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Comment Re:come on, have a little perspective here... (Score 1) 340

Bringing down large portions of the internet is much more than a mild inconvenience. People work on the internet. Entire industries revolve around it. Disruptions have serious financial impacts that can threaten the livelihood of families. I don't necessarily think it should warrant a death sentence - but don't brush it off is a trivial matter either.

IMHO - it should carry a LENGTHY prison sentence. 10 years minimum. And any country that doesn't match mandatory sentencing guidelines or that doesn't investigate abuses seriously should be disconnected from the main network.

Comment Re:I say BS (Score 1) 168

I'm sure many wouldn't mind, but see there's not really open land to just live on anymore. Most of it is either privately owned or public land that forbids camping.

And if you figure you'll hunt/gather? Everyone - even the homeless - are still subject to game seasons. Kinda hard to live off of hunting deer if its only legal to hunt them for a month or two out of the year.

The simple fact is that if you are broke, you can't just go live off the land like our ancestors did without breaking a myriad of laws and getting arrested. I'm not one for expansive social programs - I'm actually fairly conservative. However I think that as a public service we should absolutely provide a basic facility to house anyone without a permanent residence. It needn't be extravagant, but IMHO providing them with a bunk, a shower, and 3 basic no-frills meals until they can get back on their feet should be obvious. Otherwise you have people who get into a rut that they can basically never climb back out of.

If you don't most of them are going to resort to crime and you'll be providing all those things anyways - why not provide them in a way to promote getting people off the system ASAP?

Comment Re: Halfway There (Score 1) 422

You do realize that it's a very dangerous idea to buy a gun that you only ever shoot when you need it right?

Unlike in the Walking Dead - guns to shoot tiny laser guided bullets. It takes a lot of skill to not only operate the gun in a safe manner, but also to actually hit what you're shooting at. If you only pull the gun out "when you have to" - it likely will do more harm than good.

Any responsible gun owner should practice with at least 100 rounds every few months at a bare minimum.

Comment Re:One trusted model per hundred years. Model 1911 (Score 4, Informative) 422

For a user of moderate skill? Yes, the Glock is better. I say that as someone who owns a semi-custom 1911 that cost me just shy of $3000. A 1911 just tends to be more temperamental. You can get them to be mostly reliable, but even the best tuned 1911 is still merely on part with an out of the box $500 Glock when it comes to reliability. The thumb safety also takes more training to get used to vs the Glock's point-and-shoot. The magazine well on the Glock, being a double-stack, also makes mag changes faster, and the magazines hold more making mag changes less frequent.

Granted, the 1911 does feel better in the hand, points more naturally, and is generally a heck of a lot more accurate, but there's a reason 95% of all police departments carry Glocks.

I'd consider the 1911 akin to a sports car. In the right hands you can get a lot more performance, but for your average driver they'd be better served by a Camry with an auto-transmission.

Comment Good luck (Score 5, Insightful) 357

You know - I'm not even really against the pipeline. IMHO the protesters are over blowing the concerns and construction should have been going ahead.

THAT SAID - the way the authorities have been treating the protesters is absolutely mind boggling. They have a right to protest - and people have a right to film it. Trumping up "riot" charges because you don't like what they're saying is not just sour grapes - it's unconstitutional.

I'm not even sure about my position on the pipeline itself anymore, but everyone involved in the handling of the protests should be either voted out/recalled if elected, or fired if not elected.

Comment Re:Automatic forwarding mail still scanned? (Score 1) 205

The point is that you start giving people a NEW email address and try to get most to start sending there, but for anyone who you miss and doesn't get the updated address, you won't miss their messages. Sure those will still be scanned, but over time the messages coming through Yahoo should be a smaller and smaller percentage of your overall email volume.

Comment Re:This sounds like more of an excuse than a plan. (Score 1) 125

Resolution has nothing to do with the uncanny valley.

A 50 year old television broadcast looks terrible quality wise compared to a scene from Halo 5 - but the human mind still understands that the video recording despite being much lower resolution is still "real".

That's a rendering problem - not a display problem.

Also, for many things, you don't necessarily need to render the world. VR needn't only be games - just as TV's aren't only games but also video content. VR can also be a mix of pre-recorded and live content that is simply experienced. How may people wouldn't mind being able to actually stand on the field and watch the Superbowl, and be on stage at a concert?

Looks at the popularity of things like "haunted house" attractions this time of year when it's mostly a walk-through experience. Something like that that is based on real video but with special effects and post-processing could be MUCH more scary (and much higher quality - kinda like movies freed you from seeing the local theater troupe and let people start seeing performances from the best actors in the world).

Comment Re:WTF is the point of VR? (Score 1) 125

Like, I've talked to a few people online who write the whole thing off because they tried some GearVR plastic cell phone box, and those are pointlessly terrible.

I think that's part of the problem for me. I've still not tried a "real" VR headset like an Occulus or Vive because I don't visit trade shows and I don't know anyone with one. I HAVE tried a Google Cardboard knockoff with a cellphone and the effect was a huge letdown. It FELT like looking at a little screen in front of my face in a box. I'd love to try a better one but at $500-$700 that's not a purchase I can make on a whim just in case I might like it.

4K tv's have displays sitting in big box stores that you can walk by. Heck when I got my first Nintendo as a kid it was because I saw one at someone else's house and just HAD to have one. If HTC or Occulus wants to sell me a VR headset - there needs to be one sitting in Walmart or Best Buy for me to go try - even if for 30 seconds - just to gauge how immersive it is and if it's worth the price.

Comment Re: Comment (Score 1) 319

Well, I'm definitely opposed to this law, but think about your example: regardless of whether you know Anthony Hopkins age or not (I certainly don't know it without looking it up), he is visually and obviously unsuited to that role.

Consider more a case of Emily Kinney, whose age was at one time a bit hard to look up. She was pretty convincingly portraying Beth Greene on The Walking Dead - a 16-17 year old character - while the actress was in her late 20's.

You have to think of cases where people CAN'T really tell that the person isn't suited for the role just by looking at them.

Comment Re:Yup (Score 1) 319

Exactly. Loser pays all system basically means you DO NOT sue a big company regardless of how solid you think your claim is. I don't care if Microsoft wrote a program that caused my computer to intentionally come to life and shoot my dog, I wouldn't sue them for fear of maybe just POSSIBLY losing, which would mean I'm on the hook for their legal fees and I'm basically screwed for life.

Now, loser pays some capped portion of the opponent's legal fees and I could get behind that.

Comment Re:Yup (Score 1) 319

The Supreme Court hasn't seem to have made any rulings lately that I'd say are too far off-base, and their title *SUPREME* court basically means that they're the ones tasked with interpreting what the constitution means. You might as well accuse Hermin Melville of not knowing the ending of Moby Dick.

Of course I'm guessing your post is just another one of those "government is bad, mmmkay" type posts where everyone is always doing everything wrong despite never including any actual examples. It's always easier to bring generic discontent than specific talking points.

Comment Re:Return it as defective. (Score 2) 491

Checking Best Buy's website it doesn't mention any restocking fee. As a matter of fact a search on it indicates that Best Buy did away with virtually all their restocking fees back in 2010.


Did you do any research or did you just assume the Best Buy is going to charge such a fee?

Comment Re:So a guy that runs a ride sharing company. (Score 1) 274

My cars been paid for for ~6 years now. Insurance is $37 per month. Fuel is about $80 per month. Maintenance comes in waves but averages around $50 per month. I don't know of anywhere within 60 miles that doesn't have parking included as part of a lease (and I personally own a home anyways so my driveway doesn't cost extra).

It seems like people try to nickel and dime THEMSELVES when it comes to justify a purchase. Car ownership isn't that expensive.

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