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Comment Re:Wherever data is collected, it is abused (Score 4, Insightful) 163

Am I just paranoid, or does it seem that everywhere personal data is collected, it is abused?

You are not paranoid. Neither were the framers of the U.S. Constitution who built in protections against such abuse. Alas, irrational fear on the part of those elected by, and who then swore to defend the rights of, the citizens, have been steadily chipping away at those protections. The terrorists have won.

Comment So Where Was the Board? (Score 1) 109

Surely, the board of directors at Yahoo had someone that they listened to when it came to security issues that had the potential to affect the profitability and viability of the company. Right? I mean, after all, that's a board's job, to see to those two things. [/heavy sarcasm]

Comment Re:Just don't buy HP (Score 1) 242

Oh, STFU you Rand fan boy. This, right here, is a prime example of why your vaunted "free market" does not work. Did you RTFA? You know, the part about how HP sneaked this update in well before activating it? Free market's require informed consumers. Furthermore, it requires that what I thought I bought continues to be what I bought. Changing my property without my informed consent is all kinds of wrong.

Comment LMFTFY (Score 4, Insightful) 134

Uber is manipulating the media for free publicity by hinting at flying cars.

There is so much in the way of what Uber is suggesting that it is absurd for them to be making public statements about it. First of all... Uber. You know, the ride sharing service that let's people make a few extra bucks by giving rides in their fifteen-year old Chevy. I wonder which will come first, flying Uber cars or a town on Mars named Muskville.

Comment Re:Not intentional (Score 1) 428

When demand increases the rates increase. This is done by software, not some evil Mr. Burns figure at Uber.

Exactly, and even if it was, just STFU, you whiney liberal bitches. This is the sacred free market at work and it is a glorious thing to behold. How dare you suggest that it is somehow immoral to maximize profits by exploiting an increasing demand appearing against a limited supply.

Comment Re:No no no. (Score 1) 271

You don't need vacuum tubes. That's such a horrible audio myth. They glow in the dark and look nice. Aside from that, they produce more distortion, more noise, use more power, are more fragile, and have shorter lifetimes than solid state electronics. They do not sound better, given $X spent on whatever, presuming some reasonable amount of tech is returned per dollar.

OTOH, if you just want to make vacuum tubes because.... you want to make vacuum tunes... have at it :)

You are mostly correct. Vacuum tubes are less efficient, produce more distortion (generally speaking), are less efficient and more fragile, and have shorter life expectancy that solid state components. However, a well designed vacuum tube amplifier will sound better to most listeners. The reason for this is the type of distortion produced. Our ears/brain "hear" a big difference between 2nd and 3rd order harmonic distortion, and it is the former that those glowing glass devices are noted for.

Speaking for myself, and having built several amplifiers based on some of the most respected designs available to the DIY builder, I was absolutely astounded at how much better my first single ended triode (tube) amp sounded than anything I had ever heard. Mind you, I am no clueless audiophile snob. I don't hear a difference between 18 ga lamp cord speaker wires and overpriced, "oxygen-free", "audiophile-grade" speaker wires. I do hear a difference between solid state and an SET, and it is profound. Now, I will qualify that claim by noting that most SET amps are low-powered affairs, that demand rather special (highly efficient) speakers. They are not at their best with loud/complex program material, but when fed a well-recorded acapella vocal group, jazz or classical ensemble, or even some Steely Dan, the result is nothing less than breathtaking. The same can be said for tube-based headphone amps. Not every pair of headphones is a good match for this type of amp.

But then most listeners think that the .mp3 material going through their Beats headpones is "hi-fi", so anyone who can make a buck off that crowd by "sticking tubes in the circuit" is just as guilty of taking money from suckers as is the manufacturer selling a $900 cable that "...increases warmth and air..." In other words, the worth of a given technology is in how it's implemented and not nearly so much in the nature of the components.

Comment Re:New form of measurement? (Score 1) 209

"Free market" does not mean a market free from government regulation.

In the truest sense of the term, it does. It's all a myth of course, because it assumes that those making the purchasing decisions have all the information that they need to choose wisely. The FDA was born because consumers clearly lacked such insight and were suffering, even dying for it. Despite what that fuckwit Trump is saying, some government regulation is not just necessary, it is welcome.

Comment Re:New form of measurement? (Score 1, Insightful) 209

This, folks, is why you should pay attention to who runs for state attorney general.

Companies get away with this bullshit because private individuals can't hold them to account. It'd cost more than $9100, even counting your time as free, to fight this as an individual. So companies know they can do to you what they please.

This is why we have consumer protection laws, to protect people from bullshit they can't afford to litigate. A shot across the bow from your state's consumer protection bureau counts for a lot more than an angry contract termination call. And if your state AG's office doesn't have a consumer protection division, or if there aren't consumer protection laws in your state, well you're SOL until someone changes that.

But, but.. Government is not the solution to our problems. Government is the problem St. Reagan said so. Besides, the free market will fix this. It always magically corrects all wrongs done to consumers by companies whose only obligation is to their shareholders.

So... how's my Rand fan-boy impression coming along?

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