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Comment Re:dust (Score 1) 270

What happens when they get in a position of authority and results are expected?

They never actually made it that far. We had two who were worth anything, and one took a new job in another city, and the other one went on to get an advanced degree. Both young women by the way, and both excellent co-workers.

The vast majority discovered that you don't get a promotion for showing up on time, and unlike your parents, the older people at work weren't there to serve them, and they burnt out - and I kid you not - moved back in with Mom and Dad, in once case Grandma.

Comment Re:What w@nker thought this was a good idea?? (Score 1) 64

The UK is different, the donor has no legal obligations or right to access to the child.

A much more sensible situation. In the particular case I cited, the recipients, a same sex female couple, divorced, and there was a money problem, so they took the donor to court. Here the childs welfare is paramount, so men who are not even the father, and the child is a result of adultery, can be forced to pay child support, while the actual father does not. Kooky stuff.

And Kansas being Kansas, it is possible that it was an activist judge who just wanted to throw a spanner in th works for a double whammy of same sex couples, and dperm donors. So we get weird case law.

Some of the folks in Kansas are pretty biblical in outlook - although we'll ignore the part about taking one's widowed sister-in-law as an automatic wife, with all the in-person "donations" as a part of the deal.

Comment Re:dust (Score 1) 270

Next, try to explain the concept that work (for most people anyway) doesn't involve derping on your phone all day to a millennial. It is so strange seeing them in meetings, useless, eyes glazed, texting and snapchatting the day away.

The ones who worked with me considered Facebook to be a critical job skill. The smartphone addiction is so bad that they go through withdrwal worthy of a heroin addict if they can't have their phone for a minute.

Comment Re:What w@nker thought this was a good idea?? (Score 2) 64

They could make money providing vetting services. Provide medical checks for donors, and maybe STD checks for recipients if they plan to use the direct deposit method.

I think the legal grounds are a little murky. At least here in America, a sperm donor can be required to pay child support http://wthitv.com/2015/09/05/k...

And of course, since we sue the deepest pockets, the UberSplooge company would likely get somehow drawn into the donnybrook.

Child support can last past the age of majority as well, if the offspring goes to University. So while not all that likely, that donation could cost you plenty.

As well, n such a crowded world, its hard for at least me to justify such things, so if a person wants a child that badly, adopt.

Public service announcement: Its important to remember to use a condom folks - that's how we lost Freddy Mercury, and that's how we got Justin Bieber!

Comment Re:dust (Score 4, Informative) 270

Uhhhh dude? Yeah did you not see where this C64 is? Wanna guess what the main vehicle was before the wall fell in that area of the world? A little hunk of shit known as the Trabant which was a 2 stroke smoke generator.

Remember friend it was an area controlled by Soviet Russia, where soot generates YOU!

Submission + - Commodore C64 Survives Over 25 Years Balancing Drive Shafts In Auto Repair Shop (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: One common gripe in the twenty-first century is that nothing is built to last anymore. Even complex, expensive computers seem to have a relatively short shelf-life nowadays. However, one computer in a small auto repair shop in Gdansk, Poland has survived for the last twenty-five years against all odds. The computer in question here is a Commodore C64 that has been balancing driveshafts non-stop for a quarter of a century. The C64C looks like it would fit right in with a scene from Fallout 4 and has even survived a nasty flood. This Commodore 64 contains a few homemade aspects, however. The old computer uses a sinusoidal waveform generator and piezo vibration sensor in order to measure changes in pressure, acceleration, temperature, strain or force by converting them to an electrical charge. The C64C interprets these signals to help balance the driveshafts in vehicles.

Comment Re:Can we just put her in now? (Score 1) 61

Damnit! Your data is solid (electrical college was a good laugh BTW, thank you).

I've called it that for so long I have to stop and think to say "Electoral"... ;-)

I hate People. Not you, not you. Just People with a capital P.

Yeah, well most people here hate me, too; so either way is ok, I guess!

But I hear ya. I generally hate "People" (Capital "P") as well...

Comment Re:Siri on Mac (Score 1) 61

Nevertheless, once turned on Siri is much the same privacy sucking nightmare Cortana and Google are.

Nope, sorry. That is incorrect.

Siri on MacOS (and also Siri on iOS 10) does its level-best to do as much as it can "client-side", directly on your Mac/iDevice. This is VERY different from Cortana an Google's "voice assist" stuff, which take every opportunity to send every utterance to their respective motherships.

If you would bothered to have watched the WWDC keynote, Apple talked at length about the lengths they have gone to make Siri, Dictation, and Spotlight do as much as they possibly can directly on the Mac itself, and when it is necessary to push something to their servers, they do it in an anonymized fashion using an technique known as "Differential Privacy". See the WWDC Keynote at Time Index 1:40:00 for a quick explanation of the measures that Apple is taking both on macOS and iOS 10 in the name of Privacy. Here's another article on Differential Privacy, and why it is pretty damned cool.

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