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Comment Re: Let the free market work it out (Score 1) 135

Market apologists cling to the belief that businesses would produce products that maim and kill their customers in the face of liability despite centuries of evidence to the contrary.

This is such a horrible sentence. I think you're missing a "not".

Comment Re:20% slowdown isn't that bad... (Score 1) 128

Vista wasn't crippled by processor speed, anyway, it was crippled by being installed on low RAM systems. That and having lots of shit services running as default.

I'm still typing from my almost 10 year old Vista system on which I play Elite : Dangerous and a whole host of other new games. The graphics card is newer.

Comment Re:Me and some political prisoner in Iran (Score 1) 114

You acquire knowledge through reading; through either written words or equations on the page. Knowledge acquistion for humans is inherently and forever a process of abstract symbol processing- we process speech and scratches on a page and transform it into understanding. That's as natural as breathing. Plain text is the once and a future king of the internet.

Suer[sic] somethings are better demonstrated than explained verbally. No one is arguing with that.

It seems like you are.

Writing is a new invention in terms of the history of humanity. A hundred thousand year old caveman could (in theory) understand a youtube video in a language they knew, but they could not read anything. They could also get something from a youtube video even if they did not understand the language. You can't get anything from text if you don't understand it.

Comment Re:I agree (Score 1) 114

There's far more on Wikipedia alone now than there was on the the web in totality in the early days. If you don't like adverts, and just like information, you can just use wikipedia now.

Yes, I'm saying that Wikipedia (one site) now is better (much better) than the entire web used to be.

If you don't like the sites that you're seeing, close the window (or tab). No one is forcing you to go to sites that you do not like.

Comment Re:Ball tracking is not new (Score 1) 68

Cricket is actually a poor comparison as Hawkeye is used to predict where the ball would have gone

That's just one thing that hawkeye does in cricket. To be out leg before wicket in cricket, the ball cannot have pitched outside leg stump. Also to be out lbw when playing a shot, the ball must not have hit the batter outside off stump, which is also checked for. Both of these examples check where the ball has been, and decisions are often overturned on these things.

Also, if the umpire's decision is not out, and the ball is just clipping the stumps (or very close in another area), the umpire's decision is upheld - hawkeye does not overrule the umpire when the decision is close.

Comment Re:Sometimes popular things die. (Score 1) 58

I miss the single player adventure games like from Sierra and Lucas Arts where you can engross yourself in a story game line, and have work to solve puzzles and you celibate when you continue the story plot, without having to use twitch like hand eye coordination, or play online with a bunch of people just trying to mess you up.

You haven't been following the gaming scene much recently, have you? There are a plethora of high and low budget new games almost entirely based around the story, and lots of people are complaining about them. The Walking Dead, Life is Strange, Game of Thrones, Tales for the Borderlands are all obvious examples of single player story based adventure games. There are dozens of others.

Comment Re:The problem is systemic (Score 1) 36

Without knowing the GS/contractor divide at OPM, it's hard to say who is ultimately to blame. If OPM gave carte blanche to the contractor, the latter is generally the one at fault. If the government micro managed the contract and ignored suggestions, the blame is back with them.

You are false data.