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Comment Re:Legal? (Score 1) 281

I don't see why it would be illegal. If you don't want to get sprayed, don't steal bikes! And I don't see what you mean by "delay in the mechanism". It's a compressed gas that is released when you cut into the lock. There's really no mechanism involved here. And if bystanders are standing by watching while someone attempts to steal a bike, they deserve to get sprayed.

Because a person is not allowed to introduce bodily harm or destroy another persons property unless they themselves are in immanent danger.

E.G. you can't light a person on fire for trying to steal your bike. If said person was to stop stealing your bike and try to attack you, you could then light them on fire ( assuming you had a flame thrower or something ), but only if you were, or had a real fear that you were, in danger of losing your life from the aggressor. The same principles apply to intentionally making someone sick. This is the same reason that taser car security systems are illegal.

Furthermore, this may run afoul of poisoning laws, and both the company and owner of the lock would run afoul of lawsuits if someone for some reason was allergic to the compounds in the gas, and died of a result of getting sprayed.
It does not matter in the eyes of the law that the person was doing something illegal at the time, they were not threatening the lives of others.

Comment Re: Lawyers (Score 1) 42

If I read the refund page from Samsung correctly a few days ago yes, they ARE actually paying for accessories bought as well. I don't know if it is through the carrier only or not, but something was said about refunding accessories that are built specifically for the note 7.

IF you really had a note 7 I would recommend looking into what you are entitled to in the refund instead of whining on /.

Comment Re:Lawyers (Score 2) 42

No it does not. Samsung is already giving them the full purchase price of the phone + $100** back. It's highly doubtful, even with the stupidly expensive plans at most places here in the U.S., that they paid more than $100 in thirteen days FOR THE ONE PHONE.

There are many different payment plans, some rather spendy -while many of them involved paying off the S7 included in the monthly charges.

Even if paid monthly the full cost of the phone gets reimbursed by Samsung ( and the credit they get as well ) and there are no more phone payments due. This includes the partial month that was used since they are not prorating the partial month or ANY time used.

This is just several jackasses being ambulance chasers like people always say lawyers are.

** granted it is only $100 if you buy another Samsung phone. Otherwise it was something like $25, which should still cover the time the phone wasn't being used because they were good kids and listened to the recall notice.

Comment Re: You gotta fight for your right to (Score 1) 213

Malicious compliance would hurt Netflix far more than it hurts their content suppliers. After all, the whole point of geoblocking is to protect the content suppliers' ability to sell content to whatever entity is willing to spend the most money in a particular region. Zealously enforcing this wouldn't devalue their content nearly as much as it devalues Netflix.

Not really. It is true that it may hurt netflix in the short term, but it will hurt the content providers more in the longer game. Furthermore, it may actually get it through the content providers heads that blocking off a large portion of their profits is a Bad Thing when their revenues fall drastically; the single markets they think they want can't support the level of profits they have been previously making.

Comment Re:Where's the love and support? Where's the tea? (Score 1) 200

Nice "no true Scotsman" there.

Oh, and I'm sure the kettle only holds a single cup of tea worth of water, not like they make kettles that heat 1.5L+ water right? I mean that would be insane! you could reboil the water multiple times a day without having to refill it, and whoever heard of THAT?

When is the last time you have heard about a new technology that just sprang up 100% fully formed and functional? Home automation is still in its infancy, of course it isn't going to do every little niggling thing for you.

Comment Re:Refused to hand over "evidence" (Score 2) 86

Sorry but no. Just no.

Your whole premise is extremely flawed. There is absolutely nothing, and I mean nothing super special about any of the phones on the market that makes it so any competent Electrical Engineer can't do a post mortem AND competently indicate to the maker what exactly the order of events were. Samsung knows what was where and can piece together scenarios from that, and request further clarifications.

Samsung is not the only company that can make determination about devices, any competent EE can. An EE from Nokia / LG / SpaceX / any damn company that Employs competently trained EE's could tell you the what where and reasonable hypothesis of why of the failure.

Comment Re:Questionable analogy and questionable analysis. (Score 1) 229

Nope. Capacity is used, if capacity was consumed that capacity would no longer be there when usage drops until physically replaced. It should be obvious that this isn't the case.

You can argue that bandwidth is a finite resource ( since it is ), but with proper** QoS routing and shaping this is less of an issue than the big ISPs want you to think.

The only reason that ISPs are whining right now is that they are severely oversold on their capacity, and they don't want to upgrade the capacity they have. The data going over the networks right now cost little to nothing due to peering and transfer arrangements. They want to be able to charge more and provide less service on the same capacity without spending a dime, just so they can rake in more money in profit. Period.

** Shaping and QoS doesn't mean just throttle the hell out of a fast transfer, it's all about routing and timing. You can get a decent throughput for quite a few clients on a pipe without throttling the hell out of any of them with properly configured QoS.

Comment Re:OMG (Score 1) 167

Not to mention some stuff falls to the ground or the ocean bottom, never to return its oxygen again.

Never to be seen again on the human time scale, seen again rather quickly on the Geologic time scale. The oldest Ocean crust we know of is only ~200-400 million years old. Ocean crust both outgasses through cracks in the lithosphere ( including volcanic vents when melting occurs in subduction ), as well as being recycled back into mantle material that can and will eventually erupt again.

Comment Re:Huh. (Score 1) 79

Is your sig from first hand experience or what?

Hydrogen wasn't even mentioned in TFS, in fact it says 2 or more times the helium was for cooling OXYGEN.

Furthermore, if you do any half assed research you would know that the engines run on RP-1, which is basically kerosene, also known in generally similar chemical compositions with minor additive changes as jet fuel, and #1 diesel fuel. Much more energy dense than hydrogen as a fuel.

Comment Re: What? (Score 1) 99

This is just precious. Next explain how you, the erstwhile IT guy, goes about telling the people who decided long ago that they were going to go with the gold standard of the industry, Microsoft - that they have to change their Operating system.

Easy, in a way they can understand. This would include risk assessments, cost : benefit ratios, short / medium term benefit : inevitable data breach cost ratios, and if necessary lots of pretty charts and graphs if words are too hard for your upper echelon to understand. And documentation that you actually both made the suggestions, and gave detailed data on what could and probably will happen in the case of them not taking suggestions in case they still decide not to follow their IT teams advice, just to cover your own ass to even higher management infrastructure.

In short, explain it in terms of money.

Anyone who CAN'T make a compelling case in IT probably shouldn't be in IT.

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