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Comment: Not a huge surprise (Score 2) 71

by c (#49362217) Attached to: Best Buy Kills Off Future Shop

The real surprise is why it took so long? 14 years is a heck of a long time to be running large redundant stores. From the parking lot of my local Future Shop, you could literally see the Best Buy store, and neither store was ever busy enough to really justify having two so close together, and I've heard that some were so close as to share a parking lot. It might be different if there were significant differences in the product lines they carried, but as it is it never really made much sense.

Comment: Re:Protected relationships (Score 1) 351

by sjames (#49361639) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

Why does that need to be a legally protected relationship?

Because if it's not protected, the person won't go to confession and the opportunity to talk him out of it is lost.

For the same reason, if the state will not honor the sanctity of confession (or other pastoral relationships) it puts itself in a position of banning religious practices. It just doesn't look much like freedom of religion if they keep hauling clergy off to jail when they behave as their religion insists that they must.

Note that mandatory reporting for doctors is not without controversy and is not frequently enforced. There are also laws that go the other way. For example, some states have laws providing amnesty from various drug and underage drinking laws if it is discovered in relation to calling 911 for a medical emergency.

Comment: Re:slashdot - daily news about whiny bitches and S (Score 0) 273

The fact that you're so unself-consciously self-righteous and equate yourself with Ghandi and MLK (you brought them up, remember) is a major cause of the rest of us failing to take SJWs seriously. How can a person un-ironicially do something like that casually in conversation?

Comment: Re:Its like normal web development, but worse (Score 1) 120

by jellomizer (#49360577) Attached to: UK Licensing Site Requires MSIE Emulation, But Won't Work With MSIE

I found found, it isn't about technical skills, but stupid decisions made from a group think process. While prevalent in all sectors government is the biggest offenders because government culture of "It is the mistakes you make which can hurt you" vs. Private which focuses more on your success. So government spends a lot of its time trying to figure out how many ways something can fail catastrophically, which could hurt their career.

So for this case, I get the impression that they put in a funky system to try to prevent bots from filling out the paperwork, because if they hear that their website allows bots to fill out licenses they could get in trouble. I am guessing they added this near the last minute of the project so the page was designed differently. Causing this complex stupidness.


Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 194

by jellomizer (#49360395) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

No it is partisan politics.
If Hillary personal email server was really an issue, it would have brought up years ago before the start of the next presedential run.
But because she is a political threat it is a good discression that the republicans can make a fuss about, and this time the media is on their side, because they want access to her personal email. While the media touts government transparency they really want to see if Hillary is on good terms with Bill.

Now if Hillary stunk up the bathroom. The republicans will deny that they would never do that.

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan