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Comment Re:I have noticed this as well... (Score 2, Interesting) 164

I buy a TON of things from Amazon, I'm a heavy Prime customer...

That being said, my last three price adjustment requests in the past two weeks have all been denied, which is very odd.

I do it manually, just when I notice things... I buy at least a half a dozen items a week from Amazon.

This change will make me think twice before buying as much.

You're doing this manually but noticed three price adjustments in a two week period? Are you unemployed? I buy something on Amazon because I don't have the time to go to the store and pick it up. The last thing I am going to do is keep my eye out for price adjustments. If it's something like a TV that will deflate in value over the next year then I just watch the price myself until it's time to pull the trigger - or better yet - use a website to watch the price for me. If I needed it so badly that I couldn't wait for a price I was happy with, well what's a few dollars, then?

Comment Re:Facebook is not a monopoly (Score 1) 215

The lack of a conservative article being posted on a particular website is NOT the same as inciting panic in a crowded room.

My point is that you cannot just post anything you want without the potential for consequence. I'm not saying that Facebook did or did not do anything illegal though it certainly sounds like they have been unethical. Congress is free to investigate all they want and to subpoena anyone they want from Facebook. Whether or not Facebook chooses to participate is up to them. Whether this is a proper use of congressional time and money is, of course, a different question all together.

Comment Re:Sleeper hit? (Score 1) 100

WHY DO I NEED a voice controlled speaker to integrate with my thermostat and fire alarm ... two things that I NEVER touch. You set the temp and you leave it, it heats or cools the house as needed, if you have a good thermostat (note, the Nest devices are actually pretty shitty as far as 'smart devices' go.) it has sensors in each room that detects occupancy and temp and adjusts the temp based on the rooms people are in.

If your thermostat can detect when you're home, great. It would meet my needs. I travel a lot. On occasion I am gone for 2 or 3 weeks straight. Sometimes I forget to adjust the thermostat while I am gone. I love being able to tell my thermostat I'm away after I've already left. I don't always get home at the same time, either. So I don't really have a schedule for adjusting the temperature when I get home. I typically just kick the thing on when I am walking out of my office and it starts cooling as I commute. Since I live in a hot and humid area, it's nice to come in to a house that is already starting to cool off. Is it essential? No, but it's nice.

Comment Re:And they saved even more... (Score 1) 284

Ok, so I opened LibreOffice 5 (which comes with Ubuntu 16.04LTS), created a new document, went to Format/Page, selected the radio-button "Landscape" on the "Page" tab, clicked "Ok". Then I went to, generated 5 paragraphs of "Lorem ipsum" and copy/pasted that in my newly created document.

At this point, I hit Control-P, followed by Enter, which gave me a totally fine landscape printed "Lorem ipsum" text, as it was displayed on screen.

So, uhm... what's wrong?

Obviously LO printing ONLY works with Latin. Try doing it in Cyrillic and see what you get.

Comment Re:SAVE THE BAGS (Score 1) 287

Gasoline Retailer $.01 cents per gallon

Within 5 miles of my house, gas prices vary by 40 cents per gallon (Chevron is the highest, Rotten Robbie is the lowest). So there is no way that the retail margin is only 1 cent.

That fluctuation in price may very well have to do with the cost of the location. If you're across the street from a very busy mall then your real estate prices will be higher. The margin is so razor thin that many mom and pop gas stations in California offer a cash discount because the 1-2% credit card fees really eat into their margins.

Comment Re:"Thief" or "Robber"? (Score 1) 194

The guy had taken one of the attendants mobile phones. They were tracking that in order to pinpoint his location.

That part I did not catch when I read the real news story.

Obviously though where I would draw the line and you would are different. I guess I don't see a lot of difference between a stingray and directly accessing the information held by a telco.

The difference is scope. The telco would have a hard time giving them the position on so many people all at once whereas the Stingray lets them see everyone that is within its broadcast area. Since Annapolis is relatively small and not along a major interstate, it may not have resulted in a very large privacy breach. However, it's the county seat for a very populous county (over 2.5M I believe), and also has a large US Naval college there. So who knows how many people drove through the affected areas?

Comment Re:HANA (Score 1) 19

Do they not realize that iOS devices don't have as much RAM as even Android phones? (iOS is more efficient with memory usage yes, but it does suffer from RAM limits on certain operations).

I mean, the latest have 2GB of RAM, but iOS also limits how much RAM an app can use...

You won't be storing the all the DB info in RAM. i worked with SAP on this years ago and have no idea what the current state is but we did find that you could handle about 10M records on SQLite3 on iOS if you were careful with your SQL. The real problem with DB storage on iOS is that the flash is typically slow to write and incredibly fast to read. Anyway, about that time is when they started transitioning to the HANA stuff and I left for another job.

Comment Re:"Thief" or "Robber"? (Score 1) 194

The guy stuck a gun in someone's face and demanded items from them on the implied threat that if they didn't cooperate he would shoot them. If someone is willing to do that for a couple of chicken wings and a sandwich they are clearly desperate and the next step to shooting a person is not a great leap.

As such I would suggest he does present a clear and present danger to the community.

I also think this is an interesting snapshot of life in America. Here people are concerned about the use of stinray to catch an armed criminal. If this has occurred in Australia the streets around would have been in lock down, a chopper would have been in the air and people would be inviting police to do a door to door search. And it's not because Australians are under the thumb, we just see firearms crime as really really really really serious and we don't hate our police force. I mean genuinely, our police force will have random dance offs with nightclub goers. Sure no one likes being pulled over by the cops, and there are plenty who hate them and call them pigs, but it doesn't appear to be the same as in the US.

Okay there is a huge difference between a door to door search and a helicopter orbiting the city versus spying on the communications and location of everyone who are within the man's suspected location. For one thing, you have to have personnel on the ground (or in the air) the entire length of the search. The other just requires the city to put up a fake cell phone tower and you have no idea that you're being spied upon. How long until cities just start putting up fake cell phone towers everywhere? Could he have killed someone? Yes! Is that terrible? Absolutely! But where do you draw the line on how far you're willing to go to catch a negative actor in the community? At what point does the law enforcement effort cause you to transition into a police state? And since they failed to apprehend the suspect it is clear that what they did was fruitless. It is also clear, since they were able to attempt to track him with a stingray device, that they already knew who he was!

Comment Re:"Thief" or "Robber"? (Score 1) 194

But the question of whether he was a violent robber is central to your question. Somebody going around committing robbery might actually be enough threat. The value of the actual stuff taken isn't the most relevant part of the crime (if anything, a lower value robbery increases how dangerous a robber he is, because apparently he'll do violence over nothing).

Somebody who nicked a few sandwiches and chicken wings, however? Bad guy, we should catch him, but not a serious societal threat. My guess is the guy fits this category but I'm waiting for more info before getting too charged up.

The guy committed the crime at gun point. But he's not exactly a mass murderer, either. They obviously knew who he was or they wouldn't have been able to even use a Stingray against him. Furthermore, they failed to catch the guy. All of this leads me to believe it was excessive use.

Comment Re:Welcome to America (Score 1) 496

One person pulls out in front of another, ILLEGALLY (the car sueing was ticketed for pulling out wrongly), In addition, we have an 18 y.o driver (2 years of experience), WITH A FRIEND, driving over 100 MPH in a 55, while using a phone illegally, and the car goes after snapchat. What our fascists does not destroy, lawyers will.

Do you have a reference that the driver who was hit was cited for failing to yield? I would be absolutely surprised if the police assigned any fault to someone who was hit by a driver going twice the speed limit.

Comment Re:"Thief" or "Robber"? (Score 1) 194

The summary says he was a "chicken wing thief", but the story says he "robbed" the employee. Theft and robbery are different, for good reason. Stealing property is nonviolent. Robbing someone of property (i.e. taking it from a person by force or threat of force) is a violent crime. When someone sticks gun in your face and demands that you hand over the goods, it doesn't make much difference if the goods are chicken wings or jewelry, does it? Without more information about what this guy actually did to forcibly acquire those chicken wings, it's not very reasonable to conclude that this should have been a low priority case and the cops went overboard. Was he armed? Did he really threaten force? Did he assault the guy? TFA does not answer the real questions.

The issue at hand is that the Stingray device allows the police to spy on all cell phones in the geographic region it covers. It's not a question of whether or not the guy committed a forcible felony versus just a felony or misdemeanor but whether or not this guy is a huge enough threat to society as a whole to violate the right to privacy of the other 200,000 people running around Annapolis who may have had their lawful communications intercepted by the police.

Comment Re:Dealing with the devil (Score 1) 284

> Also, how can Cupertino be broke, I would imagine > property taxes there would be through the roof, > housing prices certainly are.

Prop 13.

The baby boomers decided a long time ago that they would rather take a few extra vacations every year than fund the schools and infrastructure that would enable the following generations to enjoy the same level of wealth that they were handed by the WW2 generation.

Oh please. Prop 13 encourages people to stay in the same place a long time. You don't get to transfer your prop 13 tax rate unless you qualify for social security. How many people stay in the same house for 30+ years? If you want to upgrade, your property tax goes up just like everyone else. Prop 13 keeps people who have lived in California (and especially the Bay Area) a long time from having to relocate because people seem to think they've got money to burn in the bay area these days. I don't think it's unreasonable to protect the elderly from skyrocketing property tax. And yes I used to own a house in California and was on the negative end of prop 13 myself.

Comment Re:And the election was handed to Hillary Clinton (Score 1) 605

There are also harsh criminal penalties for unauthorized transmission of data from a secured network designed for classified data to a public network. So even if the material was not classified and never would be classified, she may have run afoul of those rules.

Apparently it was common practice at State to not use the secure network for transmission and to backchannel information. I'm not surprised, given how much I saw that done as well as the sometimes problematic access to a secure network.

Both of your points are true which is why she should have left the data security up to the experts instead of taking matters into her own hands. Had she just used a state department email address and server then it would not have been so easy to blame her for her handling of classified material or whether or not the material was sent on the correct network. She would have at least kept it in the correct channel. Once she supposedly decided her need for a Blackberry was more crucial than her need to follow the rules she opened a can of worms. But I seriously doubt that she's so addicted to the Crackberry that she bypassed the rules. She has assistants that can track down all the emails and classified documents she wants. I believe it was all an effort to avoid the FOIA.

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