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Comment Re:My psychic prediction (Score 1) 465

Much as I am a fan of open source, isn't that just a variation of the 'broken window' fallacy?

Not really. We are talking about money that will be spent with a closed source application vs a programmer, if the OP was talking about hiring a programmer and installing open source software vs no software then you would be correct.

Comment Re:Why was it ever relevant? (Score 1) 369

Also in the old days music was good. I'm not talking about the generational gap and how all the music today sucks, I'm just saying that most music today is assembly line corporate crap. It's designed to be catchy, it's designed to be universal, and in the end it's bland. Real musicians/songwriters still exist, but the record labels make more money of a one hit wonder band that they create compared to a band with actual talent and staying power. The problem is that a one hit wonder gets annoying after a few weeks of overexposure. Remember when Titanic was in theaters and EVERY radio station played 'My Heart will go on' sometimes at the same time? Made you want to shoot your radio and did not make you need to buy the album. So marketing had to change, and it has little to do with piracy.

Comment Re:I know the fix (Score 1) 459

Most phones are easily rooted and there are all sorts of forums where you can find the proper android install to use. When it comes time to flash your device you need to be extra careful and find as much information as possible, but it is doable. Just don't be the first person to try something or you might end up with a paperweight.

Comment Re:Not Samsung... T-Mobile (Score 1) 459

This actually makes sense. I have a couple t-mobile phones and they are far from stock firmware, as such I expect them to lag behind android releases so the custom crapware can be upgraded to work properly. When I get fed up enough I'll flash my phones and update, but it hasn't come to that yet. One of my biggest complaints with custom firmware is removal of features, haven't noticed any issues on my current phones, but on my razor they took away the dynamic backlight. I guess if something is to complicated or potentially troublesome for the tech support lines they just remove it.

Comment Re:Police side of things. (Score 1) 515

So it's the old "sure I kept clubbing him, but you gotta believe me, he resisted arrest twelve minutes before the camera started rolling" defense, eh?

Well, if you apply a little logic that defense seems a lot more probable than 'I was minding my own business doing nothing wrong and the officer started clubbing me.' If there are officers who beat people for no reason then they need to be sent to jail, if there are officers who use excessive force when it isn't needed then they need to be retrained or fired, and when an officer is in a situation which requires force and he uses the proper amount of force he should be commended. We can't make a judgment without seeing the full story and something captured on a cell phone camera won't cut it unless it caught the entire incident.

Comment Re:It's video such as... (Score 5, Insightful) 515

I kinda understand where the officer was coming from. There were some people loitering outside a gun buyback and buying guns. This in itself is not illegal, but if the owners of the property object then the loiterers can be asked to leave, or they can call the police and ask the police to make them leave. All normal. When the officer gets their CCLs that's pretty normal too, people loitering where they don't belong buying guns seems like probable cause. The problem is that the officer treated them like criminals instead of like innocent bystanders conducting a harmless transaction where they are not wanted. There was no cause for the officer to get upset with the questions being asked. The problem here comes from the police officers assumption that he is the law rather than the enforcer of laws, and sadly that is pretty common in these incidents. Once he had determined that the people there were within their legal rights he should have asked them not to loiter around there and wished them a happy holidays.

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