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If you purchase and pay the DVD by september 15th latest, you can get your name mentioned on the official movie credit scroll! To make sure the crediting works fine, we will remind everyone via email a month before the movie goes to premiere.
As you can notice on the campaign “money meter”, we target at a pre-sale of 2000 this time. Very ambitious, but the targets for this project are ambitious too. Order now!
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The Durian Team
Yep its an Open Source project. Only this time it is going for Open Funding too. So all it takes is for you to preorder Durian by September 15th and your name will be added to the list of credits as a ‘producer’ I guess. Ego? Hey you bet. But where else can the average schmo like me get a crack at this? My point exactly.
Those unwanted prerecorded commercial calls, soliciting services such as carpet cleaning or car warranties, will be a thing of the past unless telemarketers have written permission from consumers that they want to receive these calls, the commission said today. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1, violators will face penalties up to $16,000 per call.
“American consumers have made it crystal clear that few things annoy them more than the billions of commercial telemarketing robocalls they receive every year,” Chairman Jon Leibowitz said in a news release. Previously, telemarketers had to tell consumers how to opt out of receiving robocalls.
But there are a few exceptions. The commission will exempt calls that aren’t trying to sell goods and services to consumers; that category would include calls that provide information such as flight cancellations, delivery notices and debt collections.
So lets note the exceptions. Its legal –
Debt collection robocalls are still legal. The fine is $16k per call. Getting the money would take some effort but for the adventurous it might be an interesting hunt.
Senator Jay Rockefeller is at it again. He tried to push through a similar law before and he failed. Senators have a tendency to keep repackaging their bad ideas again and again until they can sneak them into law while we’re not watching. This time he’s back with a new version that seeks to give the occupant of the white house power that no individual should have. I wonder what he has in mind by giving the President the right to switch off privately owned networks. Sure, it’s only in the event of a “national emergency”. The problem is Rockefeller and his political cronies declare emergencies at will when it serves their political ambitions.
A Senate bill would offer President Obama emergency control of the Internet and may give him a “kill switch” to shut down online traffic by seizing private networks — a move cybersecurity experts worry will choke off industry and civil liberties.
Details of a revamped version of the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 emerged late Thursday, months after an initial version authored by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., was blasted in Silicon Valley as dangerous government intrusion.
“In the original bill they empowered the president to essentially turn off the Internet in the case of a ‘cyber-emergency,’ which they didn’t define,” said Larry Clinton, president of the Internet Security Alliance, which represents the telecommunications industry. (Foxnews)
The federal government has been a miserable failure at securing its own data and networks. Not only is it a bad idea to give the president this much power, it is most certainly unconstitutional. This is nothing new for Jay Rockefeller. His career is an endless string of assaults on individual liberty and private enterprise …….. unless it has to do with the rights of a telco to write the rules it will be regulated by.
I strongly urge everyone to contact their elected officials and tell them that this law cannot be passed.
A judge has given one of the least customer oriented monopolies in the country the to OK to get bigger. No strings attached.
Comcast Corp., the biggest U.S. cable-television provider, won a legal victory as a court threw out a rule limiting cable companies to 30 percent of the market.
The Federal Communications Commission failed to fully consider competition from companies such as DirecTV Group Inc. and Dish Network Corp., the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington said. It called the FCC’s action “arbitrary and capricious” and vacated the rule.
The ruling could spell an end to FCC attempts to limit the growth of cable companies, said Andrew Lipman, a Washington- based attorney. The court didn’t offer the agency a chance to provide better reasons for the rule, as it did when judges rejected the limit in 2001, Lipman said in an interview. (Bloomberg)
Don’t look for Comcast to go searching for new, underserved and unserved markets. The company has grown entirely through acquisition. With the sputtering economy, many smaller operators will sell for historically low prices. For that reason, the timing of this ruling can’t be entirely coincidental. What really troubles me is that all of the discussion I’ve seen on this case focuses entirely on pay TV. Closed system pay TV is in need of some of Obama’s end of life counseling. The real issue is internet access. Letting the biggest and baddest of the cable guys control more than 30% of the cable internet with no provision to enable new competition isn’t just a bad idea. It’s criminal!
I hate being wrong. A little over a year ago, I stated that things could not possibly get worse at the FCC. I was wrong. While I won’t repeat that mistake I will report that the new butts in the FCC’ boards seats have managed to stoop to a few new lows even before the name plates on their offices have changed. The latest from the agency who has taken the public out of the public air waves? The same FCC that allowed TWO companies to hold a DOMINANT chunk of the national wireless spectrum now wants to know why there is so little innovation in that market.
The Federal Communications Commission decided unanimously on Thursday to review the state of “innovation” in the wireless industry, a move that could lead to greater regulation of carriers and government intervention in disputes such as one that recently erupted over Google Voice and the Apple App Store.
All five FCC commissioners, including the two Republicans, voted to approve a pair of investigations into the wireless industry. One will look broadly at the state of competition and innovation, and the other, as CNET News reported last week, will evaluate whether truth-in-billing rules ensure subscribers know what they’re paying for on their monthly phone bills.
Thursday’s vote represents only a small first step toward more federal rules. While not all formal inquiries result in new regulations, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski did stress that his agency should be “relentless” in its pursuit of wireless innovation. CTIA, the organization which represents the big wireless operators in the U.S., has said that the industry is very competitive and innovative. (Cnet)
One has to wonder if any of the bureaucrats FCC ever studied economics operated a business. It’s a simple truth that if you allow a number as small as two businesses to dominate a marketplace they will neither innovate or serve their customers.
Maybe the FCC board only knows this too well. Since the federal bureaucracy is dominated by two political parties, it would hardly want to admit that truth. Washington DC has become a monument to the sad results of an imagined competition when the field is limited limited to two major parties.
Sadly that truth is fully understood by even the uneducated flea market vendor here in the real world. Running in inquiry into a cartel is counter productive, especially when it’s operatives preside over the investigation. The pile’s getting so high that maybe even the willfully uniformed masses will be able to see it.