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Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

neminem Re:Because when I say Google it... (156 comments)

I would mod you up, but I don't have mod points at the moment. So I will instead comment that this is entirely accurate: when I say that I xerox'd something, I have absolutely no clue whether the machine I used to copy a paper was actual a Xerox brand machine. When I say I used a kleenex, it's extremely *unlikely*, in fact, that I actually used a Kleenex-brand tissue.

On the other hand, when I tell someone to google something, I mean use freaking Google, not anything else. Because everything else freaking blows. (I tried using duckduckgo once, a couple years ago. I liked what they were doing, but I realized after a couple weeks that like 75% of the time I just ended up putting !google in the search if I actually wanted decent search results, so I said screw it and went back to Google.)

2 days ago

The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

neminem Re:Spoilers (131 comments)

If your supermarket doesn't carry the kind of mustard you like, you can find another supermarket. If none of them around you carry the kind of mustard you like, you might pay more in shipping, but you can probably still get it shipped from somewhere else where that mustard is more popular.

If your ISP blows, you can... move to a different city. Maybe. If they aren't the only ISP there, too.

2 days ago

Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

neminem Re:Complain over nothing? (608 comments)

While I agree that this stunt was kinda idiotic of them, I would like to ask: if you have monthly data quotas, why the frack do you have your iTunes set to automatically synch off my butt while you're connected over 3/4g rather than only on wifi? You kinda deserve it at that point.

3 days ago

Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

neminem Re:so while on base if I ask for... (286 comments)

I do! By which I mean actually a bunch of renamed pictures of goatse and tubgirl... :p

3 days ago

Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

neminem Re:Ala Carte means something different to me (108 comments)

"If you want entertainment, then you really ought to pay the creator of that entertainment."

The problem is that by paying for cable, that is *not* what you're doing. It's several steps back from actually paying the people creating the content, to the point where they get basically crap-all out of it. I would *love* to pay the people responsible for creating the content; I have less love for the concept of most of my money going to the people screwing us over at [whichever one cable company your area happens to be allowed to purchase cable through.]

3 days ago

Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

neminem Re:What for Android phones without Unknown sources (152 comments)

Wow. That does kinda blow, but sounds like an even better reason to *get* Cyanogen. Note: those "standard installation instructions" only work on a particular, rather small subset of Android phones. Cyanogenmod itself works on a much larger subset, though I think still not all of them, I have no idea if the Galaxy S Captivate is one of them or not. (Though it looks like the answer is yes?)

I installed Cyanogenmod on my previous phone that was stuck on 2.3 (and full of crapware I didn't want)... I had to first root it and install a bootloader, which was a bit of a pain to get working, but totally worth it.

about two weeks ago

The American Workday, By Profession

neminem Re:9 to 5 is a myth (146 comments)

Employers are, however, allowed to fire a person for any reason (other than obviously the usual set of racist, sexist, etc. reason), or for no reason at all. This includes the reason of "we require you to take an hour lunch break and you haven't been doing that". So whether or not you're required to by law is irrelevant, just whether or not the company *claims* that you're required to by law and are going to enforce that possibly-incorrect interpretation.

about three weeks ago

Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

neminem Re:Let me get this straight (341 comments)

Ignorance of what? I have a choice between a single crappy dsl provider, and a single crappy cable internet provider. They're both terrible, and at this point, no matter what awful crap Verizon puts me through, I feel stuck with them because I know if I cancel, I'll probably be days to weeks without internet again as Charter screws up installation and turn-on just as badly as Verizon did (necessitating taking what was supposed to be a couple hours, and ended up being an entire day, off work trying to find someone, anyone who could actually fix the completely-their-fault issue that resulted in the installation guy basically throwing his hands up in confusion and leaving. After which day I still didn't have internet for about a week and a half.)

So what ignorance exactly? I have exactly 0 power to change any of that, without about 20 gajillion dollars and some senators in my pocket.

about three weeks ago

California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

neminem Good! (506 comments)

I am all for a self-driving car. I really hope my current car lasts until we can purchase decent self-driving cars, and I will be happy to purchase one for a price that I wouldn't really consider buying anything else short of houses.

But I want to be able to take entirely manual control back at any time, using a completely non-electronic, fully-mechanical override. I would hope to never have to actually *do* that, but I wouldn't trust any car that didn't have that *available*. Even if I completely trust the pseudo-AI to not bug out and do something crazy, which I wouldn't immediately but certainly could after using it for a while and not having any issues with it... I would *not* trust that some hacker couldn't find some way to hack in somehow and mess with things. Thus, I would want to trust in my ability to perform a manual override and completely temporarily shunt the computer systems off to a place where they couldn't control the car at all.

I am entirely willing to accept the minor inconvenience of hardware UI elements (i.e. steering wheel, pedals, etc.) getting in the way of aesthetics, and the slight additional cost of manufacturing said UI elements. And I'm *glad* they're pushing for that to be law, or else nobody would actually do it, even as an option - we've seen a number of examples of things I'd love to be able to pay for (phones with physical keyboards, 16:10 laptop screens), but nobody makes them because they're slightly more expensive to make, and companies feel the drive to make everything as cheap as possible and not even give the option. :(

about three weeks ago

Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

neminem Re:bad name (120 comments)

And apparently you don't know anything about pop culture, or else are being willfully obtuse? It's pretty clear they didn't name it after the car, but after a particular famous *use* of the car to travel through time. Doesn't matter how crappy your car is, if it's also a time machine.

about three weeks ago

Anomaly Triggers Self-Destruct For SpaceX Falcon 9 Test Flight

neminem Re:Anomaly? (113 comments)

Seriously, slashdot, wtf? It's 2014, you're nominally a tech site for geeks, and you still don't support unicode characters? That should be a basic requirement of all websites at this point.

about three weeks ago

Anomaly Triggers Self-Destruct For SpaceX Falcon 9 Test Flight

neminem Re:Anomaly? (113 comments)

Something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected.

I'd say a rocket exploding for no good reason is definitely a bug, but also pretty freaking unexpected.

about three weeks ago

Tor Browser Security Under Scrutiny

neminem Re:Not surprising... (80 comments)

I also feel the same way about Tor as I do about DuckDuckGo: great ideas in theory, but way too much of a pain to use, given that I don't really have anything terribly important to hide.

about a month ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

neminem Re:Blind coding for the blind (727 comments)

Screw that. It is *definitely* about the UX. Linux doesn't even need to court the everyday "I don't know how to get pictures off my digital camera even though it's been explained to me 500 times" crowd to make some inroads into the desktop market. It'd be enough to make better inroads in the computer enthusiast world, the sort of people who know what they're doing, and are happy to mod their OSes to a certain extent, but who still *also* use their computers mainly to get things done.

I'd love to run Linux as a primary OS, but I've tried all kinds of distros, and there has not been a single desktop environment that felt robust and professional, where things were in places I'd expect and everything just worked without a lot of unnecessary fiddling and looking up of vague error messages. That is completely a UX issue. (Ok, yes, some of those error messages requiring fiddling were also device support-related, but still.)

The kernel is great, yes. So is Win8's. The UX is where Win8 failed, and it's where Linux (of various flavors) has been failing too.

about a month ago

At Home with Tim O'Reilly (Videos 1 and 2 of 6)

neminem Re:"maker" is the worst fucking word (11 comments)

I disagree. Maker is a totally great word. Makers are those with magical anti-entropy powers, who devote their lives to stymying the plots of the Unmaker. It's a pretty common trope, and a good word for that sort of character.

(On the other hand, the definition used in *this* article, is as dumb as you are arguing. I just like to imagine that people using the word are using it in the OSC definition, thus making articles just *so* much more entertaining.)

about a month ago

MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

neminem Re:OB xkcd (205 comments)

I actually did know a guy in college who majored in "science". Specifically, he was crazy intense and managed to swing a double major in physics and biochem, but we all just joked that he was majoring in "science".

about a month and a half ago

Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

neminem Re:There are ways of posting bad reviews (183 comments)


Which works, though I would have had more fun going the other direction, being like "This was a FANTASTIC HOTEL. Its food was DEFINITELY NOT TERRIBLE, and when I went to check in, the guy at the front desk definitely did NOT spend half an hour ignoring me to instead post pictures on facebook. There was NOT a roach problem, and the toilet in the bathroom definitely did NOT stop up a bunch of times."

about a month and a half ago


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