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Comment: Re:The Better, Longer Lasting, Cheaper Bulb (Score 1) 101

by sjames (#49364089) Attached to: Graphene Light Bulbs Coming To Stores Soon

But it doesn't happen in one step even if the economics would support it. It starts more expensive and hopes to sell on features and performance. The price slowly drops to a new plateau as the early adopters slow down but remains more expensive. As others me too the features (assuming a patent sueball and/or collusion doesn't work), the price slowly drops.

Comment: Re:Protected relationships (Score 1) 364

by sjames (#49361639) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

Why does that need to be a legally protected relationship?

Because if it's not protected, the person won't go to confession and the opportunity to talk him out of it is lost.

For the same reason, if the state will not honor the sanctity of confession (or other pastoral relationships) it puts itself in a position of banning religious practices. It just doesn't look much like freedom of religion if they keep hauling clergy off to jail when they behave as their religion insists that they must.

Note that mandatory reporting for doctors is not without controversy and is not frequently enforced. There are also laws that go the other way. For example, some states have laws providing amnesty from various drug and underage drinking laws if it is discovered in relation to calling 911 for a medical emergency.

Comment: Re:It's quite simple really... (Score 3, Interesting) 143

by sjames (#49360121) Attached to: UK Licensing Site Requires MSIE Emulation, But Won't Work With MSIE

Even keeping Hanlon's razor in mind, there is a point where incompetence rises to such a level that it is indistinguishable from malice. It had to take a lot of work to create the incompatibilities described. Starting with even caring that more than one window is open. Even back in the stupid old days where Netscape users would actually get an error about a site being IE only, it generally would actually work if you simply impersonated IE in the client string.

It can sometimes be hard to make a site look just so in all browsers, but it's equally hard to make it not work at all except in a single browser. Harder still to add a requirement for a particular version of a plugin. I wonder how many tens of percent less work it would have been to do it right or at least passably.

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