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Comment Re:The MS Merry Go Round. (Score 1) 200

The main customer who will not abandon Windows no matter what are businesses (esp. large ones) and governments. The US government just loves MS (plus HP Enterprise); even if all their individual customers and most businesses left them, they could just jack up their prices to $1M per computer and the US government will happily pay that.

Comment Re:Crowd source the egress (Score 1) 143

I think you are creating generalities from your specific situation.

No, I specifically said it varies; did you miss that? You even quoted it. I also said that addressing is controlled by local governments, so places with alleyways are obviously going to be handled differently.

AFAYK. But it's not that way in real life. There is no "default". You have to know.

No, you'd don't "have to know". Enter some lat/lon coordinates into Google Maps, and it'll show you a location on the map. It doesn't ask you for your datum. That's because there IS a default.

That's funny, because I can get my location in any number of datums using GPS. Wikipedia isn't always right..

And I'm supposed to believe you over a cited article? If you think it's wrong, then go correct it. From a little bit of Googling, what I've read supports Wikipedia:
http://www.gpsinformation.org/...
http://gis.stackexchange.com/q...

The only reason anyone uses other datums is because they have old maps that are based on them, not because they're better in any way (they're not).

Comment Re:The MS Merry Go Round. (Score 1) 200

Oh, please. These businesses and governments have been threatening to move to Linux for years and years; they never do. They only say this so they can get a discount from Microsoft when they're negotiating their license costs.

Show me a significant number of companies, or any really large companies, that have actually made a move to Linux. We're all familiar with a small handful of standout examples: City of Munich, Ernie Ball, etc., but these are exceptions, not the norm.

I'd really love it if businesses and governments all moved to Linux, but after everything I've seen about how these organizations work, I'll believe it can happen when I actually see it, and I expect to see pigs fly first. The morons running these places don't know anything besides MS, so they aren't going to change no matter what. It's entirely to MS's advantage to screw over their customers for more profit, because these customers aren't going anywhere.

Comment Re:Crowd source the egress (Score 1) 143

I live on a corner. My "address" is on one street, but if I walk out the side door I'm on the wrong street from what my address says.

This is resolved with standards. A building can only have one address, so in the case of a building on a corner, you have to pick one. This probably varies by country or state, but I think in many places in the US, residential houses' addresses are determined by which road the driveway enters from. I lived in a house like that years ago: the front door faced street A, but the driveway was on street B, so that was the house's address. I don't really see the problem here; it's not like the two are very far apart.

If you're coming out of a larger buildings with faces on two non-contiguous streets, and want a roboUber to pick you up, you should be able to just give it your GPS coordinates. (Also, I wouldn't be surprised if in large cities, buildings like that don't frequently have multiple street addresses that are resolvable by GPS, but I don't really know. Again, this probably varies a lot from place to place, since addressing is controlled by local government.)

How do you fix the "coordinate" problem of having ten different coordinate systems in use just in one place?

Um, the default? Almost everything is WGS-84 AFAIK. My car GPS lets me enter GPS coordinates, and it doesn't ask me for a datum. According to the Wikipedia article for WGS-84, it is the datum used by the GPS system itself, so logically that's the one you should use. Again according to the article, it's consistent worldwide to an accuracy of +- 1m. For building addresses, that's far more than sufficient resolution, esp. if you're just worried about where some robocar is going to pick you up. If you can't walk an extra 6 feet to deal with an inaccurate address, you're not going to be taking a roboUber anywhere.

(Here's one I really love. I order something online and the vendor tells me that my address doesn't exist. I've lived here for 20 years, I get mail and packages here all the time. Unfortunately, the shipping program he's using has "fixed" my address and it doesn't appear in his database, so my address doesn't exist.)

Does your address exist according to the USPS? That's the real authority there. I've seen that before, where people claim their address is such-and-such, but the USPS does not recognize that as an address and so will not deliver to it. Just because Google Maps thinks it's a real place doesn't mean the USPS does. To check, you need to go to usps.com and use their address verification tool there. If it doesn't come up there (along with a 9-digit ZIP code), then you need to contact your local postmaster and have the issue fixed. However you say you get mail there all the time (I'm assuming USPS when you say "mail"), so likely it is in there, and the vendor is using some other 3rd-party address database which is incomplete. I'm not sure what the real problem here is without more information but it sounds like your vendor has some shitty 3rd-party software. My recommendation is to go here:
https://tools.usps.com/go/ZipL...
and check your address. It'll correct your address if you're entering it weirdly, and will put it into the USPS's preferred standardized format (no punctuation, correct city name, etc.). Use that for your orders always. If the vendor has a problem with that, then it's the vendor's fault. Point them to the USPS's verifier if they disagree. How many vendors have a problem with this anyway? One or a lot?

Comment Re:Just what America needs (Score 1) 225

"But at least this new automated-lawsuit system will keep a lot of lawyers employed."

Me, I would rathe see lawyers unemployed. We could use them as compost or for ginning cotton ("...Premium organic hand-ginned cotton...".

My ex-wife is a lawyer. You are significantly overestimating her utility as an unemployed lawyer.

Surely an unemployed lawyer actually brings value to society simply by not operating as a lawyer... ie the more lawyers there are the worse things are for society, so the fewer lawyers, the more unemployed lawyers, the better.

Therefore an unemployed lawyer is more productive in the larger context than an employed lawyer (working as a lawyer).

So what I'm getting at is that lawyers are actually more a burden on society than the unemployed.

Comment Re:Soon: One last update to end all misery (Score 1) 200

Why is it that every time I make a comment about Seattle, referencing posts like yours here (I haven't actually been to Seattle, much less lived there and tried to sign up for ISP service), some Seattle person chimes in telling me that it's all lies and they have no trouble getting high-speed internet service there?

Comment Re:The MS Merry Go Round. (Score 1) 200

Hopefully by the time 8.1 (if not 7) is reaching EOL they will have given Nutella his walking papers, if they haven't? Well I don't think there will be a Windows business to worry about really, it'll just be legacy installs while everyone is on Google or Apple OSes.

I'm sorry, I completely disagree.

First, I applaud Nadella; he's doing a great job. I for one am really enjoying watching this shit-show. It's very entertaining watching Windows users suffer.

But this idea that MS will go under due to this is silly. We're already seeing it now: Win10 is a semi-disaster, but it doesn't matter because customers are sticking with it anyway. It really doesn't matter what MS does, as long as Windows mostly works (just like old British cars mostly worked, they only needed to visit the mechanic a few times a month or so, but they could probably be counted on to work about 50% of the time); most customers simply will not abandon the Windows platform, no matter what. Some home customers might, going to either OSX, iOS, Android, or Chomebooks, but enterprise customers absolutely will not. After all, if your business gets its IT support from HP Enterprise, you already have bigger problems with reliability than Windows 10.

I'm just surprised it took MS this long to realize they had free reign to screw over their customers without any repercussions. It's about time. This will be good for their profitability and their stock price.

Comment Re:The MS Merry Go Round. (Score 1) 200

The least they could do for this compilation of fail is give us machines that are reliable.

Why should they? Reliability costs money: it takes more engineering resources (and higher quality ones too) to make software reliable instead of just slapping features in . Why should MS do this? It'll just detract from their bottom line. They can be more profitable by doing less engineering (and having less engineering staff too), and just letting customers deal with the problems. It's not like the customers are going to abandon Windows.

Comment Re:The MS Merry Go Round. (Score 1) 200

What's really funny is that the apologists/shills (I think most of them are really apologists, not paid shills) have long trotted out the tired old meme about Linux "not having drivers", even though it's mostly BS. Yet Linux never has problems like this where drivers actually get broken in new releases, whereas apparently it's now a real issue with Windows.

Comment Re:Others To Sue (Score 2) 82

Ok, I misspoke.

What I meant is: If a judge decides that a company is up to illegal activities and tells the company to stop then anyone working with that company in spite of this is aiding those illegal activities.

Not quite. The company can get shut down, but only those involved in the actual illegal activity will be prosecuted.

Otherwise you'll have the janitor serving time for something they was completely unrelated to them.

As such, ALS would have to prove the CloudFlare was involved as a conspirator in the illegal activity. Otherwise, CloudFlare has done nothing wrong other than sell there own services.

So no, unless you can show that CloudFlare (or any company) for that matter was involved in the Copyright Infringement (or other illegal activity) then they are absolved of the supposed crime. For example, a bank holds a criminals money; is the bank then a legal conspirator (and therefore guilty) of murder for an Assassin? Or illegal drug possession or drug trafficking for a drug dealer? No. It's no different for CloudFlare and other companies; yes, they may help make websites and services more secure; but they're not participating in the crime itself in any form - no different from the bank.

You don't have to be convicted of an offence to have assets seized if you are 'supporting' an illegal endeavor; its called 'civil forfeiture'. Eg people who rent properties to drug dealers have been known to have had those properties seized without any conviction against them, just a conviction against the drug dealer and the presumption that the property owner 'should have' known about it and reported it to the police.

Hell, even driving around in the USA with some cash in your car can result in that cash being seized by the police because its 'obvious drug money'. They don't even have to prove anything.

Comment Re:Others To Sue (Score 1) 82

So do we sue the supermarket for selling him food?
Your argument would not likely sway a court.
We will see how ALS does.
The Law will allow you to go after people that help other people commit crimes.
Aiding and abetting?
Co-Conspirator.

The Internet does not shield you from the law. People have been trying to work around the law for 1000's of years.

Hitler was a vegetarian therefore vegetarianism is anti-semitic.

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