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Comment Re:I don't see the bug either (Score 1) 42

An example of a similar/better attack:

That says in my address bar:

  + more crap like that

Not sure I would trust that URL

Comment Re:Wikileaks absolutely does "vetting" ... (Score 1) 305

No. If that was the point they wouldn't even have published the rest of the tape. If they were like old media then it would just be the slanted reporting that furthered their story and that's all.

But they didn't. The released all of it. Both a shortened commented version and the whole shebang, so that people could make up their own mind about the incident. That's exactly what this is about.

Comment Re:Stop with the hysteria (Score 1) 179

The takeaway message for you here should be that including your anti-gun political message in with your "ISIS is not a real threat" message led to a distraction from, and dilution of, your intended message. Introducing politics into discussions does that, every single time.

Your argument would have gone over better if you had stuck with the hyperbolic toenail fungus example from the beginning. Doubling down on the politics only cemented the derailing of the discussion, which you overly-political goofballs can never seem to grasp.

Comment Re: Good (Score 1) 508

Retroactive tax code changes that cause huge bills aren't punitive?

The tax code is not changed. It wasn't even changed for Apple in the first place. Ireland just promised to look the other way on an obviously illegal paper construct (an office with no employees that is responsible for all taxes but doesn't have to pay taxes because it doesn't really exist)..

Comment Re: Good (Score 1) 508

They did pay what they owed Ireland. Determining what they owed is Ireland's sovereign right, and Ireland decided it wasn't that much. Apple didn't get a competitive advantage from it - that is, they didn't sell more iPhones because Ireland subsidized lower prices, Apple's prices are effectively uniform worldwide. The other EU nations are just bitter because Ireland out-competes them in terms of attractiveness to multinational corporations, because they aren't willing to compete.

It is Ireland's right to set any tax level they like, but they are bound by international contracts to set it evenly for all companies and not engage in state subsidies of specific companies.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 53

Steam actually found that sweet spot between walling the user in and offering him what he wants. Allow me to elaborate.

What does NOT work with Steam? Well, I cannot really sensibly resell the game I bought unless I sell the account it is bound to along with the game, which is afaik against the TOS. At least until Steam finds out that they could make a cut of that sale and doesn't fear that studios dump them for basically becoming a way worse version than GameStop (from the Studios' view).

Aside of this, Steam is quite permissive, going as far as offering me the Linux version of games I bought for Windows where available when I launch it in Linux. Now, could you imagine this in a MS-Shop? Or a Mac-Shop? I somehow doubt that you would get Android versions of programs you bought for iPhone, even if you could install the iShop (or whatever it's called) on an Android phone.

The permissiveness of Steam even goes so far that you can "share" your game library with friends to some degree. Personally, I can't really say that there is anything I'm missing.

And this is all the difference. What matters is whether the limitations you're dealing with actually cut into your experience. Steam offers a lot of convenience. No DVDs to hunt down in the mess I call apartment, no hours of patching before playing, double click to install, double click to play. Easy. And yes, there are limitations, mostly concerning the resale of the software. Doesn't affect me, though. But what DOES affect me is that I can return software after playing it for a few minutes and noticing that it's a messy, buggy, unstable piece of junk or simply noticing that I don't like it.

Try that with your local game retailer.

Comment Re:How quickly we forget (Score 1) 53

And Sony has shown no, zero, nada, zip remorse for it. So far not even an apology came out of them and the ... "compromise" they offered to compensate for the damage was offered when their lawyers pretty much told them that they better offer some sort of token because no court is stupid enough to side with them.

As far as anyone can tell, they still feel that action was well within their rights and justified, so why should I assume otherwise? 11 years ago or 111 years ago, what's the difference when the attitude doesn't change?

Comment Cry me a river (Score 1) 340

I bet he also thinks it really hurts his efficiency that he can't simply open letters as he pleases or simply storm suspects' homes and take away whatever he considers to be evidence.

Pesky thing those "liberties" and "rights". Things are so much easier for police in a police state, I tell ya.

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