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Comment: Re:Gay? (Score 4, Insightful) 619

by c (#48271777) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

I don't see why it should be a reason to be "proud". Gay is the way he is rather than something he has chosen but it does not confer some form of superiority on him.

In an enlightened, equal world, people who say things like "I'm proud to be gay" as if an accident of birth was something of note would get the exactly same reaction as people who say things like "I'm proud to be white" or "I'm proud to be male".

I'm pretty sure we're not quite there yet.

Comment: Re:only for nerds (Score 2) 60

by c (#48268337) Attached to: Google Announces Project Ara Developer Conference, Shows Off First Prototype

No one in the mass market will buy this.

Nonsense. You just haven't been paying attention. The market is already buying modular phones. It's just that the modularity sucks, hard.

What do you think those battery cases are? MHL/OTG dongles? Just modules with extra ports. iPhone camera lenses? Infrared camera adapters? Pressy (extra hardware button that fits in the headphone jack)? Dimple (stick on NFC-based hardware buttons)? Wireless charging plates that fit in behind the battery and plug into the USB port?

Comment: Re:Competition (Score 1) 257

by c (#48265255) Attached to: Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

Any sort of anti-trust issue that arises from Google and Apple banning their apps is the same as CurrentC users banning the use of NFC.

Anti-trust is leveraging a monopoly in one area to gain advantage in another. Apple and Google between them pretty much own the app store market, at least in North America. CurrentC members don't, as far as I can determine, hold anything close to a monopoly on anything, nor are they collectively a monopoly.

Apple might not give a shit about anti-trust, but I think Google would play it more cautiously. They've been getting enough grief.

Comment: Re:Competition (Score 5, Insightful) 257

by c (#48263545) Attached to: Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

Of course, Apple and Google can shut CurrentC down before they even get out of the starting gate - simply ban them from the app stores.

That'd probably raise some anti-trust issues, though.

Given CurrentC's complete tone-deafness about what consumers actually want in a mobile payment system (easy, secure, private, pick none?), the best strategy Apple and Google could choose is to keep pushing their respective solutions and ignore CurrentC entirely.

Comment: Re:interesting, questionable (Score 1) 266

by c (#48251743) Attached to: A Library For Survival Knowledge

the scientist or engineer who needs something machined in an arbitrary shape to within a certain tolerance now has access to someone who can do it.

Well, no.

That's a distinctly different skill, and covered largely by "Woodworking Turning Patternmaking and More" or any of the works called "Pattern-Making" (which darned well should be part of a survival library). And you'll find that the results tend to be the exact opposite of "pretty" (sanding wood perfectly smooth tends to be incompatible with precise tolerances, and in practice patterns used a lot of (flat black) paint and wood filler).

Gothic (or any other type of architectural molding) is the exact opposite of precise. It's intended to be banged out in quantity, often by multiple craftsman, and inaccuracies are largely masked by repetition and the sheer scale of the works, and the specific patterns and styles are driven largely by fashion and trends of the period. In other words, most of those kinds of "books" are more like catalogs than instruction manuals.

I'm not saying there might not be any value in having them, but there should be a distinct separation between "needs" and "wants".

Comment: Re:interesting, questionable (Score 1) 266

by c (#48250153) Attached to: A Library For Survival Knowledge

I wonder what "embalming" does in a survivor handbook, but maybe that's just me being a semantics nazi.

I was kinda curious about who decided "A Manual of Gothic Moldings" would be of substantial value for survivor knowledge.

It's an interesting idea, but it really needs to be curated better to separate out the "needs" and "wants".

Comment: Re:Something wrong with those numbers (Score 1) 307

by c (#48240883) Attached to: US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

Does obesity account for all the rest?

The summary specifically said "obesity or health problems". I assume that would include things like asthma, diabetes, vision problems, etc. I'd have to wonder if anyone taking medication would immediately be flagged as "unhealthy", automatically excluding anyone diagnosed with ADHD and many other behavioural disorders?

Comment: Re:$3500 fine? (Score 4, Interesting) 286

by c (#48217071) Attached to: Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

That's a joke. They should have been fined at least as much as the backwages were.

That's still peanuts.

If you really wanted to send a message, they should be required to pay for an external auditor of the governments choice to come in and perform a top-to-bottom audit on all employee and contractor compensation.

And then get fined for anything fishy.

Comment: Re:So really what's happening is that... (Score 2) 160

by c (#48187151) Attached to: Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

Google isn't going to change anything, just charge legal sites to place their ads on piracy searches.

Seems reasonable. How else is Google supposed to know the difference between honest content providers and those dirty pirates?

The whole DMCA takedown debacle shows us that you clearly can't take someones word that they're a copyright owner; they frequently lie about it. But we've been told time and time again that those dirty pirates expect everything for free, so you'd expect that charging money for listings will obviously let the legit operators bubble to the top.

Comment: Re:right.... (Score 1) 117

by c (#48158169) Attached to: The Great Robocoin Rip-off

If your scheme to make money from Bitcoin involves giving real money to someone else who's scheme to make money from Bitcoin involves getting real money from you, then looking at past history of Bitcoin money-making schemes it's highly likely that out of all the people around the table, you are the sucker.

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