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Comment Sounds about right (Score 1) 69

They're preventing third party messaging apps from running on company devices. It's no different than not allowing someone to run Google Hangouts on their work computer. It's a non-story.

They more than likely have an in-house IM product which is compliant. So company communication is done using company tools.

This whole BYOD craze still has me shaking my head. Why would I want to be connected to work 24/7/365.25? When I leave work I leave work. My cell phone number is on my public contact card if people need to reach me after hours.

Comment Re:More regulations stifling businesses. (Score 1) 221

They could easily do fixed pricing, limit bulk purchases, and could require positive ID at the door of the purchaser. If the purchaser can't make it (ex. season passes, or something happens), they get their money back and the tickets go back on sale at the same price (or current market price if the cost had gone up since then).

So your idea is that a ticket that I purchased can only be used by me? I can't give tickets as gifts? I can't let someone use my season pass ticket if I can't go or don't want to go? You're saying that an event ticket isn't really my property but only a license to a particular seat?

Comment Re:Way ahead of you (Score 1) 239

One Parisian above claims that it takes an hour and a half to cross the city to get from one suburb to another, while it takes 20 minutes by car. That, to me, is a sign that there aren't enough buses filling in the gaps. Here in Martin County, Florida the "bus system" appears to be designed to turn tax money into jobs, rather than provide a useful service, with buses spaced an hour apart, taking an inordinate length of time to cross the county, only offered during daylight hours, and providing no effective county to county service. If they ran every ten minutes, with express buses linking to nearby county systems, I'd probably use it, because I hate driving.

You're thinking of your specific situation. Now think about all the stops those buses serve while they're inconveniencing you. Public transportation runs where the public is. Unless you're a civil engineer with a specialty in public transportation logistics you can't know how they routed and scheduled the buses.

I need to drive to the light rail station that takes me into downtown to my office. I would love to be able to step on a bus that takes me right to the station but there isn't one. Because they're needed to transport people in other places. I could take a bus if I wanted to add 45 minutes to my commute each way.

Yes my commute is longer because I take light rail. I'm lucky I can take light rail. I don't have to deal with traffic, the downtown stop is katty corner from my office building, my company pays for my pass, and parking downtown would be a significant expense. So I'm trading time for money and personally I'm OK with the trade.

Comment Two potential fixes to the existing system (Score 1) 1081

There are two relatively easy potential things that could be done to 'fix' the electoral college disconnect.

One - Require that the electors follow the popular vote in their state. So if a state goes with Candidate A then all the votes go to Candidate A. That cuts out any form of lobbying and puts them in line with the popular vote.

Two - Apportion electoral votes according to the percentages of the popular vote. Candidate A gets X% of the popular vote and therefore X% of the electors.

Regardless the electoral college needs to be brought into line with the popular vote somehow. Being able to ignore the state's voting result is a throwback to the founding fathers' distrust of the people in general and their idea that they need some kind of way to control the outcome of elections.

Comment Re:"consumer" vs "business" computers (Score 2) 74

I have been thinking about whether the distinction between "consumer" (eg IdeaPad) and "business" (eg ThinkPad) machines even makes sense. This is not even limited to Lenovo of course.

Mind you my knowledge is from some years ago but there was a very important reason for the difference. Consistency. When a company produced a busines line they committed to using the same parts in every machine. The consumer line can be a mixup of components since they're standalone machines. But having a thousand of the same model laptop in a business means they expect that they'll all work the same.

This may have changed but I doubt it. Businesses don't have time to deal with multiple types of components that may or may not work in their environment. What they test is what they expect every time they buy one.

Comment Re:Hard to put a finger on it... (Score 1) 587

None of my contractors give a shit if my company succeeds beyond their next invoice. None of them really seem to care to understand why we are doing what we are doing, they are only focused on their silo of work. And OMG if you don't give them EXACT to the letter specs, the work wont get done. Likely because of the other two things I mentioned, but also I think it might be a culture thing where they are taught both at home and in school to never question, and just memorize and regurgitate to succeed. Yeah they are kinda like human robots in some cases.

Of course your contractors don't care beyond the next invoice nor do they do work that's not specifically spelled out in the requirements. You're paying them for a product. They deliver the product you specified. No contractor is going to do 'creative changes to improve your business' because that's not THEIR business. If you want someone to be invested in your business then return the favor. Hire people instead of contracting out work.

Comment Re:WTF is happening (Score 1) 198

I just know that back then when I was in school, the lessons suddenly became hugely unproductive the moment the computers were turned on. Essentially everybody ended up surfing facebook or youtube or something, not doing anything the teacher told them to.

We didn't get calculators in school until I was in 8th grade. So whining about attention spans of students when the school can't set up a decent firewall doesn't address the issue.

Sure it's a game. Sure it simplifies the historical process. But if it gets them learning and wanting to learn then it might be a good teaching aid. Not a replacement - but another teaching aid.

I think the downfall here is that it has nothing to do with the standardized testing required to get school funding.

Comment What do history teachers say? (Score 1) 198

I would be interested in the as-unbiased-as-possible opinions of history teachers that are in the target demographic.

Reading the summary it seems like this might be a valuable aid to teaching HOW history works and how X impacts Y. The 'how' is the most important part of learning and what is most difficult to teach.

The price point, the minimum necessary hardware, the time investment, and the quality of everything will determine if there's any integration of this into school curriculum.

If it gets kids interested in learning then it's good. If they use it in place of teaching then it's bad.

Comment Re:Standard Operating Practice (Score 1) 634

The result was very narrow. The turn-out was relatively low for such an important decision. A lot of people are expressing regret, the victorious side instantly reneged on a number of promises and the predicted economic meltdown that people didn't believe would happen happened. Given all that, a second opportunity to vote, especially now that young people are realizing that if they had bothered to turn out they could have overcome the baby boomer vote stealing their future away, seems like a reasonable request.

Wah. Those who didn't vote gave away their chances to change the outcome and those who don't like the result get to learn that sometimes they lose. Those young people have figured out too late that not voting has consequences. There's no need for a do over since everyone had their chance when it happened.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 634

The Leave campaign has reneged on many of their key promises and been proven wrong on any of their predictions. Buyer's remorse is completely understandable.

So there was no way for people to do their own research on the issues without the political rhetoric? I think not. They knew what they were voting ON and if they couldn't be bothered to do their own research then they live with the results.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 634

If a large enough fraction of any electorate wants a do-over on a referendum, then why not? Why does this have to be a winner-take-all scenario?

Because it opens the door to unending referendums because one side or the other didn't like the result. Everyone had their chance to research and vote. They voted (or didn't) and now they live with the result.

Their only possible hope now is that because it was a non-binding referendum the legislators could ignore the popular vote and do whatever the heck they want.

Comment AI needs separate lanes (Score 2) 451

Given the current status of things the least worst solution may be to have divided lanes (think express lanes on freeways) just for AI vehicles. When all of them are 'thinking' the same thing then the chances of problems decreases exponentially. Most of these issues seem to come up when there's a mix of AI and meat sacks.

Sure this will limit their use but that's what you do when new behaviour is introduced into an established system. Continue doing testing in a mixed environment but create the programs for a controlled environment to get things started.

Comment Re:expanded (Score 1) 660

You're not correct that the use of the extremely stupid 'No Fly List' is an acceptable method of preventing gun ownership. When a six month old child gets on the list due to having a name that's similar to someone they're profiling then it proves the list is useless. There's no accountability for that list, no methodology for how someone gets on the list, no transparency, nothing. So you're saying there's majority support for using it as a guide for denying Constitutional rights?

Comment Re:Gun control absolutely, positively does work (Score 1) 660

Second reply: Yes, a determined killer will kill. But easy access to guns makes it much more likely that an unhinged person will take down a whole bunch of others. It's exceedingly unlikely that a guy with a glass bottle or a knife would kill 49 people before being stopped

So you would rather he hit up the building supply store, make a couple of dozen pipe bombs, and toss those into a crowded building? If someone is determined to cause mass death they're going to cause mass death. The method is irrelevant.

Comment Re:Idiotic politicians (Score 1) 660

Sure, let's do everything except what will actually help, which is to restrict assault rifles.

So tell me what an assault rifle is? It's already illegal for a private citizen to own a gun that fires more than one bullet at a time.

Is an assault rifle one that's all scary black? The same rifle with a woodgrain stock does the exact same thing.

Big scary scope? Same thing on a hunting rifle. Heck the red dot scope on my .22 target pistol would probably make you grab your teddy bear for comfort.

Folding stock? Makes it easier to store and haul around. Nothing at all to do with functionality.

Forward pistol grip? That's what gun control is - being able to stay on target.

Stop trying to say anything that's legally available is an assault anything. It isn't. Everything fires a single bullet on a trigger pull.

The definition of an 'assault rifle' is a rifle with a high capacity magazine capable of firing multiple bullets designed for military use. Since there's no legal rifle that fires more than one bullet at a time STOP CALLING A RIFLE AN ASSAULT WEAPON.

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