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Comment: Re:It makes sense (Score 1) 69

Oh, horseshit ... what's the waiting list for a Harley Davidson?

What's that? You don't think there is an air of luxury and exclusivity here?

America has never been egalitarian. In theory, anybody can become a rich douchebag and have more money than most.

But built into this has always been the notion someone will be rich and someone will be poor.

So, either you're all butt-hurt over the fact you didn't get signed up, or you're pointlessly wailing how unfair it is there are products which aren't available to just anybody on the day of release.

Me, I refuse to worry over how a bunch of people are feeling exclusive and cool to buy a product I don't care about.

Comment: Re:Brilliant idea (Score 2) 69

I agree, they're really following up on this "cater to the rich guys" business model

But, but ... they're the ones with all the money.

I'm sure people will go gaga over this. I, and I'm sure many people, will continue to not give a damn about the smart watch market.

It provides me with nothing at all other than another gizmo I don't want or need.

Comment: Re:Corporate Duality (Score 1) 190

by gstoddart (#49364903) Attached to: Best Buy Kills Off Future Shop

In one of the stores which is closing, there as a Best Buy and a Future Shop right across the street. So you shop at one and then go across a crosswalk to the other one.

They've always had mostly the same stock, and at mostly the same price.

I'm told the difference was Future Shop had commissioned (and therefore more annoying) salesman, while Best Buy wasn't on commission. I often found hard to get items were more likely to be stocked at Future Shop instead of Best Buy.

Many of us have always thought it quite stupid that the same chain always had two stores in many places, since nobody thought of them as competing.

Comment: Re:QuikClot and Celox (Score 1) 74

If it's between a slight possibility of an allergic reaction or a high likelihood of bleeding to death, the choice is simple. The prevalence of shellfish allergy seems to be under 2% anyway. In that light, it might be good to keep this stuff in public buildings next to the AED (if the shelf life isn't too short). More people die from blood loss after a bad cut than you might think, because it takes time for paramedics to arrive and few people know how to properly stanch a wound.

Comment: Re:Ikea good points (Score 4, Insightful) 66

by JaredOfEuropa (#49361451) Attached to: Ikea Refugee Shelter Entering Production
You don't need to have the best quality or be the cheapest, even from a customer perspective. As long as you offer the best value for money. Ikea does pretty good there as long as you know what to buy there and what to avoid. And don;t forget to put a price on convenience: instead of waiting 4-8 weeks for your new stuff, you get to take it home and use it right away (some assembly required). That's very useful... we use Ikea all the time in rental properties that need to be furnished on short notice.
United Kingdom

UK Licensing Site Requires MSIE Emulation, But Won't Work With MSIE 155

Posted by timothy
from the strange-circlings-back dept.
Anne Thwacks writes The British Government web site for applying for for a licence to be a security guard requires a plugin providing Internet Explorer emulation on Firefox to login and apply for a licence. It won't work with Firefox without the add-on, but it also wont work with Internet Explorer! (I tried Win XP and Win7 Professional). The error message says "You have more than one browser window open on the same internet connection," (I didn't) and "to avoid this problem, close your browser and reopen it." I did. No change.

I tried three different computers, with three different OSes. Still no change. I contacted their tech support and they said "Yes ... a lot of users complain about this. We have known about it since September, and are working on a fix! Meanwhile, we have instructions on how to use the "Fire IE" plugin to get round the problem." Eventually, I got this to work on Win7pro. (The plugin will not work on Linux). The instructions require a very old version of the plugin, and a bit of trial and error is needed to get it to work with the current one. How can a government department concerned with security not get this sort of thing right?"

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 281

by gstoddart (#49359393) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

So because hillary is found to be lying... i mean in the dark about her email, why are we all of a sudden asking everyone about theirs??

My hope is that people have figured out that all politicians are lying assholes who think the rules don't apply to them.

My fear is this is just a brief trend and reporters will go back to ignoring the fact that politicians are lying assholes who think the rules don't apply to them.

Comment: Re:Check their work or check the summary? (Score 1) 484

by gstoddart (#49358857) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory

Well, I'll give you my rule zero for optimizing code ... don't write shitty code relying on more layers of libraries than you can explain what is happening.

My direct experience says most of the people saying "don't optimize" are the ones who wrote the shittiest code in the first place because they simply assume all libraries are fast and efficient.

By the time you've made that shitty and slow code, it's probably too damned late to try to optimize it.

I cut my teeth writing on bare metal, and libraries which were called over and over.

If you don't start with some consideration of what is efficient, and you just do stupid things which rely too much on the library ... no amount of effort later will fix it.

Comment: Re:On what grounds could one sue? (Score 1) 56

by gstoddart (#49358811) Attached to: Google Loses Ruling In Safari Tracking Case

Perhaps "Breach of Contract"? I am SURE, even without looking, that, buried deep down on Google's site, is some document that starts "By using this service, you agree to the following terms and conditions..."

Honestly, it doesn't matter WTF is in Google's ToS if those terms violate the local law.

Google can whine and bitch all they want, but you can't embed something illegal into a contract.

The UK privacy laws always trump Google, no matter what Google wants to claim. Especially since Google has localized versions for most countries they operate in.

They simply can't claim to be exempt from the law. Terms of service are not magical ... they couldn't say that you agree to indentured servitude either.

In this case, Google said "fuck it, we don't care if you've opted out".

Though, admittedly, this was partly helped by the fact that Apple incompetently implemented blocking of 3rd part cookies. Basically everybody figured out how to bypass that.

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