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Comment Re:And still people won't vote for Gary Johnson (Score 1) 540

Your post is an awesome example of exactly what I am trying to demonstrate. You are too caught up with arguing over which lying scumbag is worse than the other to see the point of the post. The point is "stop arguing and look to the alternatives." All you saw was someone insulted your party.

Comment Re:And still people won't vote for Gary Johnson (Score 1) 540

At least Johnson is honest. I'll take an honest man I disagree with on some issues - even an extremist - before I take liars and racists. I guess everyone has different priorities. With the dems and repubs, what they campaign on is probably completely unrelated to what they actually do in office. That's assuming they even talk about issues at all. With Johnson, I know where he stands.

Johnson doesn't have to win - he just has to make enough of a showing to wake people the heck up.

Comment And still people won't vote for Gary Johnson (Score 3, Insightful) 540

One party nominated a racist. The other party nominated a serial liar. And still, I bet the Libertarian and Green parties won't get 5% of the vote. I suspect that Hillary and Trump could beat American children in public while shouting "America sucks" and we still wouldn't get a third-party into office.

My favorite is the guy attending the RNC, wearing the "STOP TRUMP" t-shirt, who said he would vote for Trump. **NUCLEAR FACEPALM**

Comment Re:Netflix as a better IMDB. (Score 1) 175

Their interface is complete horrible. And it is completely different on each device. Sometimes I can't do something from my phone app, so I try the mobile browser, and then if that doesn't work I try the desktop app. If that doesn't work, maybe I can do it from my TV. It's ridiculous. Sometimes it searches the DVD and streaming catalog, sometimes it searches just the streaming catalog. Sometimes the "My List" disappears from their Android/iPhone app, only to reappear later.

I suspect that Netflix was a company that did the right thing at the right time, but was never well managed.

Comment Netflix should offer a streaming service! (Score 3, Insightful) 175

Netflix needs to find a way to expand their streaming service.

While I keep seeing articles titled "Why does anyone use Netflix's DVD service?" I have a DVD queue that is 324 DVDs long. Their streaming catalog is a tiny fraction of what they have on DVD, and almost nothing I want is streamable. No new releases are streamable. Hardly any Disney or Dreamworks is streamable. Seems like most "blockbusters" aren't streamable. Neither is most of the 90's sci-fi I want to catch-up on. They need to pressure hollywood while they are still the 500-lb gorilla of the market.

Comment Grain of salt (Score 4, Insightful) 159

I don't trust the federal government to be telling the truth here.

I can't find the Slashdot article, but the FAA was caught lying in front of congress about how drones interfere with other aircraft. They were taking every occurrance where a pilot says that they see a UFO, and counting that as a drone. Another example was the case where a commercial plane was damaged by something striking it, and they claimed it was a drone even though they found no evidence of it. They found their boogeyman and want to blame everything on it.

We have a problem that government agencies can make rules without having to prove their case. And they aren't elected officials so they don't answer directly to the people.

It could be that various government organizations see drones as a threat to government opaqueness. The FAA is going to do everything they can to limit drone use. This is where the surveillance society swings the other way - people can keep better track of the government. Whenever we see these claims about drones, take them with a grain of salt. Start asking what evidence they have that there was a drone present. Most drones are so cheap and light, that a 2mph breeze will make them uncontrollable. It strains believability that firefighting helicoptors are threatened by bits of plastic lighter than many birds. Are there really drones operating over forest fires? Until I see real evidence, a random pilot claiming "I couldn't do X because of a drone" isn't going to convince me to tighten regulations.

How about a common sense regulation saying that anyone operating a drone over a certain weight has to be available on a particilar CB radio channel?

Comment I should have sold mine (Score 1) 137

I should have sold my XBone as soon as I got it for free from the Microsoft Build Conference. Instead, it accumulated dust for years under the idea that "ooh, I can use the Kinect 2 as a 3D scanner!" And my kids can play Kinect games in a few years! Turns out, nobody supports Kinect 2 as a 3D scanner because it is inferior to the Kinect 1. And they never made any decent games for it. Even new, the writing was on the wall: I couldn't even trade-in my new-in-box $500 XBOX for a used $300 Wii. GameStop just didn't want the dang things since day 1.

Comment Re:Great news (Score 1) 92

Because it is hard to sue the government.

First, you have to have standing. You can't just go "oh, this law sucks and would affect me so I'm going to sue." You really have to wait for the government or third-party to prosecute you, then defend yourself. Then you *might* have standing to sue the government. Also, you need to have a better case than "I wanna watch anime in my Mom's basement." So far, many security researches have either not been sued, or they haven't stood up to defend themselves.

It is also tough to find out who exactly to sue. The approach here is that, since the DMCA gives the library of congress (LOC) the power to create DMCA exemptions, they can sue the LOC. They are also suing the copyright office and the department of justice (DOJ). Copyright office seems logical too, but I am unsure why the DOJ is on the list.

It's also really really expensive.

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