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Comment Re:Trademarks protect purchasers, not sellers (Score 2) 72

Uh, no. It's not a standards mark but an indicator of origin. I may think Foo brand shoes suck, but if I want genuine Foo for whatever reason, I want to know I'm buying genuine Foo. Maybe their quality sucks but they're made in a well-respected factory in Colorado, they treat their employees well, and they only emit pure oxygen and distilled water from their factories. The Chinese knockoffs might be better, but I want the Colorado-made product. The whole point of trademarks is that only Foo can claim to make Foo shoes.

Comment Free Apple TV - that's kinda cool (Score 1) 80

From the article:

Customers can get an Apple TV included with 3 months pre-paid of any DIRECTV NOW package.

The base 32GB Apple TV is currently $149. Looking at it another way, AT&T will sell you an Apple TV at a $44 discount and throw in three free months of live TV programming. That's actually a sweet deal.

PS: This is the first and probably only time you'll hear me describe anything from AT&T as being a decent value.

PPS: In before "apple tv sucks fanboyz lol etc". I have an Apple TV and I like it. You may prefer something else. Yay, here's your cookie. But if you were thinking about buying an Apple TV for Christmas, here's a $44 coupon off.

Comment Trademarks protect purchasers, not sellers (Score 4, Interesting) 72

That's great news! Trademarks are the one part of IP I can happily support. If I want to buy Foo brand shoes, and I see a shoebox marked with Foo's logo, I want to be reasonably sure that it actually contains Foo-approved shoes. Sure, people try to abuse trademarks ("you're not allowed to use our name in a news article criticizing us!" and other jackassery), but the actual concept of trademarks is great. This is the kind of IP law enforcement I actually want to see.

Comment Re:This is not solved with software. (Score 1) 291

or trying to figure out how to block the driver and let the precious snowflakes in the other seats continue to feed their cellular addictions.

Oh, get over yourself. I ride a bus to work every day. I don't think it's special-snowflakeism to want to read the news while we're trudging along for half an hour. And before your start in with neo-Luddite "ever heard of a book", have you ever tried reading long-form text on public transit? This situation is practically what Twitter and News.app was invented for.

Comment Re:Get a frigging case (Score 1) 478

Or - and I know this is crazy - actually use that cloud thing the kids are talking about.

It doesn't have to be someone else's. I have a home NAS (which is solidly in the category of "things people who would need a MacBook Pro would likely benefit from having anyway"). It stores all our ripped CDs and DVDs, and when I'm at home I can play all of those directly off the network share. If I'm traveling, I can download the stuff I want to take with me. If I forget something, I can download it from my NAS while I'm on the road.

So basically my laptop has the properties you're describing: I can be home plugged in to power and with several TB of fast local network storage, or I can be traveling with a lightweight laptop without all the things I don't need when I'm not in my living room.

Comment Re:what is this garbage. (Score 1) 113

Or you can be in a Slack conversation with your team and say "hey, look at this...". Paste in a block of code. Slack renders it inline and syntax-highlighted. You discuss and move on to the next topic. That's vastly simpler than opening a browser to copy-and-paste a few lines so you can get a link to it.

Comment Re:Great! Competition FTW! (Score 1) 113

It takes more than half that time for many people to become fully engaged in a complex task

That's debatable. It helps a lot if you have a short description of what you're trying to accomplish. Now, I wouldn't want to write a novel or an architecture document that way, but it's great for knocking out a dozen well-defined chores.

Comment Ooh, excellent! (Score 4, Interesting) 95

Step one: Make a Facebook profile (either your first or an additional one) and add a few friends.
Step two: Post lots of short updates matching their expected "safe driver" ruleset.
Step three: Point your insurer at that account and enjoy lower premiums.

I think this is an excellent idea from the insurers, and I encourage anyone I'm about to borrow money from to use the same process. Please.

Comment Re:Great! Competition FTW! (Score 3) 113

Maybe I just don't multi-task well....but anyway, I find that for the most part, constant communication with IM, at least for tech work...kills my productivity and ability to concentrate and work.

With Slack, you can set Do Not Disturb and not get any notifications. I like working that way: I set DND and go into a 25 minute sprint. At the end, I look at Slack and see messages, dog videos, and whatever, then minimize it and go back to work for another 25 minutes.

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