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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

FlyHelicopters Re:monopoly != 100% market share (418 comments)

BTW, question...

If they have a retail copy of Windows 7 and want to keep using it, why are they wanting to buy a machine that comes with Windows 8 on it?

Why not buy a machine without Windows?

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Let me put this another way...

I recently bought a 2015 Yukon XL, it came with Bridgestone tires on it. I'd rather have Michelin tires... Should I be able to demand a refund for the tires, since they were third party products?

FYI, I can't, they won't do it (I asked, they are legally "used tires" once they are mounted on the truck).

They did offer a credit for the tires as trade towards the Michelin, about half what they cost.

10 hours ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

FlyHelicopters Re:monopoly != 100% market share (418 comments)

And that is fine, if they bought a retail copy of Windows 7.

If their old machine came with Windows 7 OEM, then they can't move it (legally) to their new machine.

10 hours ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

FlyHelicopters Re:A solution in search of a problem... (324 comments)

Oh, I don't disagree with you... I'm more thinking of the practical aspects of it rather than the theory...

As for the bus... There is no bus service here, there isn't bus service for many miles...

Bicycle? Yea, that isn't going to happen, not with the distances involved... It also isn't going to happen with 10 degree winters and 105 degree summers...

I guess you could put them in prison, which is expensive and has a cost to society long after you let them out.

Or should we just shoot them? :)

I'm not suggesting I have a perfect solution, I'm simply looking at how things are, not as how we'd like them to be.

2 days ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

FlyHelicopters Re:A solution in search of a problem... (324 comments)

Ha! It seems you have some crazy idea that lots of rich people are driving around without licenses...

Try the poor people who have to drive to work... a third of them don't have insurance anyway...

2 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

FlyHelicopters Re:What about other devices? (418 comments)

Right, but what does this accomplish?

What Linux users are we really serving?

It isn't like you CAN'T buy a PC from a dozen sources easily without Windows on it.

This is just heavy handed government trying to get into the marketplace to accomplish... nothing...

What, so you can buy a HP or Acer and get a $35 refund?

2 days ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

FlyHelicopters Re:A solution in search of a problem... (324 comments)

In fairness, an Airline can pretty well enforce not allowing such a pilot to fly again, at least for them.

Many pilots in Alaska don't have pilot certificates, yet fly anyway. Until there is a problem, even the FAA only party cares.

While I tend to agree with you, if you drink and drive, you shouldn't drive again, I'm simply saying that waving your hand and saying it doesn't address the reality that a car and driving are required in many places.

Licence or no licence, people will drive because they have to.

2 days ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

FlyHelicopters Re:So..... (285 comments)

Boy, you sure want to pick a fight, don't you...

My point is that whatever law is being broken over there, it is wrong. They want to execute someone for having different beliefs.

It is no better than when slavery was legal, that was morally wrong then, just as what Iran is doing is morally wrong now.

Saying, "well, it is legal" is not a defense to doing something wrong.

2 days ago
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Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

FlyHelicopters Re:The most important features... (207 comments)

Depends on your local carrier situation... Sounds like in your case, all else being equal, the Nexus 5 makes more sense.

Where I live, it really doesn't make much of a difference in the monthly cost. The low cost carriers suck, the service sucks, the signal is terrible, etc...

What I need out of a phone is it to work all the time, every time, everywhere.

Verizon and AT&T do that, Sprint and T-Mobile do not, at least in the North Texas area.

My Galaxy S3 phones were from Sprint, the service was almost useless inside large buildings.

My current Galaxy S4 phones are from Verizon, they work everywhere. The service costs more, but perhaps that is why. :)

So from my point of view, I'm looking at $200 each for Galaxy S5 phones or $300 each for iPhone 6 Plus phones, with the monthly service costing exactly the same either way.

It is a very minor difference, not one that I'll make my decision over.

Frankly, I'll likely spend the $400 each to get the 64GB version, 4 times the space for 25% more is worth it to me.

2 days ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

FlyHelicopters Re:So..... (285 comments)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2...

You might pay more attention to the news then. :)

It seems like every other week there is some Christian or another in Iran being sentenced with death.

"An Iranian Christian pastor already imprisoned for his faith now faces the death penalty after being hit with a bizarre new charge called "spreading corruption on Earth."

Supporters fear the worst for Pastor Behnam Irani, who was sentenced to six years in prison in 2011 for his Christian activities, including leading a 300-member evangelical congregation in Karaj, a city less than 15 miles outside the capital, Tehran. He is now being held in solitary confinement and suffering numerous health problems, including internal bleeding, according to advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide."

2 days ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

FlyHelicopters Re:A solution in search of a problem... (324 comments)

While I'm all for punishing people who drink and drive, the reality is that when you revoke people's drivers licenses, they just drive anyway, until caught again.

In many parts of the US, there simply are no other options other than driving. Many times, when a Judge revokes a drivers license, he/she will turn around and approve limited driving for work or school, for that very reason.

2 days ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

FlyHelicopters Re:A solution in search of a problem... (324 comments)

I would expect 30 mph to be mostly fatal... :)

But that is really beside the point...

We really can't revoke a lot of drivers licenses, people would drive anyway (and do). Much of the US is simply not setup for anything but cars, you simply MUST drive to function in our society.

Since revoking drivers licenses isn't practical, more driver training is perhaps a better plan.

2 days ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

FlyHelicopters Re:A solution in search of a problem... (324 comments)

Pedestrians shouldn't be crossing highways. :)

Yes, of course you need a reasonable speed limit in the city, for just that reason, other people use the roads besides cars (bicycles for example).

2 days ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

FlyHelicopters Re:A solution in search of a problem... (324 comments)

The main reason for slower speeds in school zones is often to avoid pedestrian injuries and deaths -- since little kids sometimes do unexpected things and run into roads without thinking.

Ahh, the conversation is about ALL speed limits, not just school zones (I did start this thread after all).

For what it is worth, I don't have an issue with school zones, they make sense, they are limited to small areas, and the reasons for them (lots of little kids walking) make perfect sense.

They are in force for just the time needed, in just the places needed.

When I drive in West Texas, I could safely do 150 mph out there without being a danger to anything. In the city, even on the highway, that would NOT be the case, too many cars.

2 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

FlyHelicopters Re:What about other devices? (418 comments)

All fair points...

The reality is, sometimes it just isn't possible for a new player to enter a market unless the government steps in and crushes the existing company.

That isn't "fair play", that is just the government picking winners.

A new desktop OS isn't going to be developed just because MS is set on with some rules or Dell and HP have to sell machines without Windows or refund the cost.

The same applies to Coke and Pepsi, they own 98% of the cola market. That is a duopoly and nothing short of the government actively crushing those companies is going to change that.

The same can be said in many industries.

2 days ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

FlyHelicopters Re:Won't work (324 comments)

It wouldn't surprise me....

3 days ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

FlyHelicopters Re:A solution in search of a problem... (324 comments)

It works in some places like South Africa and Germany, where people know how to drive...

3 days ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

FlyHelicopters Re:A solution in search of a problem... (324 comments)

What is sad is that it took a new law for that to happen...

That should just have been the default position...

3 days ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

FlyHelicopters Re:A solution in search of a problem... (324 comments)

Speeding = higher risk of crash.

Meh, that propaganda has been around for awhile...

To an extent, speeding can perhaps make a crash worse, but that isn't really why we have speeding laws.

We have them to generate income for the government, specifically local and state government, to the tune of $6.2 billion last year.

The German Autobaun is safer per mile driven than US highways. Many reasons for it:

1. Better roads (their roads are better maintained and thicker)

2. Better driver training (it is expensive and strict)

3. Better enforcement of "drive right". (on the highway, you pass on the left, drive on the right, it is safer than what we do in the US, which is to drive all over the road at random speeds)

3 days ago

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