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Submitted by ageoffri
ageoffri writes: I finally got my Amazon Echo in on Friday. So far I've been accused of brining witchcraft into the house, so what useful things have my fellow /.'ers done with their Echo's? I've already added some recipes from IFTTT, and working on building more playlists in Prime Music. I'd love to add WeMo light switches, but from what I can see there aren't any that are black and dimmable just yet.

Comment: Re:Republicans could... (Score 1) 608

by ageoffri (#49725753) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties
I wish I could make this even higher rated. The Republican party today is a twisted shadow of its former self. There is no way that today's Republican party would vote to end segregation and be champions of civil rights like they were in the 50's and 60's.

I've told other people that as a conservative, my take on many of the issues you listed is that someone who supports limited government should have no problems with allowing gay marriage, with treating pot just like alcohol. Of course then as far as the tea baggers go, I go off the deep end. I do support taxation, and not only taxation, but progressive taxes that look at more than income.

Comment: Re:Moral (Score 1) 124

by ageoffri (#49689051) Attached to: Hackers Using Starbucks Gift Cards To Access Credit Cards
I would say that in Colorado it would have to be under $10.50. You are likely asking where does this number come from, well it is quite simple. I've been repeatedly told that it disenfranchises people to require a State or Federal issue ID to vote, and in Colorado the ID card costs $10.50. So obviously that means phones to be used for payment they must be less than an ID card, otherwise it is discrimination.

Comment: Re:Boston fans... (Score 5, Insightful) 225

by ageoffri (#49639731) Attached to: NFL Releases Deflategate Report
And how many earned their college diplomas? After hearing radio interviews of Clinton Portis when he was playing for Denver, there is no way he managed to finish elementary without "help", let alone college. Don't get me wrong there are some players, maybe the majority who have earned their degrees, but there is a good amount who got special help.

Comment: Re:Well (Score 1) 686

by ageoffri (#49540509) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden
I'm in my late 30's and I say we give him the Medal of Freedom and then hang him. He is both a hero and a traitor. He willingly and knowingly violated an oath he gave freely and definitely hurt international relations and likely cost American lives. At the same time he exposed a massive program that violates the public fundamental foundation of the United States.

Snowden committed civil disobedience. Which means he did break the law, but it was his moral duty to do so. He still needs to be held responsible for his actions.

Comment: Retention is a nice bonus to the owner (Score 2) 482

by ageoffri (#49486943) Attached to: Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries
If he is going to pay somewhere around twice market rate, he is putting chains made of dollars around his employees. It is very likely that no one getting one of these big raises will be able to leave his company for other opportunities. This can also setup employees to have to endure abusive work conditions that don't violate the law but still are bad.

I'm not saying this is a bad move, but it may not be a purely good move for the employees.

Comment: Re:This is fucking stupid. (Score 1) 279

by ageoffri (#49463287) Attached to: Researchers Developing An Algorithm That Can Detect Internet Trolls
It is trivial to deal with a troll, detecting them is the hard part. Once you have an automated system to detect trolls, you have many options to handle their posts. Delete the post, hide the post, ban the account, and those are just the starters. Any 1st year CS student could write the code to take action against a troll.

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