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Comment Re:Simple question (Score 1) 516

I think this is a big case of user error.

It usually is. PJ O'Rourke wrote a great piece about the NTSB in (I think) "Parliament of Whores".

They were investigating unexplained crashes of Volvos. It turns out the type of person who was buying Volvos at the time (in the US anyway) were often a poor driver who stamped on the gas instead of the brake.

Comment Re:What's a Laptop? (Score 1) 456

I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm sure they are miserable and worthless, but in my view their problem is funding.

The TSA seems to have a budget of something like $7.5 billion. What are they providing for that money?

It sounds like a awful lot of money if it's just security guards at airports and air marshals, so they need to keep coming up with new ideas regularly so the money keeps flowing.

Comment Re: Priorities (Score 2) 310

Not a bad comment A/C, except for the middle bit about North Korea and Palestine.

The fact that you think a military solution might be the answer in North Korea says a lot about the US attitude towards the rest of the world. There is no way China would allow any of that.

You are completely right about how Trump got himself elected. The rest of the world is still wondering how that could have happened.

Comment Re: Priorities (Score 5, Informative) 310

This kind of thing has been SOP for the US Government for a very long time, after all, it's how Pinkerton got going.

Anytime Americans have taken a stance that conflicts with the status quo, there has been violence:

The Haymarket Riot is just one of many occasions the US Government in it's many forms has used violence against workers.

Comment Re:Data ain't free. (Score 3, Insightful) 197

Building networks is not cheap, that's why the US taxpayer has paid for such a huge amount of it, subsidies paid directly to the various regional monopolies who then run those networks for profit.

You can pretend all you like, but you've been shafted twice to get internet access.

I got this from a 20 second search.

Comment Re:In Australia (Score 1) 71

New Zealand got this 20 years ago when the two media companies divided up all the newspapers in the country between them.

Then they bought all the radio stations. One of them owns a free to air TV network, the other owns the pay TV network. There is a publically owned free to air network, but it owns a (small) share of the pay TV network, so won't compete with it.

They are now trying to claim they don't make enough money competing with each other so they need to merge.

Guess who's reporting on that as being a good thing? That's right, the media companies.

Comment Re:Not what I expected (Score 1) 359

That link to Gwyneth Paltrow's site is a sort of look down the rabbit hole really.

How can anyone be sucked in by that nonsense, I mean does anyone really imagine that Gwyneth sits down every day and writes all those pieces about all those products from her "friends"?

That juice machine is no worse than the "Nutribullet" that was claiming to turn fruit and vegetables into "Super Food" every time I turned my TV on last year. If I was less lazy I would have complained to our Broadcasting Standards people who would have prosecuted them for telling blatant lies.

I have seen huge piles of the Nutribullets at various retailers lately however, selling for a tiny fraction of the their original price, so maybe people are not always sucked in.

Comment Old (Score 4, Insightful) 82

The summary reads a lot like the PC magazines I used to read 20 years ago, where any tiny increase in performance was worthwhile.

Thank goodness we're at the stage where any x64 processor from the last few years will be plenty good enough for most people, and benchmarks are largely meaningless

I am looking forward to the day when it's the same with phones.

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