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Comment: BWAH (Score 2) 175

by aliquis (#49502159) Attached to: The Upsides of a Surveillance Society

All I want to say is it will make people less tolerant about criticism.

We already have society full of pricks who can't accept having their stupid religious idea ridiculed. And then they want to go out kill people because of that.


So what if I call someone an idiot. That's my opinion.
Reasonable people should understand anyone can have any opinion and that's ok. One can have different ones. Just because I think you're an idiot doesn't necessarily mean you are one according to someone else. Live with it.

Also chances are I'll say what's in my mind anyway because I'm used to do it.

If I where to hold back maybe I to would have to resort to go around killing people I didn't liked because there was no way to argue things.

I'm glad I can use my voice. Or fingers.

As for your comment parent yeah it suck that stuff is around forever. Here in Sweden we've got this communist criminal group who mine their own data to use against people of what they believe is the wrong opinion.

People complain if someone who don't like immigrants is in court where immigrants are tried for something possibly even whatever they should be allowed to stay or not.
But then again what if it was people who think we should have no borders and that hiding immigrants was ok and that communism was great? Those people exist too.

Shouldn't the important part be that people could divide their interest and the law and judge based on the law instead?

Anyway, to have this private interest group run around throwing old data around like it matter is just ridiculous.

And yeah. I'll still say what's on my mind thank you.

People go like "Oh people are bullied much more now" or whatever, "lots more hate reported", yeah, BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE AWARE / IT SIT AROUND. So freaking what?

I doubt people behave worse. It's just that if I write on a wall on the Internet that you suck then it may stay around forever whereas if I just tell someone then the message is kinda lost after that. Or at least very hard to pick up again.

Comment: Re:About half (Score 1) 204

by aliquis (#49502123) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017

Then again 1995 ... That's 20 years.

And it's likely cheaper now.
Also the idea is to turn off FM because it cost more money.
Also it's Norway. They can afford a DAB unit.

Now over here in Sweden we don't have DAB. We've got FM.

So to go with DAB would mean to build it in the first place. And have everyone get DAB radios.

But in Norway this has already happened.

Stupid things Sweden do: Build new antennas for terrestrial mpegII compressed TV when money could had been spent on fiber to everyone instead.

Comment: Re:Crying? (Score 2) 299

by gstoddart (#49499703) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

You want proof?

How about we start with this:

Oz many times acknowledged products he told viewers to use are not scientifically supported and don't have the research to be presented as fact.

He has more or less publicly admitted that he hawks stuff which there is insufficient evidence for.

He's a paid shill, with little medical credibility, because he advocates which he is paid to advocate.

Which means he has now stayed into being entertainment, but not fact or medicine. But he sure as hell isn't acting as a credible medical professional.

Comment: Re:Crying? (Score 2, Insightful) 299

by tlambert (#49499047) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

I heard GW Bush claim Saddam had WMDs too, and that didn't happen did it?

Actually, that one did. It resulted in both "Gulf War Syndrome", and a pretty big scandal where Monsanto brokered the deal to sell the machines to manufacture chemical weapons to them from a German company, said deal routed through France. But nice try.

PS: Plus we sold them the Sarin the used against their Kurdish separatists directly, so we knew they had it at one time, and were just hoping they hadn't used it all up so we could say "Aha! Stockpiles!".

Comment: It's shameful (Score 1) 143

by aliquis (#49498561) Attached to: Incorrectly Built SLS Welding Machine To Be Rebuilt

I hate watching Grand Designs and then there's someone who has ordered three glass insulation windows from Sweden (most likely the case, it may just have happened like two times or whatever but still!) and then it either takes forever or there's wrong measurements / doesn't work.

And then it has to be redone and then they are super-happy with the finished product because it turned out so good.

BUT they didn't got their directly!
(Sure windows may be one of those things which become more of a trouble in general in that show.. I still have a feel that maybe the people from UK built things quicker.)

I've also seen it where a team from the US came to build a house and they had brought a nail gun with them. It was just that the others didn't had any nail guns so now the build took a lot longer because people in Europe / in the UK nailed by hand.

And then you wonder why the US is the richer country with the higher salaries and is more competitive ..

(I'm from Sweden but I totally enjoy the English TV programs which is available here (which also is Sweden.))

Comment: Re:Maybe robots could build desalination plants? (Score 1) 113

by tlambert (#49498341) Attached to: Drought and Desertification: How Robots Might Help

Maybe robots could build desalination plants?
It's pretty damn sure that humans never will ...

We're well on our way to getting one built in Carlsbad, near San Diego. I hope there are more to follow.

"It will produce 50 million gallons of water per day and will provide 7% of the potable water needs for the San Diego region."

Cool. Now you only need to build another 14 of them to satisfy the water needs of the area...

Comment: Re:How convenient for Apple... (Score 5, Insightful) 125

Ohh FFS -- that was at the initial launch and not done as a fuck you but simply because they were more interested in just getting the new product and OS out the door.

It was definitely a "fuck you, this is a phone; this is not another fucking Newton".

Full disclosure: I was an Apple Core OS kernel team member at the time. I wrote 7% of the kernel that runs on the things.

Comment: Re:They were actually unhappy with Pearson. (Score 1) 321

by tlambert (#49497121) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

No, it is made very clear that Pearson was a subcontractor to Apple. The total contract was Apples, so the fault/responsibility is Apples.
If they had simply sold the ipads and said 'go look for some software' it would be very different.. but they did not.

When someone preloads software that you request be preloaded on a device, that does *NOT* make the software vendor of that software a "subcontractor".

Unless, you know, (1) there was a contract between Apple and Pearson relating to contract line items, and (2) There was *no* contract between LA Unified and Pearson, and (3) LA Unified did not specify the curriculum software to use, and (4) Apple was acting as a slaes agent, rather than as an intermediary.

The breakdown they (LA Unified) gave was:

Special Case ($80);
3-year Apple Care warranty ($150);
Pre-loaded apps ($13-$21);
Pearson curriculum ($150-$300);
PD ($20); and
Buffer Pool ($20).

So it's pretty clear that they meet none of the criteria for subcontractor under the contract.

Comment: Re:get rid of the H-1B job lock and set a higher m (Score 1) 292

by tlambert (#49491137) Attached to: IT Worker's Lawsuit Accuses Tata of Discrimination

OK I've read "various articles in the Seattle Times.

I read the one about the state auditor being indicted.

I read the one about the infant getting shot in the head in Kent in a drive-by.

I read the one about the whooping cough outbreak (which erroneously claims that herd immunity for Pertussis is mathematically even possible, given the diseases R(0) would require 94-96% immunization, and all unimmunized persons be uniformly distributed throughout the population.

I read the one about Shawn Kemp co-hosting a party because Thunder missed the playoffs.

None of these "various articles in the Seattle Times" supported your position.

Link one supporting article from the Seattle Times which is a post-analysis of the job market following the minimum wage being raised. I'll waive the numbers on the small businesses which have gone out of business over the minimum wage being raised (for now).

"Oh what wouldn't I give to be spat at in the face..." -- a prisoner in "Life of Brian"