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Comment Re:Hey look, it's Commodore and company! (Score 2) 42

The problem is gonna be the patents, especially for mobile GPUs. Anybody who has looked into that stuff can tell you pretty much any way to make a screen render has a patent or hundred and they are all held by a handful of players who sure as hell don't want you playing in their sandbox. Wireless is just as bad, with pretty much every way to send a signal patented up the wazoo.

So while you might pull this off in countries without the IP bullshit but in the corporate states of America its not likely.

Comment Re:But did Han shoot first? (Score 3, Informative) 157

Actually, can answer the second question quite easily -- When they were filming the original film, they hadn't decided that Jabba would be a giant space slug yet, and used a human stand-in. The idea was that when they decided what he'd be, they could edit the alien in during post production.

They included a copy of the original footage on a LucasArts bundle CD of the early LA StarWars games that I picked up some time around 1997, or so... along with film interview with Lucas explaining it. I still have the CD somewhere, probably in storage at my parents' place.

Comment Re: Good thing no one used it (Score 5, Insightful) 225

Except it won't because

1.-The clueless will never hear of this guy, and

2.-The ones that know WTF they are doing and put up the most files don't hang around sites that look like they were coded by a 14 year old girl.

Most likely all the "data" he collected is a bunch of clueless wannabes trying to play big fish in a teeny tiny pond and won't be worth shit.

Comment Re:Show time (Score 1, Informative) 722

Hmm my father once had a heart attack, he lived a 3 minute drive from the hospital. The options were to call emergency units possibly longer than that 3 minute drive or to load him in the car and drive like hell the few blocks to the hospital. Of note my brother did call 911, of note after I arrived after 5 minutes, the ambulance still hadn't arrived so I chose to drive him the short distance.

Bad idea... absolutely disgusting that it took that long for the ambulance to arrive, but you're treated with lower priority for triage because you were able to get to the hospital under your own power. Unless it's a small/quiet hospital where there's usually no wait to begin with (they do exist, usually in rural areas), you're better off waiting the 10 minutes for an ambulance and riding with them.

That, of course, depends on rural versus urban. I've been to urban hospitals where you can expect to wait 8 hours when you present with respiratory distress/asthma, and I've been to hospitals in rural areas where you can expect to be seen for a broken foot within 15 minutes of hobbling in the front door. If you're in the latter situation you're probably fine self-presenting, but if it's the former, you absolutely should wait for the ambulance. That being said, the city I live in has 9 minutes or less for 90% of calls response time for EMT in the urban area, and I've seen them arrive in under 5 minutes in the downtown core, and there's people in thread saying that their cities can be over an hour *average* (let alone 90% rate). I really don't understand how a for-profit system like the US can have response times that pathetically slow (I'm in Ottawa, Canada): the patient can't pay the bill if he dies, and they're more likely to get sued, to boot. And Americans complain that *our* health care system is slow/inefficient?

Comment Re:Show time (Score 1) 722

Ambulances come with doctors and proper equipment to save lives, you know?

That depends where you are, actually. In North America, they have paramedics whose job is to get you to a hospital as quickly as possible with the minimum risk to your life in doing so. In parts of Europe, the ambulances have doctors, though.

That being said, you're still *much* better off calling an ambulance for any actual medical emergency, if for no other reason then because they have bottled oxygen and defibrillators, both of which can be critical in treating shock, which can happen as a result of serious injury or illness.

Comment Re:Public domain (Score 1) 327

Uhhh...I thought they moved to CA because the old cameras needed a LOT of light and the east coast has a lot of overcast skies in the winter?

As for TFA? I'm personally loving it as it bites the globalists right on the ass. For years many of us have pointed out that globalism is bullshit, it spreads misery to many for the sake of a few but as long as they could keep sending the work overseas to places where they work for pennies while stashing their ill gotten gains in money laundering scams like double dutch and irish whip it was all good...well lets see how they like having all their IP go buh bye because they didn't like when the globalism didn't go their way. Personally I hope the bastards lose billions but then they'll just get the gov to write them a check.

Comment Re:Hint (Score 1) 1160

no, that 1980s tech was not reliable and was extremely rare.

How about 2002? One of the names on that list was convicted in 2002, only to have his conviction overturned in 2009. The technology had been around for 20 years by that time... is that enough time for it to mature?

I've heard of police gunning down people just for the adrenaline high, they do that every day

That's a truly stellar argument for trusting in the legal system....

That is, essentially, what you need in order to support the death penalty, btw: the utter confidence in the legal system's ability to never make a mistake. If you cannot look me in the eyes and tell me with utter conviction that the legal system/police *never* make a mistake, then you look rather pathological when you tell me in the same breath that you support the death penalty.

Comment Re:Hint (Score 1) 1160

There's people on that list who were convicted in the 2000's. We've had commercially available DNA testing since the 1980's.

Why do you put such faith in a technology that *still* didn't correctly exonerate people during their trial 20 years after it became available? Have you never heard of a biased jury or police tunnel vision?

Comment Re:Hangings (Score 5, Insightful) 1160

It's essentially allowing said criminals to continue to victimize society by leeching taxpayer dollars that could be spent elsewhere on more deserving causes. Execution is an alternative that is less humane in most cases, but it also permanently ends any further exploitation of society by those who can't be reformed and can't live in said society.

In most countries where capital punishment has been banned, it was done so because there were too many cases where people were later exonerated after their execution. Let's skip the argument over the ethics of executions as they're done in the US, though, because that is a way to a very vitriolic exchange.

The US is a strange case, though. You have an enormous prison population as a proportion of your general population. Money becomes an issue when such a large percentage of the population is incarcerated, but when you have a more reasonable justice system (and a social security net which removes a large percentage of the impetus for crime... insert obligatory link: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/09/24/breaking-bad-canada-comic-health_n_3984793.html ), the increased cost of keeping somebody alive for the duration of their prison sentence is still reasonable.

Comment Re:Protip (Score 2) 228

What happens when you are on call?

It depends on the agreed terms with the employer. If you're on call, at a minimum they have a right to know you're available. If you miss a call, then you can bet that they will be asking what happened and why you weren't available. Depending on what line of business you're in, that may include them knowing exactly where you are when you're on call.

can the employer follow you all the time?

No employer has the right to do that. But if they are paying you for your time, then (presumably) they have a reason to know what you're doing, or in the case where you're on call, they have a right to assurance that you will be available if/when they decide they need you.

how about unpaid lunch break?

As long as you're not impaired when you return to work, it's none of their business what you do when you're not being paid. Unless you're using company resources. If you sit at your desk surfing Facebook using the company network and a company computer, then expect that they will monitor it. I'm not sure what's difficult to understand with that. If you don't like it, then don't use company resources for that purpose.

What happens when a boss doesn't like the movie you went to see?

The boss will probably tease you mercilessly for watching My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, and then move on.

or the church you go to?

Protected class/speech.

Comment Re:Well yeah (Score 1) 228

It's the companies laptop. In your home.

If it's personal use, why aren't you using your own computer?

It's the company's truck. After hours.

Why are you driving the company truck for personal affairs outside of company time? This one, there is a *small* degree of leeway in favour of your argument, but generally our employees who have a company vehicle leave it at the company lot at the end of the day and have their own transportation to get to/from home. A small number of them dispatch from home, and park the company vehicle in their driveways overnight, but it's still really bad juju for them to take it on a grocery run after hours....

It's the company's phone. On a private call.

Why are you using a company phone to make a personal call? Especially in this day and age, when almost everybody has a cell phone....

Companies have the privilege (not right!) of monitoring their employees

Companies have a right to make sure they receive the contracted services for the money they're paying you. They also have a right to ensure you aren't misusing/abusing company resources. If you're on company time/using company resources, then it should be for the work they're paying you to do. If your company has a policy that allows you to use company resources for personal use when you're on your own time (just as my company does -- I'm posting this while on break, from my office PC), then you have to expect that they're monitoring it. If, for no other reason, then to make sure you aren't wasting their time/money when you're supposed to be on the clock.

We need to draw a line that says only conduct that happens on company time or using company resources is subject to any disciplinary action. We need to prohibit employers from taking action against employers punitively on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, etc. And this is not just about protecting "the little guy"; This is about protecting the country as a whole.

I agree with you completely here. Of course, I live in a country where we already have those protections. Every single one of the categories you listed has been read into the constitution and human rights/anti-discrimination legislations as protected classes of people.

Pervasive electronic monitoring is a strike against that goal.

It doesn't have to be. The company I work for has GPS trackers in the company vehicles. They monitor the location/speed of every company vehicle in the field, along with engine idle time, and people do get censured for driving like idiots or wasting fuel. They also monitor the data use on the cellular devices provided to employees, and make sure you're not wasting bandwidth, and disable data on company-provided equipment where people are using too much. On company PC's, everything is logged and goes through a proxy. Every phone call made, both on cellular and desk phones, is recorded, and if you're logged in to your PC at the time, screenshots of what's on your screen during the call are recorded as well. It's company resources, and this kind of monitoring is completely reasonable -- They don't care what I do on my own time or with my own equipment, but they do (reasonably) have a right to expect that I'm not going to waste their money, and that I am not impaired while on company time.

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