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Comment Re:already exceeding expectations (Score 1) 1410

Explain to me again why this is more reassuring than someone who is an old hand at foreign policy and a known commodity?

Because while he is thin-skinned, he doesn't have Hillary Clinton's decades of history of corruptly exploiting public office to enrich her and her family while baldly lying to your face about it. She's made herself rich - not by building hotels or other constructive things, but by selling political access to people like overseas dictators who don't mind things like throwing gay guys off of rooftops to please Allah.

So we don't like his manners, but we do like her serial lying, corruption, and incompetence ... because she's been doing it for a long time and we're used to it? No thanks.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 145

I honestly don't remember a promise of no commercials from Cable, only certain channels one could receive from cable.

That's because cable companies could not promise "no commercials" for any channel EVER*. Cable began as a way of retransmitting broadcast stations to people who could not put up their own antennas (CATV is "community antenna TV"), and broadcast stations have ALWAYS had ads.

It wasn't until cable had enough market saturation and satellite services matured to the point that satellite-delivered content networks like HBO became available, and it was HBO's promise of "no ads", not the cable TV company.

* with the exception of the PEG channels or other local origination services. Otherwise, cable is retransmission of other people's content, and those other people decide if there are ads or not.

Comment Re:Only a fraction of US munitions... (Score 1) 199

We bomb brown people because we can get away with it. That's more opportunist than racist, but it's still racist.

As soon as "white" people start doing the same crap, it happens to them too. I'm guessing you're wishing away that pesky little Balkan conflict a few years back, where we bombed white people for, among other things, slaughtering olive people.

Pretending that it's skin color that makes ISIS a fair target for air strikes is the worst sort of craven intellectual laziness.

Comment only 32MB? (Score 1) 298

So, now they make their systems non-memory-expandable, and just as desktop chipsets increase RAM capacity to 64GB, they decide to offer 32GB of soldered-on chips. Very nice.
Yes, I did RTFA, and their reasoning is largely bullshit. It's more of "Buy what you need now, and if your needs change in a few months, don't worry about upgrading; we'll happily sell you a new shiny with more RAM! Just chuck your old shiny in the landfill."

Comment Re:Only a fraction of US munitions... (Score 2, Funny) 199

Our Nobel Peace Prize President dropped 26,000 bombs (real bombs, not little hand grenades)

Probably a lot more than that. You're not understanding the usefulness of air strikes on this sort of combatant.

on various brown people

Right, right. It's because of their skin pigment! For reference, resorting to lazy race baiting doesn't really win arguments (see the most recent election results as an example)

(even though we are not at war).

Yes, I can see you're having some trouble grasping current events. Please don't do anything dangerous to other people in the future. Like, voting.

Comment Re:Top priority? Always? (Score 1) 144

If your companies top priority is to keep data secure, they how/why did you get hacked. They always say that, but clearly that is not the Top Priority

I see you're doing your part by not using dangerous apostrophes where they are needed!

Implicit in any company's statement that security is their top priority is the large bundle of compromises that don't go away whether or not that is your top priority. They could make the data perfectly secure by disconnecting the servers and putting them in a bank vault. They could make sure the data can't be breached by simply destroying all of it. See?

Security can be your Top Priority, but it has to be done in the context of things like still making it available to users across the internet. Doing it while not going bankrupt. Making the service competitively priced so that it can actually be afforded and put to work.

They could have said that the system could only be used on equipment they ship to their clients, connected to the back end through a hardware-based dedicated VPN with biometrics, dongles, and constant nagging by three-factor comms surrounding every time someone hits the enter key ... and of course nobody could or would want to use the system or pay the monthly fee needed to keep something like that alive.

They may very well put security at a higher priority than chipping away at a long list of UX updates, performance under load, documentation, multi-language support, and a thousand other things. Doesn't mean that doing so means they'll be perfect in their security results. Ever run a business like that? No? Give it a whirl. Make security your top priority, and then start paying attention to what that decision means in real life - including in your ability to get and retain customers during that balancing act.

Comment Re:Phones. (Score 1) 79


> But I can't buy a phone that doesn't have expandable non-cloud storage. I use cloud storage TOO but that's not what I want when I get on a plane and want to watch movies, play games, and read books.


> I also wouldn't touch one without a headphone socket. That's just stupid and somehow the fad infected the industry.

The "somehow the fad infected the industry" = "And of course, you will want these convenient $130 wireless, easy-to-use, inferior-sounding, needing-to-rechage-every-few-hours earbuds. Would you like them in black or white? We also have rose gold, for a mere $20 more."


> Boy, do I want the "modular phone" idea to take out. Gimme a base phone with 20 module ports on it for anything from Bluetooth, GPS, IR, headphones or whatever and I'd spend twice as much on modules as the actual phone itself.

Every few years, a few laptop makers get together and propose modular, upgradeable platforms... but no products EVER come out of it because they decide the upgradable model is bad for business rather than building ewaste. ewaste is far more profitable.

Comment GOOD. (Score 1) 79

I just recently upgraded to Sennheiser headphones. I wanted the best sound I could get with good noise isolation but NOT active noise cancelling, but cheap enough (~$130 on sale, IIRC) that I don't care too much if they get trashed.

Also, two of my cars don't have bluetooth. One is a 1991 ZR-1 Corvette. To go the bluetooth route, I'd have to install a 3rd-party head unit and gut the interior to run signal cables, amplifiers, and build custom speaker enclosures to fit where the BOSE amp+speaker assemblies are. So... 3.5mm-to-cassette adapter (or just listen to CDs) for that car. I'm not terribly worried about originality any more since a tree fell on the car... but I rather LIKE the stock appearance so when I restore it, I'm hoping to keep the stock head unit. I'll probably do a stealth install of speakers and amps at that point though, sacrificing the rear storage compartments - and possibly ABS since I used to disable ABS in that car anyhow.

The other is a Saab 9-3 that didn't come with bluetooth, so I use an AUX jack. I'd upgrade the head unit in a heartbeat, if it wouldn't result in a loss of functionality (car system alerts and sounds - everything including door and light alerts, turn indicators, etc. run through the stereo system). if a CAN bus interface which preserves these features is released I'd go for it... but since SAAB is long dead as an entity and there will never be any more Saabs built, the probability of such a device being released is near zero.

And, I use 3.5mm to RCA/phono jacks for playing content via my home stereo receiver. If you think I'm going to accept further degradation of the sound via bluetooth, you're nuts. It would be a waste of Klipsch speakers. I may have well stuck with the crappy JBLs I had previously (they were almost as bad as BOSE - no highs... although the JBLs produced decent lows, unlike BOSE.. why BOSE thinks their shit smells like a rose, no one knows...).

So, yeah... I use the headphone jack... a lot!

I also use bluetooth: in the Lesbaru (which DOES have bluetooth... and a surprisingly decent sound system!), and for hands-free phone calls in the above-mentioned vehicles.

Comment Re:Huge numbers! (Score 1) 273

What? Tens of millions of people routinely bitch, in public with their names attached, about every possible person, agency, posture, act, policy and purpose of government across the spectrum from the local PTA to city, county, state, federal, and international governance. There is nothing "brave" about parroting a lazy meme about freeing Snowden from prosecution for some very cut and dry real crimes. Your sense of drama is wildly disconnected from reality. Show me a single person, ever, who has been put into any sort of legal jeopardy for saying out loud, "Snowden should be pardoned." A single example. Specifically.

Comment Re:Hey, cable companies: (Score 1) 200

I wasn't talking about Sandy, OR,

I was, and the person I replied to was, and the comments I made were in the context of a municipal ISP. You're arguing about something completely different.

I can see you're ideologically opposed to municipal networks and I'm unlikely to change that so I'll quit trying.

So far, the only attempts you have made are trying to convince me that municipal infrastructure without municipal ISP service isn't bad, and I've not been talking about that. So yes, your arguments about a different situation are unlikely to change my mind about the actual topic of discussion. Hmmm.

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