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Comment Re:Just a few points... (Score 1) 265

You keep riding the subway in $bigcity, and I'll keep driving my cars in rural Ohio for fun. These are not mutually-exclusive things.

Not if driving cars in rural Ohio for fun isn't sustainable. Not that I really have an opinion on that, I haven't run the numbers. Here's a silly question: why does any auto racing series which claims to have a technical component still use internal combustion engines? Shouldn't auto racing be electric by now? Or at least running on a carbon-neutral fuel?

Comment Re:not necessarily impossible (Score 1) 349

...I'm sure in a case like this that something can be worked out. Instead of actual reporting and checking up on the situation, we instead get people using words like "impossible"...

So... They reported what the situation *is*.. And that's not actual reporting? The fact of the matter, it *is* impossible to go buy a new PS3 with OtherOS. It *may* not be impossible in the future, however that's conjecture, not reporting.

Comment Re:Sony is a terrorist organization (Score 1) 349

What does Apple have to do with this? In what way is the licensing for an Apple Computer different than a Windows PC? If your talking APPLIANCES, like Game machines or phone devices, such as iPhone, the Apps offered with iPhone don't 'come with the unit'. They weren't sold with it and certainly weren't guaranteed from Apple to be allowed on the device.

In regards to Game consoles, Sony is on a limb here all by their lonesome, as Apple doesn't have a game console (although arguably the iPhone, but they haven't crippled some game that came with it), and there is no similar situation on the XBox either that I know of.

Try to keep your rants in line with the topic at hand?

Comment Re:Big patent holders are still the bigger problem (Score 1) 159

Backroyalties (license fees for past infringement) -- or the equivalent in case of a lawsuit, damages for past infringement -- certainly add to the problem, but the biggest leverage a patent troll can have is the ability to force an "infringer" to discontinue shipping a key product (or several key products at the same time). That's when a company's ability to stay in business becomes seriously endangered and that's the perfect basis for a hold-up.

Comment Re:Yeah... (Score 1) 145

It looks like someone puked down half the screen.

Well...I wouldn't quite say that. It's different - that's for sure. But, I have seen puke on a screen (my roommate, freshman year, came back and got sick in front of his computer) and the Google redesign doesn't look like that.

I'm not normally a person to care too much as long as I have an option

So...that means you must care quite frequently as most websites/software/etc don't give you that much of an option on how THEIR interface looks. And, to be fair, you do have an option - go to a different search engine. Or, don't even use the main Google interface. There are many ways to get the results you are looking for that doesn't actually involve hitting the home Google page.

Much like youtube, where their redesign is personally hated as a facebook rip-off.

I can understand not liking the new layout. Definitely entitled to your own opinion. I haven't particularly warmed up to the new Google look yet. However, you then go to say (and this is why I'm responding at all)...

It's seems that in both cases, the redesigns are universally disliked

"Universally disliked" is a very strong set of words. Do you have proof of this? You mean there is NOBODY who actually likes the changes?

but good ol' google is being evil by not responding to consumer complaints over it. Other than "screw, you."

Now that's just not being fair. Google has to make decisions at times about how THEIR product looks. If you read the blog posts (by Google, as well as by others), Google did quite a bit of acceptance testing and research to determine how to best layout their new site to provide better information, more information, and make it easier to read. You may not like what's up there now, but you should have seen the ones they rejected. Either way, Google is not being evil here...they are running a business and trying to make the views to their search results viable and on the cutting edge. They may even make mistakes while doing that (as I said - I'm not sure what I think about the new design yet), but they are most definitely not being evil here. And I never once heard them say, "screw you." Not once.

Comment Re:Actual reasons (Score 2, Insightful) 526

Every aircraft we have, every cruise missile, launched at once, loaded with conventional bunker busters, would not make a dent in the north's 10,000 artillery tubes which are heavily fortified into the hills.

Artillery is surprisingly ineffective when it remains behind heavy fortifications. The gun tubes have to exit the bunker somewhere.

You don't have to destroy the gun, only it's ability to fire.

Comment Sadly this may only be one of the last steps... (Score 1) 526

Sadly this may only be one of the last steps in the hydrogen bomb era, not a first step...

Most "ultimate" weapons have a shelf life.

Take the history of the battleship for example, between WW-I and WW-II was the era of the the Naval limitation treaties which concentrated on battleships. Of course the war that finally erupted WW-II in the pacific, the nations took great advantage of the aircraft carriers, and in the atlantic, it was submarines. The battleships used during WW-II primarily came from upgraded WW-I battleships.

These types of arms limitation treaties have not be shown to prevent any historical conflicts as they just tend to lock-in the status quo (although poorly crafted treaties may cause big problems like WW-I and WW-II). You only need to start with the Hauge Convention of 1899 declaration II and how it didn't seem to affect chemical weapon usage in WW-I very much.

We may see this a sign that nations are recognizing on emminent transition to a new munitions era. We may see nations start developing a whole new class of armaments after this. MOP or MOAB style bombs or even anti-matter bombs. These new non-nuclear bombs seem to promise to be more useful in the next battle (or war on terror).

Maybe, fortunatly, we get the opportunity bypass the urge to use this generation's strategic weapons that cause massive collateral damage and concentrate on more tactical (and containable) munitions. Strategic weapons are historically only useful to prevent a country from sustaing a war effort (if you want a more "street-fight" analogy, basically a kick in the nuts). For many countries that have nuclear weapons, demoralization by "media" has replaced the need for strategic weapons. Of course there are some other countries (e.g., like North Korea, Sudan), where media influence is insufficient other strategic mechanisms may still be needed, but probably in lower amounts.

Although this might be a glimmer of hope that we may be make to the end of the hydrogen bomb era, who knows what the next era will bring us.

Comment Re:That's not REALLY why you like it. (Score 1) 374

Sriously, what is the iPad, anyway? Sure, it might be a better e-reader than a laptop or a small mobile device, but it doesn't have e-Ink, so it can't be used as an e-reader.

Well, I did buy a Kindle 2 last year March and returned it after 3 weeks. I thought e-ink was the greatest concept but the contrast leaves much to be desire. It's dark grey text on a medium/light grey screen for christ-sakes.

And IPS screens are rather nice. Heck, I read a normal LCD screen all day as it is and it doesn't bother me. I have to wonder when the "you can't read on a computer monitor" took over? For me, it's more to do with whether the monitor has light sensor - monitors just tick me off when it doesn't match the ambient brightness and very few people actually adjust it with any frequency - but phones and this tablet has one so it's no problem.

The iPad is clearly for stupid people, and the only way we're going to save them from themselves, is if we stand up to the hordes of fanbois that threaten to drown out us clear-headed thinkers here on slashdot and speak the truth t o power clearly.

Is this sarcasm/satire or just a self-fulfilling opinion?

Comment Re:Meme (Score 1) 790

Then the mandate that ALL Americans have access to broadband needs to have limitations.

And, furthermore, it is not a right in the same way other rights (e.g., the right to pursue happiness) are thought of. If it's a right to have broadband then I should get it anywhere I live in the US, just like I can pursue "happiness" anywhere in the US. Of course, that pursuit may not work everywhere ;)

Unfortunately, most people view rights as something you should receive no matter who you are or where you live... so if broadband is a right, then the interpretation is that I should get it in the middle of the woods in my cabin, 5 miles from the nearest public road; otherwise, you are denying me my right and I have to rely on corporations to provide it.

I may be confusing ideas of "rights" and whatnot, but I think the majority of people are confusing those, these days... e.g., the right to free health care; but what if you chronically eat McDonald's, transfats, and everything else known to be bad; why should I, the taxpayer, pay for your negligence of your health? I see no reason you have the right to my money to pay for the consequences of your negligent eating. I'm not talking about eating disorders here, FWIW.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 377

It's worse than that. They don't even have to rationalize that it is the name of a person. They can just make up a short story right there on the spot, and name it with whatever random sting of characters they have, and they have now created a perfectly valid proper noun that is completely within the spirit of the new rules.


Zxggrta: The story of a boy playing Scrabble

There once was a boy playing scrabble. He didn't have any real words in his tiles, so he decided to write a short story called "Zxggrta". Since he wrote the story, "Zxggrta" is now a valid word in Scrabble.

The End

Except when the word is challenged, your going to have a hard time proving it's a word. noun or not.

Comment Re:telecom (Score 1) 790

Except ISPs provide communications AMONG the states. If you visit Amazon, and don't live in Washington, then that is interstate, or among the states. Maybe if your ISP just gave you access to local, in town sites, you might have a point. But ISPs typically deal in communications around the world.

Put it this way: Should a phone company have the right to mess with a call you make to someone in another state?

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