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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

ArmoredDragon Re:So..... (279 comments)

IIRC only about 3% of the US population actively supported the revolution. The rest of them were either loyalists or just didn't give a shit.

2 days ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

ArmoredDragon Re:Boom in the EU = Boom in Redmond (244 comments)

Holy fuck you actually read that wall of text enough to respond to it? That takes some effort...I forgot what I was doing after the first period. My combat log looked like this:

sillybilly's Wall of Text hits YOU for 923,532,262,523 (Critical)
You die.

2 days ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

ArmoredDragon Re:The hosers are right (460 comments)

I live 40 miles from the American border.

Yeah, some 97.5% of the Canadian population lives within 150 miles of the US/Canada border. Some of them live south of it (Detroit is north of Canada, after all.)

3 days ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

ArmoredDragon In other words nobody is born smart (267 comments)

You start with the framework, but beyond that intelligence is simply acquired after birth.

4 days ago
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Stallman Does Slides -- and Brevity -- For TEDx

ArmoredDragon Re:RMS is less about technology (326 comments)

I remember him once commenting that if you don't make enough as a programmer because everything you write is free, then you ought to live for free in a college dorm like him.

Or that he believes not being able to code is a social problem in the same vein as not being able to read.

It's just things like that which make you wonder if he's even all there at times.

about a week ago
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Interview: Ask Christopher "moot" Poole About 4chan and Social Media

ArmoredDragon As a big fan of trolling myself (220 comments)

Serious question: Although I rarely troll myself, I rather do enjoy reading troll posts, and enjoy trolling if I can get the chance. That said, governments around the world are seriously considering making trolling a criminal offense; some already have. Have you thought about how this might affect 4chan? Or in the case where people post material that is illegal in their or even your hosted countr(ies) have they ever tried to make any kind of sanctions?

about two weeks ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

ArmoredDragon Re:As much as I hate Apple (187 comments)

I bashed Apple before idevices even had a name. I still remember when slashdot used to praise how great Apple computers were compared to Windows systems, how open Apple is, etc. I remember even then saying then that if Apple was in Microsoft's position, they'd also own the hardware which allows them to lock things down so tight you'd long for the old Microsoft days.

Hate to say I told you so, but...

about two weeks ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

ArmoredDragon Re:As much as I hate Apple (187 comments)

Apparently no one running a retail payment terminal cares.

Virtually every walmart, walgreens, CVS, and mcdonalds I've seen has one.

This is a long time coming IMO, but I can still see the tinfoil hat crowd rejecting it. Too much FUD goes around about RFID (like those little credit card faraday cages that some infomercials sell) to make it seem somehow dangerous (I remember when the internet itself was considered dangerous by these types...anybody remember the Sandra Bullock movie "The Net"?)

In reality though, RFID payment, at least in the Android implementation I've seen, is by far more secure than magnetic strips as it isn't susceptible to skimming or any other type of replay attack.

about two weeks ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

ArmoredDragon Re:Definition of "bad actor" (149 comments)

I'm not telling you how to run your career, I'm just telling you that there's more to life than New York. If you want to live paycheck to paycheck needlessly, be my guest.

But know this: You have no right to name your own price for anybody else's resources any more than they have a right to name their price for yours. Labor, too, is a resource.

about two weeks ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

ArmoredDragon Re:Definition of "bad actor" (149 comments)

There are plenty of places; Vegas is merely one of them.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

ArmoredDragon Re:Classics (382 comments)

Nah, Raid Over Moscow for sure.

about two weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

ArmoredDragon Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

No, I think the most terrifying moment in history is when Hillary Clinton was born.

about two weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

ArmoredDragon Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

No matter what the outcome, the Jury will always be out on America. Unlike all of the previous mentioned, the US doesn't seem to be aiming for annexation, so it's kind of hard to argue that they "failed" when they leave, because they never at any point intended to stay.

about two weeks ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

ArmoredDragon Re:Definition of "bad actor" (149 comments)

First, I have to live in New York City.

No, you don't. I don't care what your career is; there are plenty of other places to do it. For example, "artísts" of the type you describe do extremely well in Las Vegas, which is a MUCH cheaper place to live.

Second, we (us voters) have a sense of ownership.

What you describe isn't a sense of ownership. Not at all. It's a sense of entitlement.

How would you feel if somebody who was richer than you decided he wanted your house, and kicked you out under eminent domain?

You never owned it to begin with.

Essentially what all of this comes down to is that because of some combination of your job and who you are, you feel you're somehow special and deserve that kind of living more than somebody else who may want to live there. What you're feeling isn't much different from a king who believes they have a "divine right" to rule with an iron fist; only you put it in different terms.

All I want to respond with is this: Get over yourself dude.

about three weeks ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

ArmoredDragon Re:Definition of "bad actor" (149 comments)

One of our biggest problems in New York City is that housing is too expensive.

While a lot of your other complaints are legitimate, this one is not. When you live in a place like New York, you are making a conscious choice to live in what is perhaps the most expensive place in the US to live. It's a simple supply vs demand parable. The higher the demand, the more you pay. New York is a very high demand place to live.

That said, you can't just decide to live in one of the most in demand places to live, mingle with the global elite, and then expect to not have to make any sacrifices in doing so. If no sacrifices had to be made, then you'd literally be forced to squeeze about 10 people in every single one of those apartments you speak of. Seriously, there's not enough room, and something somewhere has to give, and it's either going to be your quality of life or your wallet.

That also said, this is just a case of "yeah, it's expensive; deal with it." If you don't like how much it costs, you can always buy a beach front mansion in Texas or Florida (at some NICE beaches too) for the same price as a mid-sized condo in New York. I'm not joking.

about three weeks ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

ArmoredDragon Re:I seem to remember... (275 comments)

A difference in this case is that Microsoft didn't already need to build a web browser solely for its own internal purposes anyways. In the case of storage services, notice how all three of these companies ALREADY have massive storage arrays for their own internal purposes, in addition to using them for other products (tell me, how long do you think gmail would remain inexpensive if Google just went on borrowing its storage resources?)

Once you already have that infrastructure in place and it already is a profit center for another portion of your business, then offering that same service to external customers doesn't have much of a cost involved. That savings is then passed to the customer.

In the case of dropbox, they weren't already using the storage for another business function.

Besides, mega.co.nz already offers vastly higher amounts of storage than dropbox for free, in addition to offering full end-to-end encryption...and like dropbox, they too are ONLY in the storage business...yet I haven't heard any complaints out of them. And in light of mega.co.nz, don't you think it's possible that dropbox could just be lamenting the fact that their services aren't more profitable than they already are?

about three weeks ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

ArmoredDragon Re:Definition of "bad actor" (149 comments)

It's basically just politicians who are kowtowing to an industry that doesn't want more competition than it already has.

about three weeks ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

ArmoredDragon Re:I seem to remember... (275 comments)

No, it's not. This goes by many names, e.g. the freebie model, the razor and blade model, etc. It is actually infinitely sustainable. It's also very much not anti-competitive.

Google (and I'm wagering Microsoft and Amazon are similar) makes their money on advertising. They get that by attracting more users. They get and keep these users by building a complete ecosystem, and make their products work more efficiently with one another. Google's current cash cows (AFAIK) are search, email, and android. By making these products work more seamless with one another, they complement one another.

In the case of storage: If Google offers a ton of storage, that might be something that attracts them to their Office suite (which they also make money on, just not as much as the other three.)

Why would a user, for example, stick with Google Docs if it offered basically no storage (or the storage was expensive) when Office 365 offers 15GB (or whatever the amount is) for free? Amazon I imagine wants to attract people to its service so that they might buy AWS, EC2, or shop at Amazon. Either way, it works out in the end where you get stuff for cheap.

Also note that ALL of these companies are in the storage business for their own internal purposes. It likewise makes sense that they would lease out their own internal service to external customers at a cheap rate to help offset a cost that they ALREADY have to bear anyways.

And finally, I wish the hippies would make up their damn mind: They complain about how evil corporations are when something is too expensive, and then they make the same complaint when it is too inexpensive.

about three weeks ago
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Ross Ulbricht Faces New Drug Charges

ArmoredDragon Re:Guilty (102 comments)

What's wrong with prostitution? Ugly person A wants sex. Hot person B wants money and will tolerate and/or even enjoy a willy inside them. Person A pays person B for sex. Both get what they want. Damn those evil people, how dare they offend God! Why...sex is ok, but only if somebody doesn't get paid damnit! (Except the god described in the old testament. He's cool with it so long as you burn incense and sacrifice a lamb or two in his name.)

And I don't see anything wrong with selling your own organs either so long as it is done with the same stipulations that are already in place for donation. This is actually what Iran does and...surprise surprise...they're the only country where very few people die while waiting on organ transplants...Oh and people get paid to save lives in the process. What a backwards civilization those Iranians are, amirite? AMIRITE BRO?

As for the slavery part; in some respects people already do that.

about three weeks ago
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Ross Ulbricht Faces New Drug Charges

ArmoredDragon Re: Guilty (102 comments)

No withdraws.

So you didn't stop after all?

about three weeks ago

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