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Comment Re:Android still sucks (Score 1) 80

a) Why would you open a voicemail in a web browser? That's a stupendous security risk. And it would be an audio player, surely, not a browser?

Google Voice?

b) What is your carrier doing to deliver voicemail by anything other than their voicemail service?

Redirecting voicemail to Google Voice.

Comment Re:what is interesting is not that it won (Score 1) 591

Even Scalia believes you need to look at the law's construct (in constrast to the architect's personal opinions):

Who said that we "must do our best, bearing in mind the fundamental canon of statutory construction that the words of a statute must be read in their context and with a view to their place in the overall statutory scheme"? Why, it was Justice Scalia (actually quoting an earlier opinion by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor) in a decision just a year ago.

And who said that "a provision that may seem ambiguous in isolation is often clarified by the remainder of the statutory scheme" because "only one of the permissible meanings produces a substantive effect that is compatible with the rest of the law"? Why, Justice Scalia again.

Comment no DNSSEC+DANE certficate validation (Score 4, Informative) 324

It would be nice if they focused on fixing the certificate authority structure by supporting DANE, using DNS records to indicate certificates. Even though there is plenty of interest at , Mozilla doesn't seem interested in solving this problem:

Comment Re:Last straw? (Score 2) 533

Vietnam: Crashmarik is exactly correct. The United States _won_ the war in Vietnam.

"'You know you never defeated us on the battlefield,' said the American colonel. The North Vietnamese colonel pondered this remark a moment. 'That may be so,' he replied, 'but it is also irrelevant.'"
-- Colonel Harry G. Summers Jr. and Colonel Tu, April 1975, described in the book On Strategy.

Comment Re:hmmmm (Score 1) 275

Whether or not I know how to run a hotel is irrevelant. The driving point I'm making is that customers do have a right to complain. Simly put:

1) Clients have a right to complain about their experience, no matter their booking arrangements. Such a complaint on a review site is perfectly valid. A hotel cannot reply to the review saying "they booked through an agency, so *shrug*", and it's settled. Other potential customers would not appreciate that attitude. Whether or not that's how hotels operate that way is not important -- a complaint in the lines of "I received poor service" is valid and provides true value to future potential customers.

2) Clients are not paid to do the work for management in reporting issues. Whether or not you may get a benefit from doing work for management is besides the point: the customer isn't signing up to do such work. The client expects good service independent of whether or not they do work for the owners. Management from various industries that value providing good service pay outside companies to evaluate their offering -- they don't expect the customer to do free work.

Comment Re:hmmmm (Score 1) 275

I have a couple of of issues:

I know quite a few hoteliers (protip: if you want a good room, book direct and not through an agency)

People don't want to have to deal with handing over booking details to each and every different hotel they may reserve at. If the hotel is providing lower-quality rooms for customers paying through an agency, the customer definitely has a right to complain. They aren't being offered a choice of room upon booking, and have no way of expressing a preference to pay more or less for different experiences.

the problem is that people are too meek (read: gutless) to bring a problem to a owner/managers attention. So the live with the problem for their entire stay and then make a "scathing" review on Yelp or trip advisor. So often a guest can do something about their problem with a short conversation with the owner or manager (or front desk if its a big hotel) but wont. Often the hotel management doesn't know about the problem (previous guests hide or ignore them because they're scared of being charged for it) and managers cant count on housekeepers working for minimum wage (or less in some countries) who have dozens of rooms to do, to do a thorough inspection when a guest leaves.

First, you're expecting the customer to do work for management. I don't know how many hotel customers are repeat customers, but from my own experience, I don't know if I've ever gone to the same hotel twice. Once I've stayed at the hotel and had a poor experience, I don't have incentive to report it to the management. I just want to leave and get back on with my trip.

Comment Re:various card games (Score 1) 382

I agree with your bit about the special build phase speeding up the games, we just skip that rule for simplicity and reducing the need for attentiveness when it's not your turn. I also agree with your points about trading -- I try to chime in and discourage people offering open-ended trades. You're free to ask "I'm looking for a brick", but not "What will someone give me for a brick".

What we have recently found to help the game along is Helpers of Catan. These helpers reduce the absolutely necessity of trading, and often make the game more "efficient" through the small bonuses they give.

Comment two classes of games (Score 1) 382

My wife and I very commonly play games with our friends. We break games up into two types: party games, and "long-form" games.
The party games are meant for slightly larger groups, with high iterations.
Long-form games are good for 4-6 people, spending the night playing one game in a more "serious" manner.

Favorite party games:
* Catchphrase (great party-starter)
* Turbo Cranium
* Charoodles
* Imaginiff

Favorite long-form games (3-4 hours):
* Settlers of Catan (with at least Seafarers or Traders & Barbarians)
* Ticket to Ride (Europe)
* Carcassonne

We tried Pandemic, a co-op game, but it wasn't that big of a hit. I'm hoping we try Robinson Crusoe: Cursed Island soon.

Comment Re:drive with two feet? (Score 1) 394

Wouldn't you think using two feet is less complex than being required to move your foot around all the time, needing to keep the state of what foot is where, instead of just being programmed to always do the same action with the correct leg?

We seem to have no problem with people using one arm for one thing, another for something else: video game controllers, keyboards and mouse, etc.

"Gort, klaatu nikto barada." -- The Day the Earth Stood Still