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Comment: Re:Corporations are belong to people = have rights (Score 1) 84

by drinkypoo (#47960971) Attached to: Is Google's Non-Tax Based Public School Funding Cause For Celebration?

Specifically if I invest money in a corporation with certain rights, I have the right to expect to see those rights not tampered with.

Nonsense. Laws are changed all the time. There's no constitutional guarantee to any of those rights, and many of them are based on deliberate misinterpretation of existing laws in any case.

Comment: Re:I'm fine with it (Score 1) 158

by Firethorn (#47959615) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

As Ruir said, 'who says she works'. The IRS really doesn't care as long as it's books balance, and it works on an annual basis. They could get last year's information fairly easily, but that's not the address they're looking for, now is it?

I think you have too much confidence in the abilities of skip-tracers. Plenty are found, yes, but plenty also fall through the cracks. Consider federal fugitives who often aren't found for years. Most are caught quickly, yes, but some manage to hide.

The easiest way to do what she's doing is to simply shack up with a boy-toy and not have your name on any bills. No credit cards that aren't still at the old address, same with the bank account.

For example, from your link on skiptracing:

Often, the job becomes more than mere research since one must often employ methods of social engineering, which involves calling or visiting former neighbors, or other known contacts to ask about the subject, sometimes under false or misleading pretenses.

If she's only communicating with family through facebook and actually has the geolocation features turned off... It'd take a warrant to facebook to get them to give them IP address/location information.

Records that "skiptracers" use may include phone number databases, credit reports (including information provided on a loan application, credit card application, and in other debt collector databases), job application information, criminal background checks, utility bills (electricity, gas, water, sewage, phone, Internet, and cable), social security, disability, and public tax information

Thus my 'not working'(at least above the table, legally), which takes care of job apps, background checks, social security, and such, 'using the old address for bank/credit cards(doable with the internet), and 'living with boy toy' which takes care of the rest.

Comment: Re:I'm fine with it (Score 1) 158

by Firethorn (#47959567) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

And facebook can be more reliable than physical mail? We're going to bank all of this on the reliability of a single third party entity?

I'm going to boil all of this down to 'You appear to have more faith in the USPS than I do'. The USPS is also a third party entity, after all. Process servers are third party entities. Etc...

My mother received a piece of mail literally TWO YEARS after I sent it. It came partially torn, in a plastic bag with an apology letter from them.

There was a bit of a local scandal a few years back where it turned out that a group of process servers were lying about making contact, forging signatures on paperwork.

If it were simply enough to say "we know this account really belongs to this person and that they actively login and use the account", then we wouldn't need certified mail or people to serve a summons in person.

As opposed to a certified letter to an address that may not even be where a person lives anymore?

They tried the other two ways; she was hiding her address ergo they failed at notifying her the latter two ways. The judge made a dispensation in this case, doesn't mean that it'll become a standard method.

Comment: Re:Manufacturing (Score 1) 366

by drinkypoo (#47958357) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

I think you have no idea what you are talking about. Drilling one hole with a laser isn't too hard. Drilling millions of holes with tight tolerances with near perfect repeatability IS as difficult as "rocket science". (as if that is some sort of valid comparison...) That's exactly what make manufacturing hard.

No, he's right. The benefit of laser cutting is that it is predictable and repeatable. It's far easier to laser-cut millions of holes with tight tolerances with near perfect repeatability with a laser cutter than it is to do it with a mill, provided that the surface being cut lends itself to laser cutting. The problem of positioning the laser is no more complex than the problem of positioning the part on a mill (arguably, it is less so) while milling the holes adds a significant number of additional complexities which are not present in a laser cutting system. That's why laser cutting has become so popular, to say nothing of its ability to handle materials which cannot practically be machined. Then again, laser cutting a fat billet isn't really practical either, so clearly both approaches have their benefits. I imagine that's why both approaches are used by Apple on the same hardware.

Comment: Re:This is why you outsource manufacturing. (Score 1) 366

by drinkypoo (#47958307) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Outsource to a big company like Foxconn or Solectron that has already invested in all the expensive equipment and processes (in both cases, some of it actually paid for by Apple), and have them do your manufacturing for you.

The problem with that notion is that you can and will be pushed aside if Apple wants to do a bunch of manufacturing right now. You are last in line for the big guys. You need to be matched with the appropriate manufacturer.

Comment: Re:Dont forget! (Score 1) 366

by drinkypoo (#47958295) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

I wonder if some kind of fair trade system could be developed for electronics, just like we have for food products?

The simplest fix is to charge a tariff to offset the benefits of cheap labor. Then you get money and eliminate the benefits of slavery, without actually outlawing trade. In order to prove that you're unfairly assessing these tariffs, they have to prove that they're not oppressing their people, so the process drives transparency.

It won't fix the low value of human life in China overnight, but it will apply pressure in the correct direction. Sadly, it's not even on the radar.

Comment: Re:It is doable. (Score 1) 366

by drinkypoo (#47958281) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Until you get really sick or run off to Argentina with Miffy, and then the remaining staff hasn't a clue about how to run or fix all the custom contraptions.

The complexity of equipment we're talking about here is nothing like software development. You do realize that even machine tools only have a handful of moving parts, right? Tools which hold animals (or cut, smash, or otherwise affect them) can be apprehended simply by dissasembling them. Then you measure some distances center to center, and maybe the bore and stroke of some cylinders, and do some simple math (as in, even I can do it, and I have issues with numbers) and et voila, you know how it works. Especially if they have more than one of them, and replacement parts can be copied from another machine. Farm equipment is regularly repaired by people who don't have a manual.

Comment: Re:"compared to consumer grade cameras" (Score 1) 47

Because in order for me to give a shit, I have to be able to afford it. Otherwise, I really don't care. I can, however, muster enthusiasm for open-source cameras with the quality of video provided by an expensive DSLR, but cheaper, and still able to use their lenses. If someone can point me to something like that, I'll be excited.

Comment: Re:It doesn't OWE the taxes (Score 1) 84

by drinkypoo (#47958255) Attached to: Is Google's Non-Tax Based Public School Funding Cause For Celebration?

However unless you forgo ALL the tax claw backs you are eligible for, it is questionable if you have a right to criticise Google.

Great. Let's answer that question. The answer is yes, yes you do. A person is not the same thing as a corporation. For one thing, a person is real, and a corporation is a legal fiction which was created by government and which does not exist without its protection. Government is meant to serve the citizenry (hahaha) and corporations thus must also serve the citizenry (HAHAHA) or they should not be permitted to exist. Indeed, one of the tests for granting of a corporate charter used to be public interest, but now it's simply shareholder interest.

Comment: Re:Slashdot Hate Machine (Score 1) 58

by drinkypoo (#47958243) Attached to: New "Crescent Bay" VR Headset Revealed and Demo'd At Oculus Connect

One thing that you didn't point out about how weird it is at slashdot lately is the mods. Man, what the shit? People get mod points and just seem to go silly-willy. I suspect that some folks just get on their hate-wagon, and seek out certain people's comments, and regardless of what they say, they mod them down, purely based on the screen name.

I can't speak for anyone else, but this actually used to happen to me a lot "back in the day", and obviously as well; the mods would simply apply to five consecutive comments, many of which had nothing wrong with them. Then I'd post the list of URLs to my journal, and often some of my fans would help me out with some cancelling, corrective positive moderation. Thanks, fans! Lately there's been a lot less of that. It's happened maybe twice in two years that I can recall, it used to happen every couple months or more.

I kind of wish they'd do away with AC, or only allow moderation privileges to certain folks. But both of those are shitty ideas.

How about a word filter for ACs? Treat them like the children they're acting like. After all, it's trivial to acquire a slashdot account, which need not be tied to an actual identity.

Comment: Re:To answer the last question (Score 1) 160

by drinkypoo (#47958231) Attached to: Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

What's wrong with American drivers? Well to begin with, they all drive like assholes.

Now now, that's not really true. Many of them drive like idiots.

So far I've found the best drivers in the country to be from NY or CA. However, there are many shit drivers around places with a lot of money. Go figure. In the latter case you see it exemplied whilst passing through Marin. Always getting cut off by some dickwad in a Mercedes which doesn't even have plates yet.

Comment: Re:When I lived in Japan and rode trains every day (Score 1) 160

by drinkypoo (#47958207) Attached to: Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

The MTA recently cut the number of station staff. If they didn't have anybody on the train, they just wouldn't have enough employees around to mind the shop during normal operations. I mean, you need a human being with a radio down there.

Right, but they belong in the station, not on the train. The train's doors should be physically incapable of opening why the train is in motion, which would solve that particular problem.

Cutting the station staff is a bad idea, mmkay?

Comment: Re:What's wrong with American drivers? (Score 1) 160

by drinkypoo (#47958191) Attached to: Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

Then again, our trains were substantially lighter (about 50 tons empty, 80 tons crush load), so I'm sure it was easier for us to deal with the varying inertia.

Up until the point where a bigger brake won't help, you can solve this problem completely with bigger brakes, which provide consistency. Well, it works for everything but trains, so I don't see why not trains too.

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