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Comment Re: I wouldn't buy a Tesla (Score 1) 286

And clearly the NTSB sides with me on this, because otherwise these devices wouldn't be allowed.

LMFAO! OR, they don't even make those rules, your state does. Derp-y Dan always has the gubermint on his side, and he knows it, because he already knows he's right so the Authoritays must agree because they're smaht and stuff.

Comment Re: I wouldn't buy a Tesla (Score 1) 286

or a not-yet-empty water bottle in a cupholder...

My advice, look up the word "tactile." I don't think you understood the complaint, or that many of us don't look away from the road even long enough for one non-tactile interaction, much less to navigate a menu.

You're probably one of those magical beings that knows everything that is around your car, even while you're fiddling with the center console, because gosh, it was "all clear" last time you looked up! I hope I'm not the one coming the other way when you come around a corner and cross the center line, but all I can do is hope.

Comment Re:Most from the least (Score 1) 286

I personally prefer Unicorn-powered cars.... they never need to be replaced, and there's practically zero maintenance required..

You have to tap their vascular system if you want to make use of their power. They're not going to last forever, they may live thousands of years in the wild, but being strapped to a car with their blood draining out? No. You're going to need to catch a new one every few years, talk about a time sink.

And if you don't think any maintenance is involved, you just don't realize what all that rainbow-colored sherbet squirting everywhere really is. I'll give you a hint, it isn't a laser light show. And it will eat right through your paint job, and even etch your windshield.

Comment Re:A real comparison? (Score 1) 286

If you do have four children it might limit your choices in what cat to buy, though.

With that many squirts, the chance of at least one with pet allergies is pretty high, so you're right... you'll likely be restricted to ugly hairless monstrosities.

Average is somewhat less than 4, and not surprisingly, so is the typical spacial consideration.

Comment Re: Israelis? (Score 1) 63

Jewish rights were legally acknowledged in England in 1215 in the Magna Carta.

It is funny that you don't know it, but anywhere you had Lords you had to have Jews because the Lords were all Christians, and forbidden to collect interest on loans. Guess what, rich people don't loan out their money without interest! So it was a basic part of the governance of nations to insure that there were enough Jews in each area to keep the economy going. You can find times where some idiot tried to cause them problems, but you'll always find a backlash restoring their rights. For important historical reasons, as it turns out.

Comment Re:He can buy it back ... (Score 1) 111

That's the thing about trademarks, they only cover the exact thing where it would be confusing, they don't cover all words that have any overlap.

In this case, what he sold was apparently "McAfee Associates" and I'd assume a trademark of "McAfee."

It is very unlikely that anybody would confuse John McAfee Blah Blah with McAfee Associates, considering McAfee Associates doesn't exist! And the bare word "McAfee" does not prevent people named McAfee from using their name. Though if they're in the same industry, it would force them to use more of their name, since that trademark got the bare word first.

Basically nobody serious thinks that selling a company that contains your name in the name of the company prevents you from ever using your name again in business. When the owners of that trademark bought the mark, they surely knew that there still existed a guy a named John McAfee, who sometimes does things to make money.

Comment Re:After how the last name-badged company turned o (Score 1) 111

It was pretty awesome back when he was in charge. Before the internet was even public, they had an FTP server with the login "ftp" and the password "ftp123" and any customer could download new binaries. Well, or even a non-customer, actually. ;) And the product was good. It was early in the arms race, and his product did a good job at detecting known threats, which was the purpose. Viruses were mostly being transmitted in floppy disks back then.

The crappiness was entirely associated with the brand at a later time, after he wasn't working there anymore. He was only there the first 5 years.

He has every right to use his own name in trade, they were fools to threaten him. He's going to court to prove them wrong, they'll have to admit they were wrong in advance to avoid spending the money on it. And it is a slam dunk for him. He won't get any money or anything, but he'll win. A feather for his cap!

Comment Re:Silly complaints (Score 1) 87

Their swag booth at the concert.

That is where they have a chance to make some money.

I didn't say, "oh I am a magic wizard with a way for musicians to make money online," instead I expressed the opinion that they are foolish to restrict the promotional value of online interest in them by using proprietary platforms unless those platforms are actually making them money. If it isn't paying, then they should be giving digital media away, to promote their concerts.

Musicians who make a lot of money, make it at their concert. Except for KISS, who make it through merchandising. Why does Madonna still tour, and still do all that sexy dancing night after night? Why does she work so hard? Why doesn't she just make more albums? Because she gets pennies from an album sale, but people pay $500+ for a ticket to see her, and she gets most of that money.

A musician who cares about selling records, that's what I call a really nice and selfless person who lives to enrich their record label.

Comment Re:I hate Apple, but no (Score 1) 564

Wow, that's derpy as fuck. The President was acquitted, and voluntarily gave up his law license to avoid having to deal with the nonsense, because he was obviously never going to be a practicing lawyer as an ex-President. He didn't need it, why create the circus defending it?

It is just incredibly moronic, My Joe Average Low Information, to try to spin that failed attempt to attack President Clinton over a blow-job as some sort of victory where he was found guilty.

No, you did not demonstrate any understanding of complicated words like "is."

Comment Re:Enough already! (Score 1) 69

The main technologies used here are:

Searching, mapping, messaging, billing, and presumably in-app advertising.

Which of those is not "the things [they're] best at?"

PS: the moment a better search engine is released... nobody will even know about it, or be interested in trying The Next Altavista-Killer. There are already other search engines that half of slashdot will assert are better, and nobody who shaves their neck cares.

Comment Re:Let the predatory pricing commence... (Score 1) 69

They won't have Uber's revenue, but they'll make money on it. Just like craigslist manages to make a little money on ride-sharing.

If all they make is the ad money they get from the app... that's what they do. They earn ad money. It might be enough for them to be happy to compete.

Especially when they have low overhead by not having it be a major commercial service; if they're literally just connecting the people and handling the billing for the gas split, then they don't need *any* local employees anywhere. It is just another web site with a native app at that point. And they already have all the mapping and routing technology that is the actual hard part.

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