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Comment Re:Anything NK does is suspicious (Score 4, Interesting) 252

From what I've seen, even China is getting sick of North Korean antics and have started applying political pressure behind the scenes for them to chill out. Unfortunately, it seems as though NK is ignoring it and going rogue, which is a really bad idea as it's really only the influence that China wields that keeps them from getting steamrolled by any of several other countries or groups.

Comment Still nothing new (Score 1) 299

He keeps recycling old ideas, and the media keeps claiming he's inventing something new. (They should really do at least 3 minutes of research before jumping to such false conclusions.)
It seems his real talent is to convince people to go back to old ideas that didn't take off before. That's neither good nor bad, but stop overhyping them.

Comment Re:A machine... (Score 1, Insightful) 410

Maybe because they don't want to encourage such behavior in the first place. Or maybe that if they can get those people into the habit of not doing that to a machine, something rather inappropriate and stupid in the first place, maybe they'll get in the habit and refrain from such things with humans.

Comment Re:Before we freak out (Score 1) 59

There are exceptions to the wage laws, and interns are one of them. Volunteers for certain things are also exempt. Then there's the so called 'stoop labor', which is another exemption, and a really ugly one. And don't forget the primarily paid by tips scam that F's over waiters/waitresses and the like.

Comment The car analogy... (Score 0) 268

I'm going to use a car analogy here, because it's traditional, and it's become a running gag.
Don't whine about the names used, at least it's recognized. Also, I'm not a car guy, so I don't care if I name the wrong parts.

Let's say you buy a Ford car. You've had a great time with that car, no problems at all. Then one day when you're getting gas, all of a sudden there's an explosion and your carburetor flies though the hood of your car and explodes a hundred feet up like fireworks!
After a bit of research, you find out that Ford has started doping that gas so if it's used in a Ford car with Non-Ford Official and Authorized parts, it causes the rather spectacular event you already witnessed.

Does Ford actually have the right to do that? Even if you bought it from an Authorized Ford Dealer? You bought it new?
Even if you didn't, how can they legally justify damaging YOUR property?
Trust me, if cars were shutting down unexpectedly because of an intentional act of sabotage, there would be hell to pay for the saboteurs.
Why does anyone think this situation should be any different?

Comment Re:Keeping me happy for disabling auto-updates (Score 1) 268

Correct. The vendor has no right to mess with the users stuff, that's actually illegal in most places. They can however take the counterfeit producers to court in most cases. If it's in a country they can't, then they can take it up with the various world trade organizations. Either way, you don't F over the end consumer.

Comment Re: They tried it before with Cablecards (Score 1) 167

My Sony Blueray player does Netflix. It sucks though as it stutters and stops like crazy. None of my other devices on that router have any problems, only the Sony. I guess they have a buggy Netflix build, or just a crappy processor in that box. Kind of funny as my phone doesn't have much of a processor and it does just fine, and that's over the slower wireless as well.

Comment Re:technically, 100BASE-T is baseband, ISDN is bro (Score 1) 522

That's one way of putting it. Of course, they kind of succeeded last time they wanted a downgrade of definitions and thus services for Americans, so they probably figure this is hat trick. Just pay off some politicians and give them a script and laugh.
If you're curious, let's just say that what we call 3G and 4G in the USA isn't the same as the rest of the world.

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