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Comment Tools and movements (Score 3, Interesting) 216

EFF has done a great job with their "Encrypt the Web" campaign and gotten a lot of big websites to switch to https as their default protocol. The difference is that people running those servers are usually more technically minded (they're admins), so the implementation goes a lot easier. When dealing with non-technical end users, you can't expect them to do anything extra to set it up for them; it's just gotta become the default and get pushed to them. Anything else is a recipe for non-adoptance.

Comment Re:Paranoia, thy name is nerd (Score 1) 110

But it is a problem in this case. Both bad cops as well as "activists" lie their asses off in the absence of conclusive video, and in today's ultra polarized society, we end up with things like institutionalized police brutality and the Ferguson riots when that happens. We now have cameras because some bad actors on both sides of the equation can't act like decent human beings. I'm not claiming that cameras are the end-all solution, but sadly, they're becoming more and more necessary to protect both good cops and peaceful activists and protesters legally exercising their 1st Amendment rights.

Comment Re:We ALREADY HAD cable TV without the box! (Score 2) 108

You still have it. Spend $40 and buy an HDTV antenna and stick it on the window sill. We just did it after our local cable provider pulled the same Clear QAM encrypting shenanigans and found we get about 35 channels -- all the locals in HD, plus PBS and a handful of others. You can even get a bigger amplified antenna on your roof or in your attic and split the signal and distribute it to your various TVs likely using your existing cable TV wiring . . . just like in the old days. :-)

Comment Die Comcast Die (Score 1) 108

Plex today bought Watchup, which means soon you'll be able to get over a hundred channels of news streamed to any Plex client associated to your Plex Pass (or some similar deal) -- no need to tie it to a single silly screen plugged into your Roku. Expect more of this. Day by day, the cord cutters are winning and the Comcasts of the world are losing. They don't want you to time shift, cut commercials out, or consume content on anything but their Comcast-approved device, all "supported" by the worst customer service ever seen. Fuck them and their obsolete business model -- they are reaping decades of thumbing their collective noses at their customers.

Comment Re:OK, help me out... (Score 1) 834

A big part of this was because of the guy who came before him. That generation had just lived through the gas lines, and the Iran hostage crisis, and 16% inflation and 22% mortgages. Jimmy Carter is still generally remembered by all but the far left as a very good man who was a bad President. Compared to him, Reagan was perceived by many as a savior, and the magnitude of his election victories attests to this.

Comment Re:About (Score 1) 834

In actuality Walmart seems to be slowly realizing that its employment practices lead to high turnover, and the cost of training new employees is actually costing it money. There's something to be said for a decent wage and benefits if you're talking about retention. If you could pay one 17 year who you trained to clean the bathrooms and sweep the floor, and he stayed at the job for more than a few months, wouldn't that ultimately be cheaper than having to train a new person with some frequency, even if the training isn't overly complex?

No. Because once that 17 year old (or anyone) is there for more than a few months, they generally get paid benefits like vacation / PTO, healthcare, and (back then) pension or savings plans, which gets expensive for the store really quick. I worked in KMart during my high school years for a tiny bit above minimum wage ($5.25 / hour) -- full time during the summer and part time during high school. Because of this, I was never eligible for the benefits that the year-round full-timers were. The store kept a number of us in rotation because a) our group had relatively high turnover and b) they could scale up / down easily as needed (i.e., seasonal peaks like Christmas) -- but the real reason is that it cut down on their benefits costs and increased their profitability, even back then. The low cost to retrain a new high school kid to perform an easy job like folding clothes or stocking the shelves is waaaay cheaper than paying full benefits, in perpetuity, to a long term FTE.

Comment Independent way to test and verify? (Score 1) 190

Is there a colorimeter-based solution that one can actually put on the screen to measure a TV's output and verify any of these claims? E.g., with a "pro" color accurate monitor, you can calibrate it and the software measures and then confirms that the display is operating within the requested parameters. It sure seems that we are counting an awful lot on buzzwords from the marketing shills that these expensive TVs really are "better," but there's no way for the public to measure their performance to be sure.

Comment Not on eBay (Score 2) 102

Their mobile app rocks and is highly responsive (I mean in the way it provides up-to-date / real-time pricing info on auctions you are watching, not regarding UI design), which is critical when an auction is ending. It keeps people from being chained to a desktop PC, which in and of itself makes it worthwhile.

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