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Comment: Re: I doubt it. (Score 1) 37

hey, I had a GE made in Mexico about a decade ago - complete junk. I just gave away a Bosch too - also junk. Before the GE was Whirlpool junk. Replaced the Bosch with a Maytag, a model with a grinder, and it's the first dishwasher I've bought that I haven't hated in two decades. Not sure where it's made.

Comment: Maybe Paul Graham (Score 3, Interesting) 338

by Overzeetop (#48677067) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

Maybe Paul Graham should go and live (and capitalize) the part of the world with the 95% of the awesomest programmers and leave this (apparent) intellectual backwater he calls home. I mean, what's he doing slumming here if 15-20% of the great worldwide programmers are bouncing around China and another 15-20% are making magic in India. If he wants to leverage brainpower, he should go where the brains are.

Oh, and I hope he doesn't let the door hit him in the ass on the way out.

Comment: WTF? (Score 1) 57

by argStyopa (#48672583) Attached to: How Target's Mobile App Uses Location Tech To Track You

1) The /. article is titled: "How Target's Mobile App Uses Location Tech To Track You" (highlight mine).
Yet the article and the conclusion is that this app doesn't track you because of hyper sensitivity to privacy, even though their experience and most surveyed users WANT that feature. So, clickbait headline or didn't you even RTFA yourselves?

2) "I have an aversion to shopping in general, and large-format retail in particular. While I think I have a strong sense of direction most of the time, put me inside of a big box store with its scores of aisles and the sometimes impenetrable logic of its layout, and I get turned around and frustrated right quick. I tend to avoid this kind of shopping, opting instead for the convenience of online purchases or smaller bricks-and-mortar stores that Iâ(TM)m familiar with or that offer a more curated experience." OK, we know you're a condescending douche, got it. We understand that you don't go to these sorts of places, probably because you're tragically hip. Editors at Xconomy: asleep at the switch? Maybe cull out this sort of patronizing crap from reviews?

Comment: Bias in titling (Score 1) 357

by argStyopa (#48670975) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

"During the 12-month Rialto experiment, use-of-force by officers wearing cameras fell by 59% and reports against officers dropped by 87% against the previous year's figures"

From that, you determine that the title of the article should be that it "reduces police use of force"?

Clearly, the MAIN result is that it reduces BS claims of "police brutality" more than anything.

I'd be curious to understand why the submitter and editor so-titled the article.

Comment: How fast is just too fast? (Score 4, Insightful) 110

by swb (#48668907) Attached to: US Internet Offers 10Gbps Fiber In Minneapolis

Assuming you're not running major data service out of your house, what's the point of diminishing return for connectivity?

I'm making the assumptions that the link speed you're sold is actually the speed you get and that there are no resource constraints, artificial or real, that would stop you from utilizing the maximum bandwidth.

Do most web sites have per-connection caps on how fast any one connection can download files or data? Could you mount a file store on AWS or any other cloud storage provider and use it like a local NAS disk?

Comment: Slashdot is exceeding itself lately... (Score 1) 217

by argStyopa (#48664273) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford vapid, stupid conclusions based on flawed initial premises.

First I noticed was that "coding" is a superpower.
Second is that tech's gender gap began in 1994? Seriously?

So before 1994, women were nearly equally represented in computing? HAHAHAHA.

It's not even worth refuting, it's such an asinine premise.

Hint to the author: the world began before you.

Comment: Re:That seems strange (Score 1) 185

by swb (#48660339) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

While a zoo may seem like a comfy environment some animals just don't do well in captivity.

I believe this is generally true, but at the same time I think there's also an undercurrent of anthropomorphization here about animal psychology that can get dangerous. Too often it seems like we talk about what animals "want" and "don't want" when in a lot of cases things that would bother humans just don't matter to animals because they lack the kinds of emotional processes unique to humans.

Comment: Re: It's totally superfluous (Score 3, Interesting) 163

by bill_mcgonigle (#48658149) Attached to: NetworkManager 1.0 Released After Ten Years Development

oh, does bridging work finally? I spent well over an hour with nmcli docs and on Google trying to setup bridges for each vlan I was using on an el7 machine and got nowhere close to working. Spent 5 min setting up redhat ifcfg- files and was done after yum uninstalling nm. It says that nmcli got some love in 1.0, and boy that's a good thing.

Comment: Re: not original (Score 3, Insightful) 186

by bill_mcgonigle (#48658061) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

Price "gouging" is a good thing. It sends information signals to the market to divert goods to where they are needed. Hurricane approaching Florida? That load of plywood headed to Michigan should be diverted to boarding up windows in Dade County instead of to building a dog house in Lansing. But if the price of plywood is kept artificially low (only possible by the guns of government), there's no incentive to send the truck towards a hurricane, so the Michigan contract is fulfilled.
During Hurricane Sandy some friends and I looked at renting a truck and getting some generators from our local stores to NJ - about 300 miles. It would obviously have to be worth our effort but both we and the people without power who could not find generators would benefit. But then Chris Christie got on TV threatening anybody who would charge above big-box store non-emergency prices with National Guard action. "Screw that", we said, "they can sit in the dark and enjoy their fairness".
The important information theory piece to learn is that prices are the information signals that are sent through markets. The important economic piece to learn is that scarcity is real. The important political piece to learn is that politicians ignore both, to the detriment of their people but to their own personal gain.