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Comment: Re:Culture and information matter. (Score 1) 200

by Jane Q. Public (#48682541) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea
A swing and a miss? More like knocking himself out with the follow-through.

Anybody who honestly thinks Libertarians are tools of the Right is too ignorant to be dangerous.

And anyone who thinks Ted Cruz is a Libertarian could probably learn a lot from a school of those trout.

Comment: Saving you time isn't their goal (Score 1) 58

by DoofusOfDeath (#48675259) Attached to: How Target's Mobile App Uses Location Tech To Track You

Most stores don't want to minimize your time in the story. I think they want to maximize the time you spend near high-margin impulse-buy items, and up-sells of the items you originally intended to buy.

If I was a sleazy developer of software like this, and especially if I had access to the customer's whole shopping list, I'd send them on a pretty different path than their ideal one.

Comment: Re:If you're going to name your new software slack (Score 1) 34're going to have a bad time.

FWIW, I use Slack for work, and I find it really useful. It's a pretty good way to connect normal email, github emails, and chat.

My only real beef with Slack is that its markdown language is a bit different than, and inferior to, Github's. Which is an annoyance when, for example, github markdown messages are rendered by Slack.

Comment: Re:Motion blur is temporal AA (Score 1) 182

by Jane Q. Public (#48672239) Attached to: Human Eye's Oscillation Rate Determines Smooth Frame Rate
You ALL seem to be forgetting interleave, which is the one motion-enabling technology most responsible for reasonable motion effects on television. (NTSC TV of course also has a higher frame rate: 29.97 fps.)

1080p (p for progressive, i.e. one full frame at a time like film) became the norm because of its higher pixel-per-second count. But let's not forget about 1080i, where the i is for interleave. 1080i shows motion much better.

Comment: Re:Does he stand a chance? (Score 4, Interesting) 161

by DoofusOfDeath (#48660549) Attached to: 'Citizenfour' Producers Sued Over Edward Snowden Leaks

Did they actual show you how it violated those terms, or was it just a vague threat?

It was a vague threat, but the DoD can pull a security clearance for various reasons, which means sudden unemployment for the worker. So having ones clearance threatened is akin to be threatened with firing. Except it's a kind of firing that means you can't easily work anywhere else in that "industry" either. So it's a pretty attention-grabbing threat.

But it also shows the absurdity of the DoD leadership. They were specifically saying that people with clearances couldn't see info that everyone else on the planet could see. This kind of insanity was a major factor in me leaving the DoD. The movie "Catch 22" makes a lot more sense after you've worked with those people.

Comment: Re:Does he stand a chance? (Score 1) 161

by DoofusOfDeath (#48659975) Attached to: 'Citizenfour' Producers Sued Over Edward Snowden Leaks

Assuming he thought this through, does that mean the US law is against the people knowing what their government is doing?

When I worked for the DoD, we were cautioned to not read newspaper pieces describing what Snowden revealed, because it violated the terms of our security clearances.

Comment: Re:And how many were terrorists? Oh, right, zero. (Score 1) 276

by Jane Q. Public (#48653757) Attached to: TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords

People who need to transport their legally owned firearms can do so through the simple act of checking them.


That was GP's whole point: anybody stupid enough (or forgetful enough) to try to carry something like this onto a plane just isn't much of a threat.

Comment: Re:Crime Lords (Score 5, Insightful) 225

by Jane Q. Public (#48653647) Attached to: GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals

I'd say that the abuse of methods used by the authorities against normal citizens was revealed and that has also caused some trouble for the authorities when trying to monitor criminals.

This is a common syndrome in erstwhile free societies: the police are always complaining that they can't catch criminals, that they need more leeway and exemptions from the law themselves in order to do so.

And when people believe them, the inevitable result is less freedom and more Big Brother.

Anybody who thinks Snowden did not ultimately do us all a huge favor isn't seeing straight.

When a Banker jumps out of a window, jump after him--that's where the money is. -- Robespierre