So you don't have curtains or blinds on the windows of your house? You leave your doors unlocked day and night regardless of whether anyone is home? You prefer your bank statement come on a postcard? Do you believe all WiFi should be open WiFi?Do you remove the passwords on all (both?) of your devices? Surely you don't have a safe deposit box or locks on anything in your home. After all, someone might want to see what you're hiding!
Hollywood (i.e. the major movie studios and record labels and their lobbyists*, the MPAA and RIAA) are just as much a part of the "big players" as the major datacomm providers who have a near monopoly on big player content (e.g. Hollywood) for which they charge getkeeper prices. It is no wonder they want to restrict access to competing providers (e.g. Netflix). Currently they can't figure out how to ban their competitors completely so they are trying to get gatekeeper pricing subsidies from them.
The only reasonable solution is for companies that provide internet pipes** to be classified as telcos (i.e. Title II providers) by the FCC.
P.S. By definition "indie" excludes "Hollywood". Big players view independents as competitors.
*Herein I mean "lobbyists" in the most derisive tone possible. ** The acronym "ISPs" is no longer accurate. "Information Service Providers" are companies like Google, Wikipedia, Amazon, and Craigslist. Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and Level3 are datacomm providers and should be classified as such.
The documents note that nearly 25% students with disabilities have been suspended, despite making up only 12% of school attendees.
What do those 2 statistics have to do with each other? Let's see: 25% of 12% means that 3% of the attendees are disabled and were suspended. It says nothing about what percentage of attendees without disabilities were suspended.
In addition, the DOE's research found that black students were being suspended three times as often as white students.
Is that three times as high a percentage, or three times as many students? If there are three times as many black students as white students then they were suspended at the same percentage.
Nonetheless I fully support the rollback of reactionary policies that have accumulated due to multiple iterations of "What about the children?!"
Many works are not available for purchase and some are lost forever because the only copies were locked away to rot. This even includes films that won Academy Awards; for example: Kentucky (1938) for which Walter Brennan won Best Actor In A Supporting Role.
Personally, I find it infuriating to go looking for content that I enjoyed years ago only to discover it is no longer available, or not available in convenient format. For example, once content is available via streaming (e.g. Netflix Instant) it should forever be available for streaming.
This idea has been around a while, but maybe this time it will stick. In 1993 when "multimedia computers" (i.e. CD-ROM, audio cards and graphics that could almost play low-resolution video) were bleeding edge, Todd Rundgren released an interactive album titled "No World Order". Refer to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_World_Order
I dropped cable TV in 1999. These days Netflix (discs and streaming) have completely replaced cable TV for my household, and mostly replaced broadcast TV. (I really like the 2 Roku set-top boxes I own.) News is mostly online. TechDirt, /. and Google are standard fare.
I have cable internet, but it's business-class so it's truly unlimited (static address, no ports blocked, no monthly caps, etc). For folks in my area with consumer-class internet from the local cable company, it's actually cheaper (about $5 a month) to get internet service with basic cable TV than without cable TV.