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Comment Re:Monopolies are bad (Score 1) 58

It's amazing to me that they are still able to be so far ahead of any competition... in everything -- prices, shipping, customer service, selection.,

Um... they're not? Well, not over here.

Prices are so so. Sometimes they're more expensive, sometimes cheaper. There's not all that much in it. Once they got blocked from wide scale tax avoidance, their competitive edge mysteriously vanished.

The range is good compared to many other shops, though I buy quite a bit from ebay who generally have much more interesting stuff. I buy tool consumables and elecgtronic parts from RS, who have an excellent range too. But the competition isn't one shop, it's "the internet", because it's not like I drive from place to place shopping online.

For shipping... again meh. I mean it's OK, but nothing special.

For groceries, all the big supermarkets will hit a 1 hour slot reliably, including weekends (extra fee). All the even half way good clothes places have free return shipping. RS offer free next day on any delivery. etc etc.

Random computer parts sem pretty good on amazon price wise. Things like an SSD and one of those funny DVD drive caddy converters for holding an SSD.

Comment Hold down power button and ... (Score 5, Informative) 353

... keep holding it down.

Seriously, this is such an unconscionable violation of basic privacy that even people who have done nothing wrong should automatically have that reaction. And anybody who has done something wrong should know better than to use a fingerprint for unlocking anyway. What was this supposed to prove other than that they have a judge who will rubber-stamp any order no matter how appalling?

Comment Re:Freedom Not Allowed ! (Score 1) 153

The idea that people should be free to conduct business seems to be foreign to NYC

The idea that you should be free to do whatever you like regardless of the impact on others as long as it's for money is foreign to most of the world.

And has anyone bothered to actually confront how many issues this opens up?

Yes, and clearly you haven't because you don't seem to have any idea about it.

A girl stays with me for three weeks. Who gets to question me about why she is with me? Is she a relative, a friend, a sex partner or a health aid as I am an older man?

Were you (a) charging her rent and (b) absent yourself for the entire time. No? Then it doesn't matter.

Who exactly assumes the privilege of questioning me?

Who usually has the privilege of investigating violations of the law? If you annoy your neighbours enough they might call the police or which ever branch of the government deals with this sort of thing and they'll question you. This is precisely like every other thing ever.

Further, if cash changes hands with no receipt, how is proof established?

Same as with everything else ever. Should we make selling stolen phones with cash legal simply because if cash changes hands with no receipt, how is proof established? No, because that's silly.

Can i pound on the door of a neighbor i do not like and grill him about exactly why someone stayed with him overnight and can i legally prove that someone actually did stay overnight?

You can try, I guess, but given that's entirely legal I don't see why you would. If you make enough of a nuisance of yourself, the police may get involved on your neighbours behalf even if proof might be hard to establish.

Who defines overnight?

You apparently because you're very obsessed with it even though it has little to do with this whole thing.

I rode a motorcycle that was banned from overnight parking. They were smart enough never to call a tow truck. If they had i would have sued them into the dirt.

So, you kind of acted like a bit of a dick and likely would have lost a lawsuit against a tow truck company. What has that got to do with unlicensed hotels?

Comment Re:Resonating with Americans (Score 1) 177

If you want change, vote for Trump.

Who the hell merely wants change?

Surely you want change for the better, right? I'm sure Trump will attempt to deliver change, but do you honestly think it's likely to be for the better rather than making things worse?

This is the intellectual discussion we should be having in this election - not locker room talk or rape allegations

I'm sure that the personal behaviour of the candidates has no bearing on whether they might try to change things for the good of the US or be completely self serving.

Comment Re:Budget and Timelines (Score 1) 336

First, no reactors built in the past twenty years (except in China, IIRC) lack those safety features. Passive safety might not be an official standard from a regulatory agency, but is still effectively a standard.

Second, yes, passive safety most certainly does make a plant significantly safer than active safety, particularly when you have two plants right next to one another. Imagine a scenario where a containment accident occurs at one reactor, along with a fire that damages the external power feed to the second reactor. At that point, it is unsafe for people to bring diesel fuel in to keep the emergency generators running to keep the pumps running to cool the second reactor while it shuts down, and suddenly you've gone from one meltdown event to two.

Comment Re:Creating Structural Monopoly (Score 1) 190

Maybe you missed where I said, "apart from the existence of the cable authentication". Yes, they still require those ICs. What I meant was that AFAIK, Apple isn't going after companies that make fake Lightning cables with their own homebrew fake authentication chips unless they advertise them as being genuine Apple cables. Similarly, they're not going after third-party companies that wire up resistors to the two data lines to enable fast charging, so long as they aren't advertising them as being Apple chargers.

Comment Re:Wow... (Score 1) 190

If Apple was truly concerned they would issue a spec for free.

There is a specification. There are minimum requirements for separation between low-voltage and high-voltage sections that are part of various electrical codes and safety standards. These knock-offs don't meet those safety standards. They should not even be legal to import into the United States, much less sell.

The fact that Apple's designs greatly exceed the standards to the point of being exceptionally paranoid is nice and all, but not strictly necessary. But failing to meet the standards is very bad.

Comment Re:Budget and Timelines (Score 1) 336

That's not really the point. The point is that over time, those plants will get taken offline and replaced by newer designs, and we'll be safer when that happens. If you're going to bring a new plant online, ideally, you'd like it to be based on the newest, safest designs, rather than something that met NRC regulations before Chernobyl.

Comment Re:Creating Structural Monopoly (Score 1) 190

The requirements are well documented by third-party teardown, and dozens of companies make chargers that include the necessary pull-up resistors. So as the GP said, Apple is doing nothing to prevent third-party chargers, and apart from the existence of the cable authentication, is doing nothing to prevent third-party cables, either.

The problem is that there seems to be a strong correlation between willingness to pretend that your products are genuine Apple products and willingness to cut corners in the design that result in dangerous products. Legitimate third-party chargers from known brands generally work very well. Fake chargers that try to look like Apple products are a different story. It is legitimately hard to squeeze the necessary electronics into such a small package, much less to do so safely. As a result, Apple knock-offs tend to be significantly less safe than chargers made by people who aren't trying to pass their products off as Apple hardware.

And the knock-off fake Apple cables tend to be low-quality junk that fails after a couple of weeks of light use, unlike more legitimate third-party cables (e.g. Amazon Basics), which tend to be at least as reliable as Apple's cables, if not more so.

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