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Comment Isn't that all the videos that are worth watching? (Score 4, Insightful) 193

Sexually suggestive content, including partial nudity and sexual humor; Violence, including display of serious injury and events related to violent extremism; Inappropriate language, including harassment, profanity and vulgar language; Promotion of drugs and regulated substances, including selling, use and abuse of such items; Controversial or sensitive subjects and events, including subjects related to war, political conflicts, natural disasters and tragedies, even if graphic imagery is not shown."

Isn't that just about all that is worth watching on Youtube? What's going to be left if these creators move away or stop creating new stuff? Cat videos? Unboxing videos?
Sounds to me like another case of a corporation killing the goose that lays golden eggs.

Comment Re:Vote for Jill Stein and Gary. (Score 1) 528

Right, the same media that used every opportunity to slam Bernie Sanders should be trusted in what they say about Jill Stein and Gary Johnson?

I have not yet seen anything about either Jill Stein or Gary Johnson that makes them a worse choice for president than a lying, corrupt, blood-thirsty warmonger and an out-of-control, impulsive, blowhard liar.

Comment Outrageously short service life for updates (Score 4, Insightful) 190

I still think that two years of updates is outrageous forced obsolescence that is prematurely adding electronic garbage to landfills. They should be forced to provide updates for 5 years. I'm seriously considering going back to an iPhone on my next phone upgrade, despite all the concerns I have about them too. They at least support their hardware for around 5 years.

Comment Regarding using cards in Rio (Score 1) 71

I visit Rio frequently. My cards have been hacked twice there, I believe both times from swiping the magnetic stripe at the handheld terminals used in restaurants, shops, etc.

My rule now when I visit is to NEVER use a magnetic stripe at one of those portable terminals down there. ATMs are generally ok, especially if you check for skimmers, cover your PIN, use ATMs in bank lobbies, etc. Using a chip card at a portable terminal should also be ok, but I generally try to just use cash there whenever I can.

Comment They are trying to scam YOU, so hit them back (Score 2) 347

I have returned small counterfeit or complete no-name imitations that were sold as the real item before. But then I realized that when a seller does that, they are basically trying to scam you and hoping that you won't do anything about it.

After realizing that, I just hit them where it hurts - give them a one-star rating of the vendor/transaction (not the product - remember that there are two different ratings on Amazon), and make clear on the review what the problem was. This will affect their ability to sell on Amazon, eventually.

The only time so far that I've had to do this for a small item the vendor refunded my purchase price and shipping without asking for the apparent counterfeit (and/or used) item back.

So remember, they're trying to scam you and get away with it - act accordingly!

Submission + - Scientific (and Engineering) Education as a Cause of Political Stupidity (blogspot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: An article on The Archdruid Report blog makes a point that scientific and engineering educations shape people's thinking and communications in such a way that makes them ineffective in making political arguments. The author writes:

Engineers are trained to figure out what works. Give them a problem, and they’ll beaver away until they find a solution—that’s their job, and the engineering profession has been around long enough, and had enough opportunities to refine its methods of education, that a training in engineering does a fine job of teaching you how to work from a problem to a solution. What it doesn’t teach you is how to question the problem. That’s why, to turn to another example, you get entire books that start from the assumption that the book of Ezekiel was about a UFO sighting and proceed to work out, in impressive detail, exactly what the UFO must have looked like, how it was powered, and so on. “But how do we know it was a UFO sighting in the first place?” is the one question that never really gets addressed.

What do you think? Does an engineering education make people less likely to question given or assumed premises? Does a scientific education make people less likely to consider values and interests relevant to a problem?

Comment Re:read the polls (Score 1) 644

He has already moved Hillary to his positions on free college and universal health care.

Uh, no he hasn't. He wanted free public college/university for all, she is suggesting means-testing for this benefit. He wanted Medicare for all, i.e. single-payer universal healthcare, she is suggesting a "public option". He moved her slightly toward his positions. Very slightly - just enough to try to appease his supporters.

Comment Re:Appeasement (Score 1) 1718

Understood. As with many things today, idiocy grows and runs rampant through many (most? all?) larger organizations. I figure that it's related to the increasing fear of losing one's livelihood that American workers live in today. Why rock the boat by applying common sense to things?

It made me think of this quote:
"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." -Upton Sinclair

Comment Re:Appeasement (Score 1) 1718

I'm really sorry to hear that you had this bad experience. Unfortunately as with everything else nowadays it seems, FedEx can afford the lawyers to word their applications just right so as to toe the line and not violate the letter of the law, and/or they can afford the lawyers to fight off any lawsuits if they go past that line. If the questions related to being able to perform physical duties like you would presume jobs with FedEx would involve, I would imagine that they were legit.

It might be interesting to try to apply again just to see if they still ask the same questions and perhaps sneak a photo of the questions. If they are doing illegal stuff or just on the edge, social (and traditional) media are the most powerful weapons that common people have against corporations anymore.

Comment Re:Appeasement (Score 1) 1718

Interesting, that link refers to a "disability discrimination act", which appears to possibly be a superseded UK law: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

It's strange because that appears to be a US website, but who knows where they pulled that information from. Apparently the US ADA does allow health questions, but only once an offer is made and if the information is specifically needed with regard to performing that particular job. However, I'm not an employment lawyer, so perhaps I'm oversimplifying it.

I still stand by what I said before though. Most jobs should not ask these questions, and this should not discourage anyone from seeking treatment.

I accept that improper questions are likely asked all the time, but it's important for people to be informed and stand their ground if they believe it is the right thing to do and they can afford to do so.

Comment Re:Appeasement (Score 1) 1718

I see, I had never heard of that being asked before. I searched again and everything that I find so far seems to say that employers are not allowed to ask your health, with a few very job-specific exceptions (ex: if the job requires lifting 50lbs every day, they can ask if you are capable of doing that). Apparently the law that limits these kinds of questions is actually the ADA: http://blogs.findlaw.com/free_...

If I were asked this on an interview, I would try to politely decline to answer. Especially if they asked for mental health history. I wouldn't want to work at a place that asked that anyway. So going back to your original point, people should not avoid mental health treatment for fear of questions from potential employers. Employers that ask these types of questions are opening themselves up to a lawsuit.

Comment Re:Appeasement (Score 1) 1718

Had to reply to this, because it is inaccurate. The US has a law called HIPAA which severely restricts access to any medical information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Also, see what findlaw says about what health information an employer can request from you:

Medical Records: When relevant to the job, employers may require a physical examination. Otherwise, medical records are confidential.

Comment Re:I want not to have one (Score 1) 507

Hear, hear! For my next TV purchase, not being "smart" will be the main feature I look for, if I can find any that are not but still have decent specs.

As someone else has pointed out before me, why would I want to buy a device that is supposed to last 10-20+ years to be saddled with a feature that becomes outdated in 2-3 years?

Over the top boxes (ex: Roku, etc) will win all day, every day.

Comment Simple answer: yes (Score 0) 982

A lot of the response to Windows 10 has bordered on hysteria. Really, it has. "OH NOES, TELEMETRY!!!111oneone!" Here are some factors to consider:

1. Much of the data that is sent to Microsoft has been sent for a long time before Windows 10 came along.

2. Much of the data that is sent can be turned off when you install it or after.

3. Much of the data that is sent is not unique to Microsoft. How much data does OS X, Ubuntu, Google Chrome browser, Firefox browser, and other application software send to their vendors? If you're going to be paranoid about data that your machine is sending out, you should be paranoid about ALL vendors, and be regularly monitoring your network traffic to see what is going out.

4. Much of the data that is sent is genuinely useful. For instance preferences that replicate across machines, backups of vital data, data to improve performance, etc.

5. Much of the data that is sent is now also sent by Windows 7 and 8.x. They have supposedly back-ported much of the "telemetry" to those OSes, so you would have to play wack-a-mole with updates on those OSes to prevent it.

6. I feel that there's little data that they send that is not covered by items 1-5. I have yet to see anything truly nefarious that they are supposedly sending, but I could be wrong, of course.

7. You're going to have to upgrade eventually anyway, unless you plan to move away from Windows completely. See item 3.

8. It has a lot of improvements in usability and performance. It's nothing revolutionary, but it does add up to a significantly improved OS experience.

9. It's the current OS version. Running the current version of any software typically comes with a variety of advantages (and sometimes, some disadvantages).

10. It's a free upgrade, for a little while longer. See item 7.

In conclusion, there's very little advantage to staying with Windows 7 or 8.x, unless you have software that doesn't support 10 yet. It's perfectly valid to want to move to another OS altogether, but for your own sake, make your decision based on an objective analysis of the pros and cons, not hysteria.

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