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Comment Excitement aborted (Score 4, Insightful) 188

If they're trying to prevent people from getting excited about the Olympics or share their enthusiasm, they've succeeded. At this point I really couldn't give a crap about the Olympic games. Now I just feel sorry for the athletes who are risking disease over something the IOC seems dead set on restricting access to.

Comment Funny math or straight pay for that $100K? (Score 1) 248

I've lost count of the number of times I've gotten letters from HR after discussing raises detailing (in words, not actual $ values) how my pay is so much more than what shows up in my bank account. There's the paid vacation time, how much they pay toward my insurance, sick days, other benefits I have absolutely no use for (but I'm sure someone convinced the company that for $X, they could claim it was worth $Y).

Unless this bill says the H-1Bs are to get $100K (before taxes) in actual spendable money without counting any benefits toward that amount, it's just going to end up in a whole lot of gym memberships (as an example) in other states (to prevent actual use) "worth" $20K/year costing the companies $500/year.

If they can pull this off, there may be some minor uptick in outsourcing, but there are still a lot of very insecure, untrusting, upper-level managers who want there to be a person they can physically get in the face of when they want to exert a sense of control. I note the continued resistance in businesses to institute telecommuting practices.

Comment Re:Guns (Score 1) 337

I have. I was in a Peter Piper Pizza (a pizza place with children's rides and playsets for those who might not know) and there was a guy sitting across the room with his family with a pistol holstered in the open. I didn't get up and leave, but I did keep looking over to make sure there weren't any heated discussions starting.

Comment Add a cellular data toggle widget (Score 1) 129

On Android 4.4 I could toggle my cell data on and off with a swipe and a press. Android 5.1 has broken that simplicity, so now it's a swipe, a press, a careful swipe and another press (thanks, Google, for making that harder). I can toggle background data access on and off from the same widget bar. I just turn it on when I need it and off when I don't. The rest of the time I use wi-fi. I set my podcast app to only update and download on wi-fi, so I have plenty to listen to on my commutes without consuming my cell plan at all.

Comment Death by 1B papercuts (Score 1) 139

Since you can't be sure if someone is just speaking in code, just send the government everything and claim you think it could be terror activity. In fact, send them 10+ copies of everything and inundate them with the reports. Hell, generate random email messages and submit those. Let them set loose their analysts trying to puzzle out randomly generated garbage.

Comment Patrol more, sit less (Score 1) 468

I understand cops ideally need to be parked somewhere to monitor traffic, but rush hour makes up a limited part of their day. And even then they can alter their location periodically to foil both stalkers and people hoping to avoid the upcoming speed traps.

It's not like, "But my app said you were further up the road," is going to get anyone out of a ticket. And all the invalid police location entries will keep the Waze users slowed down more than it would have if the cop stayed put because there's now a larger area they might get busted in.

Comment Fake CC list wouldn't work (Score 1) 130

I can't speak to the other fake flooding ideas, but I do recall hearing a story where the reporter was shocked to learn that many who sell compromised CC lists offer a refund for any CC numbers that don't work. Putting out a long list of free numbers might district a few newbies, but the people with the experience and the financial backing wouldn't have been distracted by such free lists of dubious origin.

Comment Rush that check to the bank (Score 1) 400

Good on Mozilla for getting an influx of cash, but I'll be changing the search preferences of every Firefox I install on my and my coworkers systems. Yahoo's little "no more working from home" mess was cited by our CEO as a reason to halt the practice where I work. So Yahoo can go fsck itself with a broken broomstick.

Comment Going to miss my Droid 4's keyboard (Score 1) 544

I get the reason why manufacturers aren't producing slide out keyboards. Internationalization, easier to break, etc. That doesn't mean I like what's happening.

I'd like to see a flip phone that doubles as a wi-fi hotspot and then I'll just use a tablet for the things I wanted the "smart" part of the smartphone to do. (And it will look a lot less stupid than talking on a phablet that barely fits in anyone's hands who isn't 7 feet tall.)

Comment Use the smart phones / tablets as controllers (Score 1) 559

Find a way to communicate between the next Wii and smart phones, perhaps via Bluetooth. Create an app that lets the phone act as a touch screen controller for games. Perhaps have settings and preferences that can be stored on the device so people can keep their settings when they visit friends to play. Perhaps use LAN TCP/IP protocols instead of Bluetooth if you want to make the software workable on sub-$100 tablets. (Because what adult lets their 5 year old nephew repeatedly drop an iPad?)

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