While a bit old, it's still valid. Sorry to hear about your luck, I've been bitten by return periods (with brakes) but I ended up reselling them on my own. As far as computer components, I prefer to buy those from a walk-in retailer like Microcenter. They're right down the street from me and I prefer being able to do returns same day if there is an issue. Anyway, sorry to hear about your misfortune, that'd piss me off, happy holidays!
In the USA our education system is so bad most can not speak the native English very well.
I've got a question for you: What's the official language of America? Fun fact, we don't have one. Isn't that strange? Europe happens to be made up of several countries the size of our states. Naturally with so many cultures in close proximity it's extremely practical. Regarding America, it's not just the system, it's also the students. It's almost like the last 40 years and 100 million immigrants have had an affect, go figure when you're importing 1+ million legal residents a year. Although, as a bonus we've got more people who can speak more languages!
If they picked up someone for murder and he said "I have murdered before, and I'll kill again, but I didn't kill the person you are asking about now." What would you expect them to do? Give him milk and cookies and send him on his way?
Excellent way to frame the point. Context is key, as a counter to the example: hopefully it's not a vet since there are plenty with blood on their hands (justified or un) which this statement would be very accurate.
Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 include a Protected Video Path that encrypts video even over the PCI Express bus. I'd imagine that Microsoft anticipated programs like CamStudio and FRAPS and blocked API calls like PrintWindow() and GetWindowDC() and glReadPixels() for a window displaying DRM restricted video.
Microsoft anticipating? They've got a lousy reputation for that. I'm aware of the PVP, however this only affects Windows. glReadPixels, on a directx buffer? ID3D11DeviceContext::CopySubresourceRegion is a similar DX11 method. If the system is so foolproof how come so very little media uses it 6+ years after it was introduced?
Audio is already routinely watermarked using Cinavia technology.
My point was that the audio can be captured here. Does the water marking matter to most people (or you, if you're not distributing)? Most people don't even care about quality if you've noticed (see 128kbit audio streams/mp3s) if they did they'd be more vocal about the "HD" TV streams they're exposed to.
TL;DR Ultimately why not just rent the thing/watch it on tv and rip it?
They don't need the little bit of money my eyeball impressions make em because I never click on the ads anyhow and that's without ABP installed in Firefox. They don't need the little bit of money my eyeball impressions make em because I never click on the ads anyhow and that's without ABP installed in Firefox.
The way most advertising works by selling eyeballs, not click throughs. So you not viewing the ads may not have a giant effect on the site, but it ads up. I think an interesting idea, for sites which subsist on advertising alone, is to simply have a pay option where you can pay to not see the ads and not be bothered by anything (something reasonable like) and you'll have the satisfaction of supporting something you value.
As to finding products I wasn't aware of previously? That's what in hell Google is for.
A product listing IS an advertisement and the fact that you came across it shows the effectiveness. How do other people find out about these products? Advertising. Having a "great" product alone isn't enough, for example let's say it's technically superior to the competitors', and nobody knows about it your businesses won't do very well.
That has helped build 'trash mountains' so high they sometimes bury people alive
Great, now I can't get the scene from Idiocracy out of my head that involves the garbage avalanche.
while the 11 MILLION motor vehicle deaths in the US that year apparently can't even justify enforcing existing distracted driving laws.
Is this a total since the automobile was introduced? There simply aren't that many deaths annually.
A private bus from work to the suburbs avoids dealing with the public who live and work in those places in between. Being on Wi-fi the whole time means they aren't engaged in the world around them. However, you do make a great point about driving one's own car vs. public bus, bicycles or walking. It's all a matter of degree and we're all looking for more protection and separation instead of engagement.
That's a laugh. The way I see it, and you've any familiarity with rush hour traffic, the last thing you want to do is engage another driver. I've taken trains as well as commuted various distances and I much prefer my time spent relaxing instead of dozens of minutes focused on the road. Sounds like SF is your ideal destination for engagement activities, have you considered the Folsom Street Fair? Plenty of unprotected, non separation engagement there, you might even choke on it.
A common architecture means that consoles will continue to hold back the progress of cross platform PC games
Guess that means Skyrim and Team Fortress 2 won't be able to be modded on the PC