Something about this just doesn't ring true: ----- "[UC Davis Police Chief Annette Spicuzza] said officers were forced to use pepper spray when students surrounded them. They used a sweeping motion on the group, per procedure, to avoid injury, she said.
"There was no way out of that circle," Spicuzza said. "They were cutting the officers off from their support. It's a very volatile situation." ----- It's hard for me to believe that armed police wearing riot gear and helmets are scared of unarmed students who have not offered violence. And if they were it seems strange to me that they would not also think that using pepper spray on a small minority of the group would be an escalation, making the situation even more "volatile."
I am presently having the worst support experience of my life with Lenovo -- after paying for their "priority Enterprise support" for three years in advance, all I'm getting is the runaround for three days so far -- no one has taken ownership of my issue. The worst of it is, I know if this were an Apple product, I could get support in person at an Apple store -- possibly the same day. It is absolutely not all about the shiny. It's about getting the support you need to back up your investment.
Marco's review of the Kindle Fire is sad. I listened to a podcast with him shortly after the announcement and he was genuinely excited about what the KF might mean, and so was I. But I am glad I did not preorder...
Quote: "For all the talk I hear about excessive regulation, what I read a lot of are stores about insufficient regulation."
The really interesting thing is that neither side is anti-regulation when it comes to protecting their corporate interests. SOPA would add massive amounts of regulation: forcing software developers to change how they write software, ISPs to log massive quantities of data, and everyone involved in hosting websites to respond almost immediately to content takedown notices. It will be lots of new regulation in support of the commercial interests of a relative few, but most congress critters seem to be fine with that.
I could have tried to explain to the chap from DirecTV that it wasn't them, it was the crap they were pipping into my TV. But I just didn't want to get into it when there was nothing he could do about it.