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Comment: Re:Spin everywhere... (Score 3, Insightful) 107

by drinkypoo (#49768605) Attached to: EU Drops Plans For Safer Pesticides After Pressure From US

The problem is that it's all so complicated that one cannot really understand the matter without spending years of work and research on it,

You can say that about absolutely anything, and have been able to say that ever since human knowledge became generally redistributable. But anybody can understand that nobody really knows whether these chemicals can be used safely, and that we have alternatives for them.

How anyone, who is not a subject matter expert, can make a decision in this is just beyond me.

They can err on the side of caution. It doesn't mean taking no risks, it means taking action to limit risk.,/p>

Comment: Re:Are they LEOs (Score 1) 77

Not just that, but many people stockpiled ammo when shortages were announced. Whether that was a bid to get people to stockpile ammo or just a handout to ammo manufacturers, either way there's a whole lot of ammunition out there as well as firearms. There's probably more ammo privately stockpiled now than at any time in history.

Comment: Re:Uber not worth $41 billion ... (Score 1) 77

by drinkypoo (#49768543) Attached to: Tech Bubble? What Tech Bubble?

Look at Coca Cola. They don't make anything that anybody else can't make.

Nonsense. I hardly even drink cola any more, but Pepsi still tastes like ass and Coca-Cola still tastes better. It's a complete falsehood to suggest that anyone else can do what Coca-Cola can do, because a lot of people have spent a lot of money trying and they've all failed so far. Coca-Cola doesn't have a good name just because they've had it for a long time, Pepsi is an old brand too. Coca-Cola has a good name because they make a product that people want to buy, and have been doing that for a long time. Even when they were busy dicking around with their recipes and alienating some customers they still managed to remain on top.

Uber, on the other hand, really can be replaced overnight, in whole or in part, in some cities or in all cities, in some countries or in all countries, etc. They do absolutely nothing that someone else couldn't do just as well, if not better.

So yeah, everyone else is being compared to Uber, you've got that right. And it's worth something, you've got that right, too. But comparing Uber to Coca-Cola is way off-base. I haven't consumed a cola that wasn't from a weird off-brand (Zevia, in this case) in literally years, but if I were going to get one in some mainstream establishment devoid of more potable choices like filtered water (you have to hand it to soda, they at least filter the water before using it, it's important for consistency) I would still lick the sweat off a dead dog's balls before I'd drink a Pepsi. I'd drink Tabasco. I'd drink mayo.

Comment: Re:Short version ... (Score 1) 77

Which basically means law enforcement is in the hands of a bunch of idiots who don't know or care the law.

The high-end cops, the chiefs and sergeants and whatnot, know the law well enough to know they're breaking it. The low-end beat cops know fuck-all about the law, this has been shown again and again. It's what happens when you only need a couple of years of community college and a pat on the ass to become a cop.

But make no mistake about it, these people aren't going to obey the law unless until they find themselves under threat of being in a cell themselves. And then they'll just pretend to obey the law.

And that's why every cop needs a camera on all the time, and they should never ever be taken at their word. If there's no video evidence of what they're saying, then they should be assumed to be lying. That'll motivate those dicks to get cameras that work, and to not turn them off. Nothing else will keep them in line, and even that still requires substantial citizen oversight.

Comment: Re:Are they LEOs (Score 1) 77

Given similar circumstances you or I would behave the same way,

We'll never know, because you or I would never have the opportunity to be in similar circumstances without being a shitbag in the first place. Only shitbags need apply to the upper echelons. People with a conscience will either kill themselves of be deposed before they reach those heights.

Comment: Re:Are they LEOs (Score 1) 77

Our country is "uninvadeable" because of geography, not people with small arms. You can bet if a large standing army were to decide to enter the US, a handful of people with 9mm pistols aren't going to stop it.

There's more guns than people in the USA, and the majority of them are not 9mm pistols.

Comment: Re:No they outsold Samsung and Apple (Score 0) 118

by hairyfeet (#49767093) Attached to: Microsoft Reportedly May Acquire BlackBerry

Sigh....MSFT didn't have to do a damned thing, neither did Elop as Nokia was already fucked as they pulled the same shit that Palm did, wasting their time at #1 pocketing cash and going in a dozen directions at once instead of actually innovating and staying ahead of the curve!

Break down their sales when they were last #1....what was that? It was nearly 100% Symbian "feature phones" with an OS so damned old it felt like running Windows 2 in 2005? Bingo, we have a winnar! Symbian was waaaaaaay too fucking old to compete, hell I saw that all the way back and Android Donut (1.6 IIRC) which made Symbian look like the fossil that it was. What about Maemo you say? What about it? If you go look at the actual reports coming from the devs working on the thing you'll see that Maemo would take at least another year and a half because they were having serious memory leaking and file corruption issues. Remember this was when Android 1.5/1.6 and iOS 2 was out, no way in hell would the consumer have taken a phone you had to reboot 4 times a day, could crash when you took a call, and turn your files into data salad, not when they had choices that worked!

Look I get why Nokia fanboys wanted to think some "bad guy" just killed poor wittle Nokia, I had a Nokia for ages and AAMOF I just picked up a Lumia for the wife as she didn't care for Android and while I hate Metro with a fiery passion I'll give credit where credit is due for those not "tech heads" its pretty damned intuitive and the hardware as always seems solid but....the one that killed Nokia...was fucking Nokia. It really was Palm all over again, when Elop came on board they had not ONE OS, not TWO OSes, but fucking THREE OPERATING SYSTEMS splitting up the talent and sucking down resources. They had 1.-Symbian, 2.- Maemo, 3.- the dumbphone OS, and wasn't there even a fourth one for awhile? I seem to remember they were also working on a Java based one there for like a year and a half.

When your only selling product, top of the heap at that moment it may be, is the equivalent of VHS when the entire industry and an ever growing segment of the populace was buying DVD? Well that is when your ass better be laser focused on beating the other guy to the punch, instead they split their resources all over the place and by the time Elop showed up? It really was a "burning platform" as Symbian was too fucking old to compete, dumbphones were going the way of the 8-track, and Maemo probably wouldn't have gone gold until after Apple 3 and Android Gingerbread had been out a good 6 months and by then they were royally fucked.

In a perfect world they would have bought WebOS but they couldn't compete with HP throwing stupid money and Android was in a race to the bottom so Elop bought the only other OS available,and it didn't work out, it was a Hail Mary but at that point a Hail Mary was all that was left, the other guys simply were too far ahead in the game.

Comment: Re:Still no 16:10 panel? (Score 1) 120

Is it a 20"? I need another one of those so that I'll have three matching monitors. I have a 25.5" IPS at 1920x1200 that I'm willing to let go of. It's very very old so it has ghosting f'reals, but otherwise it's awesome. My two 20" 1680x1050 displays are at different color temps, but I have an i1 Display LT so I can mitigate that problem.

Comment: Re:Funny, that spin... (Score 1) 354

by drinkypoo (#49766311) Attached to: What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI

To be fair, he funds the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, which is devoted to mitigating existential risk from AI, and is surely getting very detailed reports from them, making him a highly knowledgeable layperson at worst (a direct expert at best).

Just playing the devil's advocate here, funding the creationism museum doesn't make you an expert on god

Comment: Re:Everyone is going to the Moon... (Score 2) 114

It's Planetary Resources that wants the U.S. to break the treaty. Remember that name. No doubt it will become the Wal-Mart of outer space.

If that's the price of actually developing space industry to the point of having a Wal-Mart of outer space, so be it. Then I can buy me a space ship and fly... past the sky.

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