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Comment Visas (Score 1) 271

Does Snowden actually have permission to work in Russia? How is he getting by these days? Is the Russian government supporting him in any way, providing housing, etc.? I'm really glad he's at least getting by, even if he has to live in exile. I'm sure he just wants to find a way to get on with his life after doing such an incredible service to his country.

Comment This has been going on for decades... (Score 1) 159

Wait, what? This has been standard practise in every retail industry for decades. Why is Amazon getting dumped with this fine? It's certainly a deceptive practise and needs to come to an end, but how can they single out one seller when their competitors have been doing it for so long? This is just absurd. They should have passed a new law outlawing the practise first. I would love to see something like it in the States as well. You can't just spontaneously decide that something is illegal that so many people have been doing for so many years.

While they're at it, can they make selling things for x.99 and such illegal, too? This frustrates me to no end, and is very clearly a deceptive marketing practise.

Comment But why? (Score 4, Interesting) 78

What advantage is there to having a browser manage its own windows instead of the desktop window manager? It's not like this is new—almost every Windows program used to have a multiple-document interface that let you arrange multiple document windows inside of a primary application window. We moved away from this UI for a reason. It makes no sense. It's duplicating the functionality of the primary GUI and window manager. You can easily achieve the same result using existing tiling window managers and other tools. Is there some actual advantage here that I'm missing?

Comment Very Good (Score 1, Insightful) 205

This will continue to push people toward using technologies that protect their privacy and are not vulnerable to this kind of surveillance. If people want privacy, then they must demand it, and utilise software that ensures it. No one should have any expectation of privacy making e.g. an unencrypted call over the public phone network. It's just crazy anyone would ever think that was private in the first place. At least this will help in capturing the more inept criminals and terrorists.

Comment Selective memory (Score 1, Insightful) 168

It's like nobody remembers that Nokia and Symbian S60 ever existed... Many of us had "smart" phones long before the iPhone, that included a built-in webkit-based browser, music, Google Maps and loads of other installable 3rd-party apps. Obviously that never became as popular as the iPhone, particularly in the States where they were hardly available (I bought mine in the UK), but they certainly existed and were great.

Comment Re:How can a nation "switch off" FM radio? (Score 1) 303

It sounds like you have no clue just how regulated the EM spectrum is around the world. The government absolutely can just flip a switch and turn off FM radio, cellular networks, or anything it likes, because the vast majority of the world does not operate like illegal, pirate radio stations. They have to abide by the law.

Comment Re:Follow the leader... (Score 2) 183

Comparing this comment, which is about an entirely different market segment, is meaningless. I'm not saying the Pixels aren't overpriced—they are—but not *that* much. But that's for the US/European market. India is a completely different landscape, where many people have a very difficult time affording a $30 phone. This is still ultimately a good thing, and not hypocritical. It's comparing apples to oranges.

Comment Re:Easily done (Score 0) 183

lol, what? graphics-free, css and javascript free internet would be pretty terrible. Do you remember Gopher? Unless you're just talking about raw binary download capability, which is something we already have. Your statement makes no sense. Javascript isn't a bad thing. Like any programming language, it can be used for god or evil purposes.

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