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Comment Re:I don't have any yoga emails .... (Score 1) 435

Your mention of corporate policies for mail deletion is key here. If emails were deleted in a secure wipe manner as part of a routine schedule for that sort of thing, we have to assume no foul play. But if it was a one-off thing, and especially if it was after they knew there was an investigation, it's very suspicious.

Comment Re: Red Box is Cheap (Score 1) 351

Yeah, I addressed that: Netflix instant-play doesn't carry the stuff Redbox does; Redbox stuff is fairly recent releases, whereas Netflix's instant-play stuff is usually older stuff and TV shows. Netflix disc is certainly cheaper than Redbox if you watch at least 5 or so movies a month, but it's not as convenient if you want to be able to grab something and watch it that night. The other online stuff is what competes with Redbox: newer releases, and you can select it and watch it immediately. But it's a lot more expensive, and you're really paying for that convenience.

Comment Re:Red Box is Cheap (Score 1) 351

It's one of many, many examples where the cost of getting the product to customers is not really related to the price of the product. With online viewing of more current movies (Neflix doesn't usually have Redbox's movies available on instant-play), you're really paying extra for the convenience, and they price it that way. People who can afford high-speed internet can afford to pay more for watching movies online, so that's how they're charged. People who use Redbox are usually in a lower socioeconomic stratus (hence you usually see Redboxes at Walmart), so prices are lower there.

Comment Re:The MS Merry Go Round. (Score 1) 208

The main customer who will not abandon Windows no matter what are businesses (esp. large ones) and governments. The US government just loves MS (plus HP Enterprise); even if all their individual customers and most businesses left them, they could just jack up their prices to $1M per computer and the US government will happily pay that.

Comment Re:Crowd source the egress (Score 2) 146

I think you are creating generalities from your specific situation.

No, I specifically said it varies; did you miss that? You even quoted it. I also said that addressing is controlled by local governments, so places with alleyways are obviously going to be handled differently.

AFAYK. But it's not that way in real life. There is no "default". You have to know.

No, you'd don't "have to know". Enter some lat/lon coordinates into Google Maps, and it'll show you a location on the map. It doesn't ask you for your datum. That's because there IS a default.

That's funny, because I can get my location in any number of datums using GPS. Wikipedia isn't always right..

And I'm supposed to believe you over a cited article? If you think it's wrong, then go correct it. From a little bit of Googling, what I've read supports Wikipedia:

The only reason anyone uses other datums is because they have old maps that are based on them, not because they're better in any way (they're not).

Comment Unacceptable! (Score 4, Funny) 140

This sort of reckless openness in communications sends the message that so called 'disasters' are a free-for-all for pirates, child pornographers, and terrorists.

Any right-thinking citizen would agree that a few unimportant people staying buried in rubble is a small price to pay to secure the internet against intellectual property theft and anonymous communication by evildoers.

Comment That's honestly pretty surprising. (Score 1) 165

It's not a huge surprise that the reliability of Apple widgets isn't appreciably better than high end Android gizmos; Apple is hardly the only company in the world that knows how to shove a bunch of solid state hardware into a tight space; and to the degree they are atypically skilled at it they usually end up focusing on extra skinniness and similar aesthetic considerations that don't necessarily enhance reliability.

What is surprising is that 'Android devices' as a whole would perform so well. It is the blessing, and the curse, of Android that pretty much anyone can slap it into almost anything; and vendors take full advantage of that. I would have expected the floods of dire crap to drag down the average reliability rating considerably.

Comment Re:The MS Merry Go Round. (Score 1) 208

Oh, please. These businesses and governments have been threatening to move to Linux for years and years; they never do. They only say this so they can get a discount from Microsoft when they're negotiating their license costs.

Show me a significant number of companies, or any really large companies, that have actually made a move to Linux. We're all familiar with a small handful of standout examples: City of Munich, Ernie Ball, etc., but these are exceptions, not the norm.

I'd really love it if businesses and governments all moved to Linux, but after everything I've seen about how these organizations work, I'll believe it can happen when I actually see it, and I expect to see pigs fly first. The morons running these places don't know anything besides MS, so they aren't going to change no matter what. It's entirely to MS's advantage to screw over their customers for more profit, because these customers aren't going anywhere.

Comment Re:Crowd source the egress (Score 1) 146

I live on a corner. My "address" is on one street, but if I walk out the side door I'm on the wrong street from what my address says.

This is resolved with standards. A building can only have one address, so in the case of a building on a corner, you have to pick one. This probably varies by country or state, but I think in many places in the US, residential houses' addresses are determined by which road the driveway enters from. I lived in a house like that years ago: the front door faced street A, but the driveway was on street B, so that was the house's address. I don't really see the problem here; it's not like the two are very far apart.

If you're coming out of a larger buildings with faces on two non-contiguous streets, and want a roboUber to pick you up, you should be able to just give it your GPS coordinates. (Also, I wouldn't be surprised if in large cities, buildings like that don't frequently have multiple street addresses that are resolvable by GPS, but I don't really know. Again, this probably varies a lot from place to place, since addressing is controlled by local government.)

How do you fix the "coordinate" problem of having ten different coordinate systems in use just in one place?

Um, the default? Almost everything is WGS-84 AFAIK. My car GPS lets me enter GPS coordinates, and it doesn't ask me for a datum. According to the Wikipedia article for WGS-84, it is the datum used by the GPS system itself, so logically that's the one you should use. Again according to the article, it's consistent worldwide to an accuracy of +- 1m. For building addresses, that's far more than sufficient resolution, esp. if you're just worried about where some robocar is going to pick you up. If you can't walk an extra 6 feet to deal with an inaccurate address, you're not going to be taking a roboUber anywhere.

(Here's one I really love. I order something online and the vendor tells me that my address doesn't exist. I've lived here for 20 years, I get mail and packages here all the time. Unfortunately, the shipping program he's using has "fixed" my address and it doesn't appear in his database, so my address doesn't exist.)

Does your address exist according to the USPS? That's the real authority there. I've seen that before, where people claim their address is such-and-such, but the USPS does not recognize that as an address and so will not deliver to it. Just because Google Maps thinks it's a real place doesn't mean the USPS does. To check, you need to go to and use their address verification tool there. If it doesn't come up there (along with a 9-digit ZIP code), then you need to contact your local postmaster and have the issue fixed. However you say you get mail there all the time (I'm assuming USPS when you say "mail"), so likely it is in there, and the vendor is using some other 3rd-party address database which is incomplete. I'm not sure what the real problem here is without more information but it sounds like your vendor has some shitty 3rd-party software. My recommendation is to go here:
and check your address. It'll correct your address if you're entering it weirdly, and will put it into the USPS's preferred standardized format (no punctuation, correct city name, etc.). Use that for your orders always. If the vendor has a problem with that, then it's the vendor's fault. Point them to the USPS's verifier if they disagree. How many vendors have a problem with this anyway? One or a lot?

Comment Re:Soon: One last update to end all misery (Score 1) 208

Why is it that every time I make a comment about Seattle, referencing posts like yours here (I haven't actually been to Seattle, much less lived there and tried to sign up for ISP service), some Seattle person chimes in telling me that it's all lies and they have no trouble getting high-speed internet service there?

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