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Comment: Let's actually look at studies... (Score 2) 145

by Firethorn (#48631335) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers if anybody's interested.

Effects of scheduled overtime on labor productivity - Abstract says 'no significant effect on productivity'
Productivity in manufacturing...: As hours/day dropped, they worked more days(of the year), so productivity remained about the same.
Scheduled Overtime and Labor Productivity: Quantitative Analysis: Productivity drops 10-15% for 50/60 hour work weeks.
Effect of Reducing Interns' Work Hours: Surprise, Surprise, NOT working medical interns for 24+ hours straight reduces serious medical errors by more than 50%.

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 1) 516

by ScentCone (#48630653) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Now start cleaning that gun and the picture changes. Now take the gun to a shooting range, and remove all the bullets when you take it home and put it on the table. What are the chances that you left a bullet? Now show your friends that there are no bullets. What are the chances that you fire a shot from a gun that you absolutely positively definitely knew had no bullets in it, and kill one of your friends?

So what you're taking great pains to say is that guns aren't inherently dangerous, people are. Because they kill themselves and each other all the time through careless acts. You've done nothing to show inherent danger in that hunk of metal, but you have shown an odd desire to absolve people of their own stupidity, shifting the blame to inanimate objects than cannot, by themselves, hurt you. It's a fundamentally irrational view of reality. Or, more likely, it's a thinly veiled agenda trying to hide behind a bit of fear mongering.

Comment: Re:Neville Chamberlin was not available for commen (Score 1) 196

by Rei (#48630561) Attached to: "Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

Germany was spending far more on their military during that time than Britain was. If Britain and France had stepped in earlier, Germany would have been totally unprepared and the war would have ended quickly. Not to mention all of the horrors of the Holocaust that would have been prevented.

If Britain and France had managed to delay the war to "prepare" even more, say a few years, the Luftwaffe would have been dominated by jets, German ballistic missiles would have been longer range and more precise, and they might even have become a nuclear power. I really don't think this is the analogy you're looking for.

Comment: Re:Are account regions locked? (Score 1) 151

by Firethorn (#48629751) Attached to: To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

I can't check until tonight when I get home from work but are account regions locked? I know mine currently shows the US but when I travel to Japan next month, will it update?

Disclaimer: AC mentioned it's against the TOS, but I've done it in the past - Military deployed to the middle east, various countries. I've had issues where I 'had' to use my VPN* in order to purchase games on steam due to mismatches between my local IP and my CC(payment method). Even picked up some cheaper games in a couple spots.

I didn't receive any bans, but given that I was actually *in* the foreign country, but VPN's back to the USA in order to use my US credit card to buy a game for my US steam account, I figure I'm not the target audience. Probably hard to tell I'm VPNing as well given that I used a VPS that I'm the only one VPNing from. The pingponging might be a clue, but I wasn't using it to buy lots of 'gifts'(IE act as a retailer). Even then, they might figure out that I'm likely a US military person from the location and not want to deal with the butthurt and negative publicity when I'm not actually getting a price cut.

*From a VPS that I control, not a public VPN service

Comment: Re:German dubbing (Score 1) 151

by Firethorn (#48629693) Attached to: To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

I *think* Germany is one of the countries with a game rating mafia that insists on changes to their version of the game in order to authorize it's sale in country. Wikipedia agrees at first glance with "Censorship of motion pictures, video games and Internet sites hosted in Germany are considered to be the strictest in the European Union."

Ergo more programming expense as they have to make the blood cool-aid colored, make it seem like all the bad guys are actually robots, etc...

The voice acting may be part of it, but usually quite small.

Comment: Re:Why Steam? Why? (Score 1) 151

by Firethorn (#48629493) Attached to: To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Usual reasons:
1. The cost of the raw oil is actually a small component of the cost of getting refined fuel into your tank. There's shipping, refining, distributer, retail, and tax expenses to consider.
2. There's a lag period.
3. Despite this gasoline prices have dropped enough that it's been on the national news multiple times.

Comment: Re:Assuming they escaped, the penal system worked! (Score 3, Informative) 81

by Firethorn (#48628771) Attached to: Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have

It wouldn't be the first time either... I recall a few instances in the '80s and even the '90s where some schlub or other escaped prison in that era (or before), got himself a new identity, and decades later did something stupid (IIRC, in one case the dumbass ran for a local public office, and a local reporter researching his background found the inconsistencies).

Nazi war criminals are another example of them fading into society. Quite a few have died or even slid into dementia before being found.

I remember reading about the dementia case - they're holding this murder trial (in Germany) and the accused can't even remember that he's in a courthouse half the time. But they're so balls up on prosecuting him that they're doing daily competency tests - if he passed the test the trial went forward that day. Otherwise it didn't. They spend years trying to prosecute him(with delays getting longer and longer due to him sliding further into dementia), he's obviously reached the point that even if convicted all that's going to happen is that they'll assign a prison guard to his room in the care facility at some massive expense(other medical issues besides slowly losing his mind ensured that, their prison system didn't have that level of care available), etc...

And he was only supposed to have been a common camp guard at the time, which was deliberately ignored back during the Nuremberg trials.

Comment: Re:Assuming they escaped, the penal system worked! (Score 1) 81

by Firethorn (#48628717) Attached to: Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have

As a group they're pretty good, still have their bad apples. There's quite a few sitting in prison for various offenses.

I think that if you're an illegal immigrant and predisposed to criminal activity there's always the drug gangs willing to hire. As which point your a drug gang member and not an illegal immigrant, even if you're in the USA illegally.

Deportation after 1 offense probably helps.

But I actually sort of agree with mmell, assuming they didn't simply shift towards committing crimes against others*, system worked.

*I'm taking 'giving a fake name' as a given.

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 1) 516

by ScentCone (#48628535) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

I don't think of guns as inherently evil, but they are inherently dangerous.

How? Be specific. If I put a gun on a table in front of you, it will sit there for a thousand years without hurting either one of us. Are you concerned it will spontaneously explode, or grow some sort of nerve tentacles that will intrude into your brain and make you do something awful? Why aren't you worried about kitchen knives, or hammers? More people are killed in the US with pipes and baseball bats than with any kind of rifle (semi-auto or otherwise) - are all cylindrical club-like objects inherently dangerous? How so?

People should treat guns with respect and always assume 1) that they are loaded (even if you JUST took all of the bullets out) and 2) that the gun is about to fire at whatever it is pointed at.

Yes, it's a good habit to treat every gun as if it might go off when you handle it. So you always handle them as if they will, and control that muzzle's direction at all times. Just like you always have to think about where you're swinging an axe, or pointing the front end of a moving car.

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 1) 516

by ScentCone (#48628487) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Citizens being allowed to carry guns would have stopped neither.

Really? His nice, lazy, all-afternoon hunting down of young people on that island couldn't have ended with fewer deaths if someone on that island had shot him down in self defense before he committed such methodical, unopposed slaughter?

Comment: Re:Should let them work inside parks. (Score 2) 63

by ScentCone (#48628365) Attached to: Councilmen Introduce Bills Strongly Regulating UAV Use in NYC

Where is it in the constitution that flying a drone is a protected right?

Ah, another person who never went to school, or certainly wasn't paying attention.

Your rights are not defined in the constitution. The constitution exists to limit the government's power to interfere with your liberty. Some of those liberties are so important that they are also mentioned by name (the right to liberty that by definition includes the right to speak, assemble, protect yourself, etc). Only leftist idiots think that it's the government that grants you your rights. That's 100% Nanny State backwards. Please do not vote.

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