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Comment: Re:WWJD? (Score 1) 1056

by Jeremi (#49377139) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

I own a business. I am a business man. I decide who my potential customers are, and who I don't accept as customers. No one can make that choice for me.

That's some good bluster, but if you e.g. post "Whites Only" signs on your doors, you'll find yourself in court in very short order. There you'll find out that your freedom to accept or reject customers is in fact circumscribed by anti-discrimination laws.

Comment: Re:WWJD? (Score 1) 1056

by Jeremi (#49377119) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

I have a serious problem with gay marriage, as marriage is a religious ceremony, so the state should stay out of it.

Sounds like you actually have a problem with state-sponsored marriage (gay or straight), but you're only willing to apply your logic to gay marriage.

Civil union is the state sponsored joining, and should be the proper avenue for the state to allow something that religion indicates is wrong.

Which religion are you referring to? There are plenty of religions that approve of gay marriage, and there are also plenty of religions that think various straight marriages (e.g. second marriages, or inter-racial or inter-religious marriages) are wrong. It's not clear why any of that is relevant to what the state should or shouldn't do, given that (in the USA anyway), church and state are meant to be kept separate from each other.

However, it has to be understood that most of the benefits of marriage have to do with holding a family together for the benefit of the children, which a homosexual marriage may have some issues in creating.

It's actually quite easy for a homosexual marriage to have children. Gays of either gender can adopt, and gay women can get pregnant and give birth. And if you want to play the "it's all about the children" card, you then have to explain why infertile/childless straight couples should be allowed to enjoy the benefits of marriage.

Comment: Re: Christian Theocracy (Score 1) 1056

by Jeremi (#49377081) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

Rather--I'm glad that neither the government nor anyone else can force them to take the ["Whites Only"] sign down.

Just to be clear -- the US government can and does force businesses to take any "Whites Only" signs down. Outside of "private clubs", discrimination by businesses was outlawed by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Comment: Re:Pilots must remain in control (Score 1) 378

by Jeremi (#49355927) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

Hm, maybe FOUR people in the cockpit. Plus an armed TSA agent. And an armed TSA agent agent. That'll do the trick.

I say we get rid of the cockpit entirely, and instead provide a set of virtual controls in every passenger seat's seatback touchscreen. That way the passengers can fly the plane democratically. It will only fly into a mountain if that's what a majority of the passengers want it to do.

(Now, where do I pick up my consulting fee? ;))

Comment: Re:Economics (Score 1) 148

by Jeremi (#49344295) Attached to: First Nuclear Power Plant Planned In Jordan

Chernobyl had nothing whatsoever to do with maintenance. It happened as the direct consequence of an ill conceived experiment, which deliberately bypassed safety protocols

Granted, but the fact is that people occasionally do make dumb mistakes. The fact that a dumb mistake in a nuclear power plant can render an entire region uninhabitable is what makes nuclear power so risky, and hence uneconomical to insure. Most other forms of power plant might in the worst case be badly damaged, but they wouldn't also permanently remove the surrounding zip code from civilization.

Comment: Re:Risk Management (Score 3, Interesting) 737

by Jeremi (#49344117) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

You already need a pass code but, apparently, also whoever is in the cockpit also has to authorize.

The above is incorrect -- the person in the cockpit doesn't have to authorize, he just has to not actively prevent re-entry. (The PIN system is designed so that if the person in the cockpit passes out, another flight crew member can get into the cockpit. A requirement that the person in the cockpit actively grant access to the cockpit would defeat the purpose)

Comment: Re:people are going to be saying (Score 1) 737

by Jeremi (#49344021) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

what are we left with? keep the door open and we have murderous hijacking? keep the door locked and we have murderous pilots? yeah both are extremely rare outliers, but it's fucking scary either way

I imagine the eventual solution will be an airplane control system with software that does not allow the airplane to be deliberately crashed. (Of course then we'll have to worry about bugs in the software and/or evil programmers instead)

Comment: Re:Here's MY test (Score 1) 515

by Jeremi (#49333051) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?

As they get older girls are told that some jobs are not for them, that they should be working to get good husbands. TV says to look pretty. [...] So by the time it comes to pick out a career or major in college these days, the number of women choosing computing, mathematics, or engineering is small (and in my experience much smaller than it used to be).

Granting all of the above is true, it's still not clear what can be done when many/most women, whether for reasons inherent or socially acquired, are simply not much interested in programming as a career(*). You can't tell them "oh yes you are interested, you have to be, because women are under-represented in this field" without denying them the right to make their own decisions about what they want to do with their lives.

It seems to me that if you want to crack this nut, you'd have to teach better parenting skills and try to reach girls at the elementary school level. By the time the woman is a young adult, her preferences are likely already largely formed.

(*) in this case, "not much interested" can be defined as "not sufficiently interested to spend the thousands of solitary hours necessary to become really good at it"

Comment: Re:And one single USB-C port (Score 2) 204

by Jeremi (#49324023) Attached to: Apple Doubles MacBook Pro R/W Performance

So you can hook up to an external monitor OR charge your Iphone OR make a powerpoint presentation! In 2016, it will be even lighter when they reduce the number of letters in the alphabet for the keyboard.

Dunno if you were joking or not, but in case you weren't, note that the MacBook Pro has (by my count) 8 ports. It's the new MacBook (not Pro) that has only the single USB-C port.

Comment: Re:Pointing out the stark, bleeding obvious... (Score 1) 247

by Jeremi (#49304749) Attached to: France Decrees New Rooftops Must Be Covered In Plants Or Solar Panels

If we don't stop using fossil fuels at the rate we currently are, then CO2 will just keep building up in the air.

I'm curious... say we wanted to keep the level of CO2 in the atmosphere constant at its current level. What level of carbon emissions would we need to have? (Or, to put it another way, what is the natural "Carbon sink rate" of the Earth?)

Comment: Re:You're doing it wrong. (Score 1) 166

by Jeremi (#49303905) Attached to: Internet of Things Endangered By Inaccurate Network Time, Says NIST

Do you really think the outsourced programmers developing Things for the 'Internet Of Things' will do anything but hack together the code in Java or Python on the cheapest OS they can find?

Some companies will do a half-assed job, and some will do a more thoughtful job. Then the market will decide whether or not it's willing to pay the extra money to have things done well. The outcome will depend a lot on what the particular Thing is used for, and what the costs of the occasional malfunction are vs the extra development costs of developing the software 100% correctly.

Comment: Re:Elon Musk just lost my respect (Score 1) 341

by Jeremi (#49297287) Attached to: Musk Says Drivers May Become Obsolete, Announces Juice-Saving Upgrades

DISCLAIMER: I don't give a flying fuck if you agree with me or not, I don't give a flying fuck about your insults, and you're not changing my mind, EVER, either, so just don't bother commenting on the above at all, deal with it.

Your post sounds so much better when read in an Abe Simpson voice.

Comment: Re:Renting private chargers (Score 2) 341

by Jeremi (#49297049) Attached to: Musk Says Drivers May Become Obsolete, Announces Juice-Saving Upgrades

They should let owners lend their private chargers for a fee, handled by Tesla. Something like Uber but for charging your car.

Well, there's PlugShare which pretty much does that, although I don't think people typically charge a fee; rather they do it pro bono on the assumption that when they need a recharge someone else will do the same for them.

If a thing's worth having, it's worth cheating for. -- W.C. Fields