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Comment: Re:Translation: (Score 1) 236

by Bruce McBruce (#43376881) Attached to: Microsoft Apologizes For Cavalier 'Always-Online' DRM Tweets
I think you take a very reasonable position on commenting on organisational matters. Orth should know better and it's inconceivable to me that Microsoft (which takes an extremely reserved stance on public commentary as a matter of course) wouldn't have briefed Orth on its policy. At the very least it indicates a troubling ignorance to the internet ecosystem coupled with losing control of himself in a fit of childish spite. Someone who represents an entire creative dev team (who probably shouldn't actually be involved in determining DRM issues anyway) should know not to grossly antagonise half of his company's North American customer base (and more of Microsoft's overseas customer base).

This guy should have learned from Paul Christoforo and I can't help but think he should be canned for an unapologetic reel of spiteful crap directed at consumers.

Comment: Um. (Score 1) 922

by Bruce McBruce (#39500461) Attached to: UK Man Jailed For 'Offensive Tweets'
Who the hell decided that it would be an appropriate use of public funding to hold a trial for some asshole who said something racist on the internets? Because seriously, if they wanted to uphold that for every birt who does, they'd be broke within a week. Also, they'd run out of prison space real quick and need a new country... hey, this is sounding really familiar.

Comment: Re:All power to China (Score 1) 336

by Bruce McBruce (#38594196) Attached to: China Cuts 'Excessive Entertainment' From TV

No wonder over 90% of the American high school graduates can't even pinpoint their own country - the United States of America - on the world map.

Where exactly did you pluck that statistic from, and what relevance does it have to a comment made by someone who hasn't directly stated their nationality? In case you haven't noticed, reality TV isn't exclusive to the US. For instance, China seems to be having a rash of it. I challenge both your uncited statistic and your reason for a reference to one specific nation, sir. You are justifying unscholarly personal assertions with pseudo-intellectualism and I'll have none of it.

Comment: Re:What, no Starbucks? (Score 1) 436

by Bruce McBruce (#37596914) Attached to: Patent Troll Says Anyone Using Wi-Fi Infringes
Starbucks and McDonalds have the means and cause to defend themselves against such ludicrous litigation, and they'll make face while they're at it for not a whole lot of capital. The patent troll isn't going to dare take on anyone who can adequately defend themselves and have good reason to.

Comment: Disgusting. (Score 1) 183

by Bruce McBruce (#37587356) Attached to: Mass Piracy Lawsuits Come To Australia
“Everybody knows that the Internet is the ultimate unkillable beast,” he said. (Walker)

That's pretty much the entertainment industry's view on the internet. It's this big scary beast which steals profit from them, and they should make no attempt to reconcile that by making property available at a rate which people will pay for. There's no good faith here, and there's no good will. Australia's the obvious target because the companies are smaller and the law is less geared towards the people. Nice little test site to set an international precedent, no?

Comment: I haven't read all the comments, but... (Score 1) 478

by Bruce McBruce (#37432982) Attached to: Maine School District Gives iPad To Every Kindergartner
Is anyone else missing the elephant in the room of these ipads being given out to improve low test scores in small children?

Seriously, this shit is getting ridiculous. Has anyone stopped to wonder if putting so much pressure on young children to perform at some standard designated by a bunch of people older and more obsessed with themselves might be contributing to the problem? I sure remember the moment I lost interest in reading: when it became a fucking chore.

Maybe instead of distributing expensive objects no-one in their right mind would trust a kindergartener with to kindergarteners, they should reach out and try to change their apparently-shitty teaching methods.

Comment: Convergence. (Score 1) 261

by Bruce McBruce (#37362320) Attached to: Power Demand From US Homes Expected To Fall For a Decade
It probably helps to some extent that we're seeing something of a shift towards devices which join multiple technologies in the one object. Our phones are also our daily cameras, our music players, our portable gaming consoles, etc. Instead of charging a crapton of different things, we're charging one little smartphone. Same goes for TV's, especially as they're working on energy efficiency pretty heavily lately.

What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.