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Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

Citizen of Earth CRTC misjudging its political power (184 comments)

Someone might want to inform the CRTC bureaucrats of the consequences of pissing off at least 4-million voters — election of the party that promises to rid us of the CRTC. (Really, this would be about 25% of the electorate assuming that each Canadian Netflix account corresponds to a household with 1.6 voters.)

Gouge us, go to war, waste tens of billions of dollars, the public doesn't care. But cut off our entertainment — it's torches-and-pitchforks time!

about a month ago
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

Citizen of Earth Re:ya'll a bunch of lazy slobs! (275 comments)

Buzz never punched anybody! The tape was faked! You can see that the shadows are all wrong!

about a month ago
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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

Citizen of Earth Re:IPO wasted nearly $10B (191 comments)

Who determines the IPO price? The underwriters.

My point is that it should be The Market that determines the IPO price(s), not the necessarily incompetent and corrupt Central Planners. You'd think these guys ever heard of a little thing called the Free Market and the regulators would have an obligation to ensure that a Free Market is provided to the public?

about a month ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Citizen of Earth Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

So they get their "canadian content" that way.

Except that the simulcast material is *American* content. Its origin doesn't change just because it's been licensed by Canadian channels for broadcast in Canada. I haven't read the rules, but counting commercials as Can-Con would be pure lunacy. In fact, it would allow all Canadian channels to carry nothing but American content all of the time, defeating any pretense of Can-Con requirements actually existing.

about a month ago
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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

Citizen of Earth IPO wasted nearly $10B (191 comments)

The IPO also wasted nearly $10B considering that the issue price was $68 and it started trading at $95. I just can't understand the logic behind the IPO mechanism. The purpose of an IPO is to raise as much capital as possible for a company to enable it to grow. However, 41% of the IPO value didn't go to the company; it went to lottery-winning middle men who were given shares for $68 and immediately flipped them to the open market.

An IPO should operate like a Dutch auction, with company having a trading account loaded with all of the IPO shares and starting sale for at a high valuation like $200 and then ticking down 1% every minute that "too few" shares are sold. This maximizes the haul for the IPO company by not squandering billions of dollars on bank insiders.

about a month ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Citizen of Earth Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

Huh? The American networks as carried in Canada do not have 50% Canadian content in prime time. In fact, it's probably zero percent.

about a month ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Citizen of Earth Re:it is all going to go horribly wrong (494 comments)

I can't understand why the UK is playing along with the 50%+1 idea. It is illegitimate. All Constitutional changes require a supermajority and this is the most fundamental of all Constitutional changes. Canada dispensed with the 50%+1 foolishness after the 1995 Quebec referendum with the Clarity Act which quashes all hope for legal secession (since no more than 40% of Quebeckers have ever really supported secession). A simple 50%+1 majority would surely disappear in the face of the years of economically disruptive negotiations, capital flight, and population flight. (On second though, the latter might help the Yes side.)

about a month ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Citizen of Earth Re:This isn't scaremongering. (494 comments)

If the UK is divisible, then so is Scotland. What do the people who live near the oil think about independence?

about a month ago
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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

Citizen of Earth Re:Golden opportunity missed... (198 comments)

This project was very successful, considering that the central purpose of all alternative-energy projects is to extract government subsidies. Any other outcome is coincidental.

about a month ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Citizen of Earth Re:Not the only strategy (324 comments)

I think that a fair way to approach taxation for multinational corporations would be to tax the revenue/profits earned in each tax jurisdiction according to that jurisdiction's rules. Instead of the concept of a jurisdiction providing services to enable corporate operations, view it as the jurisdiction providing consumers to corporations. That way, profits Apple earns from consumers within California are taxed the same way even if Apple moved all of its operations to Ireland. However, to avoid the huge burden on small companies from reporting to several hundred tax jurisdictions, set a lower limit that jurisdiction reporting is only required when revenues from a jurisdiction reach $20M for a company (or whole aggregation of shell corporations).

about a month ago
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Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

Citizen of Earth Re:You cannot patent an idea (118 comments)

opened the floodgates for "... on a computer" patents

followed by new patents on the same old ideas for "... on the web", "... on a smartphone", etc.

about a month ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Citizen of Earth Re:And low-emission transport trucks, too (491 comments)

And jetliners. They need to run on batteries, too! Because I say so!

about a month and a half ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

Citizen of Earth Re:Time for GATT Article XX tariffs (427 comments)

You get total emissions by taking per-capita emissions and multiplying it by "capitas". Do you see how that has a big impact with China's number of "capitas"?

about a month and a half ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

Citizen of Earth Re:Contacting BBC, via VPN (363 comments)

Why is a taxpayer-funded broadcaster even allowed to own copyrights in the first place?

about a month and a half ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Citizen of Earth "accidental" breakage (455 comments)

The cameras are likely to "accidentally" break anyway

The won't be "accidentally" breaking when the perp is actually being belligerant, which is most of the time there is an incident. If we were to posit that the cop is telling the truth in the Michael Brown case, the weeks of disruption, rioting, looting, vandalism, and arson could have been obviated by the timely release of the video.

about 2 months ago
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3 Years In, a "B" For Tim Cook's Performance at Apple

Citizen of Earth Innovation (90 comments)

How many years in until Cook finally produces an innovative product? For the past three years, it's been all about belatedly adopting Android features. This fall, it will be the bigger screens Android phones have already had for years.

about 2 months ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

Citizen of Earth Re:Wait (465 comments)

or "the dog ate my homework!"

about 2 months ago
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The Royal Society Proposes First Framework For Climate Engineering Experiments

Citizen of Earth Re:I have a better idea (174 comments)

To paraphrase, "How about just shutting down all industry and going back to the caves?" A de-industrialized civilization could only support billions fewer people than are alive today. You would need to 'cull' all of the excess. But really, westerns will never voluntarily accept even energy poverty, so your mass-extermination plan is a no-starter.

about 2 months ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

Citizen of Earth Re:Our they could use Planes (140 comments)

Commissioning ariel photography is very expensive, is only done occasionally rather than continuously, and Putin would take a very dim view of you flying your plane over his army that he says isn't even there.

about 2 months ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

Citizen of Earth Re:but... my face is smaller than 25 cm? (140 comments)

But the CSI folks will be able to zoom in on that one pixel far enough to see your DNA.

about 2 months ago

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