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Comment Nothing important or expected to last (Score 1) 266 266

I got my 3d printer not to make something that's going to last a very long time, but more for novelty items & a few custom builds. For example, I bought some Red, White & Blue PLA so I could make some July 4th decorations & stuff. I think I'll print some custom cookie cutters for my sis-in-law. Oh, and my dad wants some letters so he can see how to place them on a wind chime he's making. I've also printed some things for my Cubscouts. The other things I've printed have mainly been to show it off or play with it. I'd put owning a 3d printer along the same lines as owning a regular printer these days, unnecessary but can be fun or useful.

Comment Re:How about (Score 1) 268 268

The problem is when they use government resources to target organizations that they dislike & have no real cause to, and do so after issuing declarations that they consider their behavior kin to that of terrorist. Had the IRS treated left wing organizations as they did those on the right, things might be a bit different.
What are your thoughts about Bush (and now Obama) saying that if you encrypt your internet communications you must be a terrorist? And then what would happen if they used the IRS to go after the Linux foundation(or some other FOSS tech company) for making encryption readily available?

Comment Re:How about (Score 2, Interesting) 268 268

I'd skip sending money to ISIS or the Taliban. It's probably not tax-deductible and may result in unpleasant imprisonment.

With the current administration, the same could be said for anything that they dislike. They've not only used the IRS to target groups that oppose them, but also put out a list of attributes that they are using to classify domestic terrorist which include things like having more than a month's worth of food & owning a gun.

Comment Re:Christian Theocracy (Score 1) 1168 1168

Do you believe that business owner should have the legal ability to refuse service to a black/hispanic/asian person, or a woman?

If not, what is it about homosexuality (an immutable characteristic) that is different than race or gender?

If so, why are you an bigot?

The difference in racial bigotry & homosexual bigotry is the former is forbidden by a matter of law, something the later does not enjoy. Just as importantly, these laws are a knee jerk reaction to gay marriage proponents trying to force their beliefs on those who want no part of it. What did people think was going to happen when they sued a bunch of private businesses that refused to cater to gay weddings? And given the Hobby Lobby SCotUS win along similar grounds, I'd be willing to bet that these laws will stand judicial review for the same reasons.

Here's the thing, we do not have a right to not be discriminated against. We are all allowed to walk down the street & cross it if we encounter someone who outwardly portrays something we don't like, be it his/her race or the way he/she walks & dresses. When you walk into a store the salesman is allowed to treat you as courteously or as mean as he feels like, even if it's because you walked in with your same sex partner, to the point of refusing to sell something to you.

Businesses have the right to refuse service. Is it discrimination if the bank refuses to give a loan to someone who walks in wearing smelly rags pushing a shopping cart? Or what about clubs that only let "fit" men/women in? Can your John Candy & Chris Farley's sue for discrimination?

If I don't like you, then I should have the ability to no associate or do business with you, for any reason I see fit. The only exception to that is if I'm providing a service & my dislike for you is due to you belonging to a protected class(race, sex, religious beliefs, disabilities, or national origin). Notice what's missing? It's what I said at the beginning, sexual preference is not a protected class.

Comment Re:Lift the gag order first... (Score 1) 550 550

There is no gag order, but regular operating practices. They won't release the full order until every commissioner has submitted their edits. Much like how the Supreme Court won't issue a ruling until all of the justices have submitted their opinion. The issue here is that the GOP commissioners are being dicks & not submitting their dissent. And what has happened is the GOP talking heads have picked up on the fact that the full order hasn't been released & are calling foul over something their own people are causing.
It's shit like this that's causing me to become more liberal & hate the GOP.

Comment Re:I love you man (Score 1) 305 305

As a non-drinking Mormon I can say that the population I belong to is as a whole more healthy than the rest of the population. At one point we had a 10-20% longer life span. We generally have a much lower level of the most common health issues. But you are talking about a highly socializing & very health conscious group of people who abstain from drugs, alcohol, tobacco, tea & coffee.

Comment Re:Yes. (Score 1) 673 673

Unless what you do on your off time affects how well you do your job. Think about a drunk who comes to work hung over. If that person is in anyway responsible for other people's safety, then they should be checked to make sure they are 100% capable of performing their job. Are you willing to risk your life & the life of your loved ones by getting on the bus when its driver is clearly hung over?
If the company you work for relies on it's public perception, then yeah, an person who identifies themselves as an employee should be fired or disciplined when they bad mouth their employer. I mean, do you think Samsung was happen when celebrities endorsed their products from an iPhone? And when that occurred, what do you think happened to either the iPhone or the endorsement contracts?
If what you do has absolutely no bearing on how well you do your job or affects your company in any way, then sure it's none of your employer's business. I don't think my employer cares about Lego or video game hobbies.

Comment Re:password manager (Score 1) 191 191

I've not heard of Lastpass. But when I was looking for a password generator I found KeePass & use that. I then have a cloud drive I keep the DB stored on & install the app on w/e device I need/want to access the accounts stored within on. And while I've not done this myself, I have see KeePass auto enter Username/Password into a website. I just copy/paste them manually, and the apps erase the clipboard after 30sec for the more security conscience.
Using a password manager of any sort allows you to have long random passwords and not have to actually remember any of them, unless you secure access to them with another password. Considering the issues that have been highlighted where having multiple significant accounts tied to the same username & password, I would highly recommend everybody use some sort of a password manager besides a web browser password storage.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 120 120

Actually, the scenario I was describing is one that would benefit most multiplayer games, even locally rendered ones. With multiplayer games you aren't just rendering 1 scene & responding to the inputs from the one viewing the scene, but several players' inputs all at once, then have to make sure that the scene for all those players are correct. You can see the problems lag introduces when you do a large portion of the calculations on the server(as to prevent or deter cheating) in games like FFXIV(Google "FFXIV Titan Extreme Lag Issue" to see what I mean). Even when nobody has crippling lag issues, it's still evident when you see your entire party burst move at the last second to avoid a killing blow, when you know that they would have moved at the same time & speed you did. And this is a game where not only is the scene rendered locally, but all the primitives are available from local sources as well.
Using these predictive algorithms for player input & scene construction, would allow you to ship several scenes to each player, showing not only their immediate actions but the predicted actions of the other players. By predicting the actions of each player, the server could then more correctly account for those actions even when lag issues might have prevented the player from reacting the mob's attack quickly enough. As it stands right now, due to lag you might not even see the attack happen, even if it has a long cast/charge time, before you are hit with it.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 120 120

Where I see this as highly beneficial is WebGL based games. You can construct most of each scene on the server, ship it to the browser & have the browser do the final rendering. But to do the scene construction, you'll need to know each player's actions. If you can predict this, then you can ship several different based on your predictive algorithms, then have the browser render the one that closest matches what was actually done. Since DeLorean includes a corrective depth & rotation matrix, you can avoid some of issues with mis-predictions.
I kinda want to see how they implement it so that I could play with it. Plus, I wonder if it could be applied to other branching activities.

Comment Corporate Culture (Score 5, Interesting) 368 368

While I haven't worked for a large number of companies(only 4), I can say that corporate culture defines these types of interactions more than any executive degree ever will. When you have a company that is solely focused on profits, you will always end up with situations like this. Yet, when you have a company that values their customers, things like this will very rarely happen. The last company & the one I currently work for are both for profit(one public & one private), but put their customers first over that profit. This happens from the CEO down to those who are the face of the company people by interacting with the "customers". The attitude of service to the customer is ingrained as a part of the culture, and any deviation from this is unacceptable.

Contrast that with the companies I worked early on(a telemarketer & a "small loan" company) and it's night & day. These 2 companies only wanted profit, at the cost of mistreatment of their customers & employees. The attitude was to treat everybody suspiciously, and employment metrics were based on how much money you made the company. I now find it funny to see the excuses they used to justify the "good" work they were engaged in.

This is why people like to shop at mom & pop stores, which usually cost more, than Wal-Mart. The owners of these small shops care more about their customers & making sure that they leave a good impression, than they do the immediate sale. Now this might not be for truly altruistic purposes, as mom & pop shops live and die by word of mouth, but that doesn't mean it isn't appreciated.

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