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Comment Re:Dot-bomb? What's a dot-bomb? (Score 1) 55

"We have incurred operating losses in the past, expect to incur operating losses in the future, and may never achieve or maintain profitability."

I don't even know what we legally define as a scam anymore when companies that project running in the red forever file for IPOs.

A scam is when you try to hoodwink someone. This is more like the Pet Rock. It's very clear what you're buying if you decide to take that leap. It's actually a little refreshing to have someone say, "we have absolutely zero chance of ever turning a profit. Can we have some money, please?"

Comment Re: Nah... (Score 4, Insightful) 659

The weird shit is the nature of the many lies he's told. It's one thing to make vague claims to further a political agenda (e.g., WMDs in Iraq, 'Obama was born in Kenya and is muslim,' 'if you like your insurance, you can keep it, etc...). It's another thing entirely to deny you said something last week, when there's video and audio of you saying that thing. It's like these petty, childish lies for no reason other than lying. It's bizarre that so many people were ok with that. If it was your six year-old child, you'd tell them how ridiculous it is to lie about something when the people you're lying to know it's obviously a lie.

Comment Re:Lack of trusted options conveniently available? (Score 1) 26

I looked, but I don't see anything recent. It's still getting regular patches and I don't use whatever 'cloud thing' some of the older posts mentioned. Anyway, are we talking hardware or software vulnerabilities? If it's in unpatched software, I don't see how different hardware is going to make a difference.

Comment Re:Lack of trusted options conveniently available? (Score 1) 26

There may be better options, but (at least some) Asus routers come with DD-WRT out of the box. My Asus RT-N66R (no AC and due for replacement, but it's still solid) runs DD-WRT and still receives regular firmware updates all these years later. It's also relatively easy to switch to other variants (e.g., Tomato). I'm moving to a new house and have been wanting to give Ubiquiti products a try, but if I had a similar situation where I wanted to get back up and running with as little downtime as possible, I'd definitely pick up another Asus.

Comment Re:Channels (Score 2) 80

Though it has far fewer channels, SlingTV works kind of in a hybrid mode like that. You can switch to a channel and watch whatever is currently being broadcast live. However, you can also select a channel and click "down" on your remote and watch recorded content as well. Clicking an individual channel doesn't give you everything that channel has to offer, but it's usually relevant content. Hopefully they'll offer something similar. Sometimes I like the live broadcast for the simple sake of editorialized content (e.g., don't want to think about what I want to watch), and other times I have in mind exactly what I want to watch.

Comment Re:Typical abusive prosecution (Score 1) 110

Naaa, In a police-state you always prosecute people to the maximum possible, no matter how stupid and unjust. After all, you have to send a message to the population who the masters are!

It's not a police-state problem, it's a for-profit prison system problem. Gotta pay those lobbyists to push for harsher sentencing laws.

Comment Re:Amazon.com has trashy web pages. (Score 1) 67

Stuart Mackenzie: Well, it's a well known fact, Sonny Jim, that there's a secret society of the five wealthiest people in the world, known as The Pentavirate, who run everything in the world, including the newspapers, and meet tri-annually at a secret country mansion in Colorado, known as The Meadows.

Tony Giardino: So who's in this Pentavirate?

Stuart Mackenzie: The Queen, The Vatican, The Gettys, The Rothschilds, *and* Colonel Sanders before he went tits up. Oh, I hated the Colonel with is wee *beady* eyes, and that smug look on his face. "Oh, you're gonna buy my chicken! Ohhhhh!"

Comment Re:It's to bad it's not like there is an other cho (Score 1) 101

I think you just have a shitty device. I've used all of the Rokus and I now have an Nvidia Shield. Voice search will find it across providers, many of which I subscribe to (Netflix, Hulu, Sling, Amazon) and I'm there in one click. Just because you have a shitty setup doesn't mean it's difficult -- it just means you have a shitty setup. I gave my parents my old Roku (they're pushing 70 years-old) and they have no problem.

Comment Re:Price Point (Score 1) 179

I'm worried about this upgrade path myself. I've got a Macbook Pro that's probably 5-6 years old. Upgraded the RAM and swapped the HDD for a SSD. Still runs like butter, but it won't last forever.

I don't understand why phones kept getting bigger and laptops keep getting smaller. My Macbook is a 15" and I can't imagine going any smaller and still being able to do the things I need to do. I already have to squint and put my face two inches from the screen to read any text on an RDP session.

Comment Re:Dear Adam. (Score 1) 321

Luckily, the kids next to him/her would be busy texting and wouldn't even notice when the MPAA gestapo charge in and extraordinary rendition that kid. AMC may be on to something here, though: People who sit and text through the whole movie can't be put off by the lousy film they're watching and won't be too discouraged to see the next trash [insert comic book film title here] movie.

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