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Comment: Re:This seems batshit crazy. (Score 2) 189

by Wycliffe (#49626315) Attached to: Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant

When do we have an expectation of privacy anymore?

When we are not actively broadcasting our location to third parties as an inherent part of the service? Privacy isn't possible when your phone is broadcasting constantly where it is. Any more than privacy on the internet is possible, since everything you do, by the nature of the internet, passes through multiple parties' anonymous hands.

By that same screwed up logic, you have no expectation of privacy when talking on the phone because you are transmitting your voice to a third party
to relay it to it's final destination. Yes, my cell phone carrier has to know where I am to route my calls but that doesn't mean that they are free to put
a map on their website showing my exact location at all times to anyone who wants it.

Comment: Re:Which is why we disguise cell towers (Score 1) 189

by Wycliffe (#49626299) Attached to: Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant

Most (?) cell phone companies have explicit privacy policies, which should both prevent them from releasing customer data unless legally required (i.e. a warrant), and at the same time give the customer a reasonable expectation of privacy. The king (11th Circuit) has no clothes.

The wording I have seen usually states that they can release information to comply with police requests.
They don't say that it has to be a warrant and I think most of them just give it over freely to police without
much hassle if it's a legitimate request with or without a warrant. Besides that, police are trained on how
to make a "polite request" look like something a person has to comply with and in most cases it's easier
to comply than to pay a lawyer to decide if you are required to comply. Also, if they serve a warrant then
they dictate the terms and it can produce more work for you than just complying with the request in the
first place.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 246

by Wycliffe (#49622405) Attached to: Is It Worth Learning a Little-Known Programming Language?

There is enough similarity between programming languages that there really is no point in learning any more than what you need. If you find yourself in a position where you need to learn a new one, as long as you have a pretty broad background it usually only will take a couple of days to get going and a couple of weeks to get really good.

As a programmer, I can somewhat agree but if you're trying to get hired as a COBOL programmer chances are that you'll move
to the top of the stack if you actually know COBOL and can list it on your resume.
Also, just because you've been coding in one language for years and you can start writing functional code in a different language
after a couple week, you're not going to be as skilled at the nuances of that language as someone who has been using it for
several years.
I consider myself an expert in c, c++, and perl. I can read/write php and python just fine but I don't consider myself an expert
in them. It takes me longer to write code, find modules, debug, etc... in a language that I'm not as familiar with and having
hired people and cross trained them for a new language I can say that it takes about 6 months or longer for a new programmer
with a new language to be as fast in the new language as they were in the old language.

Comment: Re:Same ISP since 2009 (Score 1) 104

by Wycliffe (#49613133) Attached to: I've had my current ISP (disregarding mergers) for ...

Those assumptions might not be completely true but you can't ignore average wage and other
cost of living factors because there is alot of labor involved in installing fiber lines, maintaining
equipment, etc... If you can hire a ditch digger for 1/10 the cost then it makes sense that you
could offer internet service cheaper as well as the cost of getting the fiber to the home will
be less.

Comment: Re:Looks like the prophet's gunmen (Score 1) 1054

by Wycliffe (#49611895) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Your guess is wrong. It was held at this venue because of a "Stand With The Prophet" event that was held at the same place after the Charlie Hebdo massacre. The purpose of that event was to highlight that the media and American Islamaphobes are the reason that Islam has such a bad reputation in the west. More can be read here.

So I was wrong about the reason Texas was chosen but the fact that it was the same venue
as a previous opposing muslim rally pretty much backs up that they wanted a confrontation.
The really ironic part is that although it does help support that there are plenty of crazy
mulsims out there this might actually work against their stated goal and actually make it
harder to have a similiar event in the future.

Comment: Re:why do we need a walled garden? (Score 1) 32

I've seen internet kiosks that work something like this. To access the raw internet was $5/hour but certain companies
have paid the kiosk to allow their services to be accessed for free.

The later versions of AOL, the old style kindles, and even some internet tvs and game consoles work on a similiar approach.
The "start screen" is a bunch of apps, but you could still mostly access the "raw internet" 3 levels deep via a menu item.

I guess I'm not completely opposed to trying to figure out a way to monetize aka subsidize the internet if it means we can
get more people connected but it definitely sounds alot less like a charity and more like a business venture.

Comment: Re:Looks like the prophet's gunmen (Score 4, Interesting) 1054

by Wycliffe (#49610929) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

"Texas". That's really the only part of that sentence you need. I would be surprised if the people attending and local homes weren't about as well armed as the police in the article.

Even if I wasn't normally armed, there is no way I would go to a rally like this without a weapon.
You basically knew you were walking into a war zone. My guess is that the reason it was held
in Texas was exactly because of the available gun laws, the death penalty statutes, and other
similiar laws. This was pretty much a honeypot operation with the SWAT team on standby.

Comment: Re:A gem from the discussion (Score 2) 321

by Wycliffe (#49593847) Attached to: Mozilla Begins To Move Towards HTTPS-Only Web

I think it's even worse than that. Are there ANY caching services, edgecast, or CDNs that support encryption?
https is great when you need it but for static content like images it makes caching next to impossible as well
as requires several times more servers to serve the same amount of traffic as an http server can serve over
double the number of pages per second as a https server and that's without looking at all the traffic that is
skipped with caching and CDNs.

Comment: Re:Makerspace.... (Score 1) 167

I may just be a sad, old hippie, but I think relying on heavily computerized equipment, where you can download a blueprint, push a button and out comes a finished product, that doesn't mean you're a 'maker' in my book. Yes, I know I exaggerate, but still. Or is 'maker' what you call yourself when you don't want to learn how to actually do things, you just want the finished result?

I think most "makers" that I've met are interested in how things work. That involves disassembling existing products and also
creating something new that doesn't exist and you can't buy. In many cases, yes, all they want is the finished result with that
finished result being a robot or other item that doesn't exist. The more tools that make it easier the better. If you can download
a blueprint and push a button for certain portions of the project, then that is great. It give you more time to work on the other
pieces of the project that aren't pushbutton.

Comment: Re:Makerspace.... (Score 1) 167

I am considering trying to design a place with areas for this, as well as areas to cook, and areas to sew, maybe an area for chemistry.

The point of a makerspace or workshop is to give access to expensive tools that would be cost prohibitive for someone to own themself.
Things like 3d printers, lathes, etc... and it's general non-consumables. Most people have access to the stuff needed to cook, sew and
perform chemistry experiments. Also most of that stuff is consumables which you would need to provide yourself anyways. An expensive
sewing machine might be something for a sewing space but if I had to guess those probably already exist. As far as chemistry and cooking,
I don't see a market for it.

Comment: Re:What about a bus? (Score 2) 280

by Wycliffe (#49587329) Attached to: New Study Suggests Flying Is Greener Than Driving

Actually, buses are terrible. They only run fully occupied during peak times, and transit companies don't pull the big buses and replace them with minivans during off-peak hours. So most bus miles are run with very light loads. On average, buses are far worse than cars for energy efficiency because of the low average load factor.

You're talking about city buses. You can't compare city buses with city to city buses. Chartered city to city buses run at or near 100% at
all times just like alot of airlines. Chartered airlines are the same way. That's the reason certain getaway packages are so cheap. They sell
every seat and know that every seat is sold and only leave when it's full unlike city buses and some airlines where they are running 12
rounds a day whether someone is riding or not.

Comment: Re:Yeah.... (Score 1) 192

by Wycliffe (#49584821) Attached to: Massachusetts Governor Introduces Bill To Regulate Uber, Lyft

Uber and Lyft operate on the principle that the person requesting the ride will pay enough to cover the matching fee, the full expenses of the person driving, and profit. That's not ridesharing in any sense, it's a car for hire.

Maybe a solution to the "ride share" vs "commercial service" would be to pass
a law for what the maximum price you can charge for a ride share. The IRS
per mile number (57.5 cents per mile) might be a good number to use or maybe
even something less like 75% of that but it should definitely be easy to argue
that if you're charging more than the 57.5 cents per mile then you are no longer
in the ride share business but are operating for a profit because "shared expenses"
should in theory only be 50% of that number (28.75 cents per mile).
Lyft is at $1.90 and Uber varies but is also well above the full 57.5 cents.

Comment: Re:Why is this even a question? (Score 1) 374

by Wycliffe (#49579429) Attached to: Who Owns Pre-Embryos?

So legally, they should both have "the man's rights", which is none at all.
They contributed to a sperm-bank, effectively.
Anything beyond here is akin to adoption.

Proof: Biologically, another woman could implant.

I would agree to this. Just like presumably you could withdraw consent for your sperm in
a sperm bank* to be used before it is actually used, either party should be able to withdraw
their consent until it is actually placed into service. In the sperm bank case, you might have
signed a waiver giving up your right to retract or it could be assumed like when you donate blood
but in this case they maintained ownership but as soon as either party revokes consent then
the embryos should be flushed.

Comment: Re:Yeah.... (Score 1) 192

by Wycliffe (#49576589) Attached to: Massachusetts Governor Introduces Bill To Regulate Uber, Lyft

Perhaps that's no loss. There's no rule that every business model under the sun -has- to exist. None of the requirements described in the summary seem out of line to me.

I see no problem with uber having a little star next to the people that have a million dollar liability coverage but
also I don't see why a person can't opt to go with someone cheaper that only has 10k liability coverage.

If people actually wanted 1M liability coverage then uber could flag those accounts and push them to the top
but most people don't care and would rather have cheaper fare.

Money is the root of all wealth.