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Comment: Re:We losing money on every sale (Score 3, Insightful) 71

by electrosoccertux (#47585711) Attached to: Elon Musk Promises 100,000 Electric Cars Per Year

Same reasoning exists in the people complaining about the F-35 and F-22 cost-- it's approximately the same price as a new F-16/18 in actual current cost of production; but people lump the cost of the development into the cost of the sale to make it look like it's $350m not $110m / per or whatever the actual number is.

Comment: But phone is a good thing too (Score 5, Interesting) 97

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#47583423) Attached to: Hotel Chain Plans Phone-Based Check-in and Room Access

They've had automated check in in Europe for some hotels for 25 years. The locked entrance has an ATM-like machine in the little foyer. Put in your credit card, pick a room type, and it printed a slip with codes for the front door and your room.

And yes, they had a live person on site -- it ate my card and the call button got her out of bed at 3 am to get it. :)

Comment: Check this! (Score 1) 274

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#47577119) Attached to: UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

I am in sympathy, but overuse of the class warfare meme-du-jure "privilege" makes me wanna pee on a puppy.

Anonymity of speech is a core aspect of freedom of speech, and is needed to prevent retribution against speakers.

Believe it or not, this includes retribution by cliques of folks who speak "check your privilege" every other paragraph. They want to expose, say, petition signers to get things on a ballot for the expressed (literally) purpose of harassing them, which the Supreme Court found "troubling", even as it approved the FOI request.

Anonymity protects everyone from all would-be centers of power.

Comment: Re:So China is going to do (Score 0) 107

what the DOJ failed to do.

Well not quite. The DOJ proposed splitting microsoft in half. Chinas solution to corruption tends to involve ventilating the CEOs brain with lead, 15 minutes after the judge declares "Fuck this guy!".

The only one who seemed to be advocating caping bill G here was probably ESR, because ESR is kind of a mentalist (RMS doesnt do guns)

The Chinese officials, like the US officials, are more interested in kickbacks. All this "anti-monopoly" stuff is meme pap for consumption by voters.

It's the way things have gone through history. Just the wrappers change, to obfuscate it and feign justification. Microsoft learned, and now donates vast sums in US elections.

System working as the politicians. We get in the way so we can get paid to get back out of the way. This rule of thumb has never failed.

Comment: Yeah, Roo-see-uh (Score 2) 82

Fascinating. If they can detect suspicious fraud nodes, TOR could build into their project a blacklist support that they publish and honor in their code. Then it becomes a whack-a-mole issue, which is better han the current situation.

Ummm...what with Russia trying to de-anonymize TOR and all. Bad Rooskies.

Comment: Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (Score 0) 314

Lots of old, cranky people have CDs. This is why they included cassette players up through he 2000s as "dual media" player options. Old fucks with money buying cars and why the hell can't I play my Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass cassette?!?!?

Comment: Re:Let Them Cheat! (Score 1) 121

by Baldrson (#47566003) Attached to: Nuclear Missile Command Drops Grades From Tests To Discourage Cheating

Oh I should add that once you are in this regime, the term "hire" may be somewhat different than it is in other circumstances. I mean a more straight-forward means of dealing with cheating is to punish cheating with a degree of severity that matches the potential harm inflicted by having cheaters with their fingers on The Big Red Button -- so the circumstances of the "employment" may involve such any aspects of such punishment as are practically applicable. Military justice isn't burdened with your usual Civil Libertarian constraints.,

Comment: Re:Good luck with that. (Score 1) 314

Well, that applies to any device.

I worked on these devices in the late 90s when they were moving from high end cars to upper mid range. The hardware has the ability to rip radio and phone audio streams, too, but they didn't wanna touch either of those with a 40 foot lawyer's schwantz.

Ripping CDs (and USB sticks) was deemed OK because you could do this at home already. And as long as you couldn't take it back off, they felt OK.

Service has a way to shift all your stuff on a "repair" that is a radio swap, without cloning the HDD, but again that is not end user.

Comment: Let Them Cheat! (Score 1) 121

by Baldrson (#47565877) Attached to: Nuclear Missile Command Drops Grades From Tests To Discourage Cheating

If you have people that are even remotely tempted to cheat that have their fingers on The Big Red Button, you have a serious threat to civilization.

Having an incentive to cheat is a great way to elicit this potential. The proper national security response is not to remove the incentive to cheat but to increase the detection sensitivity and then hire the guys who cheated to compete with others who cheated to design test regimes that are more likely to elicit cheating while also being more sensitive to detecting cheating.

Comment: Want more profit? Just do right by the customer (Score 1) 232

by MikeRT (#47564865) Attached to: Comcast Confessions

I don't know any Comcast customer who has had a positive experience with their customer service. I also know some who've had Comcast blatantly disregard the details of their contract with respect to price and features a few months into a 12-24 month contract. Frankly, what Comcast needs besides competition from more companies and municipal broadband (via utilities) is a few strategic arrests of employees and executives for fraud. Put a few of their guys in prison for fraudulent business practices, and I'll wager their billing and sales people will wake the f#$% up and do right.

What this country needs is a good five cent microcomputer.