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Comment Nader to Harper (Score 1) 116

My favorite commentary on this subject so far has been written by Ralph Nader. Someone else may have already referred to this in the comments; I am far too lazy to search for the reference, and it's a good enough piece of writing to be mentioned more than once.

Comment This is a relief (Score 5, Funny) 648

I was somewhat gratified to see this. I've been feeling somewhat guilty about my growing tendency to feel sort of sorry for MS lately. See, I didn't even type "M$" like I certainly would have a few years ago. What with all the i-things and the Desktop is dead and we'll do everything on a little hand-sized touch-screen now they seem to be moving from the Great Defective Monster to simply Irrelevant. Rather than kicking a puppy, it's like kicking your grandfather. He can't remember who you are, but he's kind of upset by it.

Comment Re:using technology effectively in education (Score 2, Funny) 269

Amen. I am a strong advocate (to whom no one listens) for whiteboard use where I work. Our users are completely familiar with how they work, require no support in running them, and are generally able to invent new ways to use them. These devices are energy-efficient, especially if placed near a window where they will require very little artificial light.

Racist Facial Recognition Software 49

An anonymous reader writes "A black man found that his HP facial-tracking recognition software wouldn't work. Then he discovered it worked fine for a white co-worker. From the article: 'HP's Tony Welch thanked Desi and Wanda, the video's creators, and promised that he and the team at HP were looking into why the camera was behaving the way it was. "The technology we use is built on standard algorithms that measure the difference in intensity of contrast between the eyes and the upper cheek and nose," he said. "We believe that the camera might have difficulty 'seeing' contrast in conditions where there is insufficient foreground lighting."'"

Comment Re:It's very simple (Score 1) 136

You have touched a nerve, sir(or madam). I heartily agree with what you say about "identity theft." I had an episode a few years ago where someone used my name etc. to open a cell phone account. I heard nothing about this until the phone co. turned "my" account over to a collection agency. The fact that I had no dealings with the phone co., that they had no signature, picture, no physical proof that I had ever agreed to anything -- this was next to useless and not proof against harassment and the necessity for ME to produce documentation (i.e. spend money) proving/swearing that I had no such agreement. I did/do not have the nerves of steel that it would have taken to do what, in retrospect, would have been correct, that is to simply ignore the harassment and let them sue me. I was annoyed and my peace disturbed because the phone co. in question has, in my opinion, sloppy business practices. That they will extend credit to a person based on a telephone call is their (questionably intelligent) decision; it should not become my problem. But it was. As you say: when the banks and/or credit card companies (and other businesses that extend credit) are made to take responsibility for bad debts incurred in this way the game will change, and quickly. There are those who will say that this would be bad for business. I will remind them of the "Crunchy Dead Frog" sketch from Monty Python, in which the confection company is asked why they don't reveal on the package label that the food therein contains a dead frog with bones in it. "It would affect sales!" is the horrified answer.

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