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Comment Re: Mint (Score 1) 510

The goal is to do work, not simply get the software to work.

For avid GNU/Linux heads, the goal is to do work by getting the software to work, unencumbered by enforced dependence on one or more companies that may decide to irrevocably change the software or deny service in the future. This helps protect the future of getting work done. Thus, they like the open source and the self-compiling, etc.

Comment Re:No, it's the hour in the middle you can skip (Score 2) 395

Puting the two together though is just silly. ... The Superman of the early comics would never have agreed to even associate with the Bat, so okay we have some conflict but we know who should prevail; Batman is going to have to come around to the S in terms of how they resolve any external conflict.

If you haven't, please borrow a friend's copies of the DC animated universe, starting with the Superman episode "World's Finest" if you don't want to watch everything. Batman and Superman have a rocky start, and even through Justice League, Batman's tactics rub Superman the wrong way. DC's animation folks consistently have good plots, story arcs, and character development. Their live-action movies and television series are rife with writers and producers wanting to make their own mark with the stories thus making a mess of them, or feeling they need to fit "modern sensibilities" of a television program (monster of the week drama + lover of the week drama).

Comment Re:Okay then (Score 2) 76

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Comment Re:Leave the original (Score 4, Interesting) 542

2 was okay. The ending of 2 makes it completely obvious that the "real world" is yet another Matrix that Neo can control, and earlier parts of 2 hinted at this, but the third movie never explores that storyline. It would have been far more interesting to discover that all the humans were dead, and that the AIs were trying to recreate humans by tricking "baby AIs" into thinking they're human, and waking them from various stages of reality into freshly created fleshy bodies.

Comment Re: lack of foresight (Score 1) 193

No, but they did have private documents.

Can you imagine what would have happened if James Madison was crossing the boarder and someone said to him "Pass over all your documents, my scribe is going to take a copy of them"

There is nothing new here, it is just a document search and seizure.

But its not the same. In those days, when you travelled and crossed borders you had to more or less consciously give some attention to the documents you brought with you. Reams of paper get pretty heavy; and so it wasn't customary to have every document, photo, and piece of correspondence, you ever produced or received *on your person*.

Now you cross the border... and your phone or laptop; especially if its also linked to additional cloud storage accounts and social media etc... it literally has the potential to be a every document, photo, and piece of correspondence you have ever received; and we don't give it a 2nd thought ... we need our phones to make a few calls or receive emails and look at maps while travelling, and we don't think about just how much data we're carrying around with us until some belligerent TSA goon is demanding we hand over our phone and laptop passwords.

We're not deliberately carrying all our photos and email history and bank records and tax documents through customs because we want to transport them to another country... its just incidental to how we use the devices.

If James Madison was reentering the country with a suitcase of documents, it would still be egregious to demand they be turned over for copying before allowing passage. "Ah, but what if it's his entire personal library, packed in boxes. He might be smuggling contraband. Customs should be allowed to inspect!" Too true, but what invasive species, sickened animals, blood diamonds, ivory, or tiger penis might be in the ones and zeroes of James Madison VIII's phone?

Comment Re:Pretend this is slashdot (Score 1) 183

There is no basis for claiming that "women who have had hysterectomies" have higher quality healthcare than "women who have not had hysterectomies".

Assumption1: Not all women have health care, by circumstance or choice.
Assumption2: Hysterectomies are solely the result of health care of some sort.
Discounting false positives leading to unneeded hysterectomies, in the set of women who have had hysterectomies, all of the women who have needed hysterectomies have received hysterectomies. In the set of women who have not had hysterectomies, there will be some women who have needed hysterectomies have not received hysterectomies. Therefore, "women who have had hysterectomies" have higher quality healthcare than "women who have not had hysterectomies". Throw back in the false positives, and you still have one group, all with health care by tautology (even if it sometimes misdiagnoses), and another group where many/most probably have health care, but some have no health care (by circumstance or choice). This would work at lesser degrees for any medical procedure.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 214

Good sales at Christmas time for a new product is not an indication of product success

Also include returns of the same product after Christmas and most importantly, sales following Christmas. If 1000 people get them as presents, but 900 return them, that's bad. If 1000 people receive them as presents, and post Christmas sales are lackluster, then the items sold well as gifts from people who thought they were nice presents, but wouldn't buy such things for themselves. Then the presents sat on a shelf and the receiver didn't spread the word because they were meh. Congratulations, your item is a pet rock. If 1000 people get them as presents and post Christmas sales show improvement, then your product will continue to sell well just by word of mouth because it's awesome. Apple is having to force these earbuds down people's throats, so I'm guessing they suck.

Comment Re:Selling out? (Score 1) 78

It has to do with them being extremely conservative in holding inventory rather than it being premeditated. Plus unlike Sony and Microsoft who'll sacrifice short term profits for long term marketshare. Nintendo could have rushed the next production run and expedited with airfreight but it would have eaten into their profit margins.

It's not like they're new to the markets of the West. Christmas is huge gift giving season, even for atheists and other non-Christians. This device was perfectly priced and timed for Christmas, and it also had the nostalgia factor. This was 100% a premeditated shortage. Conservative estimates of demand would have been a lot more. I opted not to buy a Wii-U because it wasn't available when I wanted to buy it. This device might go the same way, because by the time it's available somewhere for retail price, I'll have forgotten to look for it.

Comment Re:It's easy to use they said... (Score 1) 99

They do the same thing as those who were "monitored" and "regulated". Spy on SOs, exes etc. And of course, people were shocked, SHOCKED I tell you that the NSA staffers would ever do such a thing. Same as when cops were revealed to be doing the same thing...

We were unhappy to have been proven correct, but no one was shocked, because the people that really would have been shocked have never heard this ever took place. They do get shocked when I tell them, and then they demand proof.

Comment Re:Why should this be surprising? (Score 1) 158

By definition, half the people minus one are below average intelligence.

This is one of my pet peeves. "Average Intelligence" is usually assumed to be a range of points on the IQ scale, not just one spot. Also, since there are more than 300 humans alive, it stands to reason that there will be quite a lot of collisions when you start hashing humans to points on the IQ scale. Since it's usually described as a bell-curve distribution, there will be a large number of humans sitting at the exact average point. So even if you believe that "average" is just one point, and not a range from (arbitrarily chosen by me) 95-110, less than half (by much more than one) of the population is below average by definition.

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