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Comment Re:American problem is American (Score 1) 433

You know people might need to get more than two loads of laundry done in a day. While one might not need to supervise the washing machine, you do need to be around to move the laundry to the dryer, so that you know, it drys. Where with a normal washer I could have the wash done in thirty minutes, throw it in the dryer, start ANOTHER load in the washer and then run into town to get some errands done, when I get home an hour later, oh looks. I have a load of dry laundry., and another load of laundry to put in the dryer. Meanwhile you are still waiting for your first load of laundry to wash and I'm getting load number three in the washer.

You'd be amazed at how much laundry two kids and two adults can produce in a week.

Given that I had laundry duty for the wife and three daughters, I know exactly how much laundry can be produced in a week. I also know that it's not unusual for the laundry to sit in the washing machine for three hours after it's run before I get around to moving it to the dryer.

Comment Re:Health care is missing (Score 1) 903

This. If you live in America, add your monthly healthcare premiums on to your taxes to determine your actual 'tax burden.' Then, reflect on the fact that despite your paying those healthcare premiums, you may still have to jump through a lot of hoops, have 'copays,' navigate a morass of 'in network' doctors, etc etc.

Comment Re:I'm amazed it's 20% already (Score 1) 82

Cameras have shown many accusations of police abuse to be false, as well as caught abuses that may have gone unseen before.

To my mind, this is the most important point. For every cell phone video of a couple of cops beating the shit out of somebody for no good reason, there's body cam footage of somebody standing ten feet away from the cops, yelling 'help help these police are beating on me.'

Comment Re:Brilliant Move! (Score 1) 421

How so? "We reserve the right to refuse service" is an important and widely-known maxim.

"You can't get our device to work, and instead of letting us try to help, you insulted and attacked us. We're telling you, right now, to return it for a full refund, AND we're disabling things so that, should you manage to fix your issue and get it working, you don't get to happily use it while potentially leaving the negative comments and ratings unchanged."

Comment Re:And then there was Kinect (Score 1) 115

It's the grand story of consoles. Nintendo ate Atari's lunch, then turned into Atari. Sony swooped in and ate Nintendo's lunch, then turned into Nintendo. Microsoft swooped in and took a big bite of Sony's lunch, then turned into Sony. Sony figured this out, swooped right back in.

Comment Re:You don't want this to succed (Score 1) 347

Heh, I remember getting a copy of Solaris, oh, 16 or 18 years ago, they were doing a giveaway sort of thing.

Anywho, I really enjoyed reading the release notes and user agreement; notes about increasing TCP windows to deal with satellite communication, stern warnings that the software was not to be used in nuclear power stations, missile guidance or other weapons systems, I think on submarines.....

Comment Re:Self-incriminating password. (Score 1) 522

I believe the legal counter to this which is slowly starting to emerge is 'We're not ordering you to divulge your password. We're ordering you to decrypt the drive. We quite specifically don't want, or need, your password, nor do we care if the drive is encrypted with a passphrase, biometrics, physical token, whatever. We're just ordering you to decrypt it.'

Much like your 'papers' are immune to unreasonable search and seizure, but are subject to reasonable search and seizure, i.e. with a duly sworn out warrant and all that, so are your digital papers. I think this is the correct result.

I believe that, if the cops find a file in a locked file cabinet, said file being labelled 'Plans to murder my wife' and full of, well, plans to murder your wife, you don't get to have them declared inadmissible under the fifth; you get to refuse to answer questions like 'did you create these plans' and 'did you carry out these plans.' Seems to me that a directory full of documents, said directory being labelled 'plans to kill my wife' would be treated the same.

Comment Re:Opposite effect of that intended (Score 1) 321

And part of the modern tribalism problems are because Europeans drew some lines on a map and said 'This is now a country, surely you two tribes that have been in conflict for countless years can now just get along, yeah?'

Note that Europeans have done this to themselves; WW2 was a direct result of this sort of crap after WW1.

Comment Re:But the world is flat isn't it? (Score 1) 321

A few years back, I wrote a letter to a teacher who was teaching my daughter's public school class, I want to say around grade six, the whole Columbus fairy tale.

It was a lovely letter, full of references to Washington Irvine, Ancient Greek origins of geometry 'literally, earth measurement' and experiments demonstrating the globular nature of the Earth, and surprisingly accurate diameter calculations, the Catholic Church fully supporting and backing Columbus's journey, the whole nine yards.

I got back a terse reply that this was the curriculum, so shut it.

Did I mention that I live in Canada?

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