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Comment Re:Sham (Score 1) 120

I've literally been pointed at McDonalds before whilst doing this.
It's pretty hit and miss depending on who you end up asking but online reviews generally point me in the right direction.
Everywhere I've been the good places have good reviews, the bad ones have bad reviews, and the astro-turfing is childishly easy to spot because it'll be the only good review on the page.

Comment Re:To be fair (Score 4, Insightful) 628

The iPad seems a nice device. It's not for everyone, but there's nothing inherently wrong with it. It may not be for you, but again, there's nothing wrong with that.

I find the backlash you mention exactly as bad as the breathless fans you berate and to be honest I'm just as tired of either side of the pundits on this one. Extremes on both sides are misrepresenting the truth, either intentionally or not, and I see some of that in the little squad of straw-men lurking in your post.

The only people that matter in this are the people who will buy the device. If there aren't enough of them, it'll fail. If there are, it'll succeed. All this back-and-forth garbage is a waste of electrons.

Nothing you or I say will make a jot of difference on that, and judging by the posts on /. this is a good thing.

Comment Re:Theater Chronicles of Riddick sucked because... (Score 1) 160

That's pretty much how I felt about Sunshine. I was getting into it, right up until it turned out to be another Event Horizon.

Yup. Loved that movie up until the burned guy shows up and starts killing people.

Seriously... The sun is failing, the ship is damaged, your crew is falling apart, you're the last hope for humanity... Plenty of tension... And then they throw in some crazy burned guy to start murdering people.


Comment Re:Basic income in South America (Score 1) 254

Fuck it, I already wasted three hours replying to your last post, might as well finish off.

From each according to his ability, to each according to his need

I would rate this phrase as one of the most destructive to have ever been inflicted on humanity. If I were to describe the Meritocracy I would say:

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his ability"

And no, this isn't half-way to Marxism. Marxism allows lazy parasites to suck the productive life out of everyone else in the name of "need".

So now the "poor" are forced to spend their lives in frantic consumption, trying to keep up with the robots' extravagant production, so that the "rich" can live lives of simplicity.

Can I pick a random author from the 1950's and say "This is where society is heading" without any rationality? OK, I pick Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.

Is that not to some extent already what we have, as depicted by the life of the rich woman you referenced? She lives a life of simplicity riding horses someone else probably owns, teaching non-materialist yoga, buying an expensive handbag of high quality which in the scheme of things takes next-to-no resources to produce, while the poor people around her are on the treadmills of heavy consumption with huge TV screens blaring messages at them of consume, consume, consume, and are captivated by huge monster trucks and eating all the latest complex synthetic foods and partaking of all the expensive medical care you need when you don't do a bit of yoga and simple living and eating now and then. Are we not, already, suffering from a Midas Plague? :-)

You are wrong to assume she was less materialistic because of her wealth. I said that her materialism didn't destroy the world, but I never said anything amount the amount of materialism.

In fact, she goes a long way to disprove your core assertions.
1.) She had a guaranteed basic income ($65k with no expenses or taxes). It was never enough and eventually drove her into deep credit card debt.
2.) Her wealth did not help her become more "enlightened". In fact, without a need to earn a living she desperately filled her days with activities trying to find some "meaning". Yoga, pilates, horse riding, painting, among a 100 other activities were never enough. She eventually found fulfillment, in drugs.
3.) A simple, organic diet did not make her more healthy. She developed food allergies to everything and it only got worse the more "simple" she tried to eat. She had an allergy to wheat. Gave it up. Developed an allergy to soy. Gave that up. Developed an allergy to rice. Etc.
4.) There is no such thing as "enough" healthcare. She went to the doctor's at least 3 times a week and they were more than happy to diagnose "treat" her "conditions". In fact, that's how she got into drugs as they were legally prescribed to her for her many conditions.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 486

It doesn't take an exceptional person, it takes self developed willpower. Do you want out? There's the door. Make your way to it and avoid tripping over the stinking piles of pitfalls along the way.
If you should happen to fall in one, clean up and continue to the door. Sitting in a stinking pit of shit bemoaning the hazards to your way out is wasting valuable time.
          Other wastes of time include writing apologea for the unmotivated who are expert at concocting their own excuses. This takes little effort so it's well within comfort range.

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 757

It isn't the chlorine that makes LA tap water taste bad. I lived 30 miles east of LA for years. While the tap water wasn't as good as the northern bits of the USA, such as Seattle as others have mentioned, it was acceptable and didn't make food you cooked with it taste funny. The stuff that comes out of LA taps if left to dry will leave almost a chalk like residue and not trace amounts either.

Comment a price-per-byte structure may not be a bad thing. (Score 4, Insightful) 239

I agree charging by the amount of bandwidth used may, just may, be better but for years broadband providers sold unlimited service. The contract I signed with Time Warner for my cable, now it's Comcast, did not have any sort of limits. Now it did say the speed would be up to, I think though I don't recall for sure, 1.5MB. There wasn't anything about traffic shaping, blocking, or redirecting though. If ISPs oversold capacity it's not the fault of the users, it's the ISPs own fault. When I go to an all-you-can-eat buffet I refuse to accept the restaurant from preventing me or anyone else from eating all we can.

A price-per-byte structure, if properly implemented, could result in reduced monthly payments for grandma and a higher portion for the guy with the strange habit of downloading "Linux ISOs" all the time.

The problem with this is that incumbent broadband providers try to prevent any competition that will offer more bandwidth. How many tymes has news articles been summarized and linked to on slashdot because some incumbent provider tried to stop competition whether cable, fiber, wireless, or any other broadband? An example was in northeastern Utah a few years back. A group of communities got together to build their own Broadband Utopia. Of course the incumbents did all they could to stop it and they were finally successful in having the state government pass a law barring local governments from selling access, instead they have to sell to other service providers. The 14 cities that make up the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency built an infrastructure that will provide "100 megabits per second" to start with. That infrastructure can be used to deliver cable TV, net access, phone services, or whatever a person could think of. Because of it Comcast was "forced" to bundle "broadband, digital cable, and VoIP service for $90 a month in all of Utopia's footprint" and I doubt they are losing money. I say "forced" because they only had to do it if they wanted to continue to provide services in the area otherwise people would not have been willing to pay the higher costs.

perhaps content directly delivered by the ISP would fall under this category. But I don't see why that is -inherently- wrong.

You don't see what's wrong? Try this, say only Company X provides broadband in your area, so you have no other choice for broadband, and you want to search the web. So you head over to Google and if you can connect it is slow because Google didn't pay your ISP. Or your ISP supports one political party and blocks traffic from all other parties? Do you still not see a problem?


Comment Re:Yeah, right. (Score 2, Insightful) 627

Either way what Michael Dell says as the CEO of Dell doesn't reflect his personal opinion, just like any other CEO, or anybody working within management, your professional opinion can be in complete contrast to your personal opinion.

But when someone's "professional" opinion doesn't match their personal opinion, neither opinion is worth shit.

If he's trying to tell us how good Windows 7 is, when he won't even run it himself, that takes *all* of the legitimacy out of his statement.

Also something noteworthy is that the life situation of Michael Dell, as a multibillionare, is very different from the vast majority; thus whatever Michael Dell chooses will most likely not reflect what's best for you as an average income consumer.

There are "rich people" cars and "rich people" vacation packages and "rich people" clothes, etc., but there isn't a "rich people" OS.

There aren't even "rich people" computers. There are high end PCs and Mac Pros, but these are just expensive variants of their cheaper brethren, and run the same OS's. It's not like he's using some sort of exotic computer that can't run Windows.

Time is an illusion perpetrated by the manufacturers of space.