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Comment Don't ask me to choose (Score 1) 246 246

I use both G+ and FB, and they are different for me.

Facebook is a morass of annoying acquaintances sprinkled among family and friends. I rarely post there.

G+ is a much more interesting community for me.

Yes, my choices make each site different. FB is where most of my family is, so it also has a loft of noise, and i filter it.

So I use both.

Comment Let's just go to the bottom now (Score 2) 329 329

This ends up with the Internet being challenged by the least free nation ON ANY GIVEN SITUATION to restrict data or access based on that nation's restrictions.

And that would force less restrictive nations to comply.

Or not.

I vote not. Let nations that cannot tolerate the freedom of others to deal with the problem at their borders.

And leave the rest alone.

This is worth fighting for.

Comment No, it's not that old. (Score 1) 255 255

" IE turns 20 in less than a month, which is ancient in internet years,"

No, IE is not 20 years old. IE 11 bears no resemblance to IE8, which bears no resemblance to IE3, which bears no resemblance to IE 1.5.

This sort of description is like declaring the 1978 Saab 900 was anything like the 1994 Saab 900.

There have been 11 major versions of IE. Better to state that the name has been around for 20 years, or a product named that, but then we have to consider that 'Windows' has been around for 29 years. Does anyone even consider 'Windows 1.0' from 1985 is anything like current Windows, and shares the name only?

Lazy writing, worse thinking.

Comment Re:Amazon doesn't understand helicopters (Score 1) 142 142

Around here, RC Planes generally do NOT fly from airfields. The mostly fly form large fields or industrial zoned parking lots. Usually on weekends.

Certainly no reason to suspect drones flying around industrial parks on the weekends, eh? Nor anyone flying a kite t the park or the beach, right? Drones will spot the kite string fine of course.

Drones are going to have to be pretty clever to avoid the kites at the beach while they count the crowd, offer real-time surveillance to the authorities, or tow around some advertising banners.

This is a bit more interesting than it may have seemed earlier.

Comment Re:Ooh good business writing regulations. (Score 1) 142 142

Long ago, when there was an industry making 'office machines', there was an industry association, NOMDA, that by consensus developed a set of regulations and standards that the members, both dealers and manufacturers, adhered to. Mostly. Among the regulations and policies were definitions for such terms as 'used', so that you could be reasonably certain that the typewriter you purchased as 'new' wasn't actually given to a customer as a demo unit, used for a year, given back, cleaned and refurbished, and sold to you as 'new'. This worked fairly well, but NOMDA never took hold with the PC business, and is pretty much done.

Industries can in fact police themselves, if there is sufficient motivation and reward.

Comment Not serving me (Score 1) 258 258

Tapatalk is one of the most common, and seems to me to prove this point:

The mobile app you are being offered doesn't improve your experience as much as it does the app publisher's revenue. Apps will capture your data, contacts, and history on your mobile when better than your browser.

Apps will act as gateways for other apps, eventually leading to downloading something nasty without your knowledge, or masquerading as something benign.

Apps will force you into a mobile view, like it or not. Good for the site, bad when your mobile is a 10" tablet that shows you a fabulous desktop render.

I abandon them 100% of the time, so far.

Comment Re:Insurance Costs (Score 1) 252 252

With a self-driving car, it's not them driving it. It's the car. Just like when you;re in it, except they leave trash on the floor.

Self-driving cars take Uber to a new level - no driver, no unavailability. You're not the driver, so why does your Uber client need one? No unavailability except for when you have a scheduled trip (coming home from a concert...).

The only needed human intervention is refueling. Until they self-park on your charging mat, or park and hit the charging plug.

Maybe you don't really buy a car alone. Buy into a consortium, several other 'owners' nearby, so if you want to run out for a pizza you can either have it deliverd by Uber or ask for a local car and get out of the house for a bit.

Did you hear that, Amazon? Skip drones. Figure out self-driving car consortiums. Uber + shared self-deriving vehicles + Jet Amazon home delivery Amazon at all.

Comment Re: Obama's Justice Dept. will get right on it (Score 2) 434 434

"He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gerhard Gesell on July 5, 1989, to a three-year suspended prison term, two years probation, $150,000 in fines, and 1,200 hours of community service. North performed some of his community service within Potomac Gardens, a public housing project in Southeast Washington, D.C."

Are you arguing his unjust conviction was fair?

I'm not even sure his fine was returned, but no matter, he did his community service.

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