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Comment: Re:Pist frost (Score 1) 44

I accept 1, but 2 is debatable, we need to encourage people to NOT fuck around with gadgets in the car at all.

Not gonna happen.

I cant imagine how bad my current car, a 2002 Nissan Silvia would be if I couldn't swap out the stereo with something that knew what an MP3 was.

That depends on whether it has a changer interface, and whether you have a changer. I have a 1997 Audi A8 with a Bose stereo with no aux input, but I can get one by slicing into the CD changer wiring and using a switch and/or relays (I have the 12V audio signal relays already, have been too busy to make the mod though) to insert my own audio source in between. Or an el cheapo (~$10) panel-mount mp3 player/bluetooth receiver from dealextreme has a line input, so it's just a matter of finding some connectors which fit the board or soldering on some leads, and making a quick splice. Got a voltage regulator so it can run on 5-32V or something ridiculous like that. I might just go that route because there will be no relays to go bad ever. If the thing goes tits up it'll be easy to splice it away.

Comment: Re:$70000 is poorest? (Score 1) 168

As a Californian making $10-$15K/year, excuse me if I don't think we need to donate charity handouts to people making $70K, which by the way is well above the median income.

As a Californian making $10-15k/year, you will be paying fuck-all in taxes. Depending on where you live, you may well be receiving back services whose cost is well in excess of what you're paying in.

Comment: Re: Just another arrogant CEO (Score 1) 39

by drinkypoo (#49787937) Attached to: Red Hat CEO Publishes Open Source Management Memoir

There's a surprise - you don't consider anything worthwhile unless it's a closed source piece of shit. Some standard.

No, I don't consider it worthy of note unless a lot of people give a shit.

Oh - right, you have a Windows phone (because it's closed source which is better) and it doesn't have pulseaudio - so other than Skype, nothing of importance uses pulseaudio.

I have a Titan running SOKP.

Comment: Re:What else is new... (Score 1) 48

So what else is new? Most "Global Business Leaders" don't know much about anything else,

So, you call it an ivory tower when it's intellectual, what do you call it when it's just a tower made of stacked-up money? The reason why "global business leaders" don't know about technology is that they are completely divorced from the daily life that normal humans live. They don't have to know shit, so they don't know shit. Then they want to tell us all about how to be successful. We're always having to endure quotes from Bill Gates or Warren Buffet, who both were born with silver spoons in their mouths, about how we can supposedly be successful — but they actually have no idea how to become successful, because they were born into positions of privilege. We should not give one tenth of one very small shit about what they think about becoming successful, because they never did.

Comment: This is exactly what belongs in cars (Score 1) 44

The ONLY thing that should be built-in is a speaker system, tuned to the acoustics of the car, with an amplifier and aux jack

What you don't seem to realize is that this is the equivalent of that for connecting your smartphone to your car. If only you knew anything about the subject at hand, like about cars or automotive infotainment, you would know that these are technologies for interfacing to your phone while in your car — and that these are both major standards. That means that virtually all smartphone owners will be able to use the interface in the car, designed for automotive use, instead of the interface on their phone which isn't.

Comment: Re:There is no need for the Patriot Act (Score 1) 344

by drinkypoo (#49787259) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

The Patriot act should go away and the US powers that be should focus its efforts on neutralizing the Sunni-Wahabi threat by whatever means necessary.


Unfortunately we are taking the wrong side here in helping the Saudi's eradicate a Shia Minority in Yemen.

What we did in Iraq was separate peacefully coexisting communities of the people you're talking about. We deliberately set social progress back a hundred years there. What you think we need to do is literally the opposite of our government's intent.

Comment: Re:What happens when you have insular advisors (Score 1) 344

by drinkypoo (#49787237) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

Note to Obama: You are being lied to.

Obama has been consistent, at least since taking office. Before taking office, he spoke out against mass data collection. But ever since taking office, he has consistently stated that we require this data collection to be safe. We have met the enemy, and he is us. And that very much includes Obama.

Comment: Re:Caught Up (Score 1) 83

by drinkypoo (#49787139) Attached to: Microsoft Edge To Support Dolby Audio

Everything about the web is like that. We are in the process of doing "on the web" everything we have already been doing locally for decades,

And we're doing it in a way that brings us right back to the era of mainframes. Although far more advanced, the model is highly similar to that of the IBM mainframe systems whose semi-smart terminals understood form fields and submission.

Comment: Re:How do the "poorest residents" own homes (Score 1) 168

So, how do the "poorest residents" own a home?

By spending half or more of their income on their mortgage, and by having a co-signer and a down payment. It's not rocket surgery, it's just dealing with the evil, evil banks. The banks are sitting on something like three houses for every homeless man, woman, and child in America, refusing to drop their prices to market level.

Comment: Re:$70000 is poorest? (Score 5, Insightful) 168

Yes, I have always loved the concept of my paying more taxes so other people could have for free the things I can't afford for myself.

Share your wealth or they will share their poverty.

The more money people have, the less they tend to do for the poor. If it worked the other way around, you wouldn't be whinging now.

It's a shame the middle class won't band together and come after the rich, but those poor idiot fucks won't realize that they have a better chance to win the lottery than to actually work their way into the upper echelons of society. They still think they're going to be the ones looking down their noses at someone else someday.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy