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Comment Re:HP employee here (Score 1) 136

Not quite: Ebay these days is actually still pretty useful, depending on what you're shopping for. I'm using it more than Amazon now, as the prices are frequently better. I've gotten lots of great stuff on there in the past year even: used cellphones, used laptops, new-old-stock items, etc. So Meg didn't quite manage to drive it into the ground.

Carly and HP, however, is another story....

Comment Re:I though every one was going paperless (Score 1) 136

If you're doing that, you must be really clueless about ecommerce mail order, or you just got started and haven't figured out the proper way to do shipping.

The way you ship stuff is you buy a Zebra 4x6 label printer, and print your postage labels on that. Then you just peel and stick. You can even print these labels from within PayPal, though you can get better rates through places like encidia.com if you do a lot of volume (there's a monthly fee for those places though, so it's only worth it if you ship a lot of stuff).

Comment Re:In other words (Score 1) 118

Giving birth is fortunately excluded due to gender...phew!

For now. You never know what medical science will come up with next. Maybe in 25 years it'll be normal for men to be getting pregnant (probably not naturally of course) and giving birth. Their wives will probably demand it for the 2nd baby, since she had to go through all the pain and misery for the first one, so it's only fair that he do it for the second. And since natural conception will probably become obsolete by then anyway, in favor of genetically-engineered "designer" babies, this will fit nicely with male pregnancy.

And if you're thinking "luckily I'll be too old by then to worry about this", medical science is already making big strides in figuring out the aging process, so by that time they'll probably have figured out how to make us all permanently look like we're 30 and not age any more, so unless you decide to stay single for the rest of your life (which will last until you're unlucky enough to get killed in an accident, perhaps a malfunctioning roller coaster), you too will feel pressured to get pregnant and give birth.

Comment Re:State sponsored corporate spies (Score 1) 386

I hate to tell you this, but there's a big region to the west of India, called "the Middle East". It includes countries like Israel, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and most of Turkey. It has a pretty large population too, and as it is in ASIA, the inhabitants are ASIAN.

However, no one actually calls Middle Easterners "Asians". Especially not in the context of minority groups in American employment statistics. Middle Easterners are their own group, and so are Indians. "Asia", in this context, means "Far East Asia".

Comment Re:Yay! Sharepoint! (Score 1) 40

I got a magic way for ms to make fifty bucks per user: sell a decent windows for a change.

Why should they bother? They already get $100 (or so I read somewhere) per user by having a shitty Windows pre-loaded on every computer sold. People aren't going to pay more for a non-shitty Windows (assuming such a thing is possible, which I doubt). And MS can make even more money per use by baking adware and spyware into Windows, without affecting the up-front price. It's an excellent sales strategy. And if people don't like shitty Windows, what are they going to do, buy a Mac? hahaha

Comment Re:Kinda makes sense actually (Score 1) 221

That's a false equivalence fallacy. Most other automakers have not been proven to intentionally kill people by hiding defects. The only other big example I can think of is Ford with the Pinto in the 70s, and later on a smaller scale with the Crown Vic in the 90s. Basically you're advocating "guilty until proven innocent" type thinking.

There's a huge difference between not designing a car to be as absolutely safe as you can possibly make it (esp. when time and budget/cost constraints are limiting you), and knowing of a real and dangerous defect and choosing to hide it.

Comment Re:Just use Youtube-dl (Score 1) 248

It's impossible to "lose" youtube-dl. It's open-source software, and it's not owned by a company. And it's one of many such scripts; it's not that hard to write a script to download YT music (though youtube-dl does a very nice job).

Besides, even if things got to the state where all commercial download sites were shut down, leaving only open-source programs like youtube-dl, that would probably end 99.9% of all downloading from YouTube, because most people can't be bothered to figure out stuff like that. youtube-dl after all is a Python program, so you can't even run it in Windows without installing Python, and it's a command-line tool which means that 99.999% of Windows users will have no earthly idea how to use it. (I find this strange too; when I was a teenager, it was perfectly normal for minimally-trained office secretaries to use PCs with MS-DOS and be perfectly capable of basic command-line work. Times have really changed.)

Comment Re:Ok, let me get this straight... (Score 1) 248

That's all fine and well, for dealing with companies that offer websites to facilitate downloading from YouTube.

But how do you deal with download scripts? You can't. If I can download a YT video using my browser (because it's impossible to listen to the song without downloading it, after all), then I can do the exact same thing with a script like "youtube-dl".

Of course, if they succeed in shutting down the download websites, that'll probably end most unauthorized copying, since most users appear to be too stupid and/or lazy to use a script like youtube-dl. Just look at how many people keep using Windows 10 after all.

Comment Re:You keep using that word. 99% of musicians (Score 1) 248

As far as I'm concerned, it IS rent-seeking, because almost any music worth listening to is now over 20 years old, and in my opinion that's the maximum length of time that copyright should hold, as set out by the Founders of the US. Any extensions after that are invalid. So any music recordings over 20 years old should be in the public domain, and I have every right to download them.

As for the labels, they used to discover the best artists and promote them, and do a great job with production. That all ended somewhere in the late 1990s or so. They don't discover anyone any more, they just manufacture teen pop crap, and their production quality is absolutely abysmal now, thanks to the "Loudness Wars" so the music has no dynamic range any more. Recordings from the 70s and 80s are far higher quality than anything made now, because recording engineers back then understood what "dynamic range" is and why it's important.

Comment Re:What selfish bastards (Score 2) 134

There's millions of kids in this world who need adopting. How about they try that instead of passing on their hereditary disorders and polluting the gene pool even further.

I think you kind of missed the point, which is that this lets them pass on most of their genes without passing on their hereditary disorder....

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 248

Well, when I was 16-24yrs, I was into and enjoyed high fidelity stereo....my friends all did as well.

Er, not unless your parents and friends' parents were very well off, or all of them were in the military and bought their equipment duty-free in Asia you didn't. Before digital, in America a high fidelity stereo (let alone quadraphonic system) would cost your a couple grand.

I used to have an audiophile-quality system I bought stationed in Thailand, but it was stolen in a burglary. I have a pair of JBLs now, three way with twelve inch woofers. I miss my old stereo.

But I rip from YouTube occasionally, and rip from KSHE every Sunday night when they play six full albums. With Windows all it takes is Audacity and a setting in mmsys.cpl to capture a signal sent to your sound card, you don't need those goofs' web site.

I make CDs from KSHE's albums for the car, and they sound as good as factory CDs -- in the car. Their difference in quality in the house with the JBLs is marginal. It's a LOT better sound than a cassette recorded at home.

If you're in St. Louis (I'm not) you can plug your digital FM radio's "out" jacks into your computer's input jacks and you actually will have CD quality music.

The labels are fighting a losing cause.

Comment Re:This simply means we're succeeding. (Score 1) 221

Impractical and unpopular:

The car is made of carbon fiber and aluminum, which means it basically has similar construction to something like the McLaren F1 ol Ferrari Enzo. People can't afford $1M cars. CF is extremely labor-intensive material to work with; there's a reason it isn't used on production cars in normal price ranges.

That huge central tunnel means you can't get close to your girlfriend. Who wants to drive like that? Also, it doesn't look like there's much width there for passengers. That might work ok for tall, thin Dutch people, but not fat Americans and Brits.

But seriously, this thing's a proof-of-concept only, and unless they come up with ways of making CF really really cheap to make, it won't fly. Also, I couldn't find anything there about a top speed or cruising speed. If it can't go 80+mph and at least cruise at 70, it won't work. No one's going to buy a car that they can't drive safely on the freeway.

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