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Comment Re:Also, there's Gab.ai (Score 1) 284

The pendulum has swung a little to fast into the right for many people. The good footing better be able to gain hold and achieve a momentum comparable to what the alt-right has been able to muster over the past 2 years and a bit.

I think optimism rooted and fertilized in realism approaching paranoid pessimistic conservatism is ideal, if hard.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 127

I have disabled TCP/IP 4 and 6, and Client for Microsoft Networking (or whatever it's called) for my wireless adaptor. All Windows does as host is establish a wifi connection. Then a Linux client requests an IP address over the bridged virtual network card, and from there I do all my surfing. The only drawback is that accelerated graphics don't work too well from inside the virtual machine. Otherwise, I never have to worry about the Windows host needing security updates, getting spyware, etc. because it's never on the internet!

Comment Re:What NEEDS to happen... (Score 1) 536

Magazines and blogs hype latest phone models. Consumers read them, feel like they haverefined taste because of their expert knowledge of consumer products which other consumers don't understand. This is all fed into by salespeople who get perks for learning all the talking points used to sell the phone and become "qualified". Then they count-down the days to release and when it comes out they give their expert review, opining on whether it delivered, etc.

Actually, that's how basically every fandom works. In the consumer age, everyone who gets hyped for something is a fanboy.

Comment Re:License to work (Score 1) 639

What I suspect is REALLY going on here is that John Deere and other manufacturers have adopted a model of selling their equipment to farmers either at a loss or at cost, with the understanding that they'll make their profit in implicit servicing contracts. And the farmers, now that they have the equipment in hand on the cheap, have decided to "alter the deal" (to quote the great Darth Vader) to save a buck.

Do you think John Deere offered them an option to buy the tractors at full price, free of licensing limitations? The parallels here to computers and cell-phones are uncanny. The incentive created by John Deere (in this hypothetical argument) with this business model they're using assumes that IP-law (a high-level abstraction) will somehow overcome the concept of property ownership (basically a function of ego, extremely low-level function of human nature).

I've really no pity whatsoever for companies who lose money thinking they can stop people from feeling entitled to own the tools which become natural extensions of their bodies. I don't care how many lawyers and lobbyists corporations buy to try and actualize their fictional, unreal business models. When DRM bites the dust and everyone is a tinkerer we will look back and laugh at the fantasies pointy-haired-bosses thought could be viable and sustainable.

Comment Re:Yeah, keep laughing, UMC (Score 1) 614

Fred Trump started his entrepreneurial enterprise building kit garages for people just as cars were getting popular. Saved enough money to buy some property and start building homes for lower-class folks. Donald Trump's childhood was all about the discipline of hard work and knowing what average people could and would buy and spend money on. His move to Manhattan and ambitious pivot to selling things to rich people was born from understanding human nature from the modest beginnings of his immigrant parents.

If you're going to be pessimistic about Trump, there are plenty of good reasons to be so. Him being out of touch with people isn't one, though. Donald Trump might not be the best abstract thinker, but he has a strong intuitive grasp of people rich and poor. I get the sense that his presidency will involve his giant face yapping while six men behind the curtain (a la Cheney) do all the thinking. And we will see better who will be under whose thumb.

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