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Comment: Re:Little Appliance Parts (Score 1) 45

by MobyDisk (#47559667) Attached to: 3-D Printing Comes To Amazon

No, this is the essence of nerd. And maker. No need to strip you of your card.

The hard part is that you have to design it yourself. Sinec you call yourself a nerd, I recommend downloading Blender or OpenScad and give it a try. Just send me the STL file and I'll happily print it for you. You can find me, or any of my clones, at your local hackerspace.

Comment: Re:Is there an SWA Twitter police? (Score 1) 875

Do they have a team of people sitting around watching a Twitter feed, so that if anyone mentions Southwest they can pounce?

Actually, yes, they do.

I once tweeted to complain that of the four Southwest flights I took, a single one managed to get me to my destination on time. Every other flight was late in some way. My "favorite" of that group was the flight that landed 20 minutes ahead of schedule, only to be refused a gate at the airport and had to sit around on the taxiway somewhere for 40 minutes before being assigned a gate. (Apparently Southwest doesn't rent enough gates for all their flights at Seatac.) This counts as an "early" flight as far as their metrics are concerned, despite the fact that everyone was stuck on the plane until 20 minutes after it was scheduled to arrive.

Second place goes to the flight which landed at a Southwest hub that was stuck on the taxiway because there was no ground crew available to bring the plane to the gate and connect the jetway. Again: at a Southwest hub airport.

So, in any case, I tweeted this using Southwest (intentionally not using @SWA because I didn't really care at that point since by then I was done traveling) and got a response from a Southwest customer service agent.

The answer is yes: they do, in fact, search Twitter looking for people talking about Southwest and will reply to complaints.

Other businesses do this too. I've actually managed to get tech support issues resolved by whining about them on Twitter without even mentioning the a company handle. (For example, after complaining that I couldn't find drivers for Windows 8.1 for my Samsung laptop, a Samsung customer service agent replied telling me how to use their update tool to download working Windows 8 drivers.)

Comment: Staged deployments and Agile (Score 1) 142

Have none of these places heard of replacing a system piece-by-piece? Or agile development? You don't take a decades old system and replace it in one step. You replace it piece-by-piece. That's not trivial to do, but these stories about "5-year project cancelled with absolutely nothing to show for it" are crazy.

Comment: Re:Pft (Score 1) 957

by MobyDisk (#47515733) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Have you ever listened to the audio chats of FPS co-op games when women are playing with men?

Have you ever listened to the audio chats of FPS co-op games when men are playing with men? I've heard straight guys who threatened to hunt down their male opponents so they could rape them and murder them just because they got their ass handed to them in a game. The usual response is to laugh, then shoot faster.

Comment: Stop copying hard drives too! (Score 4, Insightful) 150

by MobyDisk (#47499979) Attached to: New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

no more invasive than the long-established practice of granting a warrant to copy and search the entire contents of a hard drive

This "long-established practice" has always been a violation of the 4th amendment. The recent case where the US government used hard drive data from a *different* case is proof that they should not do this. They should never get the entire hard drive contents. A neutral 3rd-party should copy the drive, perform an appropriate search, then erase the copy. There's no reason for the government to indefinitely hold copies of data they should never have had in the first place.

Just imagine if they had a warrant to get your address book, but they kept a copy of every piece of paper in your entire home, just in case it became relevant later. There is no way that would be allowed. But the digital equivalent is somehow acceptable.

Comment: Re:Ah, yes--the UN Declaration of Human Rights (Score 1) 261

by MobyDisk (#47476871) Attached to: UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

Thank you for quoting the text. I've never seen this before.

it says we are free from attacks to our reputation not that we are free from having our reputation harmed by ourselves and then reported by someone else.

If it said that then there might be more agreement. But that isn't what the words you quoted say. It has no such caveat. The only caveat at all is the word "arbitrary" which is a legislative weasel word. If it said "libelous" or "untrue" or something to that effect then it would not be debatable. It simply looks like it is poorly written, even if it is intended to mean what you say it is.

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