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Comment: Re: name and location tweeted... (Score 1) 928

Airports are NOT public places, particularly the Gates at airports.

They are called places of public accommodation just like restaurants. There is zero expectation of privacy for the employees in areas where there is customer access. Members of the public have access to them. Specifically... any members of the public who have paid a fee and obtained a ticket.

This isn't really about privacy, though - it's about SouthWest's perogative to refuse service to someone they feel was being abusive. They could just have easily refused to board this guy if he had been rude to the person't face. Airlines have complete control over access to their planes.

Comment: Re:His choices... (Score 1) 194

by CodeArtisan (#47349603) Attached to: The Internet's Own Boy

He made bad choices, and then reacted extremely badly to the rather predictable consequences. I'm not sure he's much of a poster boy for anything much. It's sad, but I'm not sure what exactly we're supposed to be celebrating here.

Sadly. I agree. He was certainly smart enough to be aware of the consequences of getting caught and of the precedent the Feds have set in similar cases regarding punishment.

Comment: Re: In other news (Score 1) 358

by CodeArtisan (#47307093) Attached to: Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

The claim that using a cellphone while driving is dangerous stems completely from the action of taking your hand(s) off the wheel, and eyes off the road. This is exactly what bluetooth hands free systems are designed for, and exactly why they are including it in more and more vehicles

Actually, there have been a number of studies that show it's the distraction of talking on the cell phone that is dangerous and using a headset does little to reduce that danger.

Comment: Re:Why not the death sentence while You're at it? (Score 1) 216

by CodeArtisan (#47171465) Attached to: Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

I don't see why causing death by a hack should have any special treatment compared to causing death by an ice pick, a bullet, high voltage electricity, or any other exotic means.

There should be no special legislation needed for this.

The problem was the legislation that was used to prosecute hacks didn't make this distinction. All they are proposing is to bring it in line with the other, existing, legislation.

Comment: Re:Did someone just figure this out *NOW*?? (Score 4, Insightful) 234

by CodeArtisan (#47160919) Attached to: Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

So what you're saying is the second anyone infringes on the rights of a group you belong to you automatically band together in protest, even if it's at the potential expense of your livlihood?

Yes. It's called being in a union and something the corporations (with government assistance) eradicated to the point of almost extinction around the same time this behavior began.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 417

by CodeArtisan (#46958885) Attached to: London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

I've never heard of a taxi company with navigators. In the UK at least they just require taxi drivers to have learnt every single road in London to be licensed.

Actually, they only require London taxi drivers to have learnt every single road in London to be licensed. In Edinburgh, that information is of limited use.

Comment: Re:America is *finally* implementing chip-and-pin (Score 1) 210

by CodeArtisan (#46881689) Attached to: Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

Today I saw an American in London trying to buy their lunch with their credit card. The cashier didn't know how to process swipe-and-sign cards, since they are exceedingly rare, they had to go and find a pen.

Very much this. I'm a Brit that has lived in the US for 17 years. When I go back home, the cashiers hear my accent, think I'm local and then give me weird looks when they have no clue how to process my credit cards (even though, technically, they should be able to). It's got to the stage now where I just use cash over there.

Most people will listen to your unreasonable demands, if you'll consider their unacceptable offer.