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Comment Re:Blocking is illegal, but this isn't... (Score 1) 166

They where NOT preventing anybody from operating on any spectrum they wished, you could walk outside of the venue and crank up your WiFi hotspot anytime you wished. Private property owners have the right to allow or deny any activity on their property they choose

C'mon, that's so obviously not true I'm not sure how you finished typing it. Anyway, the airwaves are special. You can't charge a fee to have access to them on your property. (So many things are special that it's hard to think of them as special cases these days - there are exceptions to just about everything you wrote - for example, you can't make rules that have the effect of excluding black people from your property. There's lots of case law around dress codes.) Excluding is different from restricting to only those who pay a fee.

If we don't have such property rights in this country, then why do we call it "private property"?

Conservatives asking that for years now. Just try creating a pond on your property!

Comment Re: Questions to Hillary's fans (Score 1) 241

freaking out over the thought of a transgender person sharing a public bathroom with them or their kids

Maybe, I don't know them, but most conservatives are freaking out over the thought of a man in the girls room. There are more sexual predators than transsexuals, after all (and lots more horny teen boys), so opening the door to any man who throws on a dress seems like a poor choice. And when it's some random guy who threw on a dress, it's rather easy to tell.

But it doesn't matter: it's just as silly to care about being called *phobic, or misogynist - all just like racist, overused to the point of nonsense.

Last by definition conservatives hold us back.

Ah, so you're not an engineer. All good engineers are conservative, because almost all clever new ideas that look good to experts and everything thinks are cool are crap. Good engineering is pushing back against fads and opinions, being highly skeptical of everything new, and accepting changes only after they've been proven to be better in conditions relevant to your product. That allows change to come faster, because fucking up is expensive.

This is why we test software before we ship (or at least companies that can't get away with fucking their customers do). Is that test suite "holding you back"?

But in your head, "conservative" probably means "stupid, greedy, mean person", and not "someone skeptical of new ideas", so you probably think I'm crazy.

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 307

Congrats - you just added 25 point to your score on the crackpot index. Well done. (There should really be points for saying "questioning the fundamentals is the foundation of science", but oddly that's missing from the index.)

My wife has extra-sensory perception in both sight and sound. I'll trust her senses over your denial any day.

Heh, I assume you meant you'll trust her perceptions, since you just claimed she can perceive things beyond her senses.

Comment Re:Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss? (Score 1) 188

OK, the $100 can make sense I suppose, I never really cut the cord, so I may be bad example (I simply was didn't have the money for cable, and then slowly added services), but still.

I don't believe that cable loss exactly equals customer savings, there must be some people that also subscribe to a service or two.

And yeah, streaming is way better than dealing with cable. Slow clunky navigation, large annoying boxes.

Comment Re:Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss? (Score 3, Interesting) 188

The numbers seem way off (and prove false) in the summary.

If the average cord cutter saves 104/month, then the cable companies are losing more than that (as the average cord cutter is at the very least paying for one replacement content provider).

I currently pay 102/month, 65 (internet), 12 (hulu), 10 (netflix). I'm contemplating dropping netflix and HBO, and to watch thos shows with people I know (I do that primarily anyway). With Cable, I'd be at a similar price, Internet + Very Basic cable (broadcast channels) + HBO, around $95.00, add in netflix, I'm at $105,Hulu has some original content I like, but I would probably not pay for it just to avoid ad on new content, and just stop watching Casual and Difficult People.

So effectively, I save nothing nothing not having cable, but I don't have to deal with a remote, or their stupid box, or navigating their miserable on-demand, and I get recent broadcast fad free.

I suspect the typical person saves $25/month dropping cable though (having only one of netflix, hulu, hbo).

Comment Re: meh (Score 1) 450

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:don't get your hope up (Score 1) 250

It was direct conversation. "Will the game have X?" "Yes, it will have X" (sometimes with gameplay footage). But no X.

Games can get away with some of that, if the game is actually good, as we all know sometimes a feature get removed at the last minute because it just isn't working out. But NMS basically delivered nothing beyond the engine. It was a tech demo, with no actual content.

Comment Re:Clearly Samsung's QA department..... (Score 1) 159

Only after it happens.

But before it causes any problems. Heck, I had a washer that would spin down, shake things up a bit in hopes of better distribution, and spin up again. Most just stop and alarm.

Any washing machine that is so shoddily built that it can actually "explode"

It didn't explode. It broke apart from overload.

Thus "explode" in scare quotes. Totally unacceptable for a washing machine to conduct "unscheduled rapid disassembly" because of such a common problem.

Manufacturers cannot predict every use for their product. Such a prohibition on sale of anything that can be mechanically overloade

We're not talking hypotheticals here. We're talking about the single most common failure mode for a washing machine. It's not "fit for purpose". Selling it as a washing machine is, frankly, fraud.

Comment Re:Questions to Hillary's fans (Score 0) 241

You do know that is was Hillary's campaign team that started the whole "birther" thing, right? From when she was running against him?

We say it a lot during the Brexit campaign

Still upset about that, I see. Fills me with joy.

endlessly repeating that people *feel* crime is up, even when the stats clearly say otherwise

Trump isn't the best speaker, but it certainly matters that crime in a particular voter's neighborhood is up, regardless of what national stats say. If your neighborhood went from "no one locks their doors around here" to "bars in the windows", crime is up around you, national stats be damned. And you're going to vote to fix that, and you're not going to vote for the fucker who tells you "there's no problem, just shut up you racist".

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