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Comment: Re:Downloading music for free? Scandelous! (Score 1) 270

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) 270

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 1) 270

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: Re:RT.com? (Score 1) 528

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

Comment: Re:As a private citizen (Score 4, Insightful) 211

by phayes (#47894179) Attached to: Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

The Space treaty may make it illegal but no sanctions are specified. If the USG depenalizes space homesteading and allows people to sell ressources brought back from space, the treaty will be dead. Prior examples: The treaties the USG signed & then ignored with Indian tribes during the 19th century.

Comment: Re:RT.com? (Score 1) 528

by phayes (#47894049) Attached to: Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

There are so few who recognise the quote: Bravo.

I will have you know that I set it long ago when participating in a particular long forgotten thread on /. & never saw any reason to change it.

As for it being number sticker wisdom, well given the length limitations on both number stickers & /. sigs, content is bound to be similar.

Comment: Re:RT.com? (Score 1) 528

by phayes (#47893961) Attached to: Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

As Churchill so astutely said: Many forms of Government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

Democracy is far far from perfect, but the other systems are worse.

When the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the plane, the plane will fly. -- Donald Douglas

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