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Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 3) 253

by shadowrat (#47729977) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

No, the real crime is punishing a non-violent civil offender with violence (i.e. forced into a cage). It only takes a moment of critical thinking to realize that punishing non-violence with violence is a product of injustice, not justice.

no, the real crime here is a misleading title that implies he was given 33 months solely for the act of filming a movie with a camcorder.

Comment: Re:Logged in to email? (Score 1) 115

by shadowrat (#47712731) Attached to: 51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

If anyone knows of any app that keeps the phone locked out (so you need to enter a password to get into your apps) but which enables easy dialing of 911 (or selected people on your contact list). I'd be more than happy to hear what they are. That would be the perfect balance between securing your phone and keeping it easy for my kids to use to call 911 or relatives who live close by. (Not that those lock-screen passwords are perfectly secure, but they're better than swipe-to-unlock.)

yes. it's called iPhone. there is an option to make an emergency call from the lock screen. I'm pretty sure the same thing exists on most android and windows phones.

Comment: Re:They are clueless... (Score 2) 231

by shadowrat (#47696313) Attached to: Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It
I can see a benefit to this arrangement. The traditional email system puts responsibility in the hands of the recipient. It kind of encourages this fire and forget mentality that just shoves the work down the line to the next poor SOB.

I've been in situations where teams communicated effectively over email, and i've been in situations where the sales team just constantly ran around in a tizzy peppering the engineering team with questions. Now, a breakdown seems to happen here since the speed of sales is not the speed of engineering. Sales people are always on the go. They are always pursuing the next big client. It's not uncommon for their requests to simply be a stream of, "stop what you were doing for that last request because i've got an even bigger fish."

That's not a bash on salespeople. It's just how the job works. That's manageable on a day to day basis. I get what they are doing, but i also recognize that there is usually a half-life of 1 or 2 days to these "urgent and important" requests. Most of the time coming back from vacation, i'd sort of breeze through these things, not really looking at them in depth. I didn't want to miss something actually important, or still relevant. I'd kind of like to know that the person with the actually important issue was maybe going to pick up a bit of the load rather than just spend 5 seconds blasting an email out and then claim, "hey. i did everything i could to get that client."

Comment: Re:Database? (Score 0) 371

by shadowrat (#47690349) Attached to: Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

The joke: Software "engineers" as the title is widely used in the tech world aren't Real Engineers. Unless your four year degree has the word "Engineer" and is from an ABET/EAC accredited institution you are not an Engineer, end of story.

uh oh! sounds like someone's a little bitter. Here's a little more salt to rub in your wounds. i went to art school! didn't even graduate with a degree and i get senior engineer in my title!

Comment: Re:Now this is funny. (Score 3, Interesting) 109

by shadowrat (#47657775) Attached to: Type 225 Words per Minute with a Stenographic Keyboard (Video)
Yeah, I can't imagine who (in my admittedly small circle of friends) would really need or want this. It seems like it's great for transcribing speech, or any situation where you are trying to parse a stream of language and the rate of the stream isn't dictated by you. I don't really think WPM is the bottleneck for other endeavors. As a programmer, i just assume it's not really suited to all the punctuation in my favorite languages. More than that though, my typing speed isn't a bottleneck. The bottleneck is envisioning the idea and subsequently debugging the resulting code.

I'm not a writer, but i imagine that's similar. Is anyone really being held back from writing the next great american novel because they only type at 90 wpm? Or is it just that they don't really have a good idea.

Comment: Re:First.... (Score 5, Funny) 183

by shadowrat (#47631017) Attached to: WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

I like preppers, they rarely, if ever, actually understand the consequences of social collapse, and falsely view increased individualism as the primary consequence of major institutional failure.

They don't consider the social structures that arise in post-governmental situations. The importance of community connectivity increases with importance as rigid social structures fail. You want a local warlord, a gang, a tribe, or some other primitive power structure, if you want to survive in a "lawless" world.

Oh sure, grouping up provides an immediate boost to strength, but It'll only last for so long. This australian case study from 1985 proved that such a social structure is only as strong as it's weakest link. A stronger individual will always appear in time and take your group apart. It's pretty much proven as the same results were witnessed in 2 previous studies. I hear they are going to run it again. I expect the same outcome.

Heres a similar sociological study demonstrating the feasibility of individual survival. It's not as targeted at catastrophic social collapse, but i think it's safe to extrapolate.

Comment: Re:Except,,, (Score 1) 316

by shadowrat (#47614639) Attached to: Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

You know what really works? People using common sense and realizing that there is no such thing as "unlimited" bandwidth, food, or anything else.

Then stop advertising it as such. "common sense" is nonsense, and I'm tired of people using a phrase that could literally mean anything. Popularity is irrelevant, and since what is believed to be "common sense" is often nonsensical, it's just not a very good term.

Do you feel as strongly about places that advertise having the world's best car, hamburger, cup of coffee, etc?

Comment: Re:Nothing to panic over (Score 1) 409

You want the experts at the CDC to be able to study this up close in a live patient. Of course one has to wonder why we had to wait for an american physician to get infected before deciding this was a good idea...

Exactly! Walter from Fringe would have been able to find the cure in about 45 minutes in a makeshift kitchen lab. Then he could have engineered a cure with some old yogurt, a teapot and some of his own blood. All that as long as he could just see the patient. You'd never get him to go to Africa though. That's why they have to bring the patient here!

Comment: Re:If you want to earn big bucks... (Score 1) 315

by shadowrat (#47561225) Attached to: Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

Not that I'm knocking "earning big bucks", but it always kinda pisses me off that people talk about compuer programming or a certain type of programming as being especially lucrative, as if that should be some sort of aspiration in life. It certainly pays better than a lot of other jobs that I've had, but how much money you can earn is a pretty shallow metric for success, if you ask me.

Sure, self actualization is probably what really makes people happy, but as far as metrics go it's crappy. Money is quantifiable, thus it's one of the best metrics.

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