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  • Oct 7th, 2015 @ 2:08am

    Re: Re: Re: This headline is misleading

    I think it's obvious that "teardown" in the title implies publication. This is iFixit after all, what else are they going to do with it?

  • Oct 6th, 2015 @ 6:04pm

    Re: Lost my respect

    Not really sure why this would affect your trust of them, unless you work of Apple of course...

    A lot of comments here reek of skin in the game. Most of iFixit's readers would be happy to get an early peek under the hood of products. I'd be surprised if many felt the need to leap to Apple's defense.

  • Oct 6th, 2015 @ 5:46pm

    Re: This headline is misleading

    "The headline is misleading, bordering on (if not exceeding) factually incorrect..."

    What part of "Apple Punishes iFixit For Doing A Tear Down On Apple TV" is factually incorrect? Whoever you think is in the wrong, this is still exactly what happened.

  • Oct 6th, 2015 @ 5:41pm

    Re: Re: Re: When did Woz violate an NDA to make Apple I?

    It's like you read the words but saw something completely different to the rest of us...

  • Oct 6th, 2015 @ 5:38pm

    Re: Re: iFixit is in the wrong

    There are consequences for giving a product that you don't want taken apart to a website whose raison d'être is taking stuff apart, as Apple has learned the hard way.

  • Oct 6th, 2015 @ 5:33pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Deja Vu

    "The article suggests that the full simulator costs $3000..."

    No it doesn't, that's just your anti-Techdirt bias inventing a strawman argument.

  • Oct 6th, 2015 @ 5:31pm


    "These locomotives aren't DLC. They're micro-transactions."

    Are they downloadable? Yep.

    Are they content? Yep?

    Doesn't that then make them downloadable content? Of course it does!

    You don't get to change the meaning of words to suit your own needs.

    Calling these micro-transactions is actually far less accurate, since 'micro' means small, and is generally used to mean very small. The whole point here is that the price of these DLC items can't legitimately be described as very small, and in fact are grossly high for the value provided.

  • Oct 6th, 2015 @ 5:17pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    "...people who collect miniature trains seriously pay much more for rare models."

    True, but the cost of rare physical objects is completely irrelevant in a discussion about the cost of infinitely reproducible digital files.

  • Oct 5th, 2015 @ 5:08pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "... they're obviously not getting the training we need them to get..."

    Yeah, I was thinking that as I typed. Let's just say I was meaning what police training should be.

  • Oct 5th, 2015 @ 5:05pm


    This is another one of those AC comments that has no connection to the actual topic of the article, right?

  • Oct 5th, 2015 @ 5:00pm

    Re: Re: Re: Such a non-sequitor

    "What I AM SAYING is that all of you are cheering on the very organization that CAUSED the problem to being with!"

    So what? The fact that they're making meaningful progress to improve the situation should be cheered. The FCC have copped plenty criticism for their past failings and nobody here has forgotten that, but according to you we should just keep on slamming them even though they have changed tack and made things better. Is that how you treat people too? That's pretty weird...

  • Oct 4th, 2015 @ 5:39pm

    Re: Re:

    "Molotive cocktails, pipe bombs, cross bows, poison gas and many others things work well too and are even easier to obtain than a gun."

    Not sure about the laws around crossbows, but there are quite restrictive laws in place regulating poisons and explosives, and the mass killing that take place with those are orders of magnitude less than with guns. Maybe there's a connection there...

  • Oct 4th, 2015 @ 5:15pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "First, no one that I know would pull out their weapon without having a target in mind, as it makes you an instant target for the bad guy."

    BS. If you go looking for an active shooter, you don't do it with your weapon still concealed. That would be absolutely insane.

    "Second, everyone that I know takes the carrying of a gun really seriously, the consequences of shooting the wrong person are horrible,unless you're a cop."

    "Taking it seriously" while talking with your mates is quite different to actually being confronted by someone with a gun when you're looking for an active shooter. If you both decide the other is a threat, the situation could escalate very very rapidly.

    "...and what, pray tell, makes you such an expert that you can say what I and others are "Likely" to do?"

    Right back at ya. You don't know better than anyone else how someone you don't know will react. Your acquaintance with some gun owners is irrelevant.

    "Just because you may panic at the sound of a backfire does not mean that any other person will."

    Considering that likelihood that nobody you know has ever been in a life-or-death situation with their gun, you have no idea how competently they will react. Practicing at a shooting range falls a long way short of military or police training for situations like this.

  • Oct 4th, 2015 @ 4:56pm

    Re: Re: Faming the guilty

    "But according to reports, by the time one of the individuals with a gun was aware of the shooting, the SWAT team had already responded. Concerned that police would view him as a “bad guy” and target him, so he quickly retreated back into the classroom."

    Smart guys like this are probably why you never hear about a shooter being taken down by an armed bystander. The "more guns on site" solution so often proposed after these events has the potential to make things even worse. You have multiple people walking around with guns looking for someone else with a gun. The potential for these armed "defenders" to start shooting at each other or be shot at by cops is huge.

  • Oct 1st, 2015 @ 11:37pm

    Re: But you're okay with Facebook's arbitrary insane pages of unfounded legalese that says it can grab any and all content it hosts?

    "But you're okay with Facebook's arbitrary insane pages of unfounded legalese that says it can grab any and all content it hosts?"

    Funny, I don't remember reading that anywhere in the article. That suggests it might be something you just imagined.

    "Yet again, you simply advocate for a mega-corporation rather than users."

    Not a thing that happened.

    "And show that you're rabidly anti-copyright."

    Pointing out that something is not copyright law is anti-copyright?!

    "Facebook is a permitted entitry that must serve the public or be taken apart..."

    Interesting how you like to accuse damn near everyone of having an entitled gimme-gimme attitude, and yet you are demanding this private company serve the public to your satisfaction or be shut down. Hypocrite much?

    "...and does not get to dictate all terms."

    Actually that's exactly what it gets to do if you use Facebook. What it can't do is force you to actually use Facebook.

  • Oct 1st, 2015 @ 11:15pm

    Re: really..

    "who cares?"

    When large, influential companies lie to the public about the reasons for their commercial decisions, people should care. Amazon can stock and sell whatever they choose as you say, but they can't falsly claim it's for their customers' benefit and expect not to be called on it.

  • Sep 29th, 2015 @ 4:27pm

    Haven't they all got better things to do?

    What an extraordinary waste of everyone's time and money over somethings that's actually legal in other parts of the country.

  • Sep 28th, 2015 @ 6:07pm

    Re: Excelllent piece

    "The confidence in police dropping is in no small part in a shift of much of the US towards a "me" mentality, where people break the law all the time and don't expect to be held accountable."

    That's a pretty big claim to make with absolutely nothing to back it up, not even some examples that might give us half a clue about this supposed rampant criminality you're referring to.

    "Law enforcement are left in the unhappy situation of enforcing laws that people refuse to respect - because their personal needs are way more important than societal peace and harmony."

    If there are laws that a significant proportion of the populace don't respect, then the problem is with the law (and the lawmakers), not the people. Bad laws are the antithesis of "peace and harmony". But again you provide no examples of these personal needs clashing with the law.

    "That last came to a head in New York in the early 70s, and Los Angeles in the 80s with street gangs who felt they had impunity to operate."

    Street gangs only represent a small fragment of society, and it's ridiculous to claim their attitudes have spread to society in general.

    "The population at a whole seems to have caught this point of view, and the result is a society where the rules just don't seem to apply."

    About the only thing I can think of where you might be right is widespread copyright infringement, but you couldn't possibly think that topic has a place in a discussion about the dangers supposedly faced by frontline police officers...

    "Dissatisfaction with the police comes in no small part from the lengths police have to go to try to enforce the rules, and the nasty things that happen when they get carried away or frustrated while doing it."

    First, police should not have to "go to lengths" to try to enforce rules, they should operate under reasonable constraints that try hard to minimise that amount of force used and harm caused. And second, cops that "get carried away or frustrated while doing it" should not be cops! There should be no place in civil society for law enforcement officers that have low levels of self-control or tolerance. These are things that they should be better at than the average person.

  • Sep 28th, 2015 @ 5:15pm

    Re: This is what I have been saying for several years now

    "It is only a matter of time where the party in charge of the government will have enough info on the other party to keep them from making a serious run for their office."

    This is the vital fact that needs to be hammered home to those people who don't think government surveillance is such a big deal, because they've done nothing wrong, and terrorists! Even if you're never directly affected by government surveillance, if it keeps going unchecked eventually it will be used in ways that completely undermine the idea of a democratic government. It's just human nature, and there are plenty of historical examples. This is actually something worth hundreds of people of people dying at the hands of terrorists, because the end result could be hundreds of millions living under a far worse form of government than we have now.

  • Sep 22nd, 2015 @ 6:52pm


    "The vast majority of it comes in as links from more specialized sites."

    But those aren't searches, which is what the RTBF nonsense is about. For the average interwebs user, if they can't Google it, it might as well not exist.

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