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Comment Bunch of useless cunts. (Score 1) 288

So, if I have this right: A bunch of useless cunts can't figure out how to exploit their own talents to make money, but god forbid anyone else should know how to do it.

Fuck Off!

So called intellectual property is an artificial monopoly to begin with, and it is becoming more and more clear that it is not suitable in the digital era. Just as the popularization of the printing press created a need for reformed perceptions and essentially the founding the intellectual property principles, the digital revolution requires some radical changes in perceptions.

The most balanced approach would probably some form of mandatory licensing. If you are the producer of a creative work, you must apply for a copyright registration, and set a value to your work. If someone wishes to use it, they can purchase a license for that value or not. No registration, no copyright. That essentially creates a free market for creative works while still protecting the creators rights. At the same time it protects the consumer from the anti-competetive behaviours we see with "exclusive distribution rights" etc. Any party has an equal opportunity to access any media.

This does not completely cut out the middle-man, but makes that role much more competitive and puts the power back in the hands of the artists, while putting more money back in the pockets of the artists.

Comment Re:landlords aren't legally allowed to consider (Score 1) 371

I don't know about the UK, but In Canada private investigators need a license. This definitely fits the definition:

“private investigator” means a person who investigates and furnishes information for hire or reward, including a person who
(i) searches for and furnishes information as to the personal character or actions of a person, or the character or kind of business or occupation of a person...

Comment Re:A prisoner could just as easily read the works. (Score 1) 527

One of the mysteries of the universe is that anti-religious people such as myself tend to support freedom of religion much more than religious people do.

The answers to that question can probably be found here:

TL;DR: "Religious people" are to too stupid to understand a different viewpoint.

Comment DMCA (Score 1) 99

Doesn't the DMCA have some anti-circumvention measures in there? While the FBI may be immune to that sort of thing, I'm pretty sure that circumventing encryption for profit is not exempt, aside from being a criminal offence. Despite the fact that the phone belonged to an alleged criminal, afaik it is still illegal for a private individual to hack into it.

Comment Re:It's open ended (Score 1) 70

Most intelligent people realize that there is no such thing as a free lunch, so the question is: "how is this getting paid for?" Any service that is promoting itself as "free" is misrepresenting itself, and that needs to be addressed.

Corporations should be required to reveal all the data being collected and how it is used, and consumers should have an option to decline data collection. Furthermore, refusal to offer service to someone that has declined data collection should be considered discrimination and made illegal.

Comment Re:Not a dime up front (Score 1) 224

The better solution to this is to take the $100M and put it out for competition to competitive bidders. Stipulate minimum service levels, required coverage areas AND require a matching investment from the bidder.

An even better solution to this might be an armed uprising. Take all though fucking guns that you Americans are so proud of, and show us you know what they are for.

Comment Re:I have wanted one of these for years (Score 1) 123

That's a really neat idea, and I think you could go a long way with that. I Really think there would be a good market for that sort of self-service, distributed hotel. (HaaS? Hotel in the Cloud?) In fact, most people would probably also be willing to forgo the daily maid service (not sure about you, but I don't launder my bath towels daily, and I'm quite capable of making my own bed).

Comment Re:Very excited! (Score 1) 52

The lack of AAA class games for Linux are holding it back. The lack of AAA class games for OS/X are holding it back. Windows has the most AAA class games.

That's a bit like complaining that lack of 4x4 offroad packages is holding back Ferrari -- maybe in Sticksville, Missouri.

Linux has many strengths, as does OSX, and PC gaming has become a niche market. Complaining that Ferrari doesn't have an offroad package just emphasizes your ignorance. It means you are trying to use the wrong tool for the job.

Comment Good start, but... (Score 1) 644

Over 5 Billion dollars was wasted on political campaigning in 2008. That is enough to run a small country, and certainly enough money to resolve many, many of the current problems in that country.

The "war on drugs" cost over $15 Billion in 2010.

The US Military budget for 2011 was $660 Billion with an adition $37 Billion dollars to supplement the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Adding to tax revenue is not going to fix anything.

It's not that there isn't enough money to solve the problems, it's a lack of political will.

Comment Re:Well done, India (Score 1) 72

You mean a modern country like the USA? I hear they are doing a great job of providing clean water, and reliable utilities, and I'm sure there are a bunch of AT&T customers in Florida that would love to tell you about the quality of phone service that they no longer have available, since it was too expensive for the private telco to maintain. After all, it's easy to show 13% growth in the short-term while you still have assets to sell and people to fire.

Comment Re:Sanders 2016 (Score 1) 176

Well if after $1,000,000 you'd be handing most of it over to Uncle Sam that probably encouraged business owners to instead reinvest into the company more than taking profits for themselves while looking for more ways to cut costs and shaft the employees.

You are absolutely correct. The higher tax rates were a great incentive for companies to invest in CAPEX and actual tangible growth. The company could avoid taxes by spending money on infrastructure and workers that would increase share value by creating greater productivity. The current trend in "trickle down economics" is for the corporations to increase share value by moving money overseas to dodge taxes and showing a bigger bottom line while decreasing productivity and crippling future growth.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that only one of these strategies is sustainable in the long-term.

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