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Comment Re:You just now started worrying? (Score 1) 359

Voter ID, just like every other civilized country in the World,

No ID is required in Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland). In Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland, ID is required only in cases when one's identity is in doubt for some reason. Canada accepts multiple non-photo IDs. Countries that include Photo ID include Spain, France, Malta, Belgium, Mexico, but those are much easier to obtain than in the U.S.

Incidentally, most other civilized countries also lack reinforced concrete walls all along their borders.

National Elections need to be a Federal holiday with few exceptions.

The people who favor voter ID don't like this idea at all. Their goal is to make voting a hindrance.

Comment IBM is MAKING NEW JOBS in the US (Score 5, Funny) 170

Last year they had only 422,000 jobs in the US, but this year they will be increasing that to 397,000 jobs! It's a win for everyone - more jobs, more cost savings, and 397,000 US jobs. How can you possibly argue with that?

Oh, and chocolate rations are going up again, too.

Comment Re:You just now started worrying? (Score 1) 359

Only a koolaid drinking disingenuous douche-shill thought that the government was magically trustworthy with Obama but all of the sudden is magically not to be trusted anymore because there's a new president.

The new president is already going around saying he lost the popular vote because 3-5 million "illegals" voted in the election. You elected a liar; "magic" has nothing to do with it.

Comment Re:Maybe voice activation is overrated? (Score 2) 204

BTW, the part about knowing who's going to use the door and who isn't is probably doable with cameras and enough processing power.

It is possible, and it has been built. A couple of colleagues in Sweden did just that for one manufacturer, more than fifteen years ago. The idea was to reduce the amount of heat lost from unnecessary door openings in winter, and to a lesser extent from cooling losses in summer.

It would recognize who was aiming for the door versus those that just walked past. It wasn't fooled by dogs or kids (would open for kids, but not dogs) or things like suitcases or prams. During development they built a version that would only open if you did the Vulcan hand sign thing.

But it was too expensive. Automatic doors are not a high-margin business - there's many competitors - and the actual savings did not make up for the higher price. The actual energy losses are pretty minimal for most shops, and door openings are usually not in error. Those that have a real problem with it tend to use revolving or double doors already.

Also, it didn't help that the shops might have needed permission to mount what is effectively a camera pointing out on the street.

Today the hardware would be cheaper, and cameras are far more acceptable. But from what I heard customer interest would still be small.

Comment Re:For comparison (Score 1) 186

Fair enough but it is worth remembering that something like that usage comparison will be true at some point of whatever search does dethrone Google in the end.

The good thing about a search engine is that it is a tool that works equally well regardless of whether others have adopted it or not. This is quite distinct from tools that gain their value through some sort of interaction with data created by other users of the tool.


Comment Re:and the lack of an battery swap cover (Score 2) 80

But it turned out that the batteries were the problem and it took 4 months to determine what the problem was. So you would have been batteryless and phoneless for 4 months. Given the shitstorm of people wanting same-day replacements for the first recall (ironically leading to the flaw in the second round of batteries), I don't think having a batteryless phone for 4 months would have set well with the users. And if it were a recall issue, CPSC and FAA would have still had the ban in place until a proper, safe, OEM replacement was found. In this case (no pun intended), a removable battery wouldn't have made a stitch of difference.

Comment Still fucking wrong (Score 1) 80

Have you never heard of ANSI Y14.5? Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing? Manufacturing since the last 19th century?

The batteries were too big, the case was sized properly.

Imagine this: You order a Large hat. The company sends you a hat with a Large tag in it, but it doesn't fit because the manufacturer actually sent you a Medium with a Large tag sewn into it. Who's fault is it that your hat doesn't fit? Blaming the Note 7 case is the same as saying that your head is just too fucking big for the hat they sent.

Comment GD+T matters (Score 5, Insightful) 80

When you specify that a batteries maximum envelope is X, and the supplier provides a battery which has a maximum envelope greater than X then, yes, it's a supplier problem.

When you request 2 million batteries instead of 200,000, and your supplier changes the process which induces a flaw into the product then, yes, it's a supplier problem.

This is critical because the "engineers" (idiots) over at ExtremeTech published "findings" (a middle school essay on their thought experiment backed up with zero observed failures) said that the problem was in the case and had nothing to do with the design of the battery. Blaming the phone case for the problem is like blaming users hands for the iPhone antenna problem. It's not a problem with what it holding the (iPhone, battery) but rather that the (iPhone, battery) was not designed properly for the specified requirements.

In both cases, it's imperative that the overall product producer take responsibility to the end users for products which do not work as intended. Which they did - recalling the devices, offer full refunds and - in many cases - a credit for accessories that you didn't even purchase from them.

Comment I still say... (Score 1) 93

If you want to know what will happen, at the 6 month mark you have to tell them that the trajectory for mars orbit insertion is too dangerous, and they will need to take the free-return trip which is 18 months back, and the rationing of supplies and provisions has to start immediately. After they eat the second person, you tell the reaming crew that the Mars gravity assist was not completely successful and, while we're doing what we can to create a rendezvous rescue mission, there'a a 75% chance that they will miss Earth gravity capture on the return leg by more than the allowable and their trajectory following the miss will take them just beyond Venus' orbit, but that they will have to ensure excessive heat and will die slowly as they cook in the capsule.

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