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Comment Re:Govt wants free money (Score 1) 159

It's not about list prices, it's about actually selling the product at price $XX.

In Canada you have to offer and sell the product at some price that will form the basis of a regular price. It has nothing to do with MSRP, which is a legal construct, not an actual price.

If you have product A that you price at $19.99 you have to show you actually sold inventory at $19.99 and that you offered the product for sale and actually made sales for the majority of the time (eg more than 183 days a year, for example) the product was available. You could then offer the product for (say) $17.95 and call it a Sale or discounted price.

SEARS Canada (a somewhat different company than SEARS-Roebuck) was famously fined because they had too many sales, almost continuously, on certain products so that it was deemed that the Sale prices were effectively the actual regular prices. It's a False Advertising issue, not an MSRP issue.

Comment Consumer Reports knows shite (Score 1) 268

I don't know whether the new Macbook Pro is a good computer or a bad computer; I've never seen one and won't be replacing my current laptop for quite a while yet.

But, I do have some expertise in a few other fields. And I have to say that with regard to non-computer equipment I know like the back of my hand that Consumer Reports evaluates ... well ... they haven't a clue. They recommend junk and hate excellent product. I don't know why, but they do.

So, whether they love the new Macbook Pro or hate it, or lay somewhere in between, is irrelevant to me. They have shown themselves to earn near-zero credibility in my books. Which leaves me with coming to my own conclusions, and I'm OK with that.

Comment Re:Notorious Markets List (Score 1) 82

If you live in Canada, you already are :). It drives the US nuts that we can (or used to be able to?) burn copies of CDs for free for friends & family, for research etc.

Apparently lots of torrent sites are partially-based in Canada as well. http://iipdigital.usembassy.go...

In Canada, you cannot, and never have been legally able to, burn CDs for friends and family.

The Copyright was (prior to it's last revision, which is what you are referring to) clear; you could only make copies of music yourself for your own use. Distribution in any form, which includes making a "mix tape" and giving it to your mother, is illegal and always has been in Canada.

Comment Re:Symbolic (Score 3, Informative) 82

Two decades after the original artist's/etc demise would be fair. Perpetual copyright doesn't protect dead originators, and to make copyright perpetual changes it dramatically.

Maybe reconsider perpetual compensation? a perpetual right to prevent modification and ensure attribution, but to be paid forever? How do we reconcile this?

And corporations need to be a different case.

Music copyrights have nothing to do with the artist, therefore there is no correlation with the artist's lifetime. All music copyrights are owned by the Label (and RIAA member, if in the USA) which, as a corp[oration, has a theoretically infinite lifetime.

Passing the copyrights to the Label is a condition of every record contract. As an artist, either you are published, have a record release and have zero copyrights, or your are unpublished, unreleased, unknown and own them all, but no-one cares. There is such a thing as the Independent record release, which is an attempt to retain the copyrights by the artist(s), but you won't find those CDs for sale in most retailers or available as digital files on most mainstream download sites.

Comment Old News (Score 1) 91

Organized Crime has long infiltrated the Waste Management industry. This is hardly news; when it comes to recycling (where companies are paid to dispose of whatever) it seems obvious that you can collect the cash and dispose of nothing = profit, especially since the fees are set up in the first place to guarantee profits if you actually do dispose of the waste properly.

The "Mob" has been caught disposing of Dioxins by putting a quart here, a quart there, in tankers of gasoline, which is then distributed to stations across a region (NorthEast US, Montreal, etc) so that your wife and daughter can pump them into their subcompacts and burn it away, obviously being exposed to a Cancer risk while doing so. What makes anyone think a little lead from a CRT is going to give them pause?

Comment Re:Because Use Cases (Score 1) 766

'And with ten or fifteen open tabs it eventually becomes sluggish as hell.'

I don't think that's the standard use case for testing, nor should it be. What the hell are you doing with that many tabs open.

"Unfortunately, modern browsers are so stupid that they reload all the tabs when you restart them. Which takes ages if you have a hundred of tabs."

Again, good lord. Hundreds of tabs? What are you even doing.

As to refresh, I think that's become a user expectation that you see the most recent information when you pull up a tab. Having to manually do it isn't something a standard user is going to do.

Maybe what you're looking for is to have 'power user' settings in the browser, so you can keep your hundred tabs open.

I normally have perhaps 30~40 pages live (I don't like tabs, I prefer new windows) when surfing in an ordinary fashion. From time to time, I might even get up to a hundred. My browser does work fine, or to put it another way, roughly the same as when there are only one or two pages open.

What am I doing? Simple ... I refuse to be interrupted by crap. So when I am reading a news story (for example) I stay on that news story page and read the whole thing, then close the window (or tab, if you prefer). And if there is a phrase or event mentioned on that news page, I copy and paste into a new browser window to search that term and have it ready to refer to next, or later, or whenever.

Similarly when I'm researching a topic, I stay on the page I'm reading, and again will probably have a number of new pages rendered and ready for when I am good and ready to read them, in their entirety, as topics, phrases, pdf's, links, etc come into the picture.

Honestly I can't understand why someone would NOT have dozens of pages open at the same time. What do you do ... jump to a new page and leave the one you were supposedly interested in reading?

Comment Re:The update processes and realitie are the probl (Score 1) 181

Stop thinking like a Geek. Your LED scheme is only useful to someone who would update his devices in the first place.

You need to think like a grandmother in rural BumFuck with a 6th grade education.

Light is on, any color: Something is wrong. Push button. Go back to Soap Opera.

Light is off. Nothing is wrong. Go back to Soap Opera.

Comment Greenhouse Gas increases are inevitable (Score 1) 293

I'm no Climate Change denier, but I find it alarming that the media and politicians are still using the wrong language to describe Climate Change issues. The Earth is on a natural cycle of a warming trend. The IPCC is prohibited from considering Climate Cycles in their data or reports on Climate Change ... they can only consider manmade causes. Yet if every human "did the right thing for the planet" ... which means all the billions of us commit suicide, tonight, at midnight, to stop manmade contributions, the planet will still warm over the next century, and Greenhouse Gases will still rise, because that is the point in the natural temperature cycles we are currently in.

However, almost every day I hear totally inappropriate language to describe Climate Change issues. For example, Canada has just adopted a Carbon Price solution. The nation represents about a percent and a half of the world's Carbon emissions, so there will be no remedial effect on the planet itself; it's a "Leadership Position" and is a small step in the right direction (as it will reduce Carbon emissions somewhat, by taxing them).

But I heard the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau say, when announcing the accord with the Provinces, that this position will "fix" ... yes, that is his exact word ... Climate Change. Pure, unadulterated bullshit. There is no fix. Period. There is only mitigation, there is only taking 20 years to emit what we are currently emitting in 10, or some such similar result.

I am dismayed to talk to people who think we can stop Global Warming. We can't. That horse left the barn ... well, it left thousands of years ago when the current natural trend was established, and the mere existence of humans on this planet doomed us to acceleration of the natural trend. Plain and simple.

Comment Re:My favourite gifts as a child (Score 1) 204

- old tube AM radio to take apart (I was 5 years old and had already been passionate about electricity and electronics for the previous 3 years or so)

I have to warn against this advice. Many US-made "Old Tube Radios" were manufactured with a primitive power system (not transformer coupled) and a "Hot Chassis". They employ a 2-prong AC plug (not a modern 3-prong plug) and since polarized sockets were not used at the time, the plug is unpolarized (can be inserted either way). This type of construction is cheaper and is therefore quite commonly found. Depending on how you insert the AC plug, the chassis is either hot when the radio is on, or hot when the radio is off. Either way, touching the chassis when it is hot results in electrocution. And yes, many died as a result of touching the chassis of these radios. Not only is an old tube radio a bad gift for a child, it's a bad gift for an adult, if the idea is to teach them about the electronics contained within. Only a trained technician should ever touch such a radio if it is plugged into the wall, and in many cases if it is not (as capacitors can store a charge). Because of a serious safety issue, I felt compelled to chime in. No offence intended; the post has the right idea.

Comment Re:Issues (Score 1) 162

" ...
First, the amount of time spent watching stuff is a poor metric by itself. What you really want to know is the amount of enjoyment people get out of the service. Admittedly that is very hard to measure accurately, which is why they want to use "hours spent watching" as a more easily determinable value. However they shouldn't forget that the map is not the territory. ..."

Ah, but you are not a TV Programming executive. You see, the single most important metric to anyone providing content is the amount of time you spend watching. Nothing ... and I mean nothing ... else matters. Because that is the metric they can earn advertising revenue from, and that is the metric they can present to the Board to show revenue potential and revenue trends.

Now, there is the obvious problem ... subscriber base goes hand in hand with viewership hours for this to fully flesh out.

But that is the problem of Sales, not Programming.

Maybe that's a fucked up way of running a company, but no-one ever got a media company to change by pointing out their ridiculous view of the world or their place in it.

Comment Re: Stick a fork in it (Score 1) 157


<quote><p>Besides, the windows phone UI is ugly as hell. You basically have to be a Microsoft fan to actually want to use it.</p></quote>

<p>I disagree. I wasn't a Microsoft fan when I switched to Windows Phone in late 2012 (hated Windows XP, skipped Vista, was forced to use 7). But the somewhat denser UI allowed me to break out of the tap in, tap in, tap in, back, back, back cycle that I was seemingly stuck in on iOS.

</p><p>Plus I liked the tiles: resizable, repositionable, and they contained information.</p></quote>

You "hated" WindowsXP? Quite possibly the only thing Microsoft did right over the last 20 years ... and you "hated" it?

Comment Double What? (Score 1) 471

I read the article carefully, and I didn't see an answer to my question.
It says that the "cost will double". But it doesn't say the cost of what.

If it's the assembly cost, that is only about 3% of the cost of an iPhone. The majority of the parts that go into making an iPhone are not China sourced (although a certain amount is from China, but the largest % of parts comes from Germany, and no, China isn't no2 on the list either).

What is missing is the infrastructure that surrounds the China assembly plants. The cost of Labor isn't the issue. (China and Mexico have almost identical labor costs, for example).

That's something that every Mining Engineer could tell you. There are plenty of places in the world with rich mineral or oil deposits, but the infrastructure to exploit those deposits doesn't exist, or more properly exists in the places they are actively mining and pumping today.

That's the kind of thing that takes years to develop ... it took China a decade to do it, and they were highly motivated and had state sponsorship. The US once had it, but it has withered away and would have to be re-established.

Apple has built computers in the US, in Ireland, and other "first world" nations in the past, and they assemble iMacs in Texas today.

Comment Re:Incentivized vs fake? (Score 1) 106

I took a test to see if I could spot fake reviews. The examples were not easy ... most were two paragraphs or so and the language was not from a non-native speaker of English. My score was 40 / 40, or 100%.

I was surprised; I expected to be fooled a few times. But that's not the point.

Even though I am apparently skilled at it, it was not easy; I can see how most people would have trouble spotting many of the examples I was asked to determine.

Fake or insincere reviews, blog posts, and forum posts are everywhere. That is not news.

Where the problem exists is there are also sincere reviews, blog posts, and forum posts. It's not enough to pick out the fakes, you have to be able to correctly identify the genuine ones as well.

It's not important which you get right, it's important you get most of them right. Exactly how much is hard to say, but I would say it has to be at least 80% of the time or reviews / blogs / posts are not useful to you.

Comment Wrong Size (Score 1) 260

The typical computer is the wrong size.

Why don't laptop screens come in a 9x12-ish format? Because they are built to accommodate the keyboard, not the screen.
Why do most people who own a rotatable desktop monitor still view it in landscape mode? Because all the software including the OS is built to work in the landscape form factor. Why are tablets popular? Because after a total rewrite of the OS and all apps, they actually work in a vertical orientation.

Paper is simply shaped the right way for reading. It is also more convenient to work with. I know the desktop metaphor works reasonably well, it just doesn't work as well as a real world stack of documents made of paper.

You can write on it. Being able to write on a computer screen has been available for 20 years, yet few people who have the capability actually use it, and very few people have the capability in the first place. The only exception seems to be graphic artists, and we all know they are not "normal" people.

The paperless office is a pipe dream, and always has been.

What digital devices are good for, however, is storage. There is no way any computer user would have had the same number of documents stored in their home or pocket if there was no digital device to hold it. The house would sink into the earth under the weight of it all.

I still use and buy books, I still use and work with paper documents. Yet I have ... I dunno ... thousands of books worth of documents stored on Hard Drives and backups. The ratio of paper documents to digital documents is enormous.

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