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Comment Re:Streaming media? (Score 1) 12

Um, not yet. This is a first-run movie currently in the theaters.

Streaming has not come into the picture yet, so I'm not sure how this is a "win for streaming"? Nothing has been streamed yet.

It's an eventual win for Amazon's lock-in, anyway. Of course I wouldn't be surprised if this joined the list of items where "you may have Prime streaming, but you still have to pay extra to see this".

Comment Which won't happen, they aren't a monopoly (Score 1) 154

All the monopoly regulations on them expired and with Apple and Linux where they are now, you'd have a lot of trouble convincing a court MS is a monopoly. In the desktop market they are still the big dog, but Apple is a major competitor. Macs are all over the place. In the server market MS is a big player, but so is Linux. I don't know what the split is, but it wouldn't surprise me to find out Linux is on top. In the mobile arena MS is a nothing. Linux (in the form of Android) is by far the biggest with iOS coming in #2.

Thus there's no argument to be made for a monopoly position. When there's very real competition out there in all segments of your market, you aren't a monopoly. Well if you aren't a monopoly, then anti-competition laws don't apply. Companies are free to lock-in their own solution. Again for a great example see Apple, who (tried to) lock their software to their hardware and puts everything in their own controlled ecosystem.

Sorry, but the MS monopoly ship has sailed. Unless the market changes significantly, they are just another player, which means they can do this kind of thing.

Comment Re:Before you think about this, answer me that: (Score 1) 304

Please point out the differences. Please do!

I got told time and again that Ds and Rs are so vastly different, but in the end what was eventually touted as the huge dividing topics was petty, insignificant bullshit that may actually affect people on a personal level like abortion or gay marriage, but that has neither any impact on 99% of the population nor on their economic situation, their chances or their prospects.

Comment Re:What is he wittering about? (Score 4, Informative) 154

I suspect that Microsoft has a huge amount of A/B testing going on. 50/50 chance your browser gets reset and the 50 that don't go out and blame the 50 that do for screwing it up somehow.

My coworker and I both ended up with the win10 home version after the 7 to 10 upgrade. She regularly gets popups when launching Chrome about how secure Edge is, I have never gotten one.

Comment Re:I don't even like Uber but (Score 1) 651

No, that's why it's important to make training people something that is provided by the government. The solution isn't to make businesses pay somebody more than the value they bring to the company. We should be using tax dollars to provide better training to citizens. If that requires collecting more tax dollars from businesses and well off individuals, then that's fine. But forcing high wages definitely won't fix the problem because the cost of the items they are producing will go up, or the jobs will become non-existent entirely.

Comment It's more than putting jobs where the money is (Score 4, Interesting) 151

You probably don't know this, but IBM is also protecting US based management jobs while they are letting US based employees hit the bricks. Were you aware of that? I have a sort of relative by marriage (related to someone related to me through marriage) and he's been in middle management at IBM for probably at least 20 years now. IBM will keep him around forever even as they lay off other US based employees where he works. I'm guessing that maybe they make these people remotely manage foreign employees, but he hasn't given a lot of details and I rarely see him. I only know that he's said he has zero worries about ever losing his job there. A lot of what IBM is doing doesn't actually make a lot of sense. It's just designed to prop up the stock value.

Comment Before you think about this, answer me that: (Score 5, Insightful) 304

What changed during the Bush administration?
What changed during the Obama administration?

Why the fuck do you expect change now?

I don't get it. I really don't. NOTHING changed from one administration change to the next for the past decades. Oh yes, there was a war on terror. Oh. And? That would have been in what way different under any other rule?

Face it, folks: You're fucked. You have a system in place that allows you to choose every 4 years whether you want to feed one group of useless gits or the other group of useless gits. That makes a huge difference for the gits, and that's why that election fight is fought tooth and nail because it's all or nothing for them. Fo you, it's nothing. Either way.

Mostly because you don't get to choose who you can vote for. That's chosen for you. In the end, when you strip the whole fluff, the whole spectacle has a lot of the old Soviet times when you even sometimes got to choose between two candidates from the same party, supporting the same ideals and the same economic system, not questioning in the slightest the all-holy doctrines and differing in insignificant bullshit topics that were hyped and emotionalized to insane levels despite having exactly zero impact on anything that really mattered in the end.

Let's be brutally honest: The same is true for your DemRep Party.

Comment Who Has EVER Trusted Government Data? (Score 4, Informative) 304

Silly Partisan Slashdot Editors want to make this into a Trump Thing, but they are too young or uneducated to remember things like the (first, of many) Food Pyramid, job creation data scams, alternative energy revelations, and... the list is long. Google "erroneous government data." And stop contributing to the Fake News epidemic with these disingenuous strawman-centric pseudo-stories...

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