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Comment Re:Emissions fix? Call me skeptical... (Score 1) 58

I just opened the comments thinking, do I even want this "fix" on my car? If I lose MPG or power then; it aint no fix in my book. MPG and power were factors I considered when buying my car. I paid a lot of money based on the MPG and power the car had when I bought it. I have no interest in seeing either reduced.

If I can, I will probably avoid this "fix"

Comment Re:License to work (Score 1) 636

> What I suspect is REALLY going on here is that John Deere and other manufacturers have adopted a model of selling their equipment to farmers either at a loss or at cost, with the understanding that they'll make their profit in implicit servicing contracts.

Is it a sale or a lease? If its a sale then fuck them. If its a lease, then maybe they should have said so up front....then not gotten the contract because the farmer didn't want a lease.

If its a lease, and it breaks down, I want a new one. IN fact, if its a lease, I want to trade it in for another one in a couple of years so I always have a fresh one. In addition to all this being spelled out up front and the word SALE never even having been uttered, unless it was "we don't offer" or "you could also...."

If its not a lease, then pound fucking sand.

Comment In 2016 Nintendo is 1 decade behind cheesy rips (Score 1) 195

I am shocked its taken them so long. Cheesy, probably illegal, 3rd party knock offs sold in malls and flea markets have been doing this for at least a decade now....and cheaper. Nintendo is honestly coming to market with a knock off of the knock offs for 6+ times the price of what I saw people buying them for 10 years ago?

I can't help but laugh.

Comment Re:"Artistic similarity"? (Score 2) 147

> But that's because they both copied from the M14.

I want to believe. This was my first thought too, but, in order to verify that, one more step is needed, find the real rail that looks like....I am not.

What strikes me is the little flourishes. Look at the front of the rail by the sight, it has a stamp in the metal that looks like some sort of mechanical reinforcement, or decoration. They are nearly identical, yet, in all the images of M14s and their rails/sights I just don't see some of these details.

It really looks like the game model was used as the reference, rather than a real gun.

Comment Re:That's the whole point! (Score 1) 443

You are not wrong. However there is a core trust in that agreement, and I feel microsoft really has broken that core trust.

Windows 10 is basically a surviellance malware, with built in phone-home that sends gobs and gobs of information back to its command and control nodes. These are some really fucking huge changes and far beyond the understanding of most users.

This is a blatant abuse of trust. Their company, deserves to be severely punished to the tune of billions as an example. TBH I feel like this sort of breach of trust should result in multiplied damages.

Comment Re:of course (Score 1) 111

> Generally poor security practices make it easier

This. Something people don't get about hospitals.... they LOVE IT. They are IT adopters, big time. You don't hear about the tech they adopt, because they are too busy adopting it to tell you about it. They have one fucking goal: Healthcare, and they aim to meet it.

When I worked in tech support for a hospital, I took tickets for desktop PCs sitting at bench that used to be used to solder core memory.

Security was never their concern until very very late. Their concern was always getting the job done. Their concern was that they have all these patients and know all these things that they could make better if they just had more data, just had better storage, just had...

These guys are not just using new systems, they have a massive technological legacy that they can't just shut down. They are not monolithic institutions under strong CEOs, they are massive sprawling systems of department heads and decision makers, all with their own budgets, own staff, own priorities. Their systems exist in data centers....and under desks, in utility rooms, in ERs and ORs, all over the place.

Its a huge mess. Its a huge mess because of years and years of history.

Comment Re:This Sounds Familiar (Score 1) 36

> This sounds like an incident at my workplace.

I was thinking the same thing about a different part....corrupted backups. Old job had a mail server update that broke the backups in a subtle way: it corrupted the mailbox names such that the path wouldn't match when the restore looked for it.

As support waved a dead chicken over it, I learned a few commands that turned out to be how to dump data streams off the tape from the command line, and was able to write a perl script to extract mailboxes that we needed, but, we were not exactly able to put the kind of pressure on vendors that gets them to go any further than "Sorry your backups are corrupt"; we were on our own to solve it after that.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 4, Interesting) 760

> Because at base, it is a non-sequitar, one of those war on drugs nothing is too extreme for our holy cause actions.

Its not non-sequitor when the person you are arguing against couldn't pass a drug test himself. A lot of wealthy high income people would never pass a drug test and they know it.

In a way, I kind of like it. That should be the threat. Maybe they will finally defang the drug war if it starts being used against them. I bet you dollars to donuts if you started threatening to drug test enough congressmen and business owners, the controlled substances act will be repealed within a few weeks.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 2) 760

No. a couple of states have done it. The main incident I know of is Florida where the Governor's Wife actually owned the drug testing company. It was basically a naked grab for money and it worked. They spent millions and recovered thousands.... meaning it was nothing but a net loss directly into the Governor's personal bank accounts.

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