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Comment Aww... (Score 1) 34

I almost feel sorry for them. This is like a religion-levels of self-delusion here. Why they cannot simply accept that their industry is dead is beyond me. I just hope they don't take all of their great productions down with them.

Comment What is the motiviation? (Score 1) 234

Neither this article nor the study's abstract lists any clear motivation for this change. What is the reasoning? "Ensuring the program’s fairness" implies that the study found it to be unfair currently, yet I see no evidence of that. What does "giving the benefit of the doubt to well-intentioned drivers" even mean? If anything, it seems like they should increase the time of yellow lights by 0.3 seconds instead. It will have the same effect—preventing the ticketing of individuals who legitimately entered an intersection when the light was yellow—but not send the message that there is a margin of error during which breaking the law is somehow acceptable. I just don't understand this.

Now, if cases in the .1-.3s range were being fought in court and costing the city more money than they were bringing in, that I could understand. But a $17 million loss? What?

I really wish we had traffic cameras (red light and speed) in Minneapolis. It's just ridiculous what people get away with. These people do not deserve to live happy lives.

Comment You can't "illegally download ebooks" (Score 4, Informative) 153

Downloading eBooks (or anything else) isn't illegal. *Distributing* them is, without the proper permission/license. It's the person who is sharing who is at fault, not the receiver. Don't let the corporate IP police fool or scare you. I support every author who sells directly to consumers. I will not support giant publishing corporations who screw over authors as a routine order of business.

Support self-published authors, people!!

Comment Re:Stop instant messaging (Score 1) 456

Where is SMS expensive? How do you define "most countries?" I refused to use SMS in the U.S. for many years because of the absurd charges, but now it's impossible to even get a line from any provider without unlimited SMS/MMS included. The same seems to be true in Europe. I also spent a lot of time in Argentina on a pre-paid SIM where I believe messages were all of $.01 (thats ARS, not USD!). This is a silly thing to say.

Comment Re:Trillian already solved this, and it sucks. (Score 1) 456

You don't know what you're talking about. Pidgin didn't "suck" at all. It served its purpose extremely well in its day. Especially considering the fact that most of these protocols needed to be reverse-engineered. As someone who used it for the good part of a decade, it worked well, always saved my messages (if I told it to), etc. You don't know what the fuck you're talking about.

Comment XMPP Did Not Fail (Score 1) 456

It worked quite well. Google, Facebook, Whatsapp, and undoubtedly more built their entire chat platforms on top of it. The issue was a lack of standardization and federation between "competitors." That won't change until we start getting our IM services from a third party the same way we do with email. RCS is a great step in the right direction, but I hate that it is still tied to a phone number. The comic also leaves out the mess with iChat and all the fruit-lovers who don't even understand that it's yet another IM platform.

The awful thing is that we went through this problem once before, with AIM, Yahoo, MSN, ICQ, etc. and they actually *were* starting to interoperate. A wealth of multi-protocol IM applications emerged (RIP Pidgin), and for a while, everything was actually pretty good. Then suddenly mobile apps changed all that. I don't really understand it. I curse everyone who uses WhatsApp, kik, snapchat, every other stupid, new chat platform for contributing to this problem. These applications perform one very simple task. They aren't innovating--not really. In this case, increased competition isn't accomplishing anything positive. It's time to dump these products. Sadly, the millennial generation just doesn't give a fuck, they will flock to whatever is new and shiny.

Comment Why is this even a possibility? (Score 1) 167

Cops should not have access to disable their cameras during working hours. Either a central server needs to have their work schedules loaded to automatically turn the cameras on, or they should have to "punch in" to turn them on when they start their shifts. This is just a sacrifice of privacy we must *make* them accept, if they want to do this extremely privileged job. We can't keep pretending like it's a normal job and entitled to the same protections as people in other fields.

The ACLU is right, as usual.

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