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Comment: Most recent failure was 2009 (Score 1) 166

by rsborg (#47412029) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

Once high-intensity blueish bulb out of probably 4 dozen bought (including LEDs). I still have a slow-start CFL from Ikea that I bought in 2005 that's still running and hasn't been broken.

More concerning is the CFL that was broken - no more stand-lamps with kids now, but that was not fun - essentially had to completely and thoroughly clean the room.

Comment: But how many bodies can it fit? (Score 2) 139

by rsborg (#47403107) Attached to: Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi

When I need to take a cab at 4 AM to go to the middle of nowhere (I don't have a car, as I only need this like twice a year or something, not worth it), hailing a shady dirty taxi who'll bitch and moan about me asking to go somewhere unprofitable isn't exactly my preference.

I will take that recommendation, though I hear Uber SUV can fit more bodies in the rear. I wonder if heading over to Patterson incurs surge pricing? Will the driver help you unload your "luggage"?

Comment: Re:In a watch, batteries should last a year or mor (Score 1) 129

by rsborg (#47401855) Attached to: Android Wear Is Here

Leaving aside the part of my brain that is trying to figure out whether you consider only a few showers a week acceptable or are just really fast about them

If you're male and have the expected short hair, showers shouldn't take more than 5 min each (x7 = 35m), perhaps another 5 if you shave in the shower. Or are you from the Lester Burnham [1] school of showering? Regardless, still shouldn't take more than 1-2 min more.


Comment: Re:Call me (Score 1) 129

by rsborg (#47401799) Attached to: Android Wear Is Here

Why don't thy have wireless charging on these things? It wouldn't be so bad if I took off my watch, threw it on the dresser, and went to bed. Having to stop and fiddle with a charger for multiple devices is a bit of a no go IMO.

Maybe because the wireless charger circuitry will make the watch larger and more unwieldy? Because free space on a wearable makes a smartphone's cramped interior look spacious?

Personally, I'd rather more battery than wireless charging. I'm not going to carry my wireless charging dock/pad around with me and I can't imagine that a 2nd one at the office would be cheap. The Moto 360 supposed has wireless charging, but it does seem a bit ... heftier than a Pebble or even the LG one.

Comment: The threat is internal (Score 2) 674

by rsborg (#47401665) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

I've wondered why they haven't done that before. Forget about taking a plane down, or flying into a building.

Have 20 individuals at 20 airports all approach the processing line, timed to arrive at the metal detector/x-ray chute at noon. Scream the usual "aloha cracker" (or whatever those crazy fucks say), pull out the bomb from their carry on, and detonate it before anyone can stop them.

Instantly, every airport is notified about this threat, and now everyone gets screened before they even get to the airport.

If they want to fuck with the west, that is how they could do it.

The fact that this has not happened (nor have we heard of a such a plot being defused) makes it pretty clear that the real threat is the TSA itself, and "terrists" are simply an Emmanuel Goldstein type boogeyman used to keep everyone in line and their mouths shut.

Comment: Re:He apparently doesn't fly (Score 1) 128

by rsborg (#47372417) Attached to: FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

to "use the time to sleep and chill out."

Anecdotal but just flew cross coast twice last week and chilling out in my designated sq ft of cabin room did not inspire ant sense of chilling out. If not for the games, movies, content on my kids &I iPads, it would have been an almost unendurable human "trash compactor" experience. Yes I'm talking to you united airlines.

I'm rarely thankful that I'm not a tall person, but during flights is one of those times. I have no space problems with planes except when I want to use my laptop. Been very good at migrating to iPad for most stuff (even work), however.

Comment: Re:The Solution is In Plain Sight (Score 1) 577

by rsborg (#47372183) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

In some areas of Portugal we have exactly the opposite - timers applied to traffic lights instead of crosswalks. In some places we also have crosswalk timers together with traffic light timers.

Why is this a solution? Because drivers will stop paying attention to crosswalk timers and use their own traffic light timers instead, which have a security offset of 1-3 seconds. [...]

I wonder if this offset is randomized to prevent gaming? And if that's more or less safe than a constant offset?

Ultimately, I prefer traffic circles [1] for lower volume traffic intersections, however large intersections should have lights - and the method you presented seems very interesting. Especially since it's being implemented in Portugal (are there studies yet in it's efficacy?)


Comment: Malicious Compliance (Score 2) 238

by rsborg (#47372031) Attached to: Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

From das wiki:

Malicious compliance is the behavior of a person who intentionally inflicts harm by strictly following the orders of management or following legal compulsions, knowing that compliance with the orders will cause a loss of some form resulting in damage to the manager's business or reputation, or a loss to an employee or subordinate. It has the effect of harming leadership, or the leadership harming a subordinate.[1] A specific form of industrial action that utilizes this is work-to-rule.

Also see Lawful Evil.

Comment: Re:Indirect References (Score 1) 238

by rsborg (#47371997) Attached to: Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

Is Google responsible for "forgetting" all possible path to this BBC article? E.g., will this Slashdot article turn up in a Google search in the EU? How about this comment, if I include a link to the original BBC article?

Aren't requests effective-dated? If Mr. O'Neal requested at date X to remove searches against his name, that can't be future-effective can it? That would truly be onerous if it was some "standing order" that no searches should result in his name.

On the other hand, why delist an entire article? Can't they just remove that article from the keywords? I get a sense that Google is trying to obey the letter, but not the spirit of the law.

Comment: Re:Just pay him not to work (Score 1) 272

by rsborg (#47370601) Attached to: Amazon Sues After Ex-Worker Takes Google Job

That sounds pretty easy to take advantage of.

"Ya, my brother is starting up a finance firm that is doing the exact same thing as you, he says he will pay me 150% of my current salary to go work for him.
According to my contract this means you now have to pay me 50% more than my current contract and I can sit at home and do nothing, or maybe take on a little work on the side under the table"

Clearly in this case, the employer would look at your brother's company and simply chuckle - unless your brother happens to be running a real threat, in which case, you've just painted a target on yourself and burned bridges before you crossed them.

Comment: Re:Touch Server (Score 5, Funny) 669

No no no! This is Windows 9, not Server 2015. Server 2015 will still maintain the Modern interface and force you to use the start screen.

Your rumors are stale, Mr. Coward. From what I hear, Microsoft plans to integrate Kinect technology into Server 2015 as user testing has shown many data center workers have been using "hand gestures" when attempting to work with the Metro interface.

Comment: Re:Let them (Score 1) 286

by rsborg (#47335731) Attached to: What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

Except that parallel construction to circumvent the 4th would likely result in dismissal with prejudice, and possibly prosecution of the offending party, were it discovered. Ethics portion of basic criminal law course.

How do you prove it's actually parallelly constructed? Sounds like a hell of a thing to prove, especially considering how un-auditable the police consider themselves to be (see earlier story about Mass. SWAT teams claiming they're privatized so have no oversight).

Comment: Parallel construction defeats this tactic (Score 1) 286

by rsborg (#47335707) Attached to: What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

Tell them repeatedly and ad nauseum that you do not consent to the search; object loudly and often, and make sure your attorney hears about it. Anything they uncover will be inadmissible. If you're extremely lucky, your cell phone will contain the only incriminating evidence, and you can walk away on a technicality.

The illegal phone search could support the original "hidden" search, while another team/person on the LEO side is building a "plausible, legal reasoning" that you or someone connected to you is guilty of some crime.

Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself. -- A.H. Weiler