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Comment Re:I'm glad somebody is on the case (Score 2) 190

Amazon lets third party sellers use their platform. The fakes are usually stocked and sold by these, and not Amazon themselves. And they don't make it especially obvious that you're not actually buying from Amazon either. I wish to hell they'd either knock off the crap, or at lease give me the option to see only items sold by Amazon themselves. You can separate out most of the shysters by filtering only for items available with Amazon Prime. But some of the crooks still get through. You can see these with the "Sold by $x, fulfilled by Amazon" text.

Comment Re:easily made up in peripherals. (Score 1) 480

Oh, so much FUD...

Eh? If your company is spending money on Beats by Dre headphones for any reason other than you've been hired by Apple to produce marketing collateral, you're a bunch of fools. They're crap. Apple didn't but Beats for their hardware. They bought Beats for Jimmy Iovine and his music industry experience and relationships.

The "Magic" lineup is actually quite good kit, so far as I've experienced. I don't like the keyboard, but that's personal preference because I like the full-sized keyboards and those extra USB ports are handy. The trackpad is fantastic though. I switched from a mouse after consulting with my doctor; and pretty much every hint of carpal was gone in less than six months. (Suffice it to say, I don't use the Magic Mouse though. So it could very well be utter crap for all I know.) And pinching pennies over peripherals is just stupid as hell. The cost of buying your people gear that is ergonomically correct for their needs... even if you go full out with the top-of-the-line Kinesis lineup... is TRIVIAL compared to reduced productivity, increased health insurance costs, and the potential for workman's comp claims, if RSI becomes a problem.

And there's no voodoo to restoring a Mac. You can maintain an official image and clone it to the hard drive just like any windows or Linux box. Or if you want a "out of the retail box" state, you just boot into recovery, start the install, and go do something else while it does its thing.

Comment Re:Well done (Score 1) 480

Well, "PC" does by default imply Windows, or at least a Microsoft operating system running on x86 hardware. I know it's a bit pedantic, but I still grate my teeth a bit when people lump Macs, PCs, Linux boxes, and the like, all under "PC"; the correct term being microcomputer. An IBM-er making the mistake is especially egregious; considering it was IBM that marketed the terminology "Personal Computer", "PC", "PC Jr.", and the like... specifically running Microsoft on Intel... as their entries into the microcomputer segment.

Comment Re:6.8 Billion (Score 1) 330

> Yeah, imagine a huge swath of land with no purpose
> other than being covered with solar cells that have to
> be kept clean and maintained. A chunk of land
> nobody can be allowed to enter, no trees or animals
> can be allowed to inhabit.. just imagine it all.

Not do be anti-nuclear or a solar fanboy... I'm actually a fan of both. But we do have quite a lot of uninhabited desert that would do perfectly fine for solar farms. Plus there are rooftops, which are otherwise essentially unused.

Comment Re:That's, for better or worse, for a court to dec (Score 1) 215

> Those teeth are too sharp.

If not jail time, what punishment would you suggest for people who file fraudulent DMCA claims then? If you take the automatic mass takedowns out of the equation, and make the individual content owner or lawyer responsible for reviewing and filing the claim; you take any chance of an honest accident out of the equation. So false claims in this case would be, at the very least, willful negligence in the case of a more mercenary lawyer who just went: "Ready, Fire, Aim" at the orders of his client without verifying the claim; or in the case of the content owner himself, or a lawyer who does do due diligence and yet files a false claim anyway, acts of deliberate and malicious fraud and/or perjury. So why hold back on punishing those people.

Comment Re:That's, for better or worse, for a court to dec (Score 2) 215

Seriously, this... very much this. I don't think I'd even go so far as 28 years though, or require anyone to go through the hassle of filing for the extension. I'd just go with a flat 20 years. For the life of me, I can't think of a single good reason that a copyright should last any longer than a patent.

Comment Re:That's, for better or worse, for a court to dec (Score 3, Interesting) 215

Even in the case of very highly-paid CEOs though, the annual salary of that employee still won't sting a big corporation like Samsung very much. Now, make it 1% of their annual revenue, and then we're talking.

Personally though, I think the DMCA could be fairly easily reworked to put some parity between the parties into the system:

1) Forbid any automated, multiple, and/or electronic takedowns. Each takedown should be for a single alleged infraction, and delivered by registered mail, FedEx, or some other similarly-reliable delivery service that provides evidence of delivery.

2) Those claims of infringement need to be made by a single, identifiable, individual. It doesn't matter if that's the actual owner or their lawyer; so long as the claim can be traced back to that person claiming, under penalty of perjury, that the content is owned and infringing.

3) Give the "under penalty of perjury" part some teeth. If the content is not actually owned by the claimant, covered by fair use, or in any other way determined to be non-infringing; the individual from step 2 above goes to jail for perjury. I think a nice schedule would be:
1st false claim: 30 days in county.
2nd false claim: 90 days in county.
3rd false claim: 1 year in state, plus felony conviction on their criminal record and disbarment if the claimant is a lawyer.

Three simple steps. And I'd bet that we'd eliminate nearly all false and frivolous DMCA claims; but, more importantly, equalize the risk and power differential between the plaintiff and defendant.

Comment Re: AT&T (Score 4, Informative) 151

The problem here is that words mean things. And when the carriers throw out words like "unlimited", when what they're selling is not in fact unlimited; they are being duplicitous. And they absolutely deserve to be slapped down for that. And whether a technical person should know that they are lying does not change the fact that they are lying. Remember, not everyone is a technical person. If they'd just spell out EXACTLY what they are selling at EXACTLY the price they're charging upfront, with no "gotchas" buried in the fine print, there'd be no issue.

Honestly? They're dumb data pipes, like any other. There's no good reason they should be treated like anything else. And I wish they'd stop trying to imagine themselves otherwise and just sell me bandwidth like any other provider: Give me guaranteed and burstable Mbps rates; and sod off as to whether I use it for voice, data, video, music, tethering, VPN, running a web or email server, or just downloading Linux ISOs to /dev/null 24/7 because I can.

Comment Re:How Sound Reasonable Politics Is Mean to Happen (Score 1) 617

Boycotts, divestment, and disassociation are not at all undemocratic. And they are perfectly legitimate expressions of disagreement.

Look... you or anyone else absolutely have the right to be an asshole. Your own freedom of speech gives you that right. Your freedom of association gives you the right to support assholes. But you're not entitled to anything at all beyond that. *I* have the absolute right not to give you my money. My own freedom of association absolutely gives me the right not to support assholes. My own freedom of speech gives me the right to say so. You (or Donald Trump or Peter Thiel or Y-Combinator) are not at all entitled to anything from ME. And it's not undemocratic for me to associate with better people or to give my money to better businesses.

Comment Re:The Bravery of Being Out of Range (Score 2) 75

Oh please... Does the Battle of Agincourt ring a bell? Clever people have been figuring ways to strike at the enemy from longer range pretty much since the beginning of warfare. And the losers have whined about the "unfairness" and questioned the "bravery of being out of range"... right up until the point that they invented new weapons and were themselves the ones fighting from out of range.

It's nothing new, and it's not going to stop.

Comment Re:Value for money (Score 1) 550

I think a big problem is that all of the independent tour and concert promoters are gone, and replaced by the monopolistic conglomerates like Live Nation, Insomniac, and the like. Little to no competition means ticket prices in the stratosphere. And when I was going to see, for example, Nine Inch Nails at the peak of their popularity for $20 at The Edge, with the likes of Gravity Kills or Thrill Kill Cult as openers; the notion of paying $200 to see them at Outside Lands as a nostalgia act with a roster of dull and genre-inappropriate openers just rubs me all kinds of the wrong way.

Comment Re:Violence (Score 1) 550

I outgrew the mosh pit many years ago myself. But to categorize it as violence worthy of counseling is hyperbole to the point of absurdity. It's very... enthusiastic... and definitely full-contact. But it's not about violence any more than rugby or hockey is. There's actually a lot more order and custom to it than is apparent to the unfamiliar observer. And people who actually go in to fight are put in check and shown the door fairly quickly.

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