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Comment Re:State doing the CYA thing (Score 1) 261

Had the messages been contained on a secure server, subsequent classification could occur while the entire cache of message was still contained. Residing on a hard drive makes the that a bit difficult.

Classifying something retroactively seems a bit odd though. If they were on her personal server, not the "official" one, then the messages were already "out in the wild" with no chain of custody. Then again, a previously non-classified message could have been printed and distributed to someone who wouldn't meet the current qualifications for access, so the horse could be well out of the barn already.

Comment Re:Squeezing the theaters probably helped (Score 1) 467

No poor planning. Well after they'd scheduled things, had special lenses delivered for the presentation, Disney gave them new rules, which included only showing their new film on the largest screen at the theater. This doesn't mean Disney's movie couldn't be shown on smaller screens, just that the largest one was reserved for theirs.
The same thing happened in Hollywood, forcing the movie out of the Cinerama Dome, with the threat of pulling the movie from all of the chain's theaters if it didn't play there.

Comment Squeezing the theaters probably helped (Score 3, Informative) 467

No doubt the film was popular. How to get all those people in and out a a record pace? Squeeze the theaters by requiring them to show the film on the largest screens for a long period of time, pushing out any other movies. The Hateful Eight was to be shown in a special 70mm roadshow presentation. The problem though was that it could only be shown on smaller secondary screens. Disney required their new movie to show on the largest ones, or else not show the movie at all, on any screen.

So while their film is popular, it's not just the marketing hype that got it the numbers. A bit of strong arm tactics to push aside other movies seems to have contributed.

Comment Benefits? Vacation" (Score 4, Insightful) 543

First "loophole" I could think of off the top of my head would be: "Sure we'll pay them $110K". Oh, those jobs include no paid health benefits, no vacation, no sick leave. That could drop the "cost" of the employee down to someone making $70K.

While that sounds bad at first, it wouldn't really be horrible, heck I might even be interested in having all the cash my employer was willing to put out and leave it up to me to spend it. For couples where the other spouse has a good deal on insurance, it might be nice to have the money rather than overlapping policies.

Comment Military (Score 1) 130

Reminds me of my time in the military. I'd been in 5 years and my housing was a barracks ( dormitory ) with shared bathroom. Someone just coming in with a spouse, kids or not, got a 2 or 3 bedroom house. My meals allowance was the ability to eat in a dining hall. Not on the base at mealtime? Sucks to be you, buy your own meal. Those with families got cash instead to eat what they wanted , when they wanted.

Like family leave with no comparable benefit for those who don't produce children, it's being compensated based on what you "need" vs what you "earn". Maybe I'm biased not having kids, but I'd prefer it was based on what you earn. If it's going to be need-based, then at least broaden the acceptable needs. Sabbaticals, or an equivalent time off in smaller increments for volunteer work or other personal enrichment would seem a reasonable need.

Comment Re: The lesson (Score 1) 329

It's a difference that has existed for many years in NYC, long before Uber. Uber vehicles are not taxis, but "Black Cars" which can only be dispatched, not hailed. These are not taxis with a medallion. Uber changed / improved the dispatching process and pricing, but didn't create a new class. Lots of businesses have had accounts with a particular service, Uber makes it easy for an individual to do the same thing.

Comment Re:Talk about an unsupported hypothesis (Score 1) 277

A better comparison would be not with one of a larger phone or phablet from two years ago, but to compare to reviews of them just before the larger ones from Apple were announced. Personally I have no desire for a larger phone, but I can see how someone would be resistant to the jumbo size and then warm up to it after a while.

Do I think many people are influenced by the Apple reality distortion field? Absolutely. I just don't think the linked article showed that reviewers changed their mind based on Apple releasing jumbo phones. Lumping in the release of the new Apple phones with 2 years of exposure to the Android versions doesn't make that point.

If I cared enough I'd look for reviews from those same sources from 2014, not 2012. But really, I don't. I didn't rely on any of them when I bought my current phone, why would I care what they think about a phone I won't buy? (My interest in this was about accuracy and consistency in reporting, not in choosing a phone )

Comment Re:New flash: Humans get bored (Score 1) 190

I agree. Expecting a driver who's had no interaction with the vehicle for a long period of time to be alert and ready to grab the wheel is a fantasy. Having a "no driver" vehicle from the beginning is the better approach than relying on the fiction of an alert and ready human backup driver.

One article I read about VW's automatic steering mentioned that the driver always have to have their hands on the wheel, indicating their presence and keeping them engaged. That seems a better idea than a system that would allow the driver to hop in the back seat for a nap, but still lulls them into a state where they aren't paying attention and are near-useless in taking over in hurry.

The only practical "driver still required" automatic vehicle I can imagine in the near term is one that works to make highway driving more efficient. Change HOV lanes into "well behaved automatic vehicle lanes" where spacing and discipline is maintained. The best use of machine-driven vehicles is most likely to be in an environment where the vehicles are cooperating to optimize traffic flow. Let the drivers do the stop and go, find the parking spot stuff, let the vehicle do the part where working as a pack or flock is the better approach.

Comment Re:Perfect (Score 4, Interesting) 171

Dirt and dust is what I thought of also. While no moving air will help in that it won't draw as much air through it as a filter might, it will still collect lots of dust in hard to clean areas.

The only thought I had, which seems impractical, is to be able to remove the heatsink and place it in a ultrasonic cleaning bath like those used for jewelery. I could see it as an interesting curiosity, one I wouldn't mind cleaning once a year so so if it were on display. But I can't see it being a practical alternative for home use.

If it's very efficient maybe there's a benefit on putting them on rack-mounted servers that have cool, clean, air blown through them. Might decrease the density of servers you can put in a rack though, so there'd have to be a pretty good efficiency gain over active cooling to make that worthwhile.

Comment May not be a testing problem (Score 2) 291

As someone who tests hardware / software I took exception to the assumption that testers didn't find a long list of issues. I'm working on a shipping product that has hundreds of open software issues. These bugs have been documented in detail but were skipped to make ship dates, then skipped over and over again when updates were released in lieu of new features to lure in new buyers. Most bugs are seen as something not sexy enough to spend time on. If the problem they can create is considered an annoyance and not crucial to the product's operation they are skipped over.

So don't assume that bugs weren't found in testing. It's entirely possible that they were found, and the product shipped anyway.

Comment Mercer Girls (Score 4, Informative) 315

If this is not debunked, then it's not a new issue for Seattle.

The Mercer Girls were an 1860s project of Asa Shinn Mercer, an American who lived in Seattle, who decided to "import" women to the Pacific Northwest to balance the gender ratio.

Which inspired the TV series:

Comment Re:Still ugly (Score 1) 164

Regenerative braking appeals most to the people who think perpetual motion is possible. "If I go down a hill I'll get back the power I used to go up!" My guess is that most companies offer it more for marketing purposes than for actual usefulness.

Here's a link to a good breakdown and a quick summary: Not all drive systems are engaged all the time to be able to generate power. Of the ones that are, the amount of potential power to be recovered while braking in normal stop & go is small. The amount that could be generated comes in high bursts, often at too great a rate to be used to charge the battery.

Comment Not in the U.S. (Score 1) 127

This wouldn't work in the U.S. While the article says they tossed out all the rules, I think more likely they just let kids be kids. But here in the U.S. the school and the teachers would be screwed if a kid got hurt even in the slightest falling from a tree. So, here they do stuff to avoid blame for anything (with the associated lawsuit), even if it's not better for the kids in the long run.

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