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Comment Re:Screw you (Score 1) 133

Yup, this.

I've got a lawn for peopel to get off because I've been saying it for years. More like over a decade: Provide a reasonable cost, easy to use, LEGAL alternative and people will use it.

When Netflix had a reasonably full catalog (instead of focusing so much on their own content) the number of downloads "a friend of mine" did was severely reduced. It was quick, easy, cheap, and had much of what he was looking for. Fast forward a bit and now there's a half dozen major and a few dozen minor streaming services. Each with their own quirks, app, content, cost, and rules. Oh, and I still can't watch them on a plan or subway. I mean he. He can't watch them on a plane.

So when it's time to watch some movie there's a ~15 minute delay while the torrent protocol 'caches' the movie and then it's watches. It's LESS convenient than what COULD (and HAS) been offered but more convenient than figuring out the BS of a dozen different streaming platforms or trying to figure out somewhere to legally buy/download from and them export/import into whatever I want to watch on.

Comment Re:What's the long term cost? (Score 1) 326

There's some shelf life concerns. Typically drugs break down slowly and lose potency over time. A 5 year old epi pen may have half the potency (wild ass guess) and the breakdown time line is what's supposed to drive the expiration.

In reality, it's a combination of profits and paranoia about being sued. 90% potency and someone, somehow dies because it wasn't enough...where a full 100% dose would have saved them? maybe? Yeah...there's a lawsuit and $xyz settlement.

I agree though, it's largely about profits and convincing people that 'expired' medicine is useless, dangerous, or somehow bad for ... something.

Comment Re:Incoming lawsuit in 3...2... (Score 1) 326

They won't because they won't need to.

The problem is their device is *certified and approved* while the epipencil (and any similar mass-produced device) would not be.

It's ridiculous, but even things that utterly fail the patent test because they're virtually identical and obvious do NOT automatically get certified for medical use. IIRC there's another manufacturer getting their epipen (which they will call something else) certified because ... it's worth it to spend the $ and they can still hugely undercut on the price.

IDK if they laws explicitly require this *exact* epi device in schools or requires a "FDA approved epi auto-injector".

Comment Re: I have my own plan to eliminate cable boxen. (Score 1) 149

I believe they're still legally required to allow this is some odd, awkward situations (aka cablecard).

But it's intentionally cryptic, difficult, and works very poorly for the vast majority of cases.

Cable companies went encrypted digital and quickly locked most of the market out - and made built-in TV tuners essentially useless - as part of a huge (legally approved) scam to force people to rent set top boxes for $cheap per month...which quickly escalated to $rip-off per month.

While you're getting off my lawn, I remember when you could plug any TV in via splitter and get all the standard cable channels. The special ones - like HBO and playboy - still needed a box but you could easily watch the rest. This is a big part of how TVs proliferated so quickly and people bought one for every room.

Comment Re: I have my own plan to eliminate cable boxen. (Score 1) 149

Imperfect analogies are imperfect.

Using someone else's open WiFi does have an impact on them. Though it's likely minimal, there are situations where you could definitely impact them - using significant bandwidth, downloading things that get them naughty MAFIAA letters, or other issues degrading their network. It's not completely zero impact like watching a TV though an open window, but it's not fully utilizing a resource and taking it away from it's owner.

However, it IS unauthorized access. The various 'digital tresspass' laws (most of which are a crock of ... erm stew) make this illegal. The owner may be less than tech savvy and *should* secure their network ... but anyone not given permission to use it, definitely don't belong on it.

Open NYC WiFi ... I'm going to guess that buried in the terms is (or eventually will be) some clause about not retransmitting, selling, porting, routing, etc. the wifi. Or maybe not, but if they put these near housing too many people will use it and they'll become useless.

Comment Re:How to detect a GN7 verses other similar phones (Score 1) 63

Forget 'bad things' ... They can't keep mock bombs and guns off the planes. (or probably real ones but people oddly don't seem as excited to bring bombs and guns on planes as they want us to think)

But they're quite good at keeping non-airport-purchased bottled water off planes!

I wonder what security each pallet of water bottles for sale in the airport terminal goes through. Best guess? Effectively zero.

So yeah...they're either goign to start banning many phones arbitrarily and truly pissing people off...or not doing this at all.

Comment Re:Countdown to endless arguments in 3.. 2.. 1.. (Score 1) 248

Sure, except it violates some very, very established 'laws' of our universe. I can google dozens of other 'impossible' machines which are gimmicks and not actually perpetual motion, free energy, or a 200% increase in gas mileage (surpassing the carnot cycle efficiency no less) for my strangely large pickup truck.

I don't blame people for being skeptical. You want to say the earth goes aroung the sun when everyone knows your wrong? Well then you better have some damn good proof otherwise we hang you for blasphemy. We will probably hang you anyway, but this is /.

It's far, far more likely we'll learn some new, esoteric quantum interaction that we had no idea existed (or that someone fked up pretty hard). Now, if that interaction means your 'equal and opposite reaction' still exists but it's able to function on space the same way a car does on the ground...well we haven't broken any rules, just solved the biggest problem in space travel.

Comment Re:Canadian Border Guards... (Score 3, Interesting) 276

I've gone into Canada a handfull of times over the last year and had similar.

They customs agents going into Canada typically ask some pointed questions - nothing onerous but things that usually catch you off guard. It's enough to throw someone actualy doing things wrong for a loop and give them easy justification for a detailed search/etc.

I'm going on vacation to visit a friend...i'm invarilably asked either who are they/name, where I know them from, where i'll be staying, or what we're planning to do.

The one time I said I was on business they wanted to know who i worked for, who i was meeting, where, etc. which was amusing since I have a Canadian office for my own company I was going to and two dozen people to meet with. She didn't really care, but was testing to see if it was a basic story/lie of if there were some facts behind it.

It's acutally proven psychology (though it requires *gasp* training) and probably 100x more effective than the rape-i-scan machines are for preventing Bad Things from happening.

Comment Re:Straw Man. False Dichotomy. (Score 2) 446

It's fairly trivial to put together an encrypted chat client to begin with.

IM platform and communication has off-the-shelf and/or open-source options available. Pretty much IM modules where you provide the host for the server.
Encryption modules...same thing. Tons of open source and easily integrated with above IM platforms.

While it requires some expertise...it's really, really not that hard. Things like this nonsense that france is preaching are utter BS and have very little, if any, impact on terrorism.

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