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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

Rix Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

But services aren't taxed (I'm not saying they should or shouldn't, i'm just stating a fact).

Yes they are. Most sales taxes are in fact Goods and Services Taxes.

about a week ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

Rix Re:You dorks (418 comments)

You don't get to decide things you don't pay for. The people that pay for things gets to decide them.

If you ever feel the need to install an ad blocker, you're doing it wrong.

Hence why CNN doesn't get to decide whether their ads display on the computer I paid for or not.

about 2 months ago
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The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

Rix Re:If a thing is dangerous with drones... (200 comments)

What I want doesn't matter one whit. Every asshole is going to have that freedom because there's nothing that can be done about it.

about 2 months ago
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The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

Rix If a thing is dangerous with drones... (200 comments)

It's that thing that is dangerous, not the drones. Drones are never going to get any more expensive than they are now. They're only going to get cheaper, more disposable, and harder to trace back to their pilot.

People are going to do whatever they please with them. If some other activity isn't compatible, then it's that activity we'll have to restrict.

about 2 months ago
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Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

Rix There's a gaping hole in his theory (405 comments)

Amazon isn't forcing DRM on the publishers. They would be quite happy to let them sell ebooks without it.

That and the publishers "share" of profits is exactly zero. Anything above that is a market inefficiency.

about 4 months ago
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Curiosity Rover May Have Brought Dozens of Microbes To Mars

Rix Good (97 comments)

We should be sending samples there, to try to find one that can thrive. Once we do, spread it liberally over the surface.

about 4 months ago
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Parents' Privacy Concerns Kill 'Personalized Learning' Initiative

Rix Even if their security were perfect... (93 comments)

Which, of course, it is not, that still leaves the entirely reasonable objection that they have the data for any reason at all. Why should they be trusted with it?

about 5 months ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

Rix Re:Decision fatigue (240 comments)

I had a pretty good idea that it would be coffee, and not an empty cup. Nor did I feel the need to download five different coffees to find one that worked.

about 5 months ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

Rix Decision fatigue (240 comments)

I don't want to have to think about whether an app is worth a dollar or not, so I don't even consider purchasing them. If they're worth so little they should just round it down to free.

about 5 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Rix False equivalence (1482 comments)

The proper comparison would be that if you don't like gay marriage, don't marry someone of the same sex.

about 5 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Rix You've missed the point (1482 comments)

There's not much you can do about Jobs, Balmer, or Cook being assholes, but we probably can force Mozilla to kick Eich to the curb.

Now, assholes don't much care about being assholes, but this will make at least some of them think of the future implications of supporting something assholish like Prop 8.

about 5 months ago
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Oil Train Explosion Triggers Evacuation In North Dakota

Rix Re:Shouldn't have to run oil by rail (199 comments)

And I did not say we could. I simply said we could stop using that oil.

about 8 months ago
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Citizen Science: Who Makes the Rules?

Rix Ultimately, you (189 comments)

In that you choose which rules to follow, and which to ignore, subvert, avoid, or not even bother learning about.

about 9 months ago
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Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users

Rix Re:Get Off My Lawn (457 comments)

So, you seem to be saying this business model transfers wealth from the idle rich to those building things.

You seem to have some sort of objection to this, but I don't understand it.

about 9 months ago

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