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Comment: Some are especially annoying (Score 1) 288

by AvitarX (#47500763) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

For example sucky custom keyboards with slight misbehavior really upset me.

Also, the fact taht all keyboard phones seem to be low end is frustrating too.

Splitting internal and external storage is annoying, since a phone data dump is easy enough, and if the DRM is cracked, it'll still rpevent casual copying.

Comment: Re: Here it comes (Score 1) 435

by AvitarX (#47470037) Attached to: FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

Remote signal is a bad idea.

1) If it's blocked the car won't know (but it will know if a camera is blocked, and should do a fail-safe pullover)
2) twenty year old cars are more common than 20 year old encryption that holds up, which I assume would mean remote pull-over on older cars will be cracked.

Comment: Re:I don't know how they pay (Score 1) 507

by AvitarX (#47467751) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Yes, this is the type of stuff I do in my house, except it takes me weeks or months to get it working again because I have to make multiple trips to to store, because I don't know what I need, being an amateur and whatnot. I've never lived in a place for more than 5 years afterwards, so I don't know the long-term implications of what I do, but I've been around enough DIY plumbing growing up, that lasted for decades, to be relatively confident I'm not causing troubles like that.

If I only had one bathroom though, there's no way I'd attempt it on my own, because I need to shower regularly.

Certainly, a plumber is going to do the work with way less hours than me, so even at their rate, unless I have the time, it's worth it.

Comment: Re:I don't know how they pay (Score 1) 507

by AvitarX (#47460299) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Working on pipes running through walls will never be easy, and someone who does it for a living will always be quicker at it than you, and is far less likely to keep the drain runs at the correct slope, pipes away from areas that get too cold, and install the access points for easy cleaning.

These are ALL things I've had to work around fixing plumbing in houses I've owned where various bits of plumbing were done by amateurs, and I'm sure I am busy leaving behind similar issues for future owners...

The time thing can't be over-rated either, a plumber may charge 80-200/hour, but they get a lot more done in the hour, having all the various tools etc. (and yes, you will always need tools to deal with pipes that are 50-100 years old, the modular snapping will lock up, two layers of remodeling will block key joints, with the right too getting the reach needed, etc.).

Plumbing is here to stay, doesn't mean we won't get a glut in plumbers though.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 139

by AvitarX (#47402435) Attached to: Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi

I've horrible luck with NYC taxi drivers knowing the city.

By cross street, address, or landmark.

I don't fucking know how to get to the city courthouse, because I don't fucking live here, ugh. It's gotten a lot better in the last 5 years with smart phones, but a lot of them did not know the city, or have GPS up until then.

Comment: Re:Should probably be locked up (Score 1) 185

by AvitarX (#47380045) Attached to: Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

This guy was clearly doing bad, and for his abuse of authority (use of police DB) should be punished, but was it really a conspiracy? that takes two people planning something, how serious was the guy he was fantasizing with? The judge said there was no evidence of intent, I haven't read all the transcripts, so I don't want to say definitively where it fell.

This is a person that needs help, and to not have the authoratiy of legitimate use of force, but to to be committed seems a little extreme.

Comment: Re:Should probably be locked up (Score 4, Interesting) 185

by AvitarX (#47377055) Attached to: Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

Because a lot of us are freedom nerds, and this ruling is interesting in that it was allowed to go to trial, but the judge issued a judgment notwithstanding the verdict that preserves free thought.

As to GP post, yes, they should have tried him for any crimes he committed using the police database, and I obviously assume he's no longer Popo, but this was not an actual conspiracy to commit a crime, locking people up because they are gross under the guise of conspiracy is not the solution to anything.

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