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Comment: Re:How could they? (Score 1) 179

by gameboyhippo (#48822155) Attached to: Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking

I think it was more of a case of, "Hey you're wrong!" "No, we're not!" "Yes you are! Here's a fine!" "Okay, I guess we are."

In any case maybe someday a great visionary and ethicist like yourself would be able to run all the corporations. You'll show them!

In the meantime, flawed humans will have to run corporations, make mistakes, and debate on the legality of issues. And your potential will just be wasted typing at a computer. So tragic. Somebody hire this guy today! Let's not waste his potential!

Comment: Re:How could they? (Score 2) 179

by gameboyhippo (#48821373) Attached to: Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking

I bet you're that cop who gave me my one and only ticket. In case you're not, let me explain. I got pulled over for having expired tags. The conversation with the police officer went like this:
Cop: I pulled you over for expired tags.
Me: Really? Can I take a look?
Cop: Sure.
Me: Well crud, I guess you're right. I never got the notice that I needed to renew my tags.
Cop: Well you look at your car every day! I'm not cutting you any slack!

It turned out that the DMV had my address typed in wrong so I never got the notice. So I renewed my tags, paid the ticket and moved on with my life. I set up a reminder in my financial software to remind me to renew my tags so I wouldn't make the same mistake twice. I legitimately didn't have a reason to even though it's my responsibility as a driver to make sure that's done.

Likewise, the hotel may not have thought to run this by their lawyers because it didn't seem so obvious that it would be against the law. Only amazingly perfect people, like yourself check and double check that every action is legal - even the non-obvious ones. For the rest of us 20/20 hindsight.

Now is there a chance they willfully broke the law? Sure. But I'm not one of those people who assume guilt until proven innocent.

Hmm... That reminds me. I better check to see if eating citrus fruit on a Thursday is against company policy...

Comment: Re:How could they? (Score 2, Insightful) 179

by gameboyhippo (#48820373) Attached to: Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking

I think this could be a legitimate mistake. Who owns the radio waves inside one's property is a bit more abstract than it may seem. For example, if I blocked all radio waves from inside my residence without affecting people outside my residence, am I breaking the law? My gut would tell me no. So it would make sense that one could expand that belief to their privately owned hotel.

And this isn't the only example of a non-intuitive confusing law. For example, let's say you want to collect rainwater to water your garden and implement a greywater system in your home, you may be breaking the law. Doesn't seem intuitive at first unless you work for the city which could be negatively affected by rainwater collection.

So I'd give them the benefit of the doubt. Bad customer service? Yes. Intuitively illegal? Not so much.

Comment: Re:Jesus comes to all alien worlds (Score 1) 556

Though I actually do think that Jesus is the incarnate of God and therefore humbly disagree with most of what you wrote; I'm actually impressed with your understanding of Christianity. Most non-Christian and/or nominal Christian people will incorrectly say that Christianity a set of rules where if you follow them then you go to Heaven and if not, you go to Hell. When in actuality it's simply acknowledging that one is bad and wishes to be forgiven of said "bad things". Obviously there's a lot more to it than that, but that's the crux. One should not be so arrogant as to think that he or she is without need for forgiveness.

Comment: Re:Death knoll for Java (Score 1) 187

by gameboyhippo (#48549503) Attached to: Microsoft Introduces<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Core

I honestly wasn't aware of the Enumerable extension methods. I haven't used C# is quite awhile, so I haven't kept up with my C# knowledge. I was comparing the DSL style to streams. Looking at the article the AC posted above, it looks like the enumerable extension methods and streams would be a fairer comparison. In which case, they look very similar.

Comment: Re:Death knoll for Java (Score 1) 187

by gameboyhippo (#48549481) Attached to: Microsoft Introduces<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Core

Thanks for the article. It's been awhile since I've had the opportunity to work with C#. To be fair, when I worked with LINQ last time it was brand new and I was less experienced of a developer. Looking at it today, it looks very similar to Java 8's streams except with the benefit of C# having extension methods and being a bit more mature.

Comment: Re:why would I write to that? (Score 3, Informative) 187

by gameboyhippo (#48534053) Attached to: Microsoft Introduces<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Core

It amazes me how people write stuff in Java without having a decent "Date" data type. Why should I have to use a third party library to get decent date support?

Java 8 introduced a new date time API. Admittedly I haven't used it as all of my code uses the old API. As far as the old API, one would use a Calendar when they are working with social dates and times and use a Date when working with an exact point in time. It isn't difficult.

Comment: Re:No, it's not even possible (Score 1) 181

by gameboyhippo (#48525609) Attached to: Do you worry about the singularity?

The problem is that a computer cannot will. A computer simply takes inputs and puts out output. And no amount of programming can change that. There is not a math problem that can will an answer. We can kinda sorta fake it with psuedo randomness, but there isn't a will. Any kind of AI is just that. Artificial. It's an illusion.

Comment: Re:Let's do the math (Score 1) 307

by gameboyhippo (#48458989) Attached to: Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

For the record, I agree that "MightyMartian" was a bit harsh, and I did enjoy reading your rebuttal. But with that said, I have a question. My understanding of the "big bang" is that the singularity began to exist and was all of space. And that it began to expand and continues to expand today. And that the expansion has not reached the point where we can no longer observe the beginning of space/time. Is this inaccurate?

One has to look out for engineers -- they begin with sewing machines and end up with the atomic bomb. -- Marcel Pagnol