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Comment Re:The real news here (Score 2) 94

The first time it happens, the company should have to pay it back with interest. If it was a mistake, that's fair, and it makes sure they don't benefit from it by sitting on the money even temporarily. The second time, they should have to pay double. The third time, triple. And so on. After some period of time without any significant "billing errors" in their favor, the meter gets reset back to "damages plus interest". (Say, two years for these jerks.) This would protect both legitimate business who do occasionally make mistakes, and their customers, while providing a disincentive to make "mistakes" for those who habitually do so.

Comment Re:How would metal detectors help here? (Score 1) 1139

We don't "hand them out", people have to buy them. However, short of being convicted of a felony, the right to do so is exactly that -- a right, not to be taken without due process. No-fly lists are wrong enough because they lack accountability and transparency and have already been proven to be used against people who haven't earned it. It is estimated that 1/3 of the people on the list don't belong there, and there are many more cases where someone is mistaken for being on the list and has to jump through hoops to prove that they are not that person. Alas, freedom to travel is not a specifically enumerated right. The right to keep and bear arms is, so such a list would be unconstitutional.

The shooter in this case was investigated twice by the FBI, and there was nothing substantial found. If that was enough to put him on a list, then someone filing false reports about you and causing the FBI to investigate you (and then drop the investigation) would also put you on the list. Unfortunately, the world is full of trolls and people who will abuse the process, so it is a good thing that it is necessary to have a high standard for denying someone's rights. It would require a constitutional amendment to change this, and there are still plenty of state governments sufficiently distrustful of the Federal government to make sure that doesn't happen. The only amendment I'd like to see is to make freedom of travel an enumerated right that cannot be removed without due process. Right now the no-fly list is merely wrong and abusive. I'd like to see it be unconstitutional.

If you want to get rid of all the guns in the country, go back in time almost 240 years and convince the founders not to protect the right to keep and bear arms. Short of that, the genie has long since left the bottle and there's no putting him back in. Since that's not going to happen, all that can be done is to disarm the law-abiding, a situation that will delight those who choose not to hand in their weapons.

Comment How would metal detectors help here? (Score 3, Insightful) 1139

Metal detectors might keep people from bringing in a concealed weapon, saving the occasional life when a fight escalates. They would do nothing in a situation like Pulse, as the shooter wouldn't try to pass through undetected. He'd just storm the place, shooting the guards at the entrance if need be.

Comment Re:Did they know who the culprits were? (Score 1) 383

You can't be raped on a website. The only responsibility would be a warning that anyone you meet online might not be who they represent themselves to be, and that meeting them in person must take place at your own risk. This could be buried in the terms and conditions, because the users all confirmed that they read them cover to cover when they signed on -- although nobody did, of course.

Comment Re:Which one to laugh at more? (Score 1) 186

The distinct demarcation between the 915G and 945G is that the 945G is Aero-capable and the 915G is not. I don't know what kind of driver support you expect in Windows 10 for a graphics chipset that can't even run Windows 7 properly, yet both were shipping the day Windows 7 came out.

Comment The recurring problem (Score 5, Insightful) 123

The recurring problem is that this can be shot down this year, and next year, and the year after that... but they only have to succeed once, and then we're all stuck with it. Add to that the fact that they can just tack it on to a budget bill and seriously, how are we supposed to stop these things from happening? The attack mode on any Congressman who votes against the budget bill is incredibly scathing, no matter what their justification for doing so, and again, that little problem remains that freedom has to win every battle, while the police state only has to win one.

Submission + - SPAM: GalliumOS 2.0beta1 (Xenon) ready for prime time

Mal-2 writes: GalliumOS, a lightweight Linux distro tailored specifically for Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, has released its first official beta for the 2.0 release (Xenon) based on Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial). Packages are hardware-specific, so you need to know which one to download. Download Links: 1 2 3 (I warned them they'd get a /. effect so they prepared for it).

Needless to say, it is not without issues. It's a beta.

Why So Soon after 1.0? It seems like just a few weeks ago that we released GalliumOS 1.0. And it was...! :)

GalliumOS 2.0 is based on upstream Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus), which was released 20160421. Xenial is an LTS (long term support) release, so it will receive security and major bugfix updates for five years from Canonical.

I am not part of the GalliumOS project (aside from providing a fanfare/startup sound they have yet to figure out how to use), but installed the OS on an Acer CB3-111. The effect was to turn an internet appliance into a full-fledged, silent, slim, light, cheap, and admittedly low-storage Linux notebook. I had difficulties with the in-place upgrade from 1.0 to 2.0beta1, but with the help of the dev team on their IRC channel, I was able to resolve them. They are particularly interested in participation from people with unusual ChromeOS hardware such as Pixels and Falcos, and/or with unusual usage patterns that might reveal issues not seen by less demanding users.

Comment Re:So which is it? (Score 1) 655

I'm not sure how population growth through immigration is any different than population growth through reproduction or population growth from a decrease in death rates (which will be a side effect of safer highways). A million people is a million people. Age matters -- adults have jobs to go to, while children and seniors tend to stay closer to home -- but where they originally come from really doesn't.

Comment Re:Up to any ridiculous number (Score 1) 42

OK then my one circumstance is when you attach a tow bar from the hood ornament to another vehicle and leave your car in Neutral to run the air conditioning. Somewhere in the small print it says "additional components may be required" (like an entire second vehicle) and "individual results may vary".

Comment Up to any ridiculous number (Score 1) 42

And I can put this funny looking thing on the hood of your car to reduce drag and provide up to 1377% better fuel economy. Up to includes zero. It even includes negative numbers, so if all my elaborate hood ornament does is obstruct your vision and slow the car down, I still haven't made any fraudulent claims.

Comment Re: Dropbox isn't kill? (Score 1) 119

I don't care. As far as I (and many others) was concerned, adding her to the board was tantamount to saying "we have completely rolled over to the spooks" without actually having to say it and get in legal trouble. I realize they may have had only two choices, to roll over or to shut down like Lavabit. Personally I'd prefer they shut down or move out of the country, and continuing to use them would be saying I'm OK with what they're doing and what is being done to them and us. If that means no more cloud storage in the U.S., so be it.

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