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Comment Re:old school (Score 2) 611

To be fair, no properly designed modem will respond to AT commands send via the phone side of the modem. This would only happen when there was an actual IRC server behind a modem (which would receive and then re-transmit the sequence). More often than not, we'd use this to try to trick some newbie into sending this sequence themselves.

Comment Marketplace and NPR News (Score 3, Insightful) 268

The two I listen to most are Marketplace and NPR News. Following that: Science Friday; Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me; BBC News; Planet Money. I've been listening to some of these podcasts for 6 or more years now. I'm also subscribed to a bunch of Youtube channels. My favorite at the moment is EEVblog.

Submission + - VW's ID Buzz electric microbus concept looks like a 21st century Mystery Machine (ibtimes.co.uk)

drunkdrone writes: Given the emissions scandal that rocked Volkswagen in 2015, we reckon Scooby Doo and the gang would opt for something a little more environmentally-sound were they to be reinvented for the 21st Century. VW's new ID Buzz electric concept car, unveiled at the International Auto Show in Detroit on 8 January, is exactly the sort of thing we can imagine the overbearing talking dog and four meddlesome kids driving around in today.

Comment Re:Before or after? (Score 5, Insightful) 227

Yes, it is censorship in the same way that parents washing their child's mouth out with soap is censorship. Which is to say, companies are having to do it because "parents" (if they can be called that) no longer will. So we have a bunch of special snowflakes that think it's OK to be uncivilized shits as adolescents and adults because they were not reared properly as children.

At the same time you have similar little shits that enjoy taking offense to every possible slight that they can imagine. These people are social retards who delight in picking on the cultural retards. Now we have two apparently socially inept groups engaged in a the most uncultured culture war ever.

This is the world we live in today.

They are all dipshits. Both are trolling each other. It is best to just ignore them. Mod them all to hell and let the rest of us converse in peace.

Add to the mix the professional trolls that are having fun playing both sides. They are trolling us. It is best to just ignore them. Mod them all to hell and let the rest of us converse in peace.

Comment Re:Cost will double? (Score 1) 472

I have not seen anyone talking about deciding acceptable profit margin. We are deciding whether maximizing the profits of multi-national companies at the expense of middle- and low-income American citizens is something we should continue to do. The goal of American trade agreements should be to maximize the number of American consumers who can buy an iPhone, potentially at the expense of citizens in other countries. There's plenty of evidence that we have optimized our trade agreements for the benefit of multi-nationals and at the expense of our citizens. If the president-elect can shift the balance back to our citizens and the nation as a whole, I wish him the best of luck.

Comment Re:Makes sense considering... (Score 1) 29

If "businesses are people too" with a right to free (paid for) speech in this country, and we allow foreign owned government/business entities to operate here, then we are extending the right to free (paid for) speech to foreign governments in this country. That seems like it might not be in this country's best interest.

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