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Comment Re:Why not batteries (Score 1) 296

The batteries in a Leaf are a significant fraction of the price, few business want to spend $120k on batteries, when they can get them for 'free' from their workers.

The cost of the batteries is small in comparison to maintenance. Managing the batteries means hiring someone with that knowledge or paying for training/other development to get it in-house...at which point, those people would become more desirable on the job market as more buildings installed battery systems, increasing cost of retaining that talent. Then there are the business processes that need to be developed, the provisioning of a room to store them (and OSHA/building code concerns around a room full of batteries, which is no minor thing), and so on.

Or, they can just use the cars parked outside, offloading all of that effort to the owners of the cars.

When the company sanctions plugging into the companies grid, the maintenance and potential OSHA violations that go along with the cars is now their responsibility as well.

The company ends up with more responsibility, not less, because now they have to make sure your car isn't going to be any more of a risk since its powering the building ... and that you've made sure to take proper care so that it doesn't explode when I walk by. And yes, LiPo's explode.

Comment Mom is delusional (Score -1, Troll) 192

Mom is really delusional or ... well, his mom is delusional.

If anyone thinks that a founder of TPB's only crime is 'some hacking', you instantly lose all credibility in any sort of rational argument. In all parts of the world I'm aware of, common sense agrees that willfully promoting criminal activity is a crime as well. Anyone arguing that willful copyright infringement was not the goal of TPB is the same kind of person who would take your wallet out of your hands while you were watching and then tell you they never took it from you. The type of liar that is so full of their own lies even they believe everything they say.

No TPB founder is 'innocent', pretending they are just makes you look like a douche.

Comment Re:Business as usual (Score 5, Informative) 192

I really wish you kids would stop discovering Mitnick and worshiping him like a hero.

Lets get some facts about Mitnick straight.

He wasn't a fucking hacker, he was a socially inept douche back who actually was capable of lying his way into accounts of people who didn't know that giving your password out to some random guy that calls you is a bad idea.

Nothing he did was even a little bit impressive. Ever. Again, let me repeat since it might not have been clear: NOTHING HE EVER DID WAS EVEN A LITTLE BIT IMPRESSIVE.

Well ... except for one thing: His ego that happened to be the size of Africa. Mitnick was made an example because he is an ignorant arrogant prick who kept acting like he was a bad ass even thought the cops and lawyers were frying his ass for doing it, so they just made it as unbelievably bad on him as they could.

If you knew anything about the ACTUAL history of hacking and not what you read because some old dude told you about this guy that was 'the first hacker' as far as the american public was concerned ... you'd know he wasn't the first. He wasn't any good. And people with far better talent than him also went to jail for long periods of time. The only difference is that Mitnick's ego made him talk and act like he was a bad ass ...

Other guys, the ones who ACTUALLY did shit, you didn't hear about, neither before or after they got caught (for those who did get caught).

So anyway, back to my point. When you young'ens pull out the Mitnick name, its makes us old guys realize you're an ignorant cluebie who's name dropping trying to impress us with your knowledge of Internet lore ... We instantly see through you and that you're a fake douche trying to pretend you're something you're not.

Mitnick was a fucking douche, learn the real history and stop treading on his name. It'll be far less embarrassing for you.

Comment Re:How does one prevent this ? (Score 1) 120

Gee, I'm using Opera Next on a non-retina MacBook Pro... and I'm considered unique among a paltry 3.6M samples. On a site that's *extremely* likely to be visited primarily by Firefox users.

As a long time Opera user, this does not surprise me at all. I cleared my 'browsing data' for the last hour and tried again... a 50% reduction in uniqueness! Huzzah ;)

Comment Re:How does one prevent this ? (Score 1) 120

I have a genuine question. Assuming one uses Twitter from the phone, how does one prevent the Twitter app on the phone to scan the browsing history

Use an iPhone. Stop being the product.

You're worried about apps reading your browsing history because you are the product, not the customer. Stop buying products who's main selling point is the free OS someone else gave them until you realize why they gave them the free OS in the first place.

Comment Re:4 years later (Score 0) 129

The Mozilla foundation could perhaps negotiate a cut-rate or even free license, yes. That's doable. But then what happens when someone else decides they would like to adapt Firefox?

What people such as yourself don't get is something very simple.

You get what you pay for. If you want to take the easy way out and fork Firefox to get a web browser, thats fine. If you want a web browser with video support, well, too bad, you're going to have to pay. Thats just life.

They don't have to grant you a 'free' license, you can pay for it JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.

Your problem is that you want to be able to take all features for free and are unwilling to accept that not everyone in the world wants to make their money by selling your browsing habits. You're just like the GPL, you think the 'free' (by your definition of free) has to infect everything it touches in order for the product to have any value.

Your viewpoint is ridiculously narrow sided and selfish. Fortunately, Mozilla doesn't want to cease to exist completely, so they'll also ignore your silliness as well.

Comment Re:Activism (Score 1) 225

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If you block roads or entrances to buildings you will be arrested and fined. Protesting or not.

If you have a permit to protest in a particular area, you will not, but you also won't be blocking entrance to businesses or important roads, and when you do ... you'll get arrested.

Have you ever looked at an actual protest anytime in your life? Do you know anything at all about them?

Comment Re:Theft (Score 1) 1010

Google get a clue.

TARP existed because the government changed a series of laws that took perfectly legitimate banks and suddenly made them illegal because the law changed what banks had to hold in reserve (and a bunch of other shit, I'm highly over simplifying since you clearly have no idea). The result is that a law change suddenly made banks way over drawn and operating illegally.

TARP existed because the government fucked up and TARP was a shitty shot at fixing the problems they created themselves.

Had banking laws not changed the year before, TARP would not have been needed.

The banks were never in danger of going out of business or defaulting on their debts, the numbers on paper simply no longer met the requirements they had been meeting for the last 100 years.

Don't get me wrong, I'm GLAD we changed the banking laws, but you're a moron for having no clue as to what actually happened in the financial world yet still spewing on like you know it all.

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