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Comment Re:But... (Score 5, Informative) 241

Where did it say it would allow fake names?

The article is saying Google will start verifying that names are real. Presumably so that when you "circle" Adam Sessler you're getting the nerd you hoped for and not some random dude in Baltimore.

Now, if you used a "sorta" fake name (like I tend to only use part of my last name) they will crack down to make sure it's completely accurate. You must be who you say you are and leave anonymity in the dust.

Comment Re:Brillant (Score 1) 333

Unless you're missing steps in your description, you're forgetting the part where the customer is standing outside waiting for the doors to open. So in the time of "Between zero and five minutes after the scheduled opening, it unlocks the doors" they walk in and start shopping.

Five minutes later a buzzer sounds which means nothing to the customer and they continue shopping.

"After ten minutes, the computer could assume human error, and stop trying to unlock the doors." But the doors were already unlocked, so I'm guessing you mean they re-lock, trapping the poor customer inside. Through no fault of their own they are now a trespassing criminal and will need police intervention to open the doors so they can get out.

If you really meant that the doors wouldn't open until someone hits the button, then what's the point of automating the opening of the doors? You're still asking for a human to unlock the door, just via a button instead of a key.

Comment Re:Not just with video games, but in general (Score 1) 465

I wonder why religions even have made sex to look like a bad thing.

Historically, sex out of wedlock HAS been a very bad thing. Venereal diseases, unwanted pregnancies, death and sickness (really....the list of famous people who died of venereal disease at a young age is surprisingly long). Of course that's not really a problem anymore, but that's only been true for the last 60 years or so. For the thousands of years before that, religion was right on in their recommendations. Religion moves slowly to deal with new developments, especially on relatively minor issues (seriously....pick up any holy book and count the number of paragraphs talking about sex. It's a small proportion. Usually significantly less than 1%).

There are two main factors to religion's stand on sex (and by religion I mean the more popular choices in America; not every single religion).

First and foremost, to all the religions that have a stigma on sex, the only purpose of sex is to make babies to perpetuate the religion and moreso, perpetuate the coffers. You have a baby, they get a future tither. That's why the bible talks about "spilling seed" as a bad thing; you're wasting their future money.

Second, they only want you to perform in the least satisfactory way. Because if sex is fun, guilt-free, and felt good, you'd do it all the time. If you're going to do it all the time, you're going to take steps to prevent having children (pills, condoms, cut, etc). Since you're only doing it occasionally and it's not that exciting of a position, you'll want to get the most out of it. Plus, as the parent mentioned, too much of a good thing can cause death. Too much death and no one is around to perpetuate the religion.

Comment Re:as always depends on the person (Score 1) 557

It seems ridiculous that a check box is what holds back good people from jobs.

My wife has *10 years* hands-on experience in Project/Product Management but no college at. She applied to a Fortune 500 manufacturer and got a call back in under 24 hours. HR said she was perfect for the job, but could she explain where my wife got her degree from; she didn't see it on the resume.

My wife said that she didn't have a degree but had been doing this same type of work for the last ten years.

HR said that she should reapply when that problem has been fixed.

So it's more important to have someone that can read books and have theoretical knowledge, than someone that knows what they are doing and can prove it. All for the sake of a check box.

Comment Re:Unforgivable games (Score 1) 352

And this is why the old LucasArts games (Monkey Island, Indiana Jones, Zack McCracken, Sam & Max, etc) are awesome. There is no dead end situations; you just feel that way because you didn't investigate the right place/thing yet. That seemingly useless stick that got put in your inventory during the first five minutes of the game, that you can't get rid of? That's what you need to defeat the final challenge. Need superglue to fix the cog that opens the secret chamber? You can always back track to where someone will sell you superglue.

Now, that doesn't mean the games are too easy. You still have to find a way to affix the fishbowl to your head so you can breathe in space, but you won't make it into space until you have the tools you need.

Comment Re:start small (Score 1) 312

Take some time before starting this and think about how you are going to test everything. Set up a workable framework first. Otherwise you'll end up with some tests saved as text files, some as SQL queries, a few spread sheets, instructions on how to properly format exported data so they can be diff'ed against previous versions, etc.

You'll end up having a testing system as convoluted as the code you're trying to test.

Comment Re:Meh - Now with even more useless extreme (Score 5, Funny) 230

More extreme things we can't afford:

1) Diamond-tipped pizza cutter with baby elephant ivory handle
2) Stadium seat cushion made from puma hide and filled with narwhal blubber
3) Beer cozy built from the insulation of the original NASA space suits
4) Sofa throw blanket woven from the used toupees of William Shatner
5) A 1:3 scale replica of the "Stay-Puff" Marshmallow Man crafted from albino bat guano

Comment Value? (Score 1) 441

The paper bill itself is essentially worthless. It is merely a piece of paper to say the government owes you the value printed; a promissory note.

By adding in electronics, you're adding value to the note itself. Now the note will have value, but you lose that value when you redeem it. How will we offset the value lost in the possession of these notes? Will my electronic note be worth more than your simple paper note? Will I be paid less when given electronic-filled notes?

With gold prices generally going up, and the value of the promise of an American Dollar going down, is it possible that the note itself will be worth more than the promised redeem value from the government?

Comment Re:You could just do what I do (Score 1) 277

What I do is create passwords based on street addresses that I am familiar with. For example, one password is based on the address where I lived as a child. I seriously doubt anybody outside my family would even know what the address is so it's pretty secure.

That is until you or your family decide to fill out some "What would you name be" facebook quiz.What street did you grow up on? Where were you born? What's your mother's middle name?

Why people don't see these as obvious attempts to get personal information that become the security question of your bank accounts and emails accounts? Instead, they are the *wacky* and *fun* things to post on your twitface profiles.

It's not even passwords that are the weakest link, it's people--people that think that only the nice people will read their livejournal [__]space, and other blogs so they throw their whole personal life to the winds.

Comment Re:Doesn't matter what he did (Score 1) 465

Heroes... why did they cancel that? Is there not enough viewers that can follow a story told in a few years instead of a few minutes?

Actually, yes. "Lost" suffered from the same grand arcing scheme. Everything built upon everything. You couldn't miss a couple of episodes without being lost in the mire of "what's that about?" and "why is the important?" questions.

I believe it was the the SciFi channel (back before they lost meaning) showed "Lost 2.0" with pop-ups to help people follow along. After seeing "This is the same polar bear from episode XX" I lost complete interest. I knew there was so much more to the story and I'd never catch up.

So for shows like Heroes, Lost, and so forth, unless you get in at the beginning, you're not as likely to want to start watching. With little new viewer uptake, your numbers can only go down and thus great shows get canceled.

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