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Comment Breaking Even??? (Score 1, Interesting) 80

Today's current exchange rate is 5.41 coins for $5000.00.

The article doesn't say how long he had the system running. But if it had any serious processing power, and he got 1 coin per month for six months? That's breaking even.

If he managed to do it longer than six months, then that's a profit, especially since he didn't tie up too much time in court trying to plead not guilty.

I would say, "Not bad!", but we don't know how long he was running the software. And he's not likely to say, either.

Comment Built In Doesn't Warn You About Police (Score 2) 310

The built-in apps on the car don't always give you updates on traffic, and they most certainly don't give you updates on the locations of police.

Waze does.

There are long threads in vehicle forums, dedicated to hacking the OS of the console, so people can add their *own* apps and navigation systems.

Also, there's something very creepy about driving along, and hearing "Caution! Toll booth ahead!" coming out of your speakers, when you aren't using navigation at all.

Which is just one of the many reasons why forum modders work so hard to dump the stock OS.

Comment Yes and No (Score 4, Insightful) 140

Create a "guest access" account on the router and allow that? Absolutely! No problem with that at all, especially since I can log who connects.

Remove all security and just turn my connection (and all liability in a nation not known for being especially scrupulous with it's accusations of wrong-doing) over to the whims of chaos?


Sorry, but better to not expose myself to that kind of risk, than have to fight my way out of kangaroo court.

Comment Obligatory Snow Crash Quote... (Score 1) 190

"When it gets down to it -- talking trade balances here -- once we've brain-drained all our technology into other countries, once things have evened out, they're making cars in Bolivia and microwave ovens in Tadzhikistan and selling them here -- once our edge in natural resources has been made irrelevant by giant Hong Kong ships and dirigibles that can ship North Dakota all the way to New Zealand for a nickel -- once the Invisible Hand has taken away all those historical inequities and smeared them out into a broad global layer of what a Pakistani brickmaker would consider to be prosperity -- y'know what? There's only four things we do better than anyone else:
microcode (software)
high-speed pizza delivery"

Comment Mass Firings In Order? (Score 4, Interesting) 108

It's becoming more and more clear, that Baltimore is going to require a truly massive purge of it's law enforcement ranks. Not just slaps on the wrist, or re-training, but a flat-out "You're fired, and law enforcement credentials revoked" kind of thing.

There won't be any mass riots or anything like that. Those happen because the firings haven't happened when they should.

If anything, it'll become the most peaceful, most pleasant city to live in, until a fresh crop of high-IQ, college-graduates can be convinced to take the job.

Comment Re:karma's a bitch (Score 4, Interesting) 393

Oh yes, let's blame the victim. Yay. Whoooo.

"...used a gun to threaten someone outside a convenience store."

The murder victim had been robbed several times, and it was a rough neighborhood. A homeless man came up and asked him for money, but the murder victim declined. When the beggar persisted, and continued to molest the murder victim, they allegedly presented their firearm in a non-threatening manner to warn them off. (Showed the assailant they had a gun in their pocket.)

"... violent offenses..."

Resisting arrest, obstruction of an officer, disturbing the peace. Gosh. Such violence. Wow. Those are like, consolation prizes in the game of Living While Black.

"...possession of a controlled substance."

Weed. A dimebag of weed. Less an ounce, maybe a few grams. But hey, I guess you already know that Louisiana has an absolute zero-tolerance policy to *any* amount of cannabis? At least, prior to 2015, anyway.

So yeah. Take your KKK-brand dogwhistle and head for the door.

Comment Do Whatever You Can Afford (Score 4, Insightful) 765

If you're not being mistreated, then don't be a jerk. *Especially* if your leaving without notice will screw over your co-workers, who plan to stay. If you have a good working relationship with your boss and co-workers, then jumping ship to greener pastures is not only acceptable, but even celebrated.

I know for a fact, that if someone in *my* group were to quit, it would totally fuck over for my vacation plans, and I would lose a LOT of money.

Your network is absolutely vital in today's job market. Screw over your employer, or worse, your fellow employees? They'll remember that. And they'll post about it on Facebook and LinkedIn.

But if this is because you're a daily ration of crap? And you're in a right-to-work state? AND you have no reason to expect you'll ever work with your fellow employees again, or your leaving won't hurt them?

Drop that bomb with pride.

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