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Comment: Re:Ah The Irony (Score 1) 555

by tgeek (#48429935) Attached to: "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon
As a matter of fact, I do like boobs . . . a LOT. But the point I'm making (or failing to make) is how many people here who are decrying the book are actually real life nerds helping perpetuate the stereotypes (either the Barbie-type-who-needs-help or the nerds slipping and sliding in their own drool to help out the hot chick in the department)

Comment: Here's A Novel Suggestion For Mail (Score 1) 173

by tgeek (#48206673) Attached to: Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization
Why not try doing like the US Postal Service has been doing for approximately the past 230 years? Put the damn mail in the users inbox and leave it the fuck alone! Don't try to sort it . . . don't try to organize it . . . and certainly don't open it to see what kind of other mail the recipient might like to receive!!!!!

Comment: Re: Here's the solution (Score 2) 577

by tgeek (#48045609) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?
Are you sure about that? It;s been my experience that the "Install for this user only" option usually just places the program's Start Menu items into the individual users' Start Menu rather than the All Users. Possibly the same with the registry settings - never looked that close. But AFAIK, the actual executables still installed in their normal places,

Comment: Here We Go Again . . . (Score 1) 517

by tgeek (#48008273) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

One of the main purposes of the study was to evaluate measures that could be pursued by utilities and regulators to reduce the financial impacts of distributed photovoltaics

Another effort by the government to prop up an industry that could be be obsoleted, or at least significantly diminished, by technology.

Comment: Re:The End Result . . . (Score 1) 290

by tgeek (#47888313) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails
My point is if Google simply changes their automated reply to something less arrogant that doesn't promise the consumer will be ignored, will that satisfy the German court that the issue was addressed? Regardless of whether Google actually changes any process upon receiving a consumer support request. I have absolutely zero experience with German courts, so I don't know (in the US in all likelihood this would be enough)

Comment: The End Result . . . (Score 1) 290

by tgeek (#47888087) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails
On the surface this sounds like a great decision for the google users in Germany. But do you really think Google is going to change their ways? Or spend one dime to appeal this ruling? Nope! They'll just change their automated reply to "Thank you for your issue/concern. We'll look into it and get back to you if necessary."

So instead of being allowed to honestly say "Thanks! But we're going to ignore you" they're simply going to be required to lie to their users and say "Thanks! We might get back to you". And no, I don't approve of this and wish they did have to give a meaningful reply to every legitimate user concern/issue . . . but that's just not how big business works.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 465

by tgeek (#47730941) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Now is a 33 month prison sentence fair for gross stupidity? /shrug I've heard of worse . . .

Fair? Put fair aside a moment. What will the result of putting him in prison be? Will it improve society in any way? Odds are sharply against it.

Who said prison sentences are supposed to improve society? Yeah, it'd be great if somehow they did. But the reality is in most cases it's to deter or prevent some action from occurring again. That action may be something affecting society as a whole, or could be as specific as an individual.

For example, let's say some otherwise rational guy has some personal grudge or vendetta against ME and ME alone. Every night he comes and breaks out one of my windows. Police catch him and give him a warning. Next night the police catch him breaking another one of my windows. Why shouldn't he get some jail time for that? It's not affecting society as a whole, just me.

Now, do I like the MPAA/RIAA or the laws supporting their failing business models? Nope. But when somebody like this Philip Danks is caught and warned that he needs to stop doing what he's doing, and he flagrantly ignores such warnings . . . then I suppose those groups have a right to expect the laws to be more strongly enforced (regardless of how I feel about the groups or the laws)

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 5, Interesting) 465

by tgeek (#47729535) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater
Nah, the real crime here is . . . STUPIDITY:

1. He failed to sufficiently anonymize his upload and got caught (I'm unclear if he was caught from his p2p or physical sales though).
2. When he DID get caught, he didn't cease doing something that would land him in jail
3. We can (and have!) debated all day long about the morality of p2p sharing . . . but he went a step further and was monetarily profiting from his acts (albeit via physical media as opposed to p2p sharing). I think it's safe to say most people don't agree with this.

Now is a 33 month prison sentence fair for gross stupidity? /shrug I've heard of worse . . .

Comment: Re:what's an iPad? (Score 1) 50

by tgeek (#47580173) Attached to: Why TiVo's Founders Crashed and Burned With Qplay

Let me just clarify, that sure fine, Apple developers earn more money from apps. But when your developing a free app that is purely an interface for your hardware it's best not to disclude 90% of the market because you bought a first gen iPad from Steve Jobs for $900.

Nicely said. It never ceases to me amaze me how so many app developers think the millenia old business strategy of "expand your markets" doesn't apply to them.

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