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Comment: Re: 32MB? (Score 2) 213

by mrchaotica (#49763279) Attached to: Google Developing 'Brillo' OS For Internet of Things

The trouble is that just about every fucking "IoT" device is designed to communicate over the Internet to the manufacturer's servers, even when it would make more sense for it to just communicate with a base station/server over the LAN and have the data never leave your house. Allegedly it's for ease of use, but that's bullshit -- it's for data-mining.

Comment: Re:bye (Score 1) 527

by labnet (#49754501) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

No vertical tabs 10 years after widescreen displays started spreading widely?

Also (not so much about UI), if you have many open tabs, chrome eats much less CPU on the background, but is much more memory hungry.

Which is why I don't use chrome. Tree style tabs on ff is still the best implementation of tabs I know of.

Comment: Re:bye (Score 3, Insightful) 527

by mrchaotica (#49750687) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

I'm a pack-rat and would like to archive whole tab trees for later, see them among the other pages, but not take memory+CPU now.

It's funny how the mobile (Android) versions of both Chrome and Firefox already manage to do this -- I can have 50+ tabs going on my phone and not run out of memory, although some of them will reload when I switch back to them -- but the desktop versions don't.

Comment: Re:Cost (Score 2) 134

by mrchaotica (#49744237) Attached to: Pre-Orders Start For Neo900 Open Source Phone

If it's sufficiently isolated from the rest of the hardware (so that it can't snoop on RAM or anything like that, so it can't override any firewall, and so that when the OS says it's off it's off), that's good enough for me. If the modem can't access any data I don't want it to have in the first place, then I don't have to worry about what it's doing with it.

Comment: This is good (Score 5, Interesting) 1082

by labnet (#49731101) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

Australia has a minimum wage of around $17USD/hour (around $20AUD) which increases 20% if you are a casual. Our poor people do well.

You know how everyone whines about big corporates making too much money; well this is the best way to redistribute that wealth.
Paying your poor people well, helps lift them out of poverty.

Comment: Re:Click to play Flash (Score 1) 616

by mrchaotica (#49714327) Attached to: Editor-in-Chief of the Next Web: Adblockers Are Immoral

It's sort of hard to catch a drive-by when you've disabled the tech through which drive-bys enter your machine.

Quoted for truth!

And that's what the guy in TFS apparently doesn't get. The bottom line is that if you're sending me something I didn't explicitly ask for -- and at this point, all ads qualify -- then I am forced to assume that you are attacking my machine and will defend myself accordingly.

If you want to advertize to me, you can put static text directly on the page (not text generated by Javascript, and not text served from a third-party domain). These are my terms; you can accept them or go fuck yourself.

Comment: Re:New Jersey and Other Fictions... (Score 3, Informative) 615

by mrchaotica (#49707353) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks

First of all, let's be honest: if someone is frail enough to require a walker, in many cases they're probably not healthy enough to be operating a vehicle in the first place. In an emergency, how are they going to press the brake pedal hard enough to actually stop effectively (i.e., hard enough that the ABS would kick in)?

Second, in the entire Metro Atlanta area I've only ever noticed one gas station that advertized full service. So how do disabled people around here get gas? Simple! Every staffed gas station, including self-service ones, is required by law to have the attendant pump gas for disabled people, rendering the whole thing a non-issue. (By the way, that's a Federal law -- the Americans with Disabilities Act -- so don't pretend as if it wouldn't apply in New Jersey and Oregon too!)

The bottom line is this: Why should able-bodied people be treated like drooling morons -- and have to pay more -- just so that some minimum-wage worker can pretend that he's useful? The answer is, no goddamn reason at all!

Comment: Re:New Jersey and Other Fictions... (Score 3, Interesting) 615

by mrchaotica (#49706521) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks

There are no such people. I mean, if there were, then WTF would they do when they go on a trip to a different state? Stand next to the gas pump and act helpless, like a drooling moron?

I went to visit in-laws in Oregon a while back, and was amazed at how much of a pain in the ass getting gas there was. In normal states, you can just get out, pump the gas, pay, and leave. But in Oregon? In Oregon you have to wait in line for fucking ever because they have one guy running around handling all the pumps and there's a line of cars waiting because he can't keep up. People from Oregon say "oh, isn't it great how we don't have to pump our own gas?" No, it really fucking isn't! It's worse!

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