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Comment: I wonder if... (Score 4, Interesting) 427

by Rone (#48618901) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

I wonder if it's any accident that this happened AFTER the mid-term elections, but well before the 2016 presidential election season really gets underway...

(You think Christmas comes early? Hah!)

Cuban exiles are a big voting block in a big battleground state, but obviously somebody decided to risk kicking this hornets' nest now in the hopes that the furor will die down by 2016.

Comment: Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (Score 5, Funny) 443

by Rone (#47433567) Attached to: The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

So at times the Tesla was being driven at speeds up to 100 MPH, collided with three cars and two utility poles along the way, and eventually suffered an impact that split the car in two, immolating the front half and embedding the back half within a nearby building.

Can't people see how dangerous and unsafe these vehicles are?!?

If something as trivial as multiple high-speed impacts can lead to driver fatality, imagine what could happen in a REALLY serious accident!

Comment: How to fix H1B in four words... (Score 1) 566

by Rone (#46945199) Attached to: Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

Let. Them. Change. Companies.

If a foreign worker is important enough to the country that we'll give him or her a shortcut through our (admittedly ridiculous) immigration system, then it shouldn't matter WHICH company they're working for, as long as they're working for one of ours.

Locking them into one company only encourages the formation of sweatshops, and we're supposed to be better than that.

Comment: Want to make a REAL statement? (Score 1) 415

by Rone (#45772661) Attached to: Alan Turing Pardoned

Issue more pardons.

How many more?

Well, how about every single soul ever convicted under "Turing's Law"?

Few other acts would express the appropriate level of "fuck you" to the mindset responsible for Turing's persecution, and reserving pardons for only the most notable implies that only the greatest have repaid their supposed "debt to society".

Comment: Participation not exactly "voluntary"... (Score 4, Interesting) 562

by Rone (#45729209) Attached to: Police Pull Over More Drivers For DNA Tests

If uniformed police officers are pulling you off the road in marked cars with flashing lights, your participation is hardly voluntary.

What happens if you decline to answer the questions of the men in white coats a little too firmly? Well, an officer with badge and gun is right there to show you the error of your ways!

I'm amazed the local chapter of the ACLU is merely "watching the operation closely" (per the article).

Comment: Re:Yes (Score 1) 712

by Rone (#41843895) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

If the article isn't worth your time, maybe consider skipping it?

For my part, when I saw an "I need a good pen" article with over 500 (!!) responses, I immediately assumed that a pen-themed holy war had erupted between /.'s more OCD-prone members, and thought I might learn something useful from the melee.

I always can use a better pen. (Currently using a 0.7 mm Pilot G2, which is better than most in that it doesn't completely suck.)

Comment: Give up PC-based syncing? Absolutely not... (Score 1) 332

by Rone (#39714645) Attached to: iTunes' Windows Problem

...and it's for a simple reason.

There are two iOS devices in our household - my iPod Touch, and the "family" iPad. The iPod has "my stuff" -- music and apps that only interest me. The latter is more geared towards the kids -- children's videos, songs, and games.

I maintain a separate iTunes library for each device, though both are tied to the same Apple ID, so that I can purchase content once, and load it onto each device as I see fit.

Apple's cloud service, however, forces me into two undesirable options:

    1) Getting to buy everything once, but forcing me to keep copies of all content on all devices.

    2) Setting up multiple Apple IDs, and having to buy multiple copies of anything I want to have on more than one device.

Neither of these appeal to me, so I have no interest in giving up PC-based syncing.

Keep trying, Apple...

Comment: Something people may not have caught... (Score 5, Interesting) 527

by Rone (#39372497) Attached to: Pay the TSA $100 and Bypass Airport Security

The article mentioned a couple things that have profoundly disturbing implications when considered together:

1) This expedited screening program is by invitation only.

2) The TSA agents staffing the expedited checkpoints are smiling and extra-friendly.

So now, air travel has a caste system. VIPs (everybody who might possibly have a chance to successfully reform/dismantle the TSA) get kid glove treatment, and the filthy plebes get the rude assholes who steal stuff from your luggage and molest your children with complete impunity.


Comment: More interesting than it would first appear... (Score 4, Informative) 48

by Rone (#38969575) Attached to: Yahoo Replaces Half Its Board of Directors

These ousters are more interesting than they first appear...

Judging by this summary (now out of date) of the Yahoo board, 2 of the removed board members (Arthur Kern and Gary Wilson) were financial/investment guys (i.e. not technical people), 1 (Vyomesh Joshi) was a former "printer guy" from HP (whose technology credentials are highly suspect given his probable ties to Carly Fiorina), and 1 (Roy Bostock) was the current CEO.

Almost all of the people left on the board appear to have some decent technology credentials. If you wanted to "cut the fat" from the Yahoo board, you could do a lot worse than removing these four people.

Comment: Re:Implications for EULAs? (Score 1) 160

by Rone (#38968437) Attached to: Superpoke Players Sue Google

I've heard of some EULA-upholding precedents (no time to Google for citations at the moment, sorry), so I doubt that they would get nuked across the board.

However, a narrowly-focused precedent barring/limiting "no refund" clauses would be quite welcome.

Such a precedent could also be used to mandate refunds for DRM-protected materials in the event that the parent company shuts down / goes bankrupt, which is one of the biggest problems with our increasing use of digital media (books, movies, etc).

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