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Comment Re:Silly complaints (Score 1) 83

If you sold exclusive rights, you already paid a lot of opportunity cost. When Spotify ignores you, you asked them to.

The problem is that if you sell exclusive rights to some of your works but make the rest available to Spotify, Spotify will demote even the ones you told it to make available.

Comment This app is incompatible with all of your devices (Score 1) 83

An app on Google Play Store will be excluded from search results unless it's available both A. in your country and B. on your device. When I view the document at that URL while logged into a Google account to which a Galaxy Tab A 8.0" (2016) and a Nexus 7 (2012) are registered, I see the following:

This app is incompatible with all of your devices.

[Incompatible] No carrier Samsung SM-T350
[Incompatible] No carrier Asus Nexus 7

I expected the document to include a list of suggested devices to purchase on which to run this app, but it did not.

Comment Re:Who gives a shit (Score 1) 183

I've linked you to her articles a fucking dozen times already

You haven't linked me though. I can only assume serviscope_minor's request was for the benefit of others reading this discussion, such as myself.

I tried "Erin Pizzey" on Wikipedia, and though it does mention "harassment, death threats, bomb threats and defamation campaigns", it says nothing about a drive-by shooting in particular. (But then Wikipedia aims to include only claims that can be backed up by what it considers independent reliable sources.) Nor do the snippets in the first ten results for Google erin pizzey drive-by shooting appear relevant. What am I missing?

Comment But does it run X? (Score 1) 259

Oh, BTW, you may be running Linux or BSD yourself and not even know it -- Android is Linux and Apple is BSD.

And it'd be technically correct* to state that TiVo DVRs run Linux.

But what people mean when they refer to running Linux or BSD on a desktop PC are X11/Linux and X11/FreeBSD. Unlike the majority of window managers for the X Window System, Android prior to Nougat doesn't even have multiple windows on screen as a standard feature, which makes it not ideal for writing one document while referring to another.

* Allegedly the best kind of correct.

Comment Re:Jail time for a vegetable garden; bus hours (Score 1) 242

Some of it is that some people's incomes aren't in fact above the poverty line. There are reports of hardship for residents of U.S. states that successfully sued to opt out of Obamacaid. They don't qualify for a Marketplace subsidy because they don't make more than the poverty level, and they don't qualify for original Medicaid.

And some of it is that the federal poverty level is uniform throughout the lower 48 states, even though some areas have a far higher apartment rent level than others.

Comment Re:When cable TV (Score 1) 242

Citation please! I have never seen a case where the bottom tier internet only subscription is priced above that plus bottom tier TV bundle.

I've been collecting anecdotal reports from other Slashdot users about cable companies charging less for a bundle of Internet and limited basic TV than for Internet alone:

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$50+ monthly so you can facebook in your underwear on the sofa probably isn't an appropriate allocation for you.

It may be cheaper than the lost wages from taking time off work every day so you can get to the public library and check your email before it closes for the night at 6 PM. (Source: front door of Little Turtle branch, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana)

Comment Re:Jail time for a vegetable garden; bus hours (Score 1) 242

Your body is capable of moving without spending a cent or even going outside. There's plenty of exercises you can do in your living room.

Agreed: body weight squats and push-ups work many of the body's long-bone muscle groups. But the opposing motion to pull-ups is chin-ups, which require a bar (which can be found on the playground), and walking requires either a treadmill or a sidewalk or trail and tolerable weather.

The vast majority of the middle class people I'm talking about have a car.

Unless they gave it up to save the monthly payment on fuel, insurance, and parking.

If you're too poor to get a $1000 loan for a car

You'd still need a license to drive it. In jurisdictions that mandate a particular number of hours of supervised driving on a learner's permit, doing supervised driving with an instructor can cost thousands of dollars:

Kids whose own parents don’t drive face bigger hurdles. They face a staggering $6000 bill for driving lessons if they were to do all their hours through a standard driving school.

Comment Jail time for a vegetable garden; bus hours (Score 1) 242

because they can't comprehend making their own food

That or they can comprehend being threatened with imprisonment when city codes ban gardens.

or exercising without equipment

That depends on weather and on how strict the local police are about giving children priority on public playgrounds.

or getting around without a taxi.

What should they do instead? Ride the bus? Buses in my home town don't operate at night, on Sundays, or on major holidays. Under the "employment at will" principle widespread in the United States, employers can and do exercise their rights to fire employees for notifying them that they aren't available at those times. Many, such as Walmart, also have a "must be available on weekends" policy of refusing to hire applicants who mark down that they aren't available on Sunday.

Comment When cable TV (Score 0) 242

83% of American households have some form of subscription television service.

And they pay negative dollars per month for this service. Many local cable companies charge less for a bundle of Internet access and the lowest tier of subscription television service (local channels, C-SPAN, public access, and home shopping) than for Internet access alone.

3-4 months of that would cover at least enough of a mid market law firms time to assess the merits of case.

3 to 4 months of negative? Or are you implying that Internet access is not a necessity to find and/or keep a job?

We also have these things called public libraries were ordinary citizens like you or I could get access to either online resources

Good luck with that when the public library has closed for the night or for the weekend by the time you would have arrived there from work.

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