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Comment Re:They didn't tolerate intolerance (Score 1) 657

In this case it's a pretty clear demonstration that Bruce Perens has no better argument for his position than it's not literally illegal, yes. For some weird reason people who roll out the "first amendment only applies to government restrictions on speech" argument always think that it cuts the other way and proves the person they're replying to has no better argument than that, even when the argument they're replying to has nothing to do with the first amendment or the legality of restrictions on speech (which it generally doesn't). I blame xkcd.

Comment Re:They didn't tolerate intolerance (Score 1) 657

Speaking of countenancing deliberate lies, one of the supposed proofs that Palmer is an evil no-good Trump supporter is that he liked a Tweet by someone else criticizing CNN for lying about Trump, claiming he said "racial profiling" was a good way of stopping terrorism when he'd said nothing of the sort. The fight against Trump isn't about fighting deliberate lies at all, it's about an us-versus-them, and you have to countenance the correct lies about the enemy if you don't want to be seen as a supporter of them and potentially targeted for career destruction. And through it all, the people doing this insist that they're the ones fighting lies and that anyone who disagrees with their tactics is the real lie-supporter.

Comment Re:Even bad its good (Score 1) 86

I have an LG monitor and the backlight-dimming feature definitely does activate during fades to black in normal content, especially movies. I'm guessing that the "sports, comedies, dramas and news programming" that this organization chose to test these TVs just happened to have a lot less of those fades to black than a broader, more representative set of content would. Wonder who's paying their bills.

Comment Re:Wrong. (Score 1) 482

... rpi kubernetes cluster for a few hundred bucks. You can run hadoop or spark or hbase or mesos on a cloud provider. Learn ansible, prometheus, go, python or loads of other things in your browser. You can show off your skills outside your job on github or bitbucket ...

100% buzzword compliant. You list products that are 2 years old.

Which brings up the old joke about HR looking for someone with 10 years experience in X which has only been out for 5 years.

Yes, you can PLAY with all of those for very little money but you won't KNOW all of those. You will be a dilettante. And swapping out existing tools for whatever was released 2 years ago is a recipe for disaster.

Comment Wrong. (Score 4, Insightful) 482

No, there is nothing about you or your skills that is so unique that you cannot be replaced.

And if your severance package depends upon you teaching your replacement how to do your job (see Disney), you are even easier to replace.

I have skills that are useful and hard to find.

They may be useful, but they are not hard to find.

And yeah, I get that sucks. But the solution is to learn more skills so you can get the first type of job.

Unless you personally are working for Google or Facebook that kind of invalidates your position. You aren't so rare that Google is fighting to get you.

Look up "confirmation bias". You think that because your decisions have resulted in your position that anyone who has not achieved that position has made incorrect decisions. The reality is that when a company wants to cut their IT costs to save money, your skills will have nothing to do with their decision.

Comment Re:She makes money off of H1-B outsourcing (Score 1) 482

That's why it's "heart breaking" but she won't do anything about it.

Sure, some people suffer ...

But corporations make bigger profits and spend money on lobbying and campaign contributions and put the friends and family of politicians on their boards.

So don't expect any change from her. You have to fight for it at the state level.

Comment Not even think-tank shit. (Score 3, Insightful) 364

1. Any company TRYING to write code with the intention of killing/injuring the user will be sued out of existence.

2. Whichever executive ordered the techs to write such code would never work again.

3. Even if you allow a theoretical situation that bypasses #1 & #2, complex software is very difficult to write. The company (and executive and coders) would be sued out of existence when the car killed/injured the passenger to avoid running over a box of toy dolls.

And yet we keep seeing this bullshit on /. People here are supposed to be more informed on the topics of AI and robotics and programming than the average. But here we are, again.

Comment Re:Whitelist (Score 4, Interesting) 268

The worse issue is that her server wasn't setup with a certificate. So no startTLS option.

So all the emails she sent to it were sent IN THE CLEAR.

So yeah, it seems like idiots all around this issue. None of them understood email or security or anything more than click-here-to-make-blackberry-work.


Comcast Admits It Incorrectly Debited $1,775 From Account, Tells Customer To Sort It Out With Bank ( 180

An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Consumerist: Consumerist reader Robert is fighting with Comcast over a $1,775 early termination fee that should not have been assessed after he tried to cancel his business-tier service with the company. Comcast itself has even admitted that the money should not have been debited from Robert's bank account, but now says it's his responsibility to sort the mess out with his bank. The Consumerist reports: "In an effort to save money in 2014, Robert called to have their service level downgraded to a more affordable rate. Shortly thereafter, correctly believing that he was out of contract, he cancelled his Comcast service. That should have been the end of the story, but only weeks after closing the Comcast account, the boys from Kabletown decided that Robert was not out of contract, debiting $1,775.44 from the checking account tied to the Comcast service. Skip forward to Jan. 2015 -- two months after being told he'd get made whole; still no check. Robert says that when he called Comcast, 'the rep actually laughed when I told her I didn't get a check yet. She said it would take three months.'" Two calls later, one in June 2015 and one in Jan. 2016, Robert still didn't receive the check even after being reassured it was coming. More recently, he received an email from someone at Comcast "Executive Customer Relations," saying: "I understand you're claiming that someone advised you Comcast would send a refund check for the last payment that was debited but this is generally not the way we handle these situations. [...] For your situation, you would have to dispute the payment with your bank." Good news: The Consumerist reached out to Comcast HQ and a Comcast rep wrote back. "More information just came in," reads the email, which explains that an ETF credit was applied to his account in Dec. 2014, but "through some error the refund check never generated." Comcast is reportedly sending the check for real this time.

Comment Re:Stranger Danger! (Score 1) 211

Having strangers sleeping near you isn't the problem. I'm guessing that folks that aren't sympathetic to this legislation don't live in urban apartments.

My personal experience: the person upstairs starting using AirBNB aggressively. So, former peace and quiet went away:

+ Euros arriving at 2am, proceeding to open slam shut every cabinet, jump on beds, play loud music,

+ A freaky dude knocking on my door at 8pm, complaining that my TV was on, he wanted to go to bed,

+ High school kids having a massive party, live band, PA,

+ Early morning cleaning crews, not being gentle.

Yeah, my neighbor was clearly an inconsiderate piece of shit. But who to complain to? The landlord is absentee. AirBNB doesn't regard me as having any standing. In fact, I'm bearing part of the cost in order for AirBNB to profit, and I'm not OK with that.

So yeah, this legislation is required. I'm legally guaranteed the ability to enjoy the property that I'm leasing; AirBNB and other service like that subvert that. When they can police themselves, I'll be OK with them. Not until then.

Comment Re:How about instead... (Score 3, Insightful) 120

The immigration charade is a diversion.

Particularly because the majority of terrorist attacks in the USofA have been carried out by US citizens WHO WERE BORN IN THE USofA.

If you want to look at foreigners, those terrorists come here on tourism visas and such.

Very few immigrants commit any terrorist acts in the USofA.

Comment Re:Simple: Restore from your backup (Score 1) 116

That's my problem with this story.

It's 2016. We know how to make backups. And databases compress nicely so the backup won't take anywhere near as much space as the original.

We'll see ... but I'm willing to bet that there won't be ANY higher officers fired for this. Even though it means that some IG investigations/reports are now lost. Unless that is a feature that they wanted.

Comment Re:Its... (Score 4, Insightful) 559

Yep, it's the distance.

And whatever constitutes "teeming with aliens". Is that 10 planets per galaxy? 100? 1,000?

And the time involved. How long ago did life start on Earth? How many mass extinctions have there been? Would ANY of those have been detected by aliens on their home planet using technology equivalent to ours?

The Fermi "paradox" is based upon alien expansion. Which is, in turn, based upon tech advances that we don't have.

The galaxy could be "teeming with aliens" that we cannot detect and that we cannot reach with our technology. Nor can they detect us or reach us.

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