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Comment: Re:Assault and battery (Score 1) 99

by Zaelath (#48562161) Attached to: Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud

Loss of the records would be catastrophic for the police and district attorney to punish the mugger.

So the edge case is losing information about the mugging? Which for most people would be none at all.

This is related to fitness monitoring and privacy/insurance/big brother concerns... how?

I'll miss you most of all, scarecrow.

Comment: Re:Assault and battery (Score 1) 99

by Zaelath (#48560719) Attached to: Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud

I assume you're very keen on some kind of edge case where you are unable to get to your home in time to offload your extensive GPS/fitness records, so you need to upload them to a cloud service (which really, could be under your control fairly easily if it wasn't /forced/ to be under theirs) via a mobile phone uplink, because the loss of those records would be .. catastrophic if you were mugged in deepest Africa and unable to sync to your desktop, but somehow still had good mobile phone coverage.

Is that right?

Comment: Re:Missing the point a bit? (Score 1) 376

by Zaelath (#48494205) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

Your handicap argument has nothing to do with age discrimination in employment in which you're conflating extant disability with risk of disability (or you mean something else entirely by "employers can do the math", feel free to elaborate). Sure, disability management is a problem, but it's a *different* problem to excluding people over 50 for employment they're otherwise qualified for, based on the fact that they're more likely to become disabled than a 25 year old (younger than that there's some pretty horrible accident rates due to their inability to assess risk).

BTW, I'm not suggesting re-skilling in "hot" professions against a tide of experienced people, that's a straw man. I'm suggesting finding employment in a different field that is viable with reduced physical ability.

It seems like you're arguing a personal situation against the general case, and that is not the question at hand. If you want to argue that society/government need to do more for the disabled, then you won't get any argument from me, but to posit that it's OK for business to manage their personal corporate risk at the expense of society, I won't accept that at all. Alternatively we could go all Logans Run and solve both problems, but I don't think we're there yet.

Comment: Re:Missing the point a bit? (Score 1) 376

by Zaelath (#48493749) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

That has little enough to do with age though (more likely, not inevitable), and not something you can plan for (other than income protection insurance to give you some income while you re-skill).

I think your actual point was that employers manage the risk by hiring younger people, but that's because most of them are facile idiots, and the solution is to punish them for their ignorant, unsustainable attitude, not accept it and start a market garden. We're only living longer and longer and the retirement age is pushing further and further back, if you're going to accept that 40 is unemployable when retirement is 75 then you have a *massive* social security problem which is not resolved by wishing things were different.

Comment: Yes, worse (Score 4, Insightful) 313

by Zaelath (#48182873) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Of course it's much worse than the data collection from a "technical preview". It's whole purpose is to discover how people use the damn thing and you sign up to be a guinea-pig in exchange for getting the advanced access.

However, it's "to be expected" from Apple. You don't own their phones or laptops, they own you.

Comment: Re:Apple effect (Score 1) 137

by Zaelath (#47849207) Attached to: Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

You don't have an innate right to anything, however you have innate desires for rights like control over your property up to and including your own body. Society has organised such that we have set aside a portion of our resources to defend these "rights" collectively and make them a notional fact of life in that society.

We pay taxes to defend our "rights" from our neighbours. In your erstwhile sharing economies, it was still collective contributions to the good of the whole and people that didn't want to contribute were removed from the group.

All that said, Disney are dicks.

Comment: Re:My opinion on the matter. (Score 1) 826

by Zaelath (#47753269) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

It's not a minute though, on most servers it's single digit seconds, and it's not even "up" once the login prompt comes up. The "compute-hours" are still spent if you're rebooting all day, they're just spent after the "boot" is complete.

Or do you really think tomcat is "running" when the command prompt returns and not 2 minutes later when the applications are responding, and not minutes after that when the JIT has cached everything so it actually runs at a decent speed?

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