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Comment Re:Sorry - whose car is this? (Score 1) 200

good luck finding a car that doesn't apply to

That's easy: you just restrict your search to cars old enough not to have significant software. (Or, a more relaxed standard: old enough not to have software complex enough to get USB bug fixes, or that uses a radio to "phone home" to the manufacturer.) My newest car is a 1998 VW diesel. I don't know if the ECU is actually DRM'd or not, but it didn't stop a chip tuner from being able to re-flash it to edit the fuel/air/boost maps.

Comment Re:Sorry - whose car is this? (Score 1) 200

All the major auto manufacturers have abused the DMCA when it comes to their computers, and I vehemently oppose that (but good luck finding a car that doesn't apply to)...

But this? This moves us into a whole different ballpark of abuse.

Fourth'ing the GGGP - I had fully planned to buy a Tesla as my next car (probably five-ish years from now). If this policy stands, despite having no intention of ever actually renting my car out, fuck Tesla.

Comment Re:Sorry - whose car is this? (Score 1) 200

Up until 5 minutes ago, I was a Tesla fan.

This isn't the first instance of Tesla abusing copyright to infringe on people's actual property rights. I don't remember what the previous issue was, but I definitely remember that I made the same decision you just did something like a year or so ago.

Comment Re:Diversity Bullshit (Score 1) 454

Because they're trying to sell a narrative that WORDS are the equivalent of VIOLENCE.

Well, over here, solicitation to murder carries the same maximum sentence as murder itself, so sometimes yes, words and the act are taken to be more or less equivalent to importance.

This isn't just "voting with your dollars" and "refusing the patronize". This is ACTIVELY trying to damage a business by harassing its customers and physically interfering with people trying to do business with them.

[Citation needed]

Solicitation to murder is ALSO an action.

Freedom of speech doesn't protect you from the consequences of how you use it or your own actions.

Comment Re:Great way to kill the competition by making it. (Score 1) 200

Frankly, right now I am considering restoring a used car over purchasing a new one. The cost will be more, but I think I will have a better car.

I've already consciously chosen to drive older cars because of that. FYI, cars made in the 1990s (and maybe early 2000s) are still modern enough to have things like fuel injection and air bags, and can still be found in good enough condition to not need "restoring," but also generally weren't infected with enough DRM'd equipment to matter.

Comment Re:Great way to kill the competition by making it. (Score 2) 200

And I worry that this might be the future of Economy. Deplorable as Communism.

I agree that (a) it's a worrying trend and (b) that it's deplorable. However, the economic system it more resembles is feudalism, not communism. The difference is that instead of the lords holding Real Property (i.e., land), they hold Imaginary Property (i.e. copyright).

Comment Re:DCMA Fair Use / Parody (Score 1) 172

Ah, but is it a parody of the copyrighted elements? That's the tack I'd take if I were Samsung's lawyer: this is not parodying Samsung's IP, it is quoting Samsung's IP in a literal, non-transformative way that is not actually parody.

Of course in my heart I'd hope to lose, but that argument is no more ridiculous than many others that have become established case law. Issues like privacy and IP are where fundamental values we have as a society cut against each other and generate innumerable weird corner cases.

Comment Re:So it appears . . . (Score 1) 154

It's not just how hard you check, but how incisively. It's easy to satisfy yourself that software's anticipated failure modes won't happen. What's tough is discovering ways of screwing up that have never happened before.

That's why there's no substitute for experience. This gets back to the very roots of rocket science: the path to success passes through many, many failures.

Comment Re:Nintendo OFFICIALLY has left the "console" mark (Score 1) 182

Without knowing how much the Switch costs, let me assure you that it will be less than a "real" tablet.

How can you do that when it will likely cost at least as much as a typical tablet, because it will have faster graphics hardware? But at the same time, it will be poorly supported, because Tegra.

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