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Comment Already did that (Score 1) 168

And by did that....I mean my PHONE camera, because I would never leave a camera connected all the time to my desktop PC anyway.

BOTH cameras on my phone are covered by pieces of plastic that need to be moved aside physically in order to take pictures. Did that the very day I bought the phone.

However, I looked for actual products to do this....couldn't find a one. Not a single case with camera covers built in, not a single accessory available.....sad....very sad.

Comment Re:I think it's fair (Score 2) 178

Frankly, I don't disagree.... but I think my state is on the right track by putting serious limits on what can be called a "contract" position and doesn't allow people to just be hired as contractors instead of employees. It HAS to either be temporary work or an actual external service as could be provided to multiple customers.

Just bringing someone in with all the trappings of employment and calling them a contractor doesn't cut it here, and I think that is entirely appropriate.

Comment Re:I hope.... (Score 1) 88

Sorry I missed your Query. Yes the NSA, the poorly named "National Security Agency".

Where to even begin. First of all, they spy on us, and when unable to do so legally, farm it out to external resources who can. This is a clear violation of privacy rights, but more than that, has a chilling effect on free speech.

They know about software flaws that put us at risk to abuse by third parties, yet keep those hidden so that people like them can abuse those flaws to gain unauthorized access to private information and infrastructure.

They are the enemies of any person who cares about liberty and the abuse of power by individuals with deep pockets.

Comment Re:The name says it all... (Score 2) 162

It's not mispronounced; the first screenshot in this article shows that the menu item (third from the left) is in fact spelled "manbang" and pronounced (using X-SAMPA) as /man.baN/, equivalent to how a conservative English accent would say "man bang" (with open front unrounded A) Here's the Wikipedia article on Korean phonology if you want to analyse it yourself.

...Is it possible you're salty because someone forgot to invite you to participate in Manbang?

Comment Re:What is it that you say? (Score 3, Insightful) 445

Are the polititions going to drop the veneer of giving a shit about the public when they support the very cab companies that have done jack shit for consumers right here in boston for decades?

Everyone I know who doesn't drive, and many who do, uses these services on a regular basis, choosing them over cabs. Anyone who has taken a cab knows why.

Where was the precious regulation for YEARS when cabs were "required" to take credit cards, but regularly just drove around telling people the machine was broken. The local news was doing investigative reports about how bad the cabs were before Uber got here.

Now all of a sudden the poor cabbies who squandered their government granted monopoly for decades are crying foul and the politicians are happy to turn a blind eye to decades of disservice for a buck.

Comment Re:It's not sabotage (Score 4, Informative) 86

Were it that I had mod points! I think the title tells us more about the Ars writer than it does about anything else; your interpretation is much more consistent with the actual study's tone:

Abstract: Most theories of motivation have highlighted that human behavior is guided by the hedonic principle, according to which our choices of daily activities aim to minimize negative affect and maximize positive affect. However, it is not clear how to reconcile this idea with the fact that people routinely engage in unpleasant yet necessary activities. To address this issue, we monitored in real time the activities and moods of over 28,000 people across an average of 27 d using a multiplatform smartphone application. We found that people’s choices of activities followed a hedonic flexibility principle. Specifically, people were more likely to engage in mood-increasing activities (e.g., play sports) when they felt bad, and to engage in useful but mood-decreasing activities (e.g., housework) when they felt good. These findings clarify how hedonic considerations shape human behavior. They may explain how humans overcome the allure of short-term gains in happiness to maximize long-term welfare.

Comment Re:Any military use? (Score 1) 102

Not very usefull. Part of the issue is, they send a stream, and detect a stream, but the actual results depend on both sendinder and detector choices. Only if they are aligned do they get a definite signal, if not, its probalistic.

So your data can't match their data, because you don't know what they are measuring on each measurement. Any one of them could be bunk for you or bunk for them, and you wont know which is which, or what measurement they got when you got it wrong and they didn't.

Comment Re: I hope.... (Score 1) 88

"Fuchs's espionage likely led the U.S. to cancel a 1950 Anglo-American plan to give Britain American-made atomic bombs"

Sounds like it worked out ok. Can't think of a better plan to scuttle than warmongers sharing their toys.

Too bad the internet didn't exist so he couldn't have given this gift directly to the public.

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