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Comment Re:Missing in summary... (Score 1) 160

The current implementation skews influence in favor of the businesses.

That was the entire reason for my objection. It's being abused - as the Supreme Court knew it would be when they rendered that decision - to avoid legitimate responsibility that only class action lawsuits can reasonably address and pad corporate profit margins in the process. We all hate lawyers who abuse the class action system, and there are many, but the class action system exists because it serves a purpose that only lawsuits brought by, say, state attorneys general could otherwise serve. There are only so many state attorneys general, only so many cases they can manage, and not all of them share the same motives and values.

Comment Re:Missing in summary... (Score 1) 160

Let me give you a very relevant example of Valve being assholes. Do you recall a few years back when Valve decided to jump on the forced-arbitration-clause bandwagon let loose by the Supreme Court? When the "change in terms of service" arrived, I decided that I'd had enough and refused to agree to the new terms. Paypal had given me the right to opt out of the similar change to its agreement. Refusing with no opt-out of course meant that I would be barred from the Steam DRM system and thus unable to play the games I had purchased. I wrote to Valve, asking for refunds for the very few games I had, explaining that the refunds were indeed warranted if I would be banned from access to them over a legal technicality.

Valve refused my request with prejudice. That is the real face of Valve, and the alleged "consumer protection" laws in the United States allow Valve to wear that face with scorn and impudence.

Comment Unintended consequences: (Score 1) 197

More and bigger plants will also mean even faster exhaustion of micro-nutrients from the soil. Since not all the biomass produced in that soil is being recycled into it - the whole point of agriculture is our removal and use of parts of the plants - then the soil will slowly be exhausted of its non-infinite supply of those nutrients. The future results is food crops that contain less of those micro-nutrients, leaving future generations that consume them with a deficit. We've already seen this effect in the last century or less. A very deliberate effort could be made to restore what is exhausted, but this is COMMERCIAL agriculture FOR PROFIT; money is the ultimate motivation, not long-term soil health or the health of people who eat what grows from it.

Comment More Class Privilege (Score 1) 195

So he's exploiting his class and privilege to "benefit" whom? Himself. How noble of him. Is his continued delay of inevitable death at this late stage of his life so crucial to civilization that it warrants exploitation of funds from a massive benefit concert that could likely save hundreds or thousands of "less important" lives if used more ethically?

Comment Re:this is about busting unions. nothing else. (Score 1) 239

Do you also support Amazon's no-sig-required delivery condition, which allows drivers to simply leave packages unattended and completely rejects the traditional "chain of evidence" for secure shipping and results in package theft and more?

Amazon is not the victim here, it's the perpetrator.

Comment Problem isn't UPS or FedEx or even USPS (Score 1) 239

If Amazon's service winds up even vaguely resembling their favorite go-to delivery whore these days, OnTrac, I hope it dies in an inferno. Amazon likes to always specify no-sig-required with all of its deliveries now. Amazon does this to please the carrier and get a discount, because only one delivery attempt is ever required. Since the package will be simply left unattended if no immediate response to the delivery is apparent, this results in package theft, among other things. The Machiavellian behavior of some delivery drivers, ESPECIALLY those of OnTrac, to exploit this no-sig-required condition leads to some to the "other" consequences, like drivers dropping heavy packages six feet over a locked gate onto concrete on a rainy day (personal anecdote, happened twice).

Comment World isn't ready for a open source Siri (Score 0) 186

Do you not realize that Siri must utilize a significant backend resource at the other end of a data connection to be effective, and that the backend requires substantial resources to operate and maintain? Siri is not some standalone app you download and forget. An open source equivalent would not be free, and would require a Kickstart and guaranteed subscriptions to be feasible. I don't think the world is quite ready for such a thing yet, not in a country populated by people willing to vote for either Trump or Clinton.

Comment Re:It's the cost of the labor, stupid (Score 1) 146

I really dislike the savings as an income tax deduction. Not only is the savings deferred for up to a year, but the only way you'll ever receive it is by meticulously documenting everything. This savings is tacked-onto the process, in other words, instead of being an integral part of it. I don't believe that can succeed long term.

Comment Re:It's the cost of the labor, stupid (Score 1) 146

I really dislike the savings as an income tax deduction. Not only is the savings deferred for up to a year, but the only way you'll ever receive it is by meticulously documenting everything. This savings is tacked-onto the process, in other words, instead of being an integral part of it. I don't believe that can succeed long term.

Comment It's the cost of the labor, stupid (Score 3, Insightful) 146

I doubt this will be a compelling incentive if the cost of repair labor in Sweden is comparable to that in the United States. People don't repair things because (a) many are deliberately designed not to be easily reparable and (b) the labor cost of the "experts" is disproportionate to the value of having it repaired. Shaving a little bit off the sales tax of the bill is not going to offset the disproportionate cost of the alleged expertise.

Comment This is not network neutrality (Score 1) 199

Oh GODS, here we go again! Neither this nor any bundle of rules and laws can legitimately be called network neutrality. How has the discourse about about this crucial topic been so completely co-opted and misdirected?

Network neutrality is what happens when citizens collectively own the network infrastructure, not the various builders of bits and pieces of it. It's shared infrastructure, just like roads and highways: do we allow the builders and maintainers of those to retain ownership? No, they are contractors for a public trust.

The Internet is not different, yet certain vested interests have managed to divert attention from this and misdirect the conversation to techniques and tactics which they are already quite skilled at thwarting. The service providers are lying to you: as much as they claim to despise and fear network neutrality LAWS, those are exactly what they do want. What they do NOT want is any conversation that suggests a public buyout of the wires. As long as they physically control the wires, network neutrality cannot and will not ever exist.

Comment Pulling a Lazarus (Score 1) 348

Hey, Google, if your real motive here is truly to "save the (form) data", why not buy or license the use of the Lazarus extension's codebase and simply incorporate that into Chrome? Then you could leave our fucking backspace key mapped the way it's always been since 1995. The Lazarus extension for Firefox has been effectively negating that disaster for years now.

Comment Re:James Dyson is not Clive Sinclair (Score 1) 228

I hope you never need to use that gods-damned accordion hose at any distance past one foot. You'll acquire a very unwanted groupie. I also hope you don't have a bed or other furniture with a low undercarriage that demands cleaning underneath with an actual motorized brush-head... and by "low" I mean anything that the huge ball and frame of these vacuums can't fit under. I don't even have a ball model and there is NO furniture under which I can vacuum for cat fur with it. The "turbo" suction-driven attachment allegedly designed for pets is a joke.

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