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Comment Business as usual (Score 1) 136

At the heart of the fight is a debate over the societal value of the Airbnb platform and its role in the economy of cities throughout the world. The question is whether Airbnb has been a net benefit, by enabling middle class city-dwellers to make extra money by renting out their homes

These things don't enter in as legitimate questions in a free society. Free people reserve their right to enter a new business and compete. Opportunities are not things to be doled out to powerful and connected people in backroom deals.

It is literally laughable that these wealthy people carving up the power to rent to you, used "affordable housing" as a meme to get this anticompetitive law passed.

Observe as attack lap dogs regurgitate distraction memes about safety or regulation. No shortage of memes supporting big, money-donating businesses as the end product.

Comment Re:Would prefer a seperate app (Score 1) 87

Agree with the others - nobody suggested using paint for illustration. I work in television graphics and have to do stuff like grab a screen shot, crop it, and send it to clients. Running photoshop or GIMP for that is like running Visual Studio or eclipse to write a 3 line batch file.

Comment Re:Fix your 2D first, MS. (Score 1) 87

Ok, but what do you think this new paint will be like when they add all the features? It'll have big/deep menus and a lot of UI clutter in order to squeeze all the controls in, and it'll take just as long to load as GIMP does. I use paint when I need to do something like take a screenshot and crop it; it's simple and easy. I'm not nay-saying this new paint 3d program, but I imagine it'll be as complex as GIMP. Still not difficult to paste and crop an image, but just as long to load and do what I want as GIMP. It'll be nice to have something on every box by default, though.

Comment Re:And why are they doing that after all this time (Score 1) 87

Me, too. If I have to do a lot of work on images, or anything remotely complicated, I install something else, but when I need to take a screenshot and crop it, I can be done in paint before GIMP finishes loading. OK, not quite, but yes, for something like that it's simple and fast.

Comment Re:Saw this coming years ago. (Score 1) 195

Which is why Internet access should be a public utility, and not left to the private sector.

The last thing I want is local, state, or federal government being my ISP. Customer service from any of those entities, for anything in which they engage, is worse than any ISP, mom-and-pop or national. It's like watching Medicate or the VA, and then saying that going to the doctor for an ear infection should be a trip to a government office.

Comment Re:Stallman right yet again (Score 1) 158

He's been saying for years that our phones are being used as spying devices. Most wrote it off as an extreme view, even those who are sympathetic to Stallman's causes.

Do you have any evidence for this? Because tracking data wasn't exactly a secret, but I think most people put up with government (and corporate) intrusion on privacy as the government being government, and what are you going to do, gotta live your life, convenience, etc. I didn't see anybody calling Stallman out on this.

Comment Re:Obama (Score 1) 158

A little refresher for you. AT&T spying on behalf of the government is nothing new, and had the whistle blown a long time before Snowden.

Obama used Bush's warrantless wiretapping as a club against Bush's policies when running for election in the primaries, then voted for telco immunity after the primaries and facing McCain -- because he didn't want to look weak on security and he no longer needed to appease his base. While he's given lip service to the Constitution and the privacy of citizens, once he got in power he used the same tools as Bush.

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