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Comment: Re:What? No Due Process? (Score 2, Interesting) 301

by enjo13 (#30549864) Attached to: Texas County Will Use Twitter To Publish Drunk Drivers' Names

I agree with you that this sort of publication of charges instead of convictions sucks.

However, your characterization of drunk drivers is just wrong. They ARE incredibly dangerous. They ARE reckless, and while they may not intentionally be seeking out people to mow down, they are showing a tremendous disregard for those same people.

Buying Chocolate when you wanted Strawberry is a bad decision. Getting behind the wheel while drunk shows a fundamental contempt for human life.

Attempting to trivialize it in the way you have is honestly quite disturbing.

Comment: Re:*First post.. (Score 1) 590

by enjo13 (#30117228) Attached to: Public School Teachers Selling Lesson Plans Online

Royalties for a text-book, yes. However writing a text book is not an expected part of a university professors job.

Creating lesson plans, however, is a very different animal. It's an expected and required part of your job. We (the taxpayers) pay teachers to create these plans. For a teacher to claim ownership of these plans doesn't make a lick of sense to me. Just because you 'do it at home' doesn't change it. If I write software for a company at home, I'm still being paid for that work and have no right to claim it as my own. There is no difference here.

Comment: Re:The System (Score 1) 863

by enjo13 (#29168335) Attached to: "Smart" Parking Meters Considered Dumb

How does this generate extra revenue for the city over the traditional system? The real problem these systems solve (and they are very widespread) is making it easier to support credit cards for payment. That's a huge convenience for most folks who don't generally carry change. I get that cynicism is ultra-cool these days, but it's hardly warranted in this case. This is an attempt to alleviate a real problem for folks (like me) who rarely have change. I've used the system in Portland, Denver, and several other cities both here and abroad and I see no issues with it.

Comment: Re:Are there more than 20 apps for it? (Score 1) 384

by enjo13 (#27902987) Attached to: Ten Features To Love About Android 1.5

Simply not true. Nokia S60 has a veritable ton of apps available. Palm has roughly a billion.

It's not quantity, it's quality of experience. Neither Nokia nor Palm have really made the process of locating and buying apps very easy. The iPhone has.

Google has built a promising system for Android, and as they get more phones to market you'll see more and more applications built for it. I think this battle is going to be fought on balancing 'open' versus 'reliable'. Is apple right? Can developers not be trusted to build high quality applications if the phone is largely open?

Time will tell.

Comment: Re:Um (Score 4, Insightful) 334

by enjo13 (#27459359) Attached to: Windows 95 Almost Autodetected Floppy Disks

The point is you don't have to do even that. The routine would look something like:

- User initiates action with the floppy drive
- Run the auto-detection routine to see what answer you get
- Spin up the drive and check to see if something is in the drive
- Compare that with the pre-spun result to see what answer you get.

Something along those lines. There are several variations on this that would work and never require you to interact with the user at all.

Comment: Re:Ask for Revenue Sharing and Shares (Score 2, Informative) 315

by enjo13 (#26661613) Attached to: When To Consider Taking Shares In an IT Company?

Taxes is EXTREMELY important here. Those shares are going to be taxed as income, even though they have no cash value (they will be taxed at the current valuation of the company at the time of the award). This can be a very significant amount of cash..

You should be looking for options, which allow you to defer much of that tax burden till at least they are liquid (but be careful how the contract is worded in terms of vesting and term of availability.

Comment: Re:Destined to the "ungratifying"? (Score 1) 358

by enjo13 (#26600109) Attached to: Obama To Launch Website For Tracking Tax Expenditures

It's always interesting when I consider the number of hard-core Republicans I know that happily take government welfare. Rural areas are FILLED with people who don't want to work (they're "contractors"), yet live on 5 acres and have 11 horses (real example). They need food stamps to get by. They depend on government medical coverage for their children.

Yet come election time they are red as red can be.

Comment: Re:Understating the menace. (Score 2, Interesting) 353

by enjo13 (#26285557) Attached to: 400,000 PCs Infected With Fake "Antivirus 2009"

Literally every single Windows user I know has been infected with this. I removed it several times over the holidays. My wife (and many of her coworkers) where infected...

I know it's not necessarily a representative sample, but I'd be shocked if it was only 400k machines in total.

An Ada exception is when a routine gets in trouble and says 'Beam me up, Scotty'.