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Comment: Found in small town, CA? (Score 1) 58

by mcrbids (#49517161) Attached to: Baltimore Police Used Stingrays For Phone Tracking Over 25,000 Times

So, I went to the local Social Security office in smallsville, CA. While waiting, I used my phone, and noticed that (Verizon) I was getting a 1x signal.

There are *no* 1x signal towers in my local area, it's all 100% digital. There aren't even any 3G towers that I know of. And when I left, within a few hundred feet, I resumed seeing 4G signal,like normal.

Stingray much?

Comment: Desalinization sucks (Score 1) 594

by mcrbids (#49511907) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California

Desalinization is expensive. It's energy intensive, they're ugly as sin, it results in bad-tasting water, it pollutes the oceans with saline, the resulting water still needs to be pumped hundreds of miles to be used, etc. etc.

It's a raw deal and it's stupid to mention it. Please don't.

Comment: Is it a matter of sexual attraction? (Score 2) 598

If it's a matter of not having students who are sexually attracted to each other, they have a serious logistical problem:

  • You can't have any girl with a straight boy.
  • You can't have any boy with a straight girl.
  • You can't have a gay girl with any girl.
  • You can't have a gay boy with any boy.

I'm not positive, but I think you'd need something like this:

  • It's only okay to pair a gay boy with a gay girl,. Or else each needs his/her own dedicated school
  • Every bisexual student needs his/her own dedicated school
  • All straight girls can be in the same school.
  • All straight boys can be in the same school.

Comment: Re:What happens... (Score 1) 598

When they ace it, end up in one of the ultra competitive CS schools (or work environment) and haven't been exposed to whatever it is that causes female students to not do well right now, all in one shot? It would even out eventually, but the first few batches will be in for a rude awakening.

Can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs! Well, actually, if they're female eggs than the federal government will be all over you. But if they're male eggs, screw `em. Because, you know, equality.

Comment: Reality: Stock Options (Score 2) 479

by mcrbids (#49487233) Attached to: Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries

Moves like this aren't philanthropic. It's a common tactic for a vested CEO to cut their salary to just $1. But because they are vested (EG: stock options, partial ownership, etc) they make out just fine.

As a company owner, I could cut my salary to just $1 and it probably wouldn't affect my true annual gross income at all, since unpaid salary just becomes profit.

Comment: Re:Is self-correcting (Score 2) 186

by Quirkz (#49485325) Attached to: How Many Hoaxes Are On Wikipedia? No One Knows

In my house we had a set of encyclopedias from around 1952, the year my mom was born, plus about ten addenda for the years 1953-1962. In 1988 I needed to do a report on nuclear power plants, and was first confused and then very amused when I realized my encyclopedia didn't even have an entry for those things. It was one of the first times the encyclopedia had completely failed me.

I do suppose the addenda made it partially self-correcting.

Comment: How to monopolize (Score 1) 245

by mcrbids (#49479299) Attached to: EU To Hit Google With Antitrust Charges

Step 1: Offer a compelling product.

Step 2: Offer it in a cheaper *and* more open way that the competition.

Step 3: Repeat step 2 over and over while network effects kick in. As trust and network effects continue to escalate, you become the "default choice".

Step 4: Only go here when you want to be evil. Stop offering such a good price. Don't be as open as you used to be. Structure your prices around keeping competition out rather than simply being "better". Hire lobbyists and start offering regulatory officials vacations in order to provide "an environment conducive to product education".

Google is now just sticking its toe in the water for Step 4. Microsoft charged into Step 4 as early as they could.

Comment: Re:Affirmative Action is not the same as sexism (Score 1) 508

I appreciate your comment. I suspect that everyone is to some extent ideologically driven. I think it matters quite a bit what the ideology is, and what ours is, and how strongly each of us clings to it, if we hope to come to agreement on an issue.

Either way, welcome to the wrong side of history.

Could you explain more about when you mean by being on the "wrong side of history"? I find it an interesting concept, but I'm not positive what you mean by it.

The intelligence of any discussion diminishes with the square of the number of participants. -- Adam Walinsky