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Comment Re:This makes me want to run out and get a Blackbe (Score 1) 137

Smart move by Blackberry to differentiate their product that way!

Blackberries are still being made? Rather, are they still being sold??
I thought that they had a historical hold on corporate world -- and I thought that even that was pretty much gone (Liberty Mutual has made a switch, at least in some departments, a couple of years ago).

Comment Re:Good Lord... (Score 1) 145

This story reads like a pure ad,

Reads like? :) It is not even marginally disguised as they usually are. The only difference is that it advertises 3 different manufacturers and some random "deal" website (so it is actually 4 ads rolled into 1).

I think we need to down-mod the article posters, not just stories.

Comment Sue - Sue - Sue! (Score 4, Insightful) 187

I don't think this

Law enforcement can request them. Private companies can buy them to do research - without your consent.

neccesarily means that

The state owns your DNA.

Surely it should be possible to establish that individuals own their DNA, particularly from the perspective of private companies that may want to buy them from the state. Lawsuit time?

Comment Re:So what the fuck is the story here? (Score 4, Interesting) 190

He got in touch with someone who sorted out the issue.

That's not the point. He filed a copyright dispute response with Youtube, including a quote from his contract explaining why he is in the right on this issue. And after that he just got a note:

A day or so after filing my dispute, I checked the status of the claim on YouTube and found a status update explaining that "The claimaint (Sony Music) has reviewed their claim and confirmed it was valid"

So Sony was apparently not required to substantiate any of their claims (at least not to him) even after he filed a counter-claim with evidence.
So the process is not biased at all...

Comment Re:Lad balancing? (Score 1) 153

They have said that they will prioritize Data Hogs such that other customers retain some kind of decent up/down speed. "Unlimited" does not mean you get the whole pipe.

So how much should you get?
Do you also consider people who pig out at buffets to be Food Hogs?

Where do you draw the line? 5G? 10G? 15G? 23G? And if Verizon can name that line, why don't they sell 23G fast + unlimited slow internet?
That's what I have from T-Mobile now (10G fast and then significantly throttled for the rest of the month), but surprisingly T-Mobile actually sells it as a 10G plan.

Comment Re:technology? (Score 1) 157

never vote for someone just because they "understand technology",

Also keep in mind that if someone makes decisions about technology that you don't like, they probably know exactly what they are doing.
They have someone on staff who can explain. You want someone who supports your position, not necessarily someone who "understands technology"

Comment Re:Fine with me. (Score 1) 230

And if you're worried about online-only games being unavailable in offline mode, why aren't you asking if Blizzard has a contingency for WoW players if Blizzard goes out of business, or if CCP has a contingency for Eve Online players in case CCP goes out of business?

That is part of the reason I personally only buy games with single-player mode support.
Still, MMORPG games are a very special case which actually deserves different treatment. Game price is not really the cost of the game. You would pay a monthly fee (at least for WoW, I am less sure how Eve Online works). So it is understood that once servers go down, you won't be able to play. You also won't be paying monthly fees for ongoing gaming after that.

Comment Re:Fine with me. (Score 3, Insightful) 230

So long as they offer an experience comparable to Steam, including weekly sales and the deeper discounts around Summer/Winter.

Oh, it would be the same experience, but without the discounts. Especially for exclusive franchises. I think they just want to control sale process and prevent used-game resale.

Also, I have never used Steam -- do they have a contingency for when they go out of business?

I've got no issues with always-on, since I'm always connected anyway.

Wait until you move into a building with "free/included" internet that blocks a bunch of ports to keep that free internet usage down. I cannot connect to any game servers from home.

Comment Re:Actor's agent is also an employer? (Score 1) 88

Is the agent her employer?

I think once the agent begins automatically charging extra $$$ for every facilitated job in order to ensure that the actor does not attack the employee while working, such agent might become the employer. (Save Rides Fee)
Also, doesn't Uber provide insurance to drivers now? This violates the "Actor pays her own expenses" part of the analogy.

Comment Re:Exactly. (Score 1) 318

The 80s were a glorious, ad free, time all supported by your monthly payment.

I am not sure if this is true, but if you do look at some sitcoms from 70s, you would discover that half-hour sitcoms used to be 26-27 minutes of content. Today's sitcoms would be lucky to hit 23 minutes (usually ~22.5)

Comment Re:Lemme ask you this ... (Score 5, Informative) 500

What kind of a dictator "asks" Congress for anything? A proper dictator would, you know, dictate his commands

A clever dictator asks Congress for things he does not want, so that he can deflect the blame to Congress when they fail to pass it. You don't see presidents asking for permission about, say, drone bombings in various countries.

Comment Re:Sounds like good grounds for an appeal, (Score 3, Interesting) 82

Well, the prosecutors are trying to carve out an exception to rules, as always. I am surprised that they haven't worked in "think of the children" into the story.

New York federal prosecutors have urged Forrester to "send a message" with a long prison sentence for Ulbricht.

And yes, IANAL, but this should not be a fairly easy appeal case:

With less than 24 hours until the sentencing takes place, however, it seems increasingly clear that Judge Forrester is taking the accusation that Ulbricht tried to orchestrate five murder-for-hire as truth in the New York case.

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. -- Plato