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Comment Re: Bad practice. (Score 1) 242

For one the back of a phone is ALSO wiped clean every time you put it in your pocket.

For two unless you hold your phone very strangely, you won't have thumb prints anywhere but the keyboard and home buttons.

Finally even if you did, good luck getting a clean grab and it HAOPENING to be the right print. Oh and did wrong mention yet that after 5 failed attempts the device locks.

Comment Nonsense (Score 1) 255

Sure, just like when they teached automotive repair in high school, every student left repairing their own cars!

And when they teached shop in middle school, every student left being able to build their own houses! Magnificent!

Just because something is force-taught to kids, does not mean the majority will pick it up after school. The vast majority will take their C+ or B-, move onto the next class, and forget everything they learned before the year is even over.

I agree that giving the kids the option to learn coding as part of school would be a step forward. So would bringing back shop and art class. But please let's not live in a dreamworld where every kid LOVES coding - it isn't going to happen.

Comment Distraction? (Score 2) 371

Putting all gender equality issues aside for a moment, I can't see how this would be anything but a distraction and counter-productive.

The last thing I would want in my office to aid productivity would be a ton of attractive females who have no job but to fawn over the males who are supposed to be working.... its total nonsense.

Sure, it might help them attract employees, but they will have to hire 2x to 3x the number of them to counteract the productivity hit.

Comment Re:Yes, they are employees (Score 0) 367

Many of the things you post above are false, because over 75% of drivers drive for Uber and Lyft simultaneously (source:

So yes, they can subcontract, and yes, they can offer services outside the Uber app. Furthermore, many (most?) contractors must follow specific procedures set forth by the contracting firm. I have in fact never heard of a contractor who can just deliver a deliverable in any form without following some type of procedure.

All of this is a moot point, because if it is true that 75% of Uber drivers are driving for Lyft at the same time, the idea they are Uber employees and not contractors is obviously nonsense.

Comment Re:Never understand jailbreaking an Apple iOS devi (Score 1) 217

Nearly all Android phones come carrier bootloader locked so I would hardly say they have a "different and open mentality".

Even Google's Nexus phones come with a locked bootloader that needs to be unlocked in order to root the phone and do the equivalent of what you do with a jailbroken iphone.

Comment Re:Never understand jailbreaking an Apple iOS devi (Score 2) 217

If you had ever used a jailbroken iPhone and realized the capabilities it unlocks, you would change your mind.

The idea that a jailbroken iPhone is more or less secure than an unjailbroken one is a fallacy. The people got this malware by downloading and installing pirated iOS applications that were infected with it - something that is ENABLED by jailbreaking. Just because a phone is jailbroken does not put it into some unsecure state, you have to do that yourself.

Comment Re: Ignorance? (Score 1) 237

The idea that a human is conscious 15 weeks after gestation is total poppycock. There are no observed behaviours AT ALL in the fetus at this point that aren't even exhibited by lower life. Unless you also claim worms are conscious, which implies almost every animal on earth is. That is a pretty broad definition of consciousness.

The truth is, ACTUALLY, traits affiliated with consciousness, such as recognizing ones self in the mirror, actually aren't exhibited in children until several months after birth. So if you're using that as a benchmark, then we would need to relabel killing one month old babies as animal cruelty.

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