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Comment Re:the ultimate test (Score 1) 317 317

My Computer -> Advanced System Settings -> Environment variables....

The same, tiny, unsizable, virtually unusable dialog box that has been there, untouched, since Windows 95 (at least).

If it's still there in Windows 10? I dunno. I might give up and go back to VMS, or AmigaDOS or something.

Anything that has windows that can't be resized or text that can be selected/copied/pasted should result in some developer being put in front of a firing squad.

Comment Re:Not the best summary... (Score 2, Funny) 195 195

I don't know the situation in the US, but in the UK, the figures show that unvaccinated kids visit the doctor a *lot* less than vaccinated kids

And as we all know, correlation equals causation. There's no way this could possibly be because parents that don't get their kids vaccinated don't take them to see the doctor for other routine care.

Comment Re:We're a tech company... (Score 3, Interesting) 247 247

Surely you do not completely discount civil disobedience as a tactic with no redeeming social value, even if you are not specifically a proponent of Uber.

It seems like a lot of people use the argument that a person (or in this case, company) shouldn't be punished for their act of civil disobedience. That argument is ridiculous. 50 years ago, activists committed acts of civil disobedience knowing full well that they would be punished for them. The whole point of civil disobedience was to use the punishment to draw attention to their cause.

Claiming that your actions are civil disobedience and then trying to escape punishment doesn't make you a hero. It makes you a coward.

Comment Re:No, it's not a challenge. (Score 1) 65 65

Parachuting a container full of IT gear into a war zone is challenging enough

Silly me, I thought it would only require attaching a parachute and gravity.

The part that you're missing is "and have it land where you want it to." I know someone that use to work on parachuting supply containers, so I've heard about how difficult it is.

Comment Re:This is not news... (Score 1) 328 328

How about I come by your home and leave a brick on the floor, is it really so hard to just put it in the trash if you don't want it? The point is, it is a theft of your time and effort.

And if you aren't allowed into their home, you can just toss it through a window.

Comment Re:Nobody has a right to a market (Score 1) 50 50

If you operate a movie theatre, you can't check passports on the door and only allow citizens of a specific country to enter.

True, but you can be pretty certain that someone coming in to your movie theater is physically located in your country. It's also a reasonable assumption that it's legal for them to be there.

You can't stop someone sending physical media across borders, although the north koreans keep trying.

Maybe you can't achieve perfect enforcement, but I would guess that every country in the world has laws about what physical items can be brought into or sent out from that country.

Refusing to sell content to someone based on their location or nationality should be illegal as it's discrimination. Similarly, trying to carve the world up into arbitrary areas so you can enforce exclusive distributors in each area is anti-competitive and should also be illegal.

I agree that that's a great ideal. The problem is, under who's jurisdiction? For example, the United States has very little control over what companies do in other countries (openly, anyway; I'm sure there's plenty of military and economic threats being passed around back channels), nor can the United States force companies from other countries to sell in the United States. You would need either an international treaty, which the media companies would never allow, or a world government with this kind of authority, which the UN is unlikely to get any time soon.

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