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Comment Though there *is* a question re: interest conflict (Score 1) 279

With regard to the issue of dealers, I'm not sure that it's just electric cars they don't want to sell.

In 2013 I was in the market for a gasoline-powered automobile. Did my research, selected a make and model. It wasn't the most common car on the planet, but it also wasn't extremely rare (a mainstream Japanese car). I identified three dealerships in the metropolitan area that, according to their websites, had a model on the lot.

I could not for the life of me get them to give me a test drive. The first dealership I visited, the salesman said they'd "lost the key" to that particular car and I couldn't test drive it or buy it that day, I'd have to come back "later." (He couldn't tell me just when "later" was.) But he put on the *very* hard sell for two other models.

The second dealership, they claimed to have lost the car, period. No, not on the lot, they said. The third dealership, they claimed that I didn't really want that model, it wasn't reliable. When I pressed, they told me that their (brand new 2013) instance was in the shop, that's how bad it is. "Honestly," they didn't want to sell me the marque's "worst model." *They* were looking out for *me*, you see. Which is why they really, really wanted to put me in this *other* model in the showroom....

I finally bought one online and had it driven in from out of state. It's been a great car and performed as expected with the features I needed.

I don't know exactly what was going on when I was trying to make my vehicle purchase, but to me it screamed "conflict of interest" as they clearly didn't want to serve me, the customer, by selling me a product that I came for and that they clearly *had*.

Comment Two, both for mobile devices. (Score 2) 491

(1a) Root/jailbreak everywhere, as an easy option (not called that any longer). Rather like the security control on Mac OS. "Security" on by default, but can be turned off with a click.

(1b) An unlocked SIM socket on every device, of every size, along with a dialer/calling app for mobile networks. So that I don't have to choose amongst the limited selection of "phablets" but can instead use an iPad Mini or a Samsung Galaxy S2 as my phone if I want to.

Comment Re:No LEDS (Score 1) 491

No LEDS to tell me the device is turned off. No LEDS to tell me it's "sleeping".

I would like to add: stop using those bright blue LEDs on everything. The ones on my equipment are like fucking search lights at night. I could read by the light of my electric shaver LED. I can see the glow from the computer equipment in my study down the hall from my bedroom. I have either (a) use black marker to dull them or cover them with paper.

Comment Re:Greed rules in Corporate America (Score 2) 117

Only goes to show. Of course, we have no proof that thin thread would of actually worked, but instead of caring about America's safety, the NSA only cared about getting more money.

Exactly. What boosts the perceived need for agencies like the NSA and their funding better and faster: (a) reasoning and prudence, (b) people getting killed and things blown up ? Preventing attacks would hurt their bottom line and struggle for power over the masses. (God damn, that was cynical - even for me.)

Comment Re:Apple Music (Score 1) 460

Man pages don't help you discover new commands. They're best if you know the command, but aren't sure the syntax of the different options. If you don't know the command in the first place, man pages are useless. They're basically only good for people who don't need them but may find them convenient from time to time.

For those unfamiliar, from the "man" man page:

man -k <regexp>

-k, --apropos
Equivalent to apropos. Search the short manual page descriptions for keywords and display any matches. See apropos(1) for details.

Not even close to perfect, but sometimes helpful.

Comment Misplaced blame? (Score 3, Insightful) 484

Wasn't it CIA meddling that instigated the various messes around the planet, including Afghanistan and Iran in the first place? Ultimately, it seems the CIA has the more blood on its hands than Snowden ever could - presuming Woolsey had a valid point and wasn't, apparently, a bat-shit crazy socio/psycho-path with a really short and/or selective memory.

Comment Re:What city? (Score 3, Funny) 275

On the upside, maybe this means we can finally put Google+ out of its misery...what's that? Even terrorists don't use Google+? Damn.

They don't use Siri either, 'cause they won't take directions from a woman.

And the fact that she's a single female answer-bot, not accompanied by a male relative answer-bot doesn't help.

Comment Sadly, I find the same thing. The SJW feminists (Score 3, Insightful) 291

are rather sexist and are so busy fighting against "masculinism" that they don't notice they're reifying the very gendered category system that feminists once, at the beginning, set out to make obsolete. Once again, war, labor, objectivity and striving are seen increasingly as being for men, while flowers, cooperation, peace, and "locality" (a thin veneer over domesticity) are the supposedly more desirable feminine (i.e. not so masculine) traits that we ought to promote.

It's gone gone from "women should be free to leave the kitchen and join any action they want" to "if we can move the Oval Office and the battlefield into the kitchen, we can have women present in both places as they cook!"

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb