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Comment Re:Law works for wealthy people... (Score 1) 368

"BMW Assist" is basically a knock-off of GM's "OnStar". I wouldn't be too surprised if stories like this are happening all the time with less pricey cars. Anytime there is a stolen car with GPS and a communications link, police are going to make a serious attempt to find the car and grab the thief. Locking the scumbag inside the car is just an added bonus.

Comment Re:Well, I agree with this (Score 2) 154

"The US does not have an official right to privacy."

Yes, it does, also known as the 4th amendment.

"[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

The right to privacy in a public forum (or on a public network) is debatable, and the conduct of the US government is as the 4th amendment never existed. But it exists, at least on paper.

Comment Re:Let me guess... (Score 1) 116

Not just RAM. Vista video requirements led to a generation of laptops with Intel GMA 900 video that were obsolete before leaving the factory. Instead of relegating such hardware to the recycle bin, it was marketed as "Vista Capable". https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-e-mails-reveal-intel-pressure-over-vista

Comment I call BS on blaming the Russians (Score 1) 272

If the Russians needed a strategy to influence the US election and control the next President, consider 2 choices. Which one is easier to implement and more reliable?

1. Use negative propaganda to knock down a candidate who is blatantly supported by the mainstream media -- in the hope of electing a billionaire who is (a) notoriously unpredictable and (b) difficult to bribe because he doesn't need the money. It may not be possible to add enough propaganda to overwhelm the lapdog media shills.

2. Write a check to the Clinton Foundation and send email to hrod17@clintonemail.com with instructions. If necessary, threaten to dump the entire email archive after she's elected. What's Hillary gong to do at that point? Call Putin's bluff and hope for the best? The beauty of the blackmail strategy is that the Russians don't actually need the emails. The mere threat would be sufficient.

Washington is filled with people who solicit checks from donors and follow instructions. The Clintons have been doing this on a grand scale for a long time. If you can wire transfer enough money, the Clintons are easily transformed into political muppets. Controlling them is a lot easier than defeating them.

Comment I had a Passat as well; same problem (Score 1) 82

My Passat was fun to drive, but only on the days when the car actually worked. Unfortunately, there were not enough of those days. Over the course of six months, I spent about $3600 at the dealership on a wide variety of problems. Each time, I thought the car would be OK for a while. And it was -- for about a month. After a while, I realized I was spending about $600/month to drive a 5-year old car. It would be cheaper to buy a new car whose payments are less than $600/month and drive that instead. So I did. I owned several VWs up to that point, but never again.

Comment Who needs Office Depot? (Score 4, Funny) 161

I get all the tech support I need from helpful services that call me whenever my computer has a virus. Somehow they know! Sure, it's expensive, but all I have to do is answer the phone and follow simple directions. A bunch of smart people with foreign accents take care of everything!

Comment OS X market needs hardware competition (Score 1) 535

When a Windows PC vendor makes a bone-headed move, Microsoft is protected by diversity among manufacturers. They won't all ditch USB 3.0 and HDMI at the same time. As long as you can tolerate Windows, somebody will always offer a PC worth buying.

With OS X, the consumer's choice in products is only as good as Apple's hardware. In the past, Apple made some really excellent decisions with the MacBook Pro. In recent years? Not so much. If this is the best Apple can do, maybe they should exit the laptop hardware business. Open up the drivers and sell OS X to the rest of the Intel-based laptop world. At least then, somebody will offer a 2016 GPU and 32G of memory in a machine that doesn't require a basket of dongles to connect a phone, mouse, keyboard, and monitor.

Comment Re: Had Bernie won... (Score 1) 822

I wouldn't be voting for him, but he's not a pathological liar, didn't sell out to the establishment (except maybe Obamacare), and his heart is in the right place. We could do a lot worse than Bernie.

Washington is so corrupt and disconnected from reality, I'm voting for maximum disruption.

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