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Comment: Re:Stealing stuff and U.S. parcel delivery (Score 1) 216

by Dmala (#33224870) Attached to: The Vending Machines of the Future

I find the same to be true about parcel delivery in the United States. Although I'm sure delivered goods -do- get stolen off of doorsteps all the time.. it appears to be relatively safe enough that people do have things delivered to their doorstep and just dropped off there left in clear view until they get home.. and most of the time apparently not have them stolen.

That totally depends on the area. I live in a moderate sized US city, not really even a bad area, and I've had tons of packages stolen off the front porch. I finally had to just rent a mailbox to ship packages to.

In the suburbs, you can get away with it because the houses tend to be back from the road and there's not a whole lot of foot traffic. It's often not easy to even see a package from a passing car, and you'd be conspicuous as hell stopping and running across the front yard to grab it. In a denser neighborhood like mine, the houses are five steps from the street and there is lots of foot traffic. It's a piece of cake to step up, grab a package, and disappear before anyone notices.

Comment: Re:Glynn Moody commented on this days ago (Score 1) 973

by Dmala (#32796286) Attached to: A Composer's-Eye View of the Copyright Wars

Copyright law exists for the advancement of society, not for the arbitrary whims of creators. His desires are moot compared to the overall effect on society.

Correct, and the way copyright law advances society is by giving creators the exclusive right to exploit their work for a limited period of time, thereby creating incentive for creators to produce said work. So his desires are in fact the whole point.

Comment: Re:None (Score 1) 896

by Dmala (#31528206) Attached to: What Free Antivirus Do You Install On Windows?
I was starting to wonder if I was the only one. I use Windows full time, though, for web, e-mail, games, everything. My rules are: 1.) Don't use IE, 2.) Keep everything up to date, 3.) Always use a hardware router/firewall. 4.) Don't execute anything unless you know what it is and where it came from.

Every once in a while, I'll use Trend Micro's web-based scanner, and do a quick scan with Spybot and/or AdAware. They've never come up with anything more serious than tracking cookies. The one time I had a serious problem, I had launched IE (breaking rule #1) to look at a page that wouldn't render in Firefox and mis-clicked on a popup, hitting "OK" by mistake. I knew I had been infected immediately, and spent about 4 hours ripping the bastard out. I really can't understand how people who know what they are doing (or at least should) get hit with random viruses that "just install themselves."

Comment: Re:Where's your beloved filter now? (Score 1) 211

by Dmala (#31160816) Attached to: Malicious Spam Jumps To 3B Messages Per Day

If you want to do something about the spamming problem, start looking beyond your own nose. Stop adjusting your filtering rules constantly. Pay attention to the cause of the problem - spam is an economic problem. Until something is done about the profit-motive (and the insane margins of profit) behind spam, the problem will only continue to grow.

Two problems with this idea. First, the people who actually buy stuff from spam can be difficult to identify. I think many of them know deep down that they are doing something exquisitely stupid and will deny it if asked. Second, even if we can identify these spam patrons, it is quite illegal in most places to bash their empty skulls in with a baseball bat. Barring some significant changes in legislation, I just don't see how the problem can be tackled from this end.

Comment: Re:GM Isn't taking a bath, I am. (Score 3, Insightful) 264

by Dmala (#30913908) Attached to: GM Is Selling Saab To Spyker Cars

They didn't even bother to SELL their 3rd most profitable brand, they just terminated it.

In their defense, there really wasn't much to sell of Pontiac other than the arrowhead and some trade dress. Basically all of the technology in modern Pontiacs came from other divisions. And unlike some of the divisions they decided to sell, *if* they found a buyer for Pontiac, all they'd be doing is creating a competitor on their home turf competing in their core market.

Comment: Re:It's called a team (Score 1) 426

by Dmala (#30506172) Attached to: When Developers Work Late, Should the Manager Stay?
Exactly. Nothing irritates me more than to have the manager who agreed to the ridiculous, unreasonable schedule that forced us to work late going, "OK, see you guys. IM me if you need anything," and then going home to have dinner with his family. Fuck that, you're at least party responsible, you should stay and suffer with us, even if all you're doing is ordering pizza and answering questions. I think if more managers had to work 16 hour days they'd push a little harder to work out reasonable schedules.

Comment: Re:Censorship is BAD, m'kay? (Score 1) 548

by Dmala (#30121848) Attached to: Russia Recalls <em>Modern Warfare 2</em>

When I read this, I thought, "wha?". With the patriot act and the way the police execute their power, I thought that the constitution was used to wipe the asses of the corporations a long time ago, but when I consulted the good book of a 1000 truths it seems that the US haven't banned any video games at all. Compared to other nations, like Australia, which ban video games as if their going for some kind of Guinness record.

It's kind of amazing, I know. The Bill of Rights has proven incredibly resilient so far, having resisted most attempts to convert it into toilet paper.

Comment: Re:Censorship is BAD, m'kay? (Score 4, Insightful) 548

by Dmala (#30119460) Attached to: Russia Recalls <em>Modern Warfare 2</em>
Just turn it around. Try to even think about the uproar if some game developer released a game where Americans are associated with terrorism and the famous "No Russian" level would take part in lets say New York Airport, instead of Moscow.

Uproar *from the people* is fine. The problem here is that, as I understand it, the ban is coming from the Russian government. There is no way the US government could get a game banned over content that portrayed Americans negatively. Any attempt would rightly be overturned as unconstitutional.

Comment: Re:Fake it 'till you make it (Score 1) 650

by Dmala (#29570477) Attached to: Bad PC Sales Staff Exposed
I believe that's correct. I find it's kind of a mixed blessing. One one hand you get the lying bullshit artist who will say anything to make a sale. On the other hand, you tend to get better service from someone working on commission.

A while back, I needed to buy an AC on the first really hot weekend of the summer. We went to Best Buy, and there was one unit left on a high shelf, with an angry crowd milling about beneath it. At least two employees were standing safely out of the way, just watching the proceedings. We walked out and went over to Sears, where the salesperson practically met us at the door. It probably took about 15 minutes to get the AC we wanted, including the time it took to load it in the car.

How many NASA managers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? "That's a known problem... don't worry about it."

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