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Comment Re:Idiotic stylesheet? Brain dead rendering? (Score 1) 36

The fact is that on mobile phones and tablets, Firefox is not displaying any "green on green" link. The other fact is that a link, which comes at a very competitive price nowadays, could have been added within the article. Well, the string spelling the link IS inside the article, only it's not marked up as a link. Ah, all those insensitive TXT clods!

Give em a break, it's 25 year old technology....

Comment Re:Crowd funding is not a store, but a gamble.. (Score 1) 211

Even though places like Kickstarter really try to make it look like some sort of store the projects are all gambles. There are a few areas that seem to have it down right (books, comics, etc) and I have had success, but tech stuff? *low whistle* You have to approach those different.

Neal Stephenson's 'Clang' comes to mind.

Kickstarter has a reputation to maintain as well. While they may not promise anything in the fine print, if enough people get screwed and request a chargeback form the credit card company then the card issuers may decide to stop serving KS; even if no money gets refunded. In auditor, at some point a court may rule that despite KS' declaiming any responsibility they indeed do have some and order them to refund money.

Comment Food aversion (Score 2) 381

One of the first thing you learn in survival school is you can eat a lot of things that you normally would not when you are very hungry. the second thing is a coach roach in a match box is a greta way to get a seat at a crowded bar. Take it out, take a bite, and be polite and offer to share it...

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 519

Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech

You might want to revisit the meaning of this, since nowhere can it be found that this applies only to government,

The Congress shall make no law makes it pretty clear it applies to the Federal government; as does the history behind the Bill of Rights. To a rogue that it somehow applies to non-Federal actions; nor that it says anything, beyond preventing the establishment of a religion as to what Congress may do to promote the others.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 519

The government also makes laws that states you could be fired from your job for expressing an opinion,...

True, but as the OP pointed out freedom of speech is not freedom of consequences. The government is not guilty of prior restraint, which would impinge on your free speech rights. Rights don't exist in a vacuum either, and it is necessary to balance one right against the other as well. For example, you may feel that the 1st give you the right to stand in front of someone's house and yell at them with a bullhorn at 2 AM but I would argue that stopping you from doing that after you start is a reasonable action by government and not a violation of your 1st amendment rights.

Comment Re:If New York Times complains about it... (Score 1) 119

If even the staunchly illiberal publications like New York Times and The Atlantic complain about there being too many grievances, it must, indeed, be a real problem.

Nah. They just hate Festivus and are against the very principles this country's founders exposed in the Declaration of Independence. So, basically, they hate America.

See, that was easy, wasn't it?

Comment Digitizing would brek their business model (Score 1) 305

If they digitize, they could no longer request the same formsevery six months so as to drag out the process years. The current way lets them send you a letter saying they need form X. Sfter you send it in a second time you get another letter months later asking for form Y that you've sent in originally. Finally, the ask for more information not in the original list of required information. After several years later you go for an interview and dicover none of the updated information was sent to the embassy and all they have is your years old package.

Comment Re:Bait and switch (Score 1) 622

That's what it would be called in any other retail environment, and it's illegal. The providers called it unlimited and therefore it should be unlimited. It's not the fault of the consumer for taking them at their advertised word.

Except, of course, courts realize that advertising and marketing have a certain amount of puffery, and thus would look at the actual contract you were offered, read throughly to understand all the details, and then signed.

Comment Re:How can there be? (Score 1) 622

It's irritating that people can't understand this. Look at the article and the summary: Comcast says the new caps aren't about congestion management, and so people immediately conclude it's about "extracting more money". Nobody can imagine it's about cost management--that a more "Fair and equitable experience" could mean that some guy doing 24x7 max-rate streaming of 8 HD videos while torrenting all the pornography on the Internet might just make the difference between Comcast changing $50/month and Comcast charging $80/month for service.

On some level, this is about the bandwidth 0.1% taking all the resources, and other people paying for their usage.

Actually, I think it's more about being ready for more cord cutting as providers offer content via alternatives to cable. As that happens, the cable companies lose revenue while seeing internet usage increase; and thus want a way to get a cut of the traffic they now carry at a flat fee.

Comment Some possible reasons (Score 1) 213

One problem is business view OSS much as any other product, i.e. someone supplied it and thus the expect that person to help solve problems that arise. The do not see the OSS community as a community but as yet another vendor. Other vendors don't say "We'll, if it doesn't work right tell us and we'll see if we want to fix it and if someone is interested in fixing it they'll do so when they get around to it." As a result, there are differing expectation on what OSS really id; which if course does not absolve those acing like jerks.

Companies do not realize they can fix a problem themselves by patching their code even if the community doesn't agree with the fix. Of course, when they break something else they will expect someone else to fix the new problem.

The OSS community bears some blame as well, beyond the toxicity argument. There are those who want wider acceptance and use of OSS without changing the norms and culture that define the OSS community. Unfortunately, as communities grow up they change and such changes are sometimes hard for those who helped build the community to accept.

Comment Re:comcast needs to use there power to make ESPN a (Score 1) 264

comcast needs to use there power to make ESPN and Disney channel premium channels that alone can drop the cost of a cable plan by at least $10-$15 /mo.

Unfortunately Comcast is in the weaker negotiation position relative to Disney and ESPN so threatening to drop them i they don't go premium is not a viable course of action.

Comment Re:I call BS (Score 4, Informative) 289

There weren't any nuclear missile silos in Okinawa

Without commenting on the veracity of the story, the missiles in questions were Mace missiles, which, like the Regulus, Bomarc, et. al. were what we today call cruise missiles. So a "silo" is likely to be more like a building than an ICBM silo. They even had Regulus silos on submarines.

Comment A couple of thoughts (Score 3, Interesting) 328

Having read Tesla's, the RLG, and the LVS's accounts (which basically was the sam as the other 2), it seems to me the situation escalated to the point it got out of hand. If the guard was writing down the plate I would find it hard to justify hitting the guard with the Jeep.Given the photographer was told the sheriff was on the way it seems to me the reasonable thing to do was to wait and let the sheriff sort out what happened. I doubt the sheriff's response time would be anything but quick given Tesla's clout.

What I don't understand is why the photographer felt it necessary to climb a fence to get a picture. I've shot photos through a fence and wonder what required getting closer? A 200mm tele give you good reach even at a distance. More to the point, most companies will give journalists tours and access to a site, even though you'll get a PR dog and pony show in most cases. But, as a journalist, you need to develop sources if you think something bad is going on. Someone will generally be willing to talk, if off the record, without you needing to trespass and then try to get away. I've cold called companies to get information and it is surprising what people will tell you. You just need to start putting the pieces together, ask more questions, and build a story.

It will be interesting to see what happened as more details come out.

"Consider a spherical bear, in simple harmonic motion..." -- Professor in the UCB physics department