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Motorola Sticks To Guns On Locking Down Android

Aexia Re:What a great way to die (600 comments)

It's always funny how upset the free market worshiping glibertarians here get when companies pull this shit. It's almost as if corporations don't act for the betterment of society and instead for purely for profit.

A few experiences like this might cause them to question trusting the free market in matters that actually are important, like health care. But no, they'll always freak out and rant about how the free market is always right and anything else is freedom impinging socialism.

They're like abused spouses.

more than 3 years ago
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Best Browser For Using Complex Web Applications?

Aexia One thing missing here (347 comments)

that isn't clear from the description: Is this a tool meant to be used internally by the company or is it meant to be used by the general public?

Because if it's the latter, whatever your solution, it better work in every browser and not just specific older version of Opera.

more than 4 years ago
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Pentagon Seeking Out Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange

Aexia Re:Love the guardian (628 comments)

Or maybe it's covert operatives and contacts around the world who will get a bullet to the back of the head just so some dumbass can see Hillary "shit her pants".

more than 4 years ago
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Database Error Costs Social Security Victims $500M

Aexia Not in this case (299 comments)

ps - It isn't pleasant, but denying people is pretty much always cheaper than treating them. As that process goes on, it gets nastier and nastier, but if you're into cost avoidance, you didn't much care anyways. Nothing is cheaper than denying people care, if you go all the way.

We apparently wasted half a billion dollars to stop "dozens" of criminals from claiming benefits. Doesn't seem particularly cheap to me.

more than 5 years ago
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Database Error Costs Social Security Victims $500M

Aexia Re:How on earth... (299 comments)

It works great in Germany which has a system we could most easily implement - basic coverage through the coverage with private insurance for anything you want beyond that. Which is pretty much the public option the Democrats are pushing for.

What nobody really ever talks about is how great a job the US private sector is doing with health care.

That because while people can cherry pick a few stats ("people survive prostate cancer 6 months longer!") or a few anecdotes ("a Canadian woman came here to get rid of a cyst while mortgaging her house to pay the bills!"), taken as a whole, our health care system is a failure.

The US gov't can hardly do worse than a system that, unless you're rich, produces poorer outcomes for fewer people with longer wait times at a significantly higher cost.

more than 5 years ago
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Klingons Cut From Final Star Trek XI Movie

Aexia *spoilers* (447 comments)

A Romulan from the TNG/DS9/VOY era goes back in time to kill Kirk and blows up the ship Kirk's father is on. His attack becomes the Federation's first encounter with the Romulans and radically changes history.

TNG Era Spock goes back in time and tries to set things back on course.

more than 5 years ago
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It's Not the 15th Birthday of Linux

Aexia Re:Ummm yes... (261 comments)

Which means the programmer doesn't have any confidence in his/her product to declare it finished.

So why would I want to use it?

more than 5 years ago
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Cory Doctorow Calls Death To Music, Movies, Print

Aexia The problem (336 comments)

Is that the downturn in newspapers is coming at the same time as a massive recession. Under normal circumstances, newspapers might have been able to weather the transition to on-line reporting but right now, a lot of them are simply going to die.

For example, the much-speculated on-line edition of the Seattle PI looks like it'll be less an on-line newspaper and more a web portal that'll disappear within a year of the print edition dying.

more than 5 years ago
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Avoiding Wasted Time With Prince of Persia

Aexia Failure mechanics (507 comments)

One of the things I like about Puzzle Quest and Castle Crashers is that failure doesn't have much penalty. Certainly, you have to restart a level or boss fight, but any XP/gold/etc you've acquired stays with you so the "time penalty" is minimized. You may have lost but you've bettered your character in the process and can make another try incrementally better.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama's Mobile Phone Records Compromised, Shared

Aexia Re:Buyer's remorse already? (278 comments)

# 71.8% could NOT correctly say Joe Biden quit a previous campaign because of plagiarism (25% chance by guessing)
# 82.6% could NOT correctly say that Barack Obama won his first election by getting opponents kicked off the ballot (25% chance by guessing)
# 88.4% could NOT correctly say that Obama said his policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry and make energy rates skyrocket (25% chance by guessing)
# 56.1% could NOT correctly say Obama started his political career at the home of two former members of the Weather Underground (25% chance by guessing).

Only 34.1% could NOT correctly say Obama beats his wife!

And 86.9 % thought that Palin said that she could see Russia from her "house," even though that was Tina Fey who said that!!

"Well, it certainly does because our-- our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They're in the state that I am the executive of....We have trade missions back and forth. We-- we do-- it's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where-- where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is-- from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to-- to our state."

What she actaully said was ten times more stupid than Fey's "satire".

OTOH, we do have this survey from 2004 where Bush supporters misattributed a slew of Kerry's foreign policy positions to Bush and then expressed their support for them.

about 6 years ago

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