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Comment Re:nothing new under the sun (Score 1) 446 446

AM would pay. They would (and probably are) offering that themselves.

Think about it. Someone says "I'm going to kill you and steal your wallet" ... typically someone hands over the wallet freely and asks what else they can do to not be killed.

Plus they way they're doing it will earn them a lot less negativity (especially among the "conservative" folks who "abhor" those kind of websites ... and secretly use them of course) than an actual blackmail threat.

Comment Re:Correct (Score 1) 267 267

Sure, in a perfect world.

We live in a very imperfect world though. Your suggestion makes multiple assumptions, requires a fair bit of additional infrastructure (can't RDP without jumphost, can't video conference internally without a host, backups need to be daily and quick to restore), and still leaves the door wide open to information *loss*. Oh, and it requires a monitoring system to watch all file access in realtime and compare to some arbitrary standard...either in passive mode which means you're screwed already or active mode which means you have to deal with blocking people from accessing internal files.

Or I can just block blog content, gmail, and so on. It sucks but it sucks more to leave the door wide open.

Comment Re:Correct (Score 1) 267 267

Thank you for the voice of sanity. I think a lot of the comments about filtering == bad come from small to medium size businesses.

Move to enterprise scale, financials, anything subject to regulatory oversight, etc. and it's a totally different ballgame. Lots of comments about trusting users to Do The Right Thing. Guess what though...many don't realize what's Wrong and Right here...or it's far too easy to justify Wrong. Ignoring my personal opinions, pirating music is still illegal is the US...but plenty of people wouldn't think twice about loading a torrent client because they "have to" play this particular tune for the boss that's so perfect for etc. etc. etc.

I can't tell you how many "work" computers I've dealt with in the past that are loaded with personal information, pictures, pirated software/music/movies, porn, etc.

NBD in a small office...but potentially a huge legal issue for Big Business LLC.

Comment Re:What are... (Score 2) 273 273

And a pint is a pound ... it's not that complicated and how often do you really care how much a liquid weighs in your personal life? If you do this professionally/scientifically then it's just working knowledge to know this stuff.

Don't get me wrong, the metric system definitely easier to use in a lot of cases...but not so much easier that it really matters for daily life.

Comment Re:Presumably the bug count... (Score 1) 204 204

I've been replaying FO3 on PS3 and ... I can't even begin to count the number of crashes ESPECIALLY in the DLC. I save more out of fear of a crash than dying.

This is the GOTY edition which *should* have all the latest updates or patches too. I wish the load screen stats included a 'Still playing after xxx crashes' stat

Comment Re:Presumably the bug count... (Score 1) 204 204

but ... but ... but ...

If it costs more and has a fancy sticker (or IS a fancy sticker) it MUST be better right?

Does anyone actually believe the fancy-pants buzz-word laden spec sheets for consoles actually mean those "dedicated" chips do something special? Especially when the majority of people are probably going to use cheapy headphones or the speakers built into their TV anyway.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 407 407

The placebo effect is strong with this one (well GP).

Most vitamins and herbal remedies (ahem, and homeopathy) have little direct benefit unless your body is actually deficient. I know tons of people who sear that a taking 10,000mcg of vitamin c will cure a cold or stop it from happening. I also know there's no legitimate research study showing that's the case...and plenty of evidence, if you go digging, to show where the vitamin supplement market was basically made up out of thin air.


Comment Re:Varies, I suppose (Score 1) 533 533

Actually I get this now in NY.

One bill with charge for usage (per kWh) and one charge for delivery (per day). Basically if I use zero electricity my bill is still something like 40 bucks a month.

Makes me want to go count my usage and figure out the cost of batteries... Solar is getting cheaper and cheaper to the point I'm wondering when including a battery pack will be practical. no need to sell back, you can use store your own and only tap the grid for the literal rainy day.

How much was the large tesla pack supposed to cost (or be worth at 80% capacity)

Comment Re:White balance and contrast in camera. (Score 1) 420 420

It's similar to the trick where you stare at a B&W pattern on a page then look at the wall to see the inverse of it.

Of if you wear tinted sunglasses the world looks (insert color) at first then a while later you don't notice. When you take the glasses off things look...well brighter...but the colors are a bit odd for a few minutes there too.

Or the bunch of other optical illusions where you surround a color with others and it looks different.

It's not some great big mystery for anyone who works with photography (or anything similar that deals with lighting and color). That's why monitors are calibrated to certain colors and brightness otherwise you'd never get consistency. It's why artists draw/paint/etc. under specific lighting. It's why you put makeup on in front of lit mirror with a certain color bulb. It's why home depot sells warm, natural, and cool colored lights. etc etc etc

I can't believe people are actually making a big deal about this.

Comment Re: Let me guess the name of the line (Score 1) 95 95

Just be careful when assembling particleboard furniture with gorilla glue (aka polyurethane glue) ... it will NEVER come apart. You will need to smash the particleboard itself if you ever want to break it down as the glue is far stronger than the wood.

What this means is...if you build it and it does't sit perfectly flat while the glue cures then your furniture will forever be wonky and crooked. I'm careful when I build and have ikea furniture that's lasted close to a decade through 5 or 6 moves without anything coming loose.

Oh, and good luck if get it on your hands of clothes *sigh*

Comment Re:It is not new. (Score 2) 349 349

Unlikely to be the same situation. FAA rules require you to be on the same flight as your baggage (unless the airline screws up and loses it on you.)

If they're holding a flight for someone, it's probably because they checked luggage and it's already been loaded on the plane. They can't leave without the person unless they remove the checked bag which is buried somewhere in the baggage hold.

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