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Comment: If both are backed by the same entity.... (Score 1) 294

by ewhenn (#49701637) Attached to: The Solution To Argentina's Banking Problems Is To Go Cashless
If both are backed by the same entity, specifically the faith of government X, why the hell should their e-currency be any more valuable than their paper currency? If I was lying to you what difference would it make if I wrote it down on paper or sent it via text message?

Comment: As a resident of NY... (Score 3, Interesting) 203

by ewhenn (#49653251) Attached to: Critics Say It's Time To Close La Guardia Airport
New York's three airports, run by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, made about a half a billion dollars in profit last year. Why not use that money? Oh wait, they use it to pay for loss-making operations like the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown. New York City's mass-transit system is $15 billion short of what it needs to invest over the next five years. The state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority runs permanent deficits and depends on billions of dollars each year in tax subsidies to stay afloat. Personally I feel the rates for the mass-transit system should be raised to meet the financial demands of running that service. We'd have plenty of money to resolve the airport issue, *without* needing to worry about siphoning taxpayer dollars.

Comment: Re:"Not intentional". Right. (Score 1) 370

by ewhenn (#49033507) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video

Maybe this is a harbinger of things to come where IoT devices in general would need firewalled due to privacy and security concerns.

I've been doing this for years. I run my own camera system as a VM using zone minder. My firewall rules are set to drop all packets originating from any of the cameras or the zoneminder server. My "Smart TV" only has selected hosts permitted outbound through the firewall, everything else is dropped. For remote access I VPN into my network and have access to resources once I'm in, everything else is dropped. Whitelisting is far superior to blacklisting.

Comment: We need to take this seriously... (Score 1) 421

by ewhenn (#48125647) Attached to: Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola
Every Ebola virus host (infected individual) is a vector for the virus to evolve. If it becomes airborne we're fucked. The world is so interconnected now that it wouldn't wipe out 50%+ of a continent, but 50%+ of the global population. We need to crush this before this virus has that chance to evolve, even if it is a low chance as the impact would be horrendous.

IMO is especially troubling as Ebola is an RNA virus. RNA viruses have short generation times and relatively high mutation rates (on the order of one point mutation or more per genome per round of replication for RNA viruses). This elevated mutation rate, when combined with natural selection, allows viruses to quickly adapt to changes in their host environment. Notable human diseases caused by RNA viruses also include SARS, influenza, and polio.

Comment: List of Banks (Score 4, Informative) 61

by ewhenn (#47934245) Attached to: Tinba Trojan Targets Major US Banks
Bank of America
Associated Bank
America’s Credit Unions
Etrade Financial Corporation
US bank
Banco de Sabadell
Farmers & Merchants Bank
TD Bank
For anyone wondering....

Fifth third bank
Wells Fargo
ING Direct
M&T Bank
RBC Royal Bank
Bank BGZ
United Services Automobile Association


Comment: Makes sense when... (Score 1) 254

by ewhenn (#47667513) Attached to: The Benefits of Inequality
Makes sense when rising to the top is based on personal qualities and leadership abilities. However, today rising to the top is more or less decided by who your daddy is. A huge percentage of the ultra-rich are in that position by chance of birth.

Inheriting is actually even more likely to get you into the top 1 percent by wealth: 45 percent of those in the top 1 percent by net worth only have ever inherited (Source: ). Essentially about 50% of your likelihood of being 1 in 100 is decided by birthright.

Comment: Re:They'll probably see a spike soon (Score 1) 377

by ewhenn (#47251751) Attached to: Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

Yeah, but new conventional vehicles are awfully close to hybrids in terms of fuel economy, without the extra cost. And then fuck-everything-we're-doing-full-electric is eating into the hybrid's market share from the other side.


My 2013 Skyactiv Mazda 3 gets a legit 40+ MPG on the highway, which is most of my driving (about 80%). Her 2015 Mazda 6 Skyactiv gets a legit 38 MPG on the highway. Why pay more for a stripped down hybrid than a much better equipped and cheaper vehicle? Hybrids make sense I suppose for city driving from a MPG perspective, but if you are city driving you likely aren't driving that far, chances are you'll never (or it will take a looooong time) recoup the initial investment cost in fuel savings if you are only driving short distances.

Comment: Re:Send them back and get over it. (Score 1) 617

by ewhenn (#45667543) Attached to: UK Retailer Mistakenly Sends PS Vitas, Threatens Legal Action To Get Them Back
So you clearly have the brains and aptitude to figure out how to arrange for a pre-paid box to end up shipped.
It's not that I can't figure out how to ship a box, it's that where I live, shipping out a box is a huge inconvenience.

And this is relevant because?
Getting home from work at 1 AM is relevant because that's when my availability starts, at the earliest.

Why the hell would you need to take time off work for this? This is the sort of thing I could manage to take care of in under a minute, without going out of my way.
When the nearest town is 20 minutes away, no it's not something I could take care of in "under a minute". Where I am the post office doesn't pickup packages at the door. I'd have to drive into town, which is a 20 minute trip one way.

Why the hell would you need to take time off work for this? This is the sort of thing I could manage to take care of in under a minute, without going out of my way.
I'd have to take off of work because it would be about a 45ish minute task during post office hours, while I'm usually working. See, not everyone lives in the city like I'm assuming you do.

Hell, I could walk into where I work, leave it with reception and say "company shipped me an X by mistake, they're sending a courier to pick it up", and they wouldn't bat an eye.
Must be nice to have an office and a receptionist. I have neither.

I could leave it with my neighbor. I could ask a friend who goes by a courier on his daily commute to drop it off for me.
Yeah, let's just ask my "neighbor" to take 45+ mins of their time because some company screwed up.

Let me guess... if you tried any of these exceedingly complicated solutions, the receptionist, neighbor and friend would all go off on you about how they work 70+ hours a week, and don't have 5 minutes to spend on a favor since their time is very precious to them, and why should they lift a finger for anybody but themselves anyway? In fact, they ought to invoice you for the time you wasted just asking them to help out? And besides, if the company doesn't want to send a courier to your house at 2am on a sunday morning, well then clearly they can fuck off. Pathetic.
Not everybody has the same living conditions as you do. I've sacrificed some conveniences in exchange for other lifestyle benefits. Bottom line is that if you ship me something on error, and want it back the onus is on you, NOT me. I'm not going to sit around waiting for you to pick it up, and I'm not going to lose an hour of pay and burn $8 in gas just to return some package that you sent me that I didn't ask for. Even if they paid the postage, I'd still be out ~$30 for their mistake just by taking the time/gas to return the package.

Comment: Re:Send them back and get over it. (Score 3, Insightful) 617

by ewhenn (#45665995) Attached to: UK Retailer Mistakenly Sends PS Vitas, Threatens Legal Action To Get Them Back
Yeah, it is a big deal. I work two jobs, 65-70 hours a week. The little spare time I have is *very* precious to me. Also, I usually get my mail when I get home from work... at 1 AM. Why the hell should I have to take off of work and lose pay or give them some of my free time because they screwed up? If they're willing to pick it up at my convenience, they can stop by at 2 AM on Sunday morning, otherwise they can F off.

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party. -- Dennis Ritchie