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Comment Re:I go to a fair amount of movies (Score 1) 924

I never understood the cellphone video at a concert thing. The volume of the concert is going to be overloading the mic on the phone, the video is going to be over/undersaturated, unbalanced color, and wobbly, with a view of 60 degrees from the stage, partially obscured by the head and arms of the person in front of the recorder, who is also holding up their phone to record the shot.

It's not like these aren't popular artists in the first place, a professionally shot version of the concert is going to be on Youtube soon enough. I just don't get it.

Comment Re:I go to a fair amount of movies (Score 1) 924

before we get to #2, 911 IN the theater room is not necessary. you probably can't call 911 when you're swimming in the public pool for example. It's not a civil right. If you think that it is, then I challenge you to force your local pool to find a way to accommodate this right. Cellular/landline access to 911 is only relevant when there are no other convenient ways to summon help. Being 40 feet from the theater lobby is NOT too inconvenient. I can probably sprint to the lobby faster than you can fumble for your phone in the dark and dial 911. Maybe you should insist on them leaving the lights on in the theater so you can dial 911 faster? Seconds count! now put that silly argument away

I've never been to a pool that prohibits phones. You are free to bring your phone into the pool. The reliability of your phone is not the concern of the pool, feel free to take it for a dip.

Comment Re:Ancient DNA NOT derived from a horse fossil? (Score 2) 69

Do you really care if someone calls Pluto a planet instead of the more precise term dwarf planet?

Nature doesn't have to organize itself into neat little boxes for easy categorization. If the message is understood, even with non-precise language, the message is still understood.

Also with regard to your concern for definition:


Comment Re:Really (Score 1, Offtopic) 229

You are modded funny, but you aren't actually wrong.

I've long complained that you either have to be very wealthy, or willing to walk (and be wealthy) to avoid waiving your rights to something as fundamentally simple as a trip from New York to LA. The logistics involved (not driving to avoid 'implied consent' and other rights removing stipulations) are enormous even if you just put on a pair of shoes and decided to walk. (12 hour days of 4mph walking would take you 41 days to go 2000miles)

However, online at least, you can take some precautions which sacrifice convenience, but not to the insane levels that your physical presence would require. Obviously if you have the full force of the government looking for you specifically, it's not going to be simple, but in general through the use of VPNs, public access points, and a few other techniques, it's still at least reasonably possible.

That certainly doesn't mean that it is as easy or convenient as it should be, but maintaining your anonymity online to chat with someone cross country is a hell of a lot easier than if you tried to do it in person while maintaining anonymity.

Comment Re:Not MOney Laundering (Score 1) 109

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.

Even with equal pricing, it all boils down to the purchaser pocketing cash due to the company/shareholders.

So Company A offers to sell to you at $100, Company B offers to sell to you at $100.

A bidding war starts, and Company A cuts their price to $70 Company B also cuts their price to $70 but says if you pick them over Company A, they will give you, personally, $5 per unit purchased.

The ethical response is to turn down the $5/unit and instead purchase the widgets at $65/unit. The $5/unit is money which is not legally yours, as your responsibility is to negotiate the price on behalf of your shareholders/company as you have already agreed upon your own compensation in the form of a salary.

Comment Re:Why does the cynic in me. . . (Score 1) 116

If we learned nothing else from "The Highlander" TV series, it's that every 10-12 years, immortals need to appear to "die" so they can start over elsewhere and not be questioned about their appearing to never age...

The worst part is memorizing a whole new set of passwords!

I had to ditch three identities before I realized that they were tracking me based on my repeated use of Th3r3canB0nly1!

Comment Re:Why does the cynic in me. . . (Score 1) 116

At least on the internet, information typically doesn't get twisted as easily as it does with a rumor. It's usually easier to trace information, and when it gets copied, it's rarely distorted. I'd say that has a certain advantage over old fashioned rumor.

THis is absolutely not true. On the internet, the only thing that is true, is what is repeated. As the story is repeated, linked, and given popularity, it becomes the 'true' story.

The primary method that online reputation management companies use is the constant, cross-linked, and widely available story which is repeated over and over until it 'crowds out' the information you want suppressed.

The actual veracity of the propagated story is irrelevant.

Comment Re:Why does the cynic in me. . . (Score 1) 116

If you don't want your data mined then you shouln't publish it in the first place.

That's all well and good. I don't publish that information. Many times it is the government that is publishing my information. Information which was previously available only by physically going to the records office and pulling up a specific record.

Then, companies pull the data from those databases and create 'placeholder' websites in my name. I'm sure you have seen these sites if you ever googled your name. For my RL name, the first few links are relevant, a NY times article, a wedding announcement, and links to real social sites which I have registered accounts (Facebook, Linkedin, etc).

Then come literally thousands of sites which have scraped data on me from obituaries, home sale records, other people's unsecured social media postings. These sites have compiled this information into pseudo websites which look as if I have entered all the information there. All it takes is a few clueless relatives/friends to create accounts on those sites and fill in the blanks.

I've not posted anything to facebook in 10-12 months. My Linked in Profile is little more than my name, and my friends know not to take/post pictures of me.

Little help NOT posting information to the web does.

Comment Re:Not MOney Laundering (Score 1) 109

At some point, while I agree it is shady and not an ideal practice, it kind of seems like it's illegal because business management doesn't like it or get a piece of it, not because it represents material harm.

The reason it is illegal is fiduciary responsibilty. What it boils down to is this: The people who own the company have hired this person to make business decisions which will maximize the profit (or maximize whatever specific metric was defined as his responsibility). When someone with a fiduciary responsibility takes a bribe, they are basically conspiring with the bribing entity to steal a money from the shareholders/business owner and taking a cut of that stolen money in the form of the bribe.

ie: You give me $100 and tell me to go get the best value widget on the market. I determine that widgets should cost $50. Company A offers the widget for $50 and Company B offers the widget for $80.

Company B offers a bribe of $20 dollars if I choose their $80 widget. This provides for $10 pure profit for company B over the base widget value, and $20 for me by accepting.

However, that $30 difference was $30 that was effectively stolen from you when the decision was made to not select the appropriately priced $50 widget.

The value of the bribe, plus the cost difference between comparable products is pure theft from the people whose money the bribe receiver was entrusted to manage.

That's why it is illegal, and unethical.

Comment Re:Hope they will fix the motion sickness problem (Score 1) 104

Personally, the only time I've ever experienced even the slightest bit of motion sickness was after eating an Italian hoagie that had warmed to 80 degrees while I was riding on a KC-135A during a training mission. I'm talking about the fact that human physiology in general relies a great deal on visual cues to keep balance and THAT is an advantage over some physiological scenario where visual feedback to maintaining balance was reduced. I took your use of the term 'you' as the general 'all humans' rather than the specific individual 'you'.

Your response, however, is pretty rabid. Did someone with motion sickness push you in the dirt as a child?

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