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Comment Re: Fake Fake News (Score 1) 785

It's his right to do so everywhere in the United States of America, actually. You actually CAN walk around with an assault rifle! A few decades ago, nobody even gave a shit!

Who said it was an assault rifle? Do you know what an assault rifle is?

Actually it doesn't. There are plenty of places in the US where it is illegal. In his case, he was on private property and he has no 2cd amendment right to carry there, he may only do so if the property owner allows it.

Comment Re:Dangerous (Score 1) 367

People died while being locked in cars. (snip) people sleeping in a car while owner and friend locked it. The owner came back after a long hot weeken, his friend was dead inside.

Do you have a cite? AFAICR every car I've owned or driven can always be unlocked from within; I've seen cases where someone died because they didn't know has to manually unlock a door, but that isn't the fault of the door lock.

Comment Re:I find this kind of depressing. (Score 4, Insightful) 242

I'm all for things that go boom. I love weird, clever little gadgets. I admire a clever and subtle subversion of a system, even when I don't condone its use.

But geez; this thing is not exactly elegant. It uses a fairly basic circuit to exploit the completely unsurprising fact that the interface isn't designed to handle high voltages.

I'm with you on this one. All someone did was say "Gee, capacitors can hold large charge and dissipate it quickly so it will destroy a circuit whose design spec doesn't call for handling large voltages" and build a small device to do so. BFD. I can build a 120 or 210 power cord with a usb connector, plug it in a to the wall and a usb port; POW sparks fly as well. The "the interface and machines should have been deigned to prevent such an event" is ridiculous since no one expects someone to design a device to deliberate damage the port; and if you did try to do so why stop there? A screwdriver can also physically damage it so doe step spec require it to withstand such an attack? How about if I put my machine in a microwave? Or do we design it in such a way that it performs as intended and the expectation is it will be used in a reasonable manner?

Some people will no doubt think it's funny to use one on unsuspecting victims and when caught say "It's just a joke" and / or "The machine should have been designed not to let that happen;" and be surprised when they are hauled into court. Oh well, you can fix a fried device but you can't fix stupid.

Comment Re:If you want to be a taxi driver (Score 1) 306

become a taxi driver.

Exactly. I don't see what is stopping these drivers from just buying a $500,000 taxi medallion.

Actually, it was often easier for a driver to get $500,000 medallion than $100 TV on credit. As long as the number o f medallions was limited so no new ones were issued, lending against them was a no brainer. Drivers would make payments to avoid losing it since you could repossess it by simply prying it off the car; as an appreciating asset it was worth more than when you first sold it. It is the driver's best interest not to get behind since if he or she did they lost all the appreciation and the ability to work.

Comment Re:Only allow reviews from people who purchased. (Score 1) 106

Amazon could solve this issue by only allowing reviews from people who have actually purchased the product on Amazon.

Nope. My daughter writes fake reviews, and she typically charges $20+"price of product" if they want a "verified" review. For more expensive items, she will sometimes charge the difference between what the product costs on Amazon, and what she can resell the NIB product for on eBay or Craigslist, and then she has Amazon drop-ship directly to the secondary customer.

Requiring all reviewers to be verified buyers may help somewhat, but it would be only a partial fix by raising the cost of the fake reviews.

You are correct that Amazon can never fix fake reviews; he best they can do is attempt to minimize their impact. For example, they could only attach verified purchaser status if the review was written at some point in time after recipes, and not do that for any not shipped to the purchasers billing address or one used frequently. They could also look at purchase patterns to see if they are unusual for a particular demographic, but that is less likely to indicate fake reviews. Still, there are ways around anything Amazon can devise, the best thing is to make it so expensive that the cost of getting a fake review exceeds the additional profit.

Comment Re: And Obama once again is a blatant liar (Score 1) 534

You could argue that he gave a reason for saying why he won't. But can't means he couldn't even if he wanted to.

Brdly. While won't is probably correct grammatically can't is used to mean won't in common usage; thus Reading his answer as an explanation if why he won't pardon Snowdon under the present circumstances is a reasonable interpretation. Personally, I think Snowden is doomed to live out his life like Philby; ultimately to be forgotten.

Comment Re:Pokemon Go? (Score 2) 95

Apparently, the reliability of mobile phones is now measured by how often Pokemon Go Android crashes vs Pokemon Go iOS.


Gotta crash them all... Seriously, this study has a number of flaws that make it useless; from calling any app crash a failure, to merely running slowly, to presenting the data in a way that makes comparisons impossible. In addition, there is no mention of sample sizes. I'm surprised they didn't include a "the phone failed to turn on after we left it running for a couple f days..." as a failure to get 100% failure rtes for all phones.

Comment Re:The Actual Quote (Score 1) 805

I'm clearly missing the problem here? He has the wrong statistic (literally the opposite quantity), but what part of his statement doesn't make sense?

The question answers itself. He didn't take the time to have the right statistic and is running with a flagrant lie to insinuate something. What part of a civic society is founded on falsities?

There are lies, damn lies, and statistics. You can bend a statistic any way you want, the problem is most people don't understand statistics and how they can be used to prove any point; they simply believe those that support their argument and don't understand, or don't want to understand, any counter arguments. As a result, they want to define society on their viewpoint and view an opposing viewpoint not just as wrong but as evil; even when the opposing viewpoint actually points out out how reality benefits them. It's like when the reality is manufacturing is not returning to the US, at least not to the days when you could build a car on sheer manpower alone, so they think those jobs will return, when the reality is if they return it will be in the form of high tech facilities, in non-unions states, that use robots and a few skilled techs running the facility, not 20 union members, with high school educations, turning wrenchs putting together the transmission and another union members 100 building the car. They want to believe those jobs will return ignoring the realities of the market. It just proves the maxim that you can't go broke, or get elected, underestimating the intelligence of the average American or voter.

Comment Re: Now it'll be "cool" (Score 1) 121

Is there a way you can use the microsoft hololens? Alternatively perhaps you wear contacts?

Contacts aren't really an option, don't know about the hololens. Given the number of people who use glasses, the inability to use such tech as seamlessly as you do a pair of glasses would limit the market. Taking off your glasses, putting on a different pair to use the AR/VR whatever capabilities, then lather rinse and repeat is not a good user experience.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 598

Yeah, this. OK so I know it's 8AM on the US west coast where my daughter lives, and in Japan where my MIL lives, and in the Czech Republic where my parents are. That still doesn't tell me a damn thing about what time it is over there - can I call them? Are they home? At work?

This is an idiotic solution to a problem that doesn't exist.

Not really. We simply add or subtract a fixed mount of time to determine if it's OK, we could even call them Time Zones...

Comment Re:Difference in work product (Score 1) 587

Obviously this is not applicable to all tech workers, but...

In many cases, there's a fairly substantial difference in expectation of work product, both in terms of quality of work produced, and in ability to execute anything more than rote work. While it's true that those qualities may not matter for those organizations who choose to outsource tech labor, there can be a very quantifiable increase in product quality from workers who are more vested in and capable of producing a higher quality product, which can be translated into demand for higher compensation.

I would add productivity, which goes hand and hand with quality, as a key reason for higher wages. More productive workers can command higher wages because it takes fewer of them to do the same amount of work. That is true in any industry, not just tech. My experience with outsourcing work to India is it's fine if you need a simple task done but if it requires any thought by the time you get things right it is cheaper and less painful to do it elsewhere. I have worked with some highly competent Indian tech people, but with the race for absolute cheapest you are not likely to be hiring them; most likely because they are already employed and not going to work for substance wages. In the end you get what you pay for.

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