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Comment RSS is broken (Score 1) 96

Can't just replace kat.cr with kickass.cd, the RSS feed facility is badly broken.

RSS feeds seems to work at the top-level categories, but you can't turn your search results into an RSS feed anymore... Still got the RSS icon at the top of the page and in the META so your browser bar shows it. But both just show the same old HTML page instead of an RSS page:

e.g. http://kickass.cd/usearch/test...

Comment Re:Nothing of value was lost (Score 1) 39

Replacing Usenet with 8 million different web forums that I have to register with individually and use a different interface to read is not an improvement.

You don't have to visit any web forums to read them. Nearly every site has an RSS feed, and those which don't can be scraped and converted into RSS with something like Feed43.com.

I would HATE using my smart phone to read the news if it wasn't for RSS. /.'s mobile site is the single worst piece of crap I've ever seen. But with RSS I'm fortunately able to read any and every site out there, in a uniform "eBook"-like format.

You can read my RSS tips here:

http://evilviper.pipedot.org/j...

Comment Re:Amazon fire is more locked down (Score 1) 102

Which is IMHO actually a great selling point of the Fire line, they are the best devices for young children going, especially as they now sport a microSD slot so you can load them up with video content.

I'd just go for Kodi to my NAS... which is what I actually do. Runs great on the Fire TV Stick so far. AFAICT the Fire TV stick is the cheapest reliable platform for Kodi which comes with a halfway decent remote, and I do mean it's only about halfway decent. Still, it has enough buttons to drive the interface.

Comment Re:it's amazing what you can accomplish (Score 2) 45

That is because Burning Man treats the land like it is theirs and theirs alone.

It's a fucking desert. One does need to clean up, but they have cleanup crews for that. That's where most of the non-permit money apparently goes.

Now it's just a way for 20-30 somethings to burn through mad amounts of cash, all while feeling like they're somehow counter cultural.

When was it anything else? The ratio of cool shit on fire to people just getting wasted may have changed. But I know many longtime burners. They went for entertainment, not to make a statement. Some of them have deluded themselves since about it, but it's bullshit.

When the event is over the land looks and smells like human waste and takes an insane amount of resources to reclaim, clean, and restore it to some remote resemblance of what state it use to be in.

Which helps explain why payroll is the single largest expenditure at burning man.

Comment Re:Incorrect (Score 1) 169

I'm NOT suggestion that the tax rate here should be 0, but if it were, that money would be in our economy and working, thus a net benefit to us.

Unfortunately, that's not how it works. Without taxes, the wealthy and corporations mostly transfer wealth among themselves, and very little of it ever actually manages to trickle down. Perhaps you missed the memo, but "trickle down" economics doesn't work, and never has done.

Comment Re:Current U.S. corporate tax equally fraudulent (Score 1) 169

we used to have the best cars

When was that?

great electronics

Yeah, but...

now we dont even make electronics anymore (we "design" them)

What happened is that we were surpassed. The Japanese made better electronics than we did. Remember when Sony was a watchword for quality? Ah, those were the days. Which days? The days when we stopped making electronics because nobody wanted them any more, so they weren't selling. Sony, because Caucasians are just too damn tall.

How many of those companies left specifically due to taxes? None in an industry you've given an example of.

Comment Re:Which is why we need a gross receipts tax (Score 1) 169

The value you get from the government running the military, maintaining safety programs,and building and maintaining our transportation infrastructure isn't based on how much you made last year,

You're right. It's based on your net worth at any given time. So arguably, what we should do is tax everyone on their net worth every year, because the more stuff you have the more the nation is effectively spending to protect it, the more it cost the nation to enable the commerce that led to it, and so on. Forget how much you made this year; what've you got?

Oh, you don't want fair? Well then, you'd better settle for the deal you've got now, which is better.

Actually, I'm fibbing a bit. I don't think that it's good that we have to pay for bombing brown people just because they're brown and we can get away with their oil. But the idea that you should pay a percentage of your earnings is the most just part of the whole thing. I don't think you should have to pay any property taxes on a basic dwelling, for example; that's regressive.

Comment Re:Amazon fire is more locked down (Score 2) 102

And their fire line is far more locked down than Apple could ever dream of, with a small pool of apps.

Locked down what? You can sideload any app you want to any fire device you want. And what's more, you don't even need to plug in a USB cable to do it; They have ES File Explorer in their store. Once you have that installed, you can install anything you want, and uninstall ES if you like afterwards. The latest revision of the launcher on the Fire TV stick finally integrated non-Appstore apps into the app menu, so you don't have to launch them from application settings.

Comment Re:Wooo AstroTurfing (Score 1) 127

However you cannot deny the magnitude of what Jobs accomplished as a leader of Apple.

I don't, at all. He realized that you could separate suckers from money by candy coating computers. That was a seriously important realization which has changed our world for the better... for corporations.

Meanwhile he led the creation of the brilliant NeXT OS.

You will note that until it got picked up by Apple, which would have been a massive mistake if they didn't get Jobs in the bargain as they could have had BeOS instead, he was leading it straight into the ground. It was priced out of reach for consumers, and it was too fiddly and nonstandard for businesses. Oh yeah, and it was too expensive for them, too. NeXT hardware was still running on 68k chips when everyone else was moving on to RISC. NeXTStep for x86 had absolutely shit hardware compatibility, and no software worth mentioning. It was truly an OS without a purpose.

He returned to Apple, used NeXT OS to create OSX, and subsequently led Apple to its becoming the world's most profitable company.

Right, selling people shiny chains. Again, that's Jobs' brilliance; realizing that customers will pay to have choice taken away from them if you tell them how great they are for doing so.

Comment Re:It's a feature (Score 1) 302

In fact, that will be your only option after the FDA is finished getting all the e-cigarettes and all their component parts off the market with their regulations.

How are they going to manage that? I can buy a device to unlock your car or rewrite its immo codes straight outta China, probably via Paypal, even though owning such a device is outright illegal if you're not a locksmith, dealer or otherwise providing service. I can buy any gun I want even though I live in California. How is the FDA successfully going to prevent me from buying a vape?

Comment Re:It's a feature (Score 1) 302

False. A fire hazard is either a controlled fire (on a golf course),

I'd like to see that, but I haven't even seen it in mini-putt.

or it is the potential for uncontrolled fire.

Fair enough, but the point was that a fireplace is not designed to present a fire hazard. It is designed to minimize one.

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