MPAA running the show?
What could possibly go wrong?
Well, nothing they'll ever lose in court over. Not that they shouldn't, mind you.
165 posts • joined 6 May 2010
What could possibly go wrong?
Well, nothing they'll ever lose in court over. Not that they shouldn't, mind you.
This is a systemic issue with the Android ecosystem (well Android is the most visible anyway due to sheer numbers) and just about everyone involved has a little guilt to share. Carriers, Google, FTC, FCC, manufacturers and consumers (not necessarily in that order) all have neglected to do their duty.
As consumers we haven't voted with our wallets, the manufacturers have consistently orphaned products way too early, carriers have actively blocked consumers from updating their devices/failed to push updates, Google isn't using their quite considerable influence to get manufacturers and carriers to help, and the .gov hasn't used a big stick to get everyone's attention (up until now perhaps).
*This is from a US perspective. YMMV.
Are you saying the bad guys are on a streak?
Not knowing what you are doing has never stopped an American regulatory agency from action. History is replete with bungled programs, over-extended reach of regulation and wasted resources all courtesy of various agencies. Repeat after me: TSA.
Many times an agency is started in good faith with a clear mission and then the bureaucrats invade and pretty soon you have the EPA. Or worse yet, CARB (California specific). Now the Army Corps of Engineers is getting in the game. All agencies that were needed at the time of conception and still serve a useful purpose in a minority of their programs but are on the whole past their prime.
Egos, political maneuvering, evangelism of various strongly held beliefs, etc all play a role in the rise and rot of these entities.
I think if you add up everything tax you pay you would be astonished.
This is for the State of Montana, USA.
taxes and fees on electric, natural gas, phone, internet, cable...
We don't have a state sales tax, but we do have "resort" taxes.
My town is trying to push through their application as a resort town and pass an additional gas tax.
Taxes (registration fees and property tax) on automobiles
property taxes (city and state)
Hotel "bed" tax
Special Road Improvement Districts, park taxes, sidewalk fees, tree fees (you have trees? here's a tax. We won't do anything to them or help you trim them but pay up. Oh, you don't have trees? Here's a tax for not having them!) These are in addition to tax money set aside in the budget from the property taxes.
This is for Joe Blow citizen that doesn't have taxable investment income, secondary sources of income, etc.
Other states have sales taxes from the state, county, city, and even neighborhood in some cases (generally a leftover from a town tax when the town got annexed into a bigger city).
I know there is quite a bit more that I'm missing - but you get the drift.
Taxes are part and parcel of civilization. We have to have them to fund things for the public good.
My contention is that all of these chips at the stone are wearing it down to gravel. Waste, corruption, abuse, unnecessary services...
I hadn't heard of the BEPS guidelines but I'll have to read up on them.
Hand me $5k and I'll let you in on a secret. Let sleeping dogs lie.
The original source of Pike pepper-spraying "activists" was largely fading into the background before this latest round of misbegotten thinking was aired. It had turned into a humorous anecdote for the mainstream and the hard core believers won't be swayed by anything you can come up with so the best thing to do was let a few layers of time and the next latest crisis divert attention.
So the structurally sound (looking anyway) wooden box in a building that presumably meets fire codes is not allowed, but a cardboard creation in an abandoned building next to an open burn barrel is A-OK?
I think we might have found one of the causes of the SF housing market.
I thought they DIScharged with GBH? :)
Reminds me of when MPC bought the corporate side of Gateway. IIRC it took ~18 months to go from 2 revenue generating divisions to liquidation.
My Dad was asked how he felt about having to identify the body of my brother. Even though it was a television reporter on camera and a local sheriff was right there no evidence was ever presented that my Dad really did hit said reporter - breaking his nose. Good job on Sheriff and camera guy.
I would love to have a copy of the incident though - just to remember Dad.
I swear that this isn't some long game payback for inflicting us with Steve Irwin. Really.
*(I actually liked Steve's shows - over the top but the kids got interested in outdoors and critters in a way I couldn't get them to.)
I would give you an upvote also, but you are at a perfect 42.
EDIT: And then somebody screwed that up.
Since you are using Linux, shouldn't that be Lin/Lin? ;)
At Martin an gof:
Are you me?
Nope, not at all.
"Yes, it wasn't "game in one". Still, he should realize that even if he wins the right to go on the junket, it will not end as well as he might have hoped or imagined. That much is predictable."
Yes, the last time he "won" he had a rather memorable adventure with the Heathrow security bods as I recall.
Sorry I didn't get back to this earlier.
The reason the forms "aren't on the web" is that we already have digital forms internally, for the state, for the IRS, for Medicare, for Medicaid, for the various insurers, and now for a multitude of ACA mandated programs. Few of which are compatible, by design apparently. Medicaid reporting for our state still requires a modem to dial into their system. Really. Even though technically we are a component of the state (county facility).
We use a vertical market product that is pretty common for facilities our size. Their dbase structure was based on good programming techniques as far as I can tell. We had them do data conversion from our previous product and import it to theirs so we wouldn't have to pay humans to manually input. We then inquired about doing what you suggest and they laughed. They said we literally could not pay them enough to do so. I'm not a programmer or database pro so maybe I'm wrong but I would think that a for-profit company would be willing to set up something like that for cold hard cash if they could. Shrug.
The ACA was supposed to be the beginning of rounding up all these separate systems for efficiency and cost reduction. Instead it made it much worse - which is a direct result of all of the backroom deals that had to be done to pass it. It is a pig's breakfast and the only people who benefitted are those taking advantage of the subsidies and some companies that donated to the correct pockets during the 2008 and 2012 election cycles. Everyone else is paying more for less.
I seriously doubt the mental competence of anyone that claims the ACA was in any way a win for the average American insurance consumer or for entities that are having to take payments. Costs and complexities are up across the board and coverages are down. There are hundreds of additional taxes buried in the ACA, many of which have trigger dates that are just now coming into effect.
My personal conspiracy theory is that Pres. Obama wanted to finish breaking the system so that the American public would swallow an NHS-style system. If I wanted that I would have moved to Canada or the UK. I've always paid my insurance and when I needed it used it. I've never had a big issue until my coverage was gutted (and my premiums went up 30% in two years with another 18-20% slated for this year) and I needed some Chiro care. More anecdotal evidence: A married couple I know own a small business. They used to pay a portion of the employees insurance premium (for those that wanted insurance). Now they either have to pay it all or nothing or face penalties. Their personal insurance went from $800/month for their family with decent (not great) coverage to $1000 for crap coverage for just them. They are both over 50 so their rates are higher. They gave all their employees a raise and told them they were on their own.
This is just as bad as our new Affordable Care Act. The website alone is $1B in and isn't complete. The user interface leaves something to be desired also. (To be fair, have one hundred people try a website and a significant percentage won't like the interface no matter how "good" it is.) Prices/costs have gone up across the board.
Real world example: Our local rest home (long term care for aged, mentally infirm, and fully handicapped persons) used to require 7 pages of entry paperwork to admit someone. After ACA was implemented it now requires 43 pages just to account for the extra mandates. They had to put on 2 more full time entry clerks and a part time position. The real kicker is that none of the mandated paperwork is digitally compatible with pre-existing Federal medical reporting. Everything has to be entered multiple times, which of course leads to multiple errors during input.
I sincerely hope your system ends up being better or just killed outright.
"Are we being stacked neatly into the pools or are we being liquefied first?"
Both. The early birds get stacked in. If you are late you get run through the Soylent processor and sprayed into the pool to fill in the gaps.
IF this comes to market anyway.
And if an industry-contracted entity had done the same there would have been massive fines and quite possibly jail time for the offender.
Since it was a government contractor/employee - no harm no foul.
The Environmental Protection ACT was a noble idea that was subverted by bureaucracy. The Environmental Protection Agency is a bunch of hacks and idealists with no oversight and very little expertise/experience outside of an /indoctrination/ educational ivory tower.
I like competitive shooting. I don't kill much other than recycled paper. But you are correct that firearms are a tool whose ultimate purpose is to put a lot of force into a small area very quickly. If a living organism is in the way...
Forced training? Do you also advocate yearly driving tests?
And you have just completely undermined your whole argument in one half of one sentence. Criminals are just that and I don't see why lawful citizens' rights should be infringed to not stop criminal activity. And I don't trust a "loony" check by a doctor who is getting forced by the Feds to meet quotas.
I do believe in firearms proficiency. I believe it is every gun owner's responsibility to be properly trained in the use and care of any firearm they own. But it is their responsibility, not the government's. The owner should pay the price for not being proficient and safe also.
I'm getting a little sick and tired of the massive restrictions placed on the public because of the actions of a relative few. My new truck has stability control that can't be disabled because some people can't be arsed to DRIVE, not just ride behind the wheel of their multi-ton death machine. I can't own a decent sized drone (not that I personally want one but that is beside the point) without registering it with the Feds because of a few dipshits. My new ladder cost multiples more because of multiple lawsuits finding manufacturers of ladders liable for the users standing on the top rung and dancing a jig. Surprise! If you fall from 6' above the ground because you didn't use any common sense it just might hurt. Ect, ect.
Sorry about the rant but it is time to take the warning labels off and let nature take its course.
@ASDF "I bet a majority of android devices are still vulnerable even to this day."
Since my provider isn't pushing updates to my Android phones, you would be right. I'll have to root or upgrade soon just to update my phone. I won't be getting another Android based phone, not because they aren't fit for purpose, but because providers won't push updates to phones they sold.
Sarcasm? Maybe, IDK.
What some people forget is that in the Western US we have a LOT of Congressionally assigned Wilderness (and our wilderness areas are different than what you might think - they are managed as pre-Columbian - you can't take a bicycle in there, foot or horse (yeah I know) only) Federal Parks, and federal public lands managed as Wilderness that can't have wires strung across them. That makes it even more difficult to get point to point. The electric grid has worked around these areas, but in general those are privately owned towers and they don't have to lease space on them to anyone else. Combine that with low population densities and pay back terms longer than the infrastructure is designed to last and you have a problem. And lets face it, it is a lot easier to screw people than it is to install fiber everywhere. :)
I wish I could upvote this more.
Only in the presidential election. Everything else is popular vote per state (or smaller unit depending on election). Example: US Senators are elected state wide, but US Representatives are elected by district within the state. Then you have individual state offices, county, municipal, etc.
Re: AC "Getting on the electoral role over there is a PITA compared to here in blighty. It is apparently controlled by the main parties. If that is not a chance for corruption then I don't know what it."
Voter ID laws have been struck down in many states. Here people are allowed to register to vote the day of election with nothing more than an electric bill. No state issued id needed, no photo id, just something purportedly proving -residency-. There is an important distinction between residency and citizenship. If that isn't proof of corruption of the voting process I don't know what is. Every time we try to enact stricter registration laws the ACLU and the like get involved. I'm not condoning actual poll taxes or overt hurdles to minority classes, but I don't think that having to have a free state issued photo id to register and then vote is an unnecessary burden, and having to register at some point before the election isn't either.
If it is even easier to register and vote in the UK (or whatever division of it you are inhabiting) you have a problem.
That would be the University of Texas at Austin.
Coders who specify a very specific version of java (in my experience HVAC controllers are coded this way for some reason, as well as "security" devices) and force you to keep a creaky old hole-ridden application on client pc's.
We have numerous devices (and some vertical applications) that require nothing newer than 1.5!
Is it stealing if I convince you to invest in a pyramid scheme and you pay me online? Only digital bits (nothing physical) have been moved.
I contend that if you receive benefit (I agree that watching most Hollywood film is of dubious benefit) without compensating owner (and without owner's permission) that is theft. If you are not willing to pay for the content, don't watch/listen. Simple.
Surely elephants and THEN turtle?
"Recording Industry Ass. of America"
I see what you did there.
You do realize this is a Federal court, right? That means it has nothing to do with Texas other than location. The judge was appointed by a president (didn't bother looking up which one) and confirmed by Congress. Generally this is a slam dunk political payback, although the candidates typically look good on paper.
Texans should look a little closer at their history, specifically 1836-1845, to see how secession would go even if it was not contested by the US. Those were tough times economically, politically and militarily for the Republic.
And those "subsidized" roads that Walmart uses? That would be the same ones that the workers use to get to the job provided by Walmart. The same ones that the protesters used to get their busloads of placard carriers to the stores to protest.
I wish I had a boss this awesome. I hope your old manager doesn't mind if I use that line.
Thanks for the heads up. I'll be looking into this.
Let out all the non-violent drug offenders. Legalize all the drugs - I don't care anymore what you do to yourself.
For those people that have done something that really requires lockup - let them do all the drugs they want. Just don't intervene when they OD. Lots of problems solved right there.
I'm only kidding a little...
+1 for alphahole. I'm totally stealing that.
Several states have already banded together and have a similar arrangement in place. Just copy that and Presto! Heck, just join the existing collaboration and increase the buying power by factors.
But nooooooooooo. We have to reinvent the wheel ver. xx with experts. Awesome.
True but around here there is a 500ft minimum AGL regulation unless you are in the landing pattern (or have a pre-approved flight plan over non-regulated airspace). That should leave separation for the toys (most of the ones I could afford probably wouldn't make it vertically 500ft before something failed) and manned aircraft. There is an issue with the unlicensed "aircraft" such as powered 'chutes and ultralights that are under different guidelines than traditional aircraft. I'm not positive what those are unfortunately and there could be some overlap between them and the "toy" drones.
If you tie your data center into your building HVAC you will suddenly be at the mercy of a: the HVAC guys who designed the system that cools in the winter and heats in the summer, and b: the facilities manager who thinks this is a fantastic idea because it is much cheaper than the other way around.
I'm sure there are plenty of anecdotal reminisces about this so I won't bother sharing my notably prolific incidents.
My Dad always said "If this hurts me more than it hurts you I'm doing it wrong."
Holy Snikes! The Judge got one right! Woot! Etc. Hope he has a Happy Birthday next time around.
I don't have a good feel on how to do what you are advocating - but I think the first step is to roll back the idea that a corporation is somehow human and has the same rights (without the responsibilities).
*NOTE* This is based on American law and current legal precedent. I don't know what you Limeys have going on.
All of those arguments - especially the drunk driving one - can be used to support gun ownership. For the record I support personal gun ownership by people who have not proven themselves unsuitable.
We better warn Idaho they are fixing to be wiped off the map when the deadly potato clock becomes mainstream knowledge.
That is certainly an issue. However, I dream about our various departments taking over their own IT like they try to. They have certainly been able to dictate to us what they were going to do and we've had to make it work within our existing framework (with little or no budget adjustments). It would be an eye-opener for them when their data disappeared, when their new shiny didn't interface with their existing, etc. I would pay good money to watch the gnashing of teeth, instead of getting paid peanuts to gnash my own.
One department recently dropped 100k on a new platform (we are a small entity so this is big bucks for us) without any consultation with IT, and refused to have their old data imported by the vendor (an extra 10k). They simply didn't realize it wasn't as easy as copy and paste to move the data. So now we are running 3 systems (because this isn't their first rodeo!) side by side, some of it on truly antiquated systems, just because the ego of the manager won't allow him to acknowledge his failure. We don't have any internal developers so doing the data conversion ourselves would be problematical.
Not only were we not involved - we had no clue it was coming. We had to put on hold our backup update project to fund the hardware and licenses for their new project - wait for it - because they didn't include money for that in their budget.
TLDR - Bad idea to "decentralize" IT the way the author is advocating.
Said OFF switch is in the basement. That has no working lights. Behind a locked and barred door that has a sign on it saying "beware the leopard". The sign isn't lying.
It is hard to shine a light where this comes from because the back of someone's head is blocking.