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Comment: Re:Done in movies... (Score 1) 216

We — the readers and viewers — know (sort of). The policeman doing the illegal deed in fiction knows just as much as the real cops in TFA knew.

It's that "sort of" that makes the difference, however.

Again, movies tend to make it simple. Take something like torture in "24." We're generally forgiving because, hey, we know the bad thing is going to happen. We know that whoever Jack Bauer is torturing is the right person because for the last 3 episodes we saw him scheming with the other bad guys. And, finally, we want to get on with the story and to do that, our hero needs to know this stuff (that we, the audience, already know). Since it's fiction--and we know it's fiction--we know that nobody is really getting hurt so it's no big deal.

Again, real life tends to be more complicated. Yes, the Cops knew that this guy was a drug dealer, but was he really? Depends on how much you trust the police.

Don't get me wrong--there are idiots out there who can't really separate fact from fiction or imagine a real-world scenario based on the movies. I remember when the US Government was talking about torture and a scenario that sounded right out of 24 with the old, "Wouldn't torture be okay then?"

proving most of the society as [...] tools of the manipulators [...]

Well, movies are supposed to manipulate your emotions. That's why they have soundtracks and the like. Fiction does that.

Comment: Bidding for Access (Score 3, Interesting) 31

I thought this was interesting. FTFA:

One part of Google's patent that wasn't discussed during the announcement was micro-auctions, in which users pay for network usage by the sip. Google's patent describes a mobile device that submits a proposal for competitive bids by network operators each time the network is used. An app in need of a network connection would send a request for a bid to nearby networks and would accept the lowest bid with the matching network service level.

Micro-auctions would provide consumers the best user experience because they would always connect to the fastest network available. Large mobile carriers would resist this change because they would forego subscriber contract revenues earned independently of network quality for revenues earned by bidding the lowest price to deliver the fastest network performance.

My only question would be how would you verify that the provider is returning a realistic answer? Remember AT&T's "Faux G"?

That said, I gotta admit that this is a neat idea, especially with the idea of network service levels. For example, I can get by with 2G service for a message to Google/Apple asking, "Is my software up-to-date?" But I'll want that 100Mbps LTE goodness when watching a high-def movie. I might be fine with something in between for casual web-surfing.

Comment: Re:Obsolete? (Score 2) 339

by R3d M3rcury (#49542081) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit

I hate to suggest RTFA, but...

First, the plaintiff was contacted by a Google recruiter, so at least somebody believed that he was a good candidate. His phone interview went poorly--he was contacted by a person who had limited english skills, used a speakerphone with a poor connection (or maybe it was Google Voice) and refused to switch to the handset. He asked him to read code to him over the phone rather than using Google Docs.

I'm not sure it was discrimination, but I'd argue that the interviewer was a total jerk who had no interest in this person whatsoever. Whether that was due to age or some other reason (perhaps he had a buddy who needed a job) is unknown.

Comment: Re:Maybe so but... (Score 0) 170

by R3d M3rcury (#49539357) Attached to: USGS: Oil and Gas Operations Could Trigger Large Earthquakes

Agreed. However, you have to remember that when you have to get a permit to cut down a sapling, it's a minor inconvenience. When a large drilling operation has to go through these permits, it's a huge inconvenience that costs money and jobs. We have to protect these job creators and get the government off their backs so they can get things done.

At least that's what I heard on Fox News.

I always love these "small government" types. They're the first to yell about how we need smaller government. But when something goes wrong, they're the first to say, "Well, where was the government in all of this? They should have done something."

Comment: Re:A sane supreme court decision? (Score 3, Interesting) 399

In these kinds of stops they are really just props.

I remember something from several years back where the police would just say, "Oops! The Dog is reacting to something. Do you want to let us search the car now or do we have to break windows and things like that?"

Whether the dog really was reacting to something would be up to the officer handling the dog. It's not like I'm an expert in dog handling to be able to say, "No, that's not true."

Comment: Re:Makers or Service providers? (Score 1) 350

T-Mobile no longer counts the traffic from most streaming music services against your data plan.

That's the nice thing about T-Mobile. They give away all this bandwidth to anybody.


The reason you get free streaming from select streaming music services is that they are paying T-Mobile.

Wonder which one it is?

Comment: Re:Help me out here a little... (Score 1) 533

by R3d M3rcury (#49507355) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

This is still fantasy scenario. [...] And battery prices a going down rapidly, alternative battery technologies are behind the corner. Most likely, they will be become cheap enough within few years and connection to the grid will become unnecessary hassle.

Speaking of fantasy scenarios...

I don't necessarily disagree with you, but you're replacing one fantasy scenario with another. And I could easily believe that the lions share of houses would have solar before this cheap alternative battery technology is available.

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