33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater
I don't think anyone here disagrees that what he did was wrong and he should be punished - certainly most of the comments I've seen agree with that.
I think most people just disagree with the severity of the sentence - jail time for a single instance of copyright infringement just seems completely disproportionate. Putting him in jail costs a fortune - thanks, privatised prisons - and doesn't seem to do much for rehabilitation (in many cases, doing the exact opposite).
Extensive fines, community service, etc - there are other options.
How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?
And for comparison, just how long does it take to build a gas station?
A great question; I suspect it's a while.
Certainly to get rid of a gas station - at least in Australia - is a big deal. There have been a few removed from my area in the last couple of years; I was amazed that the sites sat empty for so long (premium real estate!) but then discovered that there are regulations from our EPA about how they need to be cleaned.
I think it's a minimum of one year before they can be "reclaimed" for other use. I suspect an electric charging station doesn't require that kind of overhead!
Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording
But then those new shareholders might start getting a taste of the sweet sweet dividends possible when you're owning an unregulated, monopolistic company that makes ridiculous profits and change their tune.
New Car Heads-Up Display To Be Controlled By Hand Gestures, Voice Commands
My partner is a vision and attention researcher, so I've absorbed some fascinating information about how vision and attention are related.
You can be looking at something but not actually paying any attention to it. Further, your attention works differently at different depth planes - so while you might be focused on the HUD thinking that you're still aware of what's happening on the road, you almost certainly are not.
This sounds like an interesting device but - based on my partner's research and what she's said about it - it doesn't seem like it deals gracefully with issues of attention. I think there's definitely the potential for regulatory restrictions on devices like these if greater risk is demonstrated.
UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January
I actually went to a talk last night by someone from the Ohio State University that has been working on autonomous cars for ~20 years.
He talked specifically about licensing in Nevada - they have licenses available now but only for testing purposes: http://www.dmvnv.com/autonomou...
Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human
Huh. That sounds like a good idea. Take a little from everyone and use it to benefit people as they need it. You might not need it now, but others will, and when it's your turn it'll be glad it's there.
Nah, probably too crazy to work.
Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy
You realise dropbox is free, right? Why should they do something expensive like offer encryption on a service that is (a) free, and (b) for sharing files. Sharing's hard if your stuff is encrypted, and sharing is the source of most of Dropbox's value.
I'm a paying Dropbox customer.
I would love a feature that lets me client-side encrypt my files before they go to their server; one where the keys never left my machine - being aware that if I lose them, I lose all my data.
I would want the client software to be open source though and suspect that might not be in their interests.
Ultimately though I think they've made a conscious choice to not offer a feature like this not because they don't want to or because NSA, but because they see it as a support nightmare.
I tried a few of the alternatives that do client side encryption - Wuala and SpiderOak. I found them completely painful compared to the simplicity and elegance of Dropbox.
The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist
The 1% are just playing the game that US politicians were happy to sell to them. I can't fault them for their scummy behaviour. I can't hate them for taking advantage of a system that is broken.
Your elected officials are supposed to be standing up for the citizens, not selling out their office - and their country - to the lobbyists that basically seem to control the fate.
The really sad part is everyone feels stuck in this two party system, this horrible false dichotomy that has been carefully manoeuvred by interest groups to accomplish basically nothing - except preserving the status quo. Well, and sending it on this downward spiral into a scary police state.
I wish I could contribute to Lessig's Mayday campaign, because it is one of the few genuine attempts at reform, but I'm not a citizen or permanent resident (though I currently live in the US). I volunteered some time to help their technical team and wish I could do more.
NASA Names Building For Neil Armstrong
His biography First Man is a great read. Armstrong seemed like a classic "Right Stuff" guy; I'm sure the book paints him in a positive light but after reading it I couldn't think of anyone else I would want to be the first person to set foot on the moon in the name of humanity.
I think a better tribute from NASA would be to get us back to the moon. Maybe they could name the first permanent settlement there after him?
Apple Gets Its First Batch of iPhone Chips From TSMC
I would say you are 100% correct - in the Android ecosystem. I am exactly the same; I have a relatively new Nexus 4 and before that I had a Nexus One that I used until it was basically a painful experience because it just kept running out of space.
The N5 is basically the same phone and there's not a lot the Samsungs offer that interest me.
But Apple has a different model - they don't have thousands of different options. It's just one new model every couple years. They have a prestige associated with the iPhone that has almost /nothing/ to do with what the phone can actually do - it's just about having the new phone.
Most of the people I know who live in the iPhone world are largely non-technical types. With few exceptions they all want to be on the latest version - baffling to me as someone that actually looks at features.
Maybe this will taper off but so far I think Apple are just killing it.
Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann
Didn't New York flood last year? http://www.nytimes.com/newsgra...
NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks
Isn't that what NY's argument was here? Let's agree to do something to reduce the health care burden by "working together" to reduce the impact of gigantic sugary drinks?
Attempting to limit the problem of unplanned pregnancies by increased focus on planned parenthood is an awesome idea. I'm just not sure how different it is, conceptually, to trying to limit the problem of obesity/mass sugar intake/etc by limiting the size of sugary soft drinks - which I think is a stupid idea. Just not sure how I can reconcile those feelings.
Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle
Incorrect. "Loud pipes" are compensation for a small penis.
FWIW, I have several friends that ride bikes. None of them are the sort of people that I would classify as the type that would do something just out of some sort of inferiority complex.
They uniformly tell me that they see loud pipes as a critical safety measure to make drivers aware that they're there.
I do not know if drivers in general (i.e., around the world) are uniformly bad at paying enough attention to notice riders (of bicycles or motorbikes), but certainly here (Brisbane, Australia) people seem to be pretty woeful at their situational awareness when driving.
For me, that is enough to keep me off the road on a bike. I don't even like driving much (my car was new in ~2004 and now has ~38,000km on it).
One of my motorobike riding friends was recently hit by a clueless driver while on a bicycle.
tldr: enough drivers are so bad at being aware of what is aorund them that loud pipes help make riders safer (... or at least, feel safer. I don't know if there is data showing that they are).
No, HealthCare.gov Doesn't Require 500 Million Lines of Code
What that guy probably means is that he bought a policy on the Obamacare exchange, and his doctor wouldn't see him because he doesn't accept that policy.
But that can happen anyway, right? Presumably doctors change what insurance they accept at certain times depending on what market conditions exist and how they go with the various insurance companies they have to deal with?
The Brakes That Stop a 1,000 MPH Bloodhound SSC
That actually makes me wonder if that would be a more efficient way of making it stop. Instead of trying to brake, deploy some surfaces that give lift and just point straight up, pop some parachutes and deploy some landing bags.
I'm sure trying to make it aerodynamic enough to do that would just be massively complicating the whole design to the point that it is worthless, but it'd be a fun way to stop.
Should Tesla Make Batteries Instead of Electric Cars?
This is dumb. They have made the a car that is a tech status symbol like nothing else. Ferraris are unaffordable to all but the super rich, but a Tesla ticks off so many boxes it's not even funny:
- super cool? tick
- eco-friendly? tick
- high tech? tick
- way more expensive than average? tick
- genuinely, actually not a piece of shit? tick
I can't justify buying one at the moment (Australian living in the USA temporarily) but every time I see one here I am struck with lust, and I don't even give a shit about cars. I just /want/ one.
New Tech Super PACs Could Tap Into Google Riches
The best way to use these committees would be to have them shut down the stupid situation that allows them to exist in the first place.
Like Lessig is doing with Mayday PAC.
Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps
How is this not a thing with a reality TV show already?!?
Red Hat Acquires InkTank, Ceph Maintainers
Great stuff. This news seems great and look forward to seeing where it goes, particularly around the open sourcing of some new tools.
We've just launched a new virtual server hosting service in .au which uses Ceph for the storage system (blatant plug: https://binarylane.com.au/ coming to the US soon!) We chose it after a lot of evaluation of various other systems and so far it seems to be performing really well.
The stuff on the roadmap you mentioned sounds awesome as well.
Why Does Amazon Want To Sell Its Own Smartphone, Anyway
This is one of the reasons I have not bought into the Amazon ecosystem.
GP is right - Amazon have largely solved piracy for the majority of users by simply making it way easier. As an avid reader and someone that has been almost exclusively reading e-books since about 2005, I love the idea of the Amazon ecosystem.
But I can't bring myself to buy a book that I then don't own. I understand the revoking is, when considered as a percentage of books, tiny - but the point is /it can happen/. I don't want their DRM scheme to magically deactivate my book collection one day.
I know I can buy the books and strip the DRM - but then I'm back at the start and it's no longer easier to use the Amazon ecosystem. Users might as well just pirate it to - as usual - get a superior product.
I made the decision to not buy DRM'ed products ever a while ago. Unfortunately this greatly limits my ability to buy e-books - many publishers/retailers don't clearly distinguish between DRM-free and DRM on their sites, despite apparently supporting them both (I still haven't figured out how to reliably buy DRM-free Tor books; I don't know if I am stupid or what).
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