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Comment Re:Blocking is illegal, but this isn't... (Score 1) 166

They where NOT preventing anybody from operating on any spectrum they wished, you could walk outside of the venue and crank up your WiFi hotspot anytime you wished. Private property owners have the right to allow or deny any activity on their property they choose

C'mon, that's so obviously not true I'm not sure how you finished typing it. Anyway, the airwaves are special. You can't charge a fee to have access to them on your property. (So many things are special that it's hard to think of them as special cases these days - there are exceptions to just about everything you wrote - for example, you can't make rules that have the effect of excluding black people from your property. There's lots of case law around dress codes.) Excluding is different from restricting to only those who pay a fee.

If we don't have such property rights in this country, then why do we call it "private property"?

Conservatives asking that for years now. Just try creating a pond on your property!

Comment Re: Questions to Hillary's fans (Score 1) 244

freaking out over the thought of a transgender person sharing a public bathroom with them or their kids

Maybe, I don't know them, but most conservatives are freaking out over the thought of a man in the girls room. There are more sexual predators than transsexuals, after all (and lots more horny teen boys), so opening the door to any man who throws on a dress seems like a poor choice. And when it's some random guy who threw on a dress, it's rather easy to tell.

But it doesn't matter: it's just as silly to care about being called *phobic, or misogynist - all just like racist, overused to the point of nonsense.

Last by definition conservatives hold us back.

Ah, so you're not an engineer. All good engineers are conservative, because almost all clever new ideas that look good to experts and everything thinks are cool are crap. Good engineering is pushing back against fads and opinions, being highly skeptical of everything new, and accepting changes only after they've been proven to be better in conditions relevant to your product. That allows change to come faster, because fucking up is expensive.

This is why we test software before we ship (or at least companies that can't get away with fucking their customers do). Is that test suite "holding you back"?

But in your head, "conservative" probably means "stupid, greedy, mean person", and not "someone skeptical of new ideas", so you probably think I'm crazy.

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 307

Congrats - you just added 25 point to your score on the crackpot index. Well done. (There should really be points for saying "questioning the fundamentals is the foundation of science", but oddly that's missing from the index.)

My wife has extra-sensory perception in both sight and sound. I'll trust her senses over your denial any day.

Heh, I assume you meant you'll trust her perceptions, since you just claimed she can perceive things beyond her senses.

Comment Re:Will their implementation allow tracking? (Score 2) 54

When banks implement blockchains, will their version allow tracking of all the individuals involved in the whole chain?

Of course it will. They want to use a blockchain for maintaining an efficient high-speed ledger of all bank-to-bank transactions. When you do a funds transfer from, for your account to an account at another bank, they'll write an entry to the block chain and both parties will be able to validate the time at which the transaction occurred. Having an unforgeable ledger is the entire point of the system that they're proposing.

Comment Re:Best selling computer? (Score 1) 265

I'm surprised that it was that few. I remember seeing them for £50 in Argos about a decade after they were first released. They were incredibly popular as games machines and a load of shops had a row of C64 game tapes for around 50p each (NES games were around £10, if I remember correctly, at the same time).

Comment Re:A Lot of Effort to Bury the Lede (Score 1) 107

There's no vast left- or right-wing media conspiracy. There's a small number of owners of the mainstream press, and they will not print anything that directly contradicts the interests of these owners. This has no allegiance to any political party or ideology other than a desire for certain individuals to increase their personal power.

Various governments have allowed mergers and acquisitions among news companies until there's very little independent press. Most countries don't want to regulate press freedom too heavily (for good reason - there's a very fine line between regulating truth in journalism and forcing propaganda and it's incredibly easy for the former to slip into the latter), so we're left with the majority of the population being informed by untrustworthy sources.

Comment Re:Pretty shocking (Score 1) 111

I find the map pretty surprising. Zoom in on the UK, and most of England is yellow (11-15 g/m3), but Reading (dense traffic, industrial areas, lots of diesel trains passing through) is green (<10), yet completely surrounded by yellow areas. I'd probably be inclined to trust the point samples, but their averaging between them looks like it's nonsense. The middle of Wales is pretty green, but with squares of yellow. The green makes sense (it's basically a big space full of hills and sheep), but the yellow doesn't seem to correspond with any human habitation or industry.

Comment Re: don't get your hope up (Score 1) 250

Indeed. Under the Consumer Rights Act and the earlier Sale of Goods Act, you are entitled to a refund for a variety of reasons. Any claims made by the seller that influenced your decision and are false gives you grounds for a refund (or a replacement with a version that meets these requirements). I had the battery on an Apple laptop fail after the warranty expired, but because of the SoGA they replaced it without quibble: their website claimed that it would retain 80% of its charge after 300 discharge cycles and the system monitor showed that it was retaining about 15% of its charge after about 120 complete cycles.

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