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Comment: Re:FIRE! (Score 1) 457

by rogueippacket (#46166691) Attached to: Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps
It's funny because the police in Calgary, Alberta will put up giant pink signs on the highway which say "Police Ahead" whenever they setup a speed trap consisting of more than one cruiser. It doesn't actually matter, drivers still speed and the traps are always full of people being pulled over. So being warned ahead of time doesn't seem to have an impact.
Secondly, they've started buying all colours, makes, and models of domestic vehicles. Waze doesn't help you if you can't see the police doing traffic.
In short, they will never give up this revenue stream to solve actual crimes because it's so damn convenient and there is no shortage of drivers willing to pay a voluntary tax.

Comment: Internet of Things (Score 4, Insightful) 192

by rogueippacket (#45739289) Attached to: Embedded SIM Design Means No More Swapping Cards
This buzzword annoys me even more than Cloud. Cloud has more or less become common vernacular for describing Internet-connected servers which you may or may not own, but the term Internet of Things seems to imply that a) there were no "things" on the Internet before now and b) the "old Internet" simply isn't hip enough to run more devices, and you should be clambering all over a vendor to be a part of it. Ugh.

Comment: Re:How do you claim the prize? (Score 1) 291

They sort of explain it in the article - the theory is that being the assassin, the act itself has been pre-meditated and you have chosen the date of the murder. You then make a donation to the deadpool, including a hashed version of your date. Once the act is done, you send an email (ideally anonymous) to the site operator with that date inside. The operator performs a hash check on it, and if it matches the data included with your donation, you are most likely the killer.
Or, you're just really good at guessing when people are going to die.

Comment: Zero Tolerance (Score 4, Interesting) 453

I work in a fairly large technical sales environment, and we exercise a zero tolerance rule for our younger team members when we are out with clients - if you touch your mobile device for any reason beyond presenting content or sharing contacts relevant to the meeting, you will be reprimanded. Don't leave the device on the table, and don't even think about taking notes on your phone - anything that distracts you and forces you to break eye contact with your customer is a bad thing and makes you look like you're only half-interested in the people in the room.
We will occasionally experience some belligerence after they have been reprimanded, but we always remind them that the best, most seasoned sales team members only need four things to close a multi-million dollar sale - pen, paper, whiteboard, and business cards.

Comment: Re:I wonder when... (Score 1) 722

by rogueippacket (#45244755) Attached to: Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You
Love for cars and love of driving is too ingrained in our culture to permit the future you have just described. People don't simply buy the safest vehicle they can afford - they buy something that's fun/sporty/responsive/peppy/powerful/fast/etc. and safe. Safety is almost an implied feature, but it always takes second fiddle to something a driver can enjoy. At most, self-driving will be a switch for the morning commute.

Comment: Re:Yup, and it doesn't matter. (Score 3, Insightful) 722

by rogueippacket (#45244707) Attached to: Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You
Your assertion that autonomous vehicles will take over fails to take into account one of the major reasons we have such a large automotive industry - people like to drive. They like to buy new cars, repair old cars, and do stupid things in fast cars. At most, a car with auto-pilot would be a convenience feature for the daily commute, but so long as people get an adrenaline rush when they put the pedal to the floor, this will not change.

Comment: Spot on (Score 3, Interesting) 166

I'm glad that someone is attempting to quantify this. As someone who works in sales for hosted services, I saw this trend emerge virtually overnight with the Snowden leaks - the complete erosion of trust for any service hosted in the U.S., even if the actual, measurable impact to date any of my customers of being spied upon is exactly nil.
Now if only someone would compare the impact to the NSA's operating budget and draw some lines, things might get better. I've been called an optimist before, however.

Comment: Re:Hopefully VoLTE will make this even bigger (Score 1) 79

by rogueippacket (#44705911) Attached to: Mobile Virtual Networks Are Booming Again

Coverage is a little lacking in some areas that I go, but that is sprints fault, hopefully they will build out more.

The mobile market is always fascinating. Ting piggybacks on Sprint's network (ultimately driving down revenue for Sprint) and does not build any of their own infrastructure, yet their customers point the finger right back at Sprint when coverage becomes an issue.
The future is pretty straightforward for companies like Ting - once they have a large enough customer base and start taking a measurable chunk of Sprint's revenue, Sprint will either buy them out or lobby for legislation to shut them down. Sure, Sprint makes some money for each Ting device on the network, but not enough to justify brand new towers, and so long as that is true, Ting cannot exist without Sprint's willful participation.

Comment: Re:Careful what you wish for... (Score 1) 114

by rogueippacket (#44602299) Attached to: Experiences and Realities of an Homesourced IT Worker
Looks like only the AC's are biting on this one. Regardless of whether it makes sense on a technical level, this is exactly what the bean counters and VP's are thinking. They don't care if the folks providing support know what FTP is, they have a contract and someone to yell at if it all goes south - and a mountain of provable cost efficiencies. If they're particularly smart, they will keep just enough dedicated talent on-hand to babysit during the transition offshore, chewing up all of their work/life balance for the promise of something better.
But don't worry, as one of those dedicated, talented people facing burnout, you, too, will be offered the ability to work from home when the dust settles. You can pat yourself on the back, knowing that you've done a good job for your employer, and that your work-from-home arrangement won't end the same way, right?

"And do you think (fop that I am) that I could be the Scarlet Pumpernickel?" -- Looney Tunes, The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950, Chuck Jones)