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Comment Really badly written article (Score 1) 117

The summary says "he stuff was stolen". But the article itself is much less clear:

He added that he had opted to stay in a tent as it was easier and cheaper than commuting from his home in Perth, although his camping equipment had disappeared by Friday afternoon.

Did he say it had vanished? Or did the article writer find it had vanished on Friday? Not at all clear.

Also no aspect of the interview really asking the guy if he "had to" camp as the Willie bloke claimed, they just want you to assume that is the case. The actual guy who was camping just said it was cheaper and easier - if you are just going to be there a few week or two for seasonal work why wouldn't you prefer this to any kind of commute? Back when I used to work insane hours programming I slept under my desk for a week. It wasn't because I had to, it was just way easier at the time.

Also low 30's (assuming F) is not "battery cold", it's just mildly chilly and most sleeping bags would handle that temperature easily. I've camped before in sub-zero (again F) temperatures before and that's not at all uncomfortable with the right equipment.

Basically the whole thing seems written with a pre-determined viewpoint in mind and hardly any real research or interviewing done.

Comment Whoosh (Score 1) 101

Passive monitoring isn't 'getting involved'.

That is the "understanding your community part", second section.

The first part is using Twitter to reach out to people, which IS getting involved. That is true of my own local police department.

Where do you guys even come from with this logic?

It's called "reading comprehension", you should try it sometime. Maybe if someone diagrammed out the single sentence for you?

Comment That's the best reason to buy bitcoin (Score 0) 74

I don't know who wants this stuff other than the criminals

But that's exactly the point; buying BitCoin is a lot like being able to buy into a mutual fund solely dedicated to criminal profits!

It's the ultimate hedge, the worse off society gets the more rewarding crime (and therefore your Bitcoin) becomes!

Comment I agree and what does this mean for next year? (Score 3, Insightful) 378

An unlike what gavron thinks, this is not a god damn "gift". This is a "reward".

To me that is exactly right. Going forward will Google donate different amounts of money to charity at the end of each year depending on employee performance? That would seem to be the case if they really are taking bonuses and giving them away.

No matter what I can't see how this is good for morale, or retention in a pretty hot hiring environment.

Comment Better up your office supply budget Alphabet (Score 1) 378

The first stage of anger from employees is the traditional "stealing of the pens and post-it notes". Be prepared for massive re-stocking come the current year!

Also on a side note what would be really funny is for an employee of Alphabet to go work for a non-profit for six months, demanding his original salary because he was donating his time on behalf of Alphabet...

Comment Hello, liability... (Score 1) 189

We will not push a software upgrade that will eliminate the ability for the Note 7 to work as a mobile device in the heart of the holiday travel season.

Isn't that kind of exactly when you'd want to reduce the risk to others from potentially hazardous devices traveling in larger numbers?

I guess it will not matter as much if a few cars burn out, since the Note7 is already banned from air travel...

Comment What would have been different? (Score 0) 88

Allow everyone to vote in BOTH primaries

In most states non-party voters could vote in any primary.

You know what happened in states where Democrats could vote for the Republican primary candidate? Many of them came in and voted for Trump. Because they thought, who could possibly lose against Trump?

Then they went back to the Democrat primary and voted for the one person that could...

Ranked preference / instant-runoff voting in primaries and in the November general election

Why would the results have been any different? If you add up all the Stein/Johnson votes it's not enough to have the whole election results turn out differently, even IF all such voters listed Hillary second - many would not have.

Eliminate Electoral College

And have all candidates spend the whole time in Texas and California, ignoring the rest of the country? No thanks.

You have no idea what a wildfire you are trying to ignite, to have the entire rest of the nation feel utterly ignored.

Possibly also eliminate President/VP "ticket" and let #2 vote-getter become VP

You remember the VP from the movie Dave? Yeah.

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