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Comment: Re:e-waste (Score 1) 371 371

Sure, but even if industry supported devices 3 times as long as today, most likely they would still become unsupported prior to the product being physically unusable. If a company produces an internet-capable piece of hardware, are they on the hook to support it against all future attack vectors until the hardware rots?

buy the new phone, or stop using phones altogether.

Option b seems perfectly reasonable from a waste management perspective, especially when we are talking about personal phones (we want them, we certainly don't need them) - and to be fair I did miss the AC saying they wouldn't participate any longer, and I assume that means not buying newer phones. I certainly would be unwilling commit to that, which means I too am part of the problem.

Comment: Re:The problem is that landfills are too cheap (Score 2) 371 371

This might've been insightful if you'd removed "Americans". I'm in a canadian middle-income neighbourhood, and even here we have households who never put out a recycle bin. We have 3 programs here: rigid plastics & metal, paper & cardboard, and compost. It is paid for by taxes, and if it wasn't then many more would opt out. Even the bins are given out for free by the city. Thankfully most people realize that when our city's current dump fills up, it will cost far more to start shipping to the next available site, so diversion is a high priority.

The only non-recycling person I've ever spoken to about it said that she doesn't bother because sorting is too complex - so in my experience the kind of people who don't recycle are mainly just stupid, or have zero sense of community. And I only spoke to her because she had left a TV sitting on her curb for a month, it boggled her mind that such things can't be thrown out in the trash anymore.

Comment: Re:URLs (Score 2) 271 271

If I accessed a non-youtube URL and it redirected me to youtube, I would never use the original URL again because it is most likely some click-counting intermediary. YouTube is a well known and trusted video streaming site, while is questionable unless you've already visited it.

YouTube was offering people branding by giving them simple URLs with their account name at the end, now they are taking away their offering from one individual and giving it to a company because money. It's scummy, it's selling out, and YouTube should know better than to treat their users this way.

Comment: Re:Strategically speaking... (Score 1) 312 312

If this war were just Irrelevant Faction A versus Irrelevant Faction B, I'm sure the government would not put much effort into it, and you'd be right - let them cull the herd. But letting ISIS ranks swell is very likely to increase losses to foreign allies which is bad for the US - especially when you eventually get US citizens decapitating people in jihadist videos.

Comment: Re:Trying to figure out how this works... (Score 5, Informative) 86 86

You aren't trying very hard then, since TFA clearly states that Uber is adding special bonuses and subsidies to attract drivers. They are weathering smaller profits and some losses to gain market share because there were existing players in the market.

By one account, Uber was handing drivers 300 yuan (about US$50) for every 30 trips and 400 yuan for every 40.

Seems like they need to add other metrics into their bonus system, like a minimum fare required to count towards the bonus.

Comment: Re:Refund Bitcoin? (Score 1) 45 45

No kidding. Not to mention any additional contact you have with the victim adds to your own risk of getting caught. People who pay out on ransomware are basically doubling down on their loss for the very very slim chance they will get anything back. Take this story, these idiots paid TWICE for the same ransom and still didn't their files back.

Comment: Re:US world cup (Score 1) 194 194

I don't understand why it is that only Canadians seem to bring this up

I'm a canadian, and until now I've only ever seen it brought up by people who I presume are american. Also bgarcia's invocation of it is really out of context, so this seems like a pretty bad example to jump on.

Comment: Re:Minimum Wage (Score 1) 1094 1094

Could be something else, too, of course

Here are some possibilities
1. Living so close to a place where there are $15/hr jobs, nobody wants to apply for a $10/hr job.
2. Being downtown, many people probably drop off resumes even those locations aren't hiring, so they likely don't need to advertise to get a pool of applicants.

Comment: Re:ENOUGH with the politics! (Score 1) 1094 1094

Wait times can suck for minor boo-boos, but otherwise I've never had a problem with service. I'm sure that varies from place to place, just like it would in the US. Emergency services are great in my experience. I once had a migraine that left me unable to understand speech - I was immediately admitted, had an MRI done, was transferred via ambulance to another hospital with advanced neurology expertise, all within a couple hours. I am just another citizen. It's not perfect, but it works.

Comment: Re:Crappy Research (Score 1) 186 186

I'm willing to bet after the first notification, people just move to a VPN service to hide behind...

Not only this (and I know people who did exactly that), but people are also opting for VPNs to get around Netflix geo-blocking. I bet a lot of the Canadian reduction is mirrored in US increases.

I never cheated an honest man, only rascals. They wanted something for nothing. I gave them nothing for something. -- Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil