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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

rhazz Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

Canada only has jurisdiction over what is can enforce its orders on. If Netflix has no employees or assets in Canada, Canada has no jurisdiction over Netflix.

The CRTC doesn't need jurisdiction over Netflix to make them play ball. They already have jursidiction over the ISPs which deliver Netflix content to canadian consumers, and I'm sure they could easily make doing business in Canada more expensive for them. If Netflix was untouchable then they would not have bothered to show up to the hearings.

about a month ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

rhazz Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (504 comments)

Unfortunately all you have to do is guess the first character correctly, at which point the phone will auto-correct to the correct password.

about a month ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

rhazz Re:mercury in CFLs is a net good (173 comments)

Only if you accidentally the whole thing!

about a month and a half ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

rhazz Re:Doesn't this pretty much kill 4chan? (134 comments)

But a huge amount of what is posted on 4chan are just copied images or gifs created from (one would assume) copyrighted films/videos. And I'm not just talking about the porn sections. If they go down this path and actually enforce it I think it's very likely a number of the forums will dry up.

about a month and a half ago
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Changing the Rules of a 15-Year-Old Game: Quake Live Update Causes Controversy

rhazz Re:Quake...the game that ruined my plans for LIFE. (170 comments)

so I Invested in a DUAL ISDN line (that's a 64 x 2 = 128k line) and pinged the bejeezus outta the competition

Why didn't you just download and use cheats? Paying $700 a month for something that will give you an automatic advantage over most players is pretty much the same thing in spirit, no?

about a month and a half ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

rhazz Re:Wrong focus? (152 comments)

Yep, and it only takes two countries agreeing for it to be "internationally agreed"!

about a month and a half ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

rhazz Re:What about.. (158 comments)

Oh get off your high horse. Yes, if only Canada had stamped out all other languages officially in government a hundred years ago, then we wouldn't have these issues today. And in the US there are definitely language issues - in some places you can speak any language you want as long as that language is English.

I very much disagree with Quebec's (and the rest of the country's) language laws, but the US isn't some magical place where all these problems don't exist - they just don't exist for the english population.

about 2 months ago
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World's First 3D Printed Estate Coming To New York

rhazz Re:Let us redefine "progress" (108 comments)

Not global no, but the mafia might have a problem with it on a regional basis.

about 2 months ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

rhazz Re:Salesmen (161 comments)

We also have secondary phones for IT after-hours support. I suppose in our case this enables the phone to be passed around to whoever is on call, but really nobody wants their personal cell phone being called unless there is an emergency (and I work in a regulatory body so it's pretty much never an emergency).

about 2 months ago
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Your Phone Can Be Snooped On Using Its Gyroscope

rhazz Re:So? (96 comments)

Guilty as charged.

about 2 months ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

rhazz Re:The memo you are about to see (161 comments)

Most payphones I see these days have been outfitted with credit and/or prepaid card slots. Credit cards would be an easy receipt (through bill printout), not so sure about prepaid cards...

about 2 months ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

rhazz Re:Big Data (181 comments)

Are there actually any ISPs refusing to peer who are NOT content providers? My understanding is that companies who are both ISPs and content providers want to cause trouble for Netflix on the ISP side so they don't have to compete on the content side. If there are ISPs refusing to peer who are not biased in this manner, I would assume they must have a more compelling argument?

about 2 months ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

rhazz Re:god dammit. (521 comments)

And hydro plants may make areas too underwater for deer. And nuclear plants may make areas too cement for rabbits.

about 2 months ago
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Your Phone Can Be Snooped On Using Its Gyroscope

rhazz So? (96 comments)

I'm going to assume most phones already have actual microphones, so how does this add any additional kind of insecurity? I'm going to assume most phones already have actual microphones, so how does this add any additional kind of insecurity?

about 2 months ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

rhazz Re:RACIST! (514 comments)

In my experience (Canadian government IT) if there is racism preventing black people getting jobs, it is happening before the job application process.

I am a programmer working in an IT section with about 75 employees, and we do not have a single black person currently employed. And this is government, where being any official minority gives you a leg up on everyone else in the pool. We had a black testing consultant a several years back, and last year we had a black student. But otherwise we have many whites, asians, indians, and misc, all of varying qualities. In university (in the same city) my classrooms were a similar mix, also with very few black people. Of the black people I've encountered that work in this organization, almost all of them are on the business policy side, which usually means they are PhD's (veterinarians).

about 3 months ago
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Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

rhazz Re:I'm sorry to be the grammar Nazi... (110 comments)

The only reason I even opened this discussion was to complain about the same thing. I think Slashdot is making me a bad person.

about 3 months ago
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Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

rhazz But what if... (78 comments)

If I store my MP3s on this sheet of paper and then photocopy it, is that copyright infringement?

about 3 months ago

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