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Comment Re:Looking for the exit (Score 2) 62

A Google login, whether you get it via gmail or "G Suite", ties into all of the Android apps and keeps search history and integrates it into other Google products, and runs synchronization of most app data so they can see a great deal of what you do on the phone. About the worst that you can do is turn on device management. It will take about two days to turn off and during that time it will do its very best to force your email users to put their devices under your control. After that you apparently even have control over booting of the device. It's enough to make me want to support another open phone. Mozilla just gave up the ghost on that.

Comment Re:Propaganda through their employees (Score 1) 237

I buy things from Amazon on a daily basis, have done so for literally years, with values from under $5 to over $3000. I can't think of a single time I've had Amazon mark a package signature required - they generally would prefer to replace lost items than deal with the undeliverable returns. UPS give their drivers discretion about whether it's safe to leave a package if no-one's home, based on their knowledge of the area and so on. In my case everything gets left on the front step, never had a single thing go missing.

Oh and Prime _is_ a great deal, if you're a frequent customer.

Comment Re:First it was Uber. (Score 2) 237

I use Uber not because it's cheaper but because it's better than a regular cab. The cars are nicer, the drivers are nicer, the service is more convenient. There is no rule or regulation forcing yellow cabs in NYC to be smelly, noisy and uncomfortable. There's no TLC bylaw forcing yellow cab drivers to be assholes. There is now an app which lets you hail a yellow cab, and that's a start, but they have a long way to go. The taxi industry has benefitted for years from having a local monopoly and gouging drivers on medallions etc, and now they have some competition.

Comment Re: meh (Score 1) 471

Military meals are designed with attention to the morale factor. Even the modern MRE is designed to help the soldier feel human in unfavorable surroundings. Apollo 10 was the first to officially test real bread. Gemini Astronauts smuggled aboard a kosher corned beef sandwich but it was stale and thus had too many crumbs which went airborne. By Apollo 10 it was discovered that nitrogen-flushed bread would stay fresh for 10 days. I'll have to try that.

Comment Re: meh (Score 1) 471

but what are the chances of finding a good vintage of scotch to go with all of this breaded goodness they are going to be having up there?

Alcohol is definitely going to space. Ballantine's zero-gravity glass is made in cooperation with something called the Open Space Agency, which also has a design for an automated Dobsonian telescope. Ardbeg is going to space. And a vacuum still is an old science-fiction trope.

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