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Comment Re:I'd be excited too, if Comcast lost my address (Score 1) 64

The city should require the cable monopolies to provide service to everyone they can in their monopoly areas

It's the city blocking it (or at least was, I see all sorts of articles about the mayor THINKING about changing Rule 2-2009, but I haven't seen a single one about it actually being changed).

In order to install new telecom cabinets, 60% of the OWNERS (not the person renting the house, whatever guy in Florida or China or wherever who owns it) of the buildings within 100 feet of the cabinet has to approve the construction, and nonresponders are considered "No" votes.

Seattle is weird.

Comment This can only be a good thing. (Score 2) 180

We'll get an economic boost from this. I mean, yes, it'll increase the incidence of cancer, but with something like cancer, there's no real way to trace back exactly why any one individual got cancer, and even if that could be done, there's no way of knowing which company released the particular chemical that caused the cancer, because a lot of different companies will be doing it. And if everyone's responsible, no one is.

To parahrase Nelson from the Simpsons, it's a victimless crime, like punching someone in the dark!

Comment Re:So that makes it OK then (Score 1) 689

If Putin instead decided to target the RNC they might uncover discussions of voter suppression efforts or other dirty tricks.

You don't need the Russians to reveal that the Republicans want to suppress voting, the Republicans make voter ID and reforming the Voting Rights Act an open part of their political program.

What's truly bothersome about the DNC emails is that the Democrats are so completely sanctimonious about being the guardians of the voting franchise, yet they're completely willing to undermine the primary election process by hindering or sabotaging a candidate who posed a significant threat to their preferred candidate.

So what do they REALLY value, free and fair elections where the outcome might not be what their power brokers want, or a fraudulent process that they control through manipulation? To me, they are cynical to the core and their only belief is self promotion.

At this point, it's becoming less and less a question of policy (since really, no meaningful change in the status quo will actually happen no matter who wins) but a question of voting for the candidate who seems the least cynical and dishonest. At this point, I'd rather vote for a candidate who's up front about being an asshole than I would one who's going to lie continually.

Comment Re:Hard to fathom they would actually build cars (Score 1) 138

I guess that's part of my question. A lot of car parts do come from the existing global parts supply chains, so building a "new" internal combustion vehicle wouldn't be that hard because almost nothing about it would be unique or proprietary and would be available from suppliers, right down to complete power trains.

With electric cars, though, there's a lot of engineering synthesis between the batteries, the drive train, even the braking (for regenerative braking) and in some ways, even the chassis considering the weight/safety issues relative to batteries.

While it's "just electric motors" and "just batteries", you're not building a golf cart, you're building a car where capacity/distance are major selling points and where innovation is ongoing, meaning that these systems aren't parts bin parts, many of them are highly proprietary engineered systems that can't easily just be bought off the shelf if they can be bought at all, especially when the buyer is Apple and the vendors of these products might not want to cede the market for electric cars to them.

With ICU cars, the incremental improvements in powertrains are miniscule, so nobody has a problem selling you their engines or transmissions and the rest of the car literally is parts bin parts from Delco or Bosch or the like.

Comment Re:Horse Shit (Score 5, Insightful) 409

Valve quit crying because they got bored with SteamOS. A major problem with Valve's "flat" model of no bosses and no structure is that they only work on something if they find it interesting. Once they get bored, it languishes. Half Life 3 is a great example. There was clearly more story to tell, they left it unfinished, and there is clearly market demand for a sequel to the point it would be virtually assured to make money. So why hasn't it happened? Because they aren't interested in it right now. It's not a business or creative decision, it is that people are playing with other shit.

Valve is now fascinated with VR and eSports so that is where most of their energy is going. They are the shiny new toys they like, until they change their mind and chase something else. So SteamOS is in the same general boat as Steam itself in that they work on it a bit and maintain it, but there isn't a lot going on because there are few people interested in it.

Also I think they thought that SteamOS and Steam Machines would be like Steam itself: minimal effort on their part and people would just flock to them and use them in droves. Instead the market has responded with a resounding "meh". They'd need to put in a lot more effort to have a chance of making it happen and they don't want to do that.

Comment There is no, it is doomsaying (Score 3, Insightful) 409

Maybe it'll end up being true, but so far there is zero evidence. The only thing so far they've done that would in any way limit Steam is that their universal applications (what used to be called Metro) are Windows Store only. So you can't sell those on Steam. Ok, except nobody but MS makes those because nobody gives a shit. The "universal" part doesn't matter, MS's phones and tablets are in their final dying moments so there's no need to make something that runs both on real Windows and Windows RT/Phone.

At this point Win32/64 programs run better and have less limitations, and also have the advantage of running on all versions of Windows not just 10, so that is what people keep making. MS themselves are releasing their games using their new UWP format, of course, but nobody else seems to give a shit.

So it is a meaningless limitation for now. Programs using an API nobody uses won't work with Steam. Who cares? Other than that, nothing has changed or been limited. Steam runs great on Windows 10.

Will something change in the future? We'll have to wait and see. There's no evidence now though, because it hasn't happened. This is a doomsday prediction, and like most doomsday predictions it is based on what the predictor feels to be true, not actual evidence.

Comment Ummm... no (Score 2) 409

For one, they haven't done anything yet. This is Tim Sweeny doomsaying. Now maybe his predictions will be accurate but they are false right now. Presently, Steam works excellent in Windows 10. You download it, install it, and it just works as it does on any other platform. They have done nothing to stop it from working.

You can't scream about "abuse" when nothing has happened. That is like claiming someone robbed you when they didn't actually take anything from you or even say anything to you they just "look sketchy, like they might rob you."

Second, all the monopoly stuff has gone out the windows with Apple around now. You can't argue MS is a monopoly in the desktop arena with Apple selling tons of their products. Macbooks are trendy as hell and all kinds of people buy them. Having a major, viable, competitor defacto makes someone not a monopoly. Same deal in servers to an even larger extent as Linux is huge in the server market. And in phones? Shit MS is hardly a player.

They aren't in a monopoly position anymore, so anti-monopoly arguments don't work.

Comment Re:That's 129.2F if you're interested. (Score 2) 351

My mother spent most of my childhood while I was learning metric ranting against the metric system. She was absolutely convinced it was a plot to rip her off: that a gallon of milk would be rounded down to 3 liters and still cost as much, that a 5 pound bag of sugar would be rounded down to 2kg and cost as much, and so on.

The "shrink ray" effect of inflation proved that switching to metric was not necessary to rip everyone off, but I suspect that at the time, enough housewives felt the same as her that attempts to switch America to the metric system went nowhere.

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