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Comment: Re:Canadian Tire (Score 1) 259

by mishehu (#49340229) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

The Retail Equation is what a number of big retailers in the USA use (i.e. Victoria's Secret). Even if you show up with the original receipt in hand and are just asking to do a like-item exchange for a different size, they demand to scan your gov't issued photo id. They will refuse your exchange unless you capitulate or try to dispute the purchase with your credit card company.

If there was ever a legitimate use for a fake id, this is it.

Comment: Whats with this hype for Skype (Score 2) 71

by mishehu (#48630073) Attached to: Ars Reviews Skype Translator
This is something we've been able to do for ages now in FreeSWITCH. I'm pretty sure that the more complex the speech input, the less accurate the system gets as human language is very difficult to decode as a machine. If this wasn't the case, we wouldn't be yelling at those IVR systems that ask us to say X to speak to Nina in corporate accounts payable and we always end up getting transferred to Milton instead...

Comment: Re:Obedience is now a virtue? (Score 1) 66

This matter is completely subjective - even when there is an actual school policy about such things. I have dealt with teachers who would complain to me about my child not "marching with his right arm up when told to do so"... incidentally that was a teacher who was unable to command respect from my child, and likely others.

Comment: How to (Score 1) 246

by mishehu (#48407321) Attached to: Big Talk About Small Samples

write a more concise, coherent, and far more correct article than anything that ever comes out of Bennett Hasselton's keyboard...

dd if=/dev/urandom of=/. bs=1024 count=10

For the love of the FSM, put in a filter so that we can click "Don't want to read any more of this author's drivel"...

Comment: Re:Anthropometrics (Score 1) 819

by mishehu (#47857065) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room
I'm not sure what planet you're from, but I've been flying on planes since I was barely even walking and talking. There is *nothing* rude about reclining, neither explicit nor implied. It is, however, nice and courteous to the person behind you to recline slowly and gently if at all possible. You do not have a right to not have the seat in front of you recline. You *do* have a right to control whether your own seat reclines.

Comment: Re:My opinion on the matter. (Score 1) 826

by mishehu (#47751601) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

I think that's a little bit of oversimplification. I've yet to see what systemd does so much better than traditional init or sysvinit style other than make a clusterf*ck out of everything... Maybe it's "I've been working 20 years with something. It might not be perfect, but the alternative seems to be at least an order of magnitude worse than what I currently have."

As for service monitoring, there are other options out there than you can use to replace init or mix into your init system to handle that... such as runit.

Comment: Re:My opinion on the matter. (Score 1) 826

by mishehu (#47751557) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide
Me thinks it needs to keep working at it. I am an old guard - I still use Slackware - so I require some actual evidence of it solving a problem. I'd rather just replace my init with runit... At least it doesn't require a bunch of dependencies which I may not want on a system to perform service monitoring.

Comment: Re:SHeriff Michael Gayer (Score 1) 875

by mishehu (#47200049) Attached to: America 'Has Become a War Zone'

It saves them money and makes use of existing stuff instead of having to build new.

No. No. And again, No. It's cheaper if we just electrocute to death everybody ever found guilty of a crime. Why don't we just electrocute them all instead of having to build those big, expensive prisons and feed people? Hell, does it even matter that they're guilty of having forgotten to pay for their livestock purchase within 24 hours?

When it comes to the police, cheaper is not necessarily better. I would rather not have police plowing through mine or my neighbor's door with an MRAP. We aren't in a war zone, the police aren't the military, and there is zero justification to make everybody feel like we're living without rights and freedoms under martial law. Some studies have shown that when police are less aggressive (possible even not carrying guns) and laws are toned down from the "let's be tough on crime and send people away to jail for 10 years for carrying around a little dead leaf in their pocket", that violence between the police and the populace also goes down.

Accountants and MBA's tend to be only concerned with financial costs and ignore the other, real costs. Surely you're not one of those? :-)

Comment: Re:ya (Score 1) 282

Just because "top eyeball network providers agree" doesn't mean it's fact either. This isn't the old PSTN where carriers got paid to terminate a call from another carrier destined for your own subscribers. That model worked because that was very much so a push-model (caller on other provider calls you, you didn't send the first ring to get that entity to connect to your). The Internet in general doesn't work that way, sorry to break it to you. It is, by and in large, a pull model.

Comment: Re:Estate Taxes (Score 2) 300

You might want to read up upon the relevant laws and see that things can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The transfer of property and finances from a deceased parent to a minor surviving child who has no other living parent might not be penalized at all. Also, I don't think it's typical for a surviving spouse to have to pay estate taxes, and especially wouldn't have to in a community property state.

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." -- Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown