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  • Oct 13th, 2021 @ 9:25am

    Re: Metastasize

    Charter is abusing credit reporting by falsely threatening to damage your credit report if you do not reactivate. Credit card companies extending an offer on an actually delinquent account is a more of a courtesy to the customer. The credit card companies are doing anything illegal while Charter is threatening to do so. These are very different actions.

  • Jul 31st, 2021 @ 9:18am


    How different are TikTok and Facebook? If they are sufficiently different they may legally not be competitors.

  • Jul 31st, 2021 @ 9:17am

    Re: Re:

    I agree. I do not think most consumers are concerned about the percentage Apple, et. al. take from the price. Nor are most wanting to sideload an app. Most of the squawking about app stores come from those who want sideloading to be very easy and developers. The first do not realize the app store serves an imperfect source of apps for users. A source much better than searching the 'net for an app. The second are mostly complaining about the haircut they are taking at the store.

  • Apr 10th, 2021 @ 7:55am

    Re: Key word: "ask"

    You can ask but since you do not own the copyright there is very little you can do. Paparazzi exist because of this point of ownership. Within broad limits (like not trespassing) they can take a photo of a celebrity and post/sell it in the US and there is very little the celebrity can do about it.

  • Mar 31st, 2021 @ 5:30am

    Re: Missing the underlying point

    My thought is the township was looking for a legal way to harass an unpopular property owner. They needed an excuse to harass him that seemed viable. Violating zoning ordinances is a way to do this. But they forgot to check with the courts before flying a drone over the property.

  • Mar 30th, 2021 @ 8:48am


    Streisand Effect definitely as many would not think to use an aerial survey drone for this purpose instead of a surveyor.

    As far as 1A, definitely as he is not claiming his services are legally valid surveys. He is only taking aerial photos and making various maps from those photos.

    If I 'hired' a friend to do this and paid him for his time I would have the same result - photos but not a valid survey.

  • Dec 8th, 2020 @ 9:34am

    When Comcast...

    When you make Comcast look good you are truly horrible.

  • Jul 11th, 2020 @ 7:12am


    A major difference between using a security camera and reverse warrants. Security cameras only record a limited amount based on their location. Also they are useful for actually showing the crime, verifying/breaking alibis, etc. Reviewing the footage can be time consuming. They are not as likely to capture large numbers of innocent people in the shot and often it is pretty obvious they are innocent to someone with a couple of functioning grey cells. Depending on the camera and angles, the quality of the images may be rather grainy. But there is often enough detail to give a decent description of the perp that eliminates a large number of people. Reverse warrants in this case lump a number of phones which happened to be in the area together without any means of obviously rejecting them. The movements of each must be traced. Depending on the accuracy of the location data it will be difficult to accurately sort out quickly which phones to ignore.

    An example, I live very close to several bank branches (walking distance). If there was a robbery at one of them the interior video footage would either confirm whether I was in even in the branch at the time. And the footage would confirm if I even matched the perp's description. The cell location data from tower pings might not show my location with enough accuracy for me to be eliminated if I was at home during the robbery. The risk is a false positive will lead the police to focus on an innocent person with the possibility of charging an innocent person.

  • Feb 8th, 2020 @ 7:13am

    Idiocy Reigns

    Streaming services are useless without content. So if there are no games to stream or play online then the size of the server farm is irrelevant. Thus Sony and Nintendo as well as any other game producer are more direct competitors to Xbox than Google or AWS. Also, if a game is popular the content producer gets the profits, again the backend is not critical.

    Now as cloud service providers hosting content, Google, AWS, and others are direct competitors. But this ignores that what the content is what is important not whose hardware it resides on.

  • Jan 31st, 2020 @ 8:15am

    Allen and Two Temps

    The viewing landscape is changing with the rise of streaming services and sites like YouTube. These options have content that is not available on any cable service and are more convenient for a viewer once the content is posted. Cable cutting will continue for the near future as many review their options and viewing habits and decide cable/satellite is not worth the money.

  • Jan 27th, 2020 @ 6:58am

    New Sales

    5G will not cause the spike in sales OEMs and carriers are hoping for. The basic reason is 5G will not offer noticeable performance improvement for the common uses of the a phone. Once the performance is good enough for most they are not going to buy the latest model phone unless their old one is near death.

    Phones and computers are mature products and like other mature products the majority of sales is to replace older devices. The sales will flatten out. Any growth will be from population and economic growth and not penetration into completely virgin markets.

    The race for 5G is a marketing hype to make the carriers look like they are doing something.

  • Jul 3rd, 2019 @ 3:44pm


    If you have a quality brand that people know and want then harassing competitors is only free advertising for the competitors. You wonder if any has heard of the Streisand Effect. Musical instruments have a very limited range of materials, shapes, etc. because they have to be able to produce the expected sounds.

  • Jun 22nd, 2019 @ 9:02am

    Subscription vs Membership

    Many YouTube channels use a membership model with members getting special access or other benefits. The main content is free to the user. This is sustainable model for many channels and I would suspect many news sites. You still get traffic to see stories and you are getting dues (for lack of a better term) every month.

    One of the failures of a hard paywall is many are only interested in one or two stories that are being linked to and have no interest in the other content. Subscribing to a local fish wrap when you are not a local generally makes no sense. So either you allow the views which might generate some ad revenue or miss the view altogether and get 100% of 0.

    Another irritation is too many news sites demand one turns off ad-blockers or subscribe, I am not going to either. But if your content is sufficiently important to me, I might join as a member for a few bucks a month.

  • Jun 7th, 2019 @ 1:24pm

    (untitled comment)

    Has Comrade Stamos ever heard of a little thing called the Bill of Rights or the US Constitution?

  • Jun 4th, 2019 @ 1:55pm

    Traffic and Comments

    Personally it is rare that I go directly to a news site that does not allow comments. If there is an interesting story many times I will peruse the comments. Otherwise, on many stories, glancing at the headlines with some careful interpretation of the local Pravda will give me what I need to know. Also, in reality, most news sites just regurgitate the wire service feed so if you have seen the story anywhere you probably will not learn anything new.

  • May 17th, 2019 @ 3:33pm

    Re: I stand with and believe Techdirt's reporting ..

    He wrote a program I believe called 'Email'. The concept predated him by many years. In fact, the protocols for email predated his program by many years. So it was invented by others but not called 'Email'.

  • May 14th, 2019 @ 1:49pm

    More Kindling

    The photography community is not very happy with Adobe over the doubling of the subscription prices for the photographers' package. There are many applications that do a good job for most that are not as abusive as Adobe.

  • May 10th, 2019 @ 2:40pm


    These trolls are relying on the general ignorance of copyright law of both the copyright owner and the general public to shake down the innocent. Having followed many of these stories and having a working knowledge of copyright law there are a couple obvious points. First 'fair use' often covers the situation and it valid defense in US law. Second, linking to copyright material is not the same as infringing. Linking will deliver the user to the original page which is what the owner wants, traffic to their page.

  • May 10th, 2019 @ 2:30pm

    End of the beginning...

    Finally judges are beginning to try to understand how technology works. IP addresses, if they are accurate, point to specific router which has a physical location. They do not tell anyone who is using the router at that moment in time as they cannot tell who is logged into the attached devices.

  • May 1st, 2019 @ 4:26pm

    Never Underestimate the Venality of Shysters

    I am dubious the Shyster in Chief will get it right, too much money in legal fees riding on the 'correct' interpretation.

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