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Comment: Re:Why not stronger punishments for... (Score 2) 104

by bmo (#47954429) Attached to: Star Wars Producers Want a 'DroneShield' To Prevent Leaks On Set

all of this media that has already ruined the next Star Wars movie.

The only thing that has ruined a Star Wars movie is George Lucas. - the best ever deconstructions of Star Wars that are more entertaining than those movies ever were.

Watch and learn, Grasshopper.

For a shorter version:


Comment: Re:Why so much fuss? (Score 4, Interesting) 152

by bmo (#47942255) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

The dealer shill thus spake:

the local dealer may have overpriced their product so you buy elsewhere, but that local dealer is still obligated to do the warranty service (for which they are paid quite well by the manufacturers).

In no other industry is this true. In electronics, white goods, etc, there are "certified warranty service centers" where you can call up and get them to fix your stuff. For example, you don't have to go to an Apple dealer to get your high-priced computer fixed under warranty - you can bring it or ship it to one of many service centers.

Please note that the requirement to become a service center does not include having to be an Apple reseller.

Ford, Volkswagen, Jaguar, Chevrolet, etc., should be able to certify garages for warranty work. But no, the automobile industry is the only industry where you have to go to a dealer to get warranty work done.

Leeches, all of you. Die already.


Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 5, Insightful) 389

by bmo (#47930159) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

That battery will NOT last forever,

And neither does an internal combustion engine, either. Your point?

and when it needs a new one you'd be better off scrapping the entire car and buying a new one.

Citation needed. Seriously.

How good is that for the environment?

Awesome, actually. The battery can be recycled, and there aren't any heavy metals to deal with either.


Comment: Wait... wait... (Score 1) 280

by bmo (#47859543) Attached to: Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

You want to take one of the most important advantages of a Linux distribution like Debian, the flexibility, and take it away?

This is one of the dumbest things I've seen on /. and I've seen some dumb.

There are already "specialist" distributions for people who don't know what they're doing or simply want something to plug-and-play. But Debian is not only a distribution unto itself, it is the basis for other distributions, like Kali, a meta-distribution if you will. And the OP wants to basically take this away from Debian or the other large distributions.

This has to be a joke, or the OP is a softie. If not a softie, then a quisling. Certainly not someone playing with all cards in the deck.


Comment: Re:Don't feed the parasites! (Score 1) 316

by bmo (#47742487) Attached to: For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

I thought people were allowed to have their own beliefs in this country without others attacking them for it.

>modded insightful

Yeah, well moderation here isn't perfect. Because you are wrong, and I will demonstrate how in the next two sentences.

You are perfectly free to spout inane bullshit.
Other people are perfectly free to call you on it.

That's how free speech works.

And your post was complete bullshit supported by toddler logic.

Have a nice day.


Comment: Re:Fleeing abusive companies? (Score 4, Insightful) 257

by bmo (#47732271) Attached to: When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

It's almost like large organizations have voting rights.

What do you mean "almost"?

They have more voting rights than you, me, or anyone.

And you know what? We've got "temporarily embarrassed millionaires" who will fight you tooth-and-nail to defend that, in spite of their own interests.


Comment: Re:Teaching Windows/Linux (Score 1) 579

by bmo (#47703337) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

>I was trying to figure out how to turn on focus-follows-mouse in Ubuntu,

1. You can't even /do/ "focus follows mouse" or "sloppy focus" in Windows.
2. You're doing it wrong:
3. You find 3 ways to do it, pick the worst one, and imply that's the one that users have to do.

Idiot. Troll.


Comment: Re:I would (Score 5, Insightful) 123

by bmo (#47643455) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can Tech Help Monitor or Mitigate a Mine-Flooded Ecosystem?

throw the ones responsible into jail for a long ass time to make a nice example.

While I applaud the sentiment behind this, the "ones responsible" will be some poor schmuck low on the totem pole sacrificed to the god Mammon. Probably a janitor somewhere that would be blamed for throwing away an "important memo" on "please don't do that" which didn't exist anyway.

In an ideal world, emails would be pulled, phone records retrieved, evidence recorded, and those up top would be held responsible for this. And in a really ideal world, none of this would happen. But this isn't an ideal world and fines are "just the cost of doing business."

Look at what Duke Energy got away with. Look at what they all get away with.

>letting the corporation survive

No. That won't fix anything. It has come to the point that corporate death penalties actually have to start happening to light a fire under the asses of employees that would see their livelihoods taken away by higher-ups in the corporation through mismanagement, along with boards seeing their corporate governance (and cash that goes with it) taken away, and stock holders wiped out. Only then will there be any motivation for good corporate governance.


Comment: Transmission costs ignored, as usual. (Score 1) 409

Rooftop Solar is /less/ costly than any of the other alternatives, because it costs real money to get electricity from a centralized powerplant out to the customers.

Even if generating at the powerplant is free, the transmission costs alone are greater than the cost of rooftop solar.

The gyrations of wholesale power prices are rarely reflected in consumer power bills. But letâ(TM)s imagine that the wholesale price of electricity fell to zero and stayed there, and that the benefits were passed on to consumers. In effect, that coal-fired energy suddenly became free. Could it then compete with rooftop solar?

The answer is no. Just the network charges and the retailer charges alone add up to more than 19c/kWh, according to estimates by the Australian energy market commissioner. According to industry estimates, solar ranges from 12c/kWh to 18c/kWh, depending on solar resources of the area, Those costs are forecast to come down even further, to around 10c/kWh and lower.

Math, motherfuckers.


Comment: Re:Where is the private key stored? (Score 1) 175

by bmo (#47631791) Attached to: Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

Where is the private key stored?

It doesn't matter.

Yahoo lost control of my login credentials *twice* that I know of. While I have never been to Sweden and Bulgaria, I have apprently sent mail from there. Yahoo is the only service that I have ever used that lost control of my login creds like that - since 1986. Y! mail is now a spamtrap for me. I will never use it again.

Knowing Yahoo, the private key be stored in plaintext on the user's profile page.


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