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Comment Re:A picture is worth a thousand words (Score 2) 84

Why didn't you just post a video? But more seriously:

I would've preferred it to have happened in your browser which could automatically poll certain bookmarked sites every x hours, and put any of those pages updated since your last visit into a special folder (would be really handy for the list of web comics I follow).

Congratulations, you just described an RSS reader, and the way I've been using it for two decades now. INOReader, for one, can even poll some social media sites. Did you seriously never learn about RSS? I mean, it's decades old and designed to do exactly what you're describing.

Comment Re:Egress Problem is easily solved (Score 1) 146

That was my thought as well. Hell, you could even allow the user to input some pathing for the last little bit, in the case of the map being inaccurate or to access a slightly different area than the exact address.
One place where I lived the house was on a steep hill, with no real access between the front door and the road. Yet the street address was directly in front of the house. To get picked up at my doorstep, I'd need to set the path so the car would drive past the house, around the building next door, and up the driveway behind it.
Google maps already lets you do this. I don't see a reason you couldn't port that technology to the self-drving car app.

Comment Re:The end justifies the means (Score 0) 303

It's probably not that meaningful, anyway. Somewhere around 20-40% of the info in these documents will turn out to be wrong or misleading in some critical way. Mostly, it'll just be a case of "name files", with info about different people with the same (or similar) names entered in the wrong place. People will learn pretty quickly to deny anything they don't like. Of course, others will believe whatever they want about you, especially if it was in some "secret" document. But they too will learn that the info about them is also full of errors. More importantly, your friends and relatives will learn the same thing.

I've yet to see any official document about me (including medical records) that didn't have some bizarre thing with unknown origin. The people who keep the records just respond with a grin and a comment starting with "Yeah ....".

Actually, my favorite example, which my wife loves telling other people, is one of those "not even wrong" things that a nurse wrote down after a routine exam, saying that I was 5'13" tall and weighted 135 pounds. I am in fact about six feet one inch, but 135 pounds would make me one of the scrawniest six-footers on the planet. She'd used one of those old-fashioned scales with sliding weights, and had forgotten that she'd slid over a third 50-pound weight. But I've since then seen several personal histories that include that 135-pound weight back then. Once such things get into the database, they're almost impossible to correct. This is especially true of medical records. This can be really annoying to those that've had a "false positive" diagnosis somewhere along the line. But such things are pretty good at teaching you how much you can trust the "official" data about other people.

(I sometimes wonder if official records in other "advanced" countries are as screwed up as they are here in the US. I'd guess that they probably are.)


people do have their names :)

Not really; according to the US Census Bureau, there are about 1800 Americans with my (first+last) name. And probably a whole bunch of them have the same middle name, which is also one of the top 10 men's names in the US. My parents didn't have much imagination when it came to baby names.

OTOH, my wife continues to use her birth name for most purposes (which is fine by me). She likes the fact that, as far as she can determine, she's the only living human with that name. (And it's not even some unpronounceable "foreign" sounding name. She also likes to point out to people that her name is a syntactically correct English sentence. She has even found archived newspaper images that have her name at the top of a story. ;-)

But anyway, most of us don't "have" our names in any meaningful sense. We're just one of many who are using the name for a few decades, until we drop out of the crowd that are using it.

In college, I had a friend who was a member of the Bill Smith Club, whose only membership criterion is that you be named (or married to someone named) Bill Smith (or William Smythe or Wilhelm Schmidt or anything else that maps onto the name).

Comment Re:There should be investigations immediately! (Score 1) 526

And the crazy "Clintons get a free pass" meme, which I can't even wrap my head around. Republicans have spent tens of millions of taxpayer dollars trying to nail the Clintons, and have had 0 success. Either the Clintons actually haven't done much, or the Republicans are comically bad at using government to take someone down. Regardless of which is true, it doesn't speak all that highly of the Republican machine.

Comment Re:My Incoming Call Rule #1 (Score 1) 105

Like the AC here noted, I haven't picked up a call that I didn't want to for about 25 years either. Most everyone is smart enough to email me, because that's what I tell my contacts, friends, and relatives. The few people who insist on a phone number generally get a fake one, unless there's a damn good reason for them to be calling me.
Barber shop wants my phone number, mall stores want my phone number, online forms want my phone number, everyone wants that shit.
The flip side is that since I don't give it to anybody for the most part, the few calls I get are generally pretty important. Anyone who abuses access is blacklisted immediately. And unless I'm expecting a call, any number I don't recognize or any one that I do and which doesn't have pressing business with me gets sent directly to voicemail.
I'm not a slave to synchronous communication. Life is too short for that shit. I bought a house, furniture, had service calls, traveled extensively, and I've never felt the need to be on call for my own phone. It blows my mind that people like yourself still allow themselves to be tied down like that.

Comment Re:What if we don't care? (Score 2) 219

That was my instant thought. Amazon sets up warehouse voting areas where employees can vote under supervision "if they want to". Those that don't want to might not have jobs after the election. Every at-will state could work like this if the option to choose not to vote in secret existed.
I'm even in favor of getting rid of absentee voting for this reason. Lets have the polls open for 2-3 weeks, and offer rides a few of the days instead of mailing ballots back and forth. If you can't make it to an authorized polling place*, you don't get to vote.
*And I think we could come up with a system to authorize embassies and military bases to hold elections. A little trickier, but doable.

Comment Sweet! (Score 3) 194

I switched to T-Mobile when I got my latest phone. I had an original, grandfathered AT&T unlimited data plan since the first iPhone came out, and switching saved me about $30/month already. So now it's going to drop again? Cool.

I'm also seeing LTE speeds from 70-80Mbps on the average, and the highest I ever saw on AT&T was 20 or so.


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