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Comment A journalist does not know what is going on? (Score 4, Insightful) 135

A journalist (of the WSJ no less) has no idea what is going on in their country? That's what was the most surprising to me. I mean, I knew about the 100-mile border rule and I am neither a journalist, nor a US citizen. I thought the US journalists are in on it with the government by not drawing attention to the slowly eroding US constitutional rights, but in this case it is not some conspiracy, the journalist is an idiot. Where idiot here is also used in the original meaning from the ancient greek (no unicode to list it here) which was referred to people who were not interested in the affairs of the State.
If a journalist whose job is to know stuff exactly like this, is surprised to find something like that out, what hope do the people in the US realize that they have let them take away their rights one by one?

Comment Re:Not just at the border... (Score 1) 135

I love those armed checkpoints many miles from the border in Arizona.

Ironically, the last time I had to go through one I was the passenger in a car with Arizona plates. I'm 50, the driver was 65, both of us are Caucasian men. We had to answer a bunch of questions and were there for 2-3 minutes. The driver lives in Bisbee and has to pass through either the checkpoint in Tombstone or Sierra Vista to go anywhere north (Benson, Tuscon, etc), and so is through the checkpoints all the time.

The car in front of us had *Mexican* plates and 2 passengers. I don't think they were stopped for more than 10 seconds.

That's just fucking great. Two American Citizens NOT crossing a border in a vehicle with in-state plates spend more time answering Border Patrol questions than three likely foreign nationals in a vehicle with foreign license plates. Tell me what this system is about again?

Comment Re:Smartphone size? (Score 1) 409

This is Apple we're talking about. They're not going to standardize a new audio jack, not the way you're thinking at least. Their idea of "standardization" is to make up their own all-new interface, patent it, then charge every huge licensing fees to use it. So a $5 set of minibuds will now cost $45, with $40 of that being Apple's licensing fee.

Comment Re:Bluetooth simply doesn't work in most metro are (Score 1) 409

Cars with BT audio usually also have USB ports. Does yours not?

My 2015 Mazda has BT audio as well, and a USB port. I've never used BT audio (though I do use BT for making phone calls through the hands-free system, and also for reading texts sometimes; the system will read them to me aloud). Instead, I just bought an inexpensive 32GB USB thumb drive, copied my whole music library onto it, and that was that.

No, I don't want to listen to streaming audio from the internet; I don't have unlimited data so that would be quite expensive.

Comment Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 1) 409

So instead you want to break your power charging plug hole, the one you now generally use once per day and that with a fixed battery. So instead a potential proprietary socket, that will wear out, destroying the phone because no it connects to nothing and you can not pull out a flat battery and replace it with a charged battery. Yep, gullibly being sold another B$ marketing line. So with an existing ear socket phone you can listen through the usb socket with the right hardware and software but not fucking while you are charging the phone but that's OK you can swap out the battery and charge it separately, oh wait no you fucking can't.

Yep, this is what Apple buyers are happily signing up for.

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