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Comment Re:Pointless (Score 1) 153

Not necessarily. NYC != Manhattan; there's several other boroughs which are not nearly as dense, especially Staten Island, which is positively suburban. You're not going to get a cab there standing on the corner for 30 seconds.

You may still get a ride by standing on the corner. You'll not only get to where you're going, but may make a few bucks in the process.

Comment Re:HOSTS file (Score 1) 416

There is criminal energy involved in sabotaging mechanisms such as the hosts-file in order to deceive users. Even thinking of it requires significant criminal energy, and the strong intent to harm users.

You're forgetting we're talking corporate to consumer here, nothings illegal from that standpoint. If you take every third word from every other sentence in every fifth paragraph starting from the third paragraph from the bottom, and wrap around, you gave your permission for them to do this when you clicked Agree.

Comment Re:wish this existed in silicon valley (Score 1) 258

I drive on heavily congested roads for about 12 miles. My car says I average 22 mph.... If there was a bicycle highway that was uninterrupted for this distance, I could save stress by riding a bike rather than a car, with little cost in time.

Until you get one to two hundred other cyclists on that same "highway" all going in the same direction. It'll be so congested you can't even stay on your bike without falling over. Twelve miles is one hell of a walk.

Comment Re:Did they actually mention they were inspired by (Score 4, Funny) 182

People have been dissolving bodies in acid for a long time. Unless they specifically quoted breaking bad as inspiration, drawing this connection is quite ridiculous, and pretty much just click bait.

Actually, yes, in the 2nd link. RTFA for chrissake

The prosecutor explained that the suspects had been inspired by a US TV show Breaking Bad, where the lead characters use Hydrofluoric acid - a highly corrosive acid - to dissolve the bodies of their victims

The prosecutor said it, so it must be legit.

Comment Emergency/Parking Brake Hack? (Score 1) 262

Isn't the emergency/parking brake required to be mechanical? How can you hack a mechanical cable-pulley system?

And this is why it's called an emergency brake here. Unlike the hydraulic braking system, it's supposed to be able to work no matter what. It's also only connected to the rear wheels, so there's less of a chance the idiot who slams it on will lose control.

Comment Re:I'm not renewing prime this year... (Score 1) 79

- They raised the annual price of Prime 3x since I signed up


Amazon Prime was launched in 2005 for $79. The price has gone up once, in 2014, to $99. So I'm not sure how you could have seen three price increases. Even if you were a student and are counting the loss of the student discount once you left school, that's only two increases.

Didn't you read his post? He was using the Super Secret Prime back in the 90's. That was less than $79, so the public prime rate of $79 was an increase for those people.

Comment Re:They're going to be charging money for the OS s (Score -1, Flamebait) 296

All of your 7 and 8.x licenses can be ungraded, you'll just have to install the appropriate OS and make sure you have all the service packs and upgrades installed (have fun with 7 and all the service packs and crap it needs).

Or you could do like ol' Billy-boy did and donate them to schools or charity and claim the entire retail value for each on your taxes this year. Stick it to both Microsoft and Unk. Sam.

Comment Re:They're going to be charging money for the OS s (Score 2) 296

Unless MS can mine data from the Steam client they'll get nothing from me. My Windows box is a headless Steam server I use to stream windows only games to my Linux desktop and laptop. The only thing installed on it is Firefox and Steam (and the games, of course). I've been using the MS Insider preview with Steam for a couple of months now, and it's been working great.

I've got to hand it to MS on the distribution/upgrade of Windows 10. I fully patched my Win7 Pro, reserved my upgrade and removed the Windows 7 disk from the computer. I installed the preview edition , installed Steam and transferred my games and data over, and kept it up to date patching or reinstalling as needed the whole time. Low and behold, without me having to reinstall the Win 7 drive and upgrading, MS went ahead and upgraded the Win 10 drive for me. Rather surprisingly smooth, it was.

Comment Re:Um... (Score 1) 255

And then Chrome turned around and finished Firefox.

I think Mozilla is doing that themselves. With each FF upgrade, I seem to loose more and more functionality and it gets slower and slower. I find I'm starting use Chrome more and more lately, even though I know I'm loosing some privacy in doing so.

Comment Re:Why do you need this stuff on the internet at l (Score 5, Funny) 85

No, but it adds an considerable element of security. If you disagree with me then feel free to attack my PC via the internet, it's IP address is

Hey! How dare you use my printer as your PC. No wonder it takes forever to process and print a PDF file.

"We learn from history that we learn nothing from history." -- George Bernard Shaw