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Comment: Re: Good riddance (Score 1) 110

by DarkKnightRadick (#48506373) Attached to: Microsoft's Age-Old Image Library 'Clip Art' Is No More

You can actually choose to insert your own from your computer or use another search provider I think. I subscribe to Office 365 for Business and have used the clip art search exactly once, switching to using Google via Chrome after a few minutes of a fruitless search of the Bing results (plenty of good results, just didn't find what I wanted).

Comment: Re:Meh... (Score 0) 387

by DarkKnightRadick (#46230775) Attached to: Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

I'm not sure you actually understand the concepts you are talking about.

Dealerships do not create competition. A more apt example of monopolistic practices would be if Ford bought out all the other car manufacturers, thus eliminating competition. Ford selling directly to the public would be a cost-savings benefit, and buying from a dealer would have to show some added value to justify doing so.

Have you never bought something 'factory direct' or 'wholesale'? Why would it be okay to get food, lumber, or other things (raw material or finished product) direct from a manufacturer but not motor vehicles?

Comment: Re:Cord Cutters? (Score 0) 578

by DarkKnightRadick (#46230679) Attached to: US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

My telco/ISP/tv provider has told me that for them to participate in the live stream verification, NBC was going to require them to raise the TV rates for all of their customers, regardless of who opted to sign-up for the live stream.

I wish I could vote up your comment, AC, for it is very true. Bend over and smile indeed.

Comment: The Onus (Score 0) 100

You'll probably hear many arguments, either for the developers (which I fully support), to the user (buyer beware), and even some for government enforcement.

I think in this case, only the first two are true:

Developers, I think, have a responsibility of accurately representing the capabilities of their software and not artificially inflating the capabilities of the software (or a phone) past what is 100% true and accurate. However, users also burden the responsibility of doing at least some basic research and taking a common sense approach as to what is truly adequate for a purpose. The government shouldn't interfere at all in an ideal situation, however that will never exist because people - if unrestrained - tend toward what we'd call uncivilized behavior because of lack of threat of immediate consequence.

+ - Avoiding genetic damage with anti-radiation underwear-> 1

Submitted by Mark Gibbs
Mark Gibbs (2907449) writes "If you're unlucky enough to live somewhere near Fukushima and particularly if you're even more unlucky enough to be one of the workers cleaning up the mess then protecting your genes would seem to be a really good idea and Yamamoto Corporation of Osaka, Japan, has the answer: Radiation-proof underwear."
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+ - Amazon Raises Free Shipping Threshold, Then Beats Revenue Expectations

Submitted by 14erCleaner
14erCleaner (745600) writes "Three days ago, Amazon.com increased its threshold for free "Super Saver" shipping from $25 to $35. This led one short-seller to speculate that they would badly miss earning estimates. Yesterday evening, Amazon announced earnings of $17.1 billion for the third quarter of 2013, handily beating the average estimate of $16.8b. They still lost 9 cents per share, but they're making it up in volume."

Comment: Three Strikes Laws (Score 5, Insightful) 133

by DarkKnightRadick (#44804577) Attached to: Research Shows "Three Strikes" Anti-piracy Laws Don't Work

Probably the worst idea ever.

Do they prevent any sort of crime?

I've heard of pot smoking vets getting locked up for 10+ years under such stupid laws for nothing more than possession.

Did people (more specifically, politicians) really think they'd work or were reasonable for copyright infringement?

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