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Comment: Re:That's Funny. (Score 1) 109

by ScentCone (#47980485) Attached to: Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds
Well here in our state, we've now got a rain tax. So all they have to do is tweak the law that makes guesses about how much grass you have (and this how much you should be charged each year when it rains X amount), and instead make guesses about how much wind-interfering surface area your house has, and how that might be disturbing, through turbulence, the mating habits of a special sub-species of gnats.

Comment: Re:Please describe exactly (Score 1) 390

Not that you'd like to make a useful point by actually speaking of substance or anything. No, it's just "you're wrong, and I know secret things that you don't." Which is always a sure sign that you don't, actually. My perspective is shaped by daily reality: higher premiums, wildly higher deductibles, millions of people still not covered, millions of people now covered by charging other people for their consumption, more national debt, and a coming tsunami of yet more rate increases for millions of people. Yay, it's "Affordable!"

Comment: Re:Aggression in practice, right? (Score 1) 425

by ScentCone (#47980385) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

All that paper is useless

Other than the fact that they can use it to pay off more muscle, to make up for not always being able to attract enough true believer goons. Also works for buying supplies, getting people on airplanes, and other things that you can't get with ammo left in the dirt by the fleeing Iraqi army.

Comment: Re:The simple fact that we can't talk about this.. (Score 1) 109

by Curunir_wolf (#47979825) Attached to: Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

You are wrong. I am not a climate scientist. Almost all the people here are not climate scientists. However, if 97% of climate scientists [nasa.gov] around the world agree on something, it tends to sway me into their favor.

That again? 72 people. Do you know exactly what it is those 75 people actually agree on?

Comment: Re:board of directors is the problem not Wall Stre (Score 1) 82

by vux984 (#47979339) Attached to: Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

Understood.

Yet, for example, Apple is competitive. But Dell is not? The same major 'shareholders' mutual funds, etfs etc hold both companies. I agree that the shareholders elect boards, but each board has a unique momentum and culture despite all being more or less elected by the same people.

Comment: Re:Law Enforcement (Score 1) 44

by vux984 (#47979315) Attached to: Apple's TouchID Fingerprint Scanner: Still Hackable

I actually use a galaxy s5, I've already got a good reasoable length 'alternate passphrase'.

I do very much like your advice about using a less frequent finger. Not only does that make it take longer, but one of the obvious sources for a fingerprint to use for the phone is the surface of the phone itself. So using your main index finger to unlock it, and then tapping it all over your screen ... the modern equivalent of putting a bunch of post-it notes with your password on your phone. With a less used finger, the print might still be there... but odds have shifted in your favor.

The s5 however does not require passphrase afterboot up. (I'm not sure how much of a big deal that is.) Nor do I see a setting to adjust the number of failed tries, or the lockout timer -- as it stands I get 5 tries, and then a 30 second lockout...then 5 more tries... it doesn't appear to ever fail completely over to pass phrase. (Anyone else know otherwise?!)

Comment: board of directors is the problem not Wall Street (Score 1) 82

by vux984 (#47979211) Attached to: Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

One analyst notes that "Because they are no longer reporting to Wall Street, they can be more competitive."

The problem isn't Wall Street. Its the board members. And lots of companies thrive just fine as public companies because the board is taking the long view, selects a CEO with vision, and then lets him pursue it.

While you have a toxic board that is only looking to milk the company, selects weak CEOs, and structures management compensation to incent short-term thinking then you've got a problem.

I guess taking it private is one way to get rid of a toxic board, and good for Dell if they can reinvent themselves this way. But the problem isn't faceless "wall street".

Instead, name and shame the Dell board members. They were the ones enforcing the short term outlook.

Comment: Re:When I lived in Japan and rode trains every day (Score 1) 178

by Carnildo (#47979151) Attached to: Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

Are you suggesting they can't detect when someone is preventing a door from closing completely by any means other than a person looking?

An obstruction interlock can certainly detect an arm or a leg, but if you set it sensitive enough to detect loose fabric (say, a scarf or a hanging sleeve), it'll be sensitive enough that thermal expansion will cause false positives and negatives.

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