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Comment: Re: Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (Score 1) 135

by geekmux (#47763695) Attached to: HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

As long as money saved through outsourcing > cost of recall/lawsuits, HP wins.

They win?

Rather screwed-up mentality when and where the end result of faulty hardware is someone's life being taken.

Nothing new. Insurance companies prove it every single day. Life is but a numbers game.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 5, Insightful) 333

by geekmux (#47761905) Attached to: Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

Of course they will, while comcast is telling them this, they are stuffing wads of money in the senators pockets.

You know that talking point is total bullshit, right? What you describe would be a felony offense in the United States. Nor can corporations give money directly to campaigns. They can donate to PACs, which are a special animal in the American political system, but they can't donate directly to campaigns or candidates.

Hey, uh, just FYI, you know what's another word to describe a "special animal in the American political system"?


Enough of your word-mincing. We ALL know how Politicians get bought and sold so let's cut the "total" bullshit here. Call it what you want. I call it what it should be; illegal, because the end result is the same. Corporations controlling government.

Comment: Re:A few issues with this... (Score 1) 585

by geekmux (#47751835) Attached to: New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

First of all, you've got to stick your fingers in your drink, which doesn't seem at all appealing...doesn't anyone see a problem with sticking your fingers in your drink? I know I'm the finicky type, but doesn't this look bothersome to anyone else?

There was a study done across three different states where they took swabs from almost every surface in a restaurant, to include the bathroom. Do you know what ranked more germ-infested than even the bathroom door knobs and faucets?

The glass your drink is in.

Drink up.

Oh, and stop being finicky already, that liquid inside your glass is a poison to your body too. You just happen to like the way it poisons you.

Comment: Re:I seem to remember... (Score 1) 274

by geekmux (#47746379) Attached to: Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

Would be a shame to see it get destroyed through aggressive anti-competitive practices.

Fuck off. Everything you posted IS COMPETITION. Dropbox refuses to compete. They offer 2 tiers and ridiculous prices. If they had offered me a 30GB plan I would have jumped at it but my money is no good to them. Instead I would have to beg for "extra" space and game the system. So FUCK dropbox. They wont offer what I want so I've gone elsewhere. Thats called competition.

Compete? Fine. Then enjoy the race to ZERO, because that's what every other price tag eventually gets to in this "market". Monopolies can afford to do this all damn day long. They also enjoy selling every single bit of your privacy while they do it too.

Enjoy your future. Oh, and don't forget to ask for a refund when they fuck you.

Comment: Re:I seem to remember... (Score 1) 274

by geekmux (#47746363) Attached to: Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

A while ago some big company offered to buy out dropbox and they declined. Surely it was a sign of the times that the big guns were going to enter the market, and when they get in, they don't muck around. Fair competition isn't something the big companies enjoy doing, as their whole business model tends to revolve around destroying competition then bleeding the market for what it's worth.

Well, "bleed" is a rather short-sighted mentality for the giants then. That's like saying we're going to "bleed" the internet for all it's worth. The internet isn't going anywhere, and neither is cloud storage, regardless of what fluffy name we give it now or later. Providers should see that, but they don't. They're too busy trying to cut the other guys head off in any way possible (lawsuit, anyone? fresh-baked, every morning).

And of course, monopolies can afford to do this every single day.

I used dropbox for cloud storage, I liked it for collaborative work. Would be a shame to see it get destroyed through aggressive anti-competitive practices.

Couldn't agree with you more.

Comment: Re:Moral of the Story (Score 1) 460

by geekmux (#47734867) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

What a stupid reply. Don't waste my time talking stupid.

Wow. And here I was wondering what you mean by a stupid reply, but I see you brought one with you.

Lighten up already. I'm glad you think 33 years is a strong deterrent, but it's not going to do jack shit to impact this. We've been staring at the 5-years/$250,000 fine FBI warning on movies for the last thirty fucking years, and what did that result in?

The Pirate Bay search engine.

Oh yeah, great deterrent. Working like a fucking charm. I can tell.

Comment: Re:Adding Politics to Engineering Decisions (Score 2) 172

by geekmux (#47734807) Attached to: Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

Would 2014 America hold up seat belt installation for ten years just to make sure they are totally, exactly, 100% safe?

No, of course not. Don't be silly.

They vendors will sue the shit out of each other for fabric pattern infringement and rounded buckle corners, and hold the whole mess up in patent litigation for 15 years.

C'mon man, this is 2014. And Slashdot. Get with the program.

Comment: Re:Moral of the Story (Score 1) 460

by geekmux (#47732351) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Moral of the Story, don't steal other peoples stuff. It will get you into a lot of trouble. I would ask the person, was it worth it? Im betting people would howl to the moon if the person got 6 months in jail. 33 Months is a very long time and just knowing that will keep ME from stealing movies.

We continue to reward Hollywood and Congressional felons with fans and employment.

Go figure people aren't deterred when lawmakers and celebrities are hardly punished.

Besides, the largest criminals in the world running the banking industry have already proven how you stay out of jail. Never steal a little. Always think in billions when looking to take. Then you can blame it on tax laws that are far too complex for anyone to understand your tasty recipes for freshly cooked books.

Comment: You think that's a lot of digging? (Score 1) 190

by geekmux (#47732253) Attached to: How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

Try driving past a traditional gas station site breaking ground.

I kind of doubt that high-capacity electric cables displace as much earth as digging up holes to fit 10,000-gallon tanks into.

I also seriously doubt it would take them 11 days to install one. It would probably take longer than that to pull the damn EPA permit to put fuel tanks in the ground.

But hey, let's make more sensationalist BS surrounding Tesla. Anything to like a spark under this highly charged political topic, amirite?

Comment: Re:Yes Google and FB are the ones to protect us? (Score 3, Funny) 116

by geekmux (#47728721) Attached to: NSA Agents Leak Tor Bugs To Developers

He suggests a massive company like Google or Facebook will eventually have to take up the task of making Tor scale up to millions of users.

If one of those guys gets their hands on it you can forget about using it to hide anything from the government.

"Here's some bugs we've fixed for you guys. Trust us."

Oh yeah, because the current debug team we can trust so much...

Comment: Re:So? Old news. (Score 1) 52

by geekmux (#47722385) Attached to: Experimental Drug Stops Ebola-like Infection

The "drug" is based on siRNA which means that it has to be exactly matched to the virus RNA sequence, it uses a sophisticated delivery system (liposomes I gather) and needs storage infrastructure (deep freezers capable of maintaining -80C for long term storage). Considering all of the above, it is a safe bet that mostly rich white people can afford the luxury.

So, in other words, we haven't found a cure yet.

At all.

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