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Comment: Re:If no otherwise suitable phone is available (Score 1) 120

by bbsalem (#47737487) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

This logic, you "choose" to buy a phone with an irreplacible battery or you "choose" to not find that job, is made by someone who thinks he is earned elite status, someone who has a deal which protects him from the risks of a consumer or a job-seeker, and wishes to project blame to protect his entitlement, his sense of being better than someone else.

Comment: Re:Not sure about an older Doctor Who (Score 1) 81

by MightyMartian (#47737169) Attached to: BBC and FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

Not to mention the fantastic Dune/Star Trek crossover. The best scenes are where Nurse Chapel seduces Baron Harkonnen (and much hilarity ensues) and Paul Atreided and Captain Kirk compare whether the Weirding way or the monkey kick are more effective. Best catchphrase "dammit Jim, I'm a doctor, not a Bene Tleilax facedancer."

Comment: Re:Waaah. (Score 1) 217

by Trepidity (#47735667) Attached to: New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

I do think kettles are getting more common in the U.S., but in the '90s they were almost unknown. Another factor imo is that microwaves have been ubiquitous in American kitchens for decades, and are commonly used to heat water, so there's already a common alternative to the stove. They're not a great option for boiling water, but they're a common way (in the U.S.) of making near-boiling water for brewing tea or making ramen.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 415

by rtb61 (#47734507) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

In that case your comment would be accurately defined as a 'straw man' as it did not relate to the incident in question. The counter comment brought it back in line to what actually occurred and 'OH no what about the Wookies" means nothing. It is a civil matter and as such should have only been treated in the civil courts. The actual action only fully demonstrates the current corruption of democracies and the justice system by psychopathic corporate executives.

Comment: Re:Simulations are limited by imagination (Score 1) 159

by rtb61 (#47734467) Attached to: Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

Where are simulator completely and utterly fails should be obvious to everyone, it does not test environmental analysis at all. The environment is not detected, analysed and correlated, it is simply fed into the program and so only half the system is tested, not the whole system.

The system should be tested on the road under normal conditions, from rush hour to night driving with a driver ready to take over and at lest two randomly chosen independent observer. Things that need to be tested, missing or worn line markings, road works, debris on road including plastic bags in the wind, car doors opening into traffic stream, vehicles straddling lanes, emergency vehicle response with regards to other vehicles failing to react appropriately et al.

Comment: Re:sorry (Score 1) 172

I'm sorry that such hell holes persist in 21st century USA, but that has nothing to do with my comment. We have fiber criss-crossing the entire state, including the remotest northern towns. Yes, the money may have originated primarily from the cities, but it's being spent statewide. And we have impoverished areas, But public money can only pull fibers just so far. We can't drag one up every driveway in the state.

If you want to fix your state, start by voting to raise taxes by an order of magnitude across rich and poor alike. If you're always led by selfish people who won't ever raise taxes, nothing will continue to happen.

Comment: Supressed: ISIS is our alley against Assad. (Score 1) 371

by FriendlyLurker (#47732455) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

Good luck with that.

We all (UK, US) fund the Syrian "rebels" aka ISIS with our tax dollars. The same terrorist organization responsible for the beheading - receiving money and training directly and indirectly through us and from our close allies. If mainstream media have "suppressed" this little detail (well, not mentioned very much), then suppressing the video so that not many see that either won't be too hard.

Comment: Re:Fleeing abusive companies? (Score 4, Insightful) 229

by bmo (#47732271) Attached to: When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

It's almost like large organizations have voting rights.

What do you mean "almost"?

They have more voting rights than you, me, or anyone.

And you know what? We've got "temporarily embarrassed millionaires" who will fight you tooth-and-nail to defend that, in spite of their own interests.


Money doesn't talk, it swears. -- Bob Dylan