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Comment Re:Your car is not your car (Score 1) 176

...and the "cloud" -- if it's in the "cloud", someone else owns it. Even when they tell you you own it.

It's not on your hardware, it's not on your software, it's not in your storage, it's not on your premises, and you have zero control over any of the actual foregoing locations / instances.

But hey, everyone, keep that cloud-ward stampede going. They love ya for it.

Comment Tesla has control (Score 1) 176

All they could do to stop you from doing is voiding your warranty.

Perhaps not. As I understand it, the car is connected in order to facilitate software upgrade / maintainance. So they could tell the car it couldn't drive the next time you parked it for ten minutes, for instance.

I imagine that would land them in court -- but technically speaking, they could do it.

Comment Tim Cook for VP! (Score 3, Funny) 171

Tim on the campaign trail:

We're going to get you new, way, way thinner voting machines with hermetically sealed cases! They'll run ALL DAY on the lithium battery (claim based on "average voter" use in our testing laboratories.) You can pick any vote you like (available from our snazzy new "vote store.") Plus, look at the courageous new cylindrical design! Cylindrical and thin! Isn't that cool?

Oh, and one more thing...

If you have trouble, you can take your issues to our "Genius Bar", where certified "vote experts" will solve all your problems; they'll even submit your vote for you!

Comment Cheap wha? (Score 1) 227

These... these scimentizzes have krunk their own droolaid. Iz a CATALISH! Jush put that shizzle in my gazztank... I like the boss knockin' rythym m'whip getsess on the fleaway. C'mere, silly plant. I wants ya fur your car-bone see-quest-rashun habits. [Hic!]

Comment Replacable batteries: Step back from brink (Score 2) 99

Not just thicker -- with a REPLACEABLE battery. Production batteries start having a problem? Instead of having to recall 3 billion dollars worth of phones, you can send out new batteries made conservatively, or even with completely different tech.

Non-replaceable batteries present a much broader spectrum of risks. All the manufacturers get out of it is a bit of thin, and the hope that your phone will seem unfixable to you when the battery dies.

They're treating the consumer very poorly.

And as long as the customer base can be kept from realizing that, they'll keep almost certainly doing it, too.

Comment Re:Attack Of The Killer Soy Beans? (Score 4, Funny) 197

And what happens when the nitrogen levels in the atmosphere are depleted by these Genetic Horrors???

The holy balance of 78.09% nitrogen, 20.95% oxygen, 0.93% argon, 0.04% carbon dioxide will be disturbed, increasing our oxygen intake, and BURNING OUT OUR CELLS AS OXIDATION RATES INCREASE!!!

OMG where's my tin-foil-hat-equipped-with-supplemental-nitrogen-tank???


Comment Acknowledge reality. It's dead, Jim. (Score 1) 169

Oh no, I understand the design just fine. But unlike you, I also understand what it is, and am not confused by the difference between the two. So when it comes to action today, I talk about what the government is -- not what it was designed to be. Because, sadly, the latter ship has sailed, capsized, sunk, and rotted at the bottom of the ocean of congressional, judicial, and executive dishonor. It's dead, Jim. Welcome to reality. Deal with it.

As for unemployment figures, the government has a particular way to compute them. I don't mind your way; however, if you want to point the finger at Obama as having presided over a failure characterized as increasing unemployment, you need to compare those figures with the Bush years. I'd be very interested to see you do so, btw.

Comment The hows for your wanna (Score 1) 169

The whole constitution should be ripped up

See article 5. Authority to effectively do that resides there.

and all of congress fired.

See the voting ballot. Authority to do that resides there.

Consequently, if you actually want to accomplish anything, you should always couch your assertions along with (a) supporting reasoning and (b) quality exhortation to utilize the above. Without (a) and (b), you're just hand-waving and can (and should) be ignored.

Comment Congress is the roadblock here (Score 1) 169

Relax. The poor guy is just trying to leave something positive after 8 years of suck.

And just like the past eight years, it's very difficult to do that with a do-nothing, obstructionist congress doing everything it can to collect its pay while accomplishing as little as possible that's worth a damn.

Obama's been one of the best presidents we've had in my 45 years or so of paying attention (I give him 7/10, which is decent, room for improvement. Bush II The Moron, as a low-rated for-instance, gets a 2/10 — if Trump were elected, there's every sign he'd be the first 1/10 in my lifetime); congress... congress has been the very epitome of what congress should not be. 1/1, period. Idiots and incompetents. I'm voting against the incumbent congress-critter on my ballot. That's the only sane thing to do. Because:

Last election, congress had a 14% approval ratio, and a 94% re-election ratio. So we all pretty much agree congress is useless, or worse. But clearly, people always think it's the other congress member's fault, or vote for some local interest over the nation's interest. Clearly, that's a very bad group behavior. We should stop that. Until congress as a whole starts behaving, I am voting against the incumbent, period. I wish others would too. But. Sigh.

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