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Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 373

That said, the Belgian woman was lying and using "GPS made me do it" as cover. No one is that stupid, for one thing you can't drive for two days straight without breaks and rest, which would be a dead give-away to anyone with enough cognitive function to actually be able to drive. Not to mention signposts in several different languages along the way

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She was listed as being 67. If the story is taken at face value, she's senile, and needs a keeper.

Comment Re:Funny how they don't care about modems, but.. (Score 4, Informative) 167

As soon as anybody can start making set top boxes, somebody will make one that can easily be hacked to ignore all the various restrictions on recording, if not just market one that does that. And skipping commercials. And when that happens, the various networks are going to raise their fees to the cable companies.

Traditional television is dying, because nobody gives a shit any more. And frankly. good riddance.

Comment Re:The whole Wikimedia Foundation needs to disband (Score 5, Informative) 104

I wish I had mod points. California is pretty strict on both sides of its "right to work" laws, and what Google and Apple did should have resulted in prison sentences for executives at every company involved. Not morally "should have," but legally "should have." They committed serious crimes.

Unfortunately, in California, you can't put rich people in prison, especially if they're also famous.

Comment Re:If AdBlocking is freedom-hating... (Score 5, Interesting) 539

When the web page contains ads that include malware, in fact, yes, the web page does visit you. In much the same way diarrhea visits you after you visit the wrong hotel in Mexico.

And since distributing malware is a very serious crime, the visiting public is entirely justified in protecting itself.

Only an accomplice would argue otherwise. Since arguing otherwise makes one an accomplice.

Comment It's more fundamental than that. (Score 2) 329

I spent a number of years working in the plumbing industry. There were a lot of imports (more Korean in those days than Chinese, but the same principles apply) , and a lot of domestic production, and lots of opportunity to compare.

And the import stuff was all over the place in quality. The good stuff was every bit as good as the US made stuff. The cheap stuff was crap. The difference was in what the importer (the US company, that is) ordered. The difference in manufacturing is that the Korean factories had a lower level of quality they were willing to produce than their US counterparts, so they had a lower price. The importers, as often as not, had no clue what the difference was between a $1 pipe fitting and a $10 pipe fitting, so they ordered the cheap one. But if you ordered the good stuff, it was top quality. And top price, because it took just as many man hours to make in Korea as it did in the US. The man hours were cheaper, sure, but then you had to pay to ship it here, so it evened out. The top quality was about the same price, no matter where it was made.

The failure wasn't a disconnect between the designers and the factory, the failure was between US management and the real world.

Comment Re:Why would you not want to upgrade to Windows 10 (Score 3, Insightful) 720

Because the computer is ours, and not Microsofts? And that is really the only reason we need. But if you want more details:

Because there are no hardware drivers for our cash register receipt printers for Windows 8 or 10, and no receipt printers supported by our vendor that do have drivers. It would cost us seven figures to change to a different POS system, and no other POS system is properly supported by our franchise.

Ergo, if Windows 10 installs, we are literally out of business, with no viable options.

We bought Windows 7 with an explicit, published promise from Microsoft that it would be supported until 2020. Now they are trying to take away nearly four years of usable life. That's fraud, plain and simple. Isn't fraud a predicate offense for RICO lawsuits? (Which, BTW, would treat any license provisions that prohibit class actions lawsuits as evidence of fraudulent intent, I suspect.)

Comment Re:Awful format (Score 1) 57

If I could be bothered to get a smart phone, I still wouldn't be interested in buying a web page that pretends to be a novel, and even if I were, I certainly wouldn't add the security hazard of an app created by a bunch of penny pinching morons, which is all that's left in the publishing industry.

Comment This isn't even about more money from the reader (Score 1) 57

Though there's that, too.

But if the publishers (and established authors) can convince their market that this is the New Bestest Thing Evar, then all novels have to be published this way or they're too "crude and amateurish." And that means that the self-publishing authors, who have zero barrier to entry in to the market, can no longer afford to self publish, because who can afford all the multi-media crap that adds nothing to the value of the novel?

This isn't a new idea. Publishers have been desperately trying to find a way to keep people from eliminating the middle man since Kindle made it big. Multi-media crap is the most obvious way, since it's too much work for one person to do alone, and too expensive for the self publisher to buy done. Unfortunately, for publishers, it adss nothing to the novel reader, and this scheme/scam will fail just like the multi-media schemes/scams before it.

People who want multi-media will buy DVDs of movies, not web pages that pretend to be novels.

It's a pity that publishers aren't willing to try the one value added service that will actually appeal to readers: actual, you know, editing and shit, like they used to do, so that their product doesn't suck donkey balls.

Comment Don't use a phone (Score 2, Interesting) 192

Simple. If you use a phone, you use someone else's network, and do things that are impossible for them to let you do without them knowing what you're doing. You can't call someone without the phone company knowing who you're calling.

And the internet is a public place, period. Don't do anything on the internet that you wouldn't do in your front yard, with the neighbors watching.

If you don't like it, tough. The rules of reality don't need your approval.

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