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Comment Re:Quality doesn't matter when it's disposable any (Score 1) 291

There's a piece of Samsung, and Microsoft too, in every phone you buy. In fact they even make a few pennies on that box of laundry detergent, and on the ships they build. A diversified portfolio and cross manufacturing makes it almost impossible to avoid Samsung or anybody else you might hate.

Comment Re:Ask Slashdot: (Score 1) 182

You can delete all the posts you want, but anybody who copied them beforehand can repost them. And Google can still have a cache file. You have no right to force anybody to erase those or any references to them.

And this is not about protecting you from *big undemocratic greedy corporations*. It's there to allow powerful people (government or corporate) to erase embarrassing statements and actions. It is exactly what China does to its internet. You don't have a right to control what a search engine finds and indexes, and to combat the attempt, we need an alternative that can't be controlled by legislation. A search engine should be like a 'dumb pipe', find and display anything you are searching for, unfiltered. Arguing about it is silly. Circumvention of such laws is essential to keep the internet wide open.

Comment Re:Hard to see, except for that thing (Score 1) 31

You really, truly think that they've broken no laws whatsoever?

Not at all, but it doesn't matter what I think. I repeat, he did not get my vote. Endlessly and breathlessly pontificating on it won't accomplish a damn thing. You gotta deal with his 63 million supporters that are not me. The most noticeable thing about Trump is the hyperactive reaction he gets for acting boldly in public what his predecessors did behind the curtain. They guy's a chump, but the shtick is brilliant. Mass media is completely hypnotized, can't talk about anything else except some sports, traffic, and weather. No, the sad thing is that the opposition was so weak that he won. That's what it boils down to. It's the horrible ugly truth. The Russia thing is comparative bullshit (but an effective distraction), a convenient scapegoat to externalize one faction's own failures.

I'm more worried that the reaction to Trump will only bring out even worse, more antipathic people as each side digs in their heels.

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