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  • Jan 28th, 2015 @ 8:26am

    Re: Re: Re:

    What do you think happens when you move that up like your suggesting? When the high school drop out flipping burgers is suddenly making $15 an hour do you still expect to see the dollar menu? If so your delusional.

    The cost of labor goes up the businesses raise prices to make up for increased cost to the business, and end result is that the poor are still poor. Sure the number in their bank might be bigger but so what when everything cost more?

    Also, Just so you know, I'm not some rich guy sitting happy and just spouting this out. If they raised minimum wage to $15 an hour I would be getting a large bump in pay. Of course I would also find myself making the same pay as a drop out.... even though I have worked hard to get where I am.

  • Jan 9th, 2015 @ 1:33pm

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    I just keep reading things about terrorism and find myself wondering. Whatever happened to "Land of the free, home of the BRAVE". Seems neither of these really describe the American population anymore.

  • Dec 12th, 2014 @ 6:39am

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    Just stare at the kitten. That amount of cuteness can do wonders for helping you forget about the stupidity the rest of the story is highlighting.

  • Dec 1st, 2014 @ 7:06am

    Re: Re: Blackout

    Yes, a move like that would cause backlash against Google, but at times I think because of their dominant position in the market they have a responsibility to protect the internet.

    I also think that them not making a firm stand will hurt them more in the future. If they make a stand they will get some angry politicians yelling, politicians who will likely be sightly afraid of doing much. If they keep rolling over to demands like these though then Google will loose its user base.

    Reading these stories just makes me more and more interested in projects like Yacy. Peer-to-Peer search that cannot be tampered with at the whims of Governments. All it will take is one project like that to get real traction and Google would quickly loose dominance as search provider.

  • Dec 1st, 2014 @ 6:03am

    Blackout

    Is it just me that thinks this would be a prime time for Google to make a point? If they changed their homepage in Europe to a page explaining what is happening, also stating the effects. I bet they would only need to do so for maybe one day. Quite possibly only a few hours.

  • Nov 21st, 2014 @ 8:29am

    Social media is no replacement

    I for one do not use any of the social media services and I do not desire to start now. I find it really annoying though how many places are starting to just say "Hey, don't have social media? Then buzz off." Going to a different site to make a comment on a story is in no way a replacement for commenting here.

  • Nov 17th, 2014 @ 12:13pm

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    You obviously have never really talked to many introverts. Our society can kind of be a pain in the ass to those of us who do not enjoy big loud parties and don't have any interest in being the center of attention.

    I'm willing to bet most of the people at these conventions are really just introverts trying to figure out how to overcome that handicap when it comes to dating. This is hardly a good reason to condemn them as human beings. They are just unfortunate people cheated out of their money by a scam artist.

    Now of course, anyone who went to this show with an understanding of what it would be like.... They are idiots who should be questioning their place as a human. Of course, if you knew about the content of a show like this then you wouldn't really waste your money attending now would you?

  • Nov 11th, 2014 @ 11:18am

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    "If the RIAA/MPAA were truly concerned about stopping malware, they'd recognize that their own demands to edit Google's search results have put people more at risk. But they won't, of course. Just like everything else, they'll likely blame Google and say that Google should figure out a way to fix this."

    Is it just me that thinks maybe this is what they wanted? They love running around saying Torrents=Malware, but never had much to back that up. Now though.... they have stirred things up and brought the malware up to the top suddenly making themselves look more credible.

  • Oct 24th, 2014 @ 8:56am

    Re: Uh-oh...a "cyber Pearl Harbor"!

    Maybe they can just roll out in their new underwear, worn on the outside of their outfit of course. They seem to have grand delusions they are superheros after all, so the underwear is a key part of the outfit.

  • Oct 24th, 2014 @ 8:53am

    Re: Re: Yet another reason

    Really one of the big reasons windows has been hanging in there was your point of "most PC video games only support windows".

    The really good news is, that is changing. With Steam supporting Linux and many major game makers moving to support Linux as well. I think the end of Microsoft's reign is within sight. As kids who grew up using Linux move into the workforce Windows will start to loose a hold there pretty quickly. After all, it is an easy decision between at least $200 a copy and FREE. Only thing holding people back is lack of qualified users. Linux gaming takes care of the linux training part....

  • Oct 3rd, 2014 @ 5:42am

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    So a $1000 fine for delaying them 3 minutes. Hmmm, doing some quick math, this means that if your having trouble with something and holding up the line you should owe $333.33 for every minute you cause the line to be held up.

    They start charging that and I bet security lines everywhere will take on a whole new brisk pace.

  • Oct 3rd, 2014 @ 5:35am

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    That is not really true. They can send a guy out to get one as early as reasonably possible. They can they write their review in plenty of time for their target audience.

    The people getting an iPhone on the first day it is out don't care about reviews. Those are made up almost entirely of apple fan boys that would buy pretty much anything with an i in front of it. The people that you are writing reviews for are those that have chosen to wait a week or two and do some research before buying.

  • Sep 9th, 2014 @ 7:41am

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    The classic cartoon bomb this looks like is actually how early hand grenades looked.

    Also, there were explosive cannon balls. If you take a minute to research you will find that in the civil war they used cannon balls filled with gunpowder and stopped with a fuse. Idea was to time it with the fuse. Did not work all that well, but that is not really the point.

    Even knowing all that about very outdated weapons though, this toy is obviously not an explosive. It was just made to jokingly resemble one.

  • Jun 6th, 2014 @ 11:32am

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    General Alexander loves dragging out the arguments that show the main problem we have right now.

    The "evidence" of these programs "effectiveness" is the lack of an attack (never mind that we might not have been attacked anyways. It is impossible to really prove you stopped something that may or may not happen)

    Then on the flip side though, if someone does manage to attack the US these people will run out and say "See!! We told you we needed these things! Even with all this power we couldn't stop that, so that means we need MORE power!!"


    The end result of these two arguments is that nothing ever gets rolled back. It is a steady march in the direction of a total loss of freedom. All so we can "feel safe". Trouble is, I have no fear whatsoever of any terrorists. What I do fear greatly though is the loss of my freedoms at the hands of my own government.

  • May 29th, 2014 @ 7:10am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    There is a REALLY huge flaw in your logic there. Mainly "due to it's reliance on windows code". TrueCrypt is cross platform. It ran on Windows, Linux and OSX. So it would not have relied on windows code.

    Also, you saying they pulled their product due to flaws in windows code, and then they recommend you move to... Windows bitlocker?

  • May 15th, 2014 @ 9:01am

    Re:

    Ahhh, see that is where you must have messed up. You must not be in the loop on the secret definition used by government for the word "people".

  • May 15th, 2014 @ 6:18am

    What 4th?

    "is also diminished by the prospect that his foreign correspondent could be a target for surveillance by foreign governments or private entities."

    Is it just me that sees a really huge issue with this logic. You know, like them next saying, "You have no expectation of privacy in any communication because your communication could be a target of 'foreign hackers'"

  • May 12th, 2014 @ 1:52pm

    What?

    "FCC will scrutinize the deals to make sure that the broadband providers don't unfairly put nonpaying companies' content at a disadvantage, according to an agency official."

    I have been reading this story several places today and always find myself wondering. How many drugs do you have to use before that statement makes sense?

    Offering a "fast lane" in and of itself puts nonpaying companies at a disadvantage. It also is misleading. The internet is not like a highway. They are not going to build a separate "lane" for going fast. They instead will do more like the "fast pass" tickets at theme parks. So those of us stuck in the "Slow lane" will just have to wait longer because other people cut to the front of the line.

  • Apr 4th, 2014 @ 12:18pm

    Re: We need a new song

    Once again I find myself in need of a "Sad but true" button.

    Although, I'm not really ashamed to be American, I'm just ashamed of my government. I am extremely proud of what America is supposed to be and stand for.

    I just wish I knew a way we could take this nation back to what it is supposed to be, land of the free and home of the brave, instead of land of the watched and home of the cowards.

  • Apr 4th, 2014 @ 10:49am

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    "We have tested data thresholds where very heavy customers can buy more if they want more"

    Because it makes perfect business sense when running a buffet to go up to your "heavy customers" and tell them they need to pay more for their meal.

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