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Comment Re:Am I the only guy here that likes G+? (Score 1) 152 152

To add to that, I'm frustrated with the generic names for products. I'm sure you realize how frustrating it can be to troubleshoot issues via search when the product names are: "Google Play Music", "Google Books", "Google Play Store", "Google Voice", "Google Photos"...

Comment Investigating if laws were broken (Score 5, Insightful) 312 312

It bothers me when I hear of regulatory organizations "investigating" to determine if a law has been broken. If the agency directly responsible for the enforcement of a law cannot immediately decide if an action is illegal how can anyone reasonably expect a regular citizen to know if they are breaking the law?

Comment Re:Meh (Score 3, Insightful) 830 830

Also, if you measure only in 1 degree increments, Fahrenheit degrees are smaller and provide better resolution, though I suppose I can't tell the difference between 69 degrees and 70 degrees anyway.

For me I like the precision when dealing with fevers. You have 6-7 degrees between healthy and ER.

Comment Evidence is evidence no matter how small. (Score 2) 308 308

Just because it is trivial to delete a browsing history doesn't mean you aren't destroying evidence by doing so. If you find yourself the subject of a police investigation, the first thing you should do is contact a lawyer and figure out what you should and should not be doing.

Comment Re:Close to owning (Score 1) 374 374

If I cut off my foot and preserve it in such a manner as it can be re-attached at a later time. Would someone who took that foot and threw it in a dumpster commit battery, or just destruction of property?

In the US, detached bodyparts/material are considered to be property and do not receive any special protection. There have been several cases regarding this when it comes to 'Medical/surgical waste'.

Comment It's not just about lockin, it's about the brand (Score 1) 649 649

This isn't just about lock-in. Car manufacturers have a huge risk in the form of damage to the brand if something happens. Unfortunately with the way our media works these days, the outrage and damage occurs first, and only later do we find out if it was justified.

No company wants their brand to be the one involved in a sudden news story where they become the punching bag (justified or not), it's extremely costly.

Comment Re:At the welcome screen (Score 1) 649 649

My built-in GPS does something similar every time I turn on my car. It puts up a warning about the dangers of using a GPS. Unfortunately I only notice the warning when I'm just trying to glance over at the map to see if my turn is coming up. So I am now distracted by a warning and have to reach over to click it off if I just want to see the damned map.

Comment Re:price? (Score 1) 328 328

If it's any help I purchased a bunch of the Cree 60 Watt equivalent bulbs about a year ago (20-30 of them) and I have been very happy with them. None have burned out so far (which is all well and good since I'm not good at keeping receipts) and I've kept some running nearly 24x7 in standard lamp fixtures without seeing any noticeable decrease in output. My only complaint (a minor one) is that they have a bit of a sticky feel to the 'bulb' portion and I was worried it would make it hard to dust. Kind of like a silicone feel. However, a damp cloth slides right over it so it's not much of a hassle.

In short, I highly recommend the Cree bulbs.

Comment Re: 3D printed arm? (Score 1) 43 43

Amish will use new technology if it is required. The main aspect of their culture isn't specifically the avoidance of technology, but avoiding the accoutrements of pride and vanity.

If a technology is necessary and can be incorporated without disruption (or requiring a connectedness to the 'English' world) it quite often is. Refrigeration technologies powered by propane is one of the more obvious examples. Obviously it varies from sect to sect and some are more restrictive than others.

Steve Jobs said two years ago that X is brain-damaged and it will be gone in two years. He was half right. -- Dennis Ritchie