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Comment: Re:Anecdote: you're wrong about the IRS... (Score 1) 144

by thegarbz (#46785533) Attached to: Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

I got one of those from my local ISP. They overcharged me 20c when I left them for a better deal elsewhere. I'm malevolently not cashing it. They send me a monthly reminder that my account is in the positive asking me for my details to refund. They way I figure it would have cost them over $10 already in mailing me the reminder letters.

Comment: Re:Weak? No, it is not. (Score 1) 268

by thegarbz (#46785461) Attached to: Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

I can't agree with your view on the digestive system. Yes it's complex, but there are many animals out there with far more complex digestive systems yet with very little tolerance to diet changes.

We can survive on only meat, only vegetables, we can consume dairy or cut it out of our diets completely. We're the only animals which eat rice and can digest it as well (feed rice to a cat to clear out it's digestive tract, it looks the same when it comes out as when it goes in).

It may be complex but there's very little out there which we can put in our mouths from which our digestive system can't extract even some minor nutritional value.

Comment: Re:Spare Change (Score 1) 314

Hmmm single and 20-40 would qualify for healthcare card, new start allowance, and food coupons even if I didn't have public housing. Of interest is that we have a rental property we are currently tenanting with jobless person who is in the exact predicament you're describing. Male, 35, no job, no savings, yet never behind on his rent and as far as I know they are still alive. Now things may be different in America where people are genuinely in a bad place, but there's no excuse for it in many countries.

It's a free world. If you want to drink yourself to death on the street go for it. You have every opportunity including free counselling sessions to break out of your cycle. Just don't expect me to drop another dollar in your empty grande starbucks cup.

Comment: Re:The power of EULAs only goes so far (Score 1) 169

by thegarbz (#46785215) Attached to: Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

Signed? Actually no. It's only signed if if I tick a box saying I've read it before I hit like. Simply hitting "like" can not imply that I've done anything. Even a casual litigant wouldn't be deterred by this. Sounds more like a bored legal team had nothing to do on a Friday afternoon.

Comment: Re:Spare Change (Score 1) 314

The homeless have a right to drink. They do not have a right to empathy.

Tell me again why a homeless person (who qualifies for a healthcare card and thus free trips to the doctor and insanely discounted drugs in my country) would buy a $50 bottle of scotch every other day for his pain rather than spend $5 on drugs that will last them all week.

They can drink as much as they want. Just don't expect me to fund it with my lunch money.

With the amount of social security many countries doll out the only reason homeless people are homeless is because they want to be, not because they have no opportunities.

Comment: Re:Hero ? (Score 1) 236

by thegarbz (#46755487) Attached to: GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

You would do wise to remember your history.

In that case a group of engineers recommended no launch. Their management backed them. NASA strongarmed the resulting discussion. The engineers made it known to both Thiokol and their customer / end user NASA that they oppose the launch. There's not a heck of a lot more they could do other than run into mission control guns a blazing to stop the launch.

From what I can gather in this case the engineers appeared to engage in a cover-up, quite the opposite from vocally speaking up as in the Challenger case.

If you think change management isn't a fundamental responsibility that needs to be upheld then that's a scary connotation. Yes in this case the part got fixed. No it wasn't sufficient on their behalf, it wasn't in-line with what anyone would consider typical engineering practice (where's the mountain of documentation detailing the change?), and it wasn't sufficient resulting in people getting hurt.

Comment: Re:Hero ? (Score 1) 236

by thegarbz (#46745179) Attached to: GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

Except there's no involuntary unemployed engineers. Why not open the career section of the paper and just see how in demand mechanical and electrical engineers are. In the height of the GFC they were in demand, and now they are still in demand. Stop comparing this situation to some unskilled labourer you're not helping your arguement.

You're making excuses for someone who acted against the ethics of the profession. Just remember that next time your children go to the doctor and don't get the right treatment because of budget cuts and management. (See what I did there? Think of the children!) Oh what? The oaths can apply to one profession but not the other? Please.

Comment: Re:Comparison to code bugs a bit flawed (Score 1) 236

by thegarbz (#46738573) Attached to: GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

I don't think so. Ethical does not mean "thou shall not kill". Am I working on a device intended on killing others, or am I working on a device intended on saving our own?

I think the word ethical here is a bit of a catch. Ethical doesn't necessarily mean a religious following of one's beliefs, but rather the code of ethics I signed are based around the tenants of demonstrating integrity, practising competently, exercising leadership, and promoting sustainability. Part of exercising leadership is that you can not sign your rights away to non engineers. Where I live this is actually covered under law. I as a registered engineer can't have a manager sign away liability for something I know is not safe, I can only sign that away to another engineer, and only to another engineer who is competent in understanding what is being signed (practising competently).

I know not every country holds the engineering profession to this high standard but the way I see it, even if in this case the engineers in question fixed the problem, they helped sweep it under the rug for management and I have no problem with them being grilled in a public forum for it.

Comment: Re:Statistics (Score 2) 184

by thegarbz (#46738539) Attached to: The Case For a Safer Smartphone

There's a reason for this. The button on the stereo doesn't move. In fact I can mute the stereo without even moving my hands, just push the button on the steering wheel using my thumb. Even on the old bomb car we have here using a stereo is intuitive. I have tactile feedback that can tell me which button I'm pressing and when I've pressed it without ever taking my eyes off the road. I'd also wager that your typical car has less buttons, or even less total functions than there are letters in the alphabet.

Now please tell me why you think that this is comparable distraction.

Comment: Re:so how fast is fast..? (Score 2) 116

by thegarbz (#46737267) Attached to: Linux 3.15 Will Suspend & Resume Much Faster

Think embedded. A device in complete sleep state can be powered for eons on a battery. Waking, doing whatever it needs to do and then going back to sleep waiting for the next interrupt is critical to battery life. In the micro-controller world the difference in battery life of 2 seconds of wake-up time can mean the difference between swapping out your batteries in a day or in a year. I have not very fond memories of counting how many cycles various assembly instructions will take to ensure the CPU on small micro controllers isn't awake for more than a few microseconds to meet some power requirements. The prospect of running a small linux machine the same way is quite interesting.

Comment: Re:Not just an RC Plane (Score 1) 214

by thegarbz (#46737199) Attached to: FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

20min vs multi-hour flight times. You do not want to use quads for search and rescue unless the search area is VERY small.

Search and rescue is not about flying down in between trees or careful manoeuvring, it's about flying high and getting an areal view of any signs of life. As for your definition of "decent search radius" in the reply below, a person can walk out of linear range of a quadrocopter in about 2 hours, and that's not taking into account moving back and forward or searching a grid.

Typical search areas are in the orders of hundreds of square km. You'll be there all year with your quad searching that area.

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