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Comment Windows: Use .URL files (Score 3, Interesting) 89

If you use Windows .URL files, you gain several critical abilities: browser-independent storage, cross-browser utility, and searching and filtering driectly from Windows Explorer. The browsers I have used all support the ability to drag URLs directly from the browser address bar into Explorer or the Desktop to create these shortcuts. Not sure if you could then create methods and tools to support your other desired features like browser-exclusive shortcuts, but completely detaching URLs from any application-specific database is a good place to start.

Comment Re:California's Lemon Law to the rescue (Score 1) 243

I wish I could, but too many details have fled since I researched it for my own encounter with such abuse. I had an awesome Nokia monitor - back when Nokia still made such awesome things - but the time came when it failed. In trying to get it repaired, I discovered that Nokia had sold off that business to Viewsonic, which had promptly cancelled the manufacture of spare parts for that model. I learned of the Lemon Law and how it requires manufacturers to keep repairable all products sold for more than $100, for no less than 7 years. My monitor had failed in much less than 7 years. Viewsonic told me to fuck off and refused to cooperate in any fashion. Neither would it assist in its repair or even offer me a comparable refurbed Viewsonic model as a replacement. I eventually contacted a law firm specializing in class action suits, but they didn't see big enough dollars signs in it. I gave up and moved on, which is exactly what Viewsonic wanted. Apple and all these other manufacturers try to thwart the right to repair because it's also exactly what they want: for us all to give up and buy more.

Comment Thereby increasing innovation? (Score 1) 70

... thereby increasing the competition and innovation in the field.

Forgive my bad French, but that's the sort of ideologic bullshit you can't prove. NASA saves money from an embarrassingly tiny budget; that is the only benefit this type of arrangement provides. It does the precise opposite of increasing competition, since one company will have a government-sanctioned monopoly; if it didn't and NASA placed the designs into the public domain, then ANY company could make the engines and sell them to NASA, improving NASA's supply chain. Have you forgotten why our computers are dominated by Intel processors? IBM made the decision to use an Intel processor because Intel had co-fab agreements with other companies, meaning that IBM wasn't solely dependent upon Intel alone for supply, while Motorola was the sole supplier for 68000 processors.

Comment Retailers could help solve this (Score 1) 358

Would it be too much to ask that retailers, those lovable middlemen, help solve this problem? Compared to individual consumers, retailers have vast analytical resources at their disposal. They are in a much better position than consumers to discriminate the good and best from the absolute worst and simply refuse to sell the latter to consumers at all, thus reducing the collective analytical headache. They don't do this. Instead they often consider only their potential profit margin and sell what nets them the greatest margin, regardless of the relative quality of the product. That also produces headaches for consumers as we try to divine the best values for our dollars and avoid the usurious markups. The blame can't all be laid at the feet of manufacturers.

Comment "... will lose US$21.8 billion in ad revenue..." (Score 2) 398

Nope, they haven't "lost" anything. This is just like the bullshit "loss" numbers claimed due to so-called digital piracy. It wasn't guaranteed revenue even without the existence of ad-blocking software. Our brains are perfectly capable of "blocking" ads without software augmentation. Ad-blocking software is just a convenience for what our brains were already doing with a bit more effort. Like math.

Comment Re:Has a nice Machiavellian ring to it, don't you (Score 1) 247

I wasn't talking about the rules of behavior for His Children; that's secondary. I was referring to the Author. I was referring to the tyrannical behavior of God himself as *ahem* "documented" in some detail in the Old Testament in particular. He Himself doesn't operate by the Ten Commandments; His behavior is worse than what is mandated by those. Dude is a full-on psycho tyrant.

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.