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Comment Re:Plutocracy (Score 1) 319

No, the morons are the people who voted these plutocrats into office. Sorry if that wasn't clear. Your statement proves that you're one of those uneducated morons, such as your utterly retarded statement that "Planned Parenthood doesn't provide healthcare". Citation needed on that piece of idiocy, because everyone else in this universe knows that they provide all kinds of gyno services.

Comment Re:I get no updates from my carrier (Score 1) 77

Did your brother-in-law run the phone down to 0% a lot?

Li-ion batteries can only fully discharge and recharge a limited number of times, and their lifetimes are hugely affected by how much you run them down before charging. So they might only advertise 1000 charge cycles, but that's for a full (or mostly full) discharge. But if you recharge every time it hits 50%, you could get an order of magnitude more cycles out of it.

Bottom line: don't run your phone's battery down.

Also, it's good to get a phone with a removable battery. I can get new batteries for my S5 for $10.

Comment Re:I use them quite a lot (Score 1) 253

I think there's a lot of truth here. We see it in so many other stupid UI fads too, especially the whole flat-UI trend that's been going on for 4-5 years now I think. These designers are all part of a big cargo cult, not experts putting real thought and feedback data into their design decisions.

Submission + - SPAM: Quicken Bill Pay is No Longer Safe to Use 1

Bruce Perens writes: I don't usually make security calls, but when a company makes egregious and really clueless security mistakes, it's often the case that the only way to attract their attention and get the issue fixed is to publicize it. This one is with Quicken Bill Pay, a product of Metavante (not Intuit). It's from personal observation rather than an expert witness case, and the company has been unresponsive through their customer support channel.
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Comment Re:Tractor Breakers, not Fixers. (Score 1) 480

When you say "void the warranty", that implies that the mfgr is able to refuse ALL warranty claims, and that the product is no longer covered by any warranty. This is flatly illegal.

What mfgrs *can* do is refuse to honor the warranty for specific claims when they can prove that the customer caused the problem in the first place, such as with a shoddy repair or faulty part.

So if you change your own oil and strip out the drain bolt and the oil all leaks out and your engine seizes, the mfgr does not have to repair your engine. But if you change your own wiper blades with Anco blades from Walmart, they are not allowed to refuse to fix your car when the engine fails, because the wiper blades have nothing to do with the engine. If you change your own oil and the brakes fail, again they cannot refuse to fix it. If you change your own brake pads and the brakes fail, they still cannot refuse to fix it unless they can reasonably prove that you did something wrong or used a bad part. General maintenance/consumable things like oil/filters, brake pads have lots of aftermarket support so it's not easy to prove that the Fram/Purolator/Bosch filter caused your engine problem.

Comment Re:Use Mahindra & Mahindra (Score 1) 480

but it all catches up with everyone eventually.

Not necessarily. This board is likely full of people who are fairly well-off, have valuable tech skills that are highly transferable, and have the ability to leave a sinking ship for other nations if need be. Rural farmers don't have that so much, and can't just pack up and skip the country if things go south in a bad way. The rural voters have really screwed themselves.

Comment Re:Tractor Breakers, not Fixers. (Score 1) 480

Yes, but that's not at all what you said before. You claimed that modifying the tractor would "void the warranty". That is a complete lie. The mfgr cannot "void the warranty", they can only refuse to honor a warranty if the problem is shown to be caused by damage caused by the end-user, as the law clearly states.

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