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Comment Re:Bad design? (Score 4, Interesting) 42

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) 65

"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.

Submission All Malibu Media subpoenas in Eastern District NY put on hold

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: A federal Magistrate Judge in Central Islip, New York, has just placed all Malibu Media subpoenas in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and Staten Island on hold indefinitely, due to "serious questions" raised by a motion to quash (PDF) filed in one of them. Judge Steven Locke's 4-page Order and Decision (PDF) cited the defendant's arguments that "(i) the common approach for identifying allegedly infringing BitTorrent users, and thus the Doe Defendant, is inconclusive; (ii) copyright actions, especially those involving the adult film industry, are susceptible to abusive litigation practices; and (iii) Malibu Media in particular has engaged in abusive litigation practices" as being among the reasons for his issuance of the stay.

Comment Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 363

Well, unless you count App Ops in Android 4.3 (until it was removed) and builds of CyanogenMod starting with 10.2.

Or any Android device with 4.3 or later with the Xposed framework and the AppOpsXposed module installed and active, at which point AppOps shows up in Settings just like it ought to.

Comment Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 363

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.

Comment Re:Just (Score 1) 170

And yes, I am well aware of danger to linemen if there's a general outage and a residence is still supplying power. I would put in a transfer switch capable of intentional islanding and some form of intelligent grid AC resync and reconnect if I were to do this.

It's simple enough to just mandate these for interconnect. Everyone will need them anyway, if they want their solar system to work when the grid is not feeding them power.

Comment Re:Monopoly on what exactly (Score 1) 215

Lol. This isn't civil disobedience! Where is the human rights violation??

You don't need a violation of human rights for civil disobedience. But there is one, anyway. It's prohibiting licensed drivers in good standing from utilizing their vehicles as they see fit, including for profit, in a world in which you are required to have money or be treated as a criminal. If they're not safe to be an Uber driver, they're not safe on the roads and/or in public period, and you should address that issue.

Comment Re:incomplete sentence... (Score 1) 136

There is some truth in parts of what you say but its still a highly biased view point. Firstly the relatively small size of the Native American population made all that land management easy.

Before the Spanish showed up with many fun new diseases, their population was up to at least 50 million, if not 100 million or more. It was smaller than what we have now, but not as small as people think.

Simply burying your shit works when you only have a handful of people living on a large acreage. That does not hold up when your numbers get much larger.

If they get much larger you have to actively compost the crap, sure.

"The flyover states" are also "America's bread basket" they are not empty.

Actually, most of the food comes from California.

They do have a good deal of forest, more than they once did

Forested area is nice, but forest biomass is what really matters, because old trees fix more carbon (and so on) than new trees covering the same area.

The rest of space is very much being used to group the wheat and corn that went into your breakfast cereal this morning.

Stuff we should be eating less of. Actually, I'm eating oats. 40% of our corn goes to make ethanol and 4.7% for HFCS. Only about 50% of the land is actually used for crops, and if we cut the HFCS out of corn we could save approximately 27 million acres there alone.

Comment Re:Monopoly on what exactly (Score 1) 215

Who says civil disobedience is acceptable for people? In a civilized society, that is not how we change things.

It is if you want things to change. All the great movements of change now occurring in this nation were preceded by long periods of civil disobedience. Things like (ostensibly) equal rights for people of all races, for example, or the medical use (let alone legalization) of marijuana would not have been possible without civil disobedience.

Comment Re:Monopoly on what exactly (Score 0) 215

If Uber don't like the law they should lobby to get the law changed.

They are.

They don't get to say "we don't like the law, so we'll just break it".

They don't legally get to, but in many cases they are making it work. Why is civil disobedience acceptable for people but not for corporations? Though in fact, there are actual people taking these actions. Uber is faceless to you and I, but actual people with actual faces risk actual arrest.

Comment Re:Monopoly on what exactly (Score 1) 215

Sounds like libertarian nonsense to me..

That's because your knee is jerking. You should have that checked out. I am more socialist than anything, my argument is that bullshit restraint of trade under a system of capitalism which includes property taxes, mandatory insurance etc. is slavery. If you want capitalism, fine. If you want to make it illegal to be broke, fine. That's how it is now. But you cannot then make it illegal to engage in voluntary economic activity.

You place restraints on trade to balance that exchange against other persons that have an interest in it.

Yeah, that's a nice idea. Only that's not how they are typically used in our system. You place restraints on trade to engage in protectionism.

Meaning, taxes to pay for the road, certification and testing to ensure people who drive on it don't kill others for lack of (very basic) skill.

But taxi drivers don't pay more road taxes, nor should they, because virtually all road damage is caused by weather or by heavy trucks. And no one should be permitted to drive if they lack that (very basic) skill. If you're not qualified to transport passengers for money, you're not qualified to transport passengers for free. In fact, you're not qualified to be driving on public roads at all. The same skills are involved either way. Now, when you get up into larger vehicles which can do more damage to more people at once like buses or cruise liners, then you should have to have some exceptional proof of your competence, but not for an automobile.

Nothing recedes like success. -- Walter Winchell