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Comment: Re:Propaganda Works (Score 1) 671

by Glarimore (#49536917) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden
And please explain "listen to other people's experiences amd believe that that is what they experienced" is different than "listen to the narrative sold by the media and believe it without analysis."

In both cases you're just believing something said to you, but in only one is there even the possibility of verifying validity (the media story). What you're suggesting is that we should apply critical thought to news stories, but when dealing with people we should blindly accept anecdotes about their experiences and how those experiences made them feel. That doesn't make any sense -- especially when Anita and her ilk have proven that they will invent instances of abuse and malisciousness, as well as go far out of there way to portray events/media in a completely different light than it actually exists (Anita's video on Hitman, anyone?).

Comment: Re:Reason: for corporations, by corporations (Score 4, Interesting) 489

by Glarimore (#49442577) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)
You're analogy is all wrong.

A similar situation would be if you bought road infrastructure via subscription, which is then used by the post office to deliver your mail. You pay a monthly fee for a guaranteed 55 mph road speed; however, you find that although most traffic can travel down the last 5-mile stretch to your house at 55 mph, the post office's mail truck can't travel faster than 20 mph due to the road infrastructure not being sufficiently upgraded. When you call to complain to the road infrastructure company, they tell you it's the post office's fault because the post office is refusing to pay to upgrade the roads.

Personally, this would leave me asking, "Why is this the post office's fault? I pay you, the road infrastructure company, for guaranteed road speed to my house -- not the post office!"

The short of it, is that Comcast is selling the service, guaranteeing a certain speed, not providing it due to intentionally avoiding upgrading their routers, and then telling their customer that the issue is Netflix's fault because they wont pay up.

Netflix even offered to pay for the routers -- and even install them -- and Comcast STILL refused. Not until Netflix started paying Comcast to house their servers inside their network did users get the bandwidth they are paying Comcast for when using the Netflix service.

Comment: Re:My first SSD died (Score 1) 204

by Glarimore (#49245247) Attached to: Endurance Experiment Kills Six SSDs Over 18 Months, 2.4 Petabytes
That's a real overstatement.

In the Pentium 4 days they had some of the best deals on low-latency 2-2-2-5 RAM after BH-5 ceased to exist. And since then, I've bought a number of great bang/buck PSUs and a SSD from OCZ as well. And did I mention none of these components ever failed before I retired them naturally? I've also in that time span had a Gigabyte motherboard, an Asus motherboard, an intel CPU, and two Western Digital hard drives fry.

To each their own. =)

Comment: Re:Any actual examples? (Score 1) 598

by Glarimore (#48741277) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive
The scenarios you mention are not analogous. With Apple, they are supplying (often forcing) a new version of iOS every year. In the desktop scenario, people usually upgrade their OS every 4-7 years (I mean shit -- I used Windows XP from 2001 until 2010!).

I, and I think most people, can bare to deal with the pain of upgrading and having applications break twice a decade, but refuse to deal with it happening every year and will take my business elsewhere if that is the situation.

Comment: Re:Oh how great is this! (Score 1) 158

by Glarimore (#48690555) Attached to: Norse Security IDs 6, Including Ex-Employee, As Sony Hack Perpetrators
Except juries are well known to have convicted people of crimes which they haven't committed with less-than-bullet-proof evidence -- usually because the media had already crucified the defendant publicly before the trial even started.

Are you really going to sit by and let it build up until it's too late? Yeah, most likely you'll get a fat settlement. The downside risk, however, is spending ten years in jail for a crime you didn't commit. That gamble isn't worth it.

Comment: Re:Hysteria (Score 1) 278

by Glarimore (#48690471) Attached to: Snowden Documents Show How Well NSA Codebreakers Can Pry
His point, which I think is a fair one, is that the definition of what constitutes an "enemy of the US" is going to vary a lot depending on who you ask. The US government, with the help of the media, has painted many groups/bodies, both foreign and domestic, as dangerous enemies of the state. And I, like GP, don't trust the US government and/or the NSA to define who is an "enemy of the US" in a reasonable way or with the proper checks/balances in place.

Comment: Re:Beloved by Builders and Developers (Score 1) 178

by Glarimore (#48568089) Attached to: LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings
I actually think Boston drivers are some of the best. I now live in Boston -- the roads aren't conducive to organized driving, so people ignore the rules when necessary for the sake efficiency and doing what makes sense. People honk to let people know their intention or to make themselves known when in a blind spot.

It beats the hell out of places like North Carolina, where drivers are classically bad (tailgating, no blinkers, drive way under the speed limit, stop on on-ramps, people don't know how to parallel park, etc.), but also impractical (no one will cross double yellow to go around a tractor, even with plenty of vision, because "it's against the law") and people take it personally when others honk, as if honking is only reserved solely for when you want to let someone know that you are flipping them the bird.

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