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Comment: Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (Score 1) 90

by drinkypoo (#47914665) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

I believe the primary reasons are more likely to do with distance and communication.

But there's no reason to believe that.

The idea of trying to manage a network of stores across the country when communication was by post or expensive phone calls just simply didn't make sense.

What? Why not? Cars are expensive items, phone calls are minimal by comparison. If you have an order for a car, you drop the form in the post. At least, they did back then.

In fact, the reasons are as stated. The manufacturers want to make cars at X dollars, which requires building Y cars. Right now there are cars which can't be sold piled up all over the world, for reasons like these and others (e.g. "the economy, stupid")

Comment: Re:Well, if you're going to push... (Score 1) 88

by ShanghaiBill (#47913819) Attached to: Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

Let me Xerox off a few examples of when similar Noun/Verb phrases lost their trademark in the past.

One of them isn't Xerox, which is still a valid trademark. Most people say "photocopy" as the generic term. I have seldom heard "Xerox". I don't ever recall anyone using "Google" as a generic verb for search, as in "I googled for it with Bing."

Comment: some kind of EULA situation (Score 1) 299

by drinkypoo (#47913543) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

I was at home with a bad cold a couple of weeks ago when the internet exploded with hate against me over some kind of EULA situation that I had nothing to do with.

Yeah, some kind of EULA situation, like basically outlawing for-pay Minecraft services including hosting, selling packages of items, etc. In short, making most of the best MC servers illegal. The fact that he has nothing to do with it any more suggests that he should indeed uninvolve himself.

Itâ(TM)s not about the money. Itâ(TM)s about my sanity.

He's still a hypocrite given his explosion of hate over Oculus Rift, especially after this statement. He deserves our derision, and he's getting it.

Comment: Re:#1 Source of Environmental Mercury = Gold Minin (Score 1) 172

by drinkypoo (#47912049) Attached to: Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

Sorry, what's an "RO filter"?

Reverse osmosis, which uses water pressure both to push water through a plastic membrane (the osmosis part) but also to back-flush the filter. An "efficient" RO filter wastes about 10 parts of water for each 1 part filtered, but we have a well and a septic system so no harm done really.

Comment: Re:NSA scorecard on on truth? (Score 1) 186

by ShanghaiBill (#47911683) Attached to: New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

dude authorized to lie to your face declares they didn't find anything

So what if he really didn't find anything? Why should someone be obligated to report a crime to the criminals before reporting it to the public? Car analogy: You see someone stealing your car, and call the police. The police arrive and arrest the thief. When the case goes to court, the judge throws the case out, because you didn't try to negotiate with the thief before calling the police.

Comment: Re:First world problems. (Score 1) 557

In your view, the fact that people were given for free a piece of music is something they should rightfully complain about?

You know how frustrating it is when your computer downloads updates while you're trying to watch a video? Now combine that with the potential to accidentally hear a U2 song while you're trying to listen to something that someone would program intentionally and you'll get the picture.

People aren't complaining about free music. They're complaining about automatic download of shitty music. If they wanted that, they could have signed up for it. There's whole websites based around the idea.

Comment: Re:Not about ease, about authority (Score 1) 226

by ShanghaiBill (#47905333) Attached to: School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

No, it's about an overly complicated solution to a problem that can be solved with much simpler means.

All of your "simpler means" require manual human checking by the "lunch lady". The whole point of the new system is that there IS NO LUNCH LADY. It is designed to eliminate a human from the loop. If the lunch lady was earning $40k (much more if unionized), and her position is eliminated, then this $20k system will pay for itself in six months.

Comment: Re:Not about ease, about authority (Score 2) 226

by ShanghaiBill (#47905303) Attached to: School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

No, its about teachers having no friggen clue what their job is.

Running the cafeteria is not the teacher's job.

What better life lesson is there than "Lose your money, you don't eat."?

At least in California, it is illegal for the school to let a child go hungry. If they don't have money in their account, then it goes into deficit, and they send emails nagging the parent. I know this because I forgot to fund my kid's account a few times. Most parents pay for the lunches on line, so very few kids have cash for bullies to steal.

Comment: Re:A solution in search of a problem... (Score 1) 319

by drinkypoo (#47901213) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

It is against the law pretty much everywhere. However that law is enforced pretty much nowhere. It is just simply too difficult to enforce it, as a police officer has to catch the person in the act to even write a ticket. And then the ticket is so laughably small in terms of the monetary penalty as to be pointless to even write.

Once you successfully stick them with driving while using a cellphone, you have the basis to also slap them with driving while distracted, if they're speeding reckless endangerment as well...

There can be no twisted thought without a twisted molecule. -- R. W. Gerard