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Comment Warranty (Score 2) 181

In my experience, if the manufacturer releases a firmware update that bricks some hardware revisions often they will not warranty repair it. Years ago one of the early Lexmark scanner+laser to make a copier devices shipped with a network stack bug that was a show stopper for us. ($3k+, T63x series printer as a base) Lexmark support wanted me to firmware update before returning it. I read the 'I agree' text with the update, which said bricking the device wasn't covered. I asked support if bricking the device was a risk, and kept a copy of the chat log - which was great because the update bricked the printer. When I called support back, they refused warranty replacement until I showed chat log copies. -sigh-

A friend had a similar experience with an Eyefi (wireless SD card). That's before you get to vendors that do feature or performance takeaway with the update.

Comment Re:Am I in a goddamn cyberpunk novel? (Score 1, Informative) 551

and fascism is the corner of the resultant grid where statism meets capitalism, the worst of both worlds. Neither state socialism nor libertarian capitalism are its opposite; libertarian socialism is.

Only 16 years from the end of the 20th century and you think the corner where statism meets capitalism is the worst? Really? Not where statism meets socialism?

Do the deaths of little people not matter as long as the great leap forward is achieved? Do you think the statist socialist places weren't doing socialism hard enough, or will you make a 'no true Scottsman' argument and claim they weren't doing it right? It's just that every single time... every. time... every. single. time... it ends in rivers of blood. The useful idealists are liquidated the moment they object.

So with more than 100 million dead between Mao's great leap forward and Stalin's war on the Kulaks and subsequent starvation of the Ukraine (Russia deliberately shipped food *out* during a famine) exactly how big does the death toll have to be? 5x the worst of fascism? 10x? Are you pining for your own Hundred Flowers campaign so you'll be free to achieve your vision afterwards? Have you 'seen the future, and it works!'? Did your primary education include Solzhenitsyn or the Hundred Flowers? The substantive answer is that it's damning of the political ideology that's in vogue, isn't it?

Statism is a real world slippery slope. Psychological manipulation techniques for whole societies work, and are well known. Those two amplify each others power. Statism has to be stopped before it reaches critical mass, but the point where that happens is only visible afterwards. You have to steer well clear of the avalanche area because you can't stop it. The society wide version of lynch mobs that result if you don't make actual mobs seem friendly. That's the lesson of the 20th century. Avoid this or there will be rivers of blood - unless you try really, really hard to do it right this time - then there will be oceans of blood instead.

Comment Re:Funny how that works (Score 1) 412

Obama is No true Scottsman? That's your defense of him keeping or expanding everything Bush did that was evil (and a continuation of Clinton) Really? Is that how you dance around Guantanamo not being closed too? He's had an executive order for everything else, but couldn't lift a pen in eight years? (I remember that being a big thing Bush was demonized for that Obama was going to fix just as soon as he took office - as breathlessly reported in the media)

I don't see a reason to excuse Republicans for using jingoistic propaganda to excuse expanding a surveillance state or Democrats for lying and denying what they're doing while they expand it.

If it's ok when your team does it - if you're only sorry that they got caught and then excuse it with rhetorical arguments like No True Scotsman you're either the problem or a useful idiot for those who are.

Sycodon was right with this snark: Will a Trump Presidency cause Slashdot editors to lose their minds and post story after story on how a Trump Presidency will affect (insert pet cause here) This is Slashdot and the lead wasn't 'How the MPAA will lose their minds when Trump kills TPP'. What has Dice done? I may clutch my perl$.

Comment Re:I'm fine with it.. (Score 2) 369

The "Gamers are Dead" 11 articles are what first introduced me to Gamergate. The one posted on Ars was a poorly written shitpost hit piece trying to shame the reader into hating the object of its derision. That prompted me to search out the reason why they'd tarnish their brand in the attempt. I thought I'd be done in a moment but discovered a rabbit hole with no bottom.

Whatever Ars hoped to achieve by participating in that vile coordinated smear campaign, they did succeed in losing me forever.

Comment Re:So a useless 'bot, then? (Score 1) 180

The majority of the citations I have direct knowledge of were unfair in some way. I hope the prevalence of dash cams will make class action suits possible vs challenging individual tickets.


Teenagers in my city are targeted for fines as they're without the resources to fight unfair enforcement.

Ex: Install no parking signs on the streets surrounding the high school during the day and ticket all the students. Inform the students that they had a duty to move their cars upon installation of the signs as there is no grace period. Of course officers were standing by to write truancy tickets for any student who did.
Subtext: Begin requiring paid permits for the parking lot, which also require agreeing allow any property searches - waiving 4th amendment rights. Given that students whose cars were at home were singled out for searches because drug dogs alerted on their car (allegedly in the parking lot), it's clear why the considered probable cause an impediment.

In adult life, I use a dash cam because of the false traffic citations. The last one it saved me from was a 51 in a 40 zone ticket. I was driving 40, period - and have video. When I watched them afterwards, two patrol cars were literally ticketing the next car driving by after they finished writing the last citation.

Comment Re:The 'real market value of his work' is irreleva (Score 1) 254

... so obviously, the next logical step would be to demand $2M from the renter for the 10,000 miles driven.

Except the car is a one of a kind custom exotic car, and they've been using it for a exclusive high rollers limo service and claiming the car as their own creation. He's demanding a cut of the fares for the unauthorized limo use.

i.e. Claiming is work as their own, and transferring it to 3rd parties for publication is not the same as simply using it longer. If this were music or a movie, nobody has a problem understanding that each copy is a infringement. Count each copy printed in every unauthorized publication and I bet their not asking nearly what the MPAA or RIAA would for each violation.

Comment Re:Drop Apple (Score 1) 212

The both of them engaged in play acting. The FBI wanted to oblige Apple to respond to thousands (or tens of thousands) of FISA requests a year. Also, Apple was happy to have a PR image of being secure while the FBI was happy if dumb criminals thought the iPhones were safe to store incriminating information on.

Comment Re: Unbridled capitalism (Score 2) 605

the people of Switzerland own guns to protect their country as part of the militia, the exact same thing our Founding Fathers said in the Constitution.

Are you lying, or just parroting what someone told you? The Founding Fathers studied the failings of governments of the past, and identified private gun ownership a crucial tool for the preservation of freedom. They also saw centralized power as a threat, and sought to empower the states. Militias and private weapon ownership were both thought to be so important the right should be embodied in the Constitution that was already growing longer than desired. Some argued that they needed to spell it out or liars would pretend to misunderstand what 'Shall not' doesn't have exceptions. Others said that if you list specifics, those same liars will claim everything not specifically spelled out isn't protected, that only a fool wouldn't understand and that the document was too long already. It looks like that first group had a point. (it's not one guy, and there was a great deal of arguing)

Here is a hint: We have the letters and minutes from the meetings and don't need a crystal ball to divine the intent of the words in the Constitution. If it's unclear to you, you may read the discussion about the writing and adoption of that part of the document to gain a deeper understanding.

Comment Re:You can't will the free market to your desires (Score 1) 607

> Why would a customer pay 3x for your employer's output than they would the Indian company?

All but two of the Indians I have worked with in the last 3 years have been fucking useless. They have no drive, no curiosity, and no initiative. ... Anything that requires thought or reasoning skills? Forget it. When we saw just how terrible they were at everything, a back channel network was quickly established for when we need to get things done quickly and correctly.

The Indians working at the outsourcing firms are at the equivalent of a soul-less telemarketing job. They are rewarded for following a script, closing tickets quickly and are punished for any initiative that would take time. Of course your view of them looks like that. The management of the body shop trained them to do that to maximize profit under the stupid contract the US management signed. The Indian's themselves aren't stupid.(though the body shops may pay too little to attract the brightest) US companies could pay for better service, or open a 'support branch' in India so they could keep experienced people and train them to own problems while still paying lower wages.

It seems the US management doesn't care if the current support agreement doesn't work well and frustrates the US workers, and they're happy to try and turn employment at their company into share cropping. That's your problem.

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