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Comment: Re:WSJ is owned by NewsCorp now, right? (Score 0) 231

by stephanruby (#49756223) Attached to: WSJ Crowdsources Investigation of Hillary Clinton Emails

So for example, does news corp or the wallstreet journal ALWAYS lie? Obviously not.

No one said that they always lied.

No one even said that they lied, only that they were not credible.

For instance, if I said that the advice of financial advisers was not credible because it was no better than a bunch of monkeys randomly throwing darts at a list of mutual funds. It wouldn't necessarily mean that those financial advisers purposefully lied with their advice.

For instance, it could mean that they have a bias of some kind, known or unknown. It could mean that they prefer to choose funds that sound cool and trendy, so that themselves sound cool and trendy when speaking to clients. It could mean that the person who hired them or the person who owned their company had a bias of their own and selected financial advisers that followed the same financial schools of thoughts that he did. It could mean a number of other things too.

Comment: Re:What is it you want again? (Score 1) 307

by stephanruby (#49754765) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

A swiping keyboard requires capacitive touch. Capacitive touch requires more energy than just a hardware keyboard. There are Android phones without touch capabilities and only hardware keyboards, especially in developing countries, but I do not think that's what you want. Also, those phones do get security updates, but they will never go above Android 2.3x because they only have a single core processor.

An FM radio requires a wired earbuds/headset to act as an FM antenna. Phones in developing countries have that functionality enabled as well, since data connections can be very expensive otherwise. Camera, don't aim higher than 2MP or 3MP, if you want something better, you'll need to carry an extra standalone camera with you (or actually buy a better phone). Podcast playback implies longer battery usage. You'll be able to do it, but you shouldn't do it if you really want to conserve battery power.

You'll also need to keep your data turned off, buy yourself an extended battery with good reviews, and live near a cell phone tower if you want to get yourself closer to your goal of multiple days without a single charge. By the way 5 days may be pushing it, if your battery is the size of a briefcase, like in the olden days of early cell phones, then may be you have a shot at lasting 5 days, but then you'll have to carry a very heavy briefcase everywhere you go. Also, I mentioned that you needed to be near a cell tower, because if you live near a cell tower, your phone doesn't keep retrying the connection every few seconds, your phone wastes less battery energy, and your phone actually irradiates you less.

Comment: Re:Absolutely (Score 1) 169

by stephanruby (#49754403) Attached to: Video Games: Gateway To a Programming Career?

Most don't survive the mind-numbing crunch times of working 80 hours a week for months.

Many game companies don't treat their workers very well, but your company sounds even worse than usual.

It sounds like the newcomers are the frogs that leapt out, however misguided and ignorant they were, and you're the frog that stayed in to slowly being cooked alive.

I would venture to guess that the new workers who left got other gaming testing jobs at other game companies, or got other software testings jobs, and are now healthier and happier for having left your company when they did.

Comment: Re:Absolutely (Score 4, Interesting) 169

by stephanruby (#49753691) Attached to: Video Games: Gateway To a Programming Career?

Not to be a downer, but when I was a Teaching Assistant for a Computer Science class, the students that told me they wanted to do computer science because they loved computers games were usually the first ones to drop out.

Not that Computer Science equals programming. It certainly does not. Computer Science is generally more focused on the science part anyway, not on the programming itself. So I'm not saying that people who love computer games don't become great game programmers themselves. I'm just saying that based on my own biased and subjective experience, I've come to find that gamers didn't make great Computer Science students at all.

Comment: Re:Please, no. (Score 1) 150

by stephanruby (#49753295) Attached to: The Body Cam Hacker Who Schooled the Police

Want body cam footage? Or a mug shot? Or an arrest history? Get a subpoena, and it better be relevant.

No, don't make it that complicated.

At the very least, allow me (or my lawyer, or my surviving family members) to request footage where I am the one being video-recorded. This should actually be easy to initially automate as well (if the officer actually took down my details, or my license plate number, to run a check on it). The time of the lookup should give us the identity of the police officer (or possibly partnering police officer) who did the lookup. From there allow me to make a follow-up request in case the body-cam footage points to other officers coming on the scene with their own body-cams or dash-cams, or in case I believe some other footage is missing.

After all, this is the primary reason we want the police to wear body-cams. Do not believe the false dichotomy played up by the police PR spinning machine. The police actually loves receiving requests from third parties for Terabytes/Petabytes of information. This is a form of project of scope-creep that can only slow down the wide-scale adoption of mandatory body-cams in the US and/or possibly cripple the initial intent of those body-cams by allowing the police officer/department to become the editors of those videos themselves.

Comment: Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 1) 375

Yes, appealing to the school board is another thing entirely.

Ideally, that student should try to resolve this disagreement privately and through the back channels first. If you ask to be put on the school board agenda right away, you may back the Principal into a corner and if you win like that, you may even make him lose face.

It's better you ask a school board parent (or a normal parent) to appeal to the Principal privately first. Use the least amount of force necessary to reverse the decision, and no more. The Principal may still lose face privately, but at least, his loss of face will have been kept to a minimum.

Comment: Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 5, Insightful) 375

Threats of lawsuits are mostly idle. Call his bluff and see what happens when the ACLU gets involved and crowfunding his defense sends the principal looking for a new job..

Don't call his bluff.

A principal has all kinds of power over your life as a student. Litigation takes time. And a principal can easily destroy your chances of getting into college or tarnish your record (before litigation can straighten everything out)

Get a school board parent on your side, preferably someone with a law degree, or married to someone with a law degree. Or barring that, find a regular parent at your school with a law degree. The principal won't refuse to talk to a parent, especially someone who appears neutral and who appears to know what he's talking about.

If the principal still doesn't want to listen to reason, I suppose the student could file an injunction to prevent retaliatory actions against him by the Principal, but that should really be his last resort. These types of misunderstandings usually work themselves out by getting enough parents on your side, without ever needing to go to court.

Comment: Re:anti-terorism experts or idiots (Score 1) 214

The article labels them "anti-terrorism experts" but the mere fact that they even considered this long enough for there to have been a written record belies that title and proves instead that they are "anti-terrorism idiots".

Or they could just be sci-fi wannabe writers themselves.

Not everyone can write a good sci-fi conspiracy theory, but many people still try anyway.

Comment: Re:Vehicle Weight (Score 1) 825

by stephanruby (#49738991) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

In Oregon, four-wheel drive is your friend.

Yes, weight plays a factor, but chains play a huge role too.

If nothing else, they should increase the gas tax during the winter time when roads get damaged the most, but then again people might start storing gas tanks in their bathtubs or in their garages, so I don't know.

Comment: Re:You're God damn right I wouldn't (Score 1) 150

It's too bad I wasn't included in this survey. Because I do report all my security breaches.

Nothing beats a 6pt dark Papyrus font at the end of a boring 400 slides powerpoint presentation. I also email that powerpoint presentation to everyone using the "To:" field. In my experience, the more people I include in an email, the less likely anyone is going to read what I have to say. I may get a few hate emails as a result, but that's good. I print those out, and I keep them just in case I need corroborating evidence that my presentation was actually received by some of my coworkers.

Comment: Re:Pizza shop worker loves Seattle’s new $15 (Score 1) 1082

by stephanruby (#49732245) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

Thanks for posting propaganda as "news".

Yes, it's propaganda, but it doesn't mean there isn't a grain of truth somewhere in there.

As a young French person who had the option to work in either France, or the United States, I can tell you that it's damn difficult for young people to find jobs in France (precisely because it's so expensive to hire workers, or even fire them). I can't tell you how humiliating it can be to look for a job in France for a young person. It's like they're doing you a favor (the risk is so high to them, so they might as well make you grovel for the opportunity).

So then, since there are so many jobless because of the high minimum wages (and other government programs), the government invents government internship programs to get around the minimum wage. So you end up getting paid less than the minimum wage, you still end up working for a private company, but this way the pay check comes from the government and the money you receive is called a stipend which is technically not a wage since you're in an internship (never mind that 40 years olds and 50 years olds can still be stuck in rotating internships all their lives of course).

Comment: Re:This is good (Score 1) 1082

by stephanruby (#49732099) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

Australia has a minimum wage of around $17USD/hour (around $20AUD) which increases 20% if you are a casual.

What's a casual? In the US, we use that word for sex, as in "casual sex".

Do you have casual sex workers? Are those like Uber sex workers? Where they work a regular job full time at some company, but do sex work during their lunch break? or do sex work during smoke breaks to round out their income?

Wernher von Braun settled for a V-2 when he coulda had a V-8.