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Comment Re:Just curious (Score 1) 79

I wasn't told specifically it was MSRA, but was told it was a "very serious infection that needed monitoring" which is why he used a Sharpie on my leg.

I'm pretty sure whatever infection came not from the water (which of course smelled like a direct tap from the bleach plant) but from the surrounding decking areas and locker room. I tried to walk in dry areas and keep my shoes on as much as possible in the locker room, but apparently not enough.

I actually worry less about the water, because as you say, they treat the hell out of it and most of it keeps moving to keep it filtered/treated/etc. It's all those wet areas you have to walk through.

Strangely, we've had season passes at the community pool for years and never had a problem, but I also think the water park at the amusement park had a different demographic than the pool we go to, plus I was either in the pool or on a lounge, and otherwise I wore my crocs.

Comment Re:If the question is: (Score 2) 222

I'm fine with that form of anarcho-capitalsm because I presume it comes with enough lawlessness that I can reclaim (or attempt to reclaim) my funds through the barrel of a gun.

It's one thing to lie and cheat and then hide behind the protections of civil society, it's quite another to lie and cheat when there's no protection of civil society.

Comment Re:Just curious (Score 4, Interesting) 79

How many water park visitors use the fucking shower before going to the water park?

We went to the local amusement park here in the Twin Cities last summer and because my brother in law doesn't like rides, part of the deal was going to the water park.

About a week and a half later my foot was killing me -- it looked like I had some kind of sore on my toe. I went to the doctor and he was like "Wow, that's a bad one.." explaining I had a serious infection. He used a sharpie to draw a line around my shin and showed me the infection, telling me that "we don't want it to get to this line...if it does, you'll have to go to the hospital." I got both an injection of antibiotics AND a 10 prescription of something strong.

I explained the water park visit and he said "yeah, you probably had a small cut in your skin when you were there..." And so that's how you end up with MRSA.

While I like the idea of water parks (I love to swim, dive, jump, etc), I always worry about the cleanliness of the water itself as well as the surrounding areas and the patrons.

I might do a Disney water park with my son in the future, but anyplace else they're going to have to really convince me they keep the water clean and the rest of the surroundings clean (ie, 200F chlorine pressure washing).

Comment Re:Anti-reflective with fingerprints? (Score 1) 175

I find screen protectors invaluable. I replace mine about every five months because the gouges and scratches in the protector get so bad you can't see the screen well.

I've used PowerSupport screen protectors but needed a new one on short notice and bought a new Belkin that seems even clearer and thus far has resisted pocket scratches from keys, etc.

After seeing the beating my screen protector takes and other people's non-protected screens with scratches, I'm just not willing to gamble with a $100 smart phone repair.

Comment Re:First post (Score 1) 259

The standard argument is that the engineering and physics challenges with long-distance space travel are so great that any entity that can solve them doesn't really care about the bugs on Earth or Earth itself, they can get what they want from any sun or planet they can find and feed into their matter/energy/matter systems.

Or they have perfected remote sensing that they don't travel at all.

Comment Re:Bullies and thugs ... (Score 1) 621

This would be impossible to do to Air Force One over European air spaces. Dozens of US fighters are capable of being scrambled from all over Europe to protect Air Force One, and this assumes there isn't a fighter escort all the time.

Even if for some weird reason AF1 would land, the secret service would never allow the plane to be searched or probably even approached by anything less than an armored company-size force.

Comment Display extension/mirroring (Score 1) 317

To me the simplest and most straightforward solution is enabling a phone's touch interface to be extended to the larger dash screen. This could happen wirelessly or via wired connector (USB or HDMI).

This puts the phone's features on the larger dash screen where they are presumably easier to interact with. For safety reasons, you could consider a restriction that prevents use of text and video apps display while the vehicle is in motion (but still make it easy to short that wire to ground for those of us who don't want to be limited like this).

To make this work, iOS and Android would both have to support touch interfaces external to their device as well as better external display formatting (ie, not just the rectangular phone screen, but matching the aspect/size of the car display). Ideally there would also be some kind of standard that would support tactile physical buttons mappable to touch functions.

At this point, the car maker only needs to provide basic infotainment controls for the car radio and amplifier and climate controls.

Comment A return to "company scrip"... (Score 0) 1103

....accepted only at the company store. And somehow you can never get ahead because your scrip is barely enough to pay your rent (in company housing) and buy essentials. But fortunately, the company store offers you credit so that next packet of scrip leaves you just enough behind to need a little more credit...

I honestly don't see how people running a business do this with a straight face, although I suspect its one of those things where someone responsible for payroll is given some ridiculous "cost reduction" goal by an owner and figures either they keep their job by meeting the goal or they get shitcanned.

Comment RICO prosecutions are needed (Score 1) 136

There is a cost of business calculation in here that makes the fines look ineffectual, along with a generally sleazy business plan that simply reboots the business in a new office under a new name within days.

What needs to happen is a RICO prosecution which would drag in all the service providers involved with this. ISPs, financial institutions, and all the other generally legitimate businesses that enable this kind of fraud.

When these guys are ALSO getting $100,000k personal fines + 20 years in jail, along with the principal perpetrators of these frauds, it'll get to be a lot harder to run these frauds.

Comment Re:Marketing (Score 1) 334

Women don't exist as a single, collective shared intelligence, and that's not required to accept my logic, either. I'm describing the broader behavior of the entire group, not predicting the behavior of any specific woman.

I could describe the behavior of a flock of birds and never describe the behavior of the sparrow in your yard, but it doesn't mean that the flocks of sparrows don't exhibit the behavior I've described.

It's funny how people want to reject demonstrably believable, if not factually true, group descriptions because they are not perfect predictors of any single individual or don't explain the behavior of an outlier (in this case, the Dr. Who t-shirt wearing poster above).

The overwhelming statistical reality is that women ARE image conscious and as a group actively seek to enhance their appearance and leverage it for benefit (social, reproductive, mate-seeking, professional even). The magazines, the clothing lines, the people you meet on the street reinforce this time and again.

It does not mean that *some* women don't reject this for all kinds of reasons -- belonging to a religious group, being a lesbian, lack of social integration, or other specific internal variables not understood.

Comment Re:Marketing (Score 1) 334

Any time women decide they don't want to leverage their appearance they are welcome to stop doing it, but I suspect that there are several truisms that will make this unlikely.

1) The benefit is short term, while the negative is long term. In that situation, most people give in to the short-term benefit and ignore the long-term consequences (smoking, drinking, drugs, etc).

2) Women, I think, are inherently image-conscious (reproductive advantages) and usually it takes a repressive, male-dominated religious movement to suppress this. It's not something they do on their own.

3) Contemporary cultural values -- despite how much simpler it would be as a woman to have a plain, shorter haircut, not wear makeup and not wear a lot of clumsy girl clothes (pantyhose, high heels, elaborate undergarments), most women do not want to be a "tomboy". In fact, I think most women do not dress to consciously appeal to men but instead to out-compete with other women.

You can blame men for objectifying women with porno mags and videos, but nobody's putting a gun to women's heads to make them read Glamour, Cosmopolitan or other magazines that "tell" women how to behave. It's a self-imposed system, not something men tell them.

Comment Re:Have you checked your player(s)? (Score 1) 182

It's what I assumed. The Panny UI is sluggish where the Sony UI is speedy.

I found this really surprising considering how my Panny E80 DVD recorder always worked flawlessly and still works. Of course I don't use it much but I occasionally find something worthwhile SD to transfer to disc, thankfully the Tivo HD still supports analog/SD downconvert!

Comment Have you checked your player(s)? (Score 1) 182

My first DVD player was an Apex, back when it was a big deal to reflash it with region-free/no macrovision firmware (circa 2000?). At some point I ran into issues with this player when MPEG2 bitrates went over some threshold (5 Mbps?) -- the player just didn't have the horsepower to handle that data rate.

Eventually that player died and I went through a series of inexpensive Chinese players. Some failed outright after six months, but those that didn't die would often choke on some discs, freezing in the middle of playback or stuttering every 15 minutes.

I finally gave up and spent nearly $100 on a name-brand player and all those problems went away....until I got into Bluray players!

I bought two nearly identical Panasonic Blu-Ray players, hoping that a big name and higher price bought me better equipment, but these players have also been flaky, although not as bad as the Chinese DVD players, requiring full power cycling (pulling the plug) from time to time.

Usually the content (seems most common with HBO discs) freezes and won't continue, like it has a tracking error. Sometimes you can chapter skip and it will continue playing, but usually I pull the plug. Some software updates have helped, but it still happens too often. A Sony purchased in the last six months doesn't do this.

Anyway, the moral of the story is test your discs in better players. I kept home-burned CD-Rs in my car for years and was terribly abusive to them (left on the seat, jammed 3 into one slot in the visor holder, etc) without ever having problems except for the most obviously scratched discs. Other than some very early Kodak CD-Rs I burned in the late 90s optical media, whether factory or burned hasn't been an issue as much as the player hardware has.

Comment Re:Not MOney Laundering (Score 1) 109

The assumption here is that the bribe is always paid by a company offering substantially above-market pricing for commodity products and that the price differential between fair market prices and bribery prices pays the bribe.

I would argue that this form of kickbacks is much less common and less likely to happen. There almost always is intense scrutiny of costs and substantive overpricing will almost always be noticed, especially on recurring products.

I think kickbacks are probably more common in situations where pricing is opaque (complex and one-time transactions) and where pricing is relatively equal and the value to the kickback payer isn't in the increased margin but in the increased volume or market share.

In the situation where pricing is equal, it's hard to see where the crime is because the company doing the purchasing has nothing to gain or lose switching between vendors.

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