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Comment Re:So what. (Score 2) 316

I will buy physical goods that I truly do own.

But the only thing you actually own is the physical disc, the content of that disc is licensed to you, you don't own it. So it's no different to the "ownership of digital goods", if you think it is then you simply do not understand it. Those "digital goods" (that are licensed to you) are stored on the storage device that you own (your hard drive) just as the "digital goods" (that are licensed to you) are stored on the physical disc that you own in the case of a DVD. The difference being that if the physical storage medium fails then if it's something I purchased online rather than physicall I can just re-download it.

More to the point,the publishers can't suddenly just delete it from the online library at a whim because of a licensing dispute, like when about one third of Netflix's offerings has disappeared over the last couple of years.

Comment Re:break safety? (Score 1) 114

I thought the point of automobile glass was to shatter. Would you rather go through a windshield than bounce off it? I'm thinking go through might be safer, as the shattering glass absorbs some of the energy. What do the physicists say?

You're supposed to be wearing a seat belt, in which case your body doesn't go anywhere near the windshield.

Comment Re:The Tesla is psychic - it knows when all accide (Score 3, Insightful) 186

Musk picks terms to make things sound more impressive than they may actually be. I have seen accidents about to happen and avoided them many times in my many years driving, as I'm sure most of us have. In none of those cases did we go around saying we 'predicted' those accidents. We say we 'detected and avoided' them. .

Yes but it detected the braking of the car ahead of the car in front, which didn't seem to brake at all until the crash. From the video the braking car was barely visible. That's pretty impressive.

Comment Re:They will never learn (Score 1) 254

Easy, engineers are morons. They don't think about what PEOPLE need or want

You obviously aren't an engineer. Nor do you know many. Most engineers don't decide the features and performance requirements of the product. Either management or the customer does.

So the people writing the specs are morons. If someone gives you a recipe for a turd sandwich, you're going to make them a turd sandwich---or else you'll get fired for not doing your job.

Maybe you can ask them if they want lettuce or tomato on their turd sandwich. Maybe you can tell them that they have to choose between toasted and untoasted bread (because it's impossible to have both). But, in the end, if the spec is a turd sandwich then that's what you deliver.

I'm sure any programmer with an ounce of sense realized the implications of automatic updates and always-on telemetry. And most of them would never put that crap into the spec if they had any say in the matter. But they don't get a say. So enjoy your turd sandwich.

I don't know about you but I ordered a Giant Douche and instead got this Turd Sandwich... I'm outraged!

That kinds of sums up US federal elections.

Comment Re:the more guns you have, the more likely you are (Score 1) 212

whitetrash gun nut

You might be interested to know that there's a funny name for you too: "Victim."

Oddly, statistics show the opposite: the more guns you have, the more likely you are to die by being shot. Most of that, of course, is suicide-- having guns around turns a brief bad moment into a permanent problem for somebody else-- but even subtracting that, gun owners are more likely to be victims than non gun owners. (the non-gun owners are likely to back away from a confrontation. The gun owners are somewhat more likely to walk into one. But "Whitetrash gun nuts" and "victims" are overlapping categories.

An Australian study after the big gun ban showed that even having a gun in the house was associated with a higher incidence of suicide, even if the gun wasn't the method used. Something about the psychology of gun owners or the environment in which they're living?

Comment Re:IP law has nothing to do with logic. (Score 1) 396

Without personal gain, shit just doesn't get done. You don't work for free. Why do you expect anyone else to.

As a real patient, I would rather the entire the entire industry not be destroyed either by crass idiots or morons with "good intentions".

The issue isn't that simple and there's a lot at stake that you're blissfully unaware of.

According to a US TV report the drug contents of the pen are worth just a couple of bucks and the pen itself is out of patent protection. There is a competitor but it had a safety recall some time ago and that put some people off buying them. Also the name "Epipen" has become like "Bandaid" in that people think that's the only official option.

Make no mistake, this is just a blatant rip-off to help pay for the CEO's US$19 million annual paycheck.

Comment Sheep (Score 3, Interesting) 190

Australian researchers have developed an inoculation against some of the most common methanogenic bacteria found in sheep, supposedly reducing their methane output by about a third. It also makes a small amount of extra food available for the sheep to utilize. I don't know if this has made it out of the laboratory and into farms as yet (if ever).

Comment Re:Easy (Score 4, Insightful) 385

If you cannot afford to buy something with cash, then you can do without it.

There have been serious suggestions here in Norway to forbid cash payments for various things. This includes buying tickets from bus drivers, paying at restaurants and for purchases above some threshold (think 2000 USD and such).

The bus drivers don't want to have cash because of robberies, the tax administration wants to make it harder for restaurant owners to cheat, and the police wants to make it harder to launder money.

We're not there yet, but I'd say it's coming soon.

A card-only system is the perfect surveillance solution. Not only does it reveal everything that you've purchased and from whom, but the time and location as well.

Presidents Putin and Erdogan recommend them!

Comment Ransomware (Score 1) 229

If your idea of local backup means network attached storage, I've heard multiple stories of ransomware getting on the system and taking out both the main disks and the NAS.

Make sure you always have some form of offline storage, whether it be a local disk or a cloud storage solution.

Comment Re:Where is the government? (Score 1) 110

This is where regulators need to step in. Simple legislation is all we need: if you don't own a domain, you can't track people on it, unless it's something like an OAuth login.

They are stepping in. Their intelligence services will be taking full advantage of it.

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