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Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 1) 287

by linuxrocks123 (#48669297) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

Sorry, the thief/embezzler bit came out a lot harsher than I intended. I'm not cynical/bitter. Merry Christmas.

You're right; I don't do much traveling on business. I'm rather glad of that :)

Re thief/embezzler, if the company's aware and okay with what you're doing, I guess it's okay, though I'd rather the company just give me the money than a non-monetary "perk" like that. Per diem sounds like a good way to do it although I don't think that's how my employer does it (not sure, haven't traveled on business with this employer yet).

If you got most of your status through your credit card ... you spent over $500,000 on your credit card and could have gotten $5000-$10,000 in cash back with a 1% card. $5000+ for a lifetime membership in AA's rewards program? Not worth it for me; Southwest is better and cheaper anyway.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 1) 287

by linuxrocks123 (#48665535) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

You or your employer has almost certainly spent over $40,000 in airline fees for you to get lifetime gold status. Someone who travels as much as you probably would have gotten status (though not lifetime) on multiple airlines without trying.

There's no such thing as Motel 8; you mean either Super 8 or Motel 6. I see no reason why an employee, CEO or otherwise, should not stay in such a motel if it is convenient to the venue and provides enough space to work in the evenings, if that is a concern.

If they don't make you stay in budget motels or take the cheapest flight, it's a courtesy/perk your employer is giving you. Like I said elsewhere in this thread, doing that is a cultural practice that is imo. I'd rather a monetary bonus.

Btw don't knock Motel 6. Last time I stayed there they were as clean as any motel, and they give you free wifi. Not a bad place.

Comment: Re:Second hand view from a teacher (Score 1) 329

by linuxrocks123 (#48665181) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

If you're looking for a good non-porn book, "Matched" is good. I haven't finished it yet, but it's been good so far. It's the first pleasure reading I've done in quite a few years. In college, I'd already gotten all my literature credits out of the way through AP and was bitter because I'd just discovered how vapid the field of literary criticism is ("death of the author" my ass), and I just stopped reading books. "Matched" is really good, so far. I think I'm about 1/2 through or so.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 1) 287

by linuxrocks123 (#48664079) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

Southwest has free checked bags and generally lower prices in any case, so the "free checked bags" argument doesn't seem that useful to me. As for employers paying for business class ... it's just silly to fly business class at all, really. I'd rather fly coach and have 50% of the saved money as a bonus or something. But if you're working in a broken culture where flying business class is something people do, then okay, point taken, as far as the free upgrade with status. Still, you need to fly a LOT to get status ... someone flying 3 or 4 times a year will never get status. And, again, the status thing is there to trick you into making the wrong decision when faced with a cheaper price on another airline. If you want a chance at beating them at their own game, you have to be really, really careful and actually calculate out how much obtaining or retaining status is costing you in lost savings. If you don't, well, "the house always wins" comes to mind.

I've been on 12+ hour international flights in coach, and on 24+ hour train rides in coach ... it's really not that bad. Maybe when I get older it will be. But then most of the people I talk to on the train are older so maybe not lol.

I've looked at the game, and, for someone who doesn't travel maybe 10+ times a year, the only winning move is not to play. I don't take the train like I used to and I've got 15000 Amtrak miles idling. Ultimately I'm going to just take a vacation in one of their roomette's since I have a relative who likes being on a train for the sake of being on a train. Instead of having 15000 Amtrak miles I could have had maybe $100 or a little less cash back from a 1% credit card. It was probably worth having the Amtrak card for all the travel I took while I was a regular customer, but, now that my patterns changed, I have useless miles left over. The house always wins.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 1) 287

by linuxrocks123 (#48663431) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

It pretty much does; the only exception I can think of is you can't racially/sexually/disability discriminate against people entering your property if it's "open to the general public".

And this isn't relevant to the passive blocking argument anyway: it's unambiguously legal. I wish more places would do it.

Comment: Re:Forked the Debian? or the Debian? (Score 1) 181

by linuxrocks123 (#48663027) Attached to: Devuan Progress Report Published

Technical aspects of init system replacement are very easy - compared to the establishment of an organizational structure of the Debian.

Ha ha ha ha ha. The best way to kill the project would be to set up the "organizational structure of Debian". Once you remove from Debian the ftp-masters political intrigues, the bureaucratic red-tape "freeze" phases, the militant feminist lobbying group, and the unnecessary and technically incompetent divergences from upstream (see "Debian openssl"), there's not much "organizational structure" to Debian left.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 3, Informative) 287

by linuxrocks123 (#48662615) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

You'd be wrong. The FCC has repeatedly stated that passive shielding is perfectly legal, and, yes, it would block emergency communication. It's your property; why shouldn't you be able to block radio signals from entering or leaving your own property? Unlike active jamming, you're not hurting anyone else's reception.

It might be a good idea to prominently place signs saying "cell phones don't work in here!" to avoid losing a lawsuit if someone dies in your theater because they couldn't dial 911, but that would be a civil not criminal matter anyway.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 3, Insightful) 287

by linuxrocks123 (#48662529) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

Staying within the same chain (in the US, they all have a broad range of properties at various prices, low to high) is very much the same as renting your car from the same franchise, using the same airline for the miles and a CC like Amex or BofA that gives you double miles and other perks (but be aware of your fees). I suppose that if you only travel once or twice a year then grabbing the lowest price you can get seems like a good idea, but when you are on the road a lot, building air miles, hotel loyalty perks (Executive floor access, free food and drinks, reserved parking, free ramp parking, etc.), access to your chosen airlines lounge with free drinks and snacks rather than sitting in seats picking up everyone's colds, picking up free/reduced/upgraded rental cars when on your *own* vacation are all part of the strategy.

It's a bad strategy unless you're essentially cooperating with the airline to embezzle money from your employer for yourself in a very inefficient way. I personally would have ethical problems with that. The airlines and other companies have those programs to encourage brand loyalty, so that you'll go with them even when they're not the cheapest. They think the cost of offering these discounts will be made up by stupid or unethical people buying tickets with them even when they're not the best choice. It works; otherwise, they'd cancel the programs.

There's no "long game" with airline perks. Sure, get an account; there's no downside. But, once you have an account, try to get rid of your miles as quickly and efficiently as possible. Don't hold onto them; the airline can and will devalue them eventually if you do that. And don't take a trip on a particular airline to keep your miles from expiring or something unless you really calculate it out: the value of your miles is, if you're following this advice, almost certainly less than the value of the difference in the ticket. We're talking about maybe $150 worth of company credit here if you have 15,000 points on Southwest.

Of course, if you're a frequent business flyer paying $3,000 in extra airline fees on your company credit card so you get to go to Hawaii once a year and eat free peanuts before your flight takes off in a private lounge, well, again, that's called embezzling, and you're a thief. But I guess it might work out for you in that case if your company never does internal audits.


Comment: Re:calling it (Score 1) 234

by linuxrocks123 (#48649461) Attached to: Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

Iraq was not engaged in an invasion of Kuwait or Iran prior to the 2003 invasion; we fought the first Iraq war to push him out of Kuwait, and he stayed out. The Iraq-Iran war was long, long over before the 2003 invasion. Likewise, Iraq last attacked Israel in 1991, not at any time remotely near the 2003 invasion.

I do not have time to write an essay to rebut each and every one of your highly misleading or outright false "points." Your post is bullshit and a good example of Brandolini's Law. Suffice it to say that the primary justification for the Iraq invasion of 2003 was that Iraq, due to its possession of weapons of mass destruction, was a threat to the international community, and Iraq possessed no such weapons. When this was discovered to be the case, supporters shifted to things like Iraq's human rights record and occasionally various random crap like the stuff you brought up.

Comment: Re:There is a difference. (Score 1) 586

by linuxrocks123 (#48630721) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

I'd take those odds.

You'd be an idiot to take those odds for 2 hours of entertainment. A 0.5% chance of getting killed each day would mean you'd probably be dead within the year.

Risk/reward-wise, it would be better to knowingly have unprotected sex with an HIV-positive partner than to watch a movie where you have a 0.5% chance of getting killed. There's (supposedly) a 1% chance or so that AIDS gets transmitted through heterosexual unprotected sex per act. I imagine you'd get more entertainment out of the sex than the movie. And, even if you do get HIV, you'd still have a decade or so of good life left before the AIDS gets you. Blown up movie theater = dead right away.

If you're going to use statistics, make sure you know how to use them at least mostly correctly...

Comment: Re:Why not ask the authors of the GPL Ver.2? (Score 3, Interesting) 173

by linuxrocks123 (#48604359) Attached to: The GPLv2 Goes To Court

So, it may upset you, but the foundation of the legal system is more or less until a judge rules on it, and until there is a legal precedent ... you don't really know if it holds water or not.

Bullshit. The entire point of having a legal system based on written law is so that people know what the law is without having to just try things and then see if the executive arrests them. There are places in the law that are rough and where you really don't know what a judge will do -- "new areas of the law" -- but, in most cases, you do know what a judge will do, because of statute and precedent in similar cases. This certainty is what gives the law its value.

The GPL is a fairly simple document. It's pretty clear what it means, so we really don't need a judge to tell us. This court case might clear up a few corner cases about the consequences of infringement (forced relicensing or simple injunction + damages), but it is effectively impossible the entire document will be held null and void. There's enough precedent that it is possible to conditionally license a copyrighted work that the GPL's general validity is not in doubt.

I have never seen anything fill up a vacuum so fast and still suck. -- Rob Pike, on X.