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Comment Re:Common sense solution (Score 1) 72

People behave just fine.

Man, you must never leave the house.

OK, since you get out of the house so much, you've no doubt got lots of anecdotes and hopefully at least a few examples of the countless tragedies that have occurred because 14 year old kids with 10-ounce plastic copters from the mall kiosk weren't properly put in criminal jeopardy for failing to appear on a publicly searchable federal database of toy owners. There must be many, many injuries and deaths associated with this activity to warrant such a thing, right? Right?

Comment Re:Toys (Score 1) 72

When you can't play with your toys in a safe manner you get your toys taken away.

There are now many millions of these toys in use, with hundreds of millions of hours in the air. Please cite your long list of examples of these toys being used in such a dangerous way that the long list of injuries and mayhem require a publicly-browsable federal registry of their owners and the criminalization and fining of kids who fail to register their 10 ounce plastic copter with the federal government.

More people are hurt using soccer balls, garden tools, and bicycles in a given day than have been hurt by anyone, ever, using a little plastic toy copter. Why is your first instinct to involve government control, lists, fees, and public databases of toy owners?

Comment Re:Commodore engineers (Score 1) 288

The Amiga's design? One of the most beautiful, non-kludges, ever designed. Frankly, the only thing C= could have done that would have kludged it (a little) would have been to add a chunky pixel mode - which I believe is what they were trying to do with the 32 bit chipset they started working on before moving over to AGA.

AGA was exactly what you'd expect a 32 bit, faster, version of OCS/ECS to look like, and the best part was that it delivered an amazing advance over ECS without either being a kludge or sacrificing reverse compatibility. In part that was because the Amiga chipset's design was, from the start, inherently scalable.

I'm not saying they could have continued indefinitely - while it scaled up well, it was never going to be as efficient at processing 32 bit pixels as an architecture designed with 32 bit pixels from day one. That meant as memory costs reduced and bus speeds soared eventually the Amiga design became obsolete. But that wasn't the case in 1990-1993.

Comment Re:The Saudi government is barbaric (Score 1) 201

You genuinely believe that donations to the Clinton Foundation is what keeps them in power and unpunished? rofl

Why would I believe something that you made up in your own head to fight as a strawman? Oh, I get it. Because you're hoping that by distracting with that juvenile rhetorical technique, that people will forget that the Clintons DO in fact rake in millions of dollars for their own family and cronies (only a sliver of their foundation's revenue goes to anything other than internal paychecks and perks/expenses) in exchange for providing political access to those who pile on the cash. Of course you know this, and are trying to wish it away. Especially the part where she was encouraging that while she was in office, giving lots of access to those who paid her husband. But do carry on, and pretend it didn't happen. Feel better now?

Comment Re:this is a cultural issue, not a technology issu (Score 1) 201

You're undoing your own argument. Culturally, nobody gives a damn if you dance at the Jefferson Memorial, though some people might give a damn if a bunch of people wasted time writing and fussing about legislation to change that law that nobody cares about. On your other topics, you've made your own counterpoint. Culturally, the west has moved very quickly on areas like gay marriage. In practical terms, it's a done deal. There will be lots of little rough edges to clean up for a few years yet. Meanwhile, the Wahabbists and their ilk in the Middle East are going full-throttle backwards into the medieval days they miss so badly.

Comment Re:Offer a rugged version with bonus battery life (Score 3, Insightful) 342

With respect, I don't think any of that's true, but it's one of these great assertions of utter donkeyballs that, if thought about, actually leads to the truth.

Wanting a more rugged phone with a decent battery life has nothing to do with "nostalgia", and battery life is actually one of the top complaints amongst smartphone users. So why doesn't the market support that?

Well, because the market is not the same as "most smartphone buyers". Most smartphone buyers do not spend $600 on a f---ing smartphone. Most smartphone buyers spend under $200 on a device with the biggest screen they can find, and then $10 on a "case" that makes it three times as thick.

Who doesn't do this? The people who pay $600 for a phone.

What's so special about $600 phones? Is it the innards? (No) Is it the screen? Uhm.... kinda, but you're looking at a screen that probably cost Apple or Samsung a cool extra $20 to incorporate. Better camera? Ditto.

No, what's special about a $600 phone, which cost maybe $50 more to build than the $60 BLU R1 HD in my pocket, is that has a very pleasing to the eye design.

That is it. That's the difference between a very good $150 phone, and a top of the line Galaxy.

This is why, more than likely, that under $200 phone will actually be more useful than the $600 iGalaxy. It may well have on bezel buttons, resulting in a less awkward UI. It may have a removable battery, or an SD card slot, or both. It may well have dual SIM support.

It may even have a battery that lasts more than eight hours before spluttering out.

The majority of smartphone users want better batteries, features, robustness, and we really don't care about how slim it is. But the majority of smartphone users are barely profitable, with tiny single digit percentage margins. So they literally don't care about us: they care about that minority that's willing to pay $600 for a phone with a build cost of well under $200.

And that minority is the group that wants paper thin phones.

Comment Re:SJW (Score 2, Interesting) 201

That's because the people who run around screaming about "social justice" do that primarily to distract from the fact that justice is the LAST thing they actually want. How about providing some examples of people who stamp their feet, shout down speakers at colleges, and otherwise rant away ... being actually constructive people interested in open conversation rather than repression of anyone deemed insufficiently onboard with their agenda? Some specific examples to counter the well-earned broad brush of derision would be helpful. But what are you going to trot out ... BLM? Occupy Everything? The Eat The Rich With Bernie Sanders movement? People who insist we switch all pronouns to "it?"

Comment Re:SJW (Score 1, Insightful) 201

Meanwhile on Slashdot the only people actually acting like SJWs are the people who use the term SJW...

No. Calling out liberal totalitarians is not the same as seeking to actually DO the things (like squelching speech through the power of government) that liberal totalitarians actually do. Though you are performing the approved-by-liberal-elites correct response to being called out - immediately lie about it in hopes that will deflect reality.

Comment Re:What did he do? (Score 2) 201

He financed their construction.

Well, that's not entirely clear. If the Saudis bought them, then the Saudis financed them. If the Saudis bought them for less than what they cost, then either the manufacturer(s) subsidized some of the cost, or the taxpayers did. Which brings us to the fact that such expenses come out of the discretionary budget, which means it's essentially paid for almost entirely by income taxes or by debt that will be serviced by income taxes ... and that means that only about half of the people in the country actually have a hand in financing such things because the other half pays no income taxes. And of the half that does pay them, of course a small portion of that group pays the majority of those taxes.

So, "we" is indeed not an obvious thing, here.

Comment Re:somewhere in between (Score 1) 12

Not really what I'm getting at. Congress and the Senate are a bunch of establishment politicians. They're only going to try to impeach someone if there's a good reason, or if they don't think the current occupant is there legitimately - ie isn't one of them.

I think Clinton will spend the next four years the same way she spent the last four, being investigated multiple times by Congress over non-scandals. But, if she really is the establishment politician her opponents claim, she'll have an easier time than Obama.

There's no doubt she wants to be part of the establishment, I just don't think she is, and I think she knows that too.

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