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Comment World isn't ready for a open source Siri (Score 0) 185

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.

Comment James Dyson is not Clive Sinclair (Score 3, Insightful) 228

Dyson's designs are only revolutionary from the manufacturer's point of view. I own one of his designs from the core vacuum product line; from a user standpoint it's VERY ineffective and irritating to use. Never again, for me. From the manufacturer's POV, however, the modular construction is both cheaper to produce and also cheaper to maintain and service.

Dyson's revolutionary designs benefit Dyson. Period. Don't be fooled by the marketing hype that turns design flaws from the user perspective into false benefits. That ability to portray a sow's ear as a silk purse is Dyson's real revolutionary accomplishment.

Comment Minimum wage -- universal wage (Score 0, Flamebait) 940

Fine, if the greedy One Percent wants to react once again by threatening to cut the jobs of their dependent serfs, then perhaps this time the serfs will convincingly threaten to revolt unless they get a universal wage in return for not being wage slaves and being only and merely consumers of the mass production lines' output.

This, BTW, is the same dynamic that happens during every so-called recession: the 99 Percent somehow gains a transactional upper hand over the One Percent and reduces their profit margins, to which the One Percent promptly retaliates by cutting jobs and other tactics to preserve their profits and make those who would dare challenge them suffer. The recession begins with a minor victory by the 99 percent, and ends with the One Percent's return to complete dominance. A recession is a failed revolt. It's real life imitating the art of Bilbo Baggins trying to plunder a single trinket from Smaug's mountainous horde and Smaug reacting by burning the whole village.

Comment Re:So API don't matter (Score 1) 125

I haven't tried it but once, and that was early on when it was buggy, then Nexus Mod Manager got a controversial upgrade and it destroyed my game completely. I haven't had a chance to test it since. Now that I have the new graphics card I'm planning on starting over. The Tamriel Online co-op mod will demand revisiting because I'm married now and my wife also plays (she got me into it).

Comment Re:So API don't matter (Score 1) 125

The era of Bethesda updates to the game are probably over, don't you think? :-) The game code is static and Skyrim modding is as hot as ever right now; check out the activity at NexusMods. There's even a mod to add client-server co-op play to the game... imagine playing the game in the same worldspace as your girlfriend! I just bought a new 4GB graphics card to allow a new level of texture-happy modded gameplay, and I have about 1000 mods to consider and whittle down to the allowed 255....

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