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Comment If these senators really wanted to help... (Score 5, Insightful) 108

That's so nice of you to want to protect us from spam. But you know what's even more annoying and threatening and expensive than spam?

..found its way into the budget bill.

Worse than spam, is stuff that "finds its way" into our laws without ever being attributed. The guilty parties are never punished or even informally shamed or identified so that anyone can ever vote approval or disapproval for that person in the next election.

Put an end to unattributed "malgislation" (eww, let's keep working on finding the right word) and then you'll really be heroes. I want every item in every bill to have a person's name on it. Let them continue to be as evil and un-American as they want with their laws, but let's stop allowing them to be irresponsibly anonymous when they do it.

Comment Re:Physical store advantage? (Score 2) 203

Why would I buy something online and then drive to pick it up?

The only thing I can think of, would be: If I'm driving over there anyway, for my non-online purchases (groceries).

I have a few grocery stores that I visit fairly often, including one that I visit nearly every week. (None of them happen to be Wal-Mart but for the sake of the arugment, let's pretend one of them is.) I'm never going to buy beer or porkchops or bread online from Amazon, but if I were at my grocer's checkout, and after I ran my "discount" tracking-cookie consumer-analytics card, the checker were to say, "Oh, Mr. Sloppy, your online-shopping crap has arrived," and then it somehow got dumped into my cart, I guess that'd be pretty cool.

That just means my grocer is somehow the bulk shipping destination (a truck with a lot of peoples' orders pulls up to it, instead of driving all over the the neighborhood), and then they have to store it until I show up for my weekly visit, and ..

..you know, this actually sounds like a lot of expense and trouble for them. I'm skeptical that it'd be cheaper. But if somehow it were cheaper than having a guy drive all over town delivering packages, ok, I'm game. (But you're right, I think. This ain't happening.)

Comment Who _else?_ (Score 3, Interesting) 107

This would be a lot more exciting when some other manufacturers do the same thing in a compatible form factor. Then you'd get a handheld the same way you get a desktop: go buy just the right parts for your situation.

"A Fairphone screen, a Foomeister I motherboard, a used Sorny RadioNIC that I found on eBay, a Brand X battery and oops I guess I didn't even bother with a camera on this one. Oh well, I didn't need one here. Wait, I just remembered have a 5 year old one sitting in a drawer, let's just throw that in." Later: "Shit, it got obsolete: time for a Foomeister II+ board, which has enough RAM to run the newest release of Netbuntroid."

But the only way we'll get there, is if this sells well enough that other manufacturers see a market for the form factor. It's hard to be optimistic about that.

Comment Re:How about if we OWN our personal information? (Score 1) 79

Imagine if we owned our personal information as a form of intellectual property

Ok, try doing that. Next time you're about to transmit your information to someone else, stop. Either don't send it at all, or send them cyphertext instead.

If Amazon wants to know how to descramble your zip code, they're going to have to make some kind of deal with you, wereby they become bound to the terms and conditions that you specify. I just hope that prior to making that deal, you don't get too impatient waiting for your packages.

MSDOS is not dead, it just smells that way. -- Henry Spencer