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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

therealkevinkretz Jeez. (1228 comments)

I think this over-the-top PC trend is mostly shallow self-crongratulatory (or self-flagellating) mental masturbation - and the groups engaging in it are in their own feedback loop, in frenzied agreement with each other. It's like blaming domestic volence on old silent movies where the good guy saves the woman ties to the railroad tracks.

BUT

Threats and intimidation are wholly unacceptable responses to pretty much *any* idea or (non-violent) opinion or position. Such a response to something that might seem shallow and silly is not only unacceptable, but has the unintended consequence of giving credibility to the silliness.

5 days ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

therealkevinkretz Multiple iPhones? (182 comments)

Why not just give them multiple SIM cards?

about a week ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

therealkevinkretz Not "Koch-backed" (525 comments)

RTFA - there's no association with the Koch boogeymen other than that the president of the "astroturf group" used to work for a group which did have Koch ties.

The author of the article expressly states that he doesn't know who funds the group. Its title is inaccurate and irresponsible.

about a week ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

therealkevinkretz Re:Free market (257 comments)

Perfect: Adam Smith supports a flat tax ("The subjects of every state ought to contribute towards the support of the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to their respective abilities; that is, in proportion to the revenue which they respectively enjoy under the protection of the state"). Do you?

about two weeks ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

therealkevinkretz Re:Free market (257 comments)

I'm more against government having unaccountable powers (which this is a good example of) than I am ultra-pro-capitalism.

about two weeks ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

therealkevinkretz Re:Free market (257 comments)

bought-and-paid-for politicians using the law to favor their friends isn't "the free market"

about two weeks ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

therealkevinkretz Why not Audi? (317 comments)

My Audi does this. Why isn't the VW Group on the defendants list?

about a month ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

therealkevinkretz Re:But scarcity! (390 comments)

Still works for me

about a month and a half ago
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New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

therealkevinkretz Re: Tits and swords (153 comments)

You had me at "tits and swords". Actually, you had me at "tits".

about 2 months ago
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NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

therealkevinkretz Re: Speculation... (455 comments)

Coercive laws forbidding direct sale to consumers and requiring they be sokd through dealerships is the *opposite* of capitalism.

about 2 months ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

therealkevinkretz Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

No, I'm suggesting one should adhere to the same standard he asks of someone with whom he disagrees. And your claim was made precisely in support of the argument that gun ownership has been declining.

Which, BTW, is incorrect. Not only is ownership not declining, but new purchases are increasing. So gun ownership is not only increasing but accelerating.

http://www.washingtontimes.com...

about 3 months ago
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Priceline To Buy OpenTable For $2.6 Billion

therealkevinkretz Re:What "ass"tounding value (43 comments)

"it works without a network connection"?

Funny then how reservation informatoin about my friend's restaurants aren't available when they lack internet connectivity.

about 3 months ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

therealkevinkretz Re:Somewhere in my mind... (337 comments)

*They* know the difference. Most people, hearing QoS described, wouldn't.

about 3 months ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

therealkevinkretz Re:Somewhere in my mind... (337 comments)

Because several-second delays in video packets will make it unwatchable (or require a lot of buffering) and a drop of a significant percentage of a phone call's UDP will make it unusable, but the effects of neither of those will be noticed by the recipient of that business email.

To me there's a significant difference between "Net Neutrality" and QOS.

about 3 months ago
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Tesla Makes Improvements To Model S

therealkevinkretz Re:gullwing doors (136 comments)

Manufacturers are often (usually?) conservative with their performance claims. Still, the " will beat the crap out of any combustion engine" is ignorant and easily shown to be false, even when narrowing "combustion engines" to production automobiles.

about 3 months ago
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Tesla Makes Improvements To Model S

therealkevinkretz Re: gullwing doors (136 comments)

It's quick but not quicker than "any combustion engine". I don't think it's even in the top ten.

about 3 months ago
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The Ethics Cloud Over Ballmer's $2 Billion B-Ball Buy

therealkevinkretz huh? (398 comments)

This is insane. Forcing someone against his will to sell his team *because you don't like words he said in private and which were recorded, probably in violation of the law and almost certainly without his knowledge* and begrudging him (and his innocent wife) his profit isn't enough - you want also for the other owners to forfeit theirs too because of it?

He's a doddering, bigoted anachronism. How is that worse than violent felonies that have been committed by some NBA players? Should they be banned from the NBA?

about 3 months ago
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Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

therealkevinkretz Re: Anti-competitive (238 comments)

Maybe they just charged for commercial use? Or maybe I'm confusing it with Mosaic? Either way, I'm certain that at a job I had before 1998, Netscape could be freely and legitimately obtained for use on Solaris.

about 4 months ago
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Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

therealkevinkretz Re: Anti-competitive (238 comments)

Uh, its browser competition was already free - how far down could it push their price?

about 4 months ago

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