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Comment: Re:Good luck proving this in a court of law... (Score 1) 404

by bitt3n (#47309989) Attached to: San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

I can see this type of service continuing on.

1: Parking spaces are in demand. 2: People are willing to pay cash for one. 3: Other people want money.

All that needs to happen is that the server gets moved offshore, and the app be made as a Web app so it survives being pulled from Apple's store.

I remember this exact same thing happening at a place I worked at when in college. They were such sticklers about being on time for shift that a second late on the phones meant a six month denial of promotions, and being late for any reason three times is an automatic termination. So, people from the neighborhood would fill this place's parking lot up about an hour before shift changed and demand cash... and the employees of this firm would pony up to a C-note in order to get a place, drive a car about a half mile from the office and park in a seedy neighborhood, or be late and stuck on the phones for another half-year with a freeze on raises.

I applaud SF banning this app, but in reality, it won't help, and this is just the start of it. I won't be surprised to see a black market for parking spaces, with people sitting for hours to "sell" theirs, happening soon. Especially home games in university towns or other places where people go for an event.

This could all be avoided by pricing parking at market rates.

Comment: Re:Thanks for the tip! (Score 4, Funny) 448

by bitt3n (#47305601) Attached to: $500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

I pledged $120.

Same here. I don't know what this tinfoil hat wearing idiot who came up with the conspiracy theory in the summary is thinking. After all, dowsing rods have been working since biblical times, and I can't recall swapping out the double A's in mine recently, can you? Similarly, the ADE 651 bomb detector, which contains no power source, and relies on a similar principle, has been protecting troops in Iraq and Pakistan for years. Do you really think already impoverished governments would spend tens of millions of dollars on something so vital to the lives of its armed forces if it didn't work? OP should remove this libelous screed before he finds he's on the wrong side of a lawsuit.

Comment: Re:Before you start complaining... (Score 1) 548

by bitt3n (#47284583) Attached to: Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

If it doesn't we can conclude that they just are not interested because of genetics or whatever.

No, that's just giving up. If this doesn't equalize the numbers, then we have to start getting more creative. Let's say that suddenly a large proportion of the male students suddenly experience unfortunate "accidents," falling down the stairs, getting hit by a hammer apparently dropped by an astronaut orbiting on the space station, maybe we fall back to the old ricin-tipped umbrella or tea laced with polonium-210 if necessary. I know they don't want to be evil, but this world isn't some black and white cartoon. Its more of a chiaroscuro of moral shadows, and an organization with Google's drive, ingenuity, and resources won't dismiss any possible solution out of hand.

Comment: Re:Most qualified and motivated candidates? (Score 2) 435

by bitt3n (#47267799) Attached to: Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

How are you supposed to diversify when you don't even have diverse candidates?

I'm just throwing out ideas here, but perhaps society's finally ready to re-introduce the same measure that social activists of prior generations once employed to boost the diversity of theater troupes, and add a few gallons of black face paint to the discretionary budget.

Comment: Re:Doesn't this already happen? (Score 1) 248

by bitt3n (#47257085) Attached to: Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Websites From Its Global Index

Clearly they intend the law to be binding in the US, because they are attempting to govern conduct that takes place entirely in the US: the delivery of information on US servers to US IP addresses. What they really want to do is stop Canadians from accessing US IP addresses, but obviously that's not feasible.

Presumably Canada considers Google's hosting of Canadians' data to be a violation of Canadian law regardless of whether Google has a presence in Canada.

Comment: Re:Doesn't this already happen? (Score 1) 248

by bitt3n (#47255451) Attached to: Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Websites From Its Global Index

Instead it is designed to make it just a little bit harder to destroy someone's life.

Practically speaking, the barrier is so low that anyone doing due diligence on a prospective hire would be an idiot not to use uncensored google. In fact, I imagine someone will quickly come up with a search mashup that shows only censored results, so finding out what the hire doesn't want you to know about him will be even easier than it is now.

I wonder what would happen if the US passed a law that made it illegal for a company to accede to the demand of a foreign government to deprive US citizens of access to data stored in a server on US soil unless providing this access clearly violates US law. Would the Canadian judge claim that Canadian law should take precedence over US law in the US?

Comment: Re:Eskimo?! (Score 1) 166

by bitt3n (#47240075) Attached to: "Eskimo Diet" Lacks Support For Better Cardiovascular Health

Wikipedia is not informative on why/where it is considered offensive.

The sad thing is, even in Canada many people don't realize how hurtful the "eskimo" epithet can be. To help spread awareness of the issue, I'm planning on partnering with my friend Dan Snyder to launch a public outreach program by buying the offensively ungrammatical Toronto Maple Leafs and rechristening them the Eskimos. Before every ice-hockey bout, we'll have a bunch of skating clowns attired in traditional garb and armed with harpoons chase down our mascot, Eskimodo the humpbacked whale, which should not only produce a most satisfactory comic effect, but serve to educate the mouth-breathing yokels who attend such spectacles on a part of their country's culture they're usually too soused on Moosebraü and overblown Canadian jingoism to pay the slightest mind to.

As part of this effort, if you wish to attend and can prove native descent, we'll be happy to give you a "reservation" free of charge, even at the last minute, although each of these seats will actually be a single square-foot of standing room located in the offsite parking-lot.

Comment: Re:Not the first time I've heard this kind of theo (Score 1) 190

by bitt3n (#47205867) Attached to: Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches

The problem I have with these theories is that they don't explain why the hand is so poorly adapted to *deliver* punches.

Actually it has been proposed that humans are unique amongst primates in the fact that their hands developed in part to maximize destructive punching power.

Comment: Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 59

Let's see...pay $150 for something to blink an LED to alert a potential sighting for a single orbiting object vs. paying $0 for your smartphone to blink an LED to alert a potential sighting for virtually all significant objects in orbit.

This is the most blatant slashvertisment yet.

Well to be fair, this will get interesting once enough people hook these devices to high-powered lasers that the ISS is constantly bombarded and ends up having to spray paint all its windows.

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