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Comment: Re:I don't work for the store! (Score 1) 328

by witherstaff (#48192621) Attached to: An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

Old RPG nick aside, I'm an American so I think my comment would be more self deprecating on a country wide scale. Having grown up around a family business I stopped being surprised at what wouldn't be stolen out of a retail store. I live in a farming area with many 'on your honor' farm stands. Take produce from the stand and leave money in a coffee can type setups. People steal the money cans on a regular enough basis. For these reasons and more I couldn't imagine letting people scan their products when they put things in a cart and it not being massively abused. I'd be overjoyed to be proven wrong.

I agree with you on the self checkouts. While they're sometimes quick for a handful of items, If it's more than a few items then you should get a discount equal to an employee's wage. BUT I'm all for scanning an object when I put it in the cart and just paying for it when I leave, no double handling of products by putting in the cart, taking out to be scanned, putting back in the cart. Almost walking right out the door after finding what I wanted was very quick.

Comment: Re:Hold on a minute (Score 1) 191

by witherstaff (#48190807) Attached to: Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

For tech oriented startups location ends up being a big deal. You have to appeal to investors and being in the middle of a cow pasture is a deal breaker. Also from a population percentage there are not as many angel investors around to get something even going. Then staff like having entertainment options that big cities can offer.

There are a few incubators in some of the smaller cities that are still running. Offhand I've read of them in Iowa, Philadelphia, there's even one in Detroit. Not high cost areas. Not the easiest place to attract funding or talent.

Comment: Re:illogical captain (Score 1) 937

by witherstaff (#47902525) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Christianity has a logical and consistent framework, despite the fact that people disagree on various things.

If you're talking about the bible it is not a consistent framework. Even the gospels don't agree with each other on the death of Jesus, a central tenant of the religion. Personally I like the Gospel of Matthew. In that account, and only that account, an unknown number of zombies also rose from the dead along with Jesus and went into the city.

Comment: open source big brother (Score 1) 108

by witherstaff (#47794963) Attached to: Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret
I can see some need for an open source big brother. Would either need mounted cams in a yard facing a roadway or a way to mount a cam on the dashboard to read in real time, a smartphone version of the russian drive cam. . There are a few good uses and after that it'd be full of some cyber stalking style info. But if we have already lost our privacy why shouldn't we know what the government knows?
  • Neighborhood watch would be helpful - why is this car creeping around the area?
  • With enough coverage could weed out thieves / crimes
  • Find your elected official and see if they hang around strip clubs
  • Find where the kid dating your daughter is hanging out
  • Employee said they were home sick? Find his plate and see if it isn't out driving around
  • Auto tag police plates and have real time police locations. Like those spot a cop apps to help avoid tickets
  • Road rage allows for revenge. Get cut off? Find where the car is parked and put bird seed all over the car, etc

The sky is the limit on what would be created with an open source backend DB. I'd put a cam in the yard and in my car. Sounds amusing.

Comment: Re:To quote Cyrano Jones... (Score 1) 426

I always thought it was Found On Road Dead. Or : Recent studies show that 95% of all Ford vehicles are still on the road. The other 5% were towed home.

My mother bought a Ford Explorer with a chrome running board option. Before the 5 year bumper to bumper car warranty expired the chrome was noticeably starting to flake. Except the bumper to bumper excluded that option.. the chome option was only a 3 year warranty. I do have to give it to the Ford engineers to be able to devise a fail date just slightly longer than warranty. Now that's quality work.

Comment: Some of their suggestions (Score 1) 172

by witherstaff (#47556145) Attached to: US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

New York is looking at requiring 100% + holding of any deposits made to a company that holds the crypto currency, like an exchange. The wording they used is amusing : "As capital protection, these companies would have to hold the same amount of virtual currency as they owed to their customers. But unlike banks, which are also subject to capital requirements, these companies would be allowed to hold some of it in virtual currency. "

I like how at first pass it sounds like banks hold 100% also

Comment: Re:Since when was Thor a title? (Score 1) 590

by witherstaff (#47475511) Attached to: Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman
I feel sorry for poor Blake. When thor brought back all the souls of the Asgardians awhile ago from death Blake was left in some limbo. Does the human host show back up when Thor isn't on Earth? The guy just barely exists because he made the mistake of finding a damn stick. How about a storyline of Thor ending the subjugation of a mere mortal?

We want to create puppets that pull their own strings. - Ann Marion