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Comment: Re:Wrong party (Score 1) 688

by the_saint1138 (#44817801) Attached to: How Car Dealership Lobbyists Successfully Banned Tesla Motors From Texas

What Libertarians tend to actually want is the ability for the more powerful private actor to take advantage of the less powerful private actor with impunity.

I am a libertarian. I don't want this. In fact, I don't know a single libertarian who does.

You're pretty far off the mark, and I'd suggest that you do more research into what libertarians actually want. This rates as score 5 insightful, mods?

Comment: Re:Local media does stream (Score 1) 128

by the_saint1138 (#44394709) Attached to: Google Chromecast Reviewed; Google Nixes Netflix Discount

Instead of $35, how about I pay $0 and just the networking capabilities of my TV? Or pay the same $0 and use the same capabilities in my optical disc player, which also steams media files from my local NAS. Or use the same capabilities in my TiVo?

The aim of this device is to turn a "dumb" TV into a "smart(er)" TV. If your TV (or some other already attached device) already has networking capabilities, this device is probably not for you. However, if you only own a dumb TV and just happen to a have a smartphone/tablet handy, this is an excellent device for the money.

Comment: Re:Ya well (Score 1) 453

by the_saint1138 (#44330701) Attached to: TSA Orders Searches of Valet Parked Car At Airport

Gun laws just seem to be some of the best known.

FTFY. Gun laws just tend to make for more entertaining stories due to intense feelings on both sides of the issue.

Please rest assured that your nation's lawmakers are busy making ignorant laws for *all* fields. Being a software developer, I've heard of a good few stupid laws regarding software and computer issues. Being related to an MD, I also know a bit about medical related legislative stupidity. My guess is that since congress is composed of lawyers the same is true of every field of knowledge outside of law itself (although to some degree that too).

I couldn't agree more that Congress should consult a weapons expert when considering any legislation regarding firearms, but I think we shouldn't stop there. It would be great if it were a requirement for Congress to hear relevant expert opinions before any law is passed.

P.S. Apologies for the Pelosi rag :/ Couldn't help myself. I really do believe that this is a bi-partisan problem though.

Comment: Re:Smart guns... (Score 1) 814

by the_saint1138 (#44295283) Attached to: Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

Guns are life-saving

You must be American...

Or thought about it

That would make them life-swapping, at most.

Not so. If a police officer shoots and kills a bad guy threatening a hostage, then two lives are made safe.

There are many situations where an officer must act to protect third parties as well as himself. I can't believe that even needs to be said. This is +4 Insightful slashdot?

Comment: Re:Two wrongs don't make a right (Score 1) 719

by the_saint1138 (#44288153) Attached to: Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

So you're ambivalent about the sacrifice of a man who has done us Americans a great service because of what he might do at some point in the future? That is ridiculous.

Our government has it out for this guy in a major way right now, and your ambivalence isn't helping.
I find it extremely embarrassing for our country that the "Pardon Edward Snowden" petition only has 130k signatures. That petition should have been blown out of the water. The very least people could do to thank him for his service is to allow him to come back home.


Apple Shows Off New iOS 7, Mac OS X At WWDC 607

Posted by samzenpus
from the round-up dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes "Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off his company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco with a short video emphasizing the importance of design, particularly that which evokes some sort of emotional connection such as love or delight. But that sentimental bit aside, this WWDC was all business: huge numbers of developers attend this annual event, packing sessions designed to help give their apps an edge in Apple's crowded online marketplace (some 50 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store, Cook told the audience during his keynote). Apple also uses its WWDC to unveil new products or services, attracting sizable interest from the tech press.

This time around, the company introduced Mac OS X 'Mavericks,' which includes 'Finder Tabs' (which allow the user to deploy multiple tabs within a Finder window—great for organization, in theory) and document tags (for easier searching). Macs will now support multiple displays, including HDTVs, with the ability to tweak elements between screens; Apple claims the operating system will also interact with the CPU in a more efficient manner.

On top of that, Apple rolled out some new hardware: an upgraded MacBook Air with faster graphics, better battery life (9 hours for the 11-inch edition, while the 13-inch version can draw 12 hours' worth of power). Apple has decided to jump into the cloud-productivity space with iWork for iCloud, which makes the company's iWork portfolio (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) browser-based; this is a clear response to Office 365 and Google Docs.

And finally, the executives onstage turned back to iOS, which (according to Apple) powers some 600 million devices around the world. This version involves more than a few tweaks: from a redesigned 'Slide to Unlock' at the bottom of the screen, to the bottom-up control panel that slides over the home-screen, to the 'flat' (as predicted) icons and an interface that adjusts as the phone is tilted, this is a total redesign. As a software designer, Ive is clearly a huge fan of basic shapes—circles and squares— and layering translucent elements atop one another."

Comment: Re:And we all know what will happen... (Score 0) 385

by the_saint1138 (#43953911) Attached to: NSA Surveillance Heat Map: NSA Lied To Congress

If you can believe anything that is said by our politicians, yes they did indeed believe Iraq had WMD's. Not just the Republicans either:

Blaming the whole thing on Bush is scapegoating. The fact is that he had large bipartisan support. If you're going to be upset about the fact that we took out a tyrannical genocidal dictator, then at least be upset at the right politicians (namely all of them). Better yet, don't.

Everything that can be invented has been invented. -- Charles Duell, Director of U.S. Patent Office, 1899