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Comment Re: It is just a decent thing to do (Score 1) 39

Don't want fraudulent items, make them in your own country.

You're either a (lame) troll, or utterly clueless about how quickly knock-offs are created based on nothing more than things like product photos on the designer's web site. All a knock-off company has to do is place an order for an item (and return it, later - free access!) in order to inspect it closely enough to make a sellable ripoff version. No, not every knock off (or even most of them) is made by scam artists at the factory making the original, and brand owners are increasingly able to police that since that practice became more prevalent over the last few years.

Comment Impressive work. (Score 4, Insightful) 67

Aside from the egregious delay in fixing these things; does anyone else get a very, very, bad feeling about the expected quality of the firmware when 'supply a string longer than a normal user would type' is a successful attack?

If you aren't sanitizing your inputs against that one; what are you sanitizing?

Comment re: credit cards and cabs (Score 1) 200

I live in the DC metro area, but both in DC and in "provincial backwaters" like Chicago, there have been problems for YEARS with cabbies not wanting to take credit cards. Sure, they technically CLAIM they can do so. But check out how often they lie and tell you the card reader is broken/down, in an attempt to get cash instead.

Oh, and BTW -- another big problem with cabs? They like to refuse to pick you up if they know your destination crosses a state line. Happens all the time with folks who live in Virginia but want to take a cab to DC and back. The cab will happily bring them to DC, because they know they can easily pick up another fare there. But they'll find every excuse to refuse to take you back home again afterwards if it means they're going to end up in some suburb of VA.

Comment Re:Mercator straight lines are not great circles! (Score 1) 318

Ironically, that's the main sense in which arguments that Mercator projections are 'imperialist' aren't total nonsense:

You don't 'imperialize' by drawing the other guy's country really small and hurting his feelings; you do so by having the maritime expertise to deliver troops and maintain supply lines across large areas of the world; and conquering the other guy's country.

As a rather useful projection for navigation, Mercator can definitely help you out with that; the wonky land areas are just a minor side effect.

Comment Re:Geometry is hard, as is geography (Score 2) 318

The trouble isn't with the Mercator projection, it does what it was designed to do well enough; but the somewhat baffling decision to make a map whose main virtues are for marine navigation the quasi-default for classroom applications mostly focused on what happens on land.

I've never heard a particularly cogent justification for that one.

Comment Re:They should unionize or form a not-for-profit U (Score 1) 200

I.T. people probably don't believe you because your scenario isn't that plausible.

There's going to be a big shake-up in the labor market thanks to advances in automation -- but that automation is going to be marketed, serviced and programmed/developed by people with I.T. skills.

A whole lot of automation is going to heavily rely on network connectivity, too. That means your Internet providers and people maintaining the wired or wireless networks are still going to be in high demand.

People need to be flexible enough to learn new skills and adapt, but that's always been true.

Comment re: Libertarianism is a crime against humanity (Score 1) 200

What a twisted, absolutely incorrect way to summarize libertarian ideals!

I can't fathom why so many people think the superior way to handle things is living in a society where you've arbitrarily handed pretty much unlimited power to a group of "elites" in a central government -- who you agree to hand over a large percentage of your earnings to via taxation, and then get to "beg, plead and petition" them to spend the money in ways you agree with (which they may or may not do).

Wages as numbers are arbitrary. All that ultimately matters about a wage is how much buying power it gives a person in the economy they're surrounded by. That's why these pushes to demand a "$15 minimum wage" and so on are doomed to fail in the long-run. What happens is, you use the force of law to dictate that suddenly, everybody has to pay at least this certain amount of money, no matter WHAT you've hired a person to do. In at least SOME situations, the people being employed weren't doing labor worth that much money to the employer. So adjustments WILL be made to compensate. Either they'll make do with FEWER employees, or they'll raise prices of whatever they sell, or they'll cut back on some costly benefits they used to offer. What they WON'T do is just accept the fact that it's "good business" to overpay everyone they hired to do the most menial types of work they needed to get done. Initially, when you mandate a big bump in pay - it's an improvement for those receiving it. That's only because the market takes time to compensate for it. Give it a year or two though, and that $15/hr. will be buying everyone less than it used to. Essentially, you created enough inflation to make the $15/hr. worth about what the previous minimum wage was worth to them.

Your premise is fundamentally flawed. The market ALWAYS sets wages. Government simply interferes and breaks the functionality of the free marketplace whenever it tries to regulate them. If you have a skill that's difficult to find and in high demand, you WILL earn a lot of money with that skill if you match it up with an employer who needs it. Government's meddling in "minimum wage" enforcement has zero bearing on that fact.

Comment re: Independent contractors (Score 1) 200

Sure, the law is "more complicated" than just stating a person is "not an employee". But I don't see how Uber drivers can be construed as employees/staff?
I know plenty of people who decided they'd do some driving for Uber, and among other things, there's no requirement you actually perform a specific job for Uber. You're free to accept or reject all opportunities that pop up on your phone. You can work as much or as little as you like.

Comment Sorry buddy.... that's not what happened here.... (Score 1) 200

Libertarian corporate experiments are amazingly GOOD for society, and unfortunately, government regulation and taxation usually keeps them from popping up nearly as often as they should.

Uber actually raised the bar for traditional taxi cabs and their cartel they had going.... Whether Uber dies now for other reasons is irrelevant. Thanks to Uber, most city cabs I've run across will now accept major credit cards, and a growing number have apps to hail rides (no more 19th. century flailing of arms and whistling necessary!).

I'm seeing Lyft learning from Uber's mis-steps and predict they'll do well in their place, if Uber can't turn things around for their own business.

Comment Re:bloviated shit gibbon (Score 1, Informative) 516

while cutting Meals on Wheels

This is Fake News, which you know. So, the question is, why are you lying about it? It's something that's so easily debunked that you have to know anyone well-informed will know you're lying - so why do it? Which low-information audience are you taking to, and what do you think you're going to persuade them to do as they take onboard the false narrative you're trying to sell? Really - I'm curious. What's your purpose?

Comment Re:The guy who cleared clinton ? (Score 2, Informative) 516

Whatever was the problem with Clinton was surely of much lesser magnitude than Trump's people having secret dealing with foreign state entities.

What? So, Hillary Clinton and her husband personally rake in millions of dollars selling access to foreign dictators, and she conducts all of her correspondence on a server in her house in order to avoid FOIA scrutiny of her conduct in such matters, and then fails to turn over her records as she left office (as required by law), and the foot-drags for years and even destroys records while under subpoena ... all while continuing to soak up cash from overseas businesses and governments in anticipation of getting the presidential crown to which she felt entitled ... and you're saying that's not as bad as some imaginary conduct by someone associated with the Trump campaign having done something that Obama's own DNI and other officials have said they've seen absolutely no evidence to suspect happened.

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