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Comment I am happy for my freedom (Score 0, Offtopic) 76

My laptop died while I was on travel. I want to select my next expensive device carefully, so I need a disposable computer, something I can hand off to a computerless person in a few months. I went last night to Micro Center and bought a $219 Acer laptop, a $55 250GB SSD and a $35 8GB stick of DDR3L RAM. And a screwdriver, spudger and static strap.

2 hours later, I was able to shove an Ubuntu 16.04 live DVD into the drive of this thing and start computing on the hotel network. The removed 500GB hard drive preloaded with Windows 10 (yuck) and the OEM 4GB stick of RAM sat alongside it.

I was able to completely avoid Microsoft's preloaded pile of shit and other than throwing a couple of switches in the BIOS, it was fairly painless...for me*. And I got a pretty responsive system for my effort. Compare and contrast to the cellphone situation.

I roll with an iPhone for this reason. My last Android device (HTC Desire Z) was my last Android device, ever.

*this system being such a POS that I had to remove the entire motherboard, blower fan and WLAN card to change out one SODIMM of RAM. The plastic bottom even has a nifty RAM chip pressed into the (nonremovable) solid bottom of the case, as if it were some kind of access door.

Comment Re:Publishing porn without actor permission (Score 2) 133

I am not sure it's a matter of 'not caring'. I think it's a matter of litigation following the money, and there was no pot of gold at the other end of the "Fappening" investigation.

You can see it too with the dim view that most courts take towards ACLU/EFF type cases. The logic seems to go "this case doesn't matter, since it will have no practical effect, so why am I being forced to decide it?" In reality, it does have a practical impact on governance, but courts tend to view that as dollars and cents. I wonder if we should be upset about that, or happy that the courts are less than eager to be making political decisions?

Comment Re:Publishing porn without actor permission (Score 2) 133

Sounds like E&O coverage. They'd find a way to avoid paying in this case. That's more than half of what insurance companies spend time doing - finding ways to weasel out of paying for the purchased coverage. I did that for a while and then had to take many showers to clean off the sleaze of manipulating people into screwing themselves out of payment.

He was also personally liable to the tune of I think $10 million. I also don't think the $135 million would be all his anyway. And they'll try to siphon it all off with the judgement anyway - first thing the lawyers should do is petition to impound that money for the duration of the appeal.

Comment That is youth talking (Score 1) 270

I remember back in the early 90s I was having a usual argument with my dad (since passed on) about the nature and scope of the national debt. I didn't see any reasonable way to pay it back, and I used to think it was real money back then, not play money as I know it to be now.

I don't know whether my father grasped that the money was not real because of fiat currency and infinite ability of the central banks to inject sufficient additional imaginary money into the system to inflate away the debt. But what he did know is that the problem wasn't his problem to solve. He insisted that the issue would, if it ever came up, rear its head after he died. So he didn't care. I'd argue vigorously back about how it was *REALLY A PROBLEM* and he'd just laugh.

I find myself in the same position about global warming. Sure, it's real. We're in a period between ice ages, and it's going to warm before it cools. The temperature will go up probably more than 2 degrees C before it rebounds. CO2 will take a long time to sequester itself in limestone or otherwise as we ultimately switch to new forms of energy, or kill ourselves off. But it doesn't really matter. Because the changes will happen over time. If Fiji sinks under water or Manhattan has to be abandoned, it also doesn't really matter. Take a look at ancient ruins - i'm sure they cared a lot about those cities, but they were abandoned for some reason - tsunami, earthquake, raiding, climate change (! particularly in the Sahara, and not related to humans).

The reason it doesn't matter is that there's nothing to be done to stop it. You can jump up and down and try to change things, even get yourselves killed in armed insurrection to try to make the change, but nothing is going to stop human resource extraction and short term quality of life improvements short of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. If climate change makes those horsemen more likely, that's not going to change the reality.

When you stop beating your head against the wall of the impossible (and most will), you'll realize you aren't young anymore.

Comment Re:God, that must SUCK so bad (Score 2) 45

It was a Microsoft tactic - an attempt to be second to market and use your monopoly dominance in other sectors to power yourself past the leader. It didn't work, but I can't think of a single instance where it has worked in recent years. It may be the last time that such a strategy succeeded was when IBM released the original PC and blew the rest of the market out of the water.

Microsoft tried it with Zune, Xbox, multiple times with Windows Phone, Bing, etc. Never works. Anyway, if I was using a repeatedly failed tactic to achieve market dominance and it didn't work, I wouldn't exactly tie a noose around the railing of my deck and jump.

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