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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

superdave80 Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (306 comments)

The problem with broadcast vs. internet streaming is that the streaming companies don't have a set amount of broadcast time. Netflix is on demand, so it only streams what a customer asks. The networks can set x% of their broadcast time to Canadian content, but that won't fly with a service like Netflix.


New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

superdave80 Re:Africa (311 comments)

Anyways, build a modern healthcare infrastructure, modern farms with GMO crops, stop all the pointless wars and rein industry in a bit, and Africa will be fine.

Are you running for Miss America?

2 days ago

New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

superdave80 Africa (311 comments)

Most of the anticipated growth is in Africa, where population is projected to quadruple from around 1 billion today to 4 billion by the end of the century.

You mean, the continent that can barely feed itself and is the source of deadly plagues (Ebola, etc.) is somehow going to support four times it's current population? I'd like to see how that is feasible...

2 days ago

ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

superdave80 Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (949 comments)

For decades, we have moved away from producing goods to a service providing nation.

Huh? We are still the #2 manufacturing nation in the world, and still a good deal ahead of the #3 producing nation. The only reason we dropped behind China recently is because they ramped up their manufacturing so much.

3 days ago

Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

superdave80 Whiner (253 comments)

I can't even believe this stupid rant made it onto /. You can't wait ONE WHOLE DAY for your replacement phone? That, and he didn't even think through the logistics of his 'plan':

They would only have to have one replacement model of each phone that had been sold recently enough to consumers to still be covered under a replacement insurance plan. That still probably wouldn't take up more space than what you could fit into a medium cardboard box

I don't think you realize how many stores there are. Instead of keeping a single large box of replacement phones at one distribution center, you would need to ship out at least one phone to every single area that you cover. The number of phones you have to have stocked at locations could easily exceed what you have at the single location. And to top it all off, you now have to keep track of all these phones, and keep shipping out newer models to hundreds of locations all the time.

And your story is made up, since you contradicted yourself within the same paragraph:

I had it sealed in a zippable plastic bag. .... As I dug the soaked phone out of my pocket once we were all on board the yacht,..

So, was your phone in a sealed bag or in your pocket unsealed? You can't seem to make up your mind.

... the jerks were trying to get the three women in bikinis on board their boat.

You post to /. and expect us to believe you were hanging out with three hot women in bikinis? Nice try ;-)

about two weeks ago

U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

superdave80 Another asshole in Washington... (643 comments)

And police officers are now at a disadvantage, because someone can tape the last part of an encounter and not tape the first part of the encounter.

Then how about you pass some federal legislation to make it fully legal to record police in public? You know how many people are told to stop recording and arrested for refusing to do so? Cops aren't at a 'disadvantage'. They don't want cameras, because they know right now it is their word over the word of criminals, suspected criminals, random people on the street, or dead guys. Guess who they think are going to be believed. They are just happy to have no recordings in case they screw up.

"I would like to see us say, 'If you want federal funding in your community, you've got to have body cams on your officers. And I think that would go a long way towards solving some of these problems, and it would be a great legacy over this tragedy that's occurred in Ferguson, regardless of what the facts say at the end as to whether or not anyone is criminally culpable."

First, this is just another example of how the federal government takes our tax money, and then 'requires' things that are completely outside the scope of their constitutional authority to get said money back (in some form). The federal government has absolutely no power to require a local municipality to buy a camera and require their cops to wear them. Stick to your constitutional duties, because you guys are simply spreading out into areas you have no business being in.

Second, he is another jerk that believes in the old saying, "Never let a good crisis go to waste". Are you for gun control? Just have your legislation tucked away ready to go after the next school shooting, regardless of weather or not your pre-written legislation would have done any good in the latest crisis. Would a camera have done anything to prevent this shooting? Or determine who was at fault? Who knows, pass the legislation while the people are pissed!

Third, I actually think cameras are a good idea, but let states and municipalities determine if they are necessary. There are plenty of towns in this country that simply have no need for cameras because the odds of them really being needed are so small that it would be a poor use of resources. There are something like half a million cops in this country, and even at $1,000 apiece (camera, storage, support, etc.), you are looking at a price tag of half a billion dollars, from a federal budget that already bleeds red like crazy.

about three weeks ago

California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

superdave80 Perfect timing (233 comments)

I'm about ready to upgrade my iPhone 4, so I guess I will be in the market for a new phone around June 2015.

about three weeks ago

Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

superdave80 Let me translate: (441 comments)


"The difference between someone who's truly great and just sort of okay is really huge,"

Now, I will run it through my bullshit translator, aaaaand...

"The difference between someone who's willing to work for less money because they live in a poor country and someone who wants a competitive wage is really huge,"

about a month ago

Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

superdave80 Great idea! (376 comments)

Watch as I refuse to pay my internet bill due to my internet no longer working. Why would an ISP agree to such a thing?

about a month ago

Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

superdave80 The solution is easy! (327 comments)

I'll bet more taxes to pay for more workers, higher salaries and benefits would fix this problem in a jiffy! Every time I see anybody talk about needing higher taxes to run government properly, I just think about the ten thousand examples just like this, and I just laugh to myself.

about a month ago

Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

superdave80 San Francisco mentality... (262 comments)

They are all about 'diversity', 'inclusiveness', and 'peace'... until you try to move into their area and don't think, talk, and act just like them. Then they start slashing your tires and blocking your buses. Say, didn't school segregationist use the same bus-blocking techniques to try and keep those 'others' out of their wholesome little schools? Oh, the irony...

about a month ago

Nevada Construction Project Could Be Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory

superdave80 Build a what? (81 comments)

In all seriousness, why is this being called a "Gigafactory"? How does this differ from a regular factory? Did I miss the kilofactories and megafactories?

about a month and a half ago

A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

superdave80 Beyond stupid (419 comments)

That Apple even accepts this is ludicrous. Just tell the guy, "Look, we have a whole store full of this shit. It will be here tomorrow. Or the next day. Or the day after that. Come back when you clear your crap up with your bank, and THEN pay for it."

about 2 months ago

Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

superdave80 The flip side of that... (534 comments) that they have no legal authority to arrest, detain or point a gun at me? Walmart can't send their employees out packing heat and arrest people. Why would these 'corporations' have that authority?

about 3 months ago

Fabien Cousteau Takes Plunge To Beat Grandfather's Underwater Record

superdave80 Re:I don't understand how this is a "record" (84 comments)

"Mark McGwire Takes Swing to Beat Roger Maris' Home-run Record."

So, naturally people would assume that McGwire was only trying to break Maris' personal best, and not the all-time single season record?

Christ, the stuff that gets modded 'insightful' on this site...

about 3 months ago

The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

superdave80 Just like most advertising. (254 comments)

Most advertising doesn't really affect buying decisions. Sometimes you might see something new, but mostly it's Coke, Budwiser, etc., things that everyone has known about for decades.

The funniest online ads I see are when I search for or buy something... and then see an ad for that exact thing a few minutes later on some sidebar ad. Hey, dipshits, I already know about that thing you just advertised BECAUSE I JUST WENT ONLINE TO LOOK FOR IT AND BUY IT!

This is a little bit like paying someone to hold up a sign for Ford cars to show to people that have just left a Ford car lot.

about 3 months ago

Otherlab Working on a 'Fundamental Jump' in Technology for Exoskeletons (Video)

superdave80 ZZZZZZ... (36 comments)

Stopped reading after this bit of generic corporate phrasing:

...with a number of core competencies

Oh, so you are competent in a number of core things... like every company in existence? Sheesh.....

about 3 months ago

America 'Has Become a War Zone'

superdave80 What is your job again? (875 comments)

Sheriff Doug Cox:. "My job is to make sure my employees go home safe."

Funny, I could have sworn your job was to protect the public. Or is that whole "To Protect and Serve" printed on the side of your cars a bunch of bullshit? Running over citizens with a bazillion ton military vehicle probably won't make them particularly safe.

about 3 months ago

The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

superdave80 Not sure on some of these assumptions... (339 comments)

1. 17 km to drive and purchase DVD? 50% of the trip is apportioned to the DVD transport to account for multiple purchases and errands per trip in the base-case? I doubt people are driving 10 miles just to purchase a DVD, or as only 50% of the reason to take the trip in the first place.

2. Average disc lifetime 5 years? I still have 'The Matrix' that I got for free with my first DVD player back in 1999. None of my DVDs seem to really have a 'lifetime' that I can tell.

about 4 months ago

The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

superdave80 Re:Nice try cloud guys (339 comments)

I actually looked up 'agnostic' because I have no idea what it means:

1. a person who does not have a definite belief about whether God exists or not

2. a person who does not believe or is unsure of something

Soooooo, what the hell does this have to do with 'clouds'?

about 4 months ago


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