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Comment: Re:Online Sports Network (Score 2) 86

by smooth wombat (#48029883) Attached to: FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

This is why soccer (European football) is so much better to watch. No commercials. The game plays until the time runs out.

Instead of a 1 hour game of football (American), it runs to well over twice that amount, not including the pre and post pontifications.

Here's the way pro football works. Flip the coin to decide who kicks off. Go to commercial. Come back from commercial and have kick off. Four seconds elapse then play is ended. Go to commercial.

Have first three plays of game. Go to commercial. Punt ball away or get second series. Rinse and repeat.

Comment: Re:Missing out (Score 3, Insightful) 191

Because in civilization no one would dare think to use a knife, steel pipe, baseball bat, wrench, box cutter, hammer, screwdriver, ice pick, awl, straight razor or any number of commonly found items to use in a robbery.

It's only guns you have to worry about.

Comment: Forget ads, what about security implications (Score 2) 140

by rsborg (#48025211) Attached to: LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

So this is in effect, a way of bypassing the carriers? If not, then would we need to have Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-mobile branded LTE-Direct spots?

I sure see this as a way for warehouse-like stores like Ikea and Costco to offer cell services and have a captive portal for web users (and potentially voice users as well - ugh).

But what is preventing a rogue actor from setting up their own LTE direct hotspots and MITM-ing a large group's entire communications? Especially if said actor were doing so with tacit approval from the carriers?

Comment: Re:How does the quote go...? (Score 1) 251

by rsborg (#48022809) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

Only a grade A moron arrives in America and says to himself "I have arrived in India!".

Is it really the case, or was this justification for conquest of the new world - I don't think the business world has changed significantly in the past few centuries - we put a new name on some business model, but the underlying goals and direction is the same.

In this case, I can clearly see it as "something to tell the people and our competitors" - if the mission fails, no hint is left that it is the "new world" that was failed, only what others have failed at before (ie, faster route to India). If the mission succeeds... well, again we want exclusive access the plunder and possibilities.

Comment: Re:Android version req - long time coming (Score 3, Insightful) 379

How is this not crapware that you are apologizing for? It was the scourge of the PC industry, we should not be welcoming it in mobile to a greater extent than it exists already.

I agree with you that the requirement to ship recent Android versions is absolutely needed, but 20 different applications sounds awfully overbearing.

Comment: They pay lots of taxes already (Score 1) 120

by SuperKendall (#48020439) Attached to: Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

Apple pays a huge amount of tax in the US.

They ALSO pay a lot of tax in the EU.

The fuss form the US government is that UNLIKE ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD we like to double-tax foreign revenues for which tax was already collected.

The fuss from the EU is that the tax Apple pays they consider to be too low, because Apple has money and the EU does not.

That's the simp truth. Apple found the place that collected the lowest taxes and based international operations there. Doing something legal and having a huge pile of untouchable money angers bureaucrats (and irrational Apple Haters) to no end.

Comment: Re:In The Future (Score 1) 116

by SuperKendall (#48020337) Attached to: World's Smallest 3G Module Will Connect Everything To the Internet

Until either the car doesn't start because it has no 3G signal to "Authorize" it.

Again, that's a technical issue, and if I can figure out how to avoid starting the tracking module why not also how to bypass that...

so you can't even work around it withot ripping out the ECU

As if that's even a slight issue, lots of people reprogram or replace the ECU today.

Relying on your wits to outsmart an organised group of people is hard

History has shown it to be ridiculously easy in most cases.

Far better to nip the problem in the bud

History has shown THAT to be impossible.

Comment: Re:Yep, that's a LOT of blood (Score 1) 89

by SydShamino (#48020291) Attached to: Blood For Extra Credit Points Offer Raises Eyebrows In Test-Mad China

So that's just 16 half-liter donations, which spaced out every 8 weeks takes less than 2.5 years. There's plenty of time for Dad to donate that much between when he learns his wife is pregnant and when that kid needs to enter high school. (Plenty more if Mom donates, too.)

The big problem, as in everywhere else, is that paying for blood attracts donors with bad blood (literally), some of which will escape testing and get into the supply. "Thanks to the blood for grades program, China now has enough blood for your transfusion. Unfortunately, the blood you got had untraceable levels of HIV and now you'll get sick and die, but you can do so knowing that some unrelated kid got into a better high school for your suffering."

That's not to say the U.S. doesn't have some of the same problems. The incentive to give can be strong.

Comment: In The Future (Score 1) 116

by SuperKendall (#48017383) Attached to: World's Smallest 3G Module Will Connect Everything To the Internet

Your driving history only consists of the times you got caught.

And in the future my driving history will consist only of the times I've allowed the monitoring device to activate.

The future belongs to the technically inclined because we will be able to do ANYTHING without repercussion.

Comment: Re:The "old boys' club" (Score 1) 331

by rsborg (#48014149) Attached to: State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

The law says that a dealer in Iowa can't be the manufacturer. The federal law (should trump Iowa law) says that states can't restrict interstate commerce.

This isn't interstate commerce though.

Iowa says it's illegal for a Californian company to sell to an Iowan buyer. Iowa is violating US law to block these drives and sales.

No, the law says t's illegal for a Californian company to sell to an Iowan buyer _in_Iowa_. ...

Are you sure you understand the interstate commerce? What you're describing sounds exactly like interstate commerce. Are you saying that Iowa could prevent a California-based internet company from selling products over the internet to be delivered in Iowa?

Comment: Re:No, who cares? (Score 1) 254

by SuperKendall (#48012267) Attached to: Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

A single human on Mars could do in a week more than every previous rover on mars put together has accomplished to date.

We've done what we can with the robotic approach, at some point you need humans to take research to the next level rather than inching along for centuries.

Some people will die; some people always have died, will always die. That does not matter.

If you think it's gung-ho, well all I can say is it's side you decided to stop advancing the human race, not all of us share your pitiful lethargy. It's not gung-ho at all, it's a built-in drive that we still in the human race call humanity...

In 1869 the waffle iron was invented for people who had wrinkled waffles.