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Comment Re:$$$ DIsney will have low priced photos to sell (Score 2) 177 177

They already do. https://mydisneyphotopass.disn... Yes, the price is actually $15 per photo, or $200 for unlimited photos.

However, those same people will also take your photos with your own camera as well if you ask them. As will any other employee at the park you interact with.

Comment Re:Dangerous (Score 5, Informative) 177 177

Having worked at one of these parks, I can speculate as to what happened:

A worker monitoring the cameras on the ride saw the rider with the selfie stick and did as they were instructed, to hit the emergency shut off. This stops the ride, and halts all the cars/trains at their next safety stop point. Once that happens, the only way to get the ride going again is to reset it and do your opening procedures over again. The computer for the ride won't allow the ride to operate unless those checks have been performed and passed. Sometimes it might even require one of the engineers from the park to give their sign-off as well.

But to even begin, you have to evacuate everyone that is currently on the ride. So you have to go out on the track to where they are, release them from the ride, and escort them back to the exit. If there is anyone with mobility issues in any of the cars, that could become a very complicated task. IMO, an hour is very quick to do all of that.

Comment Re: HOWTO (Score 1) 1081 1081

I never offered an opinion on the death penalty. I simply stated that the reasoning behind "why should it be our responsibility to support them" or "why should I, the taxpayer, pay for someone to sit around, get 3 meals a day, and watch cable TV", as it was put in another post above, was incorrect.

I am of a mixed opinion on the death penalty:

If you can prove beyond ANY doubt (not just beyond a reasonable doubt as currently required by the legal system) that they committed a murder, then I would be fine with the death penalty. I don't believe that the "beyond any doubt", as a legal standard, can currently be met by the current legal system.

Comment Re: HOWTO (Score 1) 1081 1081

Where did you get the $10 million number? Federal average to house a prisoner in the US was $31,286 per year in 2010. Certain states have higher costs than others, but the federal average was $31,286 per year.

If you even house every life-without-parole inmate for 100 years, that costs $3.1 million. I would suspect that the average number of years to house them is MUCH lower than that. If we assume that the average life-in-prison prisoner commits a crime at an age equal to 1/2 the average life expectancy and then lives until the average life expectancy, then the average life-in-prison prisoner will spend 39.35 years in prison. At a cost of $31,286 per year, it'll cost $1.23 million to house the average life. That is an order of magnitude less than your $10 million dollar figure.

Comment Re: HOWTO (Score 5, Informative) 1081 1081

You do realize that it costs significantly more money to see a death-penalty case from start to finish than it does to see a case where the penalty is life without parole?

The trials are more expensive to run.
There are many more appeals steps that are expensive through the legal system.
It costs twice as much to house a death-row inmate during the appeals.

All-in-all, it costs nearly 3 times as much to see a death-penalty case from start to finish vs. a non-death-penalty case. Also putting a person in jail for life, without parole, means they are never "left to their own" since they will never see freedom again...very slim chance they will be a danger to anyone again.

Comment Re:How could they? (Score 1) 179 179

Except this wasn't done with them posting some sign and a guy at the door making sure no one brought it beer. This was done with a pretty advanced technological system that you simply can't buy off the shelf. A system that can tell the difference between their own hotspots and "rogue" hotspots. Someone actually had to do research on how to do this and set it up.

Comment Re:And? (Score 1) 448 448

"I have to fly, and airlines have a monopoly there, so can exact a brutal vengeance upon all passengers."

I don't think you understand what a monopoly is? That's like saying "I have to drive a car, and automobile manufacturers have a monopoly there...". A monopoly is when a single entity controls all of the supply of something. You can't take an entire industry, which has dozens of competing providers, and lump them all together as a single entity to call it a monopoly.

There is actually quite a lot of competition in the air travel space. About a dozen major national air carriers and over 100 regional and specialty air carriers that do passenger service. I assure you, the cost of airfares are set at what the market will allow. Chances are good that your local cable company or phone company has a monopoly on internet or video services where you are...There is almost certainly not a monopoly on air travel.

Comment Re: Apple Pay (Score 4, Informative) 355 355

your understanding is incorrect. Apple has explicitly stated that the transaction is 100% between The Merchant, Your Bank, and you. Apple does not receive a copy of the transaction, they don't know who you've shopped with, and that they don't know that any specific transaction has happened.

The only thing Apple does is act as the facilitator to getting the device-specific account number in to the phone. So Apple could know which credit cards you have setup in your device and that's about it.

Comment Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (Score 1) 504 504

I'm not actually sure if this is entirely correct. I don't think the fingerprint chip actually has the encryption key. Whenever you power-cycle an iPhone with a passcode/password, you are required to unlock it the first time with the full password. You can't unlock it with just your fingerprint.

My guess is that it needs the passcode to decrypt the contents of the databases, and then it uses the fingerprints as a quick-unlock feature when the device was put to sleep, but the keys are still in memory.

Like punning, programming is a play on words.