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Comment But does it run X? (Score 1) 252

Oh, BTW, you may be running Linux or BSD yourself and not even know it -- Android is Linux and Apple is BSD.

And it'd be technically correct* to state that TiVo DVRs run Linux.

But what people mean when they refer to running Linux or BSD on a desktop PC are X11/Linux and X11/FreeBSD. Unlike the majority of window managers for the X Window System, Android prior to Nougat doesn't even have multiple windows on screen as a standard feature, which makes it not ideal for writing one document while referring to another.

* Allegedly the best kind of correct.

Comment What a lame alternate universe you picked (Score 2) 171

Maybe he isn't into texting and other shit, and in an alternate universe without Pokemon Go he would be paying attention to the road while driving?

If we're going into alternate universes, then I like this one the best: someone else struck the pedestrian, and he was playing an ambulance game where you drive to injured people and give them medical attention. In that universe, playing the game while driving caused him to save a life!

Comment Re:Jail time for a vegetable garden; bus hours (Score 1) 238

Some of it is that some people's incomes aren't in fact above the poverty line. There are reports of hardship for residents of U.S. states that successfully sued to opt out of Obamacaid. They don't qualify for a Marketplace subsidy because they don't make more than the poverty level, and they don't qualify for original Medicaid.

And some of it is that the federal poverty level is uniform throughout the lower 48 states, even though some areas have a far higher apartment rent level than others.

Comment WTF? (Score 3, Insightful) 171

Or they could be smart and lock out users when they're moving so fast they're obviously not on foot.

If I proposed an idea that's wrong more than half the time, the last thing I'd expect anyone to call me, is "smart." That simply isn't the right word for this idea.

Fast movement doesn't imply driving. I'll grant that if you can determine the vehicle is a bicycle or motorcycle, chances are over 50% that the driver is playing. (Motorcycle passengers are unlikely to have free hands.) But if it's basically any other type of vehicle (or if no vehicle is involved at all), you're throwing babies out more often than you're throwing out bathwater! Why would you use a word like "smart" for this?!?

Comment Re:When cable TV (Score 1) 238

Citation please! I have never seen a case where the bottom tier internet only subscription is priced above that plus bottom tier TV bundle.

I've been collecting anecdotal reports from other Slashdot users about cable companies charging less for a bundle of Internet and limited basic TV than for Internet alone:

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$50+ monthly so you can facebook in your underwear on the sofa probably isn't an appropriate allocation for you.

It may be cheaper than the lost wages from taking time off work every day so you can get to the public library and check your email before it closes for the night at 6 PM. (Source: front door of Little Turtle branch, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana)

Comment Re:Jail time for a vegetable garden; bus hours (Score 1) 238

Your body is capable of moving without spending a cent or even going outside. There's plenty of exercises you can do in your living room.

Agreed: body weight squats and push-ups work many of the body's long-bone muscle groups. But the opposing motion to pull-ups is chin-ups, which require a bar (which can be found on the playground), and walking requires either a treadmill or a sidewalk or trail and tolerable weather.

The vast majority of the middle class people I'm talking about have a car.

Unless they gave it up to save the monthly payment on fuel, insurance, and parking.

If you're too poor to get a $1000 loan for a car

You'd still need a license to drive it. In jurisdictions that mandate a particular number of hours of supervised driving on a learner's permit, doing supervised driving with an instructor can cost thousands of dollars:

Kids whose own parents don’t drive face bigger hurdles. They face a staggering $6000 bill for driving lessons if they were to do all their hours through a standard driving school.

Comment Jail time for a vegetable garden; bus hours (Score 1) 238

because they can't comprehend making their own food

That or they can comprehend being threatened with imprisonment when city codes ban gardens.

or exercising without equipment

That depends on weather and on how strict the local police are about giving children priority on public playgrounds.

or getting around without a taxi.

What should they do instead? Ride the bus? Buses in my home town don't operate at night, on Sundays, or on major holidays. Under the "employment at will" principle widespread in the United States, employers can and do exercise their rights to fire employees for notifying them that they aren't available at those times. Many, such as Walmart, also have a "must be available on weekends" policy of refusing to hire applicants who mark down that they aren't available on Sunday.

Comment When cable TV (Score 0) 238

83% of American households have some form of subscription television service.

And they pay negative dollars per month for this service. Many local cable companies charge less for a bundle of Internet access and the lowest tier of subscription television service (local channels, C-SPAN, public access, and home shopping) than for Internet access alone.

3-4 months of that would cover at least enough of a mid market law firms time to assess the merits of case.

3 to 4 months of negative? Or are you implying that Internet access is not a necessity to find and/or keep a job?

We also have these things called public libraries were ordinary citizens like you or I could get access to either online resources

Good luck with that when the public library has closed for the night or for the weekend by the time you would have arrived there from work.

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