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Comment Re:So far the phone mfg with a public problem.. (Score 1) 50

Is Samsung. They are talking *loud* about something they purport to be a super better thing. It would help their narrative if they make it sound like all the competitors are ready to fail at any moment.

So the competitors going along with it and making it look like Samsung is *leading* in battery safety would just play into Samsung's hands.

In terms of the actual relative merit, who knows, but from a perspective of marketable storytelling, it is very much not in the interest of Samsung's competitors to play up Samsung's process. If there is merit that their competitors are told about and recognize, expect them to silently improve their process, but in no way publicize that fact.

As someone who has been exposed to business litigation and insurance cases, to me it seems more that they are stacking wood against any current and future litigation. Not only did they correct the problem, but they are going above and beyond the minimum required.

Even well-built batteries do sometimes fail, usually due to abuse, but proving abuse is difficult if the battery is reduced to a small mound of melted plastic. Any Samsung battery failure like now or in the near future are going to have a pack of lawyers drooling sufficiently to short out a warehouse of batteries. Publicising their QA process now serves to help defend against current and future litigation.

Comment Re:If (Score 1) 76

Really? Jesus was very much anti taxes.

There was an article about times Jesus was a passive aggressive dick. One of the stories had tax collectors being forced to wait around all day as Jesus performed a miracle. As the fishermen would clean fish they would find a coin in each one. So at the end of the day the tax men were paid, but all of the money reeked of fish that was out in the sun all day.

When people ask "What would Jesus do?", they should not forget that flipping over tables and chasing people around with a whip is one of the options.

Comment Re:Conflict of interest (Score 1) 234

In Switzerland, the fines go into the municipality's budget.

Problem with that is that the municipalities have started budgeting the fines and are now treating them like normal income and thus the police receives quota.

Which leads to police putting mobile cameras where they can get most money not where there might be a security issue.

It also led to police wasting a lot of time on fines rather than actually doing important things.

I like the escrow idea.

In 2010, 12% of the municipal budget of Ferguson MO came from fines and fees.
By 2015, it was expected to be 23%. The city pushed hard at all parts of government to maximize court-derived revenue.

It has since been capped at 15%.

Comment Re:Wait a minute... (Score 1) 239

American companies swiftly followed, even after Google promised Tuesday to work harder to block ads on "hateful, offensive and derogatory" videos.

So let me get this straight -- racists, misogynists, and terrorists are going to benefit from an ad-free experience, and yet my 6 year old daughter has to put up with ads for mortgages and makeup and other adult stuff when she wants to watch kids videos? WTF did we ever do to you Google that dirtbags get an out from Youtube ads, but the rest of us have to suffer?


I'd strongly prefer my kids to watch ads for mortgages compared to all the ads for toys. That includes any video showing a toy being unboxed or played with. Youtube shows my kids nothing BUT ads.

Comment Re:I know (Score 1) 239

About the only way of getting offended is if you take things massively out of context.

Surely not a lack of honesty. That would never offend anybody.

Oh... were you telling us what is and is not offensive while also instantly proving that you dont find even obvious dishonesty offensive...

Comment Re:Totally abandoning their core userbase (Score 3, Interesting) 65

They're putting short term profits ahead of the long game. Long before the iPhone came out OS X came bundled with XCode. Anyone wanting to learn to code for the Mac could do it out of the box starting with 10.3. For a college student that wasn't quite ready to get started in Linux (And this was Linux 2003 mind you) it was amazing that I could compile stuff out of the box without dealing with cygwin on Windows XP.

If you coded in XCode the PPC-64, x86 and x86-64 migrations were relatively painless. When the iPhone finally got a dev kit the tools had been out for 5+ years. People were able to hop in to iPhone development. Distributed builds over ZeroConf have been supported for a while as well. Have a dozen machines sitting idle? Hit compile and distribute the load.

Apple has fallen completely on their face supporting the people that make the pretty widget iPhone apps. Unless they start churning out development tools there isn't going to be a machine to do iOS n+2 development on.

Comment Re:Hahahahaha (Score 2) 127

While your math adds up, I still can't get past the logic. Is the movie somehow worse if it's viewed two months later? $2

Worse, no, but it's also not topical. Part of the experience of seeing a movie when it premieres is being part of the buzz surrounding the discussion of the film. Humans are a social animal (realizing this is slashdot, I feel this must be pointed out), and sharing experiences - such as books or entertainment - is part of the enjoyment of the entertainment.

So, no, the movie is no worse, but the overall experience is diminished. For a second weekend showing, I'd be in for $30, maybe even $50, for a blockbuster. For a third to fifth weekend - most of the social shine is off of it so, no. Granted, I have a 125" screen and a nice sound system so I lose very little watching movies at home but it's still fun to go "out" with the family to see something brand new.

Comment Re:100% of landline customers affected by strike (Score 1) 166

Yep. Boss Trump is rallying the fans in Kentucky, promising to bring back coal jobs. Or, at least, bring back coal by letting up on silly environmental rules like the Stream Protection Rule.

Trouble is, giving coal companies a break doesn't necessarily mean good things for coal miners. Like everyone else, coal companies are heavily investing in automation and mining techniques that require fewer pesky workers. At the same time, strip-mining and poisoning the water and the land makes it suck worse to live in coal country, either as a miner or even as a crazed live-off-the-land survivor type.

Further, Trump is a big friend of fracking, which lowers the price of natural gas, which, like, lowers the demand for coal. Uhhh, right.

My guess is there's gonna be a lot of disappointed folks in coal country in a coupla years when the jobs don't come and Trumpcare takes over. Maybe by then AT&T will be hiring scabs to replace all the folks on strike. Can you run some fiber before that black lung gits ya, or will the heavy metals in the frogs and the river trout git ya first?

In fact, the Stream Protection Rule originated with coal miners. Coal miners, after all, presumably have to live somewhere nearby to the coal mine.

Comment Re:In some areas (Score 1) 140

Yup, they've got my town's balls in a vice. Sure, there's NTC (exclusive to some apartments, those poor schmucks) and Verizon (if 7Mb/768k is your idea of high speed internet), but otherwise it's Comcast or nothing. So it's $90 for 75Mb service, and $89 for 75Mb service plus basic cable. Add $10 to kick in ESPN and the other mid-tier channels that DTV charges $35 for and Sling charges $20. When they own the last mile, you're going to pay.

Comment Re:All too true (Score 5, Insightful) 262

I came here to say this, mostly.

I *know* that there are plenty of places in our software that I could spend an hour or two, and rewrite an algorithm to run in 1/5th the time. And I don't care at all, because the cost is too low to measure, and usually, performance bottlenecks are elsewhere.

Who really cares if I can get a loop to run in 800ns instead of 1500ns, when the real bottleneck is a complex SQL query 11 lines up that joins 11 tables together and takes 3 full seconds to run?

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