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Comment: Re:Sounds more like technical short-sightedness (Score 1) 250

by dirk (#48525827) Attached to: Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

While this may be the way it worked, the issue is that they didn't tell users this. Instead of telling users "music you added manually will be overwritten" they threw up a generic error and then told the user they had to factory reset the phone. It's fine i your sync deletes the stuff on the phone and overwrites it with the stuff from the computer. It's not alright if you purposely hide this fact from the user so they don't know what is going on.

Comment: Re:I always insist on paper for vote (Score 4, Informative) 127

by dirk (#48472137) Attached to: Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County

Except they still have to be on the voter rolls. It isn't like without voter ID laws anyone can just walk up and say "I want to vote here". There is still voter registration that happens. Unless you know a specific voter and their polling place for each of those people you just picked up, you aren't going to get anywhere at the polling station.

The fact is that most of the voter fraud happens not at the polls but with absentee ballots. Of course the republicans don't want to touch those because they are used by old people and soldiers, which are their bread and butter.

Comment: I just don't understand (Score 3, Insightful) 1128

by dirk (#48454673) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

I'm not going to rant about how guilty Darren Wilson was. To tell the truth, I don't know if he was guilty. But I just don't understand how there wasn't enough evidence to at least take this to trial. There were multiple witnesses saying that Mike Brown had his hands up and was not attacking Darren Wilson when he was shot. This alone to me is enough to at least take it to trial and see all the evidence to try and figure out exactly what happened.

Unfortunately, all of the emphasis has been on everything except what it should have been. It doesn't matter what Mike Brown was doing before the confrontation, or if he smoked pot. It doesn't even matter what happened with the struggle at the car (whether Mike Brown dove through the window trying for the gun or Darren Wilson grabbed him and pull him in the window). The only thing that matter is what was going on when Darren Wilson shot Mike Brown. If Mike Brown was standing (or kneeling as some reports say) with his hands up and not attacking anyone, then Darren Wilson murdered Mike Brown. If Mike Brown was charging to attack Darren Wilson when he was shot, then is was a good shooting. Unfortunately, with this grand jury decision, we will never get an answer to that. I just don't understand how with the witnesses that have come forward, they couldn't find enough evidence that maybe there was wrong doing to want all the evidence to come out so we can have answers.

Comment: Hydrogen will never work (Score 1) 293

Unfortunately, Hydrogen won't take off (at least in the US). The reason is fairly simple, gas stations don't want it to. The current gasoline infrastructure won't work as is for Hydrogen, and the gas companies and providers don;t want to retrofit to be able to handle it. Tesla has the advantage of being able to create it's own infrastructure outside of gas stations, since all they need is a power line. But with having to have holding tanks and dispensers, Hydrogen is going to be locked into using existing gas stations rather than being able to easily set up their own. Gas stations and providers aren't going to pay the money to retrofit for Hydrogen until there is a tipping point of people with Hydrogen cars, but that's won't come until there are stations selling Hydrogen to make their cars useful.

Comment: Apple is what MS always wanted to be (Score 1, Insightful) 327

by dirk (#48397203) Attached to: Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

It always amazes me that people still try to bash Microsoft over the (bad) things they did in the 90s. Apple has become everything we always feared Microsoft would be, but without all the backlash and bashing. This is truly a "We're not done until 3rd party stuff doesn't work" situation that everyone always suggested MS had (and MS probably did have to some extent). They are purposely disabling an industry standard for anything other than their drivers to force people to use their overpriced upgrade hardware. Yes, you can disable this "feature" but to do so you have to disable ALL driver signing on the system, thus removing a big security protection. Apple is by far one of the worst companies as far as policies and screwing people, and yet no one ever seems to say much about it even as people still write Micro$oft. Maybe it's because there isn't a cute little way to put a dollar sign in their name.

Comment: Re:Open records isn't the issue here (Score 1) 461

by dirk (#48346803) Attached to: Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

But what is the difference between this and hiring someone under age for any other job? You can't work at McDonalds until you are 16 (in most places), so should we require licenses for all fast food employees to ensure everyone is 16? Requiring a license is entirely different and separate from making sure employees are of legal age for their profession.

Comment: Open records isn't the issue here (Score 4, Insightful) 461

by dirk (#48346265) Attached to: Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

The open records request and fulfillment isn't the issue here. If the government licenses someone, you should be able to request the information of everyone with that license (although I'm not sure home information should be included since it is a professional license). This would be the easiest way to see who is and isn't a licensed professional.

The issue is why in the bloody hell is the government licensing dancers? There is no reason to do that other than they want to collect some extra fees from people. There is no professional service being offered that a license would effect. The purpose of licensing professionals is to ensure that the person meets some basic requirements. Unless they are going to try and require a minimum cup size or dancing ability, there isn't anything to license here.

Comment: Maybe we should actually penalize companies (Score 5, Insightful) 286

by dirk (#48216675) Attached to: Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

The reason companies keep doing this stuff is that they have deemed it cost effective. Let's assume they get caught 90% of the time. That means that would have to pay $31500 in fines for the 9 times they were caught and would save $40000 for the time they didn't. They are coming out ahead so the fine are just a cost of doing business. These tiny little fines are not going to stop things like this from happening. At minimum, the fine should be the same amount they would have "saved"(preferably more). At best, we should start putting people in jail for breaking the law just like we do regular people who break the law.

Comment: Re:Legal to see and do but not film (Score 1) 274

by dirk (#48049891) Attached to: Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

They can not give consent, but most laws are written to where one person has to be either over a certain age or X years older. Check out the actual laws -

I am not defending child porn at all. I am saying that prosecuting someone for taking pictures of themselves nude is not helpful to anyone. If it is legal to see, it should be legal to photograph. If I take a picture of my own penis, why would I be charged with creating pornography? It's mine, I can see it, why can't I take a picture of it? Yes, if I send it out to minors or something, that is different, but in a case like this, the only thing we know for sure is that she took a picture of herself naked. There is no reason that should be against the law.

Comment: Re:Legal to see and do but not film (Score 1) 274

by dirk (#48049839) Attached to: Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

Check out the actual laws -

Almost every laws specifies that one person must be over a certain age for the law to apply. There are some exceptions, but in general the laws are written that statutory rape is having sex with someone under X age when the perpetrator is either over X age or X years older.

So yes, it would be legal for 2 minors to have sex in most cases.

Comment: Legal to see and do but not film (Score 5, Interesting) 274

by dirk (#48048443) Attached to: Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

This is my big problem with these types of charges. It is legal for a minor to be naked and have another minor see them (or see themselves). It is legal for a minor to have sex with another minor (assuming consent, etc.). Why then should it be illegal for them to take a picture during this entirely legal act? If it is legal for the person taking the picture to see the act itself and legal for the person viewing the picture to see the actual act (and/or participate in the actual act) why would it be illegal to view a picture of something you can otherwise legally view?

Unfortunately, America is all about making anything it can illegal. If something is a bad idea (which a lot of times this stuff is) that isn't a reason to make it illegal and further punish the people who are already dealing with the consequences of their bad idea.

Comment: You're still getting what you were promised (Score 3, Insightful) 354

by dirk (#47508429) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

I don't have any issue with this. Netflix did the smart thing and under promised and over delivered. They said it would be between 1 and 3 days and strived to always be 1 day. Now, there will be a limited time when it will be more than 1 day (really, this only affects if they get a disc on Saturday as they would have went out on Monday and now will go out on Tuesday). This is still within the limits they promised. Sure, it's not ideal, but I just don't see any reason to get outraged over a change that will only affect 1 day out of 6 and still keeps them within their promised timelines.

Comment: Cost of doing business (Score 4, Insightful) 91

by dirk (#47470131) Attached to: Apple Agrees To $450 Million Ebook Antitrust Settlement

The thing I haven't seen addressed (and probably never will) is exactly how much money Apple was able to make from this. My guess is that they benefited far more than 450 million dollars from this. So if that is the case, why would they not do the same thing again since they came out ahead in the long run? You can't make the penalty less than what the company made by breaking the law, as it just becomes a cost of doing business at that point. If they don't get caught they make a boatload of money and if they do get caught they just make less money (but still make money).

Comment: Re:What the f*$# is wrong with us? (Score 3, Insightful) 1198

by dirk (#47112153) Attached to: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

Please back up your assertions with some facts. I don't buy for a second that men are more likely to be the victims of violence, intimidation and other physical threats. Men are more likely to do all of those, but they are more likely aimed at women. Was was the last time you logged onto XBox live and didn't hear some called a pussy or a girl or a faggot or some other slur? You know what every one of those are? You are basically calling the person feminine which is only an insult if you believe men are superior to women. When was the last time you worried about being raped walking home at night? Or being roofied in a bar?

Yes, not all men are like this. But all women have to worry about it. That is the point of the #YesAllWomen tag. You may not be a rapist or a violent person, but women don't know that. Th best way to put it is let's say 1% of men are violent towards women (which is probably low). You claim women shouldn't assume you are because it is only 1%. I have a big bowl of M&Ms and only 1% of them are poisoned. I happily invite you to try some, since only 1% of them are poisoned. Are you going to eat any? No you are going to worry your ass off and not touch any of them. And that is what women live with every day.

Mr. Cole's Axiom: The sum of the intelligence on the planet is a constant; the population is growing.