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Comment Re: Um... (Score 1) 274

Find me a prepaid card without fees, then. I want it to avoid exposing my bank account to dubious gas-machine readers that might have been tampered with when I need gas to get home or I don't, and storing one with $50 loaded on it in the glove box does me no good if six months later the fees have reduced my balance to $5.

Comment Re:Suuuure.... (Score 2) 153

DoE bought grenade launchers. DHS bought hollowpoints.

The grenade launchers were deemed useless and returned to the army for a refund, but the hollowpoints are about what it takes to certify every law enforcement officer on their service weapon and do a little training. Not even enough training to be really safe with their sidearms, but a little training is still a definite improvement.

Remember - violence doesn't need much ammo, but proficiency will eat as much as you can shoot.

Comment Re:Bigotry Shmigotry (Score 1) 536

Another clear clue should be that fleshlights try to mimic a human vagina

Baddragon would like some words with you.

Also, a lot of guys apparently buy dildos too.

Bumping for truth, and the people who browse at +2.

They take the idea of sexual "fantasy" a little further than most. You'll find more dongs than penetrables, but if you want head (or tail) from creatures that nature couldn't imagine, they can provide the novelty you want. And they're certainly not the only ones doing it - even the eponymous Fleshlight was available in an attempt to imagine "What does a Na'Vi look like down there?" And frankly, a lot of them look like pretty bland, utilitarian cylinders.

Comment Re:Points of discussion-things are not bleak (Score 2) 286

You neatly ignore my point: measured atmospheric CO2 is increasing at *less than* the rates at which it is emitted by humans - logically if we stopped emitting fossil CO2 we could reasonably expect atmospheric CO2 levels to begin dropping.

Carbonic acid is dissolved CO2. That the ocean is acidifying is well known, and should nicely account for the discrepancy.

Comment Plan B? (Score 1) 80

If Amazon wanted to establish some bona fides as a phone maker, they could consider creating a pure-Android ROM that takes advantage of the flick gestures and perspective tracking cameras. Not like they have much to lose at this point.

Comment Re:Read the specs. (Score 1) 278

Apple's done the same thing with their AC compatible Airport devices - from the specs page,
"Six-element beamforming antenna array"

It's getting rather more common in high-end SOHO gear all over, though I trust certain implementations more than others. Didn't the TOS for the D-Link Cloud indirectly ban viewing pornography under penalty of bricking your router?

Comment Re:Can it self restart? (Score 1) 278

I dunno what you're doing, but every time my router falls over, it's dead. Every time I replace it, it's with an Airport product.

Why would I keep replacing them with Airports if they keep dying?

Typically, it's because there's several years of reliable service punctuated by a lightning storm, or because a hard drive inside has more than met its MTBF.

If yours is falling over every couple days, call AppleCare. They'll send you a new router if it's under warranty, and provide prepaid postage to recover your old one for forensic analysis. You might have to push a little bit, but they've never been shy about replacing their hardware when its fallen short of their - or my - standards.

Comment Re:Ulterior motive implied (Score 1) 198

Let's play a hypothetical game: Google knows what you watch, because the HBO app spills data to the router. They also know that the new Game of Thrones episode is out today, and since lunch or so, it's been downloading a cached version of this episode. When you get home, and the cable modem slows to a crawl, you can still stream your show without any hesitation, blockiness, or downscaling. This has the side benefit of reducing the bandwidth used in prime time, as well as earlier - TCP multicast allowed them to distribute the data they anticipated you would want with shocking efficiency. Amazon does it with their Fire platform's ASAP technology (Advanced Streaming and Prediction), and it's marketed as a major selling point. Amazon is using the Apple strategy here - dumb pipes, smart endpoints - but Google's strategy is the polar opposite - dumb glass, smart cloud. Moving the stream prediction to a more centralized architecture where they can iterate faster without selling you new hardware for each new feature is Google's style, phone handset makers/cellular networks' interference aside.

If you're not careful, you're going to catch something.