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Comment Re: GOOD GRIEF! (Score 1) 242

Maybe if you had bottled water, you'd drink it instead of coke and other nasty things.
Despite popular belief, tap water, even with a Britta, is nothing like bottled water which is actually nice to drink.


In many cases, bottled water is coming from a municipal water source. It's treated and filtered the same way all municipal water is. About the only thing that happens is that the companies sometimes re-introduce minerals to enhance the flavor.

Comment Re:Massively Unpopular (Score 1) 23

I wonder who is for it. Why did Congress pass the fast track? I leave the answer as an exercise for the reader.

The support for this treaty is clear and obvious: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

The Coporate-Government Complex is fully in favour. No-one else wants anything to do with it. Which is exactly why they want to keep it secret, until they can push it through without debate.

And a big 'screw you' to Slashdot's 'junk character' filter.

Comment Re:weakly disguised hit-piece (Score 1) 294

Apple invented basically none of the UI metaphors they capitalized on. What they did was put them all together in a way that wouldn't shit the bed constantly. That's no small achievement, they were the first to manage it with smartphones and you have to give them credit for that, and for successfully appropriating all these UI concepts. But that's about where it stops. That's a significant couple of achievements, but still don't add up to innovation. It's really just about taking the time to refine what you're doing before you add more features, which is a lesson which more corporations (and people, probably) could stand to learn.

Comment Man bites dog. (Score 1) 266

The rest of us keep being treated routinely like criminals without the media getting interested, because we aren't the mayor of Stockton. Why should this guy get special treatment (by [...] the press) just because he's a minor elected politico?

Dog bites man isn't news. Man bites dog is news.

They slipped up and used the tactics they usually use on civilians on a civilian official. They don't usually do that, so the event was newsworthy.

Whether it leads to action against the TSA, just a little more care on their part to identify VIPs, or squat is yet to be seen.

Comment Re: The new normal for Android (Score 1) 110

4. Suggested Solution is to remain on said Platform, and purposely and permanently break Device's bootloader's security in order to install random, unsupported, un-vetted "Custom ROM" from the Internet.

Who's gonna steal your antique phone?

Given that the Custom ROM could very well be a Trojan itself, doesn't this cycle seem like the "cure" could be just another disease?

You don't think anyone would notice? I do.

And even if that isn't the case for a particular iteration, doesn't the next vulnerability simply end you up at Step 1, above, but simply with the "Custom ROM" instead of the OEM ROM?

Nothing is supported forever. When Apple drops an iDevice, you're just fucked. When an Android device is dropped, at least there's hope.

Comment Re:GOOD GRIEF! (Score 1) 242

At $1 plus a bottle (plus the almost always not recycled plastic bottle), why don't people just get a Britta filter for home or office?

A brita filter is pretty crap. It's fine for filtering vodka but pretty lame for tap water. It's just some cotton balls and carbon granules. If that's what you want, you can do that yourself.

It costs about $40-60 in stuff to add a halfway decent carbon-filtered drinking water faucet to an existing sink setup. A brita isn't even that much cheaper.

Comment Re: The new normal for Android (Score 1) 110

That rarely if ever covers that though. Take for example the HD Voice and voice recording features. None of the roms mention that those don't work, you just have to find out after installing it.

Sorry you've found that to be the case. For all four of my android devices covered on XDA-Developers (nobody there cares about the mk908, you have to go to freaktab) the information is quite good.

Comment Re:weakly disguised hit-piece (Score 1) 294

The very article you linked to describes NeXT as having a clear technical direction rather than aimless development.

NeXT never had significant market success.

In fact, it specifically says that NeXT was carrying on with the same technical direction that had been going on inside of Apple.

Apple didn't have a technical direction. That's why they needed a new OS.

Comment Re:This was not a screw-up (Score 1) 291

Do you make a large distinction between intentional homicide and murder? What distinction do you see, and how does it apply in this case?

This is a possible accident. Otherwise I have no difficulty in calling it murder, and the perpetrators murders. (And if it were to be an accident, then it would still be manslaughter, which in a non-criminal context is usually called murder.)

Now you may be calling is justifiable homicide. E.g. self defense or proper defense of another. It would take a bit of proving before I'd accept that as the most reasonable interpretation in this case, but it's possible.

There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom. -- Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923