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Comment Wrong in at least two ways. (Score 1) 268

1.) I *do* like the concept of cash. And I always like to have some in my pocket. And I bet there are many people like me in that regard.

2.) Killing cash in developing and third world countries isn't going to work anytime soon. And it will be difficult in quite some 1st world countries too, especially those where citizens have learned to distrust Gouvernment and the banks.

3.) If anyone actually does kill cash, it will be Google and not you guys. Sorry.

Comment Re:hello? dock? (Score 5, Insightful) 164

Get a dock if you want to use lots of (legacy) ports on a compact laptop!

Uh... if I wanted a 'compact laptop' I'd buy a macbook air.

I wanted a pro laptop; I want a gigabit ethernet port. That is not a "legacy" port. I want regular USB. I want HDMI. These are not legacy ports either. These are what the other devices you will encounter on the road have. From the TV in the hotel to the flash drive a coworker will hand you. I don't want to have reach into a bag of dongles to find an adapter for every goddamned thing.

I'm fine with it being a bit heavier, and a bit thicker if it gives me more ports and more battery. Again, I wanted a pro laptop ... if I wanted a compact laptop that focused on minimalism... I'd have bought a macbook air.

I want more RAM, I want more SSD. This laptop might be a fine device... but its just a fancy macbook air. I'm in the market for a pro laptop.

Anyone that's somehow finding it possible to be hurting for an additional $25 after buying a $2,000+ computer can just get on ali or amazon or ebay and pick up two cables for $6 shipped or something like that.

Its not the money for the cables, its having to buy them at all. Its that I spent $2000+ for a computer with all the functionality I wanted built in. I wasn't trying to save money; I was trying to buy a pro laptop. Charge me another $200 and build-in the fucking ports. Not having to carry around a bag of shit is worth it to me.

Get a dock! Problem solved, and solved well.

A dock is something you leave on your desk. I need the ports to follow me around so I can use them where I go.

So your solution is Buy a laptop for $2000+ Then buy another slightly smaller laptop sized dongle to fix all the shortcomings of the first laptop.

FFS that is not a problem solved well. You know what a problem solved well would be... build the fucking dock INTO the goddamned laptop, and call that a "pro" laptop.

Comment Re:Good riddance to MagSafe (Score 1) 164

I've had the cords themselves go, but the connector itself has always been fine.

magsafe is, or should I say *was*, one of the big selling points for the macbook pros for me.

I can't really see buying another one though. The new one is not merely underwhelming, its a straight up downgrade.

Comment Re:Home internet (Score 3, Interesting) 104

WTF will it be looking like with consumers torrenting @ 10Gbps? Meh. Not really thought through this article...

Would we download more though, or just faster? A Netflix 4K stream is 25 Mbps, BluRay Video has a max rate of 54 Mbps, UHD BluRay 128 Mbps. I have a 150 Mbps line and apart from occasionally downloading a season and figuring out it's junk after a few episodes I use the bandwidth regardless. The only advantage is that huge game patches and such download quicker so I don't get stuck just because Steam wants to install a 2GB patch right when I want to play. Even a big family streaming half a dozen UHD monsters shouldn't be able to saturate a 1 Gbps link.

His huge downloads are probably hogging the whole bandwidth because of poor QoS, so 10 Gbps solves the problem with brute excess capacity. Either that or he ran into some kind of soft limiter because 30000*10GB = 300TB a year is way, way outside the norm but they let it pass if you pay the 10 Gbps price. And if the software was a little smarter at caching 30000 images / 2000 working hours = average 4 minutes/photo, download takes about 10 seconds so if it would preload he wouldn't be waiting at all. I'm sure he can well afford the extra $3k/year to just make the problem go away though.

Comment Re:Capitalism? (Score 1) 269

I'm not seeing what in True Capitalism prevents the enslaving.

A just government dedicated to the rights of the people (individually). As of right now, the US Constitution has indentured every working person (enslaved) in a violation of the 14th Amendment. Socialism by definition requires the taking of a mans effort, and giving it to another, under threat. The 16th Amendment is, a horrible case of government enslaving its people. A man ought to have complete and total control over the wages he makes, and not having any such protection, we are all slaves to government.

A government that can take whatever it wants from you (via taxes) can take everything you have. There is no limit.

Comment Re:Capitalism? (Score 1) 269

The purpose of government is to ensure the liberties of its citizenry, not play mommy and daddy protecting people from themselves.

Constitution says so, but they are (patents and copyright) rights as in the same as "freedom of speech" is a right, but are the only rights that are limited (time in this case) Interestingly, because it is a right (granted, not natural) it also requires securing. Which is, IMHO, the duty and purpose of government.

securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

There is no right of "contract" anywhere in the Constitution. Which is one of the reasons why I am opposed to government (at any level) defining marriage in any way shape or form (marriage being a contract). Keep in mind, I am a Libertarian, so my views are based on liberty. My views on Contracts (and incorporation) are that these are grants of the state (governments at any level) , and therefore are created and exist with the blessing of the state, which means the state can also dissolve them. Imagine a Corporation accused, tried and convicted of some crime, and the state having the power to dissolve it, sell off the assets and give the victims their due, how that would change the "moral" nature of the corporation itself. I call it the "corporate death sentence". Yes, corporations are legal entities, but only because the state allows it to be that way.

I am not anarchist. I have a very well defined purpose of government ...

... establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Such a government would lead to a very prosperous nation and people. Anything less is a road to tyranny.

Comment This is bad. (Score 1) 162

Say what you will, but I don't like the way things are going in the broad perspective.

Yes, we are the dominant species. And yes that is cool.

But we need to start and act as responsible as we are. Right now we only have one planet and it's probably going to stay that way - any people moving to mars in 300 years probably will go to stay there. Just watching those old films of english colonial lords shooting tigers by the dozen just for the kicks or seeing japanese firms chopping down rainforests in the indonesian sea for precious wood because the imprint of it looks cool on cast concrete (seriously) makes me sick. This sort of behaviour is totally insane.

I actually think it might well placed and targeted eco terrorism/sabotage might even be waranted in a few situations happening around the globe. Ignorant idiots are fucking up the planet and we need a global military force to stop them. Make it really expensive in hardware, money and lives to poison rivers in south america where metals are being mined. Stop bulldozers in the amazon with an AMG shot to the motor.

Comment Re:Business as usual (Score 1) 269

Observe as attack lap dogs regurgitate distraction memes about safety or regulation.

Most of those meme fail once you actually test them. The "Safety" regulations aren't just the obvious (Fire alarms), but go all the way down to "bedbugs". The problem is, that no amount of regulation actually solves any problem and the regulations aren't actually enforced when there is a failure. Yes, Hilton has fire detectors in every room because of regulation, but my view is that they would have them (eventually) anyways. It is kind of like "free wifi" is, it is a "selling point". Eventually everyone has "Free Internet" anyways, because those that do not have it will eventually lose business.

Hilton will take extra steps to get rid of "bedbugs" in because they rely upon their reputation. An AirBNB member probably cannot provide that level of service. Eventually, the marketplace will sort it out, it always does.

Comment Re:Capitalism? (Score 1) 269

Actually, under True Capitalism, the rich cannot enslave anyone, especially in a republic of laws that prohibit it. So instead of Capitalism and Republic, we are going down the tubes to Socialism and Democracy based on convenience and emotion.

They(Liberal socialists) never realize that markets want to be free, and the only way to keep them from being free is totalitarianism (rules, regulations, taxes and government guns)

Comment Re:Hotel CEO Openly Does His Job (Score 1) 269

Monopolies are only temporary. They eventually die under their own weight. We (people in general) tend to look for quick and easy solutions so they aren't tolerated very well, when you can vote them out of business. But once you can vote a Monopoly out of business, you can vote any business out of business.

I call this the rule of unintended consequences. My best example is the rise of Linux in the era of Microsoft Monopoly. The Microsoft Monopoly created the need for an alternative (Linux) and Linus found a way (GPL) that would protect his new creation against being taken over by the monopoly. The combination (GPL, Linux Code) has proven to be Microsoft's biggest competitor, and they really have no ability to counter it. I personally doubt Linux would have had that success it has, without Microsoft Monopoly. We are in the age of "Linux on the desktop" except the "desktop" has moved to the pocket (Android), to embedded devices, to all sorts of places Windows can't, and Microsoft can't compete. End of Monopoly. Windows is slowing diminishing in marketplace. Pretty soon, you won't need Windows to run "that one app" that isn't available anywhere else. Someone is building an appliance that does the same thing as "windows / that one app" does.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 269

Actually, the rents tend to be higher and availability is lower, since Landlords can now rent AirBNB and earn more money than they can doing whole month leases.

The problem isn't for the Landlords it is for the big Hotels that are losing lots of customers due to increased supply. These new rules are designed to realign the supply for the benefit of the entrenched industries (hotels)

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