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Comment Re:Maybe people are oversaturated (Score 1) 91

> Fuck the marketers, they should all die in a fire.

Marketers and Lawyers would be a good start -- but sadly that wouldn't really change anything. :-/

I really wish we could ban all forms of commercial advertising.

Advertising pollutes our spaces -- both physical and virtual.
It disrespects our time.
All for the sake of profit.
Greed is the cancer that destroys everything good about the world.

Have we really become such a stupid species that we let blatant propaganda and hyper commercialization of product placement control our lives?

When does it end?

Submission + - Apple doesn't like Philip K. Dick's novels

lesincompetent writes: We all heard our fair share of kafkian AppStore rejection stories but this might be a new low for Apple.
This developer had his app rejected just because it dared mention Philip K. Dick's famous sci-fi novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?".
The problem of course is that apparently barely mentioning the word "android" is enough to infringe on rule #2.3.10 of the App Store Review Guidelines which mandates don’t include names, icons, or imagery of other mobile platforms.

Comment Re:send em to Hawaii (Score 1) 266

Assuming that would work, it would be quite difficult to do so on an industrial scale safely and efficiently. How do you get the trash into the lava? You can't build a road above it to dump them in. Dropping them in by helicopter, one shipping container at a time, might be possible, but I'm not sure how safe or efficient that would be. Probably the best bet would be to determine where the lava is likely to flow in a future eruption, and just build a big warehouse there to store them until it comes.

Now I would love to see the environmental impact study.

What all sorts of hazardous waste would this work for? What would it not work for? I expect one big problem is vaporizing metals, resulting in acid rain, so it would probably mean you couldn't use it for anything with mercury. The end result may be rules similar to what can go in an incinerator, making the lava approach useless.

Comment Re:another case of fundamental bad design (Score 1) 99

That's because only the dealership that originally sold the car can see who has access and manually remove someone from the app.

That is a problem on more than 1 level.

It's not bad design from the point of view of the dealer. This basically means that all used car sales will have to go through a dealership. It will be the end of private used car sales. This was probably by design.

Comment Re:Never heard of it... (Score 1) 67

I followed it for a year or so, but it got old. Don't know what it's like in recent decades. Schlock is an alien with a number of useful talents, but beauty isn't one of them. There is (or was) also a handsome captain, a (slightly) mad scientist, a "beautiful" nurse, etc. And they get in a lot of fights. (I may have misremembered some of that.)

So it's pretty much a standard formula, but not too bad. https://www.schlockmercenary.c... thanks to Google.

Comment Re:Process already in place for fake Trump tweets (Score 1) 500

Point. I thought that was probably true, but couldn't find a reference, so I went with the more inclusive term. (You can't get a 2/3 vote without also getting a majority vote.)

As I said, the chances are extremely remote, and it could only happen if a large number of Republican legislators get extremely upset.

Comment Re: Just another mindless attack (Score 1) 500

Well...no. I learned to distrust the media by observing an event that I later saw covered on the media. This has happened three times (not a large sample) and in each case the media grossly distorted the event. A bad fire got turned into a city destroying nightmare, e.g. You'd be surprised at what can be done by careful selection of camera angles and framing.

Comment Re:No Different From Laptops (Score 1) 492

This is no different from the drill for laptops. On your travel day, back up your phone, encrypt the backup, send through your by vpn to a server stateside, reset the phone to factory defaults. Download the backup when safely stateside.

As soon as the customs officer sees your phone is set to factory defaults, he's going to want you to log into your accounts. That's no different from providing the password for your device.

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