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Comment Re:Paradox (Score 1) 185

I revile hatred and bigotry. Yet I love the internet.

How can these both be true? Oh internet, you are a sweet sweet mystery.

Its called being irreverent.

For the most part the internet is very irreverent, even if the people who post the name "McGoebbels" are serious (and seriously messed up in the head) the internet refuses to take them seriously. Their act of hate and bigotry becomes an act to laugh at, rather than to revile.

I regularly call my brother in law a cunt. Usually being called that is pretty offensive but we both know we're not being serious about the entire thing. Whether something is humorous or bigoted depends on the intention as well as the forum it is being used in. Lets face it, if talking about racism wasn't able to be funny, stand up comedy would be decimated.

Comment Re:Gut flora (Score 3, Informative) 249

The debate [wikipedia.org] about the health benefits of raw vs pasteurized milk has not yet yielded much in the way of firm conclusions.

Actually the debate has some very firm conclusions with several deaths (mostly child deaths) directly linked to drinking raw milk. There was one in January here in the UK and in December 2014, one deaths and 4 serious injuries were caused by children consuming raw milk in Australia.

The debate is out about homogenisation, but the debate over pasteurisation is very clear cut. The problem is, like many times where science is very clear there are a few vocal nutters who refuse to give up their beliefs in the face of overwhelming evidence. Personally I dont mind letting adult nutters have their dangerous milk, my problem is when they try to force their bad life choices onto others, especially kids who couldn't know any better.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 144

Call a "switchboard operator"? "patched through" to your desk? What is this, 1946? The mid/highclass hookers aren't asking their customers for identification. Who writes this garbage?

Thats a fancy way of saying receptionist.

No high level exec of a fortune 500 company has a direct line in. There will be at least one human you'll have to get past to speak to the vice director of what ever, let alone a CxO.

That is just one of the cues that tell you this article is bullshit.

Comment Re:VCR didn't compete against DVD (Score 2) 130

VCRs haven't competed against DVDs for a long time. If you buy a movie, it has come on DVD (or blue-ray) for over a decade. The reason people buy VCRs now is to record shows off the TV to watch them later. That's not easy to do on a DVD player. So as DVRs have become more popular, they've replaced the final uses for VCR.

We've had DVR's for that for a long time now. The VCR is used almost elusively by the security industry because some laggards haven't updated to digital storage. There are a few VCR enthusiasts out there, same as there is for everything but they're very few in number and certainly not enough to sustain a single manufacturing plant.

Comment Re:The price hike is minimal... (Score 1) 450

Even more so in countries like Australia where our library is less than half the size of the US one. By blocking my access to other netflix regions, they're well on their way to losing another customer. I know it's the rights holders that are the issue, but the only language they understand is money.

What do you mean by "on their way".

I dumped Netflix the moment they blocked access to US content. My biggest regret is that I cant tell them why directly.

Comment Re: So... rather than not doing what pisses them o (Score 2) 72

OK, the OP is wrong, American cars are not a bit shit... they're completely shit. The US is a place who thinks getting 270KW out of a 6.2L V8 is good. Europe (and Japan) can get that out of a 2L turbo these days.

We can also leave a car meet without ploughing into the crowd.

Also as a JDM fanboy, I have to say that Japan no longer makes the worlds best cars, hasn't done since the early 00's. Long gone are the days of budget super and sports cars rivalling their European counterparts for half the price. The Asian Fianancial Crisis and emissions regulations killed that and made all Japanese car companies ultra-conservative. The MKIV Supra by Toyota was compared with the Ferrari's of it's day, gone now. Same with the Honda NSX. The Honda S2000 is still considered the best in class roadster despite being killed off in 2009.

Same story with the Integras, Skylines, Sivlias, even the Z cars are watered down now.

If you want performance these days, Europe is killing everyone else at the moment. Japan doesn't seem to mind as they're making good money on whitegoods.

Also remember that European cars are very popular in the US. How often do you see a BMW X5, Audi Q7 or the latest Rangie?

Comment Re:I hate it when companies decide what's good for (Score 1) 284

This is 'Murica remember.

Violence and gore are pure, natural and healthy parts of 'Merican life like Apple Pie and invading third world nations for their natural resources.

Nudity and Sex on the other hand are vile, despicable things that are as un'Murican as concern for your fellow man or corporations paying taxes.

Comment Re:She seem like a commie... (Score 1) 227

So there is no theft. You are taxed by people who a conferred the right to enact and collect taxes by the consent of the governed, which is you and all your fellow citizens collectively.

This.

You also, in a democracy, have the right to run on a "abolish taxes" platform. You will get a few votes from people who have no clue but for the most part people wont vote for you because they know taxes pay for all the things they cant live without like police, fire brigades, armies, rail, roads, sanitation, water and other infrastructure.

Comment Re:Well it sounded like a joke EULA (Score 1) 195

Sure, my first born... *laugh* then click "suuuuuuuure I accept", if they made some plausible sounding but ominous legalese they might have had some people refuse.

You can put whatever you want into a TOS or EULA, what matters is what is enforceable by law, which is very, very little on most TOSs.

So why have them, well they're very effective arse covers. TOSs and EULAs aren't there to tell you what you can and cant do, they're there to indemnify the manufacturer and seller if you do something stupid with their product. By simply saying "Well it was in the TOS so not our fault" they're pretty much off the hook in most cases. The other use for TOSs is to terminate contracts. This again is subject to what is legal but that's a fairly large grey area. I.E. it isn't illegal to use your home internet connection to run a small ISP, but it is against your ISP's TOS to do so on a personal/residential connection so they're 100% in their rights to end the contract. The TOS that allows the customer to terminate the contract is called the SLA, so it works both ways.

So I dont worry about what a EULA says, most of it can never be enforced.

Comment Re:Price is everything. (Score 1) 162

Usually the hardware of a console is sold at about a break even price point right when launched

Actually, console hardware is sold at a loss at launch and usually for several years afterwards. Only after years of manufacturing the same hardware, which is usually out of date by the launch date, do the costs of manuacturing actually reach break even... let alone repay the costs of R&D. This is why they're referred to "loss leaders"

profits come from game licensing

As well as peripheral services, extra hardware and what not. In fact it seems the low cost of entry is quite deceptive with consoles. They nickel and dime you at every opportunity. With PC's, the cost of games are US$10 per game minimum, not counting things like steam sales. If you buy 2 games a month a $1200 gaming PC pays itself off in 2 years.

I recently built a good spec gaming box for less than £800 (GBP because /. cant render a pound sign), its the first one I've built since 2009.

The problem MS has here is that the console is current now, not in a year when NVidia and AMD have released new gaming hardware for the PC. Doubly so in 2 years when they've released another generation. There's no point in crowing about how powerful an unreleased console is.

Comment Re:Viewers hate political correctness (Score 1) 251

Firing him wasn't an excuse, he punched a co-worker. They had to fire him at that point. That said, I am a fan of him but had no idea he would get physical with anyone.

He was fired due to politics. Certain parts of BBC management had been gunning for Clarkson for years, in particular a man named Danny Cohen who was the BBC director of television at the time. Clarkson was untouchable because he (and Wilman) owned a part of Top Gear's production company up until 2015 where the BBC bought it from them. Remember the Enie Meanie Minie Moe video debacle, that never went to air. In fact someone had to steal that off the cutting room floor and release it to the Daily Mail.

So the punch was the perfect excuse for Cohen to get his way. However it wasn't long before Cohen got his comeuppance. The entire production team quit along with Clarkson, this combined with the BBC having money troubles and asking to raise the TV tax at the same time as gutting one of their biggest earners meant that Cohen was unceremoniously dumped (asked to resign) in October 2015.

Trying to take Clarkson down ultimately caused his downfall... Meanwhile Clarkson is laughing all the way to the bank.

Comment Re:of course (Score 1) 251

Back when the Top Gear 2002 was (re)booted, I wouldn't have said it but after 20-something seasons - there's no team that can replace Clarkson, Hammond and May. Their charisma together was quite unique and I loved the show, for all of its faults.

The first season of Old New Top Gear was Clarkson, Hammond and a fat bloke from Cornwall named Jason Dawe. James May made his debut in season 2.

What you've got to remember is that Clarkson, Hammond and May (and Dawe) hadn't just worked together, they were mates for years before Old New Top Gear started in 2002 so the chemestry was well established before their first season together. The hosts of New New Top Gear were thrown together because someone at the BBC thought you could design that by committee, you cant. Chris Harris has a reputation for being a complete prat, so a lot of us are completely unsurprised by this.

Comment Re:There had to be a first case... (Score 1) 379

I don't know if I agree that the accident was unavoidable.

No accident is unavoidable, going back far enough something could have been done differently. The question is could the driver have taken reasonable action to avoid the collision.

From what I've seen, yes, it could have been avoided if the driver was paying attention. However he thought the car would drive for him and stopped.

Also lets stop calling them "Accidents" and start calling them what they are, collisions. Accident implies that it was unavoidable and no-one should be blamed, in motor vehicle collisions, either of these are rarely the case.

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