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Comment Re:Anthropological principle (Score 1) 186

You will still experience the same constantly nagging distraction urging you to take care of it

You're contradicting yourself by first stating that the pill fundamentally changes the experience, then stating that the experience will be similar (whilst using terms such as 'nagging' and 'distraction' that imply consciousness, I might add).

What makes experiences experiences is that you (consciously) experience them. At least, that seems to me to be the only sensible definition of 'experience'. 'Subconsciously experiencing' is an oxymoron to me.

Comment Re:Arrest him and throw him into Gitmo (Score 1) 626

Leave the phone and keep walking.

They did not let him, according to TFA:
"More importantly, travelers are not legally required to unlock their devices, although agents can detain them for significant periods of time if they do not. “In each incident that I’ve seen, the subjects have been shown a Blue Paper that says CBP has legal authority to search phones at the border, which gives them the impression that they’re obligated to unlock the phone, which isn’t true,” Hassan Shibly, chief executive director of CAIR Florida, told The Verge. “They’re not obligated to unlock the phone.”

Nevertheless, Bikkannavar was not allowed to leave until he gave CBP his PIN."

Comment Re:The problem (Score 3, Insightful) 722

It's not as if that 'extra' money suddenly leaves the economy. Given the subsistence levels of cash we're talking about, it is pretty much guaranteed that all of it will be spent quickly.

This is a point that is often lost on a lot of people. People who have little money are fantastic at spending it. From an economics point of view they are the ideal consumers: if they happen to save money it is almost guaranteed to be for a specific larger purchase in the near future. Otherwise they are going to spend all their money locally (no fancy imported Russian caviar or trips to remote countries) and soon.

There have been and are projects in Africa that specifically just give money to poor families and it seems to be working very well. See for instance:

Barring emotional arguments such as 'but Western poor people are different' the fear for giving poor people (marginally) too much money is simply unfounded.

Comment Re:This has a few reasons ... (Score 1) 46

Indeed. The storage space argument is absolute nonsense. Technically, 64GB of mobile storage isn't that much nowadays:

"Apps clocking in at 40+MB" equates to 1600 apps. I did not do an extensive search, but users have rougly 30 to 100 apps installed according to these sources:

No, storage space on average mobiles is gobbled up by (UHD) self shot videos and years of videos received with Whatsapp (and the like) stored on the device.

Comment Re:No Limits Roaming = Lowest Common Denominator (Score 1) 113


Excuse the caps but this is terrible misinformation. As usually in EU legislation, such obvious issues have been discussed at length and provisions have been put in place to deal with them. It basically boils down to having to buy your phone subscription in the country you live in:

Excerpt: "Mobile operators should offer their roaming services at domestic prices to consumers who either normally reside in or have stable links to the Member State of the operator, while those customers are periodically travelling in the EU. If necessary, operators can ask their customers to provide proof of residence or of such stable links to the Member State in question."

The provisions may turn out to be inadequate, but the related issues are very prominently on the agenda.

Comment Re:Options (Score 1) 503

Agreed. The problem is simply due to bugs in the update client.

I had to resort to WSUS offline update to fix the issue (after trying all the official methods at length). I did not really want to use unofficial tools, but given that nothing else worked and WSUS offline update was recommended in several places (and because I was in fuck it-mode), I chose to use it anyway.

It worked flawlessly and after that, the Windows Update client functioned as it should again.

Comment Re:This is awesome (Score 1) 103

There's a company working on exactly that.

I can't remember where, but I think I saw a hands-on review that said that it actually works really well.
I found it slightly hard to believe, given that raising the detail after you've moved focus to another place (especially with saccades) is going to have some delay.

Comment Melodrama (Score 5, Informative) 397

The Libreboot page is filled with shitloads of rancor concerning the GNU project and the FSF (which, by its victimized tone, I'm afraid to say doesn't make the maintainer's side of the story more trustworthy).
I can easily see why the FSF isn't sorry to see her go. They're probably cutting all ties with the project just to minimize the amount of further drama.

Read it and cringe:

She even talks about herself in the third person, even though it's obvious to everybody that she is the one writing it.

Comment Re:Good for China (Score 1) 117

the sea level rises for everybody equally, no matter which country is at fault.

This is not true, interestingly.

The large ice masses have a gravitational pull that influences the sea level around them, which leads to quite wildly varying effects on sea levels when they melt; in some places the sea level actually drops as a result of the ice masses melting:

Comment Re:Over/under: Invasion of sovereign nation or tru (Score 3, Insightful) 821

1. What the DNC 'was up to' pales in comparison to what the NSA was up to.
Actually, the DNC didn't do that much at all. That part of it was and is a tempest in a teapot.

2. Besides that, Russia's hacking is malicious, whereas Snowden's revelations are clearly well-intended. So yes, you can be against Russia's hacking and for Edward Snowden.

Comment Re:I hope those in power learned (Score 1) 442


The biggest mistake of the past decades was validating the opinion of 'the man in the street' as if it was authorative or equivalent to that of experts in the field. Everybody and his dog now somehow thinks that just because they can open their mouth and breathe they should be listened to in everything.

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