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Comment Re:Easily impressed (Score 1) 177

When my first reaction to seeing the interior photos is "Wow this shit is fugly", the bar is immediately raised on how impressive the rest of the vehicle will have to be before I consider buying one.

I think back to when the Model S was announced; my reaction to the dashboard on that car was "Whoah, COOOL!"

Comment Re:That's the big problem... (Score 1) 80

I know people who are perfectly happy to have their only copy of their photos on iCloud because "It's Apple! They have backups!"

Umm no. Even they do, you have no control over those backups, when they're made or how to recover the data if it's lost.

Keep your own damn backups, people. Treat cloud services as just another single, lose-able copy of your data.

Comment The elephant in the room... err, on the dash (Score 1) 177

People keep talking about the model 3 but no one seems to be talking about the ugly, spartan dashboard that inspires absolutely no emotion or passion.

Featureless except for a generic tablet screen in the middle. No awe-inspiring gauge cluster. No pleasing lines and curves.

My 2014 Honda Accord has a far nicer looking dash and it's a mainstream mass-produced car that isn't particularly special. (I love my car, but there's nothing unique or thrilling about it.)

What the hell were they thinking? This is Tesla, damnit. They should be making a car that blows you away when you sit behind the wheel.

Comment Re:lots of addresses tied up by big companies (Score 0) 129

IPs are only worth that much because they're extremely scarce right now. If HP tried to unload all their address space at once they probably wouldn't get all that much for it.

It's kind of like big executives who are worth a billion or more because of their stock holdings, but if they tried to sell it all the price would tank because of basic supply and demand.

Comment Piracy is not that big a deal (Score 5, Insightful) 63

Media companies are making bigger profits than ever, with no signs of it slowing down. Why are they so concerned about the tiny amount of piracy taking place?

1) Most piracy is done by teenagers and people who are broke and cannot afford to watch content legitimately anyway.
2) Piracy is a pain in the ass. Paying a few dollars for content is far easier, so that's what most people will do.

If they want to reduce piracy further, the best way is to make watching content as easy and simple as possible. For example, FOX recently yanked a bunch of their shows from Netflix because they're starting their own streaming service. Most people don't want to pay for multiple streaming services! Their greed is probably going to result in more piracy, as people go "Damnit Firefly is no longer on Netflix. I'm just going to torrent the rest of the episodes." So now instead of making some money, they make none.

And despite all this, like I mentioned earlier, the industry is more profitable than ever. They're basically yelling "THE SKY IS FALLING!!" on a clear, calm day with blue skies and sunshine.

Comment They still hate third-party clients (Score 1) 143

Things started going downhill when they started putting limitations on third-party clients, like only allowing a limited number of user API keys and not providing new features to third parties, like polls for example.

Then after they did that, they slowly started making their official client worse and worse until it became unpleasant to use. If they ever kill off third parties like Tweetbot, that'll be the end of Twitter for me.

I wish they'd go back to encouraging and supporting third-party clients. If they want to put advertising requirements in, that's fine, as long as they don't stifle the platform. At the very LEAST they could make the official client better but I think that ship has sailed.

Comment Already happening (Score 2) 60

>There is always the risk of someone finding out a way to break the DRM and easily distribute the files.

Already happens.

Netflix knows this. They try to make it hard for J Casual User to do this, but they know the pirates will break the DRM.

Notice how Netflix exclusives are all up on the usual pirate channels the same day they air.

Comment Re:Conflict of interest (Score 1) 258

Ambiguous law tends to be thrown out in court. Sadly most people don't bother to take it to trial because the pre-trial hearing dismisses the case or offers no points and a signficiantly lower fine and/or traffic school.

They do this on purpose because they know they'll lose in court, setting precedent.

Comment This is a bit absurd... (Score 2) 236

How is it that four decades into the personal computing era and ANYTHING in the UI is using any significant amount of CPU?

A blinking cursor?? The Apple II had a blinking cursor in 1977, and it was implemented in hardware. It used zero percent of the CPU.

My gods, programmers have gotten lazy. What's next, extra CPU consumption for bold text? The system slowing down every time it beeps?

Comment Re:40.000 deaths (Score 2) 258

There is always a specific point where there is indecision about whether to stop or keep going when the light turns yellow.

- Stopping means hitting the brakes hard, possibly causing an accident due to someone rear-ending you.
- Proceeding means you might shave a bit of the red.

Shaving a bit of the red is generally not going to cause an accident because it takes time for cars to accelerate and get going. There is also a dead-time between one direction turning red and the other turning green. However, as someone who was nearly rear-ended for stopping at a light because I had to brake very hard, I'd much prefer to proceed than stop in these cases.

Comment Re:Conflict of interest (Score 2) 258

Not to mention, if you *ENTER* the intersection on yellow it's perfectly legal, even if the light turns red once you're already in it.

The law states that the state of the light matters the moment you enter the intersection. Once you enter, you must exit the intersection as quickly as possible, but the light doesn't matter at that point. This is what also allows you to dwell in the intersection when making a left on green, and finish the turn when the light turns yellow->red.

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