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Comment Re:Berkley didn't do this to be jerks (Score 1) 555

I don't know about the legal issues, but from a common-sense perspective it would make more sense for the captioning to be performed on-demand on a per-video basis; i.e. if a disabled student needs access to a particular video, he/she can request that it be captioned. The captioning is then added to that video and made available to everyone.

That way the ADA students get the captioning they need, and everyone else gets the benefit of the videos as well; plus the captioners don't spend a lot of their limited time captioning video that nobody will actually use the captions of; rather they spend their time captioning videos that actually need captioning sooner rather than later.

You know that will not work because when word gets out that this is the modus operandus, bogus requests will get made for each and every video in order to have every video captioned.

What I don't understand is that people can in such way take a situation hostage so that the end result is that no one has access.

"What, #random disability has no access? Than NO ONE has acces!"

That's like saying buses can't run because #random disability can not use them.

Comment Re:Be careful what you ask for (Score 1) 97

What happens when the government realizes that no one burns pirated moves to CD/DVD anymore since large HDD's are affordable now? Will they leave it as-is and tell the MPAA to kick rocks from now on forever... or will they eventually start taxing HDD sales, and other forms of storage sales.

They are way ahead of you. Since downloading in the Netherlands is legal (it is, by all means and measures, you are allowed to make a copy of a media for own use, even if you do not own the original media, but you can only make at for yourself, it is illegal to do it for others or to distribute your copy and it is illegal to download from illegal sources), there is a levy on unwritten media. So every empty CD or DVD you buy, every external harddrive (gotta love the law, only harddrives, not solid state drives because they are not mentioned), every mediaplayer, PC or laptop you buy, you pay a tax that gets divided by a NGO directly to copyrightholders.

Comment Re:Uhh (Score 1) 249

We also heard that unexpected reboots are disruptive

My head literally reels with the notion that they need to hear unexpected reboots are disruptive to know they're disruptive!!!! What??!!

In my experience, product managers and system operators are the least likely to understand what the user actually want.

Comment Re:USA! USA! USA! (Score 1) 553

This is completely justified.

We shouldn't let anyone into the country who can't write a procedure to tell if a Binary Search Tree is balanced, or doesn't know what an abstract class is.

Moreover, you should kick out everybody who can not identify a valid solution to check whether a Binary Search Tree is balanced from a banana.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 358

And yet, this is, in a way, very similar to just flinging a baseball bat (or whatever) towards a group of people, isn't it?

Doesn't seem similar to me. Drone pilot intended to fly near people, not hit them with the drone. Hitting the people was an accident. If you throw a bat at a group of people, you intended to hit them with the bat.

If I intend to shoot that apple on top of your head with an arrow but hit you squarly in the face, is that then also "just" an accident?

Flying a drone above a mass of people is waiting for an accident to happen. While it may certainly be unintentional and an accident when a drone falls from the sky, but it is as much an accident as shooting fireworks inside a crowd. I would call it reckless endangerment.

Comment Re:Uber need to get a clue. (Score 1) 354

It seems just basic common sense to require people that need to deal with the public, including in a safety context, to actually be able to converse in the national language.

It depends on how strict the requirements are. Most adults read at a 7th to 8th grade level, and around 20% of adults read at under a 5th grade level. Any reading / writing requirements which limits employment to a large percentage of the working class population are likely not in the public interest.

If they are looking for something around a 3rd-5th grade reading level I could understand that. If they are looking for an 8th grade reading level the law is ridiculous and will likely only serve to limit access to non-native speakers and those without higher education (IMHO).

Understanding a language is more than x-grade level teachings. If you live in a country for all your life, you could have skipped school alltogether without any impairment to the understanding of the country's language.

OTOH: as a non-native to the country you may need years and years of learning to be able to understand the locals.

Comment I can't even tell them my password (Score 1) 652

Apart of some very often used sites where I have to enter my user details every time I access them (like my webmail my computer at home and at work) I can't even tell you my password because I don't remember it. I have to write my passwords down in a file and look them up every time I have to use them. That goes for my Facebook profile (which is logged in on my home computer but I can't access it at work because I don't remember the password) to virtually every webshop I ever bought something and online newspapers.
So, are they really going to deny me entry if I genuinely don't know the password?

USA, the land of the free and the home of the brave? I don't think so. The land of the opressed and the home of the frightend.

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