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Comment No progress in this industry (Score 3, Interesting) 399

Here is the interior of a stock 2000 Ford F-150, the most popular car model at the time.


The only actual improvements (not necessarily F-150) since then have been:

    * Replacing "eject", "panel & floor", "lo / hi" and other words with pictographs
    * Bluetooth connectivity
    * Rear-facing cameras
    * Upright alcove above radio to place cell phone for navigation

Everything else has been a fucking failure, distraction, or quickly obsoleted.

Comment Re:Inject adds in my pron? (Score 1) 275


It would be fairly easy for AT LEAST SOMEONE to detect a malicious action by the Google CA, because it would leave irrefutable, cryptographically signed evidence of foul play. Does anyone remember the AACS cryptographic key? This would be bigger than that.

Therefore, no, Google 99% isn't going to fuck around with that to get your credit card number. Besides, your credit card is already on file with Chrome auto fill.

Comment Re:Amazing (Score 1) 492

You have a lot of good points here and I hope people aren't glossing over because of the length.

Also, you do a great job of talking to the difference between campaign promises, actual positions, implied threats, and action. Of course, the easiest way to prevent war is to install a president who LOVES war and plays with G.J. Joe figurines all day -- other countries would be scared shitless, the Middle East would STFU and the pivot to Asia would actually work; and the legislature and public wouldn't support them anyway even if they did have a good cause for war. To guarantee a war, put in a puppet who doesn't care about war, but then put someone who stands to profit greatly from war right next to their ear.

Comment So fix it (Score 1) 279

I believe G+ is a decent enough product.

If Google would simply reduce the staff considerably and make signup optional, then they could reduce their expectations and let it live or die on its own merit.

It isn't like there is a going to be a 2.0 or some huge new feature in this space. There is no need to invest heavily.

Comment Re:wft ever dude! (Score 1) 215

This is a weak retort to a sticking argument. From grandparents to teens, people have quickly learned that you need to:

    - use VPNs to access sports channels that are blocked in your region

    - use VPNs and common sense to access social media that is blocked in your country

    - use strong encryption to protect discussion of drugs that aren't legal yet

    - block ads / use incognito mode to avoid letting websites you visit learning your sexual orientation or other potential secrets

People will be quick to learn:

  - use IPV4-style addressing (one per house) when voting, or accessing media you already purchased, the "wrong" way, to stay out of jail


Comment Re:When do I get to be a multinational corp? (Score 1) 330

From Wiki:

>> In 2003–2004, the European Commission investigated the bundling of Windows Media Player into Windows, a practice which rivals complained was destroying the market for their own products.[citation needed] Negotiations between Microsoft and the Commission broke down in March 2004, and the company was subsequently handed down a record fine of €497 million ($666 million) for its breaches of EU competition law.[citation needed] Separate investigations into alleged abuses of the server market were also ongoing at the same time.[citation needed] On December 22, 2004, the European Court decided that the measures imposed on Microsoft by the European Commission would not be delayed, as was requested by Microsoft while waiting for the appeal.[citation needed] Microsoft has since paid a €497 million fine, shipped versions of Windows without Windows Media Player, and licensed many of the protocols used in its products to developers in countries within the European Economic Area. However, the European Commission has charactized the much delayed protocol licensing as unreasonable, called Microsoft "non-compliant" and still violating antitrust law in 2007, and said that its RAND terms were above market prices; in addition, they said software patents covering the code "lack significant innovation", which Microsoft and the EC had agreed would determine licensing fees.[13] Microsoft responded by saying, that other government agencies had found "considerable innovation".[14][15] Microsoft appealed the facts and ruling to the European Court of First Instance with hearings in September 2006.

I am failing to see how this relates to the current argument at hand.

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