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Comment Oh noes. the radiations! (Score 4, Insightful) 406

My favorite quote from TFA: "Unless the monitor you’re viewing this on weights more than 20 pounds and is shooting x-rays into your eyes, there’s no reason for your monitor to use a VGA connector."

I thought this bullshit line of thought died out in the 60's or 70's.

Comment Re:Netflix should give finger to content providers (Score 1) 249

If they don't they will lose so much money they will kill themselves entirely. Be funny since they just spread world-wide. I know I'll cancel my service immediately.

The content providers will just pull their content then. Hell, that's probably going to happen anyway as studios and producers start to think they can make more money providing the streaming themselves.

Comment Re:Prediction (Score 1) 249

There are also international distribution deals involved a lot of times, where the studio will sell distribution rights in certain countries to local distributors/studios/broadcasters there. This is one reason why region locking is a thing on DVDs and to a lesser extent blu-rays (and I'm absolutely astonished that they agreed to drop it completely for UHD Blu-rays). It's really a mess because no one in the industry had the foresight to see any of the streaming stuff coming, so it's been just in the past few years that they started to alter their deals to accommodate it in some way.

Comment Re:Wait, *what*? (Score 2) 189

4) because it's illegal under most laws. It can cause problems, especially if it ends up in waterways or storm drains.

As for the rest that's a damned good question. It used to be that if you owned a restaurant you had to pay for grease pickup. Then individuals and eventually haulers starting doing it for free. These days it works the other way around, or it did (not sure since oil prices fell through the floor). They bought it and resold it for use in bio fuels. People steeling restaurant grease is (was?) am actual problem in the past few years.

This is all assuming we are talking about fryer grease. If it's a petroleum product then all this goes out the window, except why in the hell this is an ATF problem.

Comment Re:Good luck ... (Score 2) 75

In most states in the US genetic testing done during the course of a medical diagnosis is protected from insurance discrimination. Important to note that the testing needs to be done at the order of a doctor, then the information obtained and given to the patient. Going the other way (patient initiated testing disclosed to the doctors) may trigger a loophole found in many of the laws where the protection does not apply when the information is provided voluntarily by the patient. When I did 23 and me I discussed with with my doctor, but we both agreed to keep it "off the record" because of this very situation. It was more of an interesting new tech thing for the doctor anyway (I don't have any known genetic diseases so not much to be done with it).

Comment Re:Public Theft... (Score 1) 228

corporations are mandated to maximize profits

That's just not true. That theory was first floated by GE's CEO in 1978 to justify what he wanted to do.

While what you say is true, these days not treating that saying as true is a great way to find either yourself (as CEO) out of a job, or your company being targeted for a takeover. With the majority of shareholders being institutional these days, there is no loyalty there anymore. A perfect example of this was Inbev's buyout of Anheuser-Bush. AB was making plenty of money but the stock price was stagnant. When the Inbev offer came in, the funds that owned AB stock (over 60% of it I think at the time) jumped on the offer to make a profit on the stock.

Comment Re:How interested is Apple in selling stuff in Chi (Score 0) 170

What does a law passed by the Chinese Parliament have to do with Apple, particularly?

Apple, in particular, has been fighting against pressure from the US Government to do exactly what this new Chinese law requires. Back in iOS 8 (Or was it 7?) Apple stopped storing the encryption keys for iOS devices on their systems, so they cannot comply with government orders to unlock or decrypt user data on phones. The US DOJ and the CIA have been throwing an fit ever since. Now it looks like if Apple wants to continue to sell phones in China, they will have to give in and then that will give the US government some leverage to try to force them to do it here as well.

Comment Re:This might be good for the USA (Score 1) 170

Just like the USA distanced itself from eugenics (such as the mandatory sterilization of people with mental disabilities) when it got popular with the Nazis, maybe China demanding encryption keys will get some American politicians to back off of the idea.

Well china also has laws against murder and rape. Just because we don't see eye-to-eye doesn't mean that we can't ever agree on something if it makes sense and protects innocent people.

That is what the politicians will say. Or some version of that anyway. Don't think for a minute that they won't find a way to argue around it.

Comment Re:Awful, specious reasoning (Score 1) 165

The guy is probably just butthurt that Android made "desktop Linux" irrelevant. Canonical has spent more than a decade in the game and can't even scrape together 200 million users without inflating the count, yet Google passed that in just a couple of years with Android.

Well with all that pegging going in in the ubuntu community (according to the headline at least) I imagine he's very butthurt.

Comment Re:Crazy. Naval swarm warfare. (Score 1) 331

This is crazy. Any nation seriously interested in naval war should be spending their money on developing a swarm-based navy. If you could develop a small swarm warfare ship with a price tag of say, $250K, you could produce 16,000 of those at this cost. Good luck fighting those 16,000 ships with this one.

And do what with them? Build big sea catapults to hurl them at inland targets?

Comment Re:Plucky Underdogs? (Score 1) 157

Since when has Fermilab fallen into disuse? It doesn't have an accelerator as powerful as the LHC at CERN, but it's still very active in experimentation, and still draws from expert talent to design and conduct those experiments. It's not like any recent physics grad can just walk up to Fermilab and get a job, and I guarantee that the experimentalists noted in the summary were already well-established in their field.

Wasn't their accelerator shut down in 2011?

Comment Re:Devs continue to develop for these gimped thing (Score 1) 143

So apparently there was some sort of software/firmware that restricted the hardware preventing it from utilizing everything available? Why develop for this shit in the first place?

I don't know, maybe the billions of dollars in revenue that comes along with developing AAA titles for consoles?

Exactly. The "PC Master Race" seems to forget that piracy has really killed games on PC, at least the AAA titles.

I wouldn't say that. Platforms like Steam have curbed quite a lot of the casual piracy in PC Gaming. Most of the stuff left over is from people who were never going to pay for the game anyway. PC sales revenue has been steadily rising year over year for the past decade. Almost all AAA titles are also released on PC. There are exceptions but of all the major franchises, most come out on PC and they come out day-and-date with consoles. Also keep in mind that there are no used games for PC like there are in the console market, and those are a much bigger concern for the publishers than PC piracy these days.

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