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Comment: Re:Who would have thought (Score 1) 193

by shadowrat (#47883441) Attached to: The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada
I don't expect fully autonomous cars on day one. I'd expect to have to pay attention and take control from time to time, and I can live with all of that. Having to upload my planned routes to google for approval a month ahead of time doesn't really live up to my expectations though.

Comment: Re:So what exactly is the market here. (Score 1) 729

by shadowrat (#47865809) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments
maybe it's just me, but i don't like wearing anything on my wrist for any activity where i bend my wrist. I've tried even low profile devices like the fuel band and just don't like it. maybe for jogging it's ok, but i can't wear it skateboarding, or biking, or lifting weights. it's not that i can't see uses for it. I can. i like racing sailboats, a timing app would be great, but apple didn't say that my $350 toy is going to survive a dunk in the bay so there's no way i'm wearing it for that. Likewise, I can think of more cool uses for surfing and skating and biking, but again, it just seems to expensive and too vulnerable.

Comment: yeah, i'm not interesting in going to space (Score 2, Informative) 109

by shadowrat (#47768917) Attached to: Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts
bone density plummets, muscles atrophy, eyes degenerate. Are we telling this to kids that go to space camp? Being an astronaut is as bad if not worse for your health as playing in the NFL. Of course, i find the former more interesting to follow from the comfort of my armchair.

Comment: Re:The worrisome part (Score 1) 233

by shadowrat (#47757641) Attached to: California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

They can cut off phone service in this and other countries but the theft is going to china etc that does not care or the be broken down to parts.

The chinese have iphone parts. They assemble the parts into iphones and sell them to the US. the iphones are then stolen from the US and returned to china. They are broken back into parts and it starts all over again!

What an intricate system! If it's not evidence of intelligent design, i don't know what is.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 4, Insightful) 465

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) 117

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) 232

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."

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