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Comment Re:Solution: (Score 2) 125 125

. The end user doesn't know what they want, but you do. Make the decisions for them.

Unlike the rest of your snarky post, this part is most certainly true. An end user rarely knows what they want.

Of course, if you ignore what they say they want, you have to actually be able to deliver something that scratches that itch. Basically "fulfilling the exact spec from the user" is just the least culpable way of failing.

Comment Re:The future of private and open tech? (Score 1) 305 305

there was a time when there was no such thing as Facebook. Believe it or not, people still managed to have social lives.

Yeah, there was. And people had social lives with other people not on facebook. But facebook exists now. And too many people allow it to gatekeep their entire social life. So there is no social life with those people without facebook.

Depending on where you live, how old you are, etc, excising those people may be acceptable or not.

Comment Re:This is a smart move for them (Score 1) 167 167

You think it's about targeted advertising selecting stuff you like? It's about targeted advertising knowing what kind of emotional appeals work best on you. It's about knowing enough about you that your drunken argument online goes viral and is the first thing everyone knew learns about you (as opposed to being pseudonymous and allowing you to walk away). It's about avoiding being tracked now because you can never get untracked.

Comment Re:...actually that's kinda cool. (Score 1) 87 87

Sure, for things where you move them around a lot, that may make sense for data connectivity (they have a battery). That's a special case. This is something where it's tethered to four inches from the mat anyway. And tons of people want their desktops, etc. to be wireless because it looks cool at the cost of, well, everything.

Comment Re:...actually that's kinda cool. (Score 2) 87 87

Are you saying that you don't need the wireless, or that adds something to your life.

I love wires and cables. They work in the many nine's reliability wise. Wireless is taking a limited resource and wasting it on something a wire does perfectly well. But more importantly, it only works like 70% of the time.

Comment Re:Of course (Score 1) 60 60

The justification for policing actions is "danger".

It's not just danger. Regulations that improve traffic flows reduce the risk of accidents. Accidents are expensive and time consuming in addition to dangerous.

Teslas are incredibly safe... people walk away from 100+ MPH collisions. If everyone drove one, could we get rid of all traffic laws?

Comment Re:New rule (Score 1) 113 113

. If he had the forethought to learn all the 2 letter words, he can no doubt learn their definitions too, and then move on.

He could, or he could accept that using all those 2 letter words is acceptable in competitive scrabble, but not beer and za games. It's a great rule for that purpose. (At least, as I've experienced it.) In casual games, I'm limited because I didn't memorize the definitions, in serious games I can use blocks of letters that make no sense, but are for some reason legal.

Comment Re:Of course (Score 1) 60 60

But driving has never been safer. We don't need our every minute policed by punitive government overseers.

Driving is safer due to little things like mandatory seatbelt laws. Seatbelts are relatively new (50 years old), and were not widely used by people alive when they came out. In the mid-eighties, I think it was 50% adoption. It was 80% a decade ago. Now it's 90-95%. So, maybe [our driving actions] should be policed.

There are also airbags, etc. And ABS and other technology can help avoid accidents.

Now, what you would want to do is find out about accidents in general. Also, you'd want to try to isolate the causal factor of the cellphone, controlling for safety features (like ABS) in cars, and other factors. You know, what science has to do.

Comment Re:to much security BS out there (Score 1) 112 112

Only a jackoff would suggest getting colleagues arrested because they aren't following the mother government's rules.

These are people who explicitly sought out this employment. And it's a reasonable restriction. This isn't someone speeding down the highway. This is someone who asked for special privileges (in terms of seeing data, etc.)

So hey, keep calling the authorities on your team members you see forgetting to leave their iPhone in the car,

If that happens as an accident, I guess you tell them to go put it back in their car. If they keep doing it...

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