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Comment: Re:Hopefully not like their TV remotes... (Score 4, Interesting) 102

by phayes (#47927471) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

Then they need to add a button that lets me download the needed device definitions when needed but let me configure the remote OFFLINE! I have a Harmony that I abandoned precisely because their web interface is slow, kludgy and reveals information that I do not want people outside my home to know.

If Logitech thinks that I am going to export even more information on the devices I use & what I am doing with them so that they can sell it to others, they have another thing coming.

Comment: Re:Not good enough (Score 1) 299

by phayes (#47923993) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Defending whom exactly? Anyone who pays attention already knows how to prevent automatic downloads of music to their iDevices (turn automatic downloads of music off) & knows how trivially it is to remove tracks from their iDevice (swipe left).

So who is it that "we" are supposed to be defending?
The clueless who change their automatic downloads of music to on & then lie that "Duh Music just appeared by majik"?
The apple haters who don't even own an iDevice but are attempting to label a wart a mountain?
The U2 haters who rag on & on that the group hasn't come out with an original song in a decade? My $DIETY the Embarrassment!!!
The people that are opposed to getting a free album of music that they may not appreciate but that can delete it trivially?

Who exactly is it that you are shrilly claiming needs saving? I can tell you this, it's not a normal iDevice user who pays attention when setting up his/her iDevice, appreciates free music if it's to his/her taste and deletes the album otherwise.

Comment: Re:You say that, but ... (Score 0) 168

That "design milestone" by Boeing comment is completely unsupported & is in all probability false.

Boeing has yet to exit the design phase & has no hardware at present, while Dragon 1 has made multiple flights to ISS & Dragon II flight hardware is being assembled NOW.

Comment: Re:Not good enough (Score 1) 299

by phayes (#47923793) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Again, NO! Automatic downloads are NOT the default! YOU may not have had the willpower to resist the suggestion that you turn it on, but it is only a suggestion, not a default setting one has to change to off. This is not subject to debate, your statements to the effect that automatic downloads are the default are WRONG.

You can stop it with the "apparently" and the "technically" bullcrap, you are factually wrong.

Clueless users are legion, that changes nothing. Idiots run red lights all the time but that is no defense when one of these idiots runs a light & T-bones a mother & her kids. Neither is complaining that "Duh iTunes did it widdout mah consent" when that too is patently false.

Yeah, you didn't pay attention when setting up your iDevice & never bothered to look at "Preferences>iTunes & App Store", now accept the consequences for those acts of inattention & your consequent ignorance without complaint. Do NOT attempt to contradict those who do know what we are talking about. The two words Automatic Downloads followed by on/off controls for Music, Books, Apps & Updates are clearly beyond your comprehension level.

Comment: Re:Downloading music for free? Scandelous! (Score 1) 299

by phayes (#47921513) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

No, Apple made the album available to be downloaded. People needed to change their configuration for the album to be auto-downloaded. As removing the album is trivial (swipe each song to the left), what I am rightfully upset about is the people falsely pretending that the album is on their device without any action on their part & that that this is supposed to be some kind of hardship.

Comment: Re:Not good enough (Score 1) 299

by phayes (#47921443) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

"Settings>iTunes & App Store". Configuring auto-downloads of Music, Apps, Books & Updates is front & center. It isn't hard to find -- except in all probability for the people who don't have an iDevice but are falsely claiming to be "outraged" by having the album auto-downloaded to their inexistent device.

Comment: Re:Not good enough (Score 2) 299

by phayes (#47921363) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

I'm surprised that Apple would be so tone-deaf to think everyone would automatically want this new album pushed to them. It wouldn't bother me (but I don't own any Apple devices and you couldn't pay me to use iTunes), but I can guarantee I'd want a very easy way to get rid of it if I didn't like it. I haven't spent decades curating a collection of music just to have it be carelessly junked up.

Fortunately, auto-downloading music is NOT the default configuration, and even for those that changed their configuration to autodownload it, removing the album is trivial: swipe each song to the left.

So, clearly the problem isn't that the album was auto downloaded because it's sooo hard to prevent or get rid of.

No, it's an opportunity for those who want to rag on U2 or Apple to do so & reading the comments of those to are posturing "outrage" shows that this is the case.

Comment: (Score 1) 530

by phayes (#47908585) Attached to: Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Riiiight, because the "oppression" you experience in the west is globally equivalent to Communism's crimes against humanity like the collectivization of the Ukraine & forced migrations which killed millions. For you, Japanese-American internment act & more recently, the Patriot act, Guantanamo & Mass metadata collection is just as bad if not worse as killing millions.

You're incapable of normal rational thought like I said earlier.

Comment: Re:Predators (Score 1) 85

by phayes (#47898937) Attached to: Giant Dinosaur Unearthed In Argentina

Lions that could survive the drought were those that adapted to hunt elephants

No. I never said that. IIRC while the pride that was learned & went on to prefer attack elephants prospered, other prides in the area suffered through the drought, but survived.

if you wipe out all your prey in your area

Lions weren't the only reason or even the most important one in the extinction of elephants in the pride's area. Humans reduced the elephant population to the point that they could be locally exterminated.

Pack animals predating much larger prey isn't a freak event. It has happened throughout time & all over the earth whenever a prey species has evolved to be much larger than the available predators. There may be a window in which the prey species is invulnerable but eventually pack animals will adapt to the available resource.

  If 29 meter (terrestrial) carnivores ever existed, we would have seen some sign of them by now

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