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Comment: Resellers? (Score 1) 290

by eepok (#49463055) Attached to: Report: Apple Watch Preorders Almost 1 Million On First Day In the US

Why in the world would anyone want more than one Apple Watch? I'm fairly certain people aren't buying them for their significant others. Well, most aren't.

Given how many people buy other major electronics to resell on ebay and other sites, how many of these 1 million plus pre-orders do you think are just buying the iWatches to create artificial scarcity and resell at a higher price? And who can't wait a month to get a damn smartwatch? Who pays the marked up reseller price?

Help me understand! I just don't get it!

Comment: Pedantic but Needed Suggestion (Score 4, Informative) 200

by eepok (#49423413) Attached to: Snowden Demystified: Can the Government See My Junk?

There is no "Patriot Act". It's called the USA PATRIOT Act and it must be remembered for what it is because what it stands for and what it spells out demonstrates the absolute inanity of the document and the (lack of) discussion when it was voted on.

USA PATRIOT stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism.

It was proposed on October 23, 2001, passed by the House on October 24, passed by the Senate on October 25, and signed into law by President Bush on October 26. The Act amended 11 previously passed acts, 108 US Codes, and created 9 new US Codes. The bill itself was 342 pages long and it was passed in 3 days.

I don't think we have since learned our lesson, but at least there will be a historical record of our errors and how quickly we can be bullied into a political frenzy.

Comment: I've avoided programming (Score 4, Interesting) 220

by eepok (#49398859) Attached to: How would you rate your programming skills?

I've avoided programming. It's not my cuppa. I like to troubleshoot PCs and make them run faster while consuming less electricity. I'll design and roll out databases and even write scripts for those DBs. I'll learn what needs to be learned to fix website errors and then promptly forget it.

I leave the programming to other people and don't want anyone to come to me with programming problems. I leave programming to the pros and prefer just to be seen as a "super user".

Comment: Re:Would not have happened this way in the US. (Score 1) 662

by eepok (#49353969) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Wow. You have some serious ignorant rage. You have literally seen none of the purported offenses and it's very, very evident by your post.

1. There's no denying that he's rude in that post. He does like to stir the pot. Is it wrong to be rude or is a comedian allowed to be rude in the attempt to get laughs?

2. In no part of the post is there anything attempting to explain away anything-- just a more accurate description of what occurred as evidenced by video, not conjecture and snarling Daily Mail outrage.

3. The only thing held against him that could possibly be considered racist was the thing about Mexicans and even that isn't literally racist. It was prejudicial and stereotypical. They got in trouble like that as they should have. Even the accusation that he used the N-word is baseless because he never used the word. He mumbled a placeholder sound that, if you trained your ear to hear it, could sound like it. And then they tossed that take. And then someone dug it up years later.

4. We still don't know if Clarkson actually hit his producer. Read the investigative report. There was a 30-minute drunken verbal assault and then 30 seconds of an "assault". Assault is an attempt or threat to batter (strike or physically harm). You may be happy grunting over your morning coffee at the lack of genuine information, but the law uses specific words for a reason. In NO PART of the document does it say anything about punching, throwing, kicking, etc. 30 seconds is a long time for a person to be throwing punches on someone who does not fight back and for that victim to leave with only a fat lip.

So, if I take your post as any evidence, that long list of explaining what happened in each of the accused offenses in genuine truth (not shallow, detail-less, outrage mongering), is trolling.

I gotcha. Thanks for the insight.

PS -- If you want to disagree with the factual nature of any of the points, then do so by all means. I'll happily go into more detail and support my assertions with external links.

Comment: Re:My Preferences (Score 1) 199

by eepok (#49350749) Attached to: What Makes the Perfect Gaming Mouse?

Like others who responded to my post, I posted with the hopes of finding an Intellimouse replacement. Your post is the first I've seen with a favorable comparison and a make/model. From what I can see, the only major difference is instead of having one button on either side of the mouse, it has two on either side thus making this a 7-button mouse.

Could you confirm?

And wow... a $70 price tag at Amazon.com? That's rough. Do you have a cheaper suggestion?

Comment: Re:Bummer (Score 3, Interesting) 326

by eepok (#49348983) Attached to: RSA Conference Bans "Booth Babes"

He's missing the point and still explaining an issue.

RSA doesn't want to promote the objectification of women any more.
Vendors are still willing to objectify women to have a chance at winning business.

So, let's say that hire and train those who would otherwise be hired as booth babes so that they're useful temporary representatives of products and companies. Let's say they show up dressed in business or business casual attire. And let's say a man goes to one of these conferences, see a beautiful woman, finds out she's a knowledgeable associate in the industry, and continues to ogle her for her secondary sexual characteristics while she convinces him to try some products.

Is any wrong done? If so, are you saying that attractive women are not allowed to represent a company or product?

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 4, Interesting) 662

by eepok (#49347095) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

They were more of audacious humor being taken as rude and thus made the BBC look bad. See this highly informative post I made that was quickly down-modded (http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=7156205&cid=49345691).

1. Drove a truck in the Arctic circle while having a gin and tonic. (No roads, international waters)
2. Called truck drivers porn-loving prostitute murderers.
3. Called the Prime Minister a one-eyes idiot.
4. Said the BBC was obsessed with hiring Black Muslim lesbians (commentary on the focus on diversity).
5. Told a story about a woman wearing a burka falling over and exposing a g-string and stockings.
6. Called a Ferrari "special needs".

And on and on. Within the context of the character he plays, this is all to be expected. It's all the joke of him being an ignorant buffoon. He plays this character on TV everywhere he goes, but his more intelligent normal self pops out from time to time such as on QI or on some of his specials.

Comment: My Preferences (Score 1) 199

by eepok (#49346993) Attached to: What Makes the Perfect Gaming Mouse?

Easy gliding
Replaceable feet/pads
5-buttons (2 regular, wheel button, button on either side for thumb and ring fingers)

Basically, I loved my old Microsoft Intellimouse Optical which is no longer available. I killed the main two buttons and the feet/pads on probably 5 or 6 of those over the years. I can't find anything to match that fit anymore.

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 1) 662

by eepok (#49346949) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

I said nothing of the UK government (even though the UK government does restrict speech more than the US [http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2015/03/21/394273902/on-libel-and-the-law-u-s-and-u-k-go-separate-ways]).

My intent (and I apologize if not 100% clear) was to explain that in the UK, there is public outrage for anything that can be considered by some people as rude. For example, in the United States, Rush Limbaugh can say many, many atrocious things throughout his daily radio show. He can even lie. He can intentionally lie to the public without attempting to shock people with audacious humor.

In the UK, however, audacious humor (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjIuPSuYSOY) is acted against by the public. People who take offense are empowered by weak-willed companies to silence things they don't like to hear... or more accurately, hear about.

Because most of the people who watch Top Gear do so with the expectation of audacious humor-- for the group's non-PC manner of conversation. Once one person says, "Clarkson said this last night..." all these other people who weren't watching call the Beeb and write them letters saying how offended they are. The few loud offended are then touted as "100% of the motoring public" (to steal from Top Gear) and then apologies must be made.

That's how the UK speech is more restricted than in the US.

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 1) 662

by eepok (#49346715) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

I tend to agree. That's what should happen.

But it's not what normally happens. Especially with gravy-train stars.


I assert that if Clarkson's audacious humor hadn't offended as many people, this most recent action wouldn't have resulted in his contract not being renewed. Instead, it would have been one of a couple more serious incidents and he'd still be doing Top Gear. He'd maybe pay some big fines, go to anger management, and/or make an official apology, but the BBC would still be riding his gravy train.

You can get away with a lot if you make people big money. If Hollywood isn't a good enough example, try the NFL or NBA.

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