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Comment: Re:"totally new like the ipod" (Score 1) 327

by SomePgmr (#43073959) Attached to: Apple's iWatch Could Come With IOS, Earn $6 Billion a Year

Secondly it had storage space, lots and lots and lots of storage space.

I have it on very good authority that the iPod had less space than a Nomad.

To be fair, "less space than a Nomad" doesn't preclude use of "lots and lots and lots" wrt an ipod. One is relative to one other device, the other is just vague.

And I think we can agree that the Nomad wasn't, on the whole, quite as appealing as the first gen ipod.

Comment: Re:The Real News (Score 1) 256

by SomePgmr (#43073305) Attached to: White House Urges Reversal of Ban On Cell-Phone Unlocking

The only reason this policy is getting attention is that nobody important (read: major corporations) stands to lose much by changing the policy.

You mean if a lot of people unlock their phones and move to another carrier, their current providers won't lose much?

Their position is that your phone should remain locked (and you remain subject to DMCA reprisal) at the carriers discretion, until your contract has expired and you've fullfilled any and all "service agreement[s] and other obligations".

Many of them will do that by request after your contract is up anyway. As far as they're concerned you've paid off the subsidy and generated the profit you were expected to.

This was the easy response.

Comment: Re:Political stunt (Score 1) 256

by SomePgmr (#43072955) Attached to: White House Urges Reversal of Ban On Cell-Phone Unlocking

How better to protect the fundamental overreach of the DMCA(ie. just by combining virtually anything copyrighted with even a totally crap DRM system, anybody can code rules into their product, with those rules being given force of federal law, or at least serving as a presumptively very strong basis for lawsuits) than by having a tame process for throwing the opposition a bone on a few relatively minor; but culturally, educationally, or otherwise symbolically significant issues?

If you're really going to be paranoid, why not just assume that they want to prevent you from removing the trackify software from your phone so you don't have the man up your ass every time your phone sends a packet?

I'm not usually the hyper-paranoid type, but from a political perspective, I think he's right on this. The best way to protect something ugly like the DMCA is to knock the sharpest edges off it.

Meanwhile, and either way, the DMCA is preserved with relatively minor caveats.

Comment: Re:Political stunt (Score 1) 256

by SomePgmr (#43072699) Attached to: White House Urges Reversal of Ban On Cell-Phone Unlocking

Exactly. Case in point:

The Obama Administration would support a range of approaches to addressing this issue, including narrow legislative fixes in the telecommunications space that make it clear: neither criminal law nor technological locks should prevent consumers from switching carriers when they are no longer bound by a service agreement or other obligation.

Not exactly a condemnation of aggregious overreach with the DMCA. It's a soft response that anyone can safely cheer for.

Comment: Re:Cars produce more (Score 1) 976

This looks entirely possible. The paragraph in question (I had to hunt for this supposed email, links were both down) appears to have been more of an aside, where the bulk of the message was, "normally I oppose transportation taxes, but people in cars are paying for car lanes on roads with the gas taxes they pay, but people on bikes aren't paying for their bike lanes on those same roads."

Whether or not the email actually exists, if it was written by this person, if that paragraph is actually a meaningful part of the debate they're having, etc. seems a little sketchy.

Except here, where everyone saw an "R" in the summary and abandoned all usual skepticism. Just sayin', folks.

Comment: Re:Worth more than any car? (Score 2, Insightful) 182

by SomePgmr (#43059681) Attached to: Cisco Looking To Make Things Right With West Virginia

Cisco claims they were instructed to provide a quote for routing devices with features like, "redundant power supplies", and just provided a list of the devices that qualified. The state denies these requirments.

Put simply, they put together a sheet with 1,164 of the same exact device. One for every location, and wrote off the gross oversizing to future-proofing. That meant a big municipal facility would get one of these $20k machines, which was probably unnecessary, but the one room shack they call a "library" in rural virginia also got one... in case they ever did a high speed haul out there .

It's absoutely nuts. And the worst part is that someone signed off on this, even after Cisco had the balls to propose it.

Comment: Re:It's called the key (Score 5, Informative) 1176

by SomePgmr (#42903483) Attached to: Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph

Uh, guys... we can probably stop trying to troubleshoot with all the obvious stuff like turning the car off, shifting to neutral, parking brake, etc.

From the article:

A Renault technician had been on the phone with police throughout the chase trying to help but couldn't come up with a solution.

Comment: Re:Pathetic. (Score 5, Informative) 841

by SomePgmr (#42901965) Attached to: Elon Musk Lays Out His Evidence That NYT Tesla Test Drive Was Staged

TFA states that ever since the Top Gear thing, they've put data loggers in all the cars they send to the media

Production vehicies will probably have similar data loggers, but with less data captured

Yep, you got it. From Elon Musk (on Twitter):

"Tesla data logging is only turned on with explicit written permission from customers, but after Top Gear BS, we always keep it on for media."

"We don't care. We don't have to. We're the Phone Company."