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  • Sep 15, 2016 @ 05:16pm

    Put around sixty bucks worth of hardware into a box. Find something popular, something in the tech news recently.
    Add some ebooks.. the quality of their content is not important.

    "Price" the whole thing at the better part of three hundred dollars, though it never has and never will be sold at that price.

    "Discount" the whole thing to merely twice the cost of the materials included, plus shipping, and congratulate yourself for the amazing deal being offered.

  • Sep 06, 2016 @ 09:02pm

    Re: Federal; Records Act

    Well, golly, now that You've said it and gone to the trouble of looking up legal terminology in latin, it Must be true.

    Nevermind that the people who investigated the matter don't agree, just string her up! Mob justice with a side of far-right hysteria! huzzah! Things are so simple this way!

  • Aug 07, 2016 @ 05:22pm


    a sea of sanity in an ocean of clickbait robots and people who seem to be unable to read anything but headlines. Thanks a million.

  • Aug 07, 2016 @ 05:21pm

    Re: The Hack is a Distraction to "Hide" the Email Content

    Exactly which things were disgraceful?

    I would love to see something specific, with citations, instead of "Oh, those emails revealed all the evil vote fraud and puppy-theft, it's soooooo vile" without anything behind it.

  • Feb 27, 2016 @ 12:08pm


    There is a whole snakepit of laws in different states that make that difficult/impossible to implement. Tesla would run into everything from draconian franchise laws to regulators (who are beholden to the dealers) refusing to actually give them a license. IIRC Ford tried stepping into this fight in the nineties and was clobbered on a state and federal level.

  • Feb 23, 2016 @ 09:48pm

    Re: Apple lies

    So the FBI can already access the phone, because surely if John Q. Randomguy (one of those critically thinking programmers) can make such broad statements it follows that the bottomless funding and experience of a world superpower investigation bureau can already find and use the "security flaws and secret little backdoors" freely.

    They are working on this advertising campaign with Apple, portraying themselves as bad guy statists, good guy patriots and technically inept liars (going from one to another easily) just.. because they thought it would be fun?

  • Feb 23, 2016 @ 09:54pm

    They can ding a company for being a bit rubbish on devices that come in a box labeled "secure" but the FTC is too busy to notice the massive crater strewn with broken and misused claims by internet providers?

  • Feb 03, 2016 @ 11:46pm

    I can provide anecdotal backup to the idea of the Wheaton Effect (aka The Tabletop Influence Field aka Play More Games Theory). Tabletop has introduced/encouraged my tabletop game habits and acts as a handy infection vector. Being able to point to a youtube series to show a game being played with a maximum of clarity and minimum jargon helps.

    Well-produced (lighting, camera work, graphics, editing) video of games being played is a big plus as well. Where video existed before it was too often a mess. The addition of a moderately famous person showing something they are passionate about to other moderately famous people who are enthusiastic about the idea (if often not specifically familiar with the game in question) usually comes across with a strong encouraging vibe. There will always be some grognards complaining about "mainstreaming" but a rising tide indeed raises all ships.

  • Nov 21, 2015 @ 03:32pm

    Re: Cams

    You are totally right. All solutions are entirely binary. Either you have no cameras at all or you have cameras everywhere, especially in the tiny minority of sensitive locations where a camera would be a direct problem.

    Binary solution, yes or no, a vote for cameras is a vote for killing USSS protectees you monster.

  • Nov 02, 2015 @ 07:35pm

    I would love to know who was paying the "normal" price of $4,099

  • Oct 29, 2015 @ 12:20am

    Fusion keeps getting stuck "10 to 20 years away" no matter how often we get "promising results" or even "breakthroughs"

  • Oct 21, 2015 @ 02:55pm

    Re: Re: Utter BS


    People read an article (/ad) and responded to it's content (visibly and right below where the original material was posted) and that created a reaction by someone responsible for that content.

    This is groundbreaking, just wait 'till all the newspapers and news sites get in on this, it will really enhance their content

  • Oct 14, 2015 @ 03:43pm

    Re: A third of the tickets were disputed?

    No one actually wants to pay.
    The point is that we (all citizens) have a reasonable expectation for the government to handle things according to the proper rules. ( or at least rules written down somewhere)

    If a proper parking ticket requires certain information filled out and you receive nothing but a scrap of paper with "F U pay mony" scribbled on it then you should have it dismissed instantly. If it's supposed to have a reason filled out and the traffic enforcer left it blank then you should have it dismissed instantly.

  • Oct 11, 2015 @ 02:20pm


    Unless they are already a known megastar (and not always then) the artists themselves are not making the decisions and choices that eat up that massive chunk of cash. They are not asked "hey, do you want to book time at the thousand-an-hour studio or at the 20-an-hour studio" or "Do you want to employ this big-name producer we lined up or someone who wants half as much and has a better track record with bands like you?"

  • Oct 10, 2015 @ 12:00pm

    I love seeing all the high tech toys and tools coming from kickstarter projects.

    I hate seeing all the app-based and cloud-hosted controls that ultimately leave them entirely hostage to future bankruptcy, sell-outs or "brand revitalizing" efforts that turn free to paid or functional to bricked.

    There is no reason to force a smart lightbulb to dial out to a server in spain just to receive commands from your living room.

    All that said, this thing looks like a lot of techy fun. It's too bad that the cloud is inserted so rudely between the maker and the device.

  • Oct 06, 2015 @ 07:14pm

    mixed minds here.

    I have known train simulator afficianados and it is entirely unreasonable to think that many of them would want Everything or even Most things that were available. These guys (stereotyping but fairly true) want a specific type of train, maybe a specific one, and a specific type of track, maybe a specific one. This is not the best example.

    The BS DLC is the day-one, on-disc (or pre-downloaded) levels or missions that seem like they were cut out of the game just to create another marketable good, all those times when it is painfully clear that the publisher is selling you half a game at full price.

  • Sep 20, 2015 @ 09:53am

    Re: Brick Will Go The Way of Wood and Electric Wiring Before It.

    Some commercial suppliers already supply brick "veneers" to skin stick&board construction but outside of north america brick and block construction is more common.

  • Sep 20, 2015 @ 09:49am

    Re: Re:

    When they burn they won't collapse into themselves in the way that a corner store or mom&pop restaurant would. There will be some magical financial events and debts, unpaid pensions and settlements will remain in the hands of the dead company while assets fly away like little birds to roost in a new company.

    These assets will cement the position of the new frankencorporation with some lip service to new restrictions that will disappear like fairy gold. A few unwanted areas will get sold off to small companies under complex payment schemes that cripple them and others will be shuffled and shuffled until they drop off the subscriber maps entirely while things like Universal Service Fund moneys keep flowing into the black hole coffers instead of into development.

  • Aug 25, 2015 @ 04:55pm

    Re: Re: Re: On Demand infrastructure?

    Are you suggesting that current taxi companies in new York apply 100% equal and totally seamless service to all neighborhoods and regions? Taxi drivers are not currently cherry-picking profitable markets?

  • Oct 12, 2014 @ 10:06pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Hey, hey, don't go lumping perfectly reasonable fetishists in with that apologist.

    kinksters of all flavors, even the ones who get their jollies in SS uniforms, come out against police brutality, abusive law enforcement activity and dangerous relationships all the time.

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