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Comment Acknowledge Human Interface (Score 1) 508

All mechanical and electronic equipment must immediately acknowledge any and all user input, whatever the interface may be. The response must be in the form of a pleasant sound and a visual change in the device or another device (in the case of remote controls). I'm so sick of pressing a button and nothing happens. Did the thermostat not see my action? Is my toaster busy doing something else? Is my AppleTV ignoring me? I just want all machines to respond as if humans are their overlords and even if they can't act on my command, they must acknowledge they received a command. I'm tired of all the arrogance Engineers built in to the products I buy. Led by Apple the unresponsive machines are now the norm. Look at your AV equipment. If your TV is off and you press any button on your remote, the TV should turn on and execute that command. Why does only one button work on the whole damn remote?

Comment Re:Cognitive biases (Score 1) 470

Wow. I expect most of you agree with this Wikipedia list of cognitive biases but there's a HUGE omission. Perhaps the biggest fantasy of all mankind and I'll bet nearly 100% of you have fallen for it. How many of you Shashdotters believe you adhere to scientific principles? Let’s have a little test. You don’t believe in God, ghosts and astrology because they can’t be proven scientifically. Faith based beliefs can’t be measured by any instrument. Invisible people of all sorts do not register at any frequency of energy from absolute zero to the speed of light. It’s been famously pointed out that the difference between fantasy and reality is, reality is what remains when you remove the people. Now for your test. Do you believe in love? Love can’t be measured. Love does not appear on the Periodic Table. Love does not appear in the electromagnetic spectrum. Love does not exist without people. Love meets all the criterion of a pseudoscience, fantasy, scam. Now be a man and go tell your SO you do not believe in love. Let us know how that works out.

Comment Re:Yeah, it's those politicians who are corrupt (Score 1) 177

According to your "so called" logic, I do "work" for NO PAY and I'm fine with that. Your definition of "work" is sipping Long Island Iced Tea by the pool. My definition of "work" is the creation of a useful or entertaining product. When I write a document for my company they pay me for the time it took to write. I don't get paid every time someone reads my instruction manual, test report, or RFQ. How is it that "artists" spend a month or two writing a book (recording a tune) and expect to get paid for the rest of their life? The actor and director, who got paid $10M for making the movie, expects to cash a huge check ever month for sitting on thier collective ass. Where does this expectation, YOUR expectation, come from? Well, "logically" the artist is unable to produce a viable product day-in and day-out like I do, so they must be paid for past product. It doesn't sound like these guys are being as productive as you and I are expected to be everyday. I'm not "starving or homeless" and I have a book for sale on Amazon that I wrote just for the fun of it.

Comment Re:So, What You're Saying is... (Score 2) 122

And now you know the real reason for this bullshit. Censorship was never to protect the children. Children don't give money to politicians, corporations do. It's always been about perceived copyright violation by "Big Media." All hail our bought and paid-for ruling class. Follow the money.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 2) 634

  1. "We don't have a domestic spying program."

Whoops. Caught in another lie. If we don't have a domestic spying program what do these Sysadmins have access to? Logically there must be some secret information Keith does not want the American people to find out.

Comment There's Only One (Practical) Solution (Score 2) 225

There's only one way to get our privacy back (and it's a long shot). Use what Constitutional power we have to change the law. Proposed 28th Amendment: No person, group, or agency, public or private, foreign or domestic, may collect, record, transmit, or disclose any private information beyond that defined in the United States Census about any individual without express written permission of the individual or court order specific to an active criminal investigation. Private information includes, but is not limited to, location, financial transactions, medical records, school records, arrest records, associates, and associations. Candidates for elected positions must submit seven years past income tax records at least ninety (90) days before elections.

Comment Re:Fourth Amendment (Score 1) 149

Maybe it's high time we made privacy a Constitutional right. My proposed 28th Amendment: No person, group, or agency, public or private, foreign or domestic, may collect, record, transmit, or disclose any private information beyond that defined by United States Census law, regarding any individual without express written permission of the individual or a court order specific to an active criminal investigation. Private information includes, but is not limited to, location, financial transactions, medical records, school records, arrest records, associates, and associations. Candidates for elected positions must submit seven years past income tax records at least ninety (90) days before elections.

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