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Comment Re:Illegal Age-ism Admitted in the Press! (Score 1) 160

The same goes for his other "inventions". The Air Blade hand dryer and the bladeless fan were not invented by him. He did an Apple on those, making improvements on existing technology and turning them into viable products (some would argue the "viable" part).

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 343

It doesn't. Here in the Netherlands, downloading was actually legal until recently, regardless of where the download was from. Uploading of copyrighted material always has been punishable. Meaning that using Torrent to get these movies is illegal whether you already own a copy or not, since you're "helping piracy".

Which is true in a way. I see that as a hearty FU to the media companies for their customer-hating tactics in hopes they will change their ways. That's how far my ethics go. That, by the way, was also the policy of Dutch lawmakers for a good while: their stance was to not make downloading illegal, or to decline to prosecute downloads of any content that isn't reasonably available for download from a legal source. (reasonably meaning: released in a timely manner, priced at or below the physical medium, allowing time shifting and offline playback). Sadly they dropped that stance and kowtow to the "intellectual property" camp.

Comment Re:I don't have any yoga emails .... (Score 1) 389

Your mention of corporate policies for mail deletion is key here. If emails were deleted in a secure wipe manner as part of a routine schedule for that sort of thing, we have to assume no foul play. But if it was a one-off thing, and especially if it was after they knew there was an investigation, it's very suspicious.

Comment Re:Spotify? (Score 2) 63

Pay the fee and go ad-free. I actually like that model a lot: a free, ad-supported service with the option to pay to have ads removed. My only issue is that the temptation to keep adding more and more ads to the free service often proves too great, or they try and sneak in ads into the paid service.

Comment Re:No (Score 2) 343

Got a bunch of Blurays but never played them, in fact most are still in the wrapper. I only get them because legal digital download-to-own doesn't exist (not really). So I "steal" movies via torrent and buy the Blurays as a license for the ones I want to keep. Everything is played from a NAS, music as well, haven't bothered with CDs in ages.

Comment Re:No problem here (Score 3, Interesting) 90

It would be nice to set some legal ground rules for EULAs. Such as: they cannot be changed without prior notice, the text should fit on 4 A4-sized sheets in 12 point font, and you can only use the words in this dictionary ("the ten-hundred most used words").

Last year I got a mortgage for a commercial property, and was pleasantly surprised by the terms and conditions: written in very plain and succinct language, and especially lacking in those unbelievable run-on sentences found in regular legalese. It is possible to write agreements that can actually be read and understood. Time to make that a requirement if companies want to have them legally enforced.

Comment Re:Discrimination (Score 3, Interesting) 438

You want to buy underwater front, well, you just have to expect it to go underwater :/.

It can be turned around, it is just a choice. Forget trillions of dollars in sea walls (the biggest being the one to keep sea levels down in the Mediterranean, serious dollars). Just use nuclear power stations to desalinate sea water and then irrigate the worlds deserts to produce food and this is the important part, turn the worlds current farm lands into dense, rich bio-diverse forest, problem solved and at far less cost that all those sea walls (you get mass water retention in those forests and new farmlands, improved reflectivity and heat absorption, mass carbon sinks and cities would be surrounded by air cleaning forests). Depending upon where the irrigated desert farmlands are, altered precipitation patterns as a result of transpiration should also flood below sea level, especially the newer higher one, current deserts (think places like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...).

So just a choice, now what one do you think they will make, the care and share one, or trillions of dollars in sea wall profits or losses, depending upon who spends the money and who gets the money and losses, which regions get no protection and of course how many die when those walls fail and they will, one after another with tens of thousands drowning.

In the interim, absolutely do not invest in underwater front property, seriously bad choice. Now the worse prediction still does not allow for a mass methane release from once perma frost regions where decades become mere years.

Comment Re:With such good Wi-fi... (Score 2) 83

Want to run cable with minimum disruption to the building than eg http://www.skirtec.com.au/ . Skirting and architrave ducts. Simply pull off the empty solid ones and replace with hollow ones that can accommodate cables and outlets. Always, always go with wire where you can, everything will run much smoother. So you work in ceiling space, bring cable down at doorways to the floor and around the room you go. To get from floor to floor, drill a hole, use fixed floor to ceiling cupboards, with removable backs and bases, either new or existing ones. Prep in one weekend, cupboards, ducts et al and wire in the next.

Comment Re: The problem isn't that they're old... (Score 0) 190

Nah, executives routinely betray each other, the just conspire together to exploit others but if they can knock the other out of completion, they will, their greed and lust for power is limitless. Don't forget of course the lead issue. Older generations lead in fuel, down a bunch of IQ points, difficult to retrain, don't forget lead water pipes and lead bullets. I mean look at the mess you have allowed your government to become and that is down to lead poisoning, suck it up because the over forties did exactly that and simply do not perform as well on average.

Comment Re:Bountiful Bashing, Batman! (Score 0) 208

The inability of M$ to disable tracking is one great big lie. Their intent by that statement proves the current system is to use and abuse home users as crash test dummies prior to those updates being made available to enterprise and education clients (where the probe is missing but M$ said the probe can not be taken out, well, apparently it can't until it can). Basically the rule with windows anal probe 10 is don't get it, force your supplier to provide you with the enterprise version or the education version, do not take no for an answer, that is your answer, either they supply those versions or tell your supplier to fuck off until they can, don't care how they do it, don't buy until they do, end of story.

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