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Comment: Re:It Won't Work (Score 1) 353

by rhazz (#46622923) Attached to: If Ridesharing Is Banned, What About Ride-Trading?
Not to mention the whole idea is based on the silly assumption that a driver who give rides will use the service themselves to distribute their credit to other drivers. What is the use case where a person who give rides would need to use the service to get rides? I'm sure there are scenarios that fit but surely not enough to support this business model.

Comment: Re:Without her permission? (Score 1) 367

by rhazz (#46604465) Attached to: Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password
I suggest you re-read my comment. You seem to have inferred that I am somehow defending the school's specific actions here. I was responding to the parent's suggestion that the only thing schools need to worry about is teaching.
1) Right, it NEVER happens... except it does. Maybe you're thinking of physical bullying?
2) As I said in the GP, I agree this incident was overreach. 3) As I said in the GP, I agree this incident was overreach. 4) As I said in the GP, I agree this incident was overreach. 5) As I said in the GP, I agree this incident was overreach. The only thing I said that was specific to this incident was that it was overreach, which you clearly ignored.

Comment: Re:Without her permission? (Score 1) 367

by rhazz (#46593833) Attached to: Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password
Most school boards have a mandate to prevent bullying, and the facebook comments probably fall under this category since it was made by a student of the school about an employee of the school. That it occurred outside the school is irrelevant, because the school must provide a mentally healthy workplace for both the employee and the student. I agree that the specific incident is overreach and not a good way to resolve anything, but there is very likely some legal responsibility on the school's part to deal with the conflict.

Comment: Re:Here's how to secure your "Internet of things" (Score 1) 106

by rhazz (#46587925) Attached to: Security for the 'Internet of Things' (Video)

Fridge: Can track things like how old your milk is, and text you to bring some home.

I realize you're grasping, but why would the fridge need/want to do that? Unless your milk is somehow hooked up to sensors in the fridge that monitor its freshness, you are only getting texts based on some data you input into a system somewhere. In that case you might as well use an app on your phone to track it, and remove the risk of someone hacking your fridge and spoiling your food.

Comment: Re:Wales full response (Score 1) 517

I had chronic neck pain for a long time, and tried a lot of different things at the advise of my GP. At one point he recommended I try seeing an osteopath (I had never heard of that field prior). I went to the osteopath, who recommended a neck manipulation performed by him - an aggressive yank of my head to either side which could produce an audible crack. He would do it one to four times or until he heard the crack, and then afterward lead me through some brief exercises for deep-neck muscles. He told me that it would likely take 3 visits to see results. After 3 visits without improvement, he told me it would probably take a few more visits. After 3 more visits without improvement he said the same thing. At this point I realized I was just income to him and never went back.

It turns out my chronic pain had something to do with my sleeping position - I learned to sleep on my back and am mostly pain free.

Comment: Re:Pay more in taxes (time to bitch) (Score 1) 409

by rhazz (#46535917) Attached to: Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?
We used to see this behaviour quite often in the transit union in our city which encompasses all city bus drivers in Ottawa. Several years ago there were a number of public scandals where drivers were caught on cellphone video doing something illegal. I specifically recall one incident where the driver had a newspaper spread out over the wheel while driving. The union's public response in every single case was to spring to the driver's defense by denouncing the videos as a violation of the driver's privacy and completely brush aside the safety risks.

Now, in my office, I haven't heard of this kind of "defend everyone at all costs" behaviour, but managers are definitely fearful of it.

Comment: Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 259

by rhazz (#46523637) Attached to: Overuse of Bioengineered Corn Gives Rise To Resistant Pests

it's my intention to build such a forest, build a home within it for myself, and another for my daughter and each of my future children.

And as you slowly replace your forest with your children's homes, and your children build more homes for their children, etc, etc... you end up with overpopulation. You are proposing the same solution as every one else - more efficient use of existing resources. The problem is that eventually you will maximize your usage of those resources but your progeny will continue to propagate.

Comment: Re:Mexico City tried this... (Score 1) 405

by rhazz (#46517489) Attached to: Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road
America is neither a country nor a continent when there is no context, and it is not the official name of any of those things. Mlts clarification was justified. To say that because you colloquially refer to yourself as America and therefore everyone else also must do so is... stereotypical I guess. I'm sure you'll assume I'm biased because I'm Canadian, but we don't normally refer to our southern neighbour as America either, we usually call it "the US" or even "the states". But then we probably do so just to piss off everyone that demands we call it America :)

Comment: Re:Anonymous cryptocurrency, who to trust? (Score 1) 228

by rhazz (#46465717) Attached to: Hackers Allege Mt. Gox Still Controls "Stolen" Bitcoins
Yes, the government can take your house from you. However, also consider that without the government enforcing property ownership rights, anybody could break into your house, change the locks, and claim they are the owner. Which does your friend think would work better?

Comment: Re:The gain for Ireland? (Score 1) 288

by rhazz (#46420893) Attached to: How Ireland Got Apple's $9 Billion Australian Profit
I'm sure Apple's Irish divisions have great talent and produce great output, but I bet that those 4,000 employees do not work for the specific Apple subsidiary that is claiming the global profits. Even if it's the same company, claiming all the global revenues there is still a gross misrepresentation of Apple's business since 4000 employees would only account for 5% of Apple's global work force (60% are based in the US). I also believe in Apple's case specifically, they don't even pay the normal Irish corporate tax rates due to some other loopholes or agreements. Forbes has a good write-up on it that is way over my head.

Comment: Re:The gain for Ireland? (Score 3, Informative) 288

by rhazz (#46418599) Attached to: How Ireland Got Apple's $9 Billion Australian Profit
Ireland has corporate taxes, they are just MUCH lower than most other developed countries. So Ireland gains by taxing these corporations. It is extremely lucrative for Ireland because they get billions in tax dollars from the shell company that only has a few employees. The social cost to Ireland is nil compared to the tax revenue, but quite the opposite for Australia.

"If you want to eat hippopatomus, you've got to pay the freight." -- attributed to an IBM guy, about why IBM software uses so much memory