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Comment Re:Turnabout is fair play? (Score 1) 559

I know when I travel to Asia, South America, or Europe, I need to present my passport at all hotels I stay at. When I worked in Belgium, Chile and China, I had to register with the Government and provide the local police station with my information - and inform them if I moved to a new apartment/house. In the US, I don't think that tourists need to provide their passports at hotels, nor do visa holders need to register with the local police station. So - how is what is proposed much different than 90% of the rest of the world?

It may not be terribly different than what you describe, but you're forgetting one thing: The US Government has a bad habit of coloring outside the lines.

Comment Re:Problem with the solution? (Score 2) 193

Well no, even when travelling on business all my docs are on a web-server, often with images. Also, VNC is an essential part of my job, in that I cannot run the sims on a puny IT issued laptop, and need my desktop or datacenter to see waves and do any form of debug. But wifi as it exists makes this painful.

Jesus. Sometimes "on the plane" means you're on a fucking plane, and can't do some things.

Comment (Score 2) 368

Since it's illegal for any drones to operate over 4.9 Ghz range, and that's what the first responders are transitioning to,

Just for the sake of accuracy, I feel it necessary to point out that most (certainly not all) public safety is transitioning to 700 and 800 MHz radio systems if they are not there already. These agencies are generally located in urban and suburban areas.

Most wildland fire radio traffic occurs on HF and VHF frequencies, in the neighborhood of 30 MHz and 150 MHz, respectively.

No public safety agency operates voice communication on 4.9 GHz, although there can be microwave back-haul links and systems associated with public safety radio systems operating there.

Much of the traffic on HF and VHF associated with wildland fire operations is simplex, and a mess at 4.9 GHz would have no appreciable affect on those communications. So yeah, jam away.

Comment Re:I think Apple's glory days are over (Score 5, Informative) 311

digital and carts are different.

When you're describing vendor lock-in, I fail to see how the comparison is not relevant.

Does google make me use google play to load an MP3? no but apple makes you use iTunes

They do? Are you high? I just took one of the tracks from that U2 album Apple pushed. Track 6, Volcano. I took that track, an m4a, copied over to a Windows box, and played it in VLC. VLC runs on OS X along with a host of other MP3/media players. So, wtf were you saying??

can i use chrome in IOS??? No!... (not really anyway)

So no...fine, user lock in without Chrome. Give me a break.

can I keep ticking off things I can do in other OS's that I cant do in osX or iOS?? yes

You better keep trying, because your first two sucked ass.

Comment Re:I think Apple's glory days are over (Score 2, Insightful) 311

, it seems they have decided that user lockin is more important than anything else

This is getting tiring, and along with "walled garden", it is really stale and worn out as an argument. What company (that turns a profit) isn't interested in customer retention? What other products and services are portable in the manner you imply compared to Apple? Jesus, this has been going on for ages with tech. Did your Atari 2600 carts work in that fucking ColecoVision your weirdo friend had? No... they didn't. And that same song continues today.

Comment Re:Conflict of Interest (Score 3, Insightful) 311

It's simple. As long as a significant portion of Apple's revenue comes from having a closed, "walled-garden" ecosystem, Apple will be disinclined to participate anything that might result in the demise of that ecosystem. After all, it's hard to be in the same boat as everyone else supporting WebAssembly etc., when that same technology will ultimately result in the death of on-platform app stores.

Are we really ready to celebrate concepts like WebAssembly? I may be old (get off my lawn) but, to me, binaries injected into the browser from all corners of the internet does not a utopia make.

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."