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Comment Re:Turnabout is fair play (Score 5, Funny) 143

I want to know why the fuck he chose to attack a company he voluntarily resigned from.

To this day (wow, has it really been 50 years?), I still don't know why Number Six resigned. Perhaps the reason he was kidnapped and taken to The Village, was that the government had serious concerns about what he was going to do next. Until you know why he resigned, it's really hard to guess anything else.

Comment Re:I'm a really worried longtime Linux user (Score 1) 191

It's even less bad than that! It's no badness at all.

Even with Ubuntu, you can run whatever desktop you want to. The switch to GNOME means nothing, just like the past switch to Unity meant nothing. (Did anyone really use Unity anyway?) Complaining about which desktop it uses, is like complaining about which text editor gets installed by default. If you don't like it, install one of the other ones, and it isn't as though you aren't still running Ubuntu.

I don't have any passion (or even a side) in the systemd debate, and yet, that's way more of an important aspect of Ubuntu than the default desktop is.

Comment Re:Market failure (Score 1) 575

Sure, if you're talking long distances. And it really depends on your particular situation..

Agreed. Ok? :-)

(It has become apparent that my jetsetter/snob remark could have used smilies; getting lots of confused feedback on that one. I'm not really a "jetsetter" like a 1950s movie star, and as for the snob remark, I refuse to move beyond the implied smiley!)

I'm really confused here. From your tone, it sounds like you're identifying as a "jetsetter," but then you say "NOW we see" only from the present story that overbooking is a serious thing?

It's not like I'm flying every week, like some people here. But I do it sometimes, and it's always gone fairly well; the worst reliability problem being a few hours lateness.

As it happens, I have never been bumped. I've gotten offers to get bumped, but always declined and watched people eagerly run up to the desk to volunteer. This particular story is the first time I ever heard of someone being bumped involuntarily. Maybe it happens often, but I hadn't heard of it.

Until this story, overbooking never presented itself as a reliability problem. So, it wasn't a "serious thing." It was merely an amusing game that certain people played with the airlines to get freebies.

Comment Re: How many Chromebook buys are accidental? (Score 1) 130

For the rare case of someone who really needs to run Windows software, they aren't going to buy this accidentally, because they'd already have to check what version of Windows it comes with. People don't just assume "oh, I'm sure it comes with Windows 7, not 10," do they?

If they have legacy requirements, they're going to be very focused on getting the legacy part right. They're going to be looking for that part, even harder than they're looking at the price.

Comment Re:Not a dumb terminal - Linux with locked down UI (Score 1) 130

One test for this is as follows: Can one practically develop an app for a Chromebook on a Chromebook?

The Chromebook point of view would be to say, "Yes. You can run my app. It's at .." and then they give you an URL.

It's not what you're thinking, but it's what they're thinking. That is the market for Chromebooks.

I think instead of thinking of them as terminals, people ought to think of them as full PCs, which come preloaded only with a terminal emulator. "WTF do you want that x86 box for? You're just going to hook it up to the VAX anyway. You should have gotten a VT100. Wait, your terminal understands the escape codes for .. OMFG. You have color?! Coool!!"

Comment Re:Market failure (Score 4, Insightful) 575

Why would anyone fly unless they absolutely had to?

Because it usually works out just fine, and it's so incredibly fast compared to driving. Days turn into just a few hours. Fewer hotel nights means it's cheaper than driving too, sometimes enormously so.

If you're rich and can afford to drive everywhere because you don't mind more nights in hotels and there's no limit to the time you can be away, I understand why you don't fly. But when you look down on jetsetters, you're being an insensitive snob.

We jump through hoops like trained animals, no longer having the dignity of humans, and now from this story we see that it's unreliable and a carrier might not keep its word. Yet even still, it comes out on top. Look at it this way: Airplanes were such a great technological advancement, that we'll put up with so much bullshit.

Comment Re:Can someone explain what the Russians hacked? (Score 1) 312

Look at the unapologetic baby-lover. You probably think they're cute. That's great for you, but the rest of us hate babies, and we don't appreciate you bringing needless publicity to our perfectly-justified culling campaign. Look: babies are assholes, and the sooner they're gone, the better off we'll all be. Let's make America old again!

Comment Nooo! (Score 1) 62

NO , don't make a Kodi plugin.

Publish an API. Other people can make the plugins.

The only thing really wrong with all these streaming services, is that you have to run their software on your computer. That is weird, abnormal, and definitely highly undesirable. I am not going to run your "app" or plugin. I may decide to buy your service, though, if it has a well-defined interface.

Comment Re:Tasing is not funny, instead.. (Score 1) 82

Look at Mr Pessimist here, whose risk aversion shows that he obviously does not live in a movie.

Have you ever thought about the upsides to real life? You aren't going to be killed by 1) velociraptors, 2) alien chestburster, 3) death ray from flying saucer, 4) kaiju falling into your office building after being punched by a jaeger, 5) death star demonstrating its power to the princess, and are very likely not going to be killed by 6) Terminators, 7) a meteor the size of Texas.

It's not all bad, man. So get on with your death by heart disease, cancer, auto accident or weird auto-immune-system disease like the rest of us. Or a taser, yes, that's on the list too (though way way down), but it's not like getting torn apart by zombies, is it?!?

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