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Comment Re:Vote with your wallet... (Score 0) 123

I voted with my wallet. I bought an iphone. 5s - Got it launch day September 20th 2013

Just over 2 years old. Installed iOS 9.0.2 the other day- Scheduled the install for the middle of the night while I was sleeping.

Of course, I could have stuck with my 4s... That's still currently supported. Launched early october 2011 - Just under 4 years old and it too can run iOS 9.0.2.

Poor guy! He's obviously never getting Lollipop or Marshmallow.

Next time, don't be such a cheapskate, and get yourself an Xperia Z2 or an HTC M8.

They cost more than iPhones, but you get what you pay for.

Comment Re:She killed the calculator group. Never forget! (Score 1) 326

Carly Fiorina was an aweful CEO because of the Compaq merger.

Choosing the iPod over the Zune, or choosing the iPod over its own HP-made mp3 player, I can't fault her for that.

That would have been a good decision even if she wouldn't have done the temporary deal with Apple. A company can't be the winner in every category. It has to pick and choose its battles (even if no company pays you to lay down your weapons). Also, it takes a lot more than just a good hardware product to win in a particular category (take Nokia as an example).

And no, I don't even know if HP's music players were any good. May be they were, may be they weren't. For me, the locked down iPod or Zune were always out of the question. I only bought mp3 players from Creative Labs (but of course, that wouldn't make me the ideal customer for any of them since I didn't like getting locked into a single source).

Comment Re:Obvious reason... (Score 1, Interesting) 145

Because then it would be trivial for you to also read books that you *didn't* get from Amazon. And we can't have that, now can we?

No we can't. Not for $50 at least.

If you want a $200 tablet for the price of $50, obviously something has to give. Amazon is not in the charity business.

The same goes if Amazon suddenly rents you the tablet for 1 penny a month.

Amazon has to recoup its hardware cost somehow.

Comment Re:Isn't pleading the fifth roughly... (Score 1) 178

As an American, I find the concept of throwing out evidence somewhat questionable is well, as in, if someone is guilty, they are guilty, no matter how the evidence was obtained.

Don't worry, you're not the only one. There was a study that found that 70% of juries still convicted based on the very hint of thrown out confessions (when no other evidence was present to corroborate the guilt of the accused).

This has lead police officers to purposefully avoid mirandizing some of the suspects they arrest, and then interpret almost anything they say as a confession (while at the same time making sure that any recording of the so-called confession gets conveniently lost). Because once the district attorney mentions that there was a confession in front of a jury, and even if the judge throws it out, the accused is then caught in a bind, either he says it wasn't a confession and that claim (that he confessed) possibly gets used against him officially (because as a defendant, if he brings it up in court, it becomes admissible), or he says nothing and the so-called "confession" still possibly gets used unofficially against him by the jury.

This is why you should never talk without your lawyer present. Your lawyer should always bring in his own recorder as well. And you should never answer hypothetical questions about where you think a potential murderer could have buried the body, or what was possibly used to commit the crime, or really say anything at all, until you speak to your own lawyer first.

The truth is that the real harden criminals and the real psycopaths do not confess. They just don't. And that the US criminal justice system makes it so damn hard to convict any kind of people without direct evidence, that we've given the police and the justice system an almost impossible job to do. That's why extraordinary measures are being taken on an almost daily basis to try to make the system work (despite all the rules that prevent it from working in the first place).

Comment Re:Considering how fast Google ditched China (Score 1) 381

The court understands this and won't buy any arguments that it's technically difficult or expensive, because they see it is already being done.

Nevertheless, I think there is something morally wrong about that. There is a reason for people to switch to another country's TLDs, and that's to purposefully go around the censorship of their own country.

But if now censorship even occurs at the ip geolocation level, the censorship won't be as obvious, and the targeted users won't have any idea that what they're reading has been censored. And events like the one at Fukishama will be treated more like the Chernobyl incident pre-internet, with a complete press blackout and no one in the affected areas that know what's going on.

Comment Re:Considering how fast Google ditched China (Score 2) 381

It seems the French government is only complaining about people within France being able to change too easily from Google.fr to Google.com to get around the censorship.

In other words, if China were to ask the same thing (and they could since Google has decided to go back there), it would demand that the original Daila Lama be removed from all the googles search results of all the countries (when those other googles are being accessed from a Chinese ip geolocation). Technically, this is feasible, but imagine the additional waste of time this asinine request would create for every internet company out there.

France is essentially demanding that internet companies region-lock themselves. And of course, there are only two ways they'll be able to region-lock themselves, either they'll filter their results according to geolocation, or the lazier of them will just prevent their users from accessing sister web sites outside of their designated geolocation.

Comment Re:Misread as "How Calvin's Obsession Is Helping.. (Score 1) 48

Apparently, high end perfume may also help for the conservation of wolves.

This scent smearing ritual isn't limited to stinky odors. In her studies, Goodmann placed different odors in the wolf enclosures and found that wolves roll in sweet-smelling scents too. Besides rolling in ode-to-cat, elk, mouse, and hog, they also rolled in mint extract, Chanel No. 5, Halt! dog repellant, fish sandwich with tartar sauce, fly repellent, and Old Spice. So the scents aren't necessarily foul, nor are they ones that wolves necessarily like. Goodmann stated, "some of the Wolf Park wolves object when handlers put fly repellent on their ear tips but these same wolves often scent roll readily in fly repellents manufactured to be sprayed onto horses, provided the scents are sprayed on the ground and left for the wolves to discover."

Yes, fish sandwich with tartare sauce. I can confirm that my cat likes that odor too.

In fact, if it was a contest between high end perfume and a fishy smell, for my cat. I can guarantee that the fishy smell would win every time.

Comment Re:It's cars (Score 2) 112

For a start ban fast food drive throughs. Silly as it sounds card idling there are a large part of the smog problem.

Or we could just require fast food restaurants to go even faster, so that no cars idle at all.

The payment could just be made through something like FastTrack (or the equivalent in your country or state). You could pre-order your food before you even enter your car. In the end, you would just go to the drive thru to pick up your food and drinks. That would end up saving a ton of emissions and time.

Comment Re:OK Google (Score 1) 74

"Man, it's hot out" translates into a device showing a Coke advert. I feel like this isn't far off

I agree, but the way the technology stumbles before it gets perfected.

It will probably be an advertisement for a hot man at a Chip N Dale club. The second time you say it, you'll be more careful enunciating it, but then it will be your Nest thermostat that starts cooling down the inside of your place (not having fully understood the "out" in your statement, when you were obviously just "in" when you said it).

Eventually, you'll just learn to shut up whenever you're in range of that microphone, and you'll be carrying around little pieces of duck tape to place on microphones (just like I had to do last week with my newly upgraded Windows 10 machine).

Comment Re:Easy problem to solve: Ban CC: (Score 1) 65

And then should begin rejecting mails with a CC with multiple email addresses in it outright.

There is nothing preventing you from doing that right now with your own email client.

This would solve half of the world's spam problems in a few years too.

That's assuming the world still even has a spamming problem.

Personally, I don't have a problem with email spam (except for spam faxes). Unfortunately, I still have stupid co-workers that will order things from unsolicited faxes, thus rewarding the spamming behavior, and unfortunately, the phone/fax system is still largely ill-equipped to deal with such problems.

Comment Re:I can tell you how the story ends (Score 1) 155

After the app is released, people will flock to the cab app during peak hours because of the cheaper pricing.

That is already happening in cities like San Francisco and New York (without the app).

Taxi cabs simply do not have the extra capacity during peak hours. In New York, a famous black neurosurgeon can't seem to catch a cab, but as a white person in SF, I can't even seem to catch a cab either when I really need one (and as it turns out, I tend to need one during peak hours when everyone else wants one).

The Medaillon system assumes the demand is constant 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It does not increase the number of drivers during peak hours, and at the same time, it forces drivers to work during off-peak hours when nobody needs them to try to recoup the already very high sunk cost of the Medaillon.

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