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Comment: Re:Yep it is a scam (Score 1) 666

by Grishnakh (#48917925) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Well that's the whole problem: democracy is subject to the voters, so if the voters are blithering idiots, well you're not going to get a very good government.

This is why democracy simply doesn't work in countries with moronic, uneducated populaces such as Zimbabwe, Egypt, or the United States.

Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 1) 408

by AK Marc (#48917887) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App
That's "preventable" deaths. Auto deaths aren't "preventable" in that you must travel. They craft statistics like that to hide cancer, heart disease and other "preventable" deaths that are less directly caused. It's amazing how much the statistics are crafted to prove a point, not to describe reality.

Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 1) 408

by AK Marc (#48917851) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

Yes, telling people to 'slow down' when driving cars is bad advice. This must be why auto accidents are a leading cause of death and injury in the US.

When the national speed limit went from 55 to 65, deaths dropped. When the limit was removed (many going to 70, one up to 100), the deaths dropped. The higher the limits, the lower the deaths. The higher the speeds, the lower the deaths.

Comment: Re:stone tablets (Score 2) 191

by TWX (#48917815) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?
I don't think that's the question at all.

I think that the question is, what medium will still be around and functional decades from now?

And I think the best predicable answer is Compact Disc, mainly due to the ubiquity of music CDs, which while not as popular as they once were, are still extremely common and will probably continue to be common. 12cm optical readers may eventually stop reading video formats like DVD, or Blu-ray, or other shorter-lived formats once new formats replace them, but there really hasn't been another digital music format with a physical component to it with the longevity and widespread popularity that CD has enjoyed.

Yes, computers are increasingly doing without optical drives, however there are still lots and lots of options for new external optical drives, and every new bus and connector has had a CD-reading drive made for it. SCSI, Parallel, MKE-Panasonic, IDE, USB1/1.1/2.0, Firewire, SATA, eSATA, Thunderbolt, and USB3.0 all have CD-capable optical drives available, and I expect that future buses will also get CD-capable optical drives.

Eventually the CD might not be supported, but there should be plenty of time to figure out what format will replace it and to do the conversion. After all, we still find 5.25" floppy drives at the Goodwill; there will be drives available to read the media.

Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 1) 408

by AK Marc (#48917813) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

How about just slow the fsck down when you are piloting 2,000 lbs of metal?

Because the stats show that the faster you go, the safer you are. No, really. I know your "common sense" says the opposite. But reality trumps an unsupported opinion.

I guarantee that your life will not be adversely affected if you were to just drive 5mph BELOW the speed limit everywhere you went,

Aside from getting killed by the other drivers you are holding up.

Comment: Re:In related news (Score 1) 239

by AK Marc (#48917757) Attached to: Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

No better then pretending the SS trust fund is an asset that can be tapped.

I've never seen that. I've just seen that the SS fund buys bonds from the general fund. So it's not "real" money, but is a "real" debt.

In the end it will be who's story becomes laughable first. Lots of capital is looking for safe places to park. Look at the price of productive farmland. That has nothing to do with the price of crops. It's big money buying up land, then renting it to farmers at a short term loss.

I saw that. I laughed. And sold my farmland (only about 100 acres). But the truth is that land always goes up. There are more people and no more land (except for tiny areas reclaimed, or developments "under water" such as Holland and New Orelans.

I have land, but rather than owning a farm rented out for 3% return, I own houses rented out for 10-15% return. When the crash happens, people will still need a place to live. I know the standard answers about people just stealing land, but in most cases, a written deed is honored by new governments, even if the interim anarchy doesn't care.

Comment: choosing winners and losers (Score 2) 74

by MickyTheIdiot (#48917025) Attached to: FCC Fines Verizon For Failing To Investigate Rural Phone Problems

"They cause rural businesses to lose customers"

This is the argument I don't hear enough about network neutrality. If everyone's one traffic isn't treated with some equality then we essentially let telco companies choose the winners and losers in a whole lot of businesses, not just Internet related businesses. If companies want monopoly protects they should be hit and hit hard when they refuse to treat rural or any other customers the same. Verizon shouldn't only be fined, the should lose their entire business in these areas.

Comment: Re:grandmother reference (Score 1) 374

The details of this indicate that the "key" is legal, but followed a supply chain that didn't maximize Ubisoft's profits, so Ubisoft canceled it. It's very hard to parallel import something "illegally". Drugs are the main exception to that rule. Viagra made in the US, shipped to Canada for sale, bought in Canada, and re-imported to the US, is illegal because the quality of the drug, made in the USA and factory sealed could be inferior to the US standard. But other than that one bit of protectionism, there's precious little that can't be re-imported. The Supreme Court even upheld that right.

Comment: Re:First Sale (Score 1) 374

The assertion in this case is that the EULA is violated if the first End User agrees to it and abides by it.

That proves a lack of legal standing of the EULA, and EULAs should be judged illegal. In practice, any boiler plate contract not written by the State is illegal. Except EULAs, and sometimes cell phone contracts.

In this particular case I suspect UPlay, Origin, Steam are reasoning that the licence is non transferrable, and since it WAS transferred from one person to another it has become void.

So it's a violation to buy something from anyone other than uPlay, Origin, or Steam. If you buy it off the shelf in Target/Wal-Mart, or online at EB Games/Amazon, it obviously was "re-sold" (distributed) at least once. Thus, is invalid.

"Videogame makers declare video games illegal" (unless you buy directly from them) should be the headlines run in the NYT. Because that's exactly what they are saying. Only the publishers know which keys they'll honor, and the end buyer can't ever know, unless they buy directly from the publisher.

and if you want to avoid it, don't buy licences off some reseller.

Yeah, well, EB games should be sued, if they don't have that warning printed in every store in large print. As well as Amazon and thousands of others.

I cannot conceive that anybody will require multiplications at the rate of 40,000 or even 4,000 per hour ... -- F. H. Wales (1936)