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Comment Re:Apple getting desperate? (Score 1) 574

There are plenty of companys' parts you can put in a Ford car. Mazda parts fit many of the engines, and some parts, particularly those that have a limited lifespan, such as brake pads, clutches, shocks, struts, tires, and filters are made by many companies. There are also companies that make after market parts for a variety of makes of cars. Ford can do nothing to you for deciding to use Goodyear Tires instead of Firestone/Bridgestone, even though one is a company they own and the other isn't. Admittedly only your "Ford Dealer" (tm) can give you "Genuine Ford Service" (tm) but any mechanic can rebuild your engine, replace your muffler, change your brakes, change your spark plugs, even change the engine, and there isn't a blessed thing Ford can do, except not honor the warranty for damage caused by such replacement. For some forms of routine maintenance such as oil and filter changes they can't even do that.

Comment Re:New Boss (Score 1) 89

Pretty sure they'd be covered, parody and all. They might get in trouble for libel, and with them being a Brit company, Paltalk might want to have that tried in English courts, what with the difference in slander and libel laws. They'd be safe in the US though, as it is an honestly held opinion.

Comment Re:I dislike Telstra as much as anyone (Score 1) 197

Except Telstra is distributing an artifact that contains a work covered by copyright, rather than the work itself. This is more akin to selling a book. They aren't giving you disks with Linux on it, they are giving you a device that runs Linux. And that is a considerable difference. The original manufacturer is liable for covering the software license not Telstra. This would be akin to expecting Wal-Mart to provide you with the sources for the Linux on the Linksys router you bought there (and yes I know they don't run Linux anymore) rather than Linksys. Oh, I am not a lawyer, I am not austrailian, and I am most certainly not YOUR lawyer. Nothing in this post should be construed as legal advice, it is merely my opinion in a debate.

Comment Re:Only one real reason (Score 1) 329

JPL, it's in Houston, TX, not Caltech. And defense contractors are all over the place. Engineers are all over the place. Plenty gets done outside California, which was my point. But if you're too narrow minded to look at the actual facts, not much I can do. Once again, I'm not saying that California isn't a significant driver of technology, I'm simply stating that they hardly have a monopoly on it. I've never lived in Alabama, but I dislike it when people dismiss places without the appropriate facts. I've stated specific companies and projects, you've only stated nebulous crap. Yes, I'm aware that Intel, AMD, Apple, and many other companies are in California. My point is that they don't have a monopoly, and that the person who stated that Alabama is lacking in these factors is not only bigoted but ignorant. Now, you haven't said anything to counter a single one of my points in a cogent fashion, but you claim that I'm wrong. I've stated specific items designed in Alabama, and you don't provide any evidence of me being incorrect, simply make a blanket statement that I am wrong.

Comment Re:Only one real reason (Score 1) 329

Nope, not joking at all. I specifically sited Huntsville, also known as Rocket City, where the Nuclear Bomb, the Saturn V missile^Wrocket, and a goodly chunk of the space shuttle were designed. I was also including Texas, home of many electronics firms, including Texas Instruments, and Dell, as well as home of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratories and Mission Control. I am not stating that New York, California, or Massachusetts have lacking contributions either, but I was refuting the previous ACs claim that they are lacking in those arts. Thanks for trying though. HAND.

Comment Re:Only one real reason (Score 1) 329

A good chunk of it in Texas. Oh, and I wouldn't be surprised if significant parts were designed in Alabama, there are plenty of high tech things that are. Remember, while Alabama is chock full of trailer parks and rednecks, it also has the High Tech Rednecks in Huntsville, making it a major center for study in physics, optics, and numerous other fields. Oh, and in case you're unfamiliar with Huntsville, it's the location where the Manhattan Project took place. And they took all that concentration of brainpower, and have been running with it since.

Comment Re:Laughable Understanding (Score 1) 329

Land sailing is only practical in certain locations. I'm not sure if California is one of them, as I have never lived there. Also, the wind is rather unreliable. Sail boats suffer from only being usable in certain locations as well, limiting their ability to be used in non-coastal areas.

Bicycles use energy from humans. While there are many benefits to the human providing the energy this has two huge drawbacks. The first is that it requires that the human become physically conditioned to its use, the second is that fuel for humans is more expensive than fuel for internal combustion engines.

Feet: see bicycles, only even more so.

kayaks: only usable on waterways, see bicycles for energy analysis.

Comment Re:eBook pricing (Score 1) 437

Much love for Baen. E-books cheaper than paperbacks, no DRM, been reading them for years. I am particularly enamored with their bound in CDs that have a rather permissive license, and of course that are hosted on multiple servers not controlled by the publisher because of the license. (The license is that the CD and its contents may be copied, and given away, but not sold) Oh, throw in a substantial free library, and free books for people with reading disabilities, and you realize that someone "gets it".

Comment Re:evidence? (Score 1) 435

Funny. I thought there was. it's called *gasp* file transfer protocol (FTP). It's not THAT hard to set up. It is admittedly client-server in that one host runs a server that the other host connects to with a client, but here's the cool thing, the server can be turned on or of. It's a little geeky, but it's efficient, not usually blocked, and almost all computers built these days (as in I don't know of any counterexamples) have software to allow you to access it.

Comment Re:Blame game. (Score 1) 409

Please look at the context. American liberalism and conservatism aren't the same as everywhere in the world. In fact, calling the ideas "liberal" or "conservative" is quite misleading. There are certain "Pet Rights" of each side of the political spectrum in the US, but that doesn't mean that they will be the same in all countries. Links to American politics therefore do not apply.

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