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Comment: Re:Working from home (Score 1) 155

by Geeky (#47721715) Attached to: Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

I suppose the logic is that the internet is now on a par with basics like power for being essential and ubiquitous, and you presumably don't get reimbursed a portion of your electricity bill for working from home.

I don't think that's good logic - I know people who only have 3G access because it's less hassle than setting up a fixed line and ADSL if you're young, renting and move often.

Where I work, working from home is seen as a benefit, so you take the trade off - it's still cheaper for me to work from home than spend the fuel on commuting.

Comment: Re:hum (Score 1) 65

by Geeky (#47636611) Attached to: Red Hat CEO: Open Source Goes Mainstream In 2014

And I could grow my own food, too...

Most people don't have the skills to change OSS code. I enjoy photography and, like many photographers, use Photoshop. For most of the photographers I know, just using Photoshop is enough of a technical challenge - suggesting they make code changes to the Gimp to make it do what they need would be like telling them to design and build a car from scratch rather than buy one from Ford.

I am a programmer, and I daresay if I really, really wanted to I could contribute, but to do so I'd be spending most of my free time on getting tools to work rather than using tools I've bought to do the things I actually want to do.

Comment: Re:Nerd Blackface (Score 1) 442

by Geeky (#47609957) Attached to: Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

Up to a point, and see my reply to retchdog about circumstances. However, there are people living with chronic pain and disability who don't choose suicide. There has to be a trigger somewhere that makes some people suicidal in those circumstances and others not.

And yes, not everyone's pain is physical, but pain is pain - if we understood the workings of the mind better, we might be able to help those in any kind of pain.

Where it gets more complicated for me is that I do actually support assisted dying, with appropriate safeguards. So I suppose I see that it can be rational in some circumstances - for the terminally ill, for example, or those diagnosed with alzheimers. I'm equally aware that seems to contradict my view that suicide is a symptom of a potentially treatable mental illness.

It's a difficult and nuanced subject. Ideal for discussion on Slashdot, where open minded discussion is to be expected! No, I'm really not new here ;)

That wasn't a dig at your response, btw, in case it wasn't obvious.

Comment: Re:Nerd Blackface (Score 1) 442

by Geeky (#47609785) Attached to: Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

It's difficult because we understand so little about the mind that we can't really tell what falls within normal bounds and what is potentially damaging to the individual. particularly with regard to suicide. An analogy is blood pressure - we have what we call a normal range, and offer medication to individuals with abnormally high or low blood pressure. There is no well understood equivalent for behaviour. My belief, based on what I read, is that the trend in the USA has been to over medicate and smooth out behaviours that fall within normal boundaries, but as I say, that's based on media perception.

Circumstances can certainly be a trigger, in the same way that underlying physical conditions, or some cancers, can be triggered. Not everyone who smokes will get lung cancer, but it increases the risk. Bullying may be similar for mental health problems. Anecdotally, I lost most of my hearing in one ear and now have constant tinnitus on that side. At the hospital, I was offered counselling as apparently the tinnitus can drive some sufferers to suicide. I'm lucky - I experience it as an inconvenience and can live with it.

Comment: Compare with sports (Score 1) 442

by Geeky (#47609709) Attached to: Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

Entertainers get paid according to the market value of the entertainment they provide. Full stop. Personally I'm happier seeing them get it for making me laugh than to see someone make more than that kicking a football / hitting a golf ball / swinging a tennis racket (etc). Top footballers (soccer...) earn silly money, and I'm sure it's the same with American football, baseball, basketball etc...

If people stopped paying to watch them, stopped spending a fortune on the satellite and cable packages, the rewards would come down. That they don't is simply market forces. I don't begrudge them personally, but it makes me a bit sad that the world values their skills so highly.

Comment: Re:Nerd Blackface (Score 1) 442

by Geeky (#47609577) Attached to: Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

My view is that suicide is a result of a mental illness. People go through all sorts of traumas, from bullying to severe medical conditions to grinding poverty and don't kill themselves. Those that do are ill, and I would consider suicide to be on a par with dying of a disease. Just my view - I believe it takes more than circumstances alone.

Comment: Re:Fucking anti-social Millennials (Score 1) 120

by Geeky (#47587889) Attached to: Hotel Chain Plans Phone-Based Check-in and Room Access

It's slower because it has to register each item on the scale before you can scan the next one (at least, that's how they're set up here). That means I can't use both hands - scan, bag while the other hand is scanning the next item. The cashiers can do it faster because the system lets them do it faster.

Comment: Re:Sorry to tell you... (Score 1) 544

by Geeky (#47553147) Attached to: Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

My comment was more on the behaviour of people emailing me - in that their emails are always short to the point of losing clarity when they've composed them on their phones. When I'm emailing from my phone I will sometimes point that out and say I'll reply in more detail later. To be fair, it's not just the keyboard - it's easier to compose a longer email on a larger screen.

Comment: Re:Couldn't Agree More (Score 1) 544

by Geeky (#47552689) Attached to: Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

I agree, the first smartphone I had was a Palm Pre and it was great. The keyboard was really usable, and I could type quicker than I can on any phone I've had since. I could hold that and type with both thumbs, but for some reason I just can't do it with an onscreen keyboard. Don't know why. Mind you, when I see younger people typing on their iphones, I figure it's just me getting older and less able to adapt

The other benefit of a physical keyboard is that you don't lose screen real estate to it, so you can see more of what you're typing.

Comment: The choice (Score 1) 150

The choice seems to be between the flexibility of Android vs. the (arguably?) better security on iOS.

I'd like to be able to install Android apps without having to accept all of the permissions they require, but without rooting my phone that's impossible. As a result, there are many apps I just won't install (it took me ages to find a torch app that didn't need anything beyond access to the camera, for example).

On the other hand, I love widgets - quick access to information and actions from the desktop is really useful and the iOS 8 version doesn't look like it'll be as flexible.

Ultimately though I'll be looking very closely at the iPhone 6 when it comes out because Android just won't address the concerns around security.

Comment: Re:Real Address? (Score 2) 113

by Geeky (#47495797) Attached to: Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

In the UK you can request your details are hidden from whois for any domain if you're a personal user rather than a business. It shows up as follows:

Registrant's address: The registrant is a non-trading individual who has opted to have their address omitted from the WHOIS service.

This is to comply with UK data protection laws. I don't think it applies to international domains registered within the UK though. Obviously your registrar still has the details on record.

The bogosity meter just pegged.