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Comment: Re:Southwest Boarding Policies (Score 1) 885

How is any seat decent if you know there is a good chance you will be breaking up families and could have a disgruntled parent or a child next to you that will possibly be leaving their seat or yelling across the plane to communicate?

A good boarding system should allow people to stay together toward the back of the plane by reserving far enough in advance, frequent fliers choose seats at the front/middle and anyone booked with you as well, and the rest up for grab. Load the people reserved in back first since they know exactly where they will be and they will clear the front of the aisle(s) quickly which will allow the frequent fliers on and then after they all settle let the rest on.

Comment: Re:can be done (Score 1) 198

You pay a monthly fee if the fibre runs past your house. If you want to connect the fibre to your home, you pay a one-time connection charge, followed by a higher monthly fee plus a charge per bit for incoming and outgoing data

Fuck no.

People that are not using the service should not have to pay for it just because someone decided to run a line past their house. That would just encourage the planners to run dark fiber everywhere and collect fees for years before people decide to connect.

There's little reason to charge by the bit or have data caps like most ISP's do. It's not a finite resource like water is. The major cost is last mile, once you have that in place it is a minor cost to upgrade your backbone to support extra usage. The last thing parents need is a huge bill because their kids watched a ton of 1080p youtube videos last month, downloaded a lot of games off steam, or whatever else. The penalty would either be so small that it would be meaningless to have at all or big enough that it would cause massive bills by surprise like cell phone service and smartphone app pricing have done in the past.

Comment: Highly Skilled? (Score 2) 224

by phizi0n (#47519081) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

Biden said he also learned from his talks with tech's top CEOs that 200,000 of the jobs that companies provide each year to highly-skilled H-1B visa holders could in fact be done by Americans with no more than a two-year community college degree.

How are they highly skilled if they could be replaced by 2 year community college degree holders? If any this just shows how much companies are abusing H1B's to get cheap foreign workers when they could be encouraging high school students to get these mythical 2 year community college degrees that are in such high demand.

Comment: Re:105 megabits per second (Score 2) 401

by phizi0n (#47460287) Attached to: Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

You don't know how he uses it or what his income is or if he's even paying for it (work might reimburse it) so how could you possibly know if it's a waste of money. Maybe he needs to download gigs of data for work... Also download speed isn't the only aspect of a connection, perhaps they wanted higher upstream bandwidth or lower latency.

Comment: Re:It's a joke article (Score 1) 128

by phizi0n (#47446983) Attached to: How To Fix The Shortage of K-5 Scholastic Chess Facilitators

Come on.
The article is a joke.
" A chess facilitator brain implant would be wired between perception and cognition. You would just look at the board and know if it is checkmate." Did the original poster not realize this?

It's more along the lines of astroturfing than a joke. The linked article is a blog post on a data analysis company's website. The author is basically dreaming up ways for his company to profit off a minor/nonexistent problem.

Comment: Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 265

by phizi0n (#47421441) Attached to: Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

I'm missing the part where something in Dubai is waiting to be a dystopia...

What do you mean "waiting to be".

For most of the Indian and Filipino "guest workers" it already is.

That is kind of the point. The article is titled "Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen" and Shoten is saying that everything about Dubai already is one.

Comment: Re:Responsive Design Mode (Score 1) 60

by phizi0n (#47412761) Attached to: All Web Developers Should Have Access to a Device Lab (Video)

The idea isn't that every Web designer in the world should have his or her own wall of screens, but that you and other people who make sites and games and such might collaborate on setting up a group of displays that includes some of the most popular OSes, browsers, and device form factors.

I did not even imply anything about it being a personal collection. My point was that most of the layout specific problems can be easily seen without ever touching a device beyond your work PC. Mobile app devs need device labs way more than web devs do but this article is targeted at web devs not app devs.

Comment: Responsive Design Mode (Score 1) 60

by phizi0n (#47412143) Attached to: All Web Developers Should Have Access to a Device Lab (Video)

Every modern desktop browser has a way to view responsive design easily so you don't need a wall full of screens of different sizes and orientations, all you really need is a few mobile devices running various OS versions and a PC full of VM's so that you can catch platform specific bugs.

Comment: Re:enforce existing laws? (Score 1) 490

Around here cyclists have a sense of entitlement. You can be sitting in your car, at a red light and watch cars and cyclists cross in front of you. When their light turns red and your light turns green, the cars will stop but the cyclists will keep crossing in spite of the red... So you and 100 other cars are sitting at a green light waiting for the stream of cyclists to stop... I've been at the front and started to creep through the green in hopes of signalling that maybe their turn is over... The result is a nice finger gesture...

In California at least, entering the intersection without room to clear it is illegal. AFAIK it's a pretty universal law so although they likely violated the law, you probably did as well. By entering the intersection you are blocking traffic in another direction and compounding the problem.

Prediction is very difficult, especially of the future. - Niels Bohr