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Comment: Re:Uh ...wat? (Score 1) 328

All these things happen. Yet you are worried most about people being worried about offensive comments on twitter? Just think of the wonderful observations you could have made about the world's problems, but instead you chose to post about this.

Life isn't all either/or. It is possible to care about more than one thing.

Comment: Re:Don't be lazy (Score 1) 114

by gsslay (#49170783) Attached to: Google Backs Off Default Encryption on New Android Lollilop Devices

I truly have no idea what point you are trying to make. Where do I say that "society" should be asked on proper spelling? What the hell has Ebonics got to do with it?

Different dialects of English pronounce words in different ways. Attempts to get a unified spelling based on pronunciation would be fruitless. This is why we have spelling as it is now; often archaic and often non-intuitive. But it's a standard that can be used by all to ensure accuracy and ease of reading.

If we decide, on the other hand, that certain words are exempt from that standard, then the first thing we need to do is determine which are the certain words. Then I'd be interested in what logic determined which words.

Otherwise we may as well give up on spelling and say you can spell all words however you like. Just don't complain if people can't follow you.

Comment: Re:Don't be lazy (Score 2) 114

by gsslay (#49170217) Attached to: Google Backs Off Default Encryption on New Android Lollilop Devices

It's funny, but I never realized how fucking pointless it is to ensure certain words are spelled correctly until now.

So which certain words don't need to be spelt correctly?

Do wee gett to desside owrsef watt words? Or do we need some kind of standard? Otherwize who nos wat problems mite be cozzed.

Comment: Re:In the days of radio... (Score 1) 201

by gsslay (#49165515) Attached to: That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was

Back in the grand old days of radio when they played vinyl records over the air, bands were pushing their music onto my radio all the time. With the collusion of the radio station! And it totally locked up the radio for a good three or four minutes at a time. And it wasn't illegal! But hey, if you enjoy having some radio station decide what you are going to listen to ...

If only there had been some way of not listening to those records, and apparently some people are still forced to listen to music they don't like. You'd think they'd have solved this problem in these modern times.

Comment: Re:The idea was a good one, the execution poor (Score 2) 201

by gsslay (#49165445) Attached to: That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was

Yeah. Remotely downloading something onto a device belonging to someone else is exactly the same as stealing that device. Because once you've done using it, they are deprived of its use totally from that point on.

Just like you'd stole it. This is the legal definition, you'll find it in all the legal books.

Comment: Re:I wonder why... (Score 1) 193

by gsslay (#49135371) Attached to: Uber Offers Free Rides To Koreans, Hopes They Won't Report Illegal Drivers

Fortunately most countries have other methods of licensing plumbers, electricians, doctors, lawyers, nannies, or nurses. Most are far more stringent than taxi drivers. So the city doesn't need to take responsibility for it.

In most places you cannot turn up at a hospital and say "I'm not a licensed nurse, but that's ok, I'm just "sharing" medical care, not providing it. Now pay me."

I don't see a need for licensing painter or interior decorators, TBH.

Comment: Re:Browser Makers Should Get The Message (Score 4, Insightful) 353

by gsslay (#49080809) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Useful Browser Extensions?

Having them as addons is the browser makers getting the message. Some people want what an addon does, some people don't. Providing capability for addons to deliver functionality is giving people exactly what they want, and not burdening them with stuff they don't want.

Or would you rather have your browsers provided as bloatware full of functionality you don't want and can't get rid of?

Comment: Re:"risks serious damage to the system" (Score 2) 138

by gsslay (#49065515) Attached to: NVidia Puts the Kibosh On Overclocking of GTX 900M Series

Because it may not be the end user who has done the overclocking. The supplier may have in order to claim a higher spec to the hardware than NVidia is willing to support.

Also, by providing the option it could be claimed that NVidia is supporting the option. That makes them liable if it causes a problem, particularly something nasty like overheating and an electrical fire.

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