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Comment Re:Pay attention. (Score 2, Interesting) 153

This allows the government to hack AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF COMPUTERS if they have a rubber stampped warrant from a judge who has no understanding of what they are signing.

I would assume that a judge would have some common sense. A warrant might say "All computers own by XXX person" or "all computers at XXX location." I doubt that a judge will sign a warrant for "all computers in Utah."

What is the alternative? "Whoops, we got a warrant to search five computers, but all of the illegal stuff is on computer #6, so we have to let this criminal go?"

Judges had to go through law school -- they are generally not stupid. I bet that most of them even own a computer or two.

Comment Re:Horizontal glass (Score 0) 428

Reading comprehension much? I was not talking about interior surfaces, I was talking about exterior. I will assume that you are genuinely stupid instead of being a troll...

If you have a glass table, you pretty much know not to drop things from a high distance, and if you do, you get what you deserve. For a fridge, unless your fridge is very tall, it is impossible to drop something from higher than about a foot.

Shingles, on the other hand, could have hail dropped from a very high distance indeed -- enough to reach terminal velocity. Where I live we had a severe hail storm a couple of months ago. A friend of mine is getting insurance to replace his entire roof.

Comment Re:Glass (Score 3, Informative) 428

You mean except for almost every window on every house and car made? [sarcasm] Yeah barely any glass out there. Who would use glass? [/sarcasm]

Uhhhh, how much glass is used for horizontal (or horizontal-ish) surfaces? On my house, at least, all exterior glass is completely vertical. When hail arrives, the glass only has to absorb the horizontal component of the force, which is significantly less than the vertical component. Roofing surfaces, however, are much more horizontal than they are vertical, so they will have to absorb more force.

Comment Re:should or could? (Score 2) 1081

One of the reasons for the electoral college is so that more populous states can't just overwhelm rural areas. Otherwise, anybody who doesn't live near a big city should not even bother to vote.

That was also the reason for a separate senate and congress. The congress is based on population. The senate is two per state, no matter how big or small.

Comment Re:Going by this logic (Score 1) 436

and a good deal of evidence that about a third of Republicans are living in a self-constructed la la land.

The way I see things, the GOP can be split into the sane and the crazies. The crazies voted for Trump in the primary. The sane ones, though the majority, were split among the other candidates, so Trump got the largest single block despite not having an actual majority.

If the GOP primary has been via approval voting then one of the more sane candidates would have won and also would have beat Hillary easily. Instead the GOP nominates the only candidate that could loose to Clinton.

Comment Re:Who even remotely wants a TV package anymore? (Score 2) 45

Netflix has the advantage of watching any of their programs at any time. With OTA, cable, and satellite, you also have the option of recording it to watch later.

With this thing, it appears that there is no such thing as recording? I noticed a "72-hour catch-up windows" for "many" networks. Cute, but in my house a show can sit for a week or two before we get a chance to watch it, and that is just with OTA as a source. Thanks, but no thanks.

Comment Re:We aren't paid well (Score 2) 587

Seems to me that in a competitive environment it would be. After all, if hiring you is so profitable, their competitors should be bidding very high for your services. And if there's a large supply of very profitable employees compared to employers, it would be very profitable to start a new business or expand an existing one.

It isn't just the skills, it is also the environment. Take Facebook as an example. Suppose that you code for Facebook and they are making record profits. Could you leave Facebook and go to MySpace and generate the same profit for them? Not likely. Facebook could replace you with somebody equally skilled and still generate the same profits while your skills could completely fail to produce results elsewhere. The value is not in YOUR skills, but in the name brand that Facebook commands. A mid-level employee at Google could not go to AOL and have them turn the same profits per person either.

Similarly, I design chips for a living. I have worked on some projects that generated a nice sum of money. However, I could not take my skills and guarantee that same profit for another company. My current employer has big-name brand recognition and a reputation. Those things account for a lot.

I am also crippled in that I cannot even easily start my own business. Even though I could likely design an entire chip from start to finish with my skill set, it would take me several years to do so without help, and the license costs for the tools would be in the seven-figure range each year.

This reminds me of the old Communist theory. Yeah, the proletariat actually MAKES the products, but the proletariat can't do a damn thing without the engineering, plans, factory, tools, and distributors of the bourgeois.

Comment Re:Genius (Score 1) 426

Musk is also full of crap. Machines creating an egalitarian utopia has been spouted before, and I don't see utopia.

Back when the Apple 2 was becoming popular, it was a dream that an accountant could use a computer to accomplish his work in 4 hours instead of eight -- the dream of the computer allowing the person to do less. This would leave him a lot more free time. Instead, the bosses just gave the accountant twice as much work and laid off half of the accounting department.

Somebody show me a SINGLE INSTANCE where automation has led to people working less instead of just putting more work on fewer people...

The idea of universal income is not necessarily a bad one, however. Perhaps it would be more efficient than having a patchwork of unemployment and welfare programs. But thinking that automation will easily lead to this is naive.

Comment What Google's app store really needs. (Score 1) 25

What Google's app store really needs.

As a long-time Android user, I have some major suggestions....

1) Add local categories and be geography aware. When looking for news apps, should I really have to wade through ones that deal in local news for states thousands of miles away? Same for banking -- I am unlikely to need an app for a bank not even in my part of the country. Ditto for restaurants and other local businesses. Also, if I really AM interested in something from a distant city (say I am planning a trip), I am sure that an easy way could be added to turn on that area,

2) Categorize existing apps. I have been using Android for many years. Instead of "my apps" just being a chronological list of things that I have installed or purchased, why not let me categorize them into such categories as "must have," "games to play one day," "stuff I don't need often" and so on? Setting up a new Android device often means scrolling through pages and pages of apps that I do not currently want to install now (yes, I can have it install the same apps that are on a different device, but I don't always want to do that).

3) Maybe have a filter to exclude stupid games with in-app purchases? If I want to spend money on a game, I will just buy one where I own it. I will never buy anything within a game.

It also used to bother me that apps were sorted into two categories: games and apps. The top recommended games for me were all games, and the top-recommended apps for me were also mostly games! Maybe, just maybe, I want to install an app on my phone that is NOT a game -- an amazing thought, but it does happen. Fortunately, Google seems to have fixed that recently.

Comment Re:sigh (Score 1) 95

Don't worry -- soon it will be back to that. Insurance companies will require a radar unit in the front grill. Once it detects you approaching an object at high speed, it will raise your insurance rate by $10,000 about 0.02 seconds before the crash. That is legal, right?

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