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Comment Re: Thanks Samsung! (Score 3, Informative) 265

This ban has NOTHING to do with what logo is painted on the aircraft, but depends entirely on the airports involved.

Flying from Paris to Chicago? Middle-Eastern and American airlines have the same rules -- electronics allowed, even on a Middle-Eastern airline. Flying from Istanbul to New York? Once again, same rules for Middle-Eastern and American airlines -- no electronics, even on the American airline.

So, explain to me how this is supposed to prefer one airline over another? I am really waiting to hear this one.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 118

It definitely is. Gedit has been cited already, but what pissed me off more is gnome-terminal: the double click selection behaviour cannot be configured in the GUI any more. You need a CLI command reminiscent of registry manipulations on Windows. Insanity for a terminal. The definition of a tool used by power users...

Comment Re: About time! (Score 1) 266

In an ideal world, regulation would not be necessary. Sometimes the threat of regulation is enough.

Take maturity ratings for games. The government saw a problem and proposed passing laws for ratings, so the industry took responsibility and set up its own rating system, removing the need for the government to mandate it.

Hopefully the threat of a new regulation will cause the airline industry to come up with its own standards.

Submission + - SPAM: Camada: mafia charges stayed after using Stingray

Pig Hogger writes: Canadian prosecutors have decided to stay charges against 36 mafiosi, after defence laywers challenged evidence obtained through the use of Stingray devices. (Stingray are highly secretive and controversial devices mimic a legitimate cell phone tower in order to intercept communications from nearby cell phones).
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Comment Re:It's not ambiguous at all (Score 1) 331

I'll use food manufacturing plant I worked at as an illustration:

1. A production department produced the item - measuring, slicing, dicing, baking, mixing, frying, what have you. Production happens on-site.
2. Packaging involves portioning and sealing the item into a container, putting those containers into boxes, and palletizing the boxes so forklifts can move them about. Packaging happens on-site.
3. Distribution happens almost exclusively in a warehouse: taking product from the packagers, and dumping production lots in a warehouse. Then they picking individual boxes of products from one pallet and re-palletizing many different products into into individual orders for shipment. Distribution happens on-site.
4. Shipment is where they take a warehoused order, load it into a vessel (train, boat, truck, aircraft, etc), moving the vessel, and then unloading the vessel at either another warehouse, or a point of sale. Shipment by definition, touches sites, but is otherwise off-site.

They're utterly distinct, and have well-defined interfaces.

There are two ways to parse it (parenthesis added for clarity - I hope)

1. (Packaging for Shipment) and (Distribution)
2. Packaging (for Shipment or Distribution).

In any event, let's got with the way that the businesses hope to save money:
- "packaging for shipment" is just that - packaging inside a factory.
- "distribution" involves the folks working in a warehouse.

Shipping (and the truckers suing for overtime) on the other hand, have a good argument: shipping is not distribution.

Comment Re:2500 gallons? really? (Score 1) 331

Humanity grows in size, so we use more land to grow food.

At the end of the day, it comes down to "Can we grow food on this land," regardless of the land's "natual" state.

After that, it's a matter of "how can we profit the most by growing food on this piece of land." -- whether the profit is 'mankind's' overall profit, or just the landowner's pocketbook.

I've seen a number of "shock" billboards lately about the amount of water required to grow, say, a single egg... yet the billboard commits the sin of omission of not stating the staggering amount of water used to grow oats, for example.

It's not that oats are less water efficient than eggs, but that 50 gallons of water needed to grow a single egg is less worrying when you compare it to the amount of water needed to produce a bowl of oatmeal.

While the average consumer doesn't know exactly how many gallons of water it makes to grow a tomato, a hell of a lot of us grow gardens, and dump several thousand gallons of water into the garden each year -- and know that a tomato or carrot is far from "cheap" in terms of water required.

Comment Re:So many bad bosses (Score 1) 299

I outlasted him in the company.

I was never “good enough” for my parents. Always short of this, or short of that. So, of course, I got to think that I wasn’t that good

On the first serious, full-time job I had, where I was the first guy hired by that startup, I was pretty amazed to see many people hired after me getting fired not too long after, until I was poached by one of their clients So I guess I'm not that bad, after all

(And the startup closed after one of the owners went to jail for selling nuclear technology to some exotic country full of good-looking, nice brown people who make very good food).

Comment Re:I'm sure we've all seen this one (Score 1) 299

It’s not exactly what you mean, but it reminds me at a place I worked with, as a senior programmer, who would make you do some menial, stupid job like program EPROMs for half a day (this was before the Internet, so you could not occupy your idle mind while the burner churned around). And when we complained, the most infuriated is that the boss replied “don’t complain, you’re paid four times the normal rate for doing that”

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