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Comment Re:And they wonder why (Score 1) 59

If it was only that simple. The real problem comes when you have an integrated device like a smartwatch that needs, say, a phone to effectively operate. You may not be able to run the same software you had two years ago: the OS on your phone may require you to run a particular version of, say, the "Phone" app that's been pushed to your device by the carrier and now your watch doesn't vibrate when you get a call.

So, the complaint that this bullshit needs to stop is valid. People aren't going to spend $200 on a watch very often to have it not work, and eventually some form of software rot will make it "not work" because it will require legacy applications to support the watch that aren't available or can't run.

For the record, Samsung's support of the Gear Live has been outright atrocious, so I'm not surprised that my Gear Live will be facing a time very soon where I have to replace it, not because the hardware is broken but because it has simply been stated obsolete. Fuck that, I'll go back to wearing a $10 Casio.

Comment Re:Put Lifetime in quotes (Score 1) 432

I've had issues with exchanging Craftsman tools without a receipt, which is how I know. Officially, per policy, it's now "25 years", not lifetime, and a receipt (or other proof of purchase) is required. Now, a lot depends on the store (admittedly, I tend to shop at stores in bad neighborhoods.. then, of course, that's the only place you can find a Sears nowadays around these parts), and I've even been told that the process is "easier" if you have whatever this stupid rewards card thing Sears and K-Mart is doing lately, but.. technically, a receipt may be required.

It is complicated by the fact that Craftsman tools are now sold at other retailers (like ACE Hardware as the big example) and the warranty service is handled by the retailer. YMMV.

Keep your receipts and warranty documentation for Craftsman tools...

Comment Re:There is no "California State Patrol" (Score 1) 128

Actually, no, they aren't. There is the California Highway Patrol and the California State Police. There actually is a difference, although slight between the two. It might be interesting to know which one of the two it was. The CHP often is the defacto police agency for many remote parts of California (and Aliso Viejo certainly ISN'T, but it wouldn't be unheard of for the Orange County Sheriff to either give zero fucks or have zero people to handle it). The CSP largely protects the State Capitol complex and related state installations such as the State Office Building in San Francisco (not the Capital City of California, BTW). It would be very unusual if the CSP did it, but again given the angle of "people hanging banners on the PUC building" also not unheard of.

So yes, it matters. Was the arrest because of tangible threats (either by trespass or other activities) related to the PUC offices (which are in said State Office building in San Francisco), or was it just relating to the protest in Aliso Viejo (which is 400+ miles from either Sacramento or San Francisco) ?

Yes, it matters. It matters a lot.

Comment Re:Conflicting goals (Score 1) 172

I know at one cable company the way the "public" WiFi works it uses a separate DOCSIS stream, so it won't necessarily ever be "felt" by the customer. Now, I guess it will in aggregate (there's only so much pipe), but it is carried by a different stream than yours and has lower QoS priority, so in theory it shouldn't cause any issues to the subscriber.

That being said, I have no idea who has set up the hotspot called "XFINITY" in my neighborhood with a fake Comcast splash page that captures names and passwords and then has no Internet route out (because it's a battery operated TP-LINK router)... no idea at all.

Comment Re:FAKE (Score 2) 80

Yes there were. People were using dial-up modems on the Atari 2600 (see: Gameline), the Commodore 64 (see: QuantumLink) and others. BBSes existed as far back as the late 1970's.

The NES had no hardware for any kind of networking, dial-up modem or otherwise.

Comment Re:Guy allegedly does something stupid (Score 2) 327

If we have a routine police practice that causes the death of an innocent doesn't it deserve a sober review? Shouldn't we as a society be asking ourselves if this is the way we want our CIVILIAN POLICE to react?

I don't know what scares me more, the SWAT teams or the complacency in which we in the US treat having a highly militarized police force.

Comment Re:w***e ? (Score 1) 262

Becoming a plumber requires training, which you have to get and pay for yourself. There used to be this place called "community college" which used to give that training at very low (or when I was young, no) cost. Today, even getting into an apprenticeship program requires expenditures.

The call center will hire anyone who's breathing, spend 2 hours training them to not drool on the equipment, and put them on the phones.

Some people don't have the money to pay for technical school. Some people have circumstances that have held them back from being anything more than a minimum-wage call center employee. That doesn't make them ANY less human.

Let me guess. You think people who earn minimum wage LIKE their jobs? Almost none of them do. Almost every one who works for minimum wage is desperate. And it's very difficult to get ahead, if not impossible.

The "free market" has failed us.

Comment Re:w***e ? (Score 1) 262

The going hourly wage for plumbers in my region starts around $22/hour, with the upper limit being in the $40/hour range. A local call center hires people for.. well, $9.25/hour, which is our state's minimum wage, and I know people who've worked at that call center for five years and are making.. $9.25/hour.

Nobody deserves to deal with the kind of shit customers are capable of dealing for minimum wage.

Comment Re:And people like Gene keep making the same mista (Score 1) 386

Believe me, Google (like any other corporation) exists to make money. And make it they have.

Google also believes they can make the MOST money by focusing on the two ends: the bleeding edge AND the long tail. Search and advertising is their long tail, where they dominate the market. 8-10 years ago? Android was at their bleeding edge, and now it's part of the long tail: one more way to get eyeballs for Search and Advertising.

Where will Driverless Car lead? I can see a fleet of self-driving cars acting as a taxi service. Get in a Google Car and tell it "I want decent Thai" and it whisks you to a sponsored location. Driverless Car is more an Über killer than anything else.

Comment Re:The Driverless Car - Any Day of the Week (Score 2) 386

Irony: the people who buy driverless cars aren't individuals.

I can see Car2Go, however, jumping on it. Or a package delivery company. Or a utility. Or for that matter, any one of a whole laundry list of fleet vehicle purchasers.

The Google Driverless Car isn't a mass market product. As a niche product, however, it will sell and sell well once the logistics (things like insurance and liability) are resolved.

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