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Comment: Re:According to SONY it was a mistake (Score 1) 507

by smurfsurf (#39057471) Attached to: Sony Raises Price of Whitney Houston's Music 30 Minutes After Death

> because even though it likely was an accident

An accident means that the employee did not intend to raise the prices in the first place. I do not see that.

An employee had the authority and the means to raise the prizes and he decided to do so because he thought that would be a nice way to increase income. Because it was a PR disaster, someone above him reversed the decision. It was a mistake, but it was in no way an accident.

Comment: Re:Idiotic rule (Score 1) 343

Yep, learnt about the contact lens stuff as well. But there is always a risk. Some goon might not know the rule and not allow the bottle. You throw it away, fly, arrive at the customer, you have stay at their office for the rest of the day, shops are now closed and you do not have your contact lens cleaning liquid. Therefore I still use small containers, just to minimize my risk.

The whole restriction to 100ml is bogus anyway. The rational being that if you manage to get dangerous stuff on board, if will be a relatively small amount (they do not test any of the liquid after all). Never mind that you could just split the liquid to multiple containers and even have passengers as partners to bring more of it. It truly is security theater.

Comment: Re:Zeig Heil (Score 1) 709

by smurfsurf (#38875443) Attached to: DHS Sends Tourists Home Over Twitter Jokes

Actually, we do not know if the approval rate is due to the FISA courts just nodding off requests or if it is due to good self-selection of cases. You can argue both sides. What side you lean towards depends on how much you trust these courts to do their job. Without an independent, trusted review, we will never really know.

Comment: Re:This is dangerous... (Score 1) 845

by smurfsurf (#38330960) Attached to: Are You Better At Math Than a 4th (or 10th) Grader?

These multiple choice tests at schools are quite curious to me as a German. The first time I have seen multiple choice question in a test was at university, and then only in one course by a professor with a huge affinity to the U.S.

When given the "Mario sells 80 pencils a day from his supply of 1,000 pencils." question, pupils here have to write down how they got to the solution, even if they could calculate it in their head. You got only part of the points if you did not provide the process. At later grades, this also allowed for different approaches, and you would get at least some points if you made a mistake in a step and got the wrong solution.

Comment: Re:Fire that NTAC asap and keep the WebOS team (Score 1) 178

by smurfsurf (#37471098) Attached to: HP Begins Laying Off WebOS Developers, Potentially Firing CEO

> How could he have seriously expected the WebOS tablet thing to be successful.

It is a gamble. If it is a success, he gets all the glory and a huge bonus. If it fails, he gets a golden parachute. There is no way to lose for him, no risk, and he does not bet his own money.

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." -- Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown