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Comment Re:Useless account creation (Score 1) 122

People think I am weird if I don't like to create an account if I can help it and often don't use a service if it forces the issue for some nebulous reason.

Then stuff like this happens. Again. And even more services force account creation.

Even if you don't create an account, the company still has your name, email and mailing address, and credit card info if you actually bought anything. That is why I only use virtual credit cards on websites, or PayPal.

Comment Re: Applying tort to patents (Score 1) 455

It doesn't matter - Apple is not using external counsel. They have a whole stable of lawyers that they can pick from in order to make this go away.

Do you really think that a company of Apple's size doesn't get sued constantly ....

Do you think that stable of lawyers are just sitting in a room waiting for a case to handle? All of their lawyers are working on something so that means they will have to stop working on whatever they are doing to handle this. That costs them time and money.

Comment Re: Well, at least someone made money (Score 1) 71

and the workers on the ground who were offered stock options that can't trade for months (or years) after IPO, that get screwed.

You don't know how IPOs work. When the company I worked for went IPO, any employees that had vested shares had the option to sell shares at the IPO price. Yes, there is a lockout period after the IPO, but anyone that had shares cold sell them if they wanted to. There were a lot more BMWs, Mercedes, and Audis at the company after our IPO, and it wasn't just the founders and executives.

Comment Re: seaweed taste for cows (Score 1) 283

humans, as well as many other animals, I susprct, typically do not like the feel of gas emission, and it does not interrupt the feeding process as gas tries to go back up the esophagus. Gastric juices damage the esophageal walls.

I doubt that the cows are smart enough to remember that the seaweed gave them less gas, and therefore they should eat that instead. I'm sure the cow will go for whatever tastes the best, if any.

Comment Re:$15-$18 million of real money or FIFA money? (Score 2) 149

For example, $15 million dollars owned by EA.

Unless players can also purchase coins from EA (which I don't think you can do), then they didn't steal $15 million from EA. They sold the coins on the black market to other players who used the coins to get whatever you can get from the EA store. If you google "FIFA Ultimate Team coins" you will find a hundred sites where you can purchase coins.

This is no different than the gold farmers in World of Warcraft, except they found a way to get coins much quicker than you could from gold farming.

Comment Re:I prefer Twitter... (Score 2) 59

Twitter actually serves a purpose other than spreading your vanity. It's a great source to find out "happening now" news and information (understanding much of it is flawed)

I beg to differ. Twitter is superb at showing people's vanity. Why do you think that almost every celebrity has a Twitter account? Do people really need to know what Justin Bieber and Beyonce are up to at any moment? No, but millions of people care about what celebrities are doing, and the celebrities love knowing that millions of people care about what they are doing. Twitter is ego stroking at its finest.

Comment Re:Of course (Score 4, Insightful) 332

Likely, but complaints dropped even when the officer wasn't wearing a camera: "But even more surprising is that the data suggests everyone is on their best behavior whether the cameras are present or not... Officers were randomly assigned to wear or not wear cameras week by week (about half would be wearing them any given week), and had to keep them on during all encounters."

It is also possible that even though an officer was not wearing a camera, they were on their best behavior for fear that another officer who was wearing a camera might show up to assist and capture their bad behavior.

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