YouTube doesn't even support WebM correctly.

Somebody at Google got their pet project funded, but everybody else apparently felt free to ignore it.

Comment Re:Tax? (Score 1) 275

but unless you visit their sovereign territory

Uh, yeah, that's the point of the project - to build territory in orbit. So, apparently they want people to want to go there and then they'll impose taxes.

The entire point of the modern nation state is to run a farm where people are kept to provide tax money, like cattle for milk.

If there is competition, then there isn't a state - you only have a business running a concession. Like going to a resort.

If they need a state then they automatically want to impose some kind of monopoly within their jurisdiction, by force if necessary - that's just the polisci definition.

The true "space nutters" will be those who go to Space and then want to bring along the worst inventions of humanity (including states). We have communications and economics now - no need for hokey religions and ancient weapons.

Comment Nonsense (Score 1) 342

Part of the problem is that small movies, such as many Netflix has snagged from places like Sundance, would be better distributed both at home and in theaters.


If they collude to face the theaters, it's anti-trust, but if they are the ones to take the first step, their films will get killed.

Baloney. The small films often "get killed" anyway. Put in a modicum of advertising (say, subway billboards) and implement a competent social media campaign, and if the audience exists they will find the film.

Hastings probably wants a Netflix exclusive, which might well get a film killed, but a simultaneous release on all the popular monetized platforms will do fine.

The big if's are if the film is any good and if the marketing and distribution are confident. The trick will be as soon as any of the three is bad, the other two will be assigned blame. So get it right already.

Probably best to start with a low-budget sequel to a film with an existing fanbase because creating demand out of the gate is going to be hard. "Bridget Jones's Baby" would have been a good one, for instance. But the studios stand to profit by cutting out the theatres, so there's a far incentive to take on some risk.

Comment Listen to an actual call here (Score 1) 212

Tom Woods got one of these calls and decided to make an episode out of it. It's either hilarious or pathetic, depending on your frame of mind. These particular scammers wanted to be paid in Target cards. It's instructive, from multiple perspectives, to listen to their (successful) technique.

I heard an interview once with an Indian call center worker who was trained to treat Americans as if they were seven-year-old Indian children. I'm sure there are some /.'ers who can appreciate the way it feels to have to talk to an idiot who makes ten times your salary. Some of these call center workers probably feel the rubes deserve to be bilked out of their savings. That's no ethical position, but one we might recognize.

Once they figured out Tom was on to them, they called him an asshole, but the tone was definitely more like that one would use with a peer. It's obviously only economically efficient to talk to idiots when such scams are in play (which is why the Nigerian scams are purposely written to be so obvious - auto-prefiltering their marks).

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