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Comment Growing backlash against online... (Score 1) 70

At least here in the US there seems to be a growing backlash against online retailers, Amazon especially. A large part of this is due to counterfeit products being misrepresented. When you have a million products on your site it's very difficult to properly vet each product and each provider. This is damaging the Amazon brand and similar online sellers with all but the lowest of the consumer, those that shop strictly by price and treat every product as if it is a commodity.

Comment Re: Supply and Demand - where is the demand? (Score 3, Insightful) 422

Home invasion? We don't all live in pristine gated communities where these things never happen. If you listen to most people after they experience an home invasion they typically start by saying "we didn't think this could ever happen here". Be prepared, not a victim is the point.

Comment Re: Halfway There (Score 5, Insightful) 422

I don't know any gun owners who aren't also college educated professionals. Now that is just my personal experience, it by no means speaks for all legal gun owners. However your (anonymous) comment that gun owners aren't smart is likely just troll bait, but if it isn't then it is ignorant and part of the problem.

Comment Supply and Demand - where is the demand? (Score 5, Insightful) 422

Here in NJ they tried to pass a law to force gun shop owners to stock these "smart guns" and it failed. If people wanted these, they would stock them. For something as important as a firearm the added complexity of fingerprint readers simply increases the likelihood of failure when it is needed. These features aren't safe, they are dangerous and potentially deadly.

Comment Re: Phone (Score 1) 241

I agree completely. His leaking what he's leaked has served the purposes for many of us Americans by providing evidence of a lot of the criminal,activity we knew was going on, especially in the Hillary camp. However this man is not a hero, he is a criminal trading in stolen goods - goods he stole from every American. We need to keep that in mind.

Comment Re: And you can thank all the ad blocking for that (Score 1) 58

Good. I block ads because I don't want to see them, not because ads are inherently bad but because ads have become so intrusive due to targeting algorithms. If the online ad industry continues to evolve as it has been that industry can expect more people to "fight back". Anyone running an ad supported site these days should take note.

Comment Re: Cue the feminists (Score 0, Troll) 566

It's honestly refreshing to come here and see how many of us agree about the feminist and SJW narrative being all about demonizing white men here in the US. It's absolutely out of control. All we can really do is keep pressing on. Eventually this too shall pass and we will hopefully get the US back on track. As annoying and dangerous as this is, every generation has their rebellious phase. The difference this time is social media.

Comment Re: Using bandwidth (Score 2) 222

Bingo, spot on. The addition of a time factor is what makes the consumption argument work and is the correct explanation. I was going to post this myself but you beat me to it. For any period of time there is n bandwidth available. If someone is consuming a fraction of n for some time (t), that amount of n is not available for anyone else for the duration of t, therefore it has been consumed.

Comment Boxer or vim for me... (Score 1) 131

Working mostly in a Windows environment for the past 25 years I never got into emacs. Of course I do need to function in Linux/UNIX environments from time to time and when I do it's vi/vim for me. However the majority of my text editing has been done in Boxer since 1996. I've never had a Windows computer without it, always the first thing I install after loading a (non-server) Windows OS.

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