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Comment: Re:Freedom of political activism (Score 4, Insightful) 1746

by radish (#46652919) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

He wasn't fired, he chose to resign as it was in the best interests of Mozilla. As CEO he was the figurehead of the company, and he simply cannot distinguish his private beliefs from those of the company in the same way as a rank-and-file employee can. No one cared that he worked at Mozilla - they cared that he _led_ Mozilla.

Comment: Re:Amazon Prime (Score 1) 88

by radish (#46652705) Attached to: Amazon's Fire TV: Is It Worth Game Developers' Time?

Seriously, how much value does this device have without access to video streaming via Amazon Prime?

Pretty much the same values as a Roku - you can use it to stream Netflix etc. I really don't understand your point - yes this device is more integrated into the Amazon ecosystem, but it does do the same basic things that most other similar devices do.

Comment: Re:Still worth it (Score 2) 276

by radish (#46478717) Attached to: Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

Then again, ordering something on amazon every 2-3 days already seems borderline compulsive behaviour to me too.

How often do you go to a physical store? More than twice a week? Now multiply that to cover a whole family.

I personally go to a physical store for non food items maybe once a month. My wife goes maybe once a week as she gets stuff for the house/kid which isn't easy to get online.

And I mentioned this in another reply - but a big part of it is not having to think. Let's say I make 100 orders in a year. That's $1 per order for shipping. Now, you're right, I could probably get some of those free. And there are other's I'd pay say $8 for 2 day. And yet others I'd pay $15 for overnight. You know what? If it takes even 1 minute per order to figure out which is which $100 a year is CHEAP - my time is worth a lot more than that.

Comment: Re:Still worth it (Score 1) 276

by radish (#46478663) Attached to: Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

Because we're not all as organized as you? :)

In fact we do that, the subscribe & save system amazon have allows us to setup recurring deliveries of the stuff we predictably need (baby supplies, cosmetics, etc). But other than groceries we buy pretty much everything online, and most of that from amazon. Not having to think about delivery times or prices is what allows us to do that. Having to worry about whether it would be delivered in time, or whether spending $10 to ship a $10 widget is worth it is a waste of mental energy I just don't need.

Comment: Re:Still worth it (Score 1) 276

by radish (#46478203) Attached to: Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

You're completely ignoring speed. My family buy tons of stuff from Amazon (typically 2-3 orders per week, sometimes more) and so of course we could cancel prime and get free shipping pretty easily. But waiting a week+ for delivery? Not interested. Which means we'd be spending $5-10 per order for 2-day, which would pay for prime in maybe a month.

Comment: Re:Go Amish? (Score 1) 664

by radish (#46308817) Attached to: Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

Seriously? Software has bugs. Aviation software has bugs. Planes crash. It sucks but it's the truth, 100% perfection in any non-trivial thing (whether hard or soft) is impossible. The list of examples is long (think Ariane 5, MPL, various F-22 crashes, Chinook ZD576, Osprey, etc).

Effective risk management is predicated on understanding that fact and designing systems to be fault tolerant. It's my understanding that most flight control software runs with redundant non-similar implementations which vote on the correct decision to try and handle spurious results. Why would you bother with that if there are no bugs?

Comment: Re:The UK border staff are wildly incompetent. (Score 1) 261

by radish (#46269717) Attached to: Edward Snowden's Lawyer Claims Harassment From Heathrow Border Agent

Believe me, the US CBP would not take kindly to that. Remember, different laws apply at the border (see: searching laptops) and they don't have to detain you, they can just throw you back on a plane to wherever you came from. It's generally wise to be pleasant and courteous if you don't what them to really ruin your day.

Comment: Re:It doesn't matter. (Score 1) 180

by radish (#46239729) Attached to: 11-Year UK Study Reports No Health Danger From Mobile Phone Transmissions

People love to hate on them because they aren't unsure of which scientific authority to believe in, they are choosing Jenny Fucking McCarthy over every single scientific authority - and at the same time putting both their kids and every other kid in their area at serious risk.

Sure there was one fraudulent study done which may have confused some people, but that was exposed years ago and people still aren't getting their kids vaccinated despite huge amounts of publicity. It's unbelievable levels of stupidity and selfishness and I'm not going to give anyone a pass.

Comment: huh? (Score 2) 72

by radish (#46171271) Attached to: Amputee Has Prosthetic Hand Wired To Nerves

You must be seeing a different site than me. I'd say the comments take maybe 70% of my screen width. There's a pretty wide margin on each side which could certainly be reduced a little, and then a column on the right with the search box, poll, and a bunch more panels. There's certainly some wasted space, but nothing like you imply. And nothing is double line spaced.

FYI, Chrome/Win.

Possessions increase to fill the space available for their storage. -- Ryan