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Comment: Re:Yes, but payment up front, please. (Score 1) 156

by mattventura (#49130439) Attached to: Should a Service Robot Bring an Alcoholic a Drink?
That's not a very good argument because it's directly affecting someone else. You wouldn't let someone drive drunk, because they might possibly injure or kill other people. Pregnant drinking is exactly the same. Or worse, because it's not like a baby can get Fetal Alcohol Syndrome insurance.

Comment: Re:Audiophile market (Score 2) 418

From that link:

puffery is a promotional statement or claim that expresses subjective rather than objective views

The company selling this cable does make objective assertions about this cable which are blatantly false. Just because most of it is subjective doesn't mean there aren't some objective lies mixed in.

Comment: Re:Backpedalled? (Score 1) 740

by mattventura (#48982543) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations
It's fine for parents to not get their child vaccinated. However, that child should not be allowed in public schools or other functions.

The real loser in all of this is the child, however. It's not fair for the child that their redneck anti-vax parents should be able to put their health at risk. I find it hilarious that conservatives tend to be "pro-life" yet support someone's right to not get vaccinated, as if a fetus is somehow more important than an actual child.

Comment: No fuck off (Score 1) 468

by mattventura (#48909007) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App
Every time I see a cop doing something useless like sitting at the side of the road I want to see their budget cut. They do that crap instead of helping with real crimes. And don't say "but the traffic cops are the same cops that would be investigating crimes" because it's all under one budget.

Comment: Re:The noob is you (Score 1) 222

by mattventura (#48891621) Attached to: China Cuts Off Some VPNs
I wouldn't be so sure. Any application with forced SSL is going to look exactly the same from a data standpoint. It's going to start with the SSL handshake, and then everything after that will be indistinguishable. Yes, they could look at how much data there is or data over time, but DPI doesn't get you very far when all SSL traffic looks exactly the same. And even then, you could just pick some port that would normally have a solid amount of data and persistent connections, like IMAPS.

Comment: Re:Solves a different problem I'm not sure exists? (Score 1) 85

by mattventura (#48889759) Attached to: 'Never Miss Another Delivery' - if You Have a TrackPIN (Video)
Ever tried receiving packages when you live in a smaller apartment building with no reception area or anything like that? USPS generally has access to the actual mailboxes, but USPS and friends will force you to either be there. Your options are: sit out front of the building for hours (I love it when my package is "out for delivery" at 6 AM and gets delivered at 8 PM), go pick it up at a depot (which is not the same as a UPS store, no idea why they can't do that), or just sign the note they leave. That last option isn't available if the sender requests an in-person signature.

So I order something from Amazon, and they required an in-person sig, which I didn't even know until they left the note. After calling UPS to try to just get them to dump the thing out front, they directed me to their website. Of course, their website didn't work because it thought my address was invalid, and their phone support couldn't help me with that. I also called Amazon and asked them why the hell they required an in-person signature to begin with, and their support was equally unhelpful.

The end result? I had to drive for a total of an hour to pick up my $7 cable 2 days later than I should have had it. I'm pretty sure it would have been a better use of time to just go to a store to buy it. Why Amazon required in-person signing for a $7 package to begin with is beyond me.

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. -- Bill Vaughn