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Comment: Re: Seems reasonable (Score 1) 114

by praxis (#49784099) Attached to: Insurer Won't Pay Out For Security Breach Because of Lax Security

You're forced to buy car (liability) insurance if you drive.

In Washington State, and likely other states, you are not forced to buy car insurance if you drive. You may instead buy a liability bond or obtain a certificate of deposit to prove you could pay any liability claims yourself. There are advantages and disadvantages to all the options, but the choices are there.

Comment: Re:It's actually surprising... (Score 2) 65

by praxis (#49777287) Attached to: Microsoft Bringing Cortana To iOS, Android

With the amount of potential information mining that could be done with these apps, I'm surprised they aren't all cross-platform.

NSA is cross-platform and very easy to use. You don't even need to sign up for it. Come free with every phone call.

It does not come free with every phone call; we're playing for it.

Comment: Re:One thing to consider... (Score 1) 82

It's a pretty weak citation to say a state requires it, when you can't even be bothered to look if they require it.

What you stated is that in Alaska, one may be refused emergency care if one does not provide a social security number. That is a pretty strong statement and requires a more rigorous citation than "Alaska law requires it". I'm not an expert in searching statutes, but I could find no such statute.

Comment: Re:Since there's no downside, why not go all out? (Score 1) 1090

by praxis (#49737695) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

Since apparently there is no downside to raising the minimum wage some, why not raise it a bunch?

That does not logically follow.

If some is good, more is better, and much more is much more better, right?

No.

Why not a minimum wage of $500/hr, and make almost everyone rich? (Except for the people who are already pulling in a megabuck per year.)

Because that's not how it works?

Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 826

by praxis (#49736521) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Because roads still need to be maintained no matter what's driving on them. Those costs won't change.

Um, the type of traffic being carried by and the maintenance cost of roads are *not* independent. The more and the heavier the vehicles on the road, the more damage caused, the higher the cost of maintenance.

You're better off increasing the gas tax itself which then hurts less efficient (and presumably heavier) vehicles while reducing the impact on more fuel efficient (and lighter) vehicles.

Less fuel efficient vehicles need not be heavier and more fuel efficient vehicles need not be lighter. I recently retired my old car for a newer car and the newer car is twice as efficient and twice as heavy.

Comment: Re:Arrogance about a job you don't understand (Score 1) 387

by praxis (#49729503) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students

I didn't say it was or wasn't marketing. I was merely pointing out that government assistance helped. If we count government assistance as marketing then we start diluting the term. Are unemployed people very, very good marketers too, if they receive unemployment checks?

Comment: Re:Arrogance about a job you don't understand (Score 1) 387

by praxis (#49726759) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students

We cannot discount that Coca-Cola was standard ration for the US military during the last World War and the US government helped fund bottling plants all over the world near military deployments to supply troops economically. That certainly had a helping hand in growing their business.

Comment: Re:How hard will this break Corp Intranet apps? (Score 1) 133

by praxis (#49675437) Attached to: Microsoft Is Confident In Security of Edge Browser

One where you express your concerns tactfully, then when your superiors make a decision you either accept it and adapt or don't accept it and find new superiors. In both cases, you take responsibility for the choice *you* made.

Either you agreed with them it was the right thing you do, in which case you don't blame Microsoft for changing their platform that you signed up to use, or you disagree with them and find a job that does things differently.

I'm not saying you made the wrong choice here. I'm saying that moaning about Microsoft's change to their platform after you and your superiors signed up for the Microsoft way of doing things is trying to deflect responsibility and gets little sympathy from me.

Comment: Re:How hard will this break Corp Intranet apps? (Score 2) 133

by praxis (#49674003) Attached to: Microsoft Is Confident In Security of Edge Browser

In an earlier post, you blamed Microsoft, with your comment "You stupid Fuckers, Microsoft", for the headache they've caused you with their ecosystem. Your blame is misplaced, though. It is the fault of your authorities, who selected that ecosystem, and yourself, for agreeing to use that ecosystem. It's common knowledge that when you give control over your platform to another company, you accept the risk that the platform no longer suits your needs in the future.

Your options are to accept the change and rewrite your applications with the new Microsoft system, or if you are to rewrite it anyhow, to choose an ecosystem that has a wider support network than one vendor.

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