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Comment Lose anonymity, lose bargaining power. (Score 1) 25

Companies want to extract maximum revenue from careless and casual customers and would grudgingly provide better deals to informed customers who insist on fair deals. They try to give coupons and deals to the informed customers and charge the rack rate for the customers who don't bother. Till now they could only do this at broad categories.

Once they have individualized information, all customers lose their bargaining power. They will know exactly how much you can be squeezed. Unless you are constantly on the vigil and constantly know the best price for each product, you will be taken to the cleaners.

Comment Re:So, it's not only the Russians that hack, huh! (Score 1) 46

Prior to this, I'd have thought America and especially its government agencies do not hack.

Why would you have thought that? Spying has been going on since pretty much the dawn of time. It's what spy agencies do, and hacking computers is one way that they do it. Being surprised that the CIA does hacking is like being surprised that the Army shoots people.

I guess I was wrong. What troubles me is that the media only talked about the Russians, yet the act was taking place in our backyard!

What makes you think this spying was taking place in our backyard? The fact that the CIA was installing spyware doesn't mean that the CIA was installing spyware on the property of US citizens. (it doesn't mean they weren't, either -- but as a matter of law, they are not legally allowed to spy inside the US)

Comment Content that you control. Very satisfying. (Score 1) 122

When my daughter was about three years old she would use an "educational" Reader Rabbit kind of software. If she spells the three letter word correctly, a line drawing would animate and make sound. B E E, zzzzz ! She would squeal with delight and repeatedly spell B E E.

She would also watch Disney cartoon animations, she liked them and enjoyed them too. But somehow the simple black and white line drawing animation produced as much delight in her as did the rich colors and fast moving animations of the Lion King or Cinderella.

I think the difference is her ability to control the action. Sitting back and dumbly drinking in whatever spews forth from the screen is one form of entertainment. But if you can control what is going on, even very simple content can be very satisfying.

Comment I am confused (Score 0) 50

Don't we call these things tidal forces? When large masses (like our Moon) moves, its gravitational influence also moves along with it. That changes the graviatational effects on other bodies near by. The general term used for this is Tidal forces. Because the ocean tides are the most common and observed phenomena due to this.

Gravitational waves on the other hand are extremely hard to observe, and they do not involve moving large massive bodies locally.

Comment Re:I use them quite a lot (Score 1) 248

I think there's a lot of truth here. We see it in so many other stupid UI fads too, especially the whole flat-UI trend that's been going on for 4-5 years now I think. These designers are all part of a big cargo cult, not experts putting real thought and feedback data into their design decisions.

Comment Re:Two Solutions (Score 1) 250

So what kind of software and usage did your code have?

For comparison, we have 10,000 seats. Multiprocessor license. My code typically clocks 3 CPU months per year per user. The minimum config machine for our software is 16 processors, 64 GB memory, typical installation is 32 processor and 128 GB. Going with 5000 users average over 20 year span, I estimate my code has clocked around 300,000 x 30 x 86,400 cpu seconds. 860 billion cpu seconds almost. Which means our FE solver has clocked 4 trillion cpu seconds!

As of today I have 1 high priority and 58 total known defects.

Comment Re:Tractor Breakers, not Fixers. (Score 1) 455

When you say "void the warranty", that implies that the mfgr is able to refuse ALL warranty claims, and that the product is no longer covered by any warranty. This is flatly illegal.

What mfgrs *can* do is refuse to honor the warranty for specific claims when they can prove that the customer caused the problem in the first place, such as with a shoddy repair or faulty part.

So if you change your own oil and strip out the drain bolt and the oil all leaks out and your engine seizes, the mfgr does not have to repair your engine. But if you change your own wiper blades with Anco blades from Walmart, they are not allowed to refuse to fix your car when the engine fails, because the wiper blades have nothing to do with the engine. If you change your own oil and the brakes fail, again they cannot refuse to fix it. If you change your own brake pads and the brakes fail, they still cannot refuse to fix it unless they can reasonably prove that you did something wrong or used a bad part. General maintenance/consumable things like oil/filters, brake pads have lots of aftermarket support so it's not easy to prove that the Fram/Purolator/Bosch filter caused your engine problem.

Comment Re: Actual Actual Reality (Score 1) 94

What the fuck are you talking about? Of course I don't lose my car. Exactly how big is this unnecessary dock and what advantage would owning it and an iPhone 7 give me over owning a 6s with a headphone jack? You fucking fanbois are insane. If Apple made a phone you had to stick up your arse to use, you'd be first in line for the fucking lube and you'd be all over the internet shitting on people for objecting.

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