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Comment Re:Let them lease, but not screw with sales (Score 2) 243

I've torn down my S4 completely to replace a shattered screen. For an early large-screen smartphone it is remarkably slim. The new glued-together-to-render-unrepairable model hasn't really saved any space; it is only contributing to the e-waste problem. I hate that we have become such an irresponsible society where everything is becoming disposable.

Comment Re:Let them lease, but not screw with sales (Score 5, Insightful) 243

> The most the manufacturers should be able to do is cancel the warranty on modification.

Wrong. Only failures as a direct result of any modification should be denied. See: Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. Installation of a third-party part should not void the warranty. If Apple could get their way they would probably void the warranty if you use third-party headphones/earbuds with the iPhone.

Some PC manufacturers tried to pull this crap when users added RAM or peripheral cards with a sticker on the chassis sealing it shut, reading "warranty void if removed." Um yeah... people always chose PCs with 8 slots to not expand them.

Comment Re:Greed rules in Corporate America (Score 1) 118

> Greed is supposed to rule in Corporate America.


Greed is good for short-term gain, not long-term growth. It is very shortsighted thinking that is self-defeating over the long term when your customer base can no longer afford your products, or you've alienated them to the point where they choose your competitors' offerings out of spite.

Comment Re:So tell them to Bugger off. (Score 1) 213

> You respond with, "feel free to hire a team of programmers to fix that. you have the source code.:"

The better response would be "Well, here's our bug tracker, and here is our roadmap for $RELEASE_FOO. If this is high priority for you, we could add $YOUR_PET_DEFECT or $YOUR_PET_FEATURE_REQUEST to $RELEASE_FOO for $N, but if you're willing to wait until $RELEASE_BAR we could add $YOUR_PET_FEATURE_REQUEST to the design spec for a $MODEST_DONATION. If it is truly critical we could fork it for you for $REASONABLE_CONTRACT_FEES and after you've tested it we can merge it back into the main trunk... or if the request is contrary to the project's goals the response could be "We understand and appreciate your request but it conflicts with the overall community's needs. However we are in need of funding as we also have families to feed so we could fork it and develop the custom solution for you if you fund it." Any responses like that would gain a lot of good will and acceptance of the open source community as it is far less sociopathic... ...where instead the response all too often is along the lines of "it's open source fix it yourself" or "man foo" or what amounts to "fixing bugs is boring" which tells the world "We OSS developers are pretentious jerks." They're really not jerks at heart - it's that a lot of the community is comprised of aspies who lack people skills and it is compounded by jerks who only complain about the projects rather than saying "hey guys this software is great and it's saved is $TENS_OF_THOUSANDS over the last two years by helping us avoid outrageous licensing fees, but we've run into a few bugs we would love for you to take a look at."

Comment Bad conclusion (Score 1) 80

"Additionally the BBC's high-quality disc extras do not seem to have made the jump from disc to digital, signifying possible further decline for 'value added' features such as commentaries and documentaries in the future."

Between availability, audiovisual quality, lack of extras, and packaging I think that physical media will remain the premium choice for a long time to come. Add in the fact that there is little to no availability of 3D content on streaming services, or where there is, it's only through a handful of devices (not roku, chromecast, etc.) and you've got very good reasons for physical media to be an attractive option that enthusiasts will happily pay for.

But then again, my DVD and Blu-Ray movie collection has now exceeded 500 discs - all legitimately purchased, so maybe I'm biased. But, the ads proclaiming "own it on Blu-Ray or DVD today!" is attractive to me, rather than the fucktarded "you only license it" nature of streamed media. I bought these DVDs and Blu-Ray discs, and despite what revisionists claim, I OWN those copies... so if Netflix, Amazon Prime, or in this case, the BBC decides to not host the content any more, I still have possession of my non-revocable legally-owned copies.

Comment Re:Detecting weapons is NOT the purpose of TSA... (Score 1) 349

But... we're safe from water fights on a plane as the TSA won't let us bring even bottled water on a commercial aircraft, nor clear plastic squirt guns that bear only the most superficial resemblance to an actual firearm.
We're also safe from diet coke + mentos rockets flying around the cabin, thanks to the TSA.

Thank you TSA!!

Comment Re:The Commit Message (Score 1) 572

I had them set not to auto mount on boot but systemd mounts them anyway, the same for CD/DVD and flash drives. They all auto mount when I don't want them too. My next build I am going to try to remove systemd and use a DE like enlightenment as it seems Mate is systemd dependent.

Systemd on servers, I hope I can easily get away from that when I have to upgrade.

Comment Re:The Commit Message (Score 1) 572

I have never seen this quick reboot option people keep talking about.

I run Debian Sid ( yes I know that maybe the problem) and since SystemD was installed, my bi-monthly reboots are slow in the order of 2 to 5 minutes.

What is happening is that systemd is not turning the network on correctly, and it waiting forever to mount the NFS shares. When it finally gives up, I just open up a terminal, ifdown eth0, then ifup eth0 and all is well. I guess systemd can't handle a static IP on a desktop.

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.