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Comment Re:Rotten Tomatoes is getting self-important (Score 1) 389

As for Rotten Tomatos I find that their average rarely coincides with my tastes anyway, I've realized that when using Vudu and noticing that I've enjoyed a lot of movies that had a poor Tomatoes score yet a rather good Vudu user score (the interface shows both scores when looking at the movie info.)

I've found that Criticker ( ) is a lot closer to my ratings, because they adjust the ratings I see based on how I rated similar movies.

It's gotten fantastically close after I rated ~20 movies there.

Comment Re:Finally, I can switch to Gnome! (Score 1) 116

The stupid thing is, you could easily make a secondary UI for tablet users and even protocols for a UI switch for when a tablet becomes a desktop (ie: docking).

But, no. UIs are not built by engineers anymore. We've got to hire touchy-feely liberal arts guys that have no idea what good UI design means to make these decisions.

For instance, I like the close/minimize/maximize buttons on the top left of the window. Linux Mint Cinnamon allows me to set that without a problem. But Gnome applications don't follow the OS settings. They apparently know better.


Comment With What? (Score 1) 94

AR with what? Phones? Maybe. Their desktops? Please. The GPUs in their desktops are garbage. Even the ones in the Mac Pros. I was a Mac user for ten years (sold my 2012 Mac Pro last month) and I I have always been disappointed by their choice of graphics chips.

Comment Re: Easy fix (Score 4, Informative) 84

The thing is, as long as people pay for their own internet themselves, they're in complete control of what gets to connect to their wifi. So, even if all the water heaters on the market had IoT features, it's trivial to keep them offline and harmless. And should they ever come with their own connectivity solution that bypasses the users' router completely, well... it's always possible to encase it in a Faraday cage of some sort.

As for trusting manufacturer with IT security, that's not the only problem: even if they're serious about it and actually qualified to secure your device properly, personally I'm more concerned about what they do with my data - how they snoop on my habits, how they intend to misuse that data, or whom they intend to sell it to.

If there's a buck to be made, company won't even consider moral or ethical use of the data they collect. That's the only thing you can bet on with big data.

Comment What I'm waiting for... (Score 1) 266

Purely autonomous personal vehicles will solve this.

Recline your car seat back all the way and get in at 9 PM and have the car drive you all night long.

No TSA hassles. No rumblings about paying extra for a carry on bag, a snack that should cost $1 instead costing $5, or being kicked by the guy behind you getting out of his seat because he has a small bladder.

Driverless cars won't be the end of domestic airlines, but they will have to adapt to keep customers.

Comment Re:I don't care (Score 4, Insightful) 193

Even if you do like kids, bringing them to the world we have today isn't exactly a gift to them...

I know a great many youngster even today who deeply resent our generation's wasteful and selfish way of living, the consequences of which we left to them, and that they'll have to sort out when we're gone.

Comment As always (Score 2, Insightful) 193

At the age of 60, men who had children had almost two years more on their remaining life expectancy than those without, at 20.2 and 18.4 years respectively.

Correlation isn't causation.

Also, many of those who gain 2 years in life expectancy lose many more years of piece and quiet having to raise their brats.

Comment Re:Industrial accident (Score 1) 407

That's it. That's all this lawsuit is about, faulty failsafes on industrial equipment that lead to an accident. Probably with merit.

But sure, call it "rogue robots" and "killing"...

They lost me when they said 'colleague'. I don't have any robot colleagues. I do have a toaster I use at work, and a microwave. But we're not colleagues (and I don't think either the toaster or microwave considers me a colleague, either).

Comment Re:24/7 job (Score 5, Informative) 513

That's exactly what IBM did. It even ended pager-pay... since we were always on the clock.

For reference,

Information technology professionals are not entitled to overtime pay.

And my favourite:

Information technology professionals are not covered by the daily and weekly limits on hours of work

From what I could find, these were laws meant to cover fisheries and agriculture, where the seasonal nature of the work meant that the only time you would work on a harvest or catch was when there would be work. It was understood that the nature of the work was feast-or-famine, and it was paid hourly. If they had to pay overtime, they would be paying nothing but overtime. Strangely, the rules also included accounting, some screwball argument that month-end and year end was a busy period and that people could take time in lieu or have downtime between busy periods.

Somehow this slippery slope was extended to IT. As a salaried employee, it meant they could pay you *nothing*.

Thank you Dalton McGuinty.

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