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Comment: They failed to realize... (Score 5, Insightful) 245

It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

If they had not asked, DC probably would never have noticed that their logo was used there. On top of that, even if they had, I doubt they would have acted on it. Suing a grieving family over a harmless supposed trademark violation isn't too good for the company's reputation.

If they tried to use the logo now, after having been denied permission, DC would probably have no choice but to sue since this is in the public spotlight.

This would have been a total non-issue had they just done it and not asked anyone or publicized it.

Comment: Re:UPDATE: 6 Fuselages involved; 5 heavily damaged (Score 1) 187

by ZorinLynx (#47389781) Attached to: Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

Anyone else getting tired of sites demanding that you log in to see photos?

I don't care if it's a FREE account; I'm not going through the trouble of making an account I'll never use again just to see some photos!

Whoever came up with this practice needs to be forced to watch the Star Wars Holiday Special on infinite repeat. With the Boba Fett cartoon cut out.

Comment: Why didn't they just listen to users? (Score 5, Informative) 668

I know, ridiculous, right?

Microsoft could have avoided all this mess by simply listening to people who were beta testing and using 8 and complaining about the horrible start screen. I'm sure they got PILES of feedback, but they were so stubborn they even went out of their way to keep people from bringing back the traditional start menu.

What happened to listening to your customers? To providing options? Historically MS has always been all about that, and *Apple* has been the "our way, or the highway" company. It was really strange to see things reversed for Windows 8.

Also, MS really should break free of their "we are the only OS that exists" philosophy. Other operating systems support a wide variety of filesystems and networking protocols out of the box. Windows still only supports its own and assumes nothing else exists. It's time to knock that shit off, Microsoft.

Comment: Old boxes just won't die (Score 1) 394

by ZorinLynx (#47257119) Attached to: Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

The problem is simple:

1) Old boxes just won't die.
2) Cable companies don't want to replace equipment unless they absolutely have to.

Comcast still supports the old VCR-sized, power guzzling GeneralInstruments/Motorola cable boxes that they gave out when digital cable just started. These fuckers are huge, heavy, consume ridiculous amounts of energy and spew out tons of heat.

I had one for a few years in the early 00s until I got rid of cable.

They don't even support HD, they're THAT old. Yet there's still millions of them out there, mostly owned by people who don't care about HD, and they won't be replaced until they die or the cable company stops supporting them, which is likely to be not until they do die. Good luck with that.

Comment: You'd think this tactic would backfire (Score 2) 86

by ZorinLynx (#47186417) Attached to: Thai Police: We'll Get You For Online Social Media Criticism

Telling people that you'll come arrest them when they speak out against you is admitting that you're not acting in the best interest of the people. Hence people will be less likely to support you in the long run than if you just allow and *gasp* maybe even listen to criticism.

These people act more like playground bullies than adults governing a nation. It's pretty sad and despicable. Imagine if they just came out and said "You may say whatever you like about us; tell us how you really feel. No harm will ever befall you for stating your opinion." The good will that would generate would be FAR more effective than arresting those who disagree with you!

Comment: This argument led to software licenses (Score 3, Interesting) 79

I recall that back in the day, when people started charging for computer software, it was treated as a book. If you paid for the book, it was yours and you could use it for whatever you want.

Then someone came along and decided that copying the software from disk into memory was considered copyright infringement, and thus you needed a license to do so. Hence the software license and all its associated pain in the ass restrictions was born.

So basically, these idiots are trying to use the same concept to add additional legal hurdles to simply browsing the web. At least this time, unlike back in the day with software, sanity ended up being victorious.

Comment: OCZ drives are just evil. (Score 1) 113

We had an OCZ drive fail at work and kill the iMac it was installed in.

Yes, KILL. The machine would no longer power up at all.

At that moment we didn't know it was drive's fault, so we moved the drive to a different iMac. (These are older iMacs, out of warranty.)

*POP* a second dead iMac.

I will NEVER buy an OCZ product as long as I live. I don't know how the heck the drive killed the machine, and I have no easy way to find out. Maybe I'll sacrifice an ancient PC to see if the drive kills it as well.

Comment: Re:640k isn't enough for everybody (Score 1) 522

I'm still amazed at how many geeks don't realize that stuff like virtual memory and paging was invented in the freaking *1960s*, and was used by the big mainframes of the day like the IBM System/360.

Virtual memory has been around far longer than even us middle-aged geeks. It just didn't become feasible to implement in *micro*computers until the late 80s and early 90s because IC density wasn't really there yet and cost was such a huge factor in microcomputer designs at the time. (When the 386 chip came out, a 386 system cost around $4K)

Comment: This may be crass but... (Score 5, Insightful) 283

This may sound crass, but this is a problem that'll solve itself in a couple of decades, after which you'll have a much lower population on the island, which given the lack of space (especially in large cities) is probably a good thing.

There are way too many people on the planet in general. Breeding more is NOT the answer. Do the best we can to take care of our elders, and when they're gone, let's be more responsible about population growth going forward.

Comment: Might as well start going to the arcade again. (Score 1) 93

- Pay for the system.
- Pay for the game.
- Pay for a subscription to an online service so you can play the game.
- Pay for additional content to add to the game.

Pay, pay, pay, pay more, pay more again. It's like bringing the arcade experience of feeding quarters home. Is this really progress?

Comment: Why do distros so often change the way they init? (Score 1) 533

by ZorinLynx (#46952585) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

It feels like every few years, distros switch to a new way of doing things.

Why not just improve on whatever the current way is, and evolve it into the perfect init, rather than switch to an entirely new system so often? It annoys current sysadmins who have to learn new software for no good reason, it introduces bugs that make systems less stable, and it further breaks/fragments compatibility between distros.

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