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Comment Suing everyone is SOP... (Score 1) 407

In a civil liability suit, you sue everyone involved, from the part manufacturer to the installer to the operator to the owner of the space being leased to the guy that printed the sign out front...

Why? Because, if you don't, the easiest oath out of liability is for all of the parties of the suit to point to the unnamed party and snow a jury. You sue everyone so they do their due diligence to demonstrate a lack of fault in deposition and then get you pointed to the party at fault. This is not new or unusual. It's sadly necessary.

Comment Re:Leave San Francisco (Score 1) 92

There may be several thousand scattered around, but the concentration of competence is high in the Bay Area. It's why companies continue to sprout up in Silicon Valley, hire the best, do well, make a fortune, etc.

There's value to setting up shop in other places, but they're still likely to be areas of concentration of skills. There are smart people doing great work in Seattle, Boston, Las Vegas, Raleigh, Fairfax, etc. But you're going to have to work a little harder to grow a little slower. It's even harder in Madison, New Orleans, Boise, Albany, etc. There are great engineers all over the place, but there are vast networks of engineers at the ready in the Bay Area.

In the Bay Area, companies can hire aggressively and move quickly. For any game with a big first-mover advantage, it's a smart place to play.

If I had a problem t-shirt-sized to 100-200 people, I'd be reluctant to start cranking on it anywhere else.

Comment Re: Microsoft deserved it (Score 5, Insightful) 122

Which is why a 90 day disclosure to public announcement deadline is a reasonable measure. If a bug can be discovered by a nice engineer, it can also be discovered and exploited by a malicious one.

People being mad about this announcement would be akin to people being angry about leaks from Trump's administration rather than the malfeasance uncovered, which would be, you know... Ludicrous.

Or Snowden, etc...

Comment Re: I understand your point, you're missing mine (Score 1) 197

The problem here isn't whether you can adjust shapers or rules for jitter and reliability.

The real problem is that Comcast (or any ISP) can decide to impose a consumer monthly cap and charge for overage, after which they can also *not count* Netflix against that cap while still counting Hulu or PlayStation Vue against that cap. Practical network management is a red herring to distract from uncompetitive business practices. There may be some naive non-experts who would want to jump into routing and low-level management, but that is a staggeringly small minority that could be easily convinced to stand down.

The real game is in market-changing billing practices that enter under the pretense of responsible network management.

Step one is to take an honest look at the vast distinction between those areas of concern and consider policy honestly and realistically. That is, by the way, something that I wouldn't anticipate in the near future from this administration or the FCC. The obfuscation is convenient and intentional.

Comment What. An. Asshole. (Score 1) 564

Like many, I championed his cause and firmly stated that he was being unfairly politically persecuted. But the reality is that he's just a douchebag that found a cause to stand atop and be the king of. It's just another power-play. He's as principled as a toaster oven.

Comment Re: Uh... Yeah? (Score 4, Interesting) 313

That's right.

If they purely overbook a flight and too many people show up, people getting bumped is known as an involuntary deferment. They used to have to cut you a check for the price of your ticket, up to $400. (And still get you there). Now that's been bumped up by the FAA ($800 or something).

If they have an equipment change that reduces seat count, they don't have to pay out cash. They can instead "compensate" you with credit on their airline that A) may not be spent at all and B) may require that you put more cash in later for an actual purchase. All the while, they get to hang onto the cash that you paid in the first place.

So the scam is that they schedule your flight (last of the day, for instance) on a plane that they *know* needs mechanical work. They don't do the work, and they "swap" planes at the last minute (to the plane that was *always* going to make that flight). Boom. Instant loophole.

I actually had these particulars explained to me by a United employee at the gate. She must have been having a shit day.

Comment You know what's great about this? (Score 1) 209

Nothing. Nothing is great about this.

1) Someone doesn't understand the capabilities and limitations of the state of the art in AI. That someone would believe that he can codify and embed his preferences into AI for something as complex as the operations of a company indicates a serious overestimation of what classes of problems are in range.

2) Having employees give attaboys is a surefire way to create isolated political islands and tamp down unpopular positions. It's idiotic.

3) Baking hiring into AI is, at best, penny wise pound foolish, and it could only work if the incentive structure of the company was so universally fucked that one was willing to risk employing someone over spending a few hours with them.

4) I very much want to see the inside of this shit show. I'm guessing that I'll witness a strange mix of misery and bliss. Some people thrive in douchebag-gladiator environments, and I fully expect smart people to game the living shit out of this train wreck.

Should be fun... Sort of.

Comment Uh... Yeah? (Score 3, Interesting) 313

This has been standard practice for years. In fact, if you have status on some airlines, you can *always* bump someone else off of any flight with the right ticket type.

I flew a few times on a United IAD->SFO route, and of four trips, I got involuntarily deferred twice. The second time, I noted to the gate agent that there's always an equipment change that screws up the flight, and she said, I shit you not, "they do it every night so we can give vouchers instead of cutting checks, even though the change is for fewer seats than the flight was overbooked. It sucks every night."

So, yeah, I gave those vouchers away, because fuck if I'm going to fly United again, even for free.

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