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Comment Re:Take whoever came up with this (Score 1) 85

Well, you're just wrong. I've personally watched inventory shrinkage drop into the measurement noise with the introduction of technology-based tools that catch the people who steal - because other employees understand there are consequences.

Yes, it's a shame that throughout all of human history and in every level of society and income, some people like to steal stuff. Someone who is trying to make a living running a business and who has to make payroll every week and keep customers happy won't usually have a lot of luck changing human nature. Now, I know that you've personally solved these human nature problems in your own area, and no longer feel any need to lock your doors or in any way look after your personal safety, because you've fixed everybody that you might encounter or who might want your stuff.

Yes, people stealing things IS a problem. And taking measures to stop it from happening to you isn't irrational. Yes, more parents should raise kids that have some sort of moral compass and which are educated and motivated enough to go out and create things so that they can trade the fruit of their labors for the stuff they want, instead of stealing it. Your notion that it's wrong-headed to use convenient tools to help deal with the fact that there are lots of people out there who DO find it easier (or even, in some cases, more entertaining) to steal stuff than buy it - never mind, I realize that you're trolling. Silly me.

Comment Re:Take whoever came up with this (Score 0) 85

Give them a decent paycheck so they actually have something to lose if they get fired?

Yep, you've never actually worked in such an environment, have you? I've seen people making six figures who steal routinely $20 stuff from their employers. I've seen well paid general managers of grocery stores stealing steaks. I've seen IT directors who drive Teslas but who still pocket RAM sticks from the lab.

You'll understand when you start working.

Comment Re:Take whoever came up with this (Score 3, Informative) 85

Here's an idea for you:

1) Start a retail business.

2) Get robbed by someone who walks in the front door. Or,

3) Have one of your employees attack another one. Or,

4) Have one of your employees get hooked on heroin and start to steal your inventory.

I'm guessing your solution to getting to the bottom of such things is to hire people to stand around watching everything so they can testify based on their recollections of events later, in a trial. Because you sure wouldn't want what happens on your own property with your own inventory with your the people you pay money to be there doing things to be recorded. Until you really, really do because real life is different when you start paying a fortune in insurance as part of running a business. Or find yourself in court. Or are running out of money because of inventory shrinkage, or have to know which of your very good employees is totally innocent of what one of your rotten employees has been setting them up to look guilty for.

But yeah, I can see why you'd advocate violence against a vendor offering a service you can choose to ignore if it's not useful to you.

Comment Trump's plan to fix H1B's. (Score 1) 323

I think we have a pretty good picture of what it will be like based on his health care proposal.

1) It will somehow involve a multi-hundred billion dollar tax cut for the top 1%.

2) It will somehow remove u.s. workers protection from being replaced by H1B workers.

And no.. I'm not joking or being sarcastic.

Comment Re: Just repeal it (Score 1) 323

The people who "got" health insurance from the ACA, if they're not dirt poor, DID NOT GET HEALTH INSURANCE. They got miserably high premiums they can barely afford, and are left with so little cash each month that they can no longer afford to go see the doctor. And no, the insurance they're now paying a fortune for doesn't help with that, because a small family has a deductible pushing $20,000. So they are legally required to spend a couple thousand dollars a month on insurance they can't use, and have no cash left with which to buy the services of a doctor. Meanwhile, people who don't pay for anything "got insurance" and are being subsidized by the middle class people who effectively had their ability to see a doctor taken away.

The ACA is a terrible piece of law, and was meant by the Democrats to be just that from the beginning. And it's now imploding. I'm glad yesterday's vote got pulled. The current disaster remains under the ownership of Obama, Reid, and Pelosi.

Comment Re:Holy Blinking Cursor, Batman! (Score 1) 221

Yeah, my old Commodore 64 had a blinking cursor, and it somehow managed that remarkable feat with an 8-bit 6510 CPU running at 1MHz!!!

...though, to be fair, keyboard input on those old 8-bitters was usually a busy loop of some sort (looks like /.'s gonna thwart my attempt at indenting the following):

LOOP LDA $C000
BPL LOOP
BIT $C010

That's 100% CPU usage right there, though without a need to share it with other processes (because there were no other processes), the concept is somewhat meaningless in this context.

Comment Re:No need for Microsoft to spy on the Chinese (Score 2) 94

There are Muslims in China. The largest concentration are the Uighurs who have clashed by the Chinese government for years.

The Chinese government also has an official policy that calls on people to report their neighbors, friends and relatives for âoeluring minors into religious activitiesâ in the province where the countryâ(TM)s largest Muslim population lives.

Comment Re:Already solved! (Score 1) 76

Isn't this what free apps like HiYa and TrueCaller do?

With apps like that, you're still getting the robocalls, you just don't see them. The carrier still has to carry them. They take up bandwidth on the trunks and frequency allocation on the cell towers. The ones that originate as VOIP sessions from some boiler room in Bangalore clog up valuable spectrum on transatlantic cables. The earlier in the process they can be blocked, the better.

Comment Re:Oh yeah (Score 1) 199

and I have some of the best dark skies in the country. Most people have never seen a dark sky, and underestimate its value.

Oh man, I envy you there.

I'm wanting to try my hand at some astral photography, but I dunno when I'll get a chance to find somewhere to go that isn't trashed with urban light pollution.....

It was just before Katrina, when I went with a girlfriend to a little beach house type thing in Mexico, well away from the large cities, that I last saw a nice, unpolluted nighttime sky.

I'd forgotten what a beautiful display a black night full of stars and planets looked like.

We got there and just sat on the deck with a couple beers that first night (and most nights afterwards) just staring into the night sky and marveling how wondrous it was...

Comment Re:Wonder why (Score 1) 199

Right now, as a retiree, urban suits me because we don't need or want a large footprint and we don't want to be driving into town for most of the things that we need and want to do.

I can see your point on this for sure.

However, with SO many things now being able to be delivered at a reasonable price to your home door....even living out more suburban, you don't have to drive quite as much for shopping, etc....and with things like Uber, you can cheaply let someone else drive.

So, things like that might make living out of the urban areas even more attractive to some.

Comment Re:If self driving cars take off (Score 1) 199

If you like your car/motorcycle/doctor, you can keep your car/motorcycle/doctor. Just because there will be more options in the future doesn't mean you have to give up your motorcycle.

The reason I ask..is that I'm foreseeing that if self driving cars become the norm, they will then be mandated and human driver vehicles will not be allowed to occupy the same roads as driverless.

IMHO, a very real possibility and I'd hate to lose that option....

Comment Re:If self driving cars take off (Score 1, Insightful) 199

I'm still not seeing how all these self driving cars will work....

Will they also be able to drive out out of the city and go off roading?

Will they be able to pick up your boat and drive it to the launch, drop it in and then park with the trailer to wait for you?

Does this do away with motorcycles? Geez, I'd be hard pressed to want to give up the freedom and fun my motorcycle affords me on my days off....

Not everyone uses a car/vehicle strictly to go to/from work or other mundane, utilitarian usage.

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