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Comment: Re:54% is LOW (Score 1) 523

by bla (#40949047) Attached to: Poll Finds Americans Think the TSA Is 'Doing a Good Job'

probably a connection... i just did the same thing and had an identical experience. japan -> SFO -> east coast u.s.

in most airports international arrivals and domestic departures are in different areas. so you arrive internationally, go through u.s. customs and immigration, leave the "secure area," go to your connecting domestic flight, and welcome to security theatre.

i opted out of the scanners (as i always have) which pissed off my husband, but we had enough time to make the connecting flight and i guess i'm just stubborn enough to point out when theatre is, in fact, theatre. the GP was right... at least in japan, there was no taking your shoes off, no irradiating scanners, no obsession with liquids. just the old-style luggage scanners and metal detectors. way faster, way more dignity. and as so many other posters have pointed out, just as secure. *sigh*

Comment: Re:Annoying boss? (Score 2) 312

by bla (#38099472) Attached to: Microsoft Patent Aims To Curb Obnoxious Employee Behavior

If this is generally applied to a workspace, I'm confident that the bosses will be the first to be red flagged! Maybe this can help reducing the amount of psychopathic leadership?

nah. this will be configured to reward standard psychopathic, extroverted, "leadership" behaviours. there's no way that those on top are ever going to use something that tells them they shouldn't be on top.

Comment: Re:I may be wrong, Im not an astrologer (Score 1) 333

by bla (#28336547) Attached to: Ocean Currents Proposed As Cause of Magnetic Field

Astronomy is the naming of the stars, Astrology should rightfully be the logical study of the stars

actually, "astronomy" is the law (or regulating) of the stars. as opposed, for example, to anonymous. "nomos" is law, "onyma" is name (someday, someone will explain to me why the romans decided that the upsilon in greek ought to be transliterated as "y"). so "astronomy" isn't quite as mis-named as it appears.

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