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Comment Re:Return it as defective. (Score 2) 467

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.

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

That's why I've stuck with Verizon. I live in a small town. Pretty much every major carrier has service here, but for most of them this is the edge of their coverage area - with Verizon it's in the middle.

If I drive even 2 miles outside of town in the wrong direction almost all of them will drop out whilst Verizon will hold a signal out for 20-30 more miles. My parents and my brother both live outside of all the other areas but within Verizon's service area. If I want to have signal when I'm at their houses, I pretty much HAVE to use Verizon.

FWIW though, I've never really had trouble out of them. I still haven't had any strange data usage show up on my account, and maybe I'm just cynical, but in general knowing how incompetent the average person is when it comes to understanding networks I'm betting many others don't really understand it either. I've known quite a few people to accidentally turn their Wifi off and be using mobile data for extended periods of time without realizing it.

Comment Re:New form of measurement? (Score 2) 209

Wow. Uh, no! First off, if she sues them (which is what I was clearly indicating should happen), SHE's the plaintiff.

What is she going to sue for? In order to bring a suit you have to state damages. If she hasn't paid the fine she hasn't been damaged. If she does pay it she's essentially agreeing to it.

You can't just sue to "not pay a bill", unless she somehow wants to somehow claim that receiving the bill caused emotional distress for which she's due compensation (fat chance). She has the choice of ignoring it, and if so Verizon can sue for damages, in which case she'd need to lawyer up in response.

Comment Understandable (Score 1) 151

There's not a whole lot of point in constant downloading of new apps. I use apps a LOT, but the number of apps used just isn't that high.

Aside from the obvious built in Gmail/Calendar/Calculator/Google Music type stuff that's already built in, I've got maybe 2 dozen apps that I use regularly. Unless I have a specific need I'm not going to be looking around for new ones, and for the most part that two dozen has been mostly stable for at least 2 years now.

i know we're supposed to be good consumers and keep ravenously looking around for "NEW STUFF!?!?!", but I just don't see the point.

Comment Re:Why not use DMCA or equivalent? (Score 1) 424

But quick takedowns for relatively unpopular videos(sextape of a non-famous woman in italy) will tend to essentially erase them from internet memory.

I think you'll find that simply doesn't work. People like what's forbidden. A quick takedown of a relatively unpopular video will suddenly make it QUITE a popular video. As a matter of fact since this woman's suicide I'd bet the number of people that have seen this video has tripled.

The easiest way to ensure people want something is to tell them they can't have it, and on the internet people wanting something means it gets shared everywhere.

Comment Re:Why not use DMCA or equivalent? (Score 1) 424

Name any major film for which DMCA takedown notices go out by the bucketload and I'll bet you half a meatball sandwich that it's over on The Pirate Bay waiting for download.

Such measures of limited sucess. If the motive is financial, there might be some benefit. If you can "crackdown on piracy" and manage to eliminate enough bad copies to boost legitimate sales by some percentage, then your actions are considered successful - to a degree.

However when the goal isn't financial, and instead is just to remove all traces of a piece of information from the internet - it can't be done. Thousands of people now have that file on their hard drive. Its being shared on torrent networks. Links are posted to obscure forums spreading it further.

I don't care how much you yell, scream, or pass feel good laws, you can't unscramble an egg.

Comment Not possible (Score 1) 424

They might as well create a right for the murdered to be "Restored to life" while we're legislation impossible acts.

Realistically - information isn't going to be removed from the internet. It's like playing the world's worst game of whack-a-mole.

I do have sympathy for most victims of leaked nudes photos or video - this one is a tad hard to feel bad for because she intentionally sent it to an ex she was on bad terms with. Generally though - that's a bit of an exception to the rule.

That said, despite it being wrong. Despite the fact that it SHOULDN'T happen - if you film yourself nude or in a sexual act, there is a very real possibility that that file could end up on the internet. Could be that you shared it with someone and they reshare it, or it could be an unauthorized hack, however the simple reality is that though that information ethically should remain private, realistically it might not.

To me, if you can't accept a small risk that whatever you film just MIGHT be seen by the world, then I wouldn't recommend filming it in the first place. It's akin to an old gambling rule: No matter the odds, never place a bet you can't afford to lose.

Comment Pointless (Score 4, Insightful) 132

Battery life isn't the be all and end all browser test. For me - on mutliple systems - Edge just stalls and stops randomly at the most annoying times - even if I've only got 2 or 3 tabs open. Chrome pretty much never does this.

What good is extra battery life if I spend 20-50% more time in the browser waiting on it to do something?

Comment Re:Why is autorun still a thing? (Score 1) 82

Because realistically most people are pretty dumb when it comes to using a computer. Autorun is a thing because otherwise more than half of computer users would never be able to launch a program.

That's why we have consistent UI's getting thrown out of the window and now most app developers are basically going with the approach of "throw everything randomly up in their face and hopefully they'll see a button that does what they want". Makes it easier for the average idiot to stumble upon what they want - makes it a lot harder for someone to navigate a program expecting it to work like most other programs do.

I had kinda thought all this would improve as the older generation faded away and most younger people literally grew up using computers, but truthfully the younger generation is no better. They're no longer AFRAID of using a computer/phone/whatever, but they're certainly not any BETTER at it.

Comment Re:Or... (Score 1) 151

Such a statement is useless conjecture without observing the natural progression of such a race and then drawing a conclusion. You might as well say "A race that advanced has OBVIOUSLY replaced all their limbs with broccoli.".

Science is based on observations. Fiction is based on wild speculation. Combining the two makes for some interesting stories, but remember that science fiction is a type of fiction, and not a type of science.

Comment Re:So that's unlimited data with limits (Score 2) 36

While true, by that definition unlimited has no real meaning, because it's never possible. The speed is ALWAYS limited. Whether it's 128Kbps or the physical capability of the network, there is always a maximum speed and hence some maximum amount of data that could be transferred if you went at that speed constantly.

Comment Re:So that's unlimited data with limits (Score 4, Insightful) 36

The speed becomes limited, but the amount is not.

Personally, I don't have any issue with this. My main fear when it comes to buying a data plan is simply that I'll accidentally transfer too much and get an outrageous bill. Now if I happen to run out, I can still transfer data - albeit slowly. More importantly though, I can buy a data plan that's actually pretty close to what I use rather than buying one with 3-4GB of "padding" to make absolutely sure I never run over.

Comment Re:It's about time... (Score 4, Insightful) 193

Actually if you would watch any of the video complaints like those by Phil Defranco, he went out of his way to assure people of the opposite. He specifically mentions that Youtube is a private company and that it's within their legal right to do this. HOWEVER, as users of the platform we are also free to voice our disapproval.

Personally, nearly half of the Youtube channels that I view regularly would be considered "non-advertiser" friendly - and most of them pull in very good viewership #'s. If Youtube pushes them off the platform, they'll push me off the platform too. Now naturally they don't care about *ME* as a single viewer, but given how popular most of these guys are as a group their viewers represent a very large number of people.

Too many people seem to be of the opinion "Well, it's not a legal violation of the 1st amendment, so you lot just need to shut up about the issue and accept whatever a private company does without question.".

I can personally say that until something gives I've personally already pulled my Youtube Red subscription.

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