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Comment: Re:Lies, damn lies and half-truths. (Score 1) 43

by Will.Woodhull (#49383831) Attached to: We're In a Golden Age of Star Trek Webseries Right Now

I'm holding out for the gold-pressed latinum age.

I remember that TOS was so cool because it was showing what the world could be like if we somehow were able to get past the major crises of that day. Which were (in descending order of impact on a white middle class male teen): 1) women entrusted with chain of command positions; 2) tolerance of the rights of people who did not look like everyone in my home town; 3) resolving major disagreements with foreigners without throwing nukes around.

How could Star Trek be relevant today like it was back then? I can't imagine a Star Trek episode with Spock and Kirk, or even Data and Picard, dealing rationally with terrorism.

TOS and TNG were fantastically great myths born of that age. But that age is now in our history, and today's problems of terrorism, ecological brinksmanship, and the 99% vs the 1% do not lend themselves to the same kind of myth making.

Comment: Re:So... (Score 2) 85

by Kjella (#49382949) Attached to: SCOTUS: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

Not to look a gift outbreak of common sense in the mouth, but how the fuck can GPS trackers be a form of search and seizure and civil forfeiture NOT be a form of search and seizure?

It's a form of seizure, but the supreme court hasn't found it an unreasonable one. And it's been used for a very long time. Basically, the issue was that without forfeiture they had a hard time catching the owners of smuggling ships. As long as you can't establish them as an accessory to the crime or you have jurisdiction problems, they can legally provide the supplies while the criminals operate on an asset-less basis. So the solution was to declare the assets - in this case the ship - used in illegal acts forfeit, making it a risk and a cost to be used in crime. This goes all the way back to the British.

I've been reading some of the court cases and it seems the minority has been trying really hard to find tortured ways of getting out of their own past precedents as the cases become more and more unreasonable but the majority falls down on "we've approved of civil forfeiture for 200 years, we can't overturn that now". They really, really, really don't like interpreting an old law in a new way. So without acts of Congress saying this is not okay, I don't think anything will change.

P.S. Civil asset forfeiture puts the US way ahead of the UK as fascist country in my opinion, I'm not really even sure if it should qualify as an "innocent until proven guilty" system anymore since you can be robbed blind and need to prove your innocence to the court. It stinks to high heaven.

Comment: Re:Don't be an asshole. (Score 1) 237

by Kjella (#49381263) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With User Resignation From an IT Perspective?

He's still an employee during his notice period; treat him like one.

Or not, either way is fine.
a) You're leaving for another company but during the notice period while it is our paycheck we expect you to be professional and loyal to your current employer. That means continuing to carry out your job duties to the best of your ability and help transition them to other employees. I'm sure they'll appreciate someone with working knowledge of the system guiding them.
b) I'm sure you know it's company policy to immediately terminate all access for leaving staff members, regardless of reason so don't take it personally. Think of it as two weeks paid vacation. Have you got everything in order? I can pretend I haven't seen this for another hour, but if you're ready I'll call the honor guard to escort you out. The check will be in the mail.

I mean you have to screw up pretty bad to make the last seem like a bad thing for an employee that's leaving voluntarily. You're getting two weeks pay for doing nothing. Pretty much the worst you can do is make them stay, but act like you don't trust them anymore.

And if they care a bit too much about their coworkers and start talking about transitioning, it should be pretty easy to to talk them out of it. Sure it'll be tough on the remaining staff, but it'll be like a "what if he was hit by a bus" exercise and we'll find out how much documentation and routines we're missing. They'll cope somehow and besides, it's company policy so I can't really make those kinds of exceptions.

Comment: Re:Not another new rendering "engine" (Score 1) 122

by dave420 (#49379355) Attached to: Microsoft Rolls Out Project Spartan With New Windows 10 Build

Their current renderer (Trident) was first released in 1997. A re-write is not entirely uncalled for. The other things I mentioned are part of a browser, and suffer from the same issues of an old code-base which doesn't deal well with more modern approaches, and which make a re-write of the browser itself more necessary.

Their product has been running various parts of code written in 1997. Them rewriting the browser entirely (which is what Spartan is - EdgeHTML is the engine) makes a lot of sense.

Comment: Re:A Corollary for Code (Score 2) 210

by dave420 (#49378585) Attached to: Why You Should Choose Boring Technology

So you don't know about something, yet assume you know enough to know it's not useful? And you'd chew someone out who found a great way to achieve something because you think it's using tricky parts of the language, parts you are intentionally ignorant of because of some unmentioned reason?

You don't sound particularly rational. I could make a joke about your sig, but I'll leave that alone.

Comment: Re:The future is now. (Score 1) 148

by dave420 (#49378501) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who's Going To Win the Malware Arms Race?
So uninstall the nonsense app which shows you the ad. You are in control, but you've assumed you're not, and sealed your own fate. While arguably Google can be held to blame for you not knowing how to operate your own Android device, you are arguably even more to blame. You not being in Google's "walled garden" (even though Android phones can leave any time they want, and many don't ever step foot in it) won't help you one iota if you can't figure out how to uninstall an app which is spamming you.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"