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Comment Re:That's bullshit (Score 1) 322

In my world, we rely on practical tests of functionality *with the actual users* rather than theoretical measures of effectiveness

Some actual users do use the methods properly, so the theoretical measures are not as theoretical as you seem to think.

My girlfriend and I were well educated about sex. We got her pregnant exactly the one time we planned for. The rest of the time, we've always used the precautions properly and effectively. And sex has always been a lot of fun for us. By the time our daughter turned 10, we had decided no more children, so I got a vasectomy. Yes, we can now be a little more spontaneous about fucking, but honestly, that made no difference in the level of fun.

Comment Re:That's bullshit (Score 1) 322

You'll never convince teens to get on their knees and kiss where they pee with half-baked campaigns like that

When we were teens (and legal age where we lived at the time), my girlfriend and I tried that based on recommendations from friends who said it was great. No promotional campaign needed. Also, we preferred (and still prefer) 69. (Not saying we don't fuck regularly. We do (and did). And a lot of oral, especially 69.)

Comment Re:Only 3 years? (Score 1) 472

Also, I don't see "humanities and other general education" not being required as a bonus or a great thing. For starters, societies need thinking people with a round education, not just people who know how to turn levers and knobs.

I agree. I was just offering a possible explanation for how Indian universities "trim" a year off a bachelor's degree program.

For comparison, the ECE degree program I was in required 32 credits of "humanities and other general education" and a total of 132 credits to graduate. My daughter is in the EEE program at the same university. The general education requirement is still 32 credits. But, total credits has been increased to 144. This is to accommodate additional technical requirements that many tech companies are looking for. Fortunately, she qualified for AP credits, so her credit load is only 16 instead of 18 (her scholarship will only pay for 8 semesters of classes (and 2 semesters of internships)).

Comment Re:Only 3 years? (Score 3, Informative) 472

A coworker of mine is from India - green card, permanent resident, married to a US citizen. She told me her credit load per semester was 18 and that "humanities and other general education" were not required. Also that foreign languages were a high school requirement.

She also said her education was fully government paid (and that the admissions requirements are far higher than for US universities).

Comment Re:Big, fat, NO FREAKIN' DUH! (Score 1) 228

You are NOT running linux under windows. There is no such thing. Even Canonical admits that.

In this case, Linux, itself, is not being run. So, should not be called "Linux on Windows" or any variation of "Linux".

However, CoLinux wraps a Linux kernel in a Windows driver so Linux runs directly on the CPU, along side Windows, with no virtualization. This is a "headless" and diskless Linux, requiring an Xserver running under Windows and a fileserver on Windows. Also, the project is very limited and has little activity.

Comment Re:I've tried Walmart's ship to a local store (Score 1) 98

Wait 3 minutes in case the person had just stepped away for a bit.

At the Walmart stores I've done pick-ups at, there were call buttons at the pickup desks. I didn't have to go looking for anyone, though I still had to wait several minutes.

the guy comes out still chewing (apparently finishing what he was eating was more important than a waiting customer).

According to some one I know who works for Walmart, there are strict rules about employees taking their breaks on time and for the exact time scheduled. He claimed employees have been fired for returning early from breaks.

So this likely means the store manager either didn't assign an alternate or the alternate was assigned to cover more than 1 position, so was stuck with other customers.

Something I have observed at many stores - not just Walmart - is an increasing tendency to schedule too few staff for the work load.

Comment Re:Utility and deviance of the User Agent (Score 1) 104

For example Firefox used to have a plugins.enumerable_names preference so you could control whether or not a website could figure out which addons and extensions are installed (a big source of fingerprinting data). But they removed the preference last year and now every website gets to sniff your plugins again.

That's called "Kissing the hand that feeds you." Mozilla received a lot of money from Yahoo. And Google before that.

Comment Re:Saturation (Score 1) 170

My tablet replaced a "netbook". I use a bluetooth keyboard with it, so it's basically a touch screen netbook. Like the netbook, it fills a useful niche between phone and laptop. Light weight, more portable than the laptop and still has a large enough screen to be comfortable.

My "smart" phone replaced a flip phone. while the screen is much larger than the flip phone's screen, the phone is still only useful for voice calls, text messaging and shopping lists. Also, the smart phone is awkward to use for voice calls without a headset. And it's too fragile to simply slip into my pocket; I need a protective case for it.

Over all, I'm happy with my 3 year old tablet. It's still serving me well and I plan to keep it until it dies.

Comment Re:Easily destroyed or disabled (Score 1) 263

I'm shocked at the idea that rent-a-goons get as much as $35/hr. It's more like minimum wage.

It's the agency that gets paid the $25-$35 per hour. The actual guards are paid min wage.

Part of the rest of the $25-$35 goes to employer paid payroll taxes. Another portion might go to employee benefits (but all the security guards I know work less than 30 hours per week, so don't receive benefits). Another portion of it goes to liability insurance (which is a big reason that the vast majority of guards are not allowed to be armed (though some are, anyway)).

By limiting the functionality of their robots to setting off alarms and recording activity, Knightscope reduces their insurance costs.

While these robots might not be as effect as human guards, they are more cost effective. If nothing else, they could enable a single human guard to cover the jobs of several, so any would be thief could still find himself facing an unpredictable human.

Comment Re:Tesla's Autopilot is in the "uncanny valley" (Score 1) 440

The answer to your question REALLY is- it is NOT legal. Not to allow the car to drive itself without your hands on the wheel.

Operating a vehicle - on public roads - hands-off is illegal. In fact, some drivers have been ticketed for taking their hands off the steering wheel while stopped at traffic light. From what I've heard, the traffic court judges have upheld this. Don't know if there has been any attempt to appeal, let alone successfully.

The testing Google and others do on public roads (technically) requires some kind of special permission.

Tesla's so-called auto-pilot is supposed to be "merely" a driver assist system. Anyone using it as an actual auto-pilot really is violating the law. As for what liability Tesla has, the courts will ultimately determine that. Of course, a ruling from the NTSB will strongly influence that.

This case seems, to me, to not be a good case. A human driver in full control may have not been able to avoid the collision. One could argue that the "auto-pilot" should have been able to, but, again, the system is supposedly "just" a driver assist system. This will likely be a very messy case.

And, unfortunately, Tesla is now in a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation. Even if the NTSB rules the car was not at fault, an order to disable the system would be construed as an implicit admission that the car was at fault. And even if not ordered to do so, Tesla not disabling the system could be construed as arrogance. Either of which would hurt Tesla.

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