What fraction of ESPN's income comes from subscriber fees? If Nielsen has good data on the number of folks that actually watch ESPN, and if those numbers are steady, then ad revenue should be steady and revenue from subscriber fees is responsible for any drop in income. If those fees are $8 per month and 10,000 subs drop per day - 300,000 per month - there is $2.4 million per month in dropped revenue. Seems big to me, but I'd guess ad revenue much, much more. If ad revenue is down because of lost eyeballs, as well as their huge payouts to sports leagues, then they are in trouble.
1- I thought there was a big brouhaha about a cabinet officer using a non government email server during the recent political campaign. Actually, I haven't heard it wasn't secure as I never heard any emails were captured by folks who shouldn't have gotten them. My guess that server was more secure than the government server which might have been about as secure as a colander at holding water.
2- A bit off topic, but now we hear about the possibility of the CIA re instituting foreign torture chambers because "torture works." Works at what? All this reminds me of a situation that occurred in a foreign place beginning in 1933. Individuals in the US might not want to use secure communications or data storage because that means one might have something to hide and the government might want to find out what that is and assume, since torture works, find out what it was you want to hide.
It's not just football. My wife and I watched quite a few College Women's Volleyball games this fall as she has a cousin on one of the Div IA teams that ended up in the NCAA tournament. These were streamed live on Watch ESPN. There were time-outs, and the announcer mentioned before some that the time-out was a "media time-out". IIRC, the rules allow two time-outs per set in volleyball but now now there are extra "media time-outs" in women's volleyball. Where will it end?
Maybe I don't get it, but if news providers don't put their information on the Internet, Google can't index it and a search won't find it. Simple: force folks who want their product to pay for it in printed form or direct viewing of its videos. Problem solved. Then again, maybe no one wants to read or view their news output.
Compare the situation Manning suffered compared to that of Petraeus. Petraeus, a retired four star general and CIA director, revealed to his mistress in an extra marital affair something like 30,000 classified documents. Petraeus was convicted of misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified materials. It's not clear to me where these documents went or what judicially happened to the mistress. He was given a two-year probationary period and a fine of $100,000 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petraeus_scandal). It's not clear when the extramarital affair started, but if it was when he was still in the army then, the military has severe penalties for such behavior. But then, he was a four star general.
The better advice is don't make explicit videos ever then there will be nothing to safeguard. In the original situation here, I presume the the partner of the complainant had a copy and posted them, but in other situations the female could do the same thing to a male. In that part of our society that's sexist, such videos might enhance the reputation of the male unless he's married or in a serious relationship with another, but who knows.
Perhaps a bit off topic, but if you make videos of very intimate interactions or any thing else and put them on a Web site, much less YouTube, they're likely to be there forever and available for anyone to see via a link. If you want those videos to be truly private, record them using a device that uses removable storage, not a device connected to the Internet like a smart phone, and never attach that storage to a device connected to the Internet - never! Of course this advice is almost useless because the folks who need it don't read techdirt and those who read techdirt already know it.
Generally, there are specific rules about placing a copyright notice within a printed document. The placement is specified as is the format of the the notice including the C within a circle icon. I looked at the document in the original post above and didn't see a such a character string. Maybe I missed it. I'm not sure there can be any copyright claim regarding the ticket document.
Although $20 is not a huge sum, some folks needing a new computer might just go to a neighboring state to buy it if they live close to the border. For inexpensive hardware such as a $150 to $200 (plus or minus) Chromebook, tablet or phone, a longer trip might be worth it, especially if one were planning a trip anyway. Other scenarios are also possible.
Furthermore, this bill sounds like a violation of the Constitution's provisions about states taxing interstate commerce and the federal government's exclusive right to levy tariffs on goods imported from foreign countries. Pretty much all computer hardware will come to a US state from abroad and may pass through other states as well.
I've followed this fascinating tale for some time on this site and was wondering if Mike has ever seen any legal action or other harassment from these guys. I can't remember if he's reported such in the past. Techdirt is probably not read by "normal" people so maybe these guys ignored it as not worth the effort since other activities were more profitable.
Besides the TV viewer that has absolutely no interest in sports, a TV viewer might be at home thinking of watching something and is mildly interested in sports so checks the listings. The home team (basketball, baseball, hockey, football, whatever) isn't on so looks elsewhere for some entertainment. The viewer finds a couple of good movies not seen, checks out IMBD for ratings and forgets about sports. After some years of finding home teams are almost never on ESPN and isn't interested in Frisbie golf, decides money can be saved by not subscribing to a package that includes ESPN. Of course, the high cost of the subscription is what ESPN has spent "billions and billions" of dollars for - sports, like basketball, that few will watch. Advertisers must also be ticked off because fewer and fewer eyes see their ads but are unwilling to pay higher fees to subsidize a failing network. ESPN has cash flow problems and starts firing it's high paid analysts. Even sports fanatics become upset at the lower quality of on-air "talent" and move away. ESPN needs a new business model as well as the sports team industry.
First, Congress doesn't regulate anything, Executive Branch agencies write regulations based on laws passed by Congress and signed by the President or overridden by Congress of a presidential veto. Congress certainly may influence regulators, though, and laws may require regulation.
Second, this shows how up to date members of Congress and its staff persons are when it comes to business and particularly businesses focused on technology issues.
The DOJ wants existing Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLATs) modified so the FBI, etc. can continue to compel the production of communications stored overseas without tripping over reluctant US service providers or statutory limitations built into the SCA.
Not sure what these are but if they're real, legally binding treaties approved by the Senate and with foreign countries then the foreign countries need to approve a new treaty as well as the U. S. Senate. Could be tricky.
For electronic voting machines or central tabulating computers having a USB port the system doesn't need to be hacked. It can be destroyed with that $50 USB thumb drive that destroys the machine. Maybe it really is a hack if a concerted effort is made by a nefarious group to vote late in the day at selected precincts where voting histories are known. At least in my county in Colorado we vote using mail in paper ballots or paper ballots at precincts. They can be counted by hand if the readers break down.