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Comment Re:Add THIS to the map (Score 2) 34

>"Illegal exhaust and boom boxes are a law enforcement issue. e.g. compare Santa Ana with Irvine."

And here nothing is done about it, and it won't change.

>"Dogs are subject to ultrasound, easy to manage."

Not easy when not your dogs. Trust me, I tried.

>"And the sirens are new to me. You are suggesting that running the siren when going to fire is unnecessary? Or that agencies without need run their sirens?"

Yes. I estimate 75% of the time they are running with sirens unnecessarily; the lights are enough. In fact, often the sirens just scare people and are actually counter productive. They are a major source of unnecessary noise pollution. Many studies corroborate this.

http://www.jems.com/articles/2...
http://noiseabatementsociety.c...
https://www.emergencydispatch....
https://www.emergencydispatch....
http://gradworks.umi.com/35/54...

Comment Add THIS to the map (Score 5, Insightful) 34

Airports and interstates don't bother me much; and I am near both (2 miles from an International airport, 1 mile from a major interstate).

What DOES bother me are:

* Motorcycles and cars/trucks with illegal exhaust modifications
* Dogs barking from neighbors
* Boom-box bass cars, which I can hear a MILE AWAY sometimes
* Unnecessary sirens

None of that is on the map.

Comment Re:I noticed that they block you (Score 1) 249

>Noticed something annoying: in most web pages having an embedded youtube video, Fullscreen doesn't work unless you go to the youtube site"

I noticed things MORE annoying- websites with AUTO PLAYING video. And videos where your only option is to watch a postage stamp or take over the whole freaking monitor (like a "larger" or even full *window* option would be so difficult?)

Comment Major privacy invasion (Score 2) 72

>"Now, Ebay is asking me to switch from the key fob to text messages, the latter being a form of authentication that security experts say is less secure than other forms of two-factor authentication (2FA)."

It is not just that it is less secure... it is AN INVASION OF PRIVACY. There is absolutely NO WAY I am going to give my cell phone number to Ebay, Microsoft, Amazon, Bank of America, or any other company. It is a marketing wet-dream for them to get that information such that they can spam you with impunity in the most egregious and annoying way I can think of, and sell that information to others.

This is not a move to increase security or improve convenience for the end user. It is to lower THEIR cost and to increase THEIR knowledge about their users. And it is so common now it is shocking... and people just give it up!

True story- a group of us went to TGIFriday's for dinner last week. We approached the hostess and told her 4 people. We expected to get a pager/fob. Nope, she asked us for our phone number! Every one of us in the group said "you have to be kidding" not over our dead bodies! We asked her "seriously? People will give you their private cell number for this?" She said almost nobody bats an eye." Of course we declined and they had to physically come look for us when the table was ready.

Comment Re:What if (Score 1) 517

>" You don't care about injustice for a poor black kid falsely accused of a gang murder, because you assume that such an accusation will never be directed at you. But a false accusation of child porn could actually happen to YOU, so you care. So now you are motivated to vote for the guy that wants to fix the justice system, rather than the guy that wants to build more prisons."

I hope you are using some type of metaphorical or hypothetical "you" in your postings. I most certainly do care about justice and equality on all levels and for all people. It has nothing to do with how likely some matter is to affect me. And if you are implying otherwise, I should be deeply offended except for knowing you can't possibly know much of anything about me, so why should I care?

Comment Re:What if (Score 1) 517

>"So if 90% certainly is good enough to lock up some poor black kids for life, why isn't it good enough for a rich white guy with a Macbook Pro?"

So it is suddenly about race or socioeconomics? I prefer to play my thought games with "everyone is equal in the eyes of the law" as a ground rule. And it is the rule in this country, even though it might not turn out that way sometimes, unfortunately. Two wrongs don't make a right. Address each problem separately.

Comment What if (Score 4, Insightful) 517

>"upheld a lower court ruling of contempt against a chap who claimed he couldn't remember the password to decrypt his computer's hard drives"

I am not saying that is the case here, but what if a defendant really doesn't remember the password? Throw him in jail forever? Some devices don't need a key/password UNLESS they are disconnected or reset, and it is very plausible someone might have been using something for a long time without knowing.

Comment Except it won't (Score 1) 124

>"The spam problem would [...] probably almost go away, [...] if DMARC was rolled out everywhere in order to verify if messages come from legitimate domains, it would be a major blow to spam distributors"

Except we can already deal with that type of spam using RBL and other methods. The majority of spam that remains is the worst kind- from businesses sending us endless marketing crap from legitimate domains, claiming we "opted in", which of course we did not. Every single place we interact with demands a verified Email address- for every account, for every transaction, for every service. And many companies happily spam us to death with it and even sell the information to other companies too.

The marketing companies take no responsibility, because they now increasingly use third-parties to deliver that crap. It used to be fairly easy- block marketing companies like Constant Contact and their ilk. But now they moved to some "too big to block" services- like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon's infrastructure.

There is more than one type of spam. There is no one magic solution. It is no different than caller ID- Even if we could force it to be 100% correct all the time, do you really think that will stop unsolicited calls? Nope.

Comment Dreaded? (Score 1) 331

>"The dreaded -- or totally necessary -- Oxford comma, perhaps the most polarizing of punctuation marks"

Properly called the "serial comma."

Why is the serial comma ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... ) dreaded? This is what I was taught as proper writing in a very good school system in the 80's. It is also what I use today. To me it seems logical, functional, lessens ambiguity, and makes common sense. (Note the use of it in that last sentence).

Comment Forget the iphone/case, make it a PHONE (Score 2) 158

>An always-on 5-inch AMOLED display is built into the case, which runs the Android 7.1 Nougat; microSD card slot provides up to 256GB ; 2,800 mAh battery ; Qi wireless charging. Two SIM card slots are included ; 4G LTE connectivity ; 3.5mm headphone ; IR blaster" "The estimated retail price is between $189 and $229"

Hey, I have a better idea. Instead of messing around with being a "case", why not just forget the whole iphone nonsense and release it AS A PHONE ITSELF. Make sure the battery is swappable, throw in some decent cameras, and add $50 more for it and sell at $250 to $275 (based on the claimed retail price). Many of us have been waiting for a suitable replacement for the Nexus 5, this might be it; we had a fast, decent phone for around that price, with a nice 5" screen and QI charging.

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