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Brazil Approves Internet Bill of Rights

sjames Re:Rights are not things that are given (73 comments)

The entire rest of the free world manages to hire enough doctors to provide the needed healthcare. Sometimes they get creative like taking care of their med-school tuition in exchange for professional services at a discount later (a perfectly fair bargain freely entered) or relieving them of the burden of malpractice insurance payments. None of those places conscript doctors. Interestingly, here in the U.S. we do have a shortage of doctors and nurses in some regions.

Every system has rationing, Some do it based on actual medical need, one does it based on ability to pay without regard to need.

So, no slavery.

You are the one who said NOTHING is free, so how much is your monthly oxygen bill? What's the going rate for sunlight? Adults know that dropping the f bomb in a discussion or debate is generally anti-productive at best.

5 minutes ago
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

sjames Re:How many? (321 comments)

So who is submitting all of that data for the many people picking up the broadcast over their own antenna?

And actually, I wouldn't care in the slightest if Aero wants to tell any ratings people that 14,532 people were tuned to NBC at 9:00P.M. I would only object is they specified which people.

At the same time, the ratings people are perfectly free to have Aero customers volunteer to log their television viewing just like they do for other OTA viewers.

If the ratings people for some strange reason decided not to allow people who own Sony TVs to participate, would that magically make Sony an infringer?

about an hour ago
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Brazil Approves Internet Bill of Rights

sjames Re:And the government... (73 comments)

Same deal in the U.S. but we didn't get network neutrality in the bargain.

1 hour ago
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Brazil Approves Internet Bill of Rights

sjames Re:Rights are not things that are given (73 comments)

No, you aren't following him. Doctors there are free to seek whatever pay they want, just like everyone else. Employers are free not to agree to that price, just like everywhere else.

BTW, your oxygen payment is past due. We'll send people around in a moment to clamp your nose and mouth shut.

1 hour ago
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Brazil Approves Internet Bill of Rights

sjames Re:Rights are not things that are given (73 comments)

You are confusing natural rights and civil rights.

If a society offers no rights beyond natural rights to it's citizens, it may not ethically expect any obedience to it's laws nor payment of taxes.

As for your other claims, nobody said people aren't being paid.

1 hour ago
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

sjames Re:How many? (321 comments)

Why not? They could provide better figures than the people putting up their own antenna.

3 hours ago
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Parents' Privacy Concerns Kill 'Personalized Learning' Initiative

sjames Re:FERPA (91 comments)

Let's see, FERPA

It only applies to organizations receiving DOE funds. OH, and it seems it got loosened up a bit in 2012.

So yes, it's a pinkie swear.

yesterday
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

sjames Re:How many? (321 comments)

Not to mention obstructing the intersection.

yesterday
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

sjames Re:ah huh (321 comments)

No, but various IP owners are lined up waiting to shut down the cloud providers and they would sure enjoy a ruling against Aero.

yesterday
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

sjames Re:How many? (321 comments)

Additionally, they're operating as a DVR service.

So is Aaron Rents. The only difference is where the DVR actually sits.

yesterday
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

sjames Re:How many? (321 comments)

This is a case of a new player using the broadcast signal to provide a pay service without remuneration to the broadcast source. The broadcaster is paying the fees for the content and getting nothing in return.

They are getting the ad revenue, just like they get for everyone else in their area that puts up an antenna.

yesterday
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

sjames Re:How many? (321 comments)

They pay for the content and then add paid advertising to make a profit. All Aero does is increase the value of the ad time by allowing more people in the area to see the ads.

yesterday
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

sjames Re:How many? (321 comments)

All Aero is actually doing is helping broadcasters fully cover their area. The broadcasters are just upset because they somehow maneuvered the cable companies into paying them for the privilege of helping them whitewash the fence.

yesterday
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

sjames Re:How many? (321 comments)

There actually were a few crazy laws invented mostly to make cars impractical. Some of them never went off the books, they just got ignored so long that nobody even remembers they exist.

For example, at one time, when crossing an intersection, the driver was to stop the car, turn off the engine, get out and yell loudly. If nobody answered, he was to honk a loud horn. If nobody answered, he was to fire a gun into the air. Then, finally he was permitted to restart the car and continue. Supposedly this was to avoid collisions in the intersection.

yesterday
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How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?

sjames Re:But streaming is easy! (195 comments)

There's no need for them to be an actual majority. Besides that, they could show others how to do it.

yesterday
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Parents' Privacy Concerns Kill 'Personalized Learning' Initiative

sjames Re:So? Fix it. (91 comments)

And before you rant on about use of this data, I'm saying it is going to be used for EXACTLY THE REASON IT WAS COLLECTED.

And they are willing to back that with a contract where changes in terms are explicitly forbidden, right? Because all I see are vague statements that aren't even promises.

I really don't care if the company has any resale value or not. I'm more concerned that they not collect kids' data under color of government (since school is compulsory) and then change management and sell it to the highest bidder. If they can't make a go of it under that constraint, we're better off without them.

If they would like to not purge the data, they will have to honor the terms the data was collected under.

yesterday
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WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

sjames Re:OMFG compile! (111 comments)

Compiling can be very hard if the patches don't apply cleanly.

yesterday
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NIST Removes Dual_EC_DRBG From Random Number Generator Recommendations

sjames Re:What's the cost to use a real rng vs psudo (86 comments)

Hardware RNGs are in the same boat. Was it subverted by the manufacturer? Does it have a subtle bias we haven't discovered yet? Can it be biased by external conditions?

yesterday
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NIST Removes Dual_EC_DRBG From Random Number Generator Recommendations

sjames Re:Cut off your nose to spite your face (86 comments)

No, but it does leave you wondering about the other things they recommended.

yesterday
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Parents' Privacy Concerns Kill 'Personalized Learning' Initiative

sjames Re:Parent groups shut this down (91 comments)

The problem is who owns the data. The deep secret about your 'permanent record' that principals talk about when you're in school is that once you graduate, they sit on paper in a disused basement until destroyed by floods, fire, or rats. Perhaps these days they sit on tapes that become unreadable even sooner.

The good news is that they don't get sold to credit agencies, insurance companies or other lowlifes. Even if they wanted to sell it, they can't. It's just too hard to retrieve.

The harm of collecting it all under some 3rd party that pinkie swears it won't misuse the data is that it will, sooner or later, be quietly sold to those lowlifes I mentioned.

2 days ago

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