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Comment Re:done with user friendly (Score 1) 113

Ok, fuck it, I am done with user friendly. This is too far. Some people deserve to be hit by cars. Instead of this, let's revise traffic laws so that cars that mow down people using smartphones aren't liable for anything. Maybe we can pay drivers who mow down smartphone users a bounty.

When did the streets *start* being user friendly to pedestrians? Pedestrians are routed blocks out of their way to get to a destination that's just across the street, when they get there they have to stop and hit the "pedestrian beg button" to beg for permission to cross the street (even if the light is already green for cars when they get there, they sitll have to sit through an entire light cycle), and then when they finally get the pedestrian walk signal, cars get a green at the same time, so the pedestrians still need to watch for and dodge cars.

Which part of that is "user friendly" to any users but drivers?

Comment Re: Bull shit (Score 1) 172

The word "unlimited" has a common, everyday meaning that is understood by nearly everyone. Advertisers should not be allowed to make up a new meaning that is basically the opposite.

Exactly, I don't see why the FTC allows carriers to advertise limited plans as "unlimited".

Let them call them "high-limit plans", like they are. They can even call it "Super-mega-ultra limit" if they want to, but letting them advertise "unlimited" plans that have limits just dilutes the word "unlimited", and it will spill over into other areas.

"Unlimited miles with every car rental! (limited to 100 miles at full speed, afterwards car will be limited to 15mph unless customer pays 25 cents/mile "full-speed" surcharge)"

"Unlimited gym visits! (limited to 4 gym uses, subsequent visits may only be to our gym store)"

"Unlimited Coffee Refills! (limited to one coffee refill, subsequent free refills will use muddy water)"

Comment Re:Something is missing (Score 1) 357

Depends on whether shorter is time or distance.

The article says that "So, it created an algorithm that eliminated left turns from drivers’ routes even if meant a longer journey", and "the company said that the total distance covered by its 96,000 trucks was reduced by 747,000km"

How did they add longer journeys and reduce distance at the same time?

Comment Re:Constutution (Score 3) 91

And this is one of the reasons we are moving to Microsoft for our email and file storage. I have no idea why the 4th amendment only applies to Microsoft, not to Google, but so be it.

If you're worried about the government reading your emails, why risk using a USA company at all? Use a company that has no USA presence at all. Or better, roll your own offshore and control your own encryption keys.

Of course according to Trump, aliens are not people. I wonder whether he can find a corrupt judge to support that argument.

He's right there... aliens aren't always people, sometimes they are lizards, sometimes they are amorphous blobs

Comment Re:Where is all the information? (Score 4, Informative) 57

This article has three links. Two of them are to a Wikipedia page and one is to a BBC article from 2015.

How much has the height of Everest changed? Where is the link from 2017 mentioning this information?

Hello? Editors?

I think this is the missing phys.org link:

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-everest-true-height-spurs-fresh.html

Comment No coordination (Score 1) 150

When squirrels coordinate their attacks to target a large geographical area, then I'll be worried about them.

1700 attacks affecting 5M people is only 3000 people per incident. I'm not sure what time range those numbers cover but if it's 35 years (based on the talk being called "35 Years of Cyberwar: The Squirrels Are Winning"), that's only 50 incidents per year, which doesn't seem like a lot if spread across the USA or the world.

I've never been in a squirrel related power outages (that I know of), but have been in 2 car-accident related outages, I'd imagine that cars are a much bigger source of outages.

Comment Re:Hey, cable companies: (Score 1) 200

My municipal water system is cheaper and far more reliable than my internet service.

I think there is a significant difference in the infrastructure between the two. You can't tell the difference between water molecules that come out your tap, but you desperately need the packet addressed to you to be the one coming out your internet tap, for one thing.

If the municipality owned and maintained the conduit as the grandparent poster suggested, what's the significant difference between owning and managing empty pipes compared to owning and managing water filled pipes?

In the past 10 years, I can't remember a single unscheduled outage of water service,

Happens in my town on a semi-regular basis. Some nudge ran into a fire hydrant and cracked a pipe last week, taking out an entire block of water users, for example. Collapsed pipes that weren't maintained properly (because it was a government function to maintain them and they spent the money on less important, more visible things) several times last summer.

I don't doubt it happens but does it happen as often as the regular internet outages I see from Comcast?

If that's the kind of service I can expect from government owned conduit, I say bring it on.

You will happily force others to pay for your happiness, it seems. The ends do not always justify the means.

Well no, I expect that the customers of the service (i.e. me) will pay for it through access fees charged to the ISP's.

Comment Re:Hey, cable companies: (Score 4, Insightful) 200

Just what we need.... an expansion of government powers and responsibilities. Did you learn nothing from the last election?

My municipal water system is cheaper and far more reliable than my internet service. In the past 10 years, I can't remember a single unscheduled outage of water service, and scheduled outages for water infrastructure improvements are rare and are announced months in advance (often with public hearings years in advance) and generally only lasted a couple hours.

If that's the kind of service I can expect from government owned conduit, I say bring it on.

Comment Re:It IS hipsterism (if that's a word) (Score 1) 564

The $139 price doesn't include jewel cases... and is before you go through all the steps. After you click through all the steps... it appears the minimum price is $159.10 with bulk packaging. Including the cheapest jewel case option (thin ones) brings you up to $240.10 for 100. And for full-on high-res printing on the disc with a shrinkwrapped digipack case you're looking at $526.10 for 100.

The pricing I quoted included jewel cases, the only thing I didn't include was shipping, for $37...
PROJECT TYPE CD
DISC CONTENT Printed Blank CD-R
DISC PRINT CD w/ Color Printing
MAIN PACKAGING TYPE Jewel Cases
CASEJewel Case with CLEAR Tray

PRICE $139.00
SHIPPING $37.30
SUB TOTAL (EXCL. TAX) $176.30

You can save $7 by going with 10 day turnaround time.

Comment Everyone's doing it (Score 3, Insightful) 125

I suspect this will play out like the doping scandals in sports -- everyone is doing it because if you're not, then you're at a competitive disadvantage.

I'm sure this is why none of the other manufacturers called our VW for this practice before the EPA found out... they didn't want to raise attention to it. I'm sure they all knew about.... if one manufacturer released an engine that met impossible-to-meet standards, you can bet that they all dissected the engine to see how they did it.

Comment Re:It IS hipsterism (if that's a word) (Score 1) 564

BFD. Try to RTFA. It's kind of hard to sell phone recorded audio to fans.

I read TFA, but I didn't see anything there about selling phone recorded audio to fans. Just some handwaving about "listening to vinyl or cassettes pulls us out of the digital ocean for 45 minutes or so and forces us to focus on one thing", and I can't figure out how that's different than just playing an album at a time digitally.

The grandparent poster complained that a computer is too expensive to use to record audio, so the parent suggested using a phone, assuming that most people these days have phones. You can even get high quality USB mics that work with many phones.

Then the artist can sell audio by email, or on cheap $2 flash drives, or whatever.

Comment Re:It IS hipsterism (if that's a word) (Score 4, Informative) 564

Sorry, it's not a complete explanation.

I'm an indy musician.

I don't have a lot of cash, and I don't have a lot of sales.

Unit for unit, on small runs, cassette tape is WAY cheaper than any other medium.

Cassette audio fidelity (or lack thereof) is a fine match for my typical output.

And for people who want digital fidelity, I include a slip of paper with a download code.

But yes, from a marketing and artistic standpoint, having a physical product on offer for those who want it is important, and no, streaming and digital downloads alone don't satisfy that need.

Yes, I was around for cassettes the first time. I was around before CDs. I know all the arguments, and have lived through them. Your casual dismissal is just incorrect.

You can get 100 CD's (printed disks in jewel case) for $139 does anyone do small cassette runs for less than $1.39/piece?

Blank CD-R's are 10 - 20 cents a piece in bulk if you have a very small run and want to record your own.

And more importantly, how do you find fans that still own cassette players? I don't even own a CD player anymore, all my disks get copied digitally, then they get packed away in a big CD wallet, never to be seen again. The last time I bought music from a small indie band, they emailed me a link where I could download it.

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