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Comment Re:Who invented what now? (Score 1) 69

I have to take exception to the idea that Uber invented summoning a car with a phone app. I've been able to call taxi companies with the "make a phone call" app for decades.

Apparently the world is full of idiots who think that "a phone call" is functionally the same as "a smartphone app" .

If it were , why is it that NOW that Uber (and friends) exist, all the taxi companies have Me Too "smartphone apps"?

Comment Re:Google's reply? (Score 2) 172

f they all banded together and started marking their robots.txt files

THIS is the issue. If they wanted to not be listed by Google, there are existing mechanisms for this WHICH ACTUALLY WORK. This entire conversation is about "Google is making tons of money, and we are a dying breed, so instead of revitalizing our entire industry we're going to BLAME ONE SINGLE COMPANY and then try to extort billions of dollars from them." Seriously folks, if you *really* think you don't gain anything from Google indexing your content and flashing snippets at people then USE ROBOTS.TXT If you DO recognize that Google is adding value directly to your business, then STFU you greedy bastard.

Comment On one blog post (Score 1) 318

Mozilla declares itself COMPLETELY out of touch with the vast overwhelming majority of the userbase.

Nice way to declare yourself absolutely irrelevant.

I've said it before and I've said it again, THIS IS AN ARMS RACE that the advertising industry started.

Live by the thermonuclear obliteration of your users rights, die from the thermonuclear backlash.

You made your choice long ago, and continue to poke the bear, be sure to enjoy the consequences of your obnoxious actions.

Comment Re:What interface ? (Score 4, Informative) 178

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets...

Apparently Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) 1.4a is claiming enough bandwidth and functionality to support 8k@60Hz, and in Feb this year they were expecting products to be available in 2016.

"Embedded" means the spec is for laptop/tablet/phone and other all-in-one type devices (eg iMac).

Comment The sad fact of this entire argument (Score 1) 737

Is that the ENTIRE argument is over cause, not effect.

Because, fundamentally, the people bemoaning "warming" say "we need to clean up our act" (at its most basic level) and those claiming "there's nothing wrong" say we need to do nothing.

Irrespective of which side is technically correct, isn't "make the world a significantly better place" a worthwhile goal?

The "but it's expensive" argument is 100% pure "but the industry where I made my billions will make less profit" and ABSOLUTELY NOTHING MORE.

So STFU, cleanup everything, and IF that just happens to stave off a global catastrophe then that's BONUS.

Comment Re:IT WAS CRIMINAL (Score 1) 664

Private property is called that for a specific reason.

Despite the fact that said resident may well have violated laws against Discharge Of A Firearm, I would unreservedly applaud the man should he have taken down the unwelcome electronic device with more direct physical means. (rake, high pressure hose, slingshot)

The Unrepentant Owner can quite happily GO SUCK ON IT.

Feel free to admit in court that you TRESPASSED ON MY PROPERTY while you try to claim against the damages I did to your piece of electronics.

For Clarity: personal drones are awesome, there should NOT be unreasonable and unfair regulation against people enjoying themselves, HOWEVER when people think that LAWS AGAINST TRESPASS can be ignored just because THEY themselves are not physically present deserve to be locked up FOR A LONG LONG TIME.

Have fun, respect the law, respect OTHER PEOPLES RIGHTS (privacy, peace, etc)

Comment Re:Possibly misattributed to Isaac Asimov, but... (Score 3, Funny) 265

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not Eureka! (I found it!) but rather, 'hmm... that's funny...'" - Isaac Asimov

Usually followed shortly thereafter by "I wonder: was that just a random event or will it do that a second time...."

Sometimes followed by: "... Dialing 911 ..."

Comment Re:In two minds about this (Score 1) 125

Dare I say I actually agree with the government that it's unfair on local businesses that purchasing the goods overseas can be tax free (for goods under $1000, everything else was subject to import duties and GST anyway).

you need to put down the crackpipe. People buying stuff overseas is NOT about them wanting to save on the TINY amount that GST introduces.

Seriously folks, GST on $1000 is how much exactly? oh yeah it's $100.

Yet you see things like womens shoes for $700 here and LITERALLY HALF THAT in America, and more often than not THAT INCLUDES FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING.

Australian consumers are BEING RIPPED OFF left, right and centre and retarded businesses CRY FOUL AND GET THE GST APPLIED even though IT CHANGES NOTHING other than FURTHER RIPPING OFF CONSUMERS.

That GST goes to the government, not ANY business, and your POTENTIAL customers who buy from overseas because YOUR PRICES ARE UNJUSTIFIABLY HIGH (seriously, more than twice the price IS unjustifiable) are NOT going to buy from you because their prices increased by 10%.

Having said that: I make a point of BUYING LOCALLY rather than "from the internet" (despite the convenience, and cost savings) as long as my additional cost is NOT SERIOUSLY SIGNIFICANT.

yes folks, I have in the past and will in the future continue to buy "here" rather than "online" despite the fact that it costs me (a little) more, but if I can find *exactly* the same thing for 50% or even 100% more than the 'internet' price, I WILL shop online.

Comment Re:Becaues Slashdotters are qualified for an answe (Score 1) 616

rational anti-vaxxers

Assuming you don't mean people with autoimmune disorders or legitimate allergies, I'm really curious to know what exactly falls into this category.

Just to be clear, people in those groupings you mentioned aren't actually "anti-vaxers" they're just people who cannot take (some/all) vaccinations.

By this I mean they're not against the principle of vaccination, and they most likely DESPERATELY WISH THEY COULD.

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