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Comment Re:No, I have one, and I think I own it. (Score 1) 360

You took the fact that you're not allowed to resell it as proof that you owned it?

Obvious troll is obvious.

are admirers of the illustrious Woz from days of yore


Woz today has many similarities to William Shatner. He's old, rich, and not doing anything that interesting anymore. So that's why I said "days of yore". Woz back then was not content to buy prepackaged electronics and use them as a consumer. He had to take things apart and make them do things they weren't supposed to do. He designed his own circuits and wrote his own software for his and Jobs' little startup. He was a phone phreaker, which while eyebrow raising, is definitely an epically geekish thing to have on his resume.

tl;dr version since you're so easily bored: If you find all of that yawn-worthy, I am putting you on notice that your geek card is in peril.

Comment Re:No, I have one, and I think I own it. (Score 1) 360

True, but it's still not lent, and the hardware does belong to me. I'm not sure that the "no resale" provision is enforceable, given the First Sale Doctrine. The software is an interesting case; there are legal cans of worms as yet unopened here

Comment No, I have one, and I think I own it. (Score 1) 360

I won the Apple TV lottery and have a unit sitting here on my desk. I never saw terminology that indicated it was lent. And if you look at the terms from the Apple fanboi Daring Fireball blog, it says you can't "resell" it. So even though it only cost me a dollar plus tax, I still interpreted that as a purchase.

Of course iFixit's position appears legally indefensible, however for people who actually believe Jobs' famous "misfits/rebels" speech and are admirers of the illustrious Woz from days of yore, it's natural to take iFixit's side.

Comment Re:Western media not sharing the whole story (Score 1) 571

A question for you: Would America be stronger or weaker if we gained millions of immigrants speaking thousands of mutually unintelligible languages, but not including English? Wouldn't there be real difficulties with infrastructure, and simply with people interacting with each other? What you seem to have missed is that the problem with the languages can also apply to other cultural differences that lead to clashes. It is socially harmful to inject incompatible cultures en masse into a population, and much better for the host country to control/limit immigration to those who seem most ready and willing to assimilate. Diversity for its own sake is frequently NOT a net benefit. Now, don't get me wrong -- sub-cultures are perfectly fine, whether Italian Americans, Kurdish Americans, etc., but they do all need to be "Americans" and learn English in order for their presence to optimally benefit America.

Key word above is "assimilate".

Comment Re:Western media not sharing the whole story (Score 1) 571

Immigration is a positive net affect for a country the vast majority of the time.

Somebody else replied and called me a Nazi, so I feel compelled to point out that you mean "effect" above. Beyond that, this seems like a subjective opinion. In particular, tell that to all the African Americans who are being squeezed out of the job market by illegal aliens. Tell that to the European women who must "cover up" and can no longer go some places safely for fear of rape, or to pretty much any Jew in Paris...

Illegal immigration is a problem in the USA only because our politicians insist on keeping it that way. I've known people who where here in the USA for more than a dozen years legally trying to get permanent papers before finally getting it. If we killed the pointless war on drugs and simply issued social security numbers to those that asked in a timely manner illegal border crossings would be a thing of the past.

No, if we become (administratively speaking) friendlier to and more accepting of illegal aliens, then even larger masses of foreign citizens are likely to come over. Not sure why you would think otherwise. I'll leave the "legalizing drugs" thing alone, except to note that you may be smoking something potent if you think that's the way to make "illegal border crossings a thing of the past".

Comment Western media not sharing the whole story (Score 1, Insightful) 571

It is not true that these are largely displaced Syrian families. Most of the migrants are young men and 4 out of 5 are not from Syria. In the highest traditions of Slashdot, I haven't read the article, but just from the summary I am not going to assume that this individual is a racist jerk.

If part of your basic assumptions include that every country (or region, like the EU) should have open borders, you should question that assumption. The same thought process applies on the USA's southern border. A constant stream of undocumented, unscreened, and (ahem) illegal immigrants is not healthy for a country for multiple reasons, and there's nothing wrong with decrying a leftist-enabled descent into greater levels of cultural and legal anarchy.

Comment Too late, China has a reputation (Score 3) 107

Everybody in the USA knows China has been grabbing everything it can by digital espionage for a long time now.

And ha ha, guess what -- thanks to Snowden, everybody in China, not to mention the world, knows that the USA indiscriminately grabs whatever it can from foreign sources.

Only a fool would believe that either side has any intentions of stopping.

Comment Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah (Score 4, Funny) 449

Hello butler,
Hello poodle,
Here I am at
Camp by Google.

Camp is very
Cause it's all-a
'Bout computin'.

"Try to like it",
Mama told me.
If I diss it,
Then she'll scold me.

All the boys are
Banned from coming
Since Mom finds their
Presence dumbing.

Since they do this
Just for funsies,
Makes us look bad --
Hence the shunsies.

This is stupid
I lack interest.
I would rather
Be on Pinterest.

'Stead of sitting,
Making faces,
Can't a boy just
Trade me places?

Comment Re:Nukes (Score 1, Informative) 248

If you'd stop calling them "nukes", it would help. That word is usually associated with bombing and deaths.

I have to agree. It was purely an anomaly, what happened at Fukushima, Onagawa, Fleurus, Forsmark, Erwin, Sellafield, Atucha, Braidwood, Paks, Tokaimura, Yanangio, Ikitelli, Ishikawa, Tomsk, Cadarache, Vandellos, Greifswald, Chernobyl, Hamm-Uentrop, Tsuraga, Saint Laurent des Eaux, Three Mile Island, Jaslovské Bohunice, Lucens, Chapelcross, Monroe, Charlestown, Santa Susana Field Laboratory, Chalk River, Vina, Kyshtym, Windscale Pile, and Chalk River.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2011/mar/14/nuclear-power-plant-accidents-list-rank

Comment Couple problems with this (Score 0, Troll) 248

1. It is almost certainly written with a corporate agenda.

2. It is attempting to predict the future of technological innovation (e.g. renewable power will get cheaper and more efficient). That's fine and good, but we don't know the future.

3. The elephant in the room with any discussion about reducing carbon emissions has always been, and remains that the rising third world carbon emitters aren't going to change their ways, and therefore the official reason for reducing emissions (to curb climate change) is pretty much ineffectual. Any realistic estimate of how much Western carbon capping will affect global climate change in the face of China and India's continued/increased emissions ends up with a puny number, and really a rounding error. If the problem isn't getting solved, then does any of this even matter?

Most renewable energy sources are never going to be competitive with coal in the third world, no matter how much tree-planting first world enviro-warriors dupe themselves into the belief that they're "making a difference". It's likely to stay that way until somebody makes fusion power work, or some other similarly dramatic innovation.

Luck, that's when preparation and opportunity meet. -- P.E. Trudeau