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Comment: Re:In 2014, racial affirmative action is stupid (Score 3) 358

Consider the enormous advantages that say, President Obama's daughters have over say, an Asian girl from a economically disadvantaged family. Yet the check marks that each would mark on a college application would result in the President's daughters getting racial preference.

Or consider two students from the same socioeconomic background (perhaps even attending the same high school), but one is white and one is black. Under affirmative action, the white student would have to perform at an exponentially higher level to receive the same consideration. As long as race is a consideration AT ALL, then the playing field isn't level.

Comment: Re:victorian clerks.. (Score 3, Interesting) 312

by Scutter (#46778097) Attached to: Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

The whole hierarchy of office chairs has always baffled me. You have three general classifications of chairs (and they're usually labelled as such at the store): Executive, Manager, and Secretary. The Secretary chair always sucks. It's the cheapest model, doesn't usually have arms, has thin or no padding, and it's flimsy. The Manager chair is the most comfortable. It's ergonomic, has adjustable armrests, lumber support, etc. The Executive chair, which should be the most luxurious, is almost always the most uncomfortable but it's always covered in slippery leather. Other than that, it's straight-backed, never high enough for the desk, and heavy.

It makes no sense that the degree of comfortableness that you are allowed to have is actually a class system in a modern office. I get that a business owner wants to control costs and expensive chairs are expensive. But wouldn't you want your employees to be as comfortable and healthy as your budget will allow? Why is a secretary less deserving of arm rests or lumber support than a manager?

Comment: Re:Not practical as contact lenses (Score 4, Insightful) 99

by Scutter (#46620591) Attached to: Contact Lenses With Infrared Vision?

Exactly. I'm not sure why it needs to jump directly to contacts. Why not just regular sunglasses? The article even says "...that makes infrared goggles so cumbersome." So, great! Now you can pack all of that down into a standard pair of glasses that you can easily put on and take off, even when your fingers are filthy from crawling in the dirt during combat.

Comment: Re: Ivory tower much? (Score 4, Insightful) 195

by Scutter (#46555535) Attached to: <em>Final Fantasy XIV</em> Failed Due To Overly Detailed Flowerpots

The article pretty much just says that the flower pots were merely a symptom of a much larger problem - that the developers spent far too much time on graphics and not nearly enough time on fun, story, stability, playability. They were not blaming the failure on the flower pots.

Comment: Re:My bank enforces stupid passwords (Score 1) 162

by Scutter (#46457109) Attached to: Top E-commerce Sites Fail To Protect Users From Stupid Passwords

My bank just implemented a new password policy. "Between 6-10 characters, the first two should be 'XX' and the rest must be letters and numbers, with at least one of each type". I just finished sending them an e-mail in which I included a helpful link to some rainbow tables.

Comment: It's not free (Score 4, Insightful) 212

by Scutter (#46406671) Attached to: PC Game Prices &mdash; Valve Starts the Race To Zero

The "race to zero" has done nothing but create a wasteland of crappy "freemium" games. Dungeon Keeper is the culmination of developers' efforts to move the pricing model away from initial purchase and into in-app purchases. The practice has absolutely decimated gaming. I don't necessarily see Steam's move as a good thing.

Comment: Synology NAS (Score 4, Informative) 146

by Scutter (#46230579) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Local Sync Options For Android Mobile To PC?

This may be overkill for your needs, but I have a Synology NAS that does this. It's got a Dropbox-like app called Cloud Sync to sync all your devices with your NAS (and will sync WiFi-only for your Android if you want). It also has a separate photo app that will auto-upload your photos to your NAS. It includes many other apps that might interest you as well.

Comment: Re:If they charge $15,000 for a ten week course... (Score 4, Insightful) 374

by Scutter (#46120087) Attached to: California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps

"Is there a specific price point at which regulation should be automatic?"

Any financial transaction. This is fairly standard.

Why? Should garage sales be regulated? Why does the government need to be involved in every facet of your life?

Passwords are implemented as a result of insecurity.