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Comment Re:Hey, cable companies: (Score 2) 200

My municipal water system is cheaper and far more reliable than my internet service...

Two problems with your assertion:

1) If governments tightly regulated ISP pricing and behavior like they do the local water utility, you might have had a workable analogy.

2) Two words: Flint, Michigan.

Comment Re:it's the real thing (Score 1) 64

By the time that happens, it's highly likely that the item in question isn't going to have a market for it.

Loom at it this way: There's a reason why there are a lot of people around today who can credibly authenticate either a real/fake centuries-old Rembrandt painting or Stradivarius violin, and get paid somewhat handsomely to do so.

Comment Re: Should have started with old videogames. (Score 1) 64

If the ROM contents are cloned, would you care to explain what is so different from the original cartridge to justify the prices?

For the same reason a poster of the Mona Lisa is worth much less than the actual Mona Lisa.

In this particular case, I'm not 100% certain the analogy holds up, but I think you two are discussing different aspects.

It all depends on what you are actually buying... if you're buying it to play the game, then a repro cartridge and the original are of equal value. If you're buying it for purely aesthetic purposes, or for bragging rights (...umm, really?), then it would make a huge difference.

All that said and done, who the hell is paying for this authentication? Ultimately, the buyer, natch, but is eBay (and the "authenticator") charging the seller or the buyer for this service?

Comment Re:Retaliatory measures based on no evidence. (Score 1) 821

In this case, the USSR is correct in its naming, and in calling itself socialist. Socialism is defined (among other things) as, ( and I quote ):

any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods

...and if the USSR was good at anything (besides purges), it was good at government ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.

Comment Re:Over/under: Invasion of sovereign nation or tru (Score 2) 821

Regardless of who was behind Wikileaks documents related to US politics, they were almost entirely anti-Democrat.

Like it's the RNC's fault that they weren't stupid enough to 1) hang an unsecured private MS Exchange server directly on the public Internet, 2) fall for a monumentally stupid phishing scam, and 3) use email to coordinate some stupefyingly shady shit (colluding with the media and vice-versa, screwing over Sanders and his voters, etc.)

I mean, come on... if the RNC had even thought of doing anything like any of that, you can bet your ass that CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC... all of them would be announcing it from the rooftops and covering it ad nauseum the whole election.

Instead, all this stuff gets revealed about the DNC, and the majority of media in response pooh-poohs it, then keeps it as quiet as humanly possible.

Unless you're a frothing partisan, you cannot think that there's anything right about any of that kind of behavior.

And by the way, Anonymous (not Russia per se) and a leaker within the DNC were the ones behind it. Assange himself even said as much. Anonymous stated from the get-go that because of various shady doings by Clinton and her confederate Wasserman-Schulz (Sanders' fucking in the primaries being among those doings) that they would actively go after Clinton with everything they had.

Comment Re:laptops sell more (Score 4, Interesting) 230

I dunno... it certainly seems that way, especially when you consider that Macs (or rather, OSX-running stuff) represent what, 10-20% of their revenue nowadays, when compared to iPads and etc?

But then, if you look at the population at large, we're seeing a somewhat similar trend.

You and I (and anyone who loves to tinker with stuff) are decrying the lack of ports, lack of upgradeability, etc... meanwhile, Joe Sixpack never bothers to do much more than occasionally up the RAM on his laptop, his wife dumped her laptop for an iPad/tablet years ago, and a *huge* percentage of folks do nearly everything on their smartphones nowadays.

Port usage is different too among most consumers - most folks have long ago begun switching to bluetooth and wifi to connect stuff. Printers nowadays are wifi-connected, so what's the point of having a dedicated printer cable port? Geek sticks? Okay, we'll still need a USB port.. but that's about it. Camera/SD cards? USB adapter, as always, or just use the USB cable, or...

Makes perfect sense to the average consumer, who doesn't have a lot of use for the holes in their laptop, and isn't going to bother with upgrades beyond maybe a bigger hard drive a couple of years down the road - when it comes time to buy a new laptop. I don't blame them, either - there haven't been any real advances in performance over the past, what, decade? At least when it comes to the trinity (CPU, RAM, Disk), it's been incremental at best.

This presents a problem for the tinkering crowd. I can't just buy a baseline MBP and bump the disk and RAM when I get home. I can't plug in all my old shit like I used to. Unlike most consumers, I actually use the built-in Ethernet port once in awhile on my 2012-era MBP (occasionally troubleshooting the home router/sat-link ISP). Stuff like that. But then, I see my own home rigs changing: the laptop I sit in front of connects to boxes I've rigged as servers: media, storage, what-have-you. Given this, I don't mind so much if I can't do as much with the laptop nowadays. If I want to do gaming or some real demanding thing, I can turn to my fire-breathing dual-boot (Hackintosh/Linux) desktop - either by sitting in front of it, or by using RDP, or...

I think it's part and parcel of Apple's response to usage patterns among the general public (not the geeks, but the general public), which makes more sense to them, at least financially.

Comment Re:Lucky he is CEO. (Score 1) 410

Depends on the infraction. Pretty sure that a CEO would be punished for doing something illegal with a child just as much as the janitor would...

In this case though, actively nuking a company's reputation from orbit (which is what he did) is more than plenty of reason needed to fire the CEO.

Comment Re:Only Fixed by Resigning (Score 1) 410

He recognized what he did, he recognized his error.

You grossly misspelled "He recognized that he got caught red-handed" up there.

Sorry, but there's no trust to be salvaged from that one.

(...and why the fuck was a CEO even given database/middleware access, anyway? Doesn't he have more important shit to do, like you know, run the company?)

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