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Comment Hmm (Score 1) 149

I'm reminded of the food products created by 'famine' in Pratchett & Gaimens' 'Good Omens' which one could eat as much as one wanted and yet starve to death -

"Nouvelle cuisine (the sort that consists of “a string bean, a pea, and a sliver of chicken breast, aesthetically arranged on a square china plate,” invented “the last time he’d been in Paris,”; diet fads (“D-Plan Dieting: Slim Yourself Beautiful, the book was called; The Diet Book of the Century!”; and new foods (“indistinguishable from any other [food] except for [] the nutritional content, which was roughly equivalent to that of a Sony Walkman. It didn’t matter how much you ate, you lost weight. [] And hair. And skin tone. And, if you ate enough of it long enough, vital signs”

I strongly recommend the book, incidentally - a great read -

Comment Re: Easy solution (Score 2) 470

Like the Australian state that just criminalized possession of CAD files?

Or the one that criminalizes video games?

Or the one that criminalizes porn actresses with A cups?

Australia is not the first country that comes to mind when "sane lawmaking" is the topic of discussion.

Just for info, the A cup thing is debunked here: http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/...

Comment Re:Paris terrorists didn't seem "religious"... (Score 1) 491

>> (engineers) are seven times as likely to be both religious and conservative as social scientists

The Paris terrorists didn't seem that "religious" or "conservative". From AFA: "She loved partying and going to clubs. She drank alcohol and smoked and went around with lots of different guys." (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3325180/Two-fingers-world-Pictured-Europe-s-female-suicide-bomber-booze-loving-extrovert-nicknamed-Cowgirl-love-big-hats.html)

She also wasn't a suicide bomber.

The people blowing themselves up are most certainly extreme believers or they wouldn't be doing it.

Comment Re:"Reset to factory settings" button (Score 1) 148

I find it hard to believe anyone would give up on a $400 speaker that quickly, unless they are rich and $400 is nothing to them.

I find it hard to believe a damned speaker needs firmware upgrades.

Oh, but wait, it's controllable by an app, has Bluetooth and wifi, and connects to the internet, right?

Yeah ... me, I don't want speakers which do that stuff. Precisely because time and time again companies demonstrate they're terrible at it, and you end up with a product with a MUCH shorter lifecycle -- because it's focused on 10 things besides being a good speaker.

My guess, if it needs firmware updates, it's really a $100 speaker with a bunch of extra crap slapped onto it.

These days, digital pretty much means disposable.

My B&W M1s don't connect to the Internet. They do, however, benefit from a factory update that I recently installed that dropped their standby power consumption down considerably.

Incidentally it is quite literally the best sounding pair of little speakers that I have ever heard and with regard to life-cycle, I've already had them for several years and I have no reason to expect them to die any time soon.

Comment Re:"Reset to factory settings" button (Score 1) 148

A simple reset button like the one I described would have saved me a ton of pain and saved JBL money on shipping the speaker both ways. WHY isn't this sort of thing universal?

Not sure how much help a reset to factory settings button would be for either a corrupted firmware update but yes, it might help against ransomware that installed as an application and didn't infest the firmware.

Comment Re:Why would Disney do this? (Score 1) 262

The Friedman Doctrine is relatively recent in the grand scheme of things. The idea that a corporation has no responsibility other than to shareholders is not universally believed.

'Not universally believed' is hardly strong opposition to my statements.

The reality is that the vast majority of corporations exist solely for profit, the exceptions being few and far between relative to the majority.

Comment Re:Why would Disney do this? (Score 1) 262

The problem has been stated. The problem is that the only reason that corporations exist is for shareholder profit.

So Greenpeace or the United Auto Workers labor union exists only for shareholder profit?

UAW is not, as far as I can determine, a corporation.

Non profit entities such as Greenpeace certainly can exist for the general good but in many cases even non profit entities are used by the wealthy to shelter income from income, property and estate taxes. Ikea is my favorite example of this: http://www.economist.com/node/...

So yes, the occasional exception exists but it remains the exception, not the rule.

Nobody said computers were going to be polite.