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Comment: Re:not circumnavigation, and not all straight line (Score 2) 485

by Garfong (#49740931) Attached to: The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers

The question doesn't say walking in a straight line, just walking west. A circle around the pole is the trajectory traveled when walking westward near either of the poles. The solution around the North Pole also requires walking a curved path. If you walk straight you either end up almost a mile away (if using Great Circles as your definition of "straight"), or exactly a mile away, hovering in the air (if using Euclidean "straight").

Comment: Re:It was an app on a WORK-Issued Phone! (Score 1) 776

Nevermind, I see what you're saying now. But I'm disputing this:

The first claims in her case are shaky because she agreed to them all. Use your personal phone for work, check. Have it with you 24/7, check. Install the app so you can be tracked, check.

She did not agree to the last part when she was hired.

 

Comment: Re:It was an app on a WORK-Issued Phone! (Score 1) 776

From the complaint she was hired in February:

4. Intermex hired Plaintiff Myrna Arias as a Sales Executive, Account Manager on February 10, 2014

App only came in April:

7. In April 2014, Intermex asked Plaintiff and other employees to download an application ("app") called Xora to their smart phones.

Comment: Re:Gemstone (Score 2) 247

by Garfong (#49573973) Attached to: Breakthough Makes Transparent Aluminum Affordable

For bullet resistance you generally need high toughness, not hardeness. In a technical context toughness is the ability of a material to absorb energy without breaking, whereas hardness is the ability of a material to withstand denting, scratching, etc.

Frequently hard materials are not very tough, and visa-versa.

Comment: Re:Source? (Score 1) 337

by Garfong (#49304183) Attached to: German Vice Chancellor: the US Threatened Us Over Snowden

Germany and Japan are near there in terms of [military expenditures](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_military_expenditures). Which seems to me to be a better measure of military power, as number of military personnel is going overestimate the military power of low-tech militaries with lots of infantry.

Comment: Re:Terribly regressive penalty (Score 1) 760

It's still less regressive than fixed fines. And according to the article their system accounts for many of your objections by basing of spending money, not income. For an average Finn, this apparently works out to 30 - 50 Euro/day, or 500 Euro for an average fine.

And most parts of the world have professional police forces who are hired, not elected, so are not subject to campaign contribution bribery such as you describe.

Comment: Second source? (Score 1) 199

Is there a second source for this? I can't find anything outside of the linked article. E.g. In Google I can't find anything about OPP child porn busts since Sept 2014; I can't find anything about this on the OPP home page; nor in the last month or so on EFF blog (EFF provided a quote for the article).

Comment: Re:I wonder why... (Score 1) 193

by Garfong (#49140809) Attached to: Uber Offers Free Rides To Koreans, Hopes They Won't Report Illegal Drivers

Barber is not a good example, since (afaik) barbers are not required to be licensed. Generally licensees are due to public safety concerns: e.g. the push for licensing engineers was due in part to pressure vessels exploding and killing people. Similarly poorly done plumbing can spill sewage into neighboring houses; improper electrical installations can start fires; improper gas fittings can cause natural gas explosions; etc.

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