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Comment Re:Tractor investors, not breakers. (Score 1) 488

300SD were eurotaxis. They were built for a market that puts a million miles on a vehicle, but doesn't get emotional about keeping it going past its economic life.

300SDs were extremely popular in the USA. That's why there are still so many of them running around in spite of the fact that the body is expensive to maintain. It's only relatively recently that most parts became relatively affordable, via eBay. You used to have to just pay exorbitant prices at dealers. But those parts you can't get are a serious problem. The "Febi-Bilstein" ignition lock I had to buy for my 300SD feels like garbage. I have a distinct feeling it is actually neither Febi nor Bilstein, but it's what is available.

Comment Re:What a letdown... (Score 1) 155

The fact is, there were apparently riots during the inauguration. I am no supporter of Trump but that's just shameful;

Yes, supporting trump certainly is shameful.

The social fabric is not breaking down, trump is tearing it in half. If you think that's not going to lead to riots, think more.

Comment Re:So, the gist of it is... (Score 1) 155

Been through customs with you phone and you lost sight of it for a couple of minutes, well, sucker you should have dumped it right away because the chances that phone that someone else now owns has been spying on you since then.

So I will just take a nandroid before I fly and then restore it on the plane, easy peasy. It takes more than a couple of minutes to make a new backup. And if I actually use encryption then I get a password which they would have to know in order to fake my backup.

Comment Re:Expect Russia to take advantage (Score 1) 55

If Russia wanted to take any Ukranian land, it would have been taken.

Even Russia cares about international opinion. Not necessarily about what it looks like today, but what it will look like next week. They need to maintain plausible deniability, so they are not simply rolling over them.

In a world which contained no countries but Russia and Ukraine, there would be only Russia.

Comment Re:Let's put tons of ammo together in a massive pi (Score 1) 55

Where do you propose they store it? In shoeboxes in the various soldiers' homes? That would be as distributed as possible, right?

Ammunition depots are a fact of logistics. Ammunition has to be guarded, so you lump it together in as many places as you can afford to guard, and no more.

Comment Re:Plans for Planes (Score 1) 87

You know what is the biggest cost for trains, not the trains it is the tracks. So a smart new business opportunity would be camper train wagon. The Rail companies opening camper parks adjacent to major train links, where people can live in rail campers, a wagon all of their own, one they never need tow, in fact the car can be carried by the same train that is towing their camper.

New lifestyle for a transient population and it fills empty train tracks with more traffic. Need to shift you rail camper, just book it in, quick tow to junction and they hook you up, load up you compact car which no longer needs to pull a caravan and away you go to your new rail camp site, dropped off and away you go. You can travel in your camper, watching the country go by no muss, no fuss and depending on design it could go high speed.

Filling empty train tracks with a major business opportunity. Likely though light weight carriages need to be design along with a lighter engine and they simply use the track between normal passenger and cargo trains.

Comment Re:and the Aliens Go Whaaaaaaaa? (Score 1) 152

Tell it to the BBC or or or or or Let me guess, you love firing lead bullets at firing ranges with your buddies, as much as possible.

Comment Re:Hahahahaha (Score 1) 117

You missed an important bit of revenue, no commercials. The two reasons they want to charge so much, claims of more than one person watching at a time and of course no commercials to sell. The delay is about cinemas owned by the studios, there is marketing hype associated with going out to the dinner and the cinemas, part of the marketing bull, along with psuedo celebrities as stars (professional liars as somehow being super special in human society). Reality is their biggest competitor is rapidly becoming user created content, whether on YouTube or Facebook et al and they are starting to feel the pinch that and endless retreads produced by the spawn of endless nepotism.

Comment Re:Google should just block Australia (Score 1) 24

So what exactly are those idiots proposing at News Corpse, do what we will say, or we will, what exactly, get every one to vote Labour when Labour already are at war with News Corpse. Reality is Malcolm Turnbull can pretty much tell News Corpse to go fuck itself because News Corpse has now where else to go. The whole thing is laughable. So do not do it or else we will attack you an then what the opposition will do it anyhow and laugh whilst they are doing it. It's like the empty threat of the year. For google to get their way, they will have to sweeten the pot with a major data centre and do think laws will not change to force it anyone. Zero data being off shored will become a legal requirement in the end.

Comment Re:Again like I said! (Score 1) 337

Forget about privacy for individuals, consider this is an attack by Republicans and the core target, the competitve advantage of small and medium business and opening up they proprietary information to major corporations.

This is a real and present threat to every single company that connects to the internet, every single business needs to understand that all their information flow across the internet will not be accessible to competitors especially where the executives of the ISPs have a financial interest in those competitors.

How long before they are pulling a M$ and installing compulsorily software as part of their privacy invasive service, how long before they are blackmailing every politician (perhaps they already are), this is the stuff of insanity. Instead of preserving privacy rights, they are attacking them in every way possible. Why is government bugging bad but corporate bugging wonderful, why is you privacy being raped by government bad but your privacy being raped by corporations good.

Comment Re: Only the beginning (Score 1) 78

"M$ haters who are gonna hate no matter what", are you serious, you have to be kidding, Seriously, there is so much to hate about M$, as a piece of shit privacy invasive pack of ass hats, there is no need to bother with "no matter what", there are plenty of reasons to well and truly loathe that pack ass hat.

In this case, the claim is poor little M$ could not afford to buy one Linux computer to test it before putting it out, way beyond their tiny little budget, pity the poor softies. There are plenty of reasons to hate M$, none need to be made up.

Comment Re:Sunk cost fallacy (Score 1) 199

How does forcing them to use a different communication medium stop them from spreading ideas you disagree with?

If all the newspapers and TV stations in the world refuse to run a news story, then it'll prevent the story from spreading. It doesn't entirely stop it, obviously. Even before the Internet, there would have still been word of mouth. Still, it prevents it from spreading to the extent that it would have otherwise.

It seems to me that giving them the allure of being the 'stuff THEY don't want you to see' only helps promote it, instead.

You're conflating two things. You're talking about something like the Streisand Effect, where trying to hide information paradoxically causes it to spread. That can happen, although if reputable sources of information refuse to acknowledge it, it might still be relegated to the status of rumor. I'm talking about a different thing, which is more about whether credence and credibility are given to speech. Racism, for example, isn't a secret that people are curious about. No one is sitting at home thinking, "I heard something about this white supremacism. No one has ever been willing to advocate lynching, so the idea is so much more alluring now!"

It's more like, there are various people who are racist to varying degrees and in different ways. That's already in their lives. If the people around you who are credible members of the group you perceive as belonging to are all lynching people, talking about lynching, and advocating lynching, then there's a much greater chance that you'll end up lynching someone. If the suggestion of lynching elicits a response of "Hell no. That's fucked up. What's wrong with you?!" then you're less likely to lynch anyone. That's just how people work. If services like Twitter promote and amplify hate-speech, you're going to end up with more people thinking it's a normal and acceptable thing. If Twitter bans it and sends the message that it's unacceptable, then its prevalence lessens.

And yes, I know there will still be some backlash. There are white supremacists who are going to be irate any time you imply that white supremacy is not acceptable. There are some occasional assholes who will say the exact thing that that they think will be most offensive and get them the most attention. However, ultimately most people will generally adopt the social mores of whatever group they perceive themselves to be a part of. A responsible member of society tries to avoid and discourage horrible behavior and speech in order to encourage better social mores.

Comment Re:So, the gist of it is... (Score 1) 155

According to the latest vault 7 (I simply could not resist using that particular news resource), grabbing phones is not about getting stuff off the phone, it is about getting stuff on the phone. You take someone's phone and then hand them back, 'your', phone because they do not own it any more, it just spies on them from there in on.

Once they take your digital gear, just accept it as lost for ever, buy an new replacement (it has to be new) and sell the old, pretty guaranteed to be hacked one, on ebay and let them spy on someone else. Same when travelling through customs, they do not take you phone to get data off, they take it to get a series of programs on. Been through customs with you phone and you lost sight of it for a couple of minutes, well, sucker you should have dumped it right away because the chances that phone that someone else now owns has been spying on you since then.

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