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Comment Re:Congratulations (Score 1) 216

And you've managed to make junk food (HF Corn Syrup) cheaper than fresh food; at market interference goes we've still got a lot to learn to be half as retarded as that.

It's very easy to do that, because HFCS stores and transports so very well. All you need is a complete disregard for human health and the future of arable crop land in America.

Comment Re:Yeah, that's sound about right (Score 1) 175

Yeah, deliberately and knowingly entering reserved airspace dozens of times probably should earn someone a hefty fine, or rather should really earn prison time. Doodling around in the flights paths of commercial airliners constitutes a ridiculous and needless risk if the FAA complaint is accurate.

And this is the real question. Did these guys really operate drones where there was a real risk of interfering with an aircraft? Or were they merely operating them in airspace which an airplane could conceivably be in, though unlikely if they are not actively engaged in a kamikaze flight? If they really did operate at a risk to commercial air travel, etc., nail them up, pronto. If not, this is ever so much bullshit and bullying. How do we find out which it really was?

Comment I've already had Microsoft's cocktails (Score 1) 13

I had 'em at GDC 2000. They looked good from a distance, but once you got up close you found out they were cheap and sloppy. You might still take one for free, but you'd be skeptical of the contents.

I would say that I only wish this were a lie, but that would be a lie. I'm right chuffed that their trade show tendencies follow their products.

Comment Re:Show us the data (Score 2, Insightful) 216

If I get cancer, the health insurance costs are super high.

Yes. That's "the value of health".

If I get instantly decapitated in an accident, the health insurance costs aren't terribly high.

Yes. That's "the value of life". Though it doesn't know publicly what the actual dollar amount is, society has set a value on human life. That's reflected in what it costs whoever is considered responsible when they die.

In both cases, however, the 'loss of value' would be similar.

Human life does not have absolute value. That should be obvious. We do not protect all human life equally, QED. Your value depends on who is doing the [e]valuation (depending on the sense you prefer, with a nod to the sibling comment.) The value of your life to you is only relevant to you, and so in general it is of little interest to society. The value of your life to e.g. the military would be based on how much it would cost to train you, and/or your replacement. Your value to your fellow citizen is based on how much benefit they derive from your existence, less how much it costs them to keep you alive. And so on. The value of a human life is almost entirely subjective, and it's not the same from the viewpoint of any two people.

So, like I said, the insurance companies have the most honest evaluation of the value of a human life, in dollars, because they know what it costs them. Of course, they are also highly motivated to influence the value of the human life in dollars, for obvious reasons.

Comment Re:Umm (Score 4, Insightful) 54

You might just need to read past the first sentence of TFA to get an answer to your question. For me, this was a big deal.

âoeI then proceeded to Lufthansaâ(TM)s website and using his last name (which was encoded in the barcode) and the record locator was able to get access to his entire account. Not only could I see this one flight, but I could see ANY future flights that were booked to his frequent flyer number from the Star Alliance.â

That's not a problem with the information being on the boarding pass. That's a problem with the website's security model. It's obvious that this data should be on the boarding pass. It's also obvious that shouldn't be enough to log in and check records.

Comment Re:Seriously, comparing to Sun? (Score 1) 326

The trend lines are essentially the same, especially if you exclude Sun.

Well, no, you have that exactly backwards. The trend lines are essentially the same only if you do not exclude Sun. Here's how you can use simple software tools to find out that you're being willfully ignorant by continuing to read that graph, as printed, as if it meant something. Crop everything off above 50 or 60 or so on the graph, then scale the image so that it's square. Now look at the graph again. You can see clearly that HP went right in the shithole as soon as they hired Fiorina. It was starting to rebound when they shitcanned her, presumably because they felt she would interfere with the rebound. They didn't can her at the very bottom because that would mean admitting they were wrong, and confidence was already at the absolute low so firing the CEO would have been a bad idea then. They included Sun to stuff the vertical axis so that it would look like Carly wasn't the complete failure that she was.

Comment Re:Bad design? (Score 5, Insightful) 54

Your subject says it all ... bad design.

Is it actually bad design? It's fault-tolerant design. If there's a problem with their network, they can still retrieve the data from the boarding pass itself. Protect your boarding pass, and you won't have a problem. You were already planning to treat it as a secret, right?

Comment Usage changes meaning (Score 1) 90

"Decimated nearly half the population" means less than 5%. You can't just ignore the prefix 'deci' because everyone uses it incorrectly, dictionary.

"Decimate" hasn't meant "killed every tenth man by lot" for a lot of years. It's usually not used with exact percentages, but it's often used for percentages other than ten.

Comment Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 376

And in my experience, apps don't seem to much care if you kill a flag or two. Perhaps because the ability to do so is not yet that common.

There are multiple reasons. Mostly two: you don't want to fail if the user is missing some hardware that the software can work without, and the app doesn't actually request the permission from the OS until it wants to use it, unless it's very poorly designed. So if you for example deny the microphone permission, the app will never even have to decide if it's upset about that unless it tries to grab some audio.

I forget what versions it appeared and disappeared, but Google did put this functionality into an older version of android, then removed it again. You can get it back on rooted devices by installing Xposed and installing AppOppsXposed. Many custom ROMs also have this functionality baked into the ROM so you don't need to mess with Xposed, but Xposed+App Settings+Gravitybox is very wonderful and you want it anyway, if you're not running CM especially. If you can't root your device, make better purchase decisions in the future.

Another megabytes the dust.