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Comment Re:You know what I'd like even more? (Score 2) 235

It's much easier to remove your phone case, pull open the media card slot, eject the card via software (assuming that is even still necessary in Android), remove the micro sd card, put the card in a card adapter, insert the card in the reader, and read the media. Then follow all the same steps in reverse. Yeah, that's way better than plugging in a cable or using wifi.

I assume SD cards are the "thing" for real photographers using real equipment, but I also see that they aren't nearly so great when applied in the phone world.

Comment Re:Probably an excuse to jack the price. (Score 1) 235

I think it's a valid point. Most of my photos, music, contacts, and other files are available in the cloud. I keep a minimum of stuff on my phone (which is an Android OS phone BTW) because there's no need for more. I keep some stuff around for those times when I'm offline, but those times are few and far between and I certainly don't require immediate access to 100+GB of data during those times.

All things being equal, more storage is better. Still, all things are never equal. I'd rather see the manufacturer spend money on a number of other things instead of additional storage (battery, screen quality, camera, amplifier, etc.).

Comment Re:Easily destroyed or disabled (Score 1) 263

I generally agree with this statement, but will say that it isn't always the case. A few years ago I traveled to Vancouver, B.C. with a few friends. I removed by stuff from the car and put it in the hotel room; pointing out that a car with US plates was a likely target for theft. My friends did not. When we returned to the car a few hours later it had been broken into. A number of items were stolen. One of my friends was particularly upset about losing a duffel that a family member had carried into WWII. He called the police and filled out a report. A few weeks later, his duffel was mailed to him (sans the valuable bits). Someone (I believe he said an officer, but it may have been a regular citizen) spotted it in an alley by a dumpster and brought it in.

They didn't mount an investigation or anything, but reporting the item stolen was the only thing that led to successful return of the item. As such, there is more value to it than just insurance purposes.

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

Average loading dock height is between 48" and 52". If you had protective side rails bringing that height down to from 24" to 30" you'd still have to have a pretty high (and steep) spot in order to hit the trailer. It does happen though - even with fairly tall trailers. I've seen trucks bottom out on the transition from steep hill to level cross street in Downtown Seattle. Trucks would probably have to consider these things in the design of their routes (like they do bridge heights, weight restrictions, and flammable materials bans).

Comment Re:Green Cards (Score 1) 355

This assumes that those that aren't pursuing such an education are doing so for the sake of "mocking" higher learning. I think the question is often one of accessibility - one that will be exacerbated by the fact that tuitions are bound to increase as demand for spots at accredited institutions skyrockets. Yes, there are loans and grants available, but accessibility is about more than just money (though money is frequently a large factor).

I believe there are plenty of smart people in this country - more than enough to meet the demand. I agree that there aren't enough educated people. Of course, it's difficult (and costly) to deal with getting the smart people that education. It's easier to import smart people whose parents are willing to foot the bill. The problem is that this further cements the class divide and effectively locks a large segment of the population out of any real chance for success. That never seems to turn out well in the long run.

I'm of the belief that the market will eventually balance things out (other countries will build incentives to keep students from leaving), but what to do about what happens in the interim...do you even allow the situation that creates the interim...those are the questions with which people will always struggle.

Comment Re:FBI interviewed suspect twice (Score 1) 660

Because Timothy McVeigh was acting on a political basis - not a religious one. The fact that Orlando was an act committed against the LGBTQ community causes many to think of it as a crime with a religious basis (as anti-LGBTQ behavior is codified in many religious texts). Since this terrorist associated with Islam it is reasonable (though not necessarily accurate) to make the connection that his association with Islam is relevant to the event.

FWIW, when a Christian commits a terrorist act and their religion is relevant (say abortion bombings) they almost always referred to as Fundamentalist Christian terrorists.

Comment Re:Who is Trent Reznor? (Score 1) 428

I know how musicians can survive - the same way they did for thousands of years prior to the advent of recording - it's called performing. Yup, it requires on-going work so it's probably a bummer for some of the artist types. Still, it's how the vast majority of the world earns their keep. I mean, I'd love to do something for my company and then have it pay me for that thing for the rest of my life (and then continue to do so for my estate), but that just isn't how most of the world works. Lame.

Comment Re:I'll start holding my breath. (Score 1) 147

While no fan of ISPs, I'll wager that 100% of the problem lies with the City of Seattle and its draconian laws regarding new infrastructure. Run some searches on why Google chose not to run fiber in Seattle (it was in the first wave of cities they looked at). You'll see just how much of an issue it is just to do something simple like install a new switch in a neighborhood. Seattle's slogan should be: "Whatever it takes to remove the 'progress' from 'Progressive'."

Comment Re:Strong enough for a man, made for a woman (Score 4, Insightful) 858

Probably because most men couldn't care less if their significant other watches "The Shield" or "Star Trek" with them. In fact, many would prefer to watch it alone. As such, fewer women are exposed to male targeted shows. On the other hand (and this is, for sure, just an anecdote) it seems like every straight guy in my office is forced to watch "The Bachelor" with their S.O. every week as part of their "quality time" together. Since they're exposed, it seems reasonable that they might also rate the show.

Comment Unlike Costco who lets you purchase nothing at all (Score 3) 180

I love the rage here. While not a proponent of this tactic (it seems self defeating), I don't really think it makes Amazon inherently evil. I mean, at least they let you purchase most things. They could be like Costco or Sams club and not let you purchase anything without a membership (and a special credit card should you wish to use that for your purchase).

I hope all of you that are so up in arms spend as much time being made at warehouse clubs.

Comment Re:Where are the US politicians and businessman? (Score 1) 364

The ICIJ is part of the Center for Public Integrity. Major donors for CPI are The Ford Foundation, The John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and others. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Think about who left the original endowments to these organizations - the original industry barons (and children of those barons) of the U.S. Then think about the likelihood that these reports will expose many old-money US citizens.

I suspect we'll see a flood of info on wrong-doing from leaders of non-Western nations. I suspect we'll see a few unfortunate sacrificial lambs from Western nations, but that's all.

Comment Re:High end... (Score 1) 288

If you have a family it's even more cost effective. My kids get excited to see certain movies and it's fun to take them now and then. When I factor in the ticket price + snacks it's generally more than $50 to see a movie (tickets are around $10 each here). If I don't take my kids then I have the cost of a sitter to include in my movie experience.

The convenience factor makes it even nicer. At home I can provide cheaper and healthier snacks. I can also pause the movie for bathroom breaks (an inevitability with younger kids) and such. On top of this, my kids can be their natural, "bouncy" selves without me worrying that they are disturbing other patrons.

I'm sure I'd do this now and then.

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