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Comment: Re:well then it's a bad contract (Score 1) 329

by chispito (#49563479) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

It's not a horrible contract if both parties agreed to it

It's a horrible contract if it purports to require that consumers pay ESPN even if they don't want it. In fact, that's arguably illegal.

Isn't that all cable bundling? You pay for channels you don't want so you can watch the few channels you do want. Besides, TFA doesn't disclose what the Verizon-ESPN contract actually says.

This episode reminds me of when Steve Jobs claimed Apple was always against DRM in iTunes but had to roll with it so the record labels would sell on iTunes. Right. Just like I'm sure Verizon has always hated charging you for huge cable packages. They're just trying to find a way to secure revenue a little while longer before online distribution really loosens up.

Comment: Re:Do not want (Score 2) 125

by chispito (#49563321) Attached to: Smart Headlights Adjust To Aid Drivers In Difficult Conditions

Way too complicated a solution for the problem. "Sorry, sir your headlight is not working. That'll be $2700 to fix it.

If you can afford a car with this technology (assuming its actually possible and not only marketing gibberish), you can afford to have it fixed. And if for some reason you can't, just have normal headlights put in.

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 1) 737

by chispito (#49348839) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Giving one pilot (in the cockpit) the means to basically lock himself in with no ability for the other pilot to enter is too great a danger.

Except when there is a terrorist threatening the pilot outside, asking him to enter the code...

Doing anything by force or coercion on a flight won't work anymore.

Comment: Re:Like hearing grandpa talk about WWII (Score 1) 393

by chispito (#49071077) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?

The desktop is increasingly unimportant, or mostly an adjunct to where people do their primary computing which is portables.

Sure, if by "computing" you mean consumption. All the great things people buy and consume weren't created on portables or the OSes they run. There are still important markets in which to make gains.

Comment: Re:Seriously (Score 1) 156

by chispito (#49064721) Attached to: Bill Gates On Educating the World

Skeptics point out that the foundation smells like a gigantic tax dodge... the money remains under Bill Gates' control with not a cent of tax paid on it.

Yes... you dodge taxes so you can put that money toward the greater good of your own choosing, and not only what the government demands. That is precisely what tax breaks are for.

Make it myself? But I'm a physical organic chemist!

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