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Comment *sigh* (Score 1) 93

"Health Apps Could Be Doing More Harm Than Good, Warn Scientists"

Or, they could be doing more good than harm. Way to take a stand, guys. ANYTHING is possible.

A dozen articles a day that contain the phrase "scientists warn" is about as useful as Outlook telling me that attachments MIGHT harm my computer -- every... single... fucking... time.

And are these the same scientists that once said I shouldn't eat eggs, and now they say I should? Or that I should avoid cholesterol -- wait, sorry, now it's only *bad* cholesterol that I should avoid. And I should drink a bunch of water every day... but not *too* much. And I should eat lots of fruits and vegetables... well, not so much fruits, actually, because of the sugar.

"... they... force people to focus on ambitious goals that they will never reach."

Like when an overweight person goes to their doctor and is told for the tenth time in as many years that they should lose weight? Useful, that.

Comment Re:Cake or death (Score 4, Informative) 898

You and the morons who modded you up need to RTFA. Here, I'l bold the important parts so you don't have to work so hard.

Over the next few months, I began to meet more women engineers in the company. As I got to know them, and heard their stories, I was surprised that some of them had stories similar to my own. Some of the women even had stories about reporting the exact same manager I had reported, and had reported inappropriate interactions with him long before I had even joined the company. It became obvious that both HR and management had been lying about this being "his first offense", and it certainly wasn't his last. Within a few months, he was reported once again for inappropriate behavior, and those who reported him were told it was still his "first offense".

Comment Re:This is news...? (Score 1) 263

It 2017 anything goes for news. I expect the Los Alamos National Lab is worried about its funding so will repurpose one of its old hypothesis and try to get it on Fox News so the president see it and decides to keeps it funding. These organizations if smart realize how manipulatable the president is, and just a few simple things can cause him to change his mind and course. Just as long as you stroke his ego you can do whatever you want.

I am sorry I didn't want to make this political, but we had a problem with bad science news for a long time, because the people eat it us, and they use it to keep their funding. Unfortunately for some areas such as climate change due to some early overzealous hypothesis created a situation of mistrust of science where the general population and politicians just don't get the scientific process and are unable to weed out what are strong results and poor results and the difference between a hypothesis and a theory.

Comment Re:Whatever happened to at-will employment? (Score 1) 73

Don't worry Congress & the Cheeto'n Charge will fix that so they don't have to worry about paying UI for the deadbeats they're getting rid of.

If UI (and workforce services, and reemployment services) had actually done anything except help leeches avoid working, Trump would not have been elected anyway.

I see we have another well informed Republican.

Oh, sorry. I thought we were still going by the white working class not getting support idea. I forgot we were now on the "It's Russia's fault" narrative.

Comment Re:Whatever happened to at-will employment? (Score 4, Interesting) 73

Termination being acceptable by either party for any legal reason... why do these special snowflakes think they are better than the rest of us?

The practice is completely illegal in the United States because of labor laws. You can certainly get rid of people, but you can't transfer them to a subsidiary to do it, that's considered Unemployment Insurance fraud. Companies pay UI tax based on their history of employment and layoffs, and benefits are based on the amount of time people worked at the company. When you transfer people to another company before getting rid of them, it hides your real employment figures and that of the employees, fraudulently providing yourself a tax benefit.

I don't know what the system is like in Canada, but in the US they would be civilly AND criminally liable based on Federal law and state statutes.

Comment Re:Professional attention whore strikes again (Score 3, Insightful) 920

I'm the submitter. I don't care if he stomps kittens in his spare time, and I doubt I've seen three of his videos before today. The dishonesty and cynicism here shown by allegedly reputable mainstream media outlets here is astonishing.

He may well be a troll. Entirely possible. But the videos I've thus far seen were not of a trollish cast, and the "Death to All Jews" one in particular is not remotely anti-semitic. If you genuinely believe it to be so, you may be from an actual intellectual, emotional or perceptual disorder of some sort.

This latest response is perfectly timed, just as the flames were dying down he fans them and gets another round of attention.

If this is the current state of the media, if this is the sort of hyperbole we're going to be subjected to for the next four years, if this is the new McCarthyism, then these are flames that need flaming, be it by trolls or non-trolls.

On a personal note here: it's not like I really fear some totalitarianism of the left, either. I don't think they can win this war... not in America, anyway. But I do rather fear the consequences of proving Trump right, of validating the echo chambers of tens of millions of people who were right-leaning fence sitters until they saw the proof stack up that the mainstream media really is full of hysterical, baldfaced lies.

Has it always been *this* bad? Fuck me, I'd better stop before I start saying "woke".

If advertisers don't want to do business with him because of his actions, that's that. Advertising execs are big boys, they make their own decisions. This is Internet advertising, it could be flipped back on like a light switch if they change their minds.

This sounds about as loopy as Trump's blaming the media for firing Flynn for lying to his VP.

Comment Re:Proof of Throttling? (Score 1) 62

OK, the data rates I saw when connecting my MacBook Pro via Hotspot to my iPhone 5s.

1. For years it was 200-800 KB/sec when connected
2. ATT sends me a note I am over my data limit and data transfer goes to 4-20 KB/sec
3. I go check out info at the ATT store and up my data plan
4. Data speeds still 4-20 KB/sec (Activity Monitor)
5. 2 More trips to ATT with all the excuses: Heavy cell traffic, Poor reception at your house, interference, etc. (even though nothing had changed at home)
6. Final ATT guy says "Let's reset your network connection in your iPhone." One restart and data connections routinely now go up to 200-900 KB/sec as needed.

Is that enough proof. It is just a data rate after all.

Comment Re:Proof of Throttling? (Score 0) 62

It took 3 trips to the ATT store before I got a guy who knew how to check and he said "You are definitely nowhere near over your limit." He agreed that 10-20KB/sec data on a hotspot connection to the iPhone was rediculous.

He then said "Have you tried resetting your Network Preferences?" I said "No, what's that." Go to "General" all the way to the bottom "Reset" and then to the middle of the page item "Reset Network Settings." It causes the phone to reboot and then the data speed was restored to 'normal' speeds.

The average ATT store employee has NO CLUE.

Comment Re:like this is going to matter. (Score 4, Interesting) 113

Are you really that dense? This is just for show. The cops will keep on illegally using it to spy on people, without warrants. They don't have to use it in court, just to spy on people and help them set up the situation.

It's actually worse than that. It's a Trojan horse. Note the final paragraph: "It also aims to combat high-tech stalking by creating criminal penalties for secretly using an electronic device to track someone's movements." Yea, they claim a goal, but that won't be part of the bill, just a new criminal penalty they can use to bludgeon citizens with. I guarantee no law enforcement will ever be charged with that new "crime", but you'll see it pop up in all kinds of indictments of anyone else the feds want to go after. This would make it illegal to, for example, use FindMyiPhone to figure out where your stolen phone is. Illegal to track your kids using either their phone or your car's GPS. EVERY divorce will have lawyers using this to try to get indictments of spouses. If you try to prove your wife was cheating on you by showing how you followed their location, you've now confessed to a crime. I'm sure there are LOTS of scenarios I'm not thinking of right now, but you can be sure that prosecutors will come up with lots of novel ones.

Comment Re:So, does this super earth... (Score 3, Insightful) 38

The only way it's "like earth" is that it's a planet. It's way hotter than earth, much larger (thus the "super" adjective), closer to its star, etc. These astronomers really have an extremely wide brush they use when calling a planet "earth like". Oh, and guess what - the star it was orbiting is "sun-like". Sounds great! When can we go?

Comment Re:What? (Score 2) 250

Melania is from Slovenia, you moron.

Slovenia was communist, and it was part of Yugoslavia when Melania was peddling her ass over there. While Yugoslavia was technically an "independent" state, it was really just a satellite of the USSR.

You could have done without the disgustingly derogatory remark about Melania's ass. Way to keep it classy. Also, USSR is NOT Russia, Yugoslavians are NOT Russians. They were VICTIMS of the failed socialist empire, and escaped as soon as they could. Claiming someone from Slovenia is Russian is like claiming everyone in Tibet is Chinese.

Comment Re:It's about time (Score 3, Insightful) 62

As opposed to Huawei?

What's wrong with Huawei phones? I considered buying one when I was shopping for a phone last year. I ended up getting one from Alcatel, but the Huawei phones had really good reviews and all the features I was looking for, and made my short list. They were a very popular alternative to the big (and expensive) brands.

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