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Comment UNICODE DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY (Score 1) 193

Although it may not be necessary to create allergy symbols, the existence of a similar-looking glyph is not a valid reason why. In Unicode, each code point corresponds to a particular abstract character, not glyph, so the snowflake symbol cannot be used for a food allergy symbol even if they look identical, because U+2744 means "snowflake" and not "food allergy."

For example, Greek capital letter delta (U+0394) and the mathematical symbol delta (U+2206) usually look almost the same, but are completely different concepts. They alphabetize differently, are searchable differently, and are not interchangeable.

Comment Re:Food Allergies (Score 1) 193

Northwest Scotland is considered to have the cleanest environment in the developed world (due to wind and rain from the Atlantic)

You've got to be joking or trolling.

"Clean" because of wind and rain from the Atlantic and "clean" because of extensive use of bleach and antibacterial soaps are very different concepts.

Comment Re:RTFA? (Score 1) 478

Of course this may not really be a Windows 10-specific issue since they slipped a "Diagnostic Tracking Service" into previous versions (such as Win7) through Windows Update earlier this year.

According to this, that particular update was 3068708, which is "recommended" and thus (as far as I can tell) not automatically installed under default settings.

(Note: please correct me if I'm wrong! Also, feel free to list any other malicious updates which should be avoided, or other strategies to harden Windows 7 against Microsoft snooping. I just reinstalled and would like to make sure I get all that stuff right before I start using sensitive data.)

Comment Re:Does it still record everybody around it? (Score 1) 45

The difference is that Glass can cross-reference what you do at that secure facility with what you do at home, your shopping habits, and your political opinions (if you express them on the Internet... and if you use it at all, you almost certainly do at least indirectly).

Comment Re:Is it trendy to go along with it? (Score 1) 131

How how about the Fukushima bottled water company products as well?

No, because bottled water is mind-bogglingly wasteful. I avoid drinking it whether it's radioactive or not!

Also, either the produce is safe, or it isn't. If it's safe, it's irrelevant that it came from Fukushima.

Comment Re:VeraCrypt (Score 1) 114

Also, a "linux geek" would have already have taken dm-crypt as an alternative, or performed the instructions in some Full Disk Encryption Howto.

Isn't it built into the installer nowadays? I installed Debian recently and it offered to encrypt my system, but maybe it skipped the partition that holds /bin and whatnot...

Comment Re:Does indeed happen. (Score 1) 634

I've had other interviewers ask me really abstract problems, such as how to calculate the number and types of elevators a particular-sized building needed.

The answer to that kind of question is the same kind of concept as the Drake equation: the point is not to give them a number, but to give them a formula for how one might arrive at the number. In your particular example, the answer might be: ([# of floors] * [# people per floor] * [# times each person uses the elevator]) / ([elevator capacity] * [elevator speed]), or something like that (since this is not an actual interview, I didn't bother to account for things like the fact that traveling to higher floors takes longer, etc.).

The interviewer is asking you the question so he can see how you approach the problem, not to see if you know trivia about elevator design. Do you go make a list of everything you think might matter first, or do you dive in and think up new factors on the fly? Did you leave something important out? Are you able to make even slightly reasonable estimates? (For example, "I figure there's about a million floors in a building and 1 person per floor, each of whom is constantly riding the elevator so you need 60,000 elevators per building" is probably not going to impress the interviewer.)

Comment Re:Non-driver parent (Score 3, Insightful) 285

So why didn't your uncle simply get his driver's license back when he was 16? They should have solved the problem in the previous generation!

The only way this matters is if the percentage of people sharing your cousin's circumstances is large or increasing, and I see no reason to believe that's the case. It's not as if these requirements are new, after all.

Furthermore, I suspect that in the vast majority of cases where the parent lacks a license, it's because the family lives somewhere like Manhattan where the child doesn't actually need one either.

In other words, this is a non-issue that you only think is important because one of the tiny number of people who are affected by it happens to be somebody close to you.

So should parents be held responsible for driver's education of their children in the same way that they are held responsible for the child getting to school and back? For example, should it be considered neglect on the parent's part to either A. not hold a driver's license or B. not take the child out for practice driving?

No, I'm saying it's not the State's responsibility to let unqualified people have drivers' licenses just because their parents couldn't be bothered to teach them, or to subsidize their parents' fuck-up!

And by the way, "resort[ing] to paying $50 per hour for a driving instructor" is a false dichotomy: just because your uncle can't/won't help, doesn't mean that's the only other choice. What about your aunt; can't he drive with her? What about your cousin's uncle (i.e., your dad)? What about over-25 family friends? What about a random neighbor, who is not an "instructor" and therefore probably would charge much less than $50/hour? What about you?

Where are the calculations that go with a calculated risk?

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