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Comment Re:The survey between the commercials. (Score 1) 137

Most of Europe pays for a Television License and/or Radio License for over the air broadcasts. That supposedly makes up for some of the advertising, but my friends in Germany say it is minimal. A guy I knew in Germany went on a rant a decade ago when he found out they were also taxing computers (more specifically monitors) because TV tuner cards could get around the fee, but that meant he went from paying for one TV to paying for five (and expensive - that'd be €200 to €1000 back then).

Comment Re:Trademarks protect purchasers, not sellers (Score 2) 72

Uh, no. It's not a standards mark but an indicator of origin. I may think Foo brand shoes suck, but if I want genuine Foo for whatever reason, I want to know I'm buying genuine Foo. Maybe their quality sucks but they're made in a well-respected factory in Colorado, they treat their employees well, and they only emit pure oxygen and distilled water from their factories. The Chinese knockoffs might be better, but I want the Colorado-made product. The whole point of trademarks is that only Foo can claim to make Foo shoes.

Comment Free Apple TV - that's kinda cool (Score 1) 80

From the article:

Customers can get an Apple TV included with 3 months pre-paid of any DIRECTV NOW package.

The base 32GB Apple TV is currently $149. Looking at it another way, AT&T will sell you an Apple TV at a $44 discount and throw in three free months of live TV programming. That's actually a sweet deal.

PS: This is the first and probably only time you'll hear me describe anything from AT&T as being a decent value.

PPS: In before "apple tv sucks fanboyz lol etc". I have an Apple TV and I like it. You may prefer something else. Yay, here's your cookie. But if you were thinking about buying an Apple TV for Christmas, here's a $44 coupon off.

Comment Trademarks protect purchasers, not sellers (Score 4, Interesting) 72

That's great news! Trademarks are the one part of IP I can happily support. If I want to buy Foo brand shoes, and I see a shoebox marked with Foo's logo, I want to be reasonably sure that it actually contains Foo-approved shoes. Sure, people try to abuse trademarks ("you're not allowed to use our name in a news article criticizing us!" and other jackassery), but the actual concept of trademarks is great. This is the kind of IP law enforcement I actually want to see.

Comment Re:Popcorn time! (Score 1) 1321

If you actually read, and try to track back to the source material, the summary is highly inaccurate.

There's been a lot of this going around in Slashdot lately and, frankly, it's starting to get annoying.

Is it the inaccurate summaries you're referring to, or the tracking back to the source material? Because neither of those things are recent to /., and I'm sure some of the site's regulars would consider both annoying...

Comment Re:This is not solved with software. (Score 1) 291

or trying to figure out how to block the driver and let the precious snowflakes in the other seats continue to feed their cellular addictions.

Oh, get over yourself. I ride a bus to work every day. I don't think it's special-snowflakeism to want to read the news while we're trudging along for half an hour. And before your start in with neo-Luddite "ever heard of a book", have you ever tried reading long-form text on public transit? This situation is practically what Twitter and News.app was invented for.

Comment Re:Don't forget... (Score 1) 280

Opening powershell scripts global execution policy all the time seems dangerous, kind of like running as root all the time. I recall scripting that in a bat file or something and running the bat as administrator (to do powershell installs on Windows 10 beta), but it's been a while. I've been on web dev for the last year and a half, so that stuff is long behind me.

Comment Re:Did he suggest (Score 1) 805

Desire to kill other people is not normal behavior. The German pilot didn't do it for political reasons, he was suicidal. Taking other people with him is murder-suicide, but since he didn't do it on ethical or moral grounds I wouldn't call it terrorism. A guy walking into a bar and yelling "Allah u Akbar," pledging himself to ISIS and then opening fire when he has no ties to ISIS or even really Islam and really just wants to kill a bunch of people and get himself killed in a hail of bullets is also mentally ill. The same guy with radical indoctrination deciding a bar is a house of sin even if just because of the alcohol being sold there and then shooting it up because he's promised a bunch of virgin women to boink in heaven is a terrorist (well, OK, I technically don't know if those virgin women are for sex - in my mind it always seemed to be implied).

I've never lived anywhere with open carry laws, and when I have been to places like Texas, I've never seen anyone openly carrying, thankfully. When I go to places like Mexico and there are armed guards with assault rifles patrolling the streets it is unnerving. They're all armed and dangerous in my mind. Shooting a black man (or Mexican or whatever) in Texas for open carry is racism and a double standard. If that guy is shot because of it, even by police, that person/officer should go to jail for breaking their own laws.

Comment Re: Steve Bannon, not a racist? (Score 1) 805

Fact check failure - Hitler actually lost the election to Paul von Hindenburg in 1932, who died in 1933 after Hitler was named chancellor and the president seat declared vacant.
"On a dark, rainy Sunday, April 10, 1932, the people voted. They gave Hitler 13,418,547 or 36%, an increase of two million, and Hindenburg 19,359,983 or 53%, an increase of under a million.". I don't think he ever won a popular vote unless something later was staged.

What happened shortly thereafter, however (and this may be what you were thinking of, but your number is off), is parliament was dissolved and the Nazis won 37% of the Reichstag (the largest majority). Hitler was then offered vice-chancellorship. When a false rumor in 1933 appeared saying Hindenburg was going to be arrested, Hindenburg conceded and made Hitler Chancellor and Hitler took absolute power from there, mainly after Hindenberg, already in poor health, died as I previously said.

Note that Germany had a democracy for 14 years at that point, and all it brought them was poverty - fascism was pretty much what they knew had brought them prosperity. Hitler promised them food and to get them back to work. He actually accomplished those things by creating a commodity based co-currency and borrowing heavily. I agree with you on the sci-fi plot of killing Hitler being pointless. The Nazi chant had words saying they would destroy "that goddamn Jewish republic" - they basically accused the republic itself of being run by Jews. The people supported Hitler also because of the other problem, which was the rise of communism in the east which they feared. Hitler purged communist parties after taking power. Basically, they chose fascism over communism (by choosing the Nazis in the reichstag elections when there also was a big push by communists). The nail in the coffin, though, is Hitler didn't have anything to do with creating the death camps. That was Goebbels with the help of Himmler (Goebbels thought it up, Himmler had complete control of the SS and implemented it). Hitler mostly had Jews taken out into fields and shot, but mostly he tried to get them deported (but lacking a state, nobody would take them).

Comment Re:Get a frigging case (Score 1) 478

Or - and I know this is crazy - actually use that cloud thing the kids are talking about.

It doesn't have to be someone else's. I have a home NAS (which is solidly in the category of "things people who would need a MacBook Pro would likely benefit from having anyway"). It stores all our ripped CDs and DVDs, and when I'm at home I can play all of those directly off the network share. If I'm traveling, I can download the stuff I want to take with me. If I forget something, I can download it from my NAS while I'm on the road.

So basically my laptop has the properties you're describing: I can be home plugged in to power and with several TB of fast local network storage, or I can be traveling with a lightweight laptop without all the things I don't need when I'm not in my living room.

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