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Comment Re:Use of force? (Score 2) 202

Any policeman with a gun strapped to his side is an inititial, immediate threat. The fact that it's impossible to trust them, even to do what is in their best interests, makes any situation where you are near one more volatile. The fact that police unions across the country still cater to Harry Anslingers beliefs, a man who died 60 years ago, over any conceivable application of American liberties or ideals, shows that not a single man with a badge can be trusted. Any encounter with the police must be realized to perhaps be the last thing you will experience as a living human being on this planet. There is no compromise, they can, and will terminate you as a sentient being for any reason at their own whim, and even though you will be dead, they will face no accountability by their peers.

Comment obvious (Score 1) 329

How about, Apple is a dickhead company that steals (in the name of open source) other people work and never credits it, while maintaining their highly valuable social position? Fuck Apple and if you buy any of their products you are a bigger dumbass than they are.
XBox (Games)

Modded Xbox Bans Prompt EFF Warning About Terms of Service 254

Last month we discussed news that Microsoft had banned hundreds of thousands of Xbox users for using modified consoles. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has now pointed to this round of bans as a prime example of the power given to providers of online services through 'Terms of Service' and other usage agreements. "No matter how much we rely on them to get on with our everyday lives, access to online services — like email, social networking sites, and (wait for it) online gaming — can never be guaranteed. ... he who writes the TOS makes the rules, and when it comes to enforcing them, the service provider often behaves as though it is also the judge, jury and executioner. ... While the mass ban provides a useful illustration of their danger, these terms can be found in nearly all TOS agreements for all kinds of services. There have been virtually no legal challenges to these kinds of arbitrary termination clauses, but we imagine this will be a growth area for lawyers."

Comment Re:Old OS (Score 1) 339

Today Woot.com has for $650 a much nicer computer than those listed at much lower prices. 1 HP Pavilion dv7-1261wm Dual Core 2.2GHz Turion, 4GB DDR2, 500GB HD, Gigabit LAN, BluRay, eSATA, HDMI That's pretty nice, and it can upgrade ram to 8 gb even. I'm all for supporting local or online linux only vendors, but when the prices are like double...sorry. Windows tax or whatever, sometimes it comes in handy to have a valid windows liscense.

Comment Re:The writer is clueless about end users (Score 1) 244

I love my N810 too. Last I looked though the prices spiked after they stopped selling them new at Amazon. For my new phone I chose the best "dumb phone" with the most features I could find, because really as long as I can tether my n810 that's good enough! My old phone's bluetooth was not reliable at all, and that really sucked. It sucks that n900 is T-Mobile only, in any case. They have no plans to offer coverage where I live.

Comment Granted bugs happen and is obviously nice exploit (Score 1) 156

Still it was fixed by the time I heard about it, yesterday. I've become a recent Microsoft convert, but they tend to pretend this isn't happening, till they release a fix on their own good time. And Apple just breaks everything for everyone else all the time so let's not go there. I'll be the first ever person to ever say I bought Apple hardware just to find out that Apple broke it for me cause I wasn't just cool.

Comment Re:BooHoo (Score 1) 789

I agree. AT&T has enough issues and people have enough reasons to complain, people who want standard pricing to bend around them just cause they are the most loyal Apple guy don't help anyone. The two year plan helps subsidize the cost of the phone. I don't understand. All you hear is iphone people saying that any other comparable device sucks compared to their wonderful technological wonder of a phone, and now suddenly they just can't live without the next super duper upgrade, which may or may not still be inferior to what they had just been dissing a short while ago. Suck it up Apple guys, you always have and always will pay a premium to flaunt your superiority at the rest of the world :(

Comment Re:hey Asus (Score 1) 644

Hey I paid $100 for Windows Vista, and it's missing a lot of features on my Gentoo install on the computer over. If not amateurish to charge all this money for an inferior operating system, I don't know what to call it. Arrogant and demeaning? Hey I like video games, is why I paid for Windows, but Microsoft peddles amateur crap all the time, and like Apple it's fanboys will mock you and defend it till the end.

Comment Re:Not even going to RTFA (Score 1) 295

You'd have a point, if non-votes were counted. Unfortunately, if none of the candidates agree with you on a certain issue, sometimes it's better to vote for the lesser of two evils. I think often the act of participating in voting is stressed a lot. If you can find a candidate who agrees with you on a lot of things, sometimes that's your best bet. Then again, sometimes things said in the campaign are forgotten during their term. It may be for the better if non-votes got some weight, it's like saying all of these candidates disgust me why would I vote for one of these. Or it's just being complacent, in which case your non-vote could count as approval, like for the incumbent or his party. It's pretty easy getting to the voting booth where I live, but with those long lines in lots of parts of the country, those people's non-votes due to inconvenience would have counted too.

Comment Re:Well, not quite... (Score 1) 710

Considering you can get an OS for $0, suddenly paying more than $20 seems crazy for a computer os. Then again, if you just buy a computer for games to out-rival ps3 or 360, $100 for a video game OS seems more realistic. Not sure what Microsoft was thinking, not including NFS and ftp support in "Home Premium" but wanting another $100 for "Ultimate" which is targeted to "power users". Who are running other OS's for free and Microsoft wants another $100 just for the privilidge of using their network protocol? You really have to ask yourself why you pay so much for something. Irrationality is pretty common amongst every group of people though :)
Transportation

Do We Need Running Shoes To Run? 776

prostoalex writes to tell us The Daily Mail has an interesting look at current research in the field of running and injuries related to running. Most of the evidence pointed at a lack of any need for running shoes. Some of the more interesting points: the more expensive the running shoes, the greater the probability of getting an injury; some of the planet's best and most intense runners run barefoot; Stanford running team, having access to the top-notch modern shoes sent in for free by manufacturers, after a few rounds of trial and error still chose to train with no shoes at all."

Vista Post-SP2 Is the Safest OS On the Planet 1010

pkluss noted Kevin Turner, COO of Microsoft making the proclamation that "Vista today, post-Service Pack 2, which is now in the marketplace, is the safest, most reliable OS we've ever built. It's also the most secure OS on the planet, including Linux and open source and Apple Leopard. It's the safest and most secure OS on the planet today."

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