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Comment: Re: real computer systems? (Score 1) 13

The latter is closer, but I think they were so busy setting up their giant McCarthytron and trying to catch the first signs of the coming Western Spring that they forgot to look for *actual terrorists.* Dzokhar Tsarnaev did the digital equivalent of setting up giant neon signs saying "TERRORIST HERE!" and the NSA didn't notice.

The FBI was probably too busy grooming pissed off young Muslims into "terrorists" they could arrest and parade in front of the media.

Comment: Maemo did it first again (Score 2) 40

by GameboyRMH (#47917975) Attached to: Browser To Facilitate Text Browsing In Emergencies

I've had Lynx on my phone for a long time now...I would like a text-only browser that's more user-friendly (as in, more "normal") and maybe tries to make the layout match the rendered HTML more closely than Lynx though. For example Lynx shows a lot of menus as trees with different levels of indentation. There's no reason a pop-up menu system couldn't work in a CLI.

Comment: Re:and of course, the home server operators get nu (Score 1) 131

by GameboyRMH (#47911923) Attached to: The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

Well look at it this way, with net neutrality your upstream home connection may be slow but the traffic would be as "important" as anything else - with a tiered Internet, upstream home traffic would be put in the Internet infrastructure's leper colony. Unless it's streaming video over Skype or something "important" (run by people who make deals with ISPs).

Comment: Re:Freak outbreak of common sense (Score 1) 418

by GameboyRMH (#47892707) Attached to: Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Preinstalled Windows is only cheaper than separate copies of Windows because MS decides to price it lower - precisely to perpetuate its use as a lock-in mechanism. So your price argument is a circular one.

Tires and cars is partly a decent analogy because there are similar bundling deals used with new cars, but there are a couple of big differences - there isn't a convicted monopolist behemoth tire manufacturer dominating the market with a more expensive and arguably inferior product that's bundled with virtually all cars, and not only do most people not drive their car on the factory-fitted tires for the vehicle's entire life, but they'll be forced to change them early in the car's life.

In fact if I was buying a car, I'd love to have the option to choose some Kumho SPTs or maybe even Dunlop Z2s over the bargain-bin all-seasons or slippery eco-tires that most cars come with.

"Who cares if it doesn't do anything? It was made with our new Triple-Iso-Bifurcated-Krypton-Gate-MOS process ..."