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Comment Re:This is why you call your bank before tourism (Score 1) 198

At this point, I think everyone I know has had an instance of a false positive shutting down their account at some point. I've even had it over a $5 political donation in a state I previously resided. This is not "an amazing job".

If you installed a spam blocker that just uniformly deleted all your emails, then you'd never see any spam and I guess that would also count as "an amazing job".

Comment Re:meanwhile (Score 1) 340

You're looking at this the wrong way. When lawyers think about litigating (say: civil-rights or class-action cases), they know it's strategic to look for a good "test case", that is, someone who short-cuts people's biases and generally looks above approach. This is your leverage to get the law changed for everyone; basically shaming the offenders with the most absurd abuse of their power. We should be thankful when there's a case that allows us to get any media attention to these issues.

Comment Re:"My God, it's full of waterfalls!" (Score 1) 299

" Often too software requires a review of business process which shed light on how a business is *actually* run, not how management *thinks* it is run. This will cause requirements shift."

That's a great line, and your anecdote [1] is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Comment Re:Why stop there? (Score 1) 683

"At some point, if we don't leave this planet, we will all die here. What if sorry ass humans are the Universe's best shot at an advanced life from?"

Then it's probably best if we just philosophically accept that. Arguably the extreme depths of space serve commendably as barrier-isolation (in the medical sense) to prevent us from screwing up anything/everything else in the universe.

Comment Re:Sounds good to me (Score 1) 1291

Agreed that children are a major problem. Either (a) you fund them and support some religiously motivated sect to have maximum babies and bankrupt the system, or (b) you give flat-payments to families and have to digest seeing some maximal-baby-pushers barely feeding and clothing their children in rags, or (c) you need enforced population controls, which nobody wants (but many early 20th century writers assumed was in the offing). Personally, I don't see any way out of this conundrum.

Comment Re:Don't we (the US) already have that... (Score 1) 1291

I'm prone to agree with this, along with some other reasons. What if someone spends their money poorly, and is left homeless or without food or medical care? Do we just let them die, or do we have to step in with an additional safety net anyway?

I have some friends with relatives who are either (not to put too fine a point on it) bums or addicts. My friends have learned to help their relatives out sometimes by bringing them a bag of groceries, or a rent payment to the landlord, or sending them a bus ticket. But never handing them cash. In some cases people just cannot help themselves with it.

Comment Holy Shit Will That Not Happen (Score 1) 255

I hear some ludicrous predictions for the future all the time. This pretty much takes the cake. There is no concern whatsoever that all or a majority of people could possibly be proficient enough programmers to interface usefully with arbitrary API's from day to day.

Recall that the majority of people cannot pass a basic algebra class. Just the idea of a variable is beyond about half of people. I'd be happy if most people just got educated enough about programming to realize how friggin' ludicrous this prediction is.

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