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Comment: Re:Like many inventions ... (Score 1) 168

by TWX (#48650299) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

The logistics industry is quickly moving away from pallets for everything but long term storage.


Last I saw, they're moving to flatter, sturdier, permanent-use molded plastic pallets that have integrated RFID and compartments for things like GPS and batteries, that are meant to be used for many years. Sure, pallets take some vertical space, but the amount of space taken is small compared to the ability for one person to move close to two tons of cargo single-handedly across smooth floors with no more than a jack.

Comment: Re:Not seeing the issue here (Score 1) 176

by TWX (#48650271) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts
Yup. Even a good lawyer cannot necessarily undo the damage that a criminal defendant has caused for themselves by speaking. The accused is not usually legally required to do any more than to identify themselves, and then only in states that have laws on the books requiring that.

Any 'deal', any promise to provide either immunity or a plea or for the court to recognize cooperation on the part of the defendant, needs to be made between the prosecution and the defense attorneys with the involvement of the court. After all, the police aren't the ones prosecuting the defendant in court.

Comment: Re:Stamps? (Score 2) 57

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48650227) Attached to: Librarians: The Google Before Google

> Can you tell me the thickness of a U.S. Postage stamp with the glue on it?

A: Get a pile of stamp sheets, measure the height, and do a calculation. (You did go to school, didn't you.)

A history lesson for you young-uns.

Back before the internet, guys like this were generally only found in the back room of libraries, sorting incoming books and handling interlibrary loans - safely sequestered from the rest of society.

(My college job was at our university library, way back in the 1980s... no, at the front desk!)

Comment: Re:More job loss (Score 3, Insightful) 168

by roman_mir (#48649429) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

yes, that is what the parent post said and was specific to use sarcasm tag for people who he knew wouldn't get it to accent the point that ignorant luddits should in principle be against every labour saving innovation that people come up with, not just the most obvious (machines, computers, robots), but everything we do. Everything we invent and innovate is a labour saving device somehow. To stop that would be to give up on the idea of humans changing environment to improve our circumstances. Luddits want to stop progress, be it computers and robots or pesticides and pallets. The parent comment was pointing it out, not complaining about it.

Comment: Assumptions (Score 1) 369

by bmo (#48648547) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Up To the Job?

So, assuming Microsoft is sincere

That's a pretty fuckin' big assumption there, guy.

>BMO goes back to read the Halloween documents

The Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, A Sincere Microsoft Board Member, and a Rabbi (a Rabbi is required in every joke) come to a 4-way stop/intersection at the same time.

Who goes first?

The Rabbi, because the others don't fuckin' exist.


Comment: Re:You forgot something... (Score 4, Insightful) 230

by TWX (#48647475) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down
Wasn't that the bigger issue actually? FOX/Newscorp trying to push a whole slew of their channels on DISH for fairly high rates, and using FOX News as the leverage, when those other channels aren't popular and aren't worth the money that was being demanded of them?

Personal opinion on the merit of FOX News aside, I can see where it has fiscal value as it's turned on and left on all over the goddamn place. Lobbies, break rooms, waiting rooms, all seem to have left CNN for FOX News and it's rare to find other stations on these days. But, it sounds like it's FOX News that's worth something, not the other, lesser channels, and even then, FOX News' value might itself be overinflated if it's serving as background noise more than actually being watched by the people in those lobbies, break rooms, and waiting rooms.

We don't have any subscription TV because we didn't want to pay for channels that we don't watch. This licensing model that is being pushed on DISH in turn forces DISH to push on to consumers, as if DISH has to pay for twenty channels to get one or two that people want to watch, they must charge for those twenty channels and push them to consumers, even if no one watches them.

I didn't expect to hear myself say this, but good on DISH for standing up to FOX/Newscorp for now.

The IQ of the group is the lowest IQ of a member of the group divided by the number of people in the group.