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Comment: Re:The actual battle is not Android vs iOS. (Score 1) 253

by XxtraLarGe (#49790849) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

We should really stop this "Android vs iOS" nonsense. I've never, ever heard someone choosing a phone based on it having iOS or Android.

I chose my iPhone because I have a Mac and it plays nicer with my software like iTunes & iPhoto, etc. So yeah, the OS of the phone was central to my purchase. If there was a cheaper clone that sold iOS based hardware, I might have bought one of those instead.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 291

by XxtraLarGe (#49790773) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

Didn't some cable TV company already disable the fast forward button during ads?

Comcast disables fast forward on some OnDemand content, but works for DVR recordings.

DVDs don't let you skip ads most of the time.

This is one that really irritates me. Usually if we rent a new release video, i don't mind watching the trailers to see what new stuff is coming out. However, for the movies I buy, I don't want to have to watch them at all if I don't feel like it. Taking away the skip/menu capabilities on privately owned discs is pretty messed up.

I'm surprised that the mute button still works.

Don't give them any ideas. although it would seem to be difficult to implement, since the TV & the media player are typically two different pieces of equipment.

Comment: Re:You don't have to go faster (Score 1) 152

by XxtraLarGe (#49790671) Attached to: Ways To Travel Faster Than Light Without Violating Relativity
I hear this all the time, but it doesn't seem to make sense to me. How exactly is space expanding, and what exactly is expanding into? For instance, a hot air balloon's surface expands by blowing air into it, and it expands into the surrounding atmosphere. But space itself is not a substance. It is not matter or energy, it's just the gaps between everything else. Likewise the area outside the expansion of matter in the universe should be space as well. Not trolling, just trying to gain a better understanding.

Comment: Re:That's the good news... (Score 3) 291

by XxtraLarGe (#49788051) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

The fact that this happened, and with the right result, is a good thing as it confirms that the system is working.

No it isn't. This would be like a malware company going after Norton or Kaspersky because it hurt their distribution model, or if ammunition manufacturers sued bullet-proof vest manufacturers because it makes their product less effective. Yeah, the good guys win, but they ended up having to spend a lot of money to defend themselves unnecessarily.

Comment: Re:You know what would REALLY motivate kids? (Score 1) 200

In any case, how would you see him compared to Hillary?

With Bernie Sanders, there's no mistaking what you'll get. He tells you exactly what he thinks. I probably disagree with him on over half of his positions, but I admire the fact that he honestly says what he believes. If Hillary did that, there's no way she'd get elected. Or Barack Obama for that matter.

Comment: Re: Alternate story title (Score 1) 416

by XxtraLarGe (#49784279) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results

Oh, so it's that and not Matthew 5:18 where jeebus says the exact opposite? Silly theist doesn't know his own bronze age sheepherder mythology.

You mean

Matthew 5:18 "For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. "

Jesus was talking about his death and resurrection. That wasn't even a challenge, try harder next time. Iron sharpens iron, and all that.

Comment: Re: Alternate story title (Score 1, Insightful) 416

by XxtraLarGe (#49782985) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results

The list of what christians are 'supposed' to do but do not do is astonishing. If you take the whole book, then even the crazy ones are hellbound hypocrites. Show me a preacher who doesn't trim the hair on the side of his head for example (expressly fucking forbidden in Leviticus).

Sounds like the only thing you know about the Bible is what you've read on the atheist talking point sites. There's a pretty good reason that Christians don't follow the Levitical laws. See Acts 15 for more info, if you'd like to gain some insight into it.

Comment: Unfair competition? (Score 2) 201

by XxtraLarGe (#49775599) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

A judicial court in Italy has ordered the UberPop app to cease offering its services, as it constitutes "competition" again the taxi sector (taxi licenses in Italy are numbered, each can cost more than $ 100k to obtain)

FTFY. A government solution to a government created problem. Granting taxi companies an oligopoly (a monopoly for all intents and purposes), hurts consumers by limiting supply and artificially inflating prices. Get rid of the $100k numbered taxi licenses, and let the market set the price for getting rides. A glut of drivers would result in lower fares, which in turn would cause some drivers to drop out, allowing fares to rise to a reasonable level for both drivers & riders.

If there's concern for safe drivers, that can be handled with an additional test for drivers by their DMV. For instance, the State of Michigan allows drivers to take a chauffeur's test and get the license for an additional $35. This isn't a guarantee of safety, but neither is the $100k medallion system.

Comment: Re:The issue is less that and more about corruptio (Score 2) 101

by XxtraLarGe (#49739119) Attached to: Do Russian Uranium Deals Threaten World Supply Security?

We're already seeing the major liberal newspapers turn on her and this early in the game that is an indication that it is already over.

That's all a ruse. Once she's received the nomination, they will all be circling the wagons around her to shield her from any scrutiny.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 2) 121

by XxtraLarGe (#49718761) Attached to: Learning About Constitutional Law With Star Wars

The other side of the coin is "living document" where we change the meaning of the words to fit the current times.

I am much more in favor of using the tools given to us to change the Constitution vrs changing it's meaning based on current interpretation.

That's exactly the problem. Nobody wants to amend the Constitution, they want to "interpret" it, as if the meaning of it weren't clear enough as is. You mentioned Prohibition, which I think is one of the best examples. Nobody so far has been able to explain to me why we had to pass a constitutional amendment to outlaw alcohol, but the same thing is not necessary for any other drug. The entire war on drugs is an unconstitutional sham.

The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Paul Erlich