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Comment: We can relax now (Score 1) 170

by nytes (#47372791) Attached to: Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass

Hey, everyone, the government says that what it's doing is OK. At least we got that settled and we can all stop worrying about it.

while their methods were "close to the line of constitutional reasonableness," they were used for good reason

Hey, I think I heard of a road that you can pave with those good intentions.

Comment: Once upon a time (Score 1) 710

by nytes (#47311595) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Does anyone remember that, at one time, the big promise of technology and automation was that we would be able to reduce the workweek for Joe Workerbee?

Somewhere along the way the goal of tech has become to employ as few people as possible, preferably with lower skills so you don't have to pay them as much.

Comment: Re:Awesome! (Score 1) 276

by nytes (#47311159) Attached to: Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

I predict that they will handle it the same way they handle airport security: Everyone is now on the no-fly list. You can apply to get a travel pass that will allow you to fly within a given window of time. You'll have to show the pass along with your passport to enter the terminal. Eventually, leaving your state or county will also require a pass.

I've been expecting this within the next ten years or so.

"Papers, please."

Comment: Re:Nooooooo (Score 1) 73

by nytes (#46891565) Attached to: WSJ Reports AT&T May Be Eying a $40B DirecTV Acquisition

It used to take around 25 button pushes to turn closed captions on or off on U-verse. I'd like to know how they came up with their usage scenarios when designing this that interface.

Thankfully, they've added a shortcut that reduces it to around six button pushes, but still... Why does it only take one button on my DVD player?

Comment: Re:The announcer's delivery! (Score 1) 146

by nytes (#46782541) Attached to: Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

You piqued my curiosity.

Apparently, depending on the author, the falling tone at the end of a sentence is called a "terminal fall" (sounds like a coroner's statement of cause of death), "falling terminal" (sounds like a terrorist act), or a "terminal contour". I'm couldn't find a official universal term for it.

I thought the Wikipedia article might have something in the article on intonation, but I was unable to find it.

Comment: Re:Uproar? (Score 1) 146

by nytes (#46781719) Attached to: Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

I recall this actually happening to someone, except it was the phone company that was sending him the bill.

After making multiple attempts to get it cleared up, and starting to receive threatening letters regarding his phone service, he mailed in a check for $0.00.

The problem was cleared up immediately.

Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work. -- John G. Pollard

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