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Comment Re:Done to _gouge_ the customer better (Score 2) 378

Yea, he can totally go to one or 2-3 identical companies with identical products that do the exact same thing.

Except that NO other companies do this. And if people actually abandon Xerox, and HP, Epson, etc. see Xerox losing customers, they will not adopt the same policies, and Xerox is likely to reverse their decision to adopt regional encoding.

There is no need for government regulation here. The market will fix this.

Until they end their customer hostile policies, I will not buy from Xerox. But I have never bought anything from Xerox anyway, so that isn't saying much.

Except HP did this probably 10 years ago. A genuine HP cartridge bought in Asia refused to work in a HP inkjet printer in Australia. I don't know if that still happens as I refuse to go near HP and I bought a B&W laser printer instead.

Comment Reporting (Score 4, Insightful) 268

Bezos says

But if you know of any stories like those reported, I want you to escalate to HR. You can also email me directly at Even if it’s rare or isolated, our tolerance for any such lack of empathy needs to be zero.”

. . . but probably best to do so anonymously, or with someone else's email account. We all know how large companies love whistle blowers.

Comment Re:Oblicatory (Score 1) 397

With all due respect, I'd rather eat Ramen and take a vitamin pill than consume the current Soylent formulations and fart all night long.

According to an Ars Technica review the extreme farts are gone with the latest versions.

If you don't like the real thing, there are a bunch of DIY recipes that you can try for yourself.

Comment Experienced test pilot? (Score 1) 83

You're an experienced test pilot of a rocket powered ship and you have to be specifically trained to anticipate the effects of slamming on the brakes while traveling at supersonic speed?

I suspect he knew full well the likely outcome but just had a brain fade. Probably what was missing was some kind of hardware interlock so that this couldn't have happened, or else it required both pilots acting at once to enable it.

Comment Re:Messy IEEE article (Score 1) 64

The article also fails to mention how economically feasible the use of MRI would be for biopsy, given the high cost of MR in general (perhaps 10x more than CT, which is perhaps 5X the cost of ultrasound, which is what's used now). In practice, it's more likely that advances in ultrasound (like doppler) will prove more useful and feasible for biopsy than will MR.

The extra cost may be worth it if the results are good enough. Here is a radio interview (with transcript) from an Australian doctor using MRIs for prostate exams, claiming fewer false positives resulting in unnecessary procedures, and better diagnosis of real prostate cancers.

Comment Loser. (Score 1) 95

From first link: "Hacking Team's Christian Pozzi was personally exposed by the incident, as the security engineer's [poor quality, easily guessed] password store from Firefox was published as part of the massive data dump. The websites indexed include social media (Live, Facebook, LinkedIn), financial (banks, PayPal), and network related (routers with default credentials)."

What kind of security conscious person uses Firefox for storing important passwords, let alone someone calling themselves a security engineer? I hope the hackers had fun accessing his bank accounts. :-)

Comment Re:Holy Cow (Score 1) 219

Forget all the other stuff, and bring back the 4:3 aspect ratio screen!!! The current screens aren't really wide, they are just shortened. They are definitely NOT better! This whole "wide screen" crap got foisted off on us because manufacturers found out that by making the screens shorter, they are cheaper to make. Then the marketing f**ks managed to convince some folks that "wider" (actually shorter) is better so that they could raise prices for what is actually an inferior and cheaper product, increasing profits at the expense of those buying computers.

Years of research went into finding the most comfortable aspect ratio for TV viewing, which turned out to be 4:3. The same applies to computer monitors. 4:3 is the best aspect ratio. Don't believe me? Then do some research and you will find that there are many that want to see the return of the 4:3 aspect ratio computer screen both on the desktop and laptop computer platforms.

I'd settle for a 16:10 ratio for a computer monitor, comfortable or not.

Comment Re: that's funny... (Score 1) 368

This situation is not quite the same, because the Apple site is streaming, not downloading, its content. Users can't just grab all the music they can during the trial period and then keep it.

I don't stream or download music, but a search for "record streaming audio" brings up a lot of results. I'd be surprised if at least a few of them didn't work.

Comment The Difference (Score 1) 152

The difference is that humans can't live forever due to medical/technical realities (as yet), whereas a robot theoretically could.

At the moment this is just another case of a supplier refusing to supply proper maintenance support and spare parts when it suits them (bastards), but if robots ever become sentient then it could be akin to murder, by denying the "necessities of life"

Comment They don't trust their own security services. (Score 4, Interesting) 189

From TFA:

Parliamentarians will have to decide if they want to call in the help of counterintelligence experts from the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV), the domestic intelligence service of Germany.
Some members of parliament have expressed concerns about the involvement of the BfV, Der Spiegel reported. Some are also refusing help from the foreign intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst, because the agency would gain access to the legislative process. Armin Schuster, a member of parliament for the CDU, criticized those concerns.

Schuster told Der Spiegel that he thinks it is “crazy” that some would rather be spied upon by a foreign intelligence agency then letting their own agencies help.

Heh, they're afraid that one set of taps would probably be replaced with another, which would probably be cc'ed to the CIA.

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