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Comment Re:this can't be (Score 1) 43

For most people, the cloud offers convenience at the expense of a bunch of negatives that aren't immediately apparent to them, mostly relating to data security, data charges, and stability of software usability (ie unexpected workflow killing changes).

The reality is that their personal data needs are meager enough not to warrant datacenter storage and processing. It's just that those who want to charge monthly fees for every little thing are trying to squeeze the market in that direction.

Comment President Obama said something similar (Score 1) 153

Banning Muslims is wrong because we shouldn't punish innocent people because just because someone else is guilty.

The occasion was after one of the Muslim mass shootings last year.

Let's not forget that, at the same time Trump wanted to act against innocent Muslims, President Obama wanted to take action against innocent gun owners. If it's wrong to target innocents for enforcement, when can we expect President Obama to be criticized for exactly the same thing?

Comment Re:I'm glad somebody is on the case (Score 1) 170

amazon does not care; each thing that gets sold, they collect a fee.

just like ebay. there is no caring there.

I do like amazon, but I'm aware that they are a whore.

when a company like amazon allows sellers to sell 'wireless anti-static wrist straps' - and after being informed (by me and many others who know this area) that this is IMPOSSIBLE and a hoax-item, they still allow sellers from china to sell this bullshit.

there is a good amazon and a bad amazon and they are both under the site. it really makes buying there, harder than it has to be.

amazon cares about its rep and goes 110% for its customers when you call in, but the fact that they let any 'yahoo' (lol) sell shit - that's really such a bad move on their part, it erodes their rep and for some reason, they don't seem to care about that aspect.

Comment Re:Freedom Not Allowed ! (Score 2) 84

Why don't you get your condo association to ban short term rentals? Or, get them to assess fines on the condo owner if there are neighbor complaints about noise when there's a short term renter occupying the space? Why does the government have to get involved when you have a governing body that is much closer to the problem and challenges of your building rather than a "one size fits all" solution.

Simple, because that doesn't blanket-suppress AirBnB type competition to the established players in the whole city/county/State. If AirBnB/Uber type businesses joined forces maybe they could swing more money and lobbyists than the established players in places like NYC/NYS, and then you can bet there would start being laws passed restricting hotels/motels and costing them money and business and opening the market to AirBnB type businesses.

It's all about the Benjamins to politicians and regulators, doubly-so in NY. They could not care less about your safety, comfort, or well-being unless it benefits them in some way.

The only reason AirBnB (and Uber/Lyft, etc) type businesses are growing is that government and the established players are forcing prices high enough above what the market would otherwise set that more and more people see the risks as worth it. If hotel/motel and other similar temporary accommodation businesses dropped prices and offered better quality/value, most AirBnB type activity would die on the vine. Same with Uber/Lyft vs cab companies.


Comment Re:Anyone else find it amusing (Score 1) 153

Facebook has to change their posting guidelines to allow what's become "normal" political speech?

Right-wing political speech becomes less extreme every year. What Trump has said, while baseless and unsupported, is far less offensive than what we've previously seen from them.

"The gay community has infiltrated the very centers of power in every area across this country, and they wield extreme power⦠That agenda is the greatest threat to our freedom that we face today." -Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)

âoeBlacks Bought A Lot Of Propaganda On The Liberal Plantation.â -Pat Buchanan (R-Nixon/Regan administrations)

"We have a high percentage of blacks in prison, and thatâ(TM)s tragic, but are they in prison just because they are black or because they donâ(TM)t want to study as hard in school? Iâ(TM)ve taught school, and I saw a lot of people of color who didnâ(TM)t study hard because they said the government would take care of them." -Sally Kern (R-OK)

"Yes black lives matter. The best way to end the slaughter of young black men is to take guns away from blacks as they are the main killers." -Randy Pullen (R-RNC Treasurer)

[Chris Mapp (R-TX)] stood by his comments, made during an editorial board meeting with the Dallas Morning News, that âoe'wetbacks' should be shot by ranchers and that President Barack Obama is a 'socialist son of a bitch.'â

Comment Re: Still Catching Up (Score 1) 43

Verizon, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular still maintain sizable CDMA infrastructure. They cannot use Intel's gsm-only modem.

Where in my comment did I mention any of them, let alone suggesting they should get one or the other.

HINT: I've worked as a senior engineer for one of those companies...

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