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Comment Re: Comment (Score 1) 298

Usually at larger (neigh, shittier) companies with lots of churn, in order to streamline the data collection and entry process for new hires, because there are so many of them, yes. They often combine the application and "employee record" personal details into one form so they don't have to process and store two.

Mind you, I'm talking about places like Burger King and Home Depot, not places like Facebook and Google.

What I'm getting at is that the person you are replying to has, clearly, never had a real job.

Comment Re: Comment (Score 1) 298

I can pretend to be a 12 year old girl but, as a 34 year old man I could never look the part. If we're limiting the discussion to voice acting, I agree, your actual age (or even gender) shouldn't matter; but, then you'll be appearing on screen, you've got to be able to look the part. Past about age 5 or 6 it's much less likely for an actor or actress to be able to convincingly portray a character of a different gender.

An audition is precisely based on "how good you are at [convincingly] pretending to be whatever role they're looking for". If they're looking for a teenager, the stubble you start forming at noon is gonna disqualify you; if they're looking for a female, that bulge in your pants will break the illusion as well.

Comment Re:This is my shocked face (Score 1) 272

This is China we're talking about. While they're more than happy to take money form the US, they hate us with a passion and would love nothing more than to see us gone, even though it would essentially collapse their whole economy as well.

I wouldn't put it past them to still be in full control of the space station and crash it into some high-value target in the US. "Oopsie!"

Comment Re:No, it's fine (Score 1) 117

Samsung has their own apps, which receive updates separately from the OS, one of which does interact with the power management of the device. I get at least one Samsung app update per week on my S7 Edge, but I've only seen 2 (or has it been 3 now?) OS updates since the phone came out.

Updates were a bit more frequent on my Nexus 6 only because I downloaded them directly from Google and applied them manually.

Comment Re:More importantly... (Score 1) 129

I don't know what your experience is, but every cop I know (that's more than a handful, from local deputies all the way up to federal agents) would much rather peacefully diffuse every situation if possible. They hate paperwork and the paperwork involved in dutiful discharge of a weapon is bad enough; the paperwork involved in shooting a suspect is hell for them.

Are there situations where this robot would not be ideal? Of course there are, quite a number of them; in fact, they're likely the majority. That doesn't mean it shouldn't be an option.

And yes, cops do make mistakes and it's not entirely unheard of for them to shoot or arrest the wrong person. It's not up to the cops to dole out punishment; their job is to apprehend and let the court system dole out punishment.

Again, that's why some of the better states in the union have the death penalty. And, again, that's for the courts to dole out, not the cops.

Comment Re:No, it's fine (Score 1) 117

That's great if they can somehow guarantee that every Note 7 gets the update. Talk to the carriers about that one.

In case of a fault like this, the situation is "default unsafe". That is, the color the battery icon was before the fault, which existed before it was found, was discovered is the best indicator that there is a problem with the device; any device which does not change the color of its battery icon can be assumed to have a problem. That problem may be that it contains the faulty battery, that it did not receive the firmware update, or both. In either of the latter conditions, the update can be manually installed and the battery icon observed in order to check for the first condition.

Simply having the update change the icon color for phones containing the faulty battery does not cover that third condition and leaves a large number of users vulnerable to potentially exploding phones, which leaves Samsung liable.

They're probably betting they can settle with Google for less than the cost of settling (or being sued by) with burn victims. I'd make the same bet if I were them.

Comment Re:More importantly... (Score 1) 129

Don't be so sure of what? That nobody had to die? Well, the robot went in and disarmed the suspect. Nobody died and the situation was diffused. The situation ended, no shots were fired, and nobody died. I'm absolutely sure nobody had to die to diffuse and end that situation.

Regardless of any claims of racism, or that they got the wrong guy, that may or may not arise, the situation was diffused with nobody having to die. Whether or not a scandal arises from the use of the robot, no scandal will arise from the death of the suspect (which is all I claimed) because the suspect didn't die. I'm, again, absolutely sure of that.

And if more police departments used these unarmed robots instead of putting their poorly trained and well-armed officers in situations they're really and truly not trained to handle (they used to be, but not so much in the past couple decades, ask any cop who's been on the force for that long), those poorly trained officers wouldn't feel threatened enough to (or be in a physical location where they even could) shoot and kill potentially innocent suspects. Not that this guy was (even potentially) innocent, but that's for the court system to decide, not the cops. That's two more things I'm absolutely sure of.

And yes, that would be a win. That makes 5.

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