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Comment Re:Define "someone else's" phone (Score 2) 159

Good luck with that. You can certainly do whatever the hell you please with it, but your personal feelings on the subject don't count for much in court.

As a parent? I bought the device, and therefore I own it, not the kid(s). I made that perfectly clear with my own kids in turn when they were growing up... this is not your phone, and not your laptop. They're mine, and I'm lending them to you so that you can prove your increased responsibility to your mother and I. Once the kid was old enough to buy his own phone (and plan!), and his own laptop (and ISP hookup), then he got some privacy from us (outside the home, otherwise, enjoy the transparent proxy on my network).

Until the kid moves out? Nope: my house, my stuff, my rules. I defy you to find a legal precedent that invalidates it.

Comment Re:If you can afford it (Score 2) 145

Illinois isn't a blue state. Illinois is red with two blue spots on it - that happen to have huge populations.

In that sense, so is Oregon (Portland, Salem, Bend), California (SanFran Metro, LA Metro, San Diego Metro), Washington (SeaTac and maybe one other metro area), and likely lots of other states just like it. :)

Comment Re: Trump should tell Seattle too bad (Score 2) 145

I doubt it... the FCC generally has no problems with a locality being more restrictive on an ISPs conduct than federal rules, since there's no violation of what the FCC is trying to accomplish.

By way of example, I direct you to Coho - a local wireless ISP in Oregon (so, not just an ISP, but one that rents radio spectrum). Coho specifically blocks all peer-to-peer (read: BitTorrent) traffic. They proudly say so on that link I posted.

Now one would think that, under your theory, the FCC would get mad at that. Turns out, they don't care, and haven't for years.

Comment Re:If you can afford it (Score 2) 145

Expensive, yes. "nicer places to live"? Maybe not.

Sure, they have all the cultural goodies and conveniences that one may want, but they also have correspondingly higher crime rates, denser living conditions, nastier traffic conditions, more pollution (in general), far more restrictive environments for small business owners, excessive taxation, a more restrictive set of rules/laws on one's personal conduct, etc.

Comment Re:Trump should tell Seattle too bad (Score 2) 145

This, right here.

Not everything has to be ruled-over by the federal government (see also the whole Federalism thing itself). Personally, de-centralization is a *good* thing in this case, as it will force ISPs (well, those who operate in multiple states) to unify their rules under a 'most-restrictive' policy, if only to prevent excess expense in having to maintain/keep up separate policies for separate states/municipalities.

Comment Re:This should be fun. (Score 5, Informative) 757

The answers (the honest ones anyway) are going to be kind of boring too. I don;t bother with the iPhone, but as far as the MacBook Pros are concerned:

* The shit just works.

* Minimal upkeep (no need for Antivirus, UI-munging applications, anti-MS-spyware fix-ups, anti-forced-upgrade fixups, registry editing, etc.)

* The hardware generally outlasts its competition (my main laptop is a 4-year-old MacBook Pro in near-perfect condition, that shows no signs of slowing down.)

* It's UNIX under the hood (open Terminal.app, go nuts.)

* 99.9% of the commercial/consumer stuff made for Windows will also have an OSX version (which is the only reason left that my main laptop isn't a Linux one - stupid CG software houses...)

* Resale value, as in, >2 year old Macs actually have one.

Comment Re:wtf (Score 4, Insightful) 247

Gets worse... not only is it underspec'd, but there's no info on durability (or more importantly, even the potential thereof).

I've got a 4-year-old MacBook Pro that still performs just as well as most latest/greatest mid/high-end laptops, and I abuse the crap out of it. I wiped the disk and reinstalled exactly once - when I upgraded the disk from platter to SSD. Nothing (and I mean *nothing*) has ever given me cause to doubt the quality of the product, let alone its durability. Odds are nearly perfect I will keep it another year (maybe two?) before refreshing it. I also know that my particular scenario is quite typical among folks who own similar MacBook Pro laptops.

So... can Microsoft credibly make the same claim?

(There's also that stupid Spyware-by-default called Windows 10 on these new Surface laptops, but we won't go into that at the moment.)

Comment Re:solution (Score 4, Insightful) 366

Better yet - don't move to Silly Valley in the first place.

There's lots of places (Austin, Portland, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Southern Florida, Chicago, Atlanta, etc) where you can find lots of quite decent tech jobs. They don't pay a glamorous salary and don't have pre-IPO stock options per se, but the cost of living won't break your financial back. As a bonus, you don't have to put up with snobby California politics, people, etc. ;)

Also of note, many big-name corps (e.g. Intel) have offices, labs, etc in out-of-the-Valley places (Intel has fabs and sites in Chandler, AZ and Hillsboro, OR, among others.)

Comment Re:The problem with your explanation (Score 4, Interesting) 307

Query: Why would those arguments even exist, considering that the vast majority of the levees, dams, and canals we have today were built during the Great Depression as jobs programs, viz the WPA. Last I checked, these programs was spawned by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and LA's governor at the time (who happily agreed) was the infamous Huey Long... neither of whom were members of the party you seek to demonize.

Maybe it would benefit you to realize that the problems in TFA were caused by misguided engineering efforts held throughout the first half of the 20th century?

Comment Re: Louisiana is one big sinkhole (Score 1, Insightful) 307

A few problems with that...

1) So who sets the prices? Any governmental price controls on any commodity (which carbon credits are) means there is no free market involvement.

1a) If the government sets prices, it is nothing more than a de facto regulatory scheme dressed up as commodity.

2) Enforcement? Good luck with that.

3) What's to keep government from requiring individuals (in addition to businesses) to buy these things, as a form of consumption tax?

4) I thought we all got out of the business of selling indulgences back when Martin Luther showed up?

Comment Re:The Market at Work (Score 2) 144

You want your site indexed, or not?

Because people like sites to be indexed, but then they get indexed, and that index shown by Google search results. Catch-22 if you ask me.

I could think of a solution to the problem, but it would require anti-indexing the results.

Maybe the solution isn't an either/or (either full index, or no index). Maybe the solution is to allow indexing to a certain point (or depth, if you will), but allow it no further. It may require tossing up a not-very-well-traveled index in parallel for the bots to read, and it would take more than a little work, but it's doable.

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