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Google Announces Android Device Manager For Later This Month

scot4875 Re:Fragmentation? (80 comments)

Nice anecdote.

Do you have any data to back it up?

--Jeremy

about a year ago
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iPhone Hacked In Under 60 Seconds Using Malicious Charger

scot4875 Bastion of security? (170 comments)

I'm sorry, but if every version of your OS is trivially jail-breakable (with, for example, exploits that amount to root privilege escalation by simply visiting a web page on the device's browser), you are NOT a bastion of security.

You can argue that Apple does a better job of "securing" their app store than Google does, but that doesn't make the devices themselves any more secure. Just because something trivially exploitable hasn't been exploited (that you know of ... yet) doesn't make it secure.

--Jeremy

about a year ago
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Samsung Offered StackOverflow Users $500 For "Organic" Publicity

scot4875 Re:Not everything is about Apple. (146 comments)

You do the same fucking thing in every Apple story or Android story, because you're a hilarious Apple apologist. Get down off your high horse. You're not fooling anybody.

My first thought when I read this was, "how is this any different than the fact that Apple pays for product placement in *every* TV show or movie that has a laptop or phone in it?" And for the record, I'm disgusted by both forms of advertising.

--Jeremy

about a year ago
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Obama Praises Amazon At One of Its Controversial Warehouses

scot4875 Re:What's your boggle, citizen? (435 comments)

You can come up with a plan and work hard to improve a situation and still know that it's unfair and that it doesn't have to be that way. This false dichotomy between being a professional victim vs. being responsible for your actions is just a conservative talking point.

--Jeremy

about a year ago
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Obama Praises Amazon At One of Its Controversial Warehouses

scot4875 Re:"Be content to be slaves" (435 comments)

If one observes a pigeon shitting on all the cars in one area (under a statue perhaps), is it bigotry to be a little cautious parking your car and seeing a a pigeon heading your way....maybe you want to park somewhere else ?

No, it's not bigotry to avoid parking your car around pigeons. However, it became bigotry when you compared black people to pigeons.

--Jeremy

about a year ago
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SF Airport Officials Make Citizen Arrests of Internet Rideshare Drivers

scot4875 Re:Dispute - not often at all (510 comments)

Do you have evidence that safety features make up 90% of the cost of a car, or is that just a number you pulled out of your ass? Kind of like the '99% of regulations being bad' idiocy that started this thread.

If you have data, show it. Maybe you'll convince somebody. Otherwise DO NOT QUOTE NUMBERS. It just makes you look like a jackass.

--Jeremy

about a year ago
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Google Argues Against Net Neutrality

scot4875 Re:Misleading Article (555 comments)

No, it isn't at all. The entire article is flamebait. Network neutrality is about making it illegal to prioritize or block internet traffic from domains that aren't even directly connected to whatever ISP you have (Verizon, Comcast, whoever). e.g. Comcast wants to charge Netflix extra for its packets to go across its routers, even though Netflix has no direct peering with Comcast, and Netflix's upstream provider(s) has already entered into agreements with Comcast.

This is simply a service agreement between a customer and a service provider. It could be a stupid service agreement, but it isn't a network neutrality issue and no amount of bleating will make it so.

--Jeremy

about a year ago
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Bradley Manning Convicted of Espionage, Acquitted of 'Aiding the Enemy'

scot4875 Re:NSA doesn't like the system it created??? (529 comments)

So, you're for "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques" then?

Nice strawman, but I'll respond anyway. (Also, are you aware that "slippery slope" is the name of a fallacy? Not an argument?)

No, "ends justifies the means" doesn't justify torture and here's why.

1) It doesn't work.
2) Torturing their soldiers/"enemy combatants" loses us any sort of moral standing on the issue. We can't use their reprehensible behavior to garner sympathy from neutral parties when we do the same thing.

So in this case, the "ends" aren't desirable. Therefore they can't be used to justify the means.

It's nice that you feel so strongly about government corruption, but then get so fucking defensive when corruption is exposed. It's almost like double-think. Oh wait, no, it is double-think.

Now I'm sure that you'll equate my nuanced view to double-think, but here's the difference: I'm actually thinking. I look at each situation and try to evaluate them individually and see what outcomes I can expect from them, and may well come to the conclusion that something is bad in one situation and not bad in another situation. YOU, on the other hand, take event A, try to find something else that you can compare it to (event B), and then use your judgement of event B to decide whether event A is good or bad. One of us is thinking; the other is doing pattern matching.

As far as I can tell, there has been absolutely nothing bad that has resulted from Manning's leaks. From where I sit, life has gone on pretty much unchanged. I fail to see how terrible his actions are when, predictably, none of the doomsday scenarios envisioned by folks like yourself came to pass.

--Jeremy

about a year ago
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Apple Faces New China Worker Abuse Claims

scot4875 Re:Apples to Oranges (158 comments)

And I'm sorry, but there's nothing about "Child Labour Watch" that raises it above the rest of the noise.

LA LA LA I can't hear you! LA LA LA!

The story here, as usual, is that Apple is no better than anybody else. And everybody seems to know this except you.

--Jeremy

about a year ago
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55,000 Sign Twitter Abuse Petition After Jane Austen Campaigner Threats

scot4875 Re:just wow (421 comments)

You miss the parts where your husband could beat you with impunity.

No they couldn't. Wife beating has never been acceptable. This is a myth.

--Jeremy

about a year ago
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55,000 Sign Twitter Abuse Petition After Jane Austen Campaigner Threats

scot4875 Re:just wow (421 comments)

Going to work might seem like fun now, but I think you might change your tune about going to work if that were always your only option. If you had never been given the option to choose to be a stay at home parent (even if you end up hating it), you might not be so excited to stay at home. Some choice is better than none.

And if you honestly believe that today men have an option of being a stay-at-home parent, you're delusional. In the US and most of the rest of the world, a woman won't even *look* at you unless you make at least as much as she does.

--Jeremy

about a year ago
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Google Chromecast Reviewed; Google Nixes Netflix Discount

scot4875 Re:What's the big deal? (128 comments)

Nah, because that would take away from time you could spend bitching and moaning about one available option, among *many*, that doesn't perfectly suit your specific needs.

You're a Mac guy. You like stuff that does things for you. We get it.

*We* like stuff that lets us do things we want. If you don't understand the difference, that just reinforces my point.

--Jeremy

about a year ago
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Feds Allegedly Demanding User Passwords From Services

scot4875 Re:the war is over (339 comments)

When Obama does something like this, the media print stories about how wonderful he is and nothing he does could ever be bad.

Why do you type this shit? Do you honestly believe it?

--Jeremy

about a year ago
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Hallibuton Pleads Guilty To Destroying Simulation Data From 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

scot4875 Re:Knowledge and the ocean. (104 comments)

People only say "The 1%" because it's easier to say than what it really is, which is closer to the 0.001%, but the concept is not difficult to grasp. The vast majority of wealth and power is concentrated in very few hands.

But somehow, even this simple concept seems to have gone over your head, and you think that it makes sense to lump someone making $40k/year (in the US, I assume) into the same group as someone making tens of millions per year. At this point I'm going to assume that your feigned ignorance is either real ignorance or, quite possibly, stupidity.

--Jeremy

about a year ago
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Door-To-Door Mail Delivery To End Under New Plan

scot4875 Re:Every other day delivery is much better..... (867 comments)

Designing, printing, and delivering crappy ads that most people will just immediately throw away is NOT a constructive activity.

--Jeremy

about a year ago
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Court Upholds Ruling On Dish Network's 'Hopper'

scot4875 Re:Down the line... (248 comments)

It's a chicken/egg problem. The show gets popular; the network is able to sell expensive ad slots. The actors know that they're part of a valuable asset so they negotiate for a larger piece of the pie.

I'm perfectly fine with this, personally. Same with pro athletes. They're the ones doing the useful stuff that makes a ton of money, they should get their cut.

The root of the problem is the selling of advertising itself, not that actors/athletes are greedy.

--Jeremy

about a year ago
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My NSA-induced paranoia level:

scot4875 Re:First and third (290 comments)

The difference is: if the man on the street decides to attack you, he's going to have to deal with you defending yourself, and will probably be looking at jail time.

If the NSA blackmails you, they will suffer absolutely no consequences.

--Jeremy

about a year ago
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Hollywood's Love of Analytics Couldn't Prevent Six Massive Blockbuster Flops

scot4875 Re:Summary, someone? (1029 comments)

"Pacific Rim" was absolutely terrible. I don't think there was a single second of on-screen time that wasn't 100% lifted whole cloth from any number of very tired cliches.

But it was highly entertaining, in a way that none of Michael Bay's shit ever is. I'd watch it again when it's available on disc; if for nothing else than to play TV Tropes Bingo.

Actually, that sounds kind of fun. If TV Tropes Bingo doesn't already exist, someone should put that together.

--Jeremy

about a year ago
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British Prime Minister Promises Default On Porn Blocking

scot4875 Re:This wont end cleanly (311 comments)

Amazing stuff, it's always the political right that believe in personal responsibility (as this sort of thing should be, take the laptop away, put it in the family room, adult supervision for 'the kids' sake) that does the heavy handed censorship.

Umm, there are plenty of "progressives" that are perfectly ok with censoring porn, with the justification that it's degrading to women.

--Jeremy

about a year ago

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