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Comment: Bluetooth (Score 1) 284

by DogDude (#49717919) Attached to: The Auto Industry May Mimic the 1980s PC Industry
A company-specific tech platform? Are you fucking kidding me? Why would I want something that's going to be dead many years before my car is dead? I drive a VW with generic Bluetooth, and it works perfectly with any gadget (except Apple... they're fucked). I would never buy a car with a brand-specific entertainment system.

Comment: Re:What if I want the ad fueled web to die? (Score 1) 616

by DogDude (#49711603) Attached to: Editor-in-Chief of the Next Web: Adblockers Are Immoral
Oh, and here are the "terms" for getting information from a web server: HTTP. I can do whatever I want with the data. Thank god, the web is not structured in a way that requires "terms" to request a document from a web server. What you're describing was attempted by a few companies called "Compuserve" and "AOL".

Dude, web hosting is like $5.month. Setting up a web site and typing some shit isn't all that complicated or expensive. You can just run a web site on any old PC, too. If you need a fortune to run a web site, then maybe you should get into another line of work...

Comment: Re:Ad networks that "hack" are immoral. (Score 1) 616

by DogDude (#49711495) Attached to: Editor-in-Chief of the Next Web: Adblockers Are Immoral
Many sites would not exist if its creators couldn't monetize it from google ads or some other ad network.

So what? Fuck 'em. Those aren't sites that I, at least, am interested in seeing. If you have to get *paid* to write something interesting or informative, then fuck you. I'll pay for people to do actual work (journalists).

Comment: The non-commercial web (Score 1) 616

by DogDude (#49711439) Attached to: Editor-in-Chief of the Next Web: Adblockers Are Immoral
The web existed before advertising, and it will exist after advertising, too. People can still create content for the web. Fewer will get paid for it, but so what? Hell, if anything, the web was much more interesting and undoubtedly more human before the commercial bullshit started in the mid 90's.
Input Devices

Mechanical 'Clicky' Keyboards Still Have Followers (Video) 146

Posted by Roblimo
from the clack-clack-clack-the-keyboard-types-on-down-the-track dept.
For a good number of years, the sound of the old IBM or other mechanical keyboard clacking away was the sound of programmers (or writers) at work on their computers. Then, according to Edgar Matias, president and cofounder of the Matias Corporation, computer companies started using membrane switches and other cheaper ways to make keyboards, which made a lot of people mutter curse words under their breath as they beat their fingers against keys that had to go all the way to the bottom of their travel to work, unlike the good old mechanical keyboards we once knew and loved.

Enter Edgar Matias, who started out making the half keyboard, which is like a chorded keyboard except that you can use your QWERTY typing skills with little modification -- assuming you or your boss has $595 (!) to lay out on a keyboard. But after that Edgar started making QWERTY and Dvorak keyboards for semi-competitive prices. FYI: No Slashdot person got a free keyboard (or extra money) for making this video, but I have a Matias keyboard, and in my opinion it's far better than the cheapie it replaced. A lot of other people seem to want "real" keyboards, too, which they buy from Matias or from other companies such as Unicomp, which makes keyboards just like the classic, heavily-loved IBM Model M. Again, I've owned a Unicomp keyboard (that I bought; it was not a giveaway) and it was excellent. Both companies put out quality products that are far easier on your hands and wrists than the $10 or $20 keyboards sold by big box electronics retailers.

Comment: Re:Ownership and Appreciation (Score 1) 142

by DogDude (#49653465) Attached to: From Commune To Sharing Economy Startup
There's a thing in economics called "unequal knowledge" which explains why used cars have little value. The seller knows whether the vehicle is robust, but the buyer has no realistic way to tell

Used cars have little value? What the fuck are you talking about? Of course they do. And, if you want to buy a used car and you're worried, you just bring it to a mechanic to check out first.

With that being said, thank you, paranoid worriers for buying new things so the rest of us can get your used stuff at better prices.

Comment: Re:Lightning Speed! (Score 1) 51

Yes, now those five poor bastards who bought Windows 8 phones might, at some still unspecified date, get some decent apps.

Sssshh! Don't tell anybody, but those of us using Windows Phones don't need all of the silly "apps" that Android and Apple users need because Windows Phone 8.1 is actually useful, in and of itself!

Comment: Re:Title II (Score 1) 438

by DogDude (#49595599) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules
Yup, nothing's perfect. But I certainly think that the telephone system in the US has served it's citizens very, very well over the years. Anybody can still get a phone in their house for about $25/month, no matter where you live. That, to me, is much more important than any kind of "telephone innovation" that the US system may or may not be missing.

That's supposed to be the point of our government: To provide equal access to basic services to *all* citizens, not to be a competitive, money-making machine that sells products or services to it's citizens. When something is decided to be a public good, such as basic telephone service, that means that every citizen, no matter how poor or remote, has access to the same service that everybody else does. The US telephone service has done that well, and it's time that Internet access is handled the same way, as well.

If you want "innovation", nothing is stopping you from purchasing that "innovation", but your ability to purchase it shouldn't come at the expense of the poorest members of our society having nothing at all.

Where there's a will, there's an Inheritance Tax.