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Comment Re: "While this is exciting news" (Score 2) 147

There's more to NP than NP-complete. NP is the set of problems that can be solved in polynomial time on a nondeterministic system. P is the set of problems that can be solved in polynomial time on a deterministic system. NP-complete are problems that currently our best solutions are NP but the output of those problems can be checked for correctness as P. NP-complete problems all seem to be mappable to one another. That's not necessarily the case for all of NP.

Proving NP-complete = P would only prove that subset, and NP != P is still a possibility.

And then, of course, there's !P which is another class of problems altogether.

Proving NP-complete != P would be exciting. Proving NP-complete = P would be more exciting. Proving NP != P would be very exciting. Proving NP = P would be world-changing.

Comment Good! (Score 0) 711

"There was a concerted effort among upper management to have a very clear signal that what I did was harmful and wrong and didn't stand for Google," Damore said. "It would be career suicide for any executives or directors to support me."

Well, good. Don't bring tons of negative press down on your employer if you don't want to be let go for bringing the negative press. What he wrote were not official company positions, and Google letting him go is proof of that. Even if someone else in Google feels the same, that doesn't give him the right to make a screed into an official company memo. If circulating materials about HR, PR, marketing, or products is not your job you probably shouldn't be doing it.

The very self-centered audacity that he thinks everyone read his crap and that silence about it was a sign of approval shows just how little clue he actually has about this matter. He was more likely sliding by unnoticed until the PR storm brought it to someone's attention. The moment there were lots of complaints about it because people actually noticed it, his time at his employer was over.

Disclaimer and PSA: I certainly am not speaking for my employer in this post. Unless you're authorized to speak on such matters for yours, don't.

Comment Re:Severance? (Score 2) 112

Then you get another RFID tag for your next employer, and the reader has to try to read them both and check them both every time you want a pack of gum. Then you go to a fourth and a fifth employer, and your doctor is getting concerned about the amount of foreign material in the limited space in your hand.

My company uses a badge for doors and the snack machine uses that and a PIN. The same thing can be done with the card number, and it doesn't stay with me for life.

Comment "it appeared to look at a user's code and insert" (Score 3, Informative) 84

The summary is a bit unclear. The phrasing of "it appeared to look at a user's code and insert links to related pages on Kite's website." reads as if the tool is inserting adware into the projects on which it's used. Indeed, this phrasing is straight from the article. But upon closer reading, it seems the ads are in Minimap's interface as used by the developer. This is a bad thing, but it's not nearly as bad as inserting adware into the projects your users are shipping.

Comment Re:Seems reasonable. (Score 1) 689

I hadn't made the connection between this ban and UBI myself, but it's intriguing. Also, I think if a bar was entirely kiosk-delivered there wouldn't be a workplace issue. Perhaps maintenance workers would be supplied respirator masks or something at the bar's expense. Refills could be made from a different enclosure.

In Texas smoking in bars and restaurants is not banned statewide. It is banned in many localities. It's banned indoors by the city of Houston but not by some of the counties in which or adjacent to which Houston is located. Given the mild weather most of the year, many bars and restaurants in the city have patio seating where smoking often is allowed. That's better for the workers at least since it's not an enclosed space. So there's a certain amount of business that crosses the city line in either direction seeking indoor smoking or the lack of it. Many people who do smoke are happy enough to enjoy the patio.

Many of those patios are also dog-friendly. We're regulars with our dog at a couple establishments and sometimes take him to others. Often the smokers are very considerate of those seated around them, but not always. The breezes can foil the best intentions sometimes, but it tends to work out pretty well for all parties.

Comment Re:Seems reasonable. (Score 1) 689

As a matter of fact, in certain limited situations free speech is waived in favor of other Goods. It's not an absolute. Never yell "fire" or "bomb" in a crowded space unless it's an actual emergency. Don't walk into a courtroom and invite the judge at the bench to fuck his or her mother. Don't lie to get someone to give you money for something you're not providing. Don't perjure yourself. Expect that according to venue and nature of your speech, you may be asked to leave even from a public place to continue your free speech elsewhere -- don't go on an abusive, profanity-laced tirade in a public playground or at an elementary school for example.

Harvard is highly selective. This is basically a stellar university deciding they would rather these seats be filled by other students in light of this information. I'm pretty sure asking someone not to attend four years of functions at your venue because you deem their behavior to be detrimental to the enjoyment of the other patrons is acceptable at pretty much any venue.

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