Whatever Ars hoped to achieve by participating in that vile coordinated smear campaign, they did succeed in losing me forever.
with stretch goals that included finger removal.
I think that's the best way to handle persistent spammers. Spend the anti-spam infrastructure budget on the dark web and hold a quarterly drawing to decide which top 20 spammer gets the contract.
... so obviously, the next logical step would be to demand $2M from the renter for the 10,000 miles driven.
Except the car is a one of a kind custom exotic car, and they've been using it for a exclusive high rollers limo service and claiming the car as their own creation. He's demanding a cut of the fares for the unauthorized limo use.
i.e. Claiming is work as their own, and transferring it to 3rd parties for publication is not the same as simply using it longer. If this were music or a movie, nobody has a problem understanding that each copy is a infringement. Count each copy printed in every unauthorized publication and I bet their not asking nearly what the MPAA or RIAA would for each violation.
the people of Switzerland own guns to protect their country as part of the militia, the exact same thing our Founding Fathers said in the Constitution.
Are you lying, or just parroting what someone told you? The Founding Fathers studied the failings of governments of the past, and identified private gun ownership a crucial tool for the preservation of freedom. They also saw centralized power as a threat, and sought to empower the states. Militias and private weapon ownership were both thought to be so important the right should be embodied in the Constitution that was already growing longer than desired. Some argued that they needed to spell it out or liars would pretend to misunderstand what 'Shall not' doesn't have exceptions. Others said that if you list specifics, those same liars will claim everything not specifically spelled out isn't protected, that only a fool wouldn't understand and that the document was too long already. It looks like that first group had a point. (it's not one guy, and there was a great deal of arguing)
Here is a hint: We have the letters and minutes from the meetings and don't need a crystal ball to divine the intent of the words in the Constitution. If it's unclear to you, you may read the discussion about the writing and adoption of that part of the document to gain a deeper understanding.
* You younger puppies ** probably don't remember vinyl records, which would sometimes scratch, then fail to move the needle from one groove.
Who doesn't remember vinyl?
No they can not. Patenting anything that occurs naturally
Exactly, just like software can't be patented!
> Why would a customer pay 3x for your employer's output than they would the Indian company?
All but two of the Indians I have worked with in the last 3 years have been fucking useless. They have no drive, no curiosity, and no initiative.
The Indians working at the outsourcing firms are at the equivalent of a soul-less telemarketing job. They are rewarded for following a script, closing tickets quickly and are punished for any initiative that would take time. Of course your view of them looks like that. The management of the body shop trained them to do that to maximize profit under the stupid contract the US management signed. The Indian's themselves aren't stupid.(though the body shops may pay too little to attract the brightest) US companies could pay for better service, or open a 'support branch' in India so they could keep experienced people and train them to own problems while still paying lower wages.
It seems the US management doesn't care if the current support agreement doesn't work well and frustrates the US workers, and they're happy to try and turn employment at their company into share cropping. That's your problem.
Yes, right... Like you made any difference. When you boycott a giant like Sony, you're just one of an incredibly small number who will make no impact whatsoever.
Perhaps you've missed Sony's financial situation. Pre-rootkit I had a Sony TV; camcorder; reciever; digital camera; high end artisan monitor (21 inch
- used at 2048x1536 when LCDs were 1024x768); SVHS; 100 disc CD changer... I was the decision maker for purchasing computer equipment at work, and had been buying Sony products in the mix. Since that time? My career has taken off allowing for much greater toy spending. $10k+ in photo gear, but no Sony. There are no Sony TV/entertainment products in the new house, another $10k+ loss for Sony; 65 computer systems at work, with no Sony systems or peripherals. I'm asked for recommendations all the time, and never suggest Sony. Sony's rootkit cost them a minimum of $50k in direct sales, plus lost referrals. I had preferentially bought Sony before then.
There are so many folks doing the same that it has added up, and Sony's bottom line has suffered.
"Confound these ancestors.... They've stolen our best ideas!" - Ben Jonson