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Comment "Have ID ready" (Score 1) 368 368

Legitimate businesses can get a lot more failures to conduct business, since customers would not always have the card ID ready at hand.

That can be handled with an awareness campaign analogous to the We Card program, building an expectation among citizens that if you're going to subscribe to porn, you're going to need to have handy a means of age verification.

just asking the question above does not create a bunch of opportunity for credit card fraud.

But it does create a bunch of opportunity for the government to shut down your business on grounds of not taking legally sufficient precautions against underage access. It's a balancing act of liability for credit card fraud vs. liability for fines for noncompliance.

Comment End of preinstalled Windows 7: October 2014 (Score 1) 141 141

I hope that what you're missing is the businesses that supply professional laptops will continue to offer them with Windows 7 and no junkware for the foreseeable future.

I don't see how they can continue to do that lawfully. From Windows lifecycle fact sheet: "End of sales for PCs with Windows preinstalled [...] Windows 7 [...] October 31, 2014"

Comment Ubuntu Extensible Firmware Interface (Score 1) 141 141

How does lack of BIOS "force" you to use Windows 8.1? The last time I tried Xubuntu 14.04 LTS, it supported UEFI just fine. And all the desktop applications I use either have a port, have an alternative, or work in Wine.

(Yes, I know that's not what it stands for.)

Comment Re:... no one is paying for that (Score 0) 141 141

Or, you know, you could just not use Windows 10.

Once all non-Apple laptops sold in brick-and-mortar stores ship with Windows 10, choosing a MacBook instead of an entry-level Windows 10 laptop may cost more than just buying ad-free Solitaire for the five years that you plan to use the laptop. Or what am I missing?

Comment Re:Pancake face lover. (Score 2) 47 47

If there's a "pancake face", it's Americans who wear too much makeup, or perhaps Americans who overindulge at IHOP, Bob Evans, and Denny's. And any country is a "gook", as guk is just the Sino-Korean word for a country, akin to Mandarin guó, Sino-Japanese koku, and Vietnamese quô'c.

Comment Re:1 Gbps (Score 1) 47 47

unless you are watching video it's almost impossible to hit assuming you spend most of your actual day within reach of WiFi.

And additionally assuming that AdBlock is available for your preferred browser. A growing number of websites use HTML5 video ads on pages that otherwise have only text and static images.

And even the assumption of Wi-Fi availability during the majority of one's web use time doesn't apply to several groups of people. Some of them spend a lot of time riding public transit to and from work or wherever. Others have an employer that doesn't make a Wi-Fi network available for employees to use on breaks, not even just to check to see when to jump on a bike and leave without getting caught in a downpour. Still others live in less-populated areas and are stuck with a quota even on their home Internet, especially if it's satellite, fixed cellular (LTE or WiMAX), or DSL in parts of Iowa.

Comment Re:Stuck signal sets (Score 1) 137 137

Your CroMo frame held away from the sensor by 700c aluminum wheels can probably trigger it, but not from any distance.

At one problematic intersection, laying the bicycle down on the ground did not trigger it, and I had to readjust the handlebar mirror afterward. Nor could a bicycle and a motorcycle put together trigger it, despite there being a total of four wheels over the loop.

Go over and hit the "walk" button.

This intersection has no walk button. There are plenty of working pelican crossings in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but this isn't one of them. It lacks even the usual zebra stripes.

If you were to dismount, you suddenly become a pedestrian walking a bike.

True, but I was responding to Penguinisto's sarcastic criticism of the strategy of becoming "a pedestrian now".

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe