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Comment: Re:Yes. (Score 1) 545

by zeroduck (#48535365) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

Because thats when most of the (professional American) football games are on?

But seriously, it makes sense in a secular way. Most people in non-customer service type jobs work Monday through Friday, normally. Those days are out, leaving us with Saturday and Sunday. Saturday is acceptable, but I think a stronger argument could be made for Sunday. Since most people would start their work week on Monday, at an absolute bare minimum, they should have the one day off before to rest up before starting the new week.

That said, I think there is a strong case for seriously disincentivizing employers requiring their employees to work 7 days a week, but that might not be practical for businesses that are open 7 days a week. In those cases, I think the day of week could be arbitrary chosen for/by each employee.

Comment: Re:Random observation, on Google vs. Apple payment (Score 1) 265

by zeroduck (#48266871) Attached to: Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

I had Google Wallet on my last phone (Evo 4G LTE) and used it a couple times when I got my phone. I stopped using it because it wasn't any more convenient than grabbing a credit card out of my wallet. I had to unlock my phone, find the Wallet app, type in a PIN code, and then tap my phone to the reader. Sometimes it would work, sometimes it wouldn't, sometimes it'd crash.

I've heard rumors that the experience has gotten better, but I no longer have a phone that I can try it out with.

Comment: Re:Let's shit all over the customers (Score 2) 130

It depends on how you use your iPad 2. I probably wouldn't recommend it. It's pretty sluggish and non-responsive. I mostly use it as a second screen for fantasy football, so... I guess it's not that bad. But if you're using it to browse the net or play games, you will be disappointed. I'll add the disclaimer that I only upgraded to 8.1 today (from 8.0), so things may have improved.

Comment: Re:what about more ram? (Score 2) 208

by zeroduck (#47896687) Attached to: Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8
This works just fine on my iPhone. When I'm playing a game, notifications will pop up for important emails. Or if I just want to check for any emails, I can always switch to email from the game and switch back. Were you expecting to have both open and visible on a phone screen?

Comment: Re:Lesson from a poor student (Score 1) 95

by zeroduck (#47682625) Attached to: Student Bookstores Beware, Amazon Comes To Purdue Campus

This. Entirely.

Another few ideas from when I was in school:

  • Make friends. Split the cost of the book between two (or more) people. Or borrow it from someone who already took the class. Buy them a beer.
  • Amazon, eBay, or other online sellers are ALWAYS much cheaper than the bookstore. With the small caveat that if you're required to buy some online access code, you're fucked.
  • International editions are often much cheaper, and the covers in a foreign language are a good conversation starter.
  • Don't buy the book right away because sometimes the Prof doesn't even mention it in the class. It helps if you know someone who has already taken the class.
  • Sometimes there are better (free) resources available online (and this depends on how closely the prof follows the book).

Obviously, not all those apply if you want to keep the book. But, for the love of the FSM, don't shop at the campus bookstore unless you have no other option.

Comment: Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (Score 1) 1116

by zeroduck (#46741499) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

People who don't like his discriminatory views are discriminating against him, depriving him of his rights. Ironic.

Which of his rights have been violated? He is, and always was, free to donate to any anti-gay cause he wanted, or any other cause for that matter.

Or are you saying that he has a right to our business and the continued contributions of volunteers? Is the fact that I don't use Firefox a violation of his rights?

Comment: Re:changing part without changing number is common (Score 1) 236

by zeroduck (#46737577) Attached to: GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety
It's not always a pain. If the OEM has a good relationship with the supplier, the OEM will usually take the recommendation from the supplier's validation engineer on what testing needs to be redone--depending on the change, it can be a full DV/PV, a limited subset of testing, or no testing at all. What I've learned in the auto industry is the supplier needs to be upfront about any changes... otherwise they risk RAINING FIRE AND VENGEANCE FROM AN ANGRY GOD. With this ignition-switch issue, expect in the forecast black skies and fire.

Comment: Re:Cost of transaction processing (Score 1) 455

by zeroduck (#46689901) Attached to: Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

Yes, it should. Higher loss in the event of fraud, and a $1.59 purchase usually isn't even going to get checked against card balances, to keep the network traffic down.

I can search billions of webpages in milliseconds. I can stream HD video. Advertisers can bid on showing me ads in realtime on the web. I'm not convinced that they can't check that $1.59 purchase against my account balance, every time I swipe my card.

Comment: Re:this is supposed to save money? (Score 1) 518

by zeroduck (#46672849) Attached to: Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory
Quite a lot of stress, actually. The camera needs to survive the heat and cold, direct sunlight (depending on mounting), road vibration, rain, salt mist, car washes, and more. Electronics that need to survive outside are going to be more expensive than your standard consumer stuff, that gets... relatively well taken care of. AND, I'll bet you expect the lifetime of your vehicle to be much longer than your cell phone.

Comment: Re:this is supposed to save money? (Score 1) 518

by zeroduck (#46671897) Attached to: Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

Which is an obvious joke...seen a cheap cell phone in the last 10 years? Basic camera lenses and lcd screens are commodity items, and vehicles are already wired to the general vicinity for backup lights that come on when you go into reverse. So you can lop a zero off of the NHTSB's price tag.

Because your cell phone has to deal with the same environmental stresses that your vehicle does? I seriously doubt that any consumer-grade cell phone could make it through any OEM's EMC or environmental validation spec.

Comment: Re:What society really needs to do (Score 1) 518

by zeroduck (#46671827) Attached to: Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

PS: I guess this isn't too expensive. By 2018 screens will be standard instead of analog instruments (they're cheaper!) and cameras will cost $0.10.

Unlikely. I work for a supplier that designs and manufactures backup cameras. The cost for the camera will go down, but not that far, and not that fast. Automotive electronics are going to be more expensive than your standard consumer gear because of the beating your vehicle takes... it has to survive the vibration on the road, the hot summer, the cold winter, it needs to be water tight and needs to work for the lifetime of the vehicle. Additionally, the integration into each vehicle is not insignificant. Each vehicle has a different network infrastructure and different geometry (which is important for doing things like dynamic guidelines and lens distortion correction). Ten cents is not within two orders of magnitude of whats on the market today.. but I guess, if someone can figure out how to do it in the auto industry, props to them.

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