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Comment Re:What about drug testing? (Score 5, Informative) 158

Why not make them display what they use? That way we'd at least get to see what stuff works.

At what point would they do this, exactly? And what would keep them from swapping out the bike before/after?

I get a feeling that a lot of the people commenting on this article have never actually watched professional cycling. They all say "the bike" like there's only one bicycle in use here; in fact, multiple types of bikes are used, as well as multiple instances of each bike. Watch the support cars; you'll see spare wheels and even entire spare bikes on some of them. So playing a shell game whereby you swap an inspected bike out with one that hasn't been checked...and then, before the finish line, swap them back again...would be relatively simple.

Comment Re:What about drug testing? (Score 1) 158

What about drug testing?

What about it? This has nothing to do with drugs; this is a way of detecting an entirely new method of cheating. It's not replacing or displacing drug testing.

Think of it like this: with the advent of computer-based crime came new forms of fraud and new laws to prosecute them. They didn't throw any of the existing laws out as a result, however.

Comment Analogy (Score 1) 107

This story is like this story.

Apple has generation capability. At times, they will have excess capacity. Selling that capacity back on the grid is a no-brainer. Setting up a specific legal entity for those purposes is also a no-brainer. And the analysis is self-contradicting; they say that Apple "could" seemingly seek to start selling power and get into the power utility business, "across the whole of the U.S." But their FERC filing has them taking the explicit...and non-trivial, by the way...stance that they most certainly are NOT a utility and have no plans to be. They're simply using clever legal rationale to make a case for charging a retail rate for their power, rather than the wholesale rate.

Comment Re:OS/2 (Score 1) 211

OS/2 was only as bad as you complain about because so few used it. ...
Though I don't know many that ran OS/2 in a corporate environment without paying someone like EDS lots of money for support.

So few used it because OS/2 was only as bad as you complain about. And that's why it cost a lot of money for support.

There...fixed that for you.

Comment Re: OS/2 (Score 1) 211

I bet you didn't really run linux around that time. It was very rare that mainstream hardware actually worked. Winmodems & hp inkjets *shiver*.

It was very rare that *new* mainstream hardware actually worked. If you waited a few months, the needed drivers came out, and all was well.

Linux was for people who didn't necessarily need the latest, shiniest new thing, it was for people who knew their shit. If it almost never worked (ever) on mainstream hardware, then it would have gone the way of OS/2...because that's actually what the problem was with OS/2. Mainstream hardware didn't work...and because there was no open-source community empowered to fix the problems or fill in the gaps, the problems pretty much stayed unfixed and the gaps turned into goatse-like gaping...well, I'll stop there.

I get a kick out of the fact that OS/2 will now support USB...but only 1.1 and 2.0. I mean seriously...what's the fucking point?

Comment Re:"Millennials are stupid" (Score 4, Insightful) 143

The creator of the study is stupider than most millennials, I'd wager.

Security vs. speed hasn't been a network trade-off for a very, very long time. They may as well have put out a study stating "Millennials Value Speed Over Getting Fucked in the Ass by Rebel Wilson."

Ah, I hear it now..."But public WiFi is faster, and there's the trade-off!" Oh yeah? What public WiFi would that be? None of the ones I've ever used in the past few years were fast at all, because the same openness that makes them non-private also means that tons of people are sharing the bandwidth.

Comment Re:Strong enough for a man, made for a woman (Score 1) 858

So, if someone watches a show (forced or otherwise) and reviews it poorly it is now "sabotage"? The hyperbole is astronomical. Can't be just their opinion on the matter... It has to be a contrived conspiracy of "sabotage" of female media?

Just... wow.

Haven't you heard? This is the new way of things.

When a woman is being snide and patronizing, she's "Strong." When a man is doing it, he's "mainsplaining." (I think it's just someone being snide and patronizing.)

When women band together to fight for their rights, it's "feminism." When men do it, it's a "patriarchy." (I think both sides should be able to state their concerns and complaints.)

When women look at men as sexual objects, they're "owning their sexuality." When men do it to women, it's "rape culture." (Look, we all get horny, and some people are just fucking HOT.)

And yes, when women give bad ratings to bro-media, it's "fighting the media's misogynist bias." But when men give bad ratings to chick-media, it's "sabotage." (Anyone who's studied marketing or communications knows that media is like food...not all cuisines appeal to all groups.)

Comment Um, what? (Score 5, Insightful) 86

While I absolutely agree that there's value to students being able to use/learn about drones...and I absolutely support this ruling...this raises an interesting question. Is the FAA now saying that drones are dangerous and need to be restricted for broad areas, except in cases where there's a school nearby? Are they saying that the school makes the drones somehow safer, even though they're being controlled by people who haven't had to register them?

The FAA's logic around drones and safety has been getting more and more twisted around, and this is just the latest example of why their restrictions are WAY too tight and need a bit of common sense inserted.

Comment Re:Apples and Persimmons (Score 4, Informative) 211

And an HP.

The dirty little secret of the laptop industry is that the big-name laptop brands - Dell, HP, Apple, Toshiba, etc. - do not actually make laptops. They're made by Taiwanese companies called ODMs - Original Design Manufacturers. They're like OEMs, except they also design the product. The brand name just slaps it in one of their boxes before re-shipping it to you. About the only thing the brand name tells you is what type of warranty service to expect. The entire industry is very secretive about this, and makes it nearly impossible to tell which ODM actually made each particular model laptop (most brands use multiple ODMs).

The Macbooks are made by Quanta (they're the only ODM Apple is currently using for their laptops; the old plastic Macbooks were made by Asus/Pegatron). Quanta also happens to make most of HP's laptops. This is why all those "laptop reliability reports" which break it down by brand name are bunk.

True...and not true.

The implication of your post is that an HP is not really an HP, but something entirely designed, sourced, and built by another company but with HP's name on it. This is not the case. HP buys components from other companies, and other companies often do the manufacturing...but the design of the laptop, its specifications, and essentially everything that determines how good it is are entirely HP's doing. The same is (clearly) true of Apple. The fact that the manufacturing is outsourced isn't really germane; you'll never have an Apple and HP computer that, side-by-side, are entirely interchangeable.

Disclaimer: I used to work for HP. Please don't hold it against me...

Comment Re:Apples and Persimmons (Score 2) 211

Meh, not had your experience. HP's hardware is cheap, but my PC, my wife's PC, and wife's laptop (all HP) have turned out to be huge improvements on their various predecessors from Gateway, Acer, Lenovo, et al.

I just wish virtually all manufacturers, with the possible exception of Apple, who existed 20 years ago and had a reputation then for quality, weren't so much worse today (that's not a compliment aimed at Apple BTW, their hardware 15 years ago was pretty awful.)

Wow...there's a marketing slogan for you:

"Better than an old Gateway."

Yeah, you'll raise the roof with that one!

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