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Comment Re:Problem is - He's a US citizen (Score 4, Interesting) 51

While I think we all agree that nothing is invincible, you want it to be a very hard problem to break, and one that the site owner can't facilitate. Further you want tamper evidence, thus even if he's served an NSL with gag any action on it will betray that something's up.

In other news, I'll be a customer again :)

Comment Re:most of those reasons have in common (Score 4, Interesting) 252

Most of those reasons for pirating are because they can't get the content very easily in a legal way. I guess most people are willing to pay, as long as it doesn't get too complicated.

I would rather pay in money than in time and frustration. I WILL NOT pay in both money and time/frustration.

This is the perfect summary.
I *pay* for Netflix && Amazon Prime. I don't expect to see something in my streams when it's new to the theaters, or even when it first hits shelves on disk (though it'd be nice), but when I can't stream a 5yo movie/TV series then fuck it, off to usenet to pull down a copy.

It really is that simple. I used to pirate piles of shit when I was younger, now it's not worth the hassle unless I really want to see it and my paid services don't make it available.

Comment Re:What an idiot (Score 1) 271

Yes that's the right way, but in this particular case it looks like something caused a lockout and his personal email is the failsafe. While that should *never* happen, it did. I would then handle it as I said.

As to the escort out mentality: I agree with it. of 100 people you let go, 99 can be saints, but that 1 devil will cost you more than the 200 weeks of pay you "lost" by just paying them not to show up their last pay period.

Comment Re: What an idiot (Score 1) 271

This is corp property I'm talking about no less.
All my employers have had a "Personal use" policy that I strictly follow, e.g. my posing on /. here.
I never store business critical *anything* on my computer, nor do I store personal critical anything on my computer.
My laptop is used as a disposable asset; upon return it's wiped.
That said, I think the only reason I've never had grief about said policy is that my last email to my boss has always been the UNC path to all data, source, docs, etc.

Comment Re:What an idiot (Score 4, Insightful) 271

It sounds like someone else setting up the account used Williams's personal email to link him in, and he never removed it (likely because a lockout could ensue). I am not so sure that he is really to blame here.
Any equipment that has seen any mixed personal/business use has always been forensically wiped prior to returning to my employers.
None have ever complained.

Hoarding passwords is a dick move and not okay.
Even as PO'd as I am at my former employer, if I was in a similar situation I would have made them the offer of:
re-instate my work domain account and email, give me a cube for a week, and pay me as a contractor on a 1099 for that week.
In exchange I'll use my personal email account that someone else (apparently) linked to unwind this and remove my access after adding someone else and verifying their access works.

That is reasonable and prevents me from working for free, disentangles the mess, and most importantly to the court system, doesn't look like an extortion attempt.

Comment Re:Merit over Intersectionalist Bingo Quotas (Score 1) 310

Because Asian and White males are ignored.
They won't blow the whistle because they saw what happened to people like me (and a couple others) who dared to not agree with the progrom. One was a quite Sr manager who simply had enough and sent a blistering email to executive management, direct management, and his staff.

Yes it's illegal.
No you can't prove it.
Yes I talked to a lawyer.
Yes I followed his advice to walk away (he gave compelling reasons, and there was *lots* more to my case than just this).
Yes I took the money that was on the table in exchange for waiving my right to sue. (not to be a witness though, so if someone else were to speak out I could testify).

Comment Re:Merit over Intersectionalist Bingo Quotas (Score 2) 310

You don't hire to fill quotas unless you're government. You hire the best candidate to do a job.

Tell that to Intel Corp. and their "diversity initiative". Managers were essentially* barred from hiring men unless from a distinct minority (black, hispanic, american indian).

*I don't believe there is written directive to this end, but more than one manager told me directly that this was the case and that it was not uncertain that their own performance reviews depended on their "diversity".

Comment Re:Deep AI not even in the product mentioned (Score 1) 158

Unrelated to SF, but related to pervasive AI:
Notice those dog or fawn or cat faces people are overlaying on their snapchat shots?
That is an impressive bit of AI and machine visual processing. Something that would have been laughably expensive 5 years ago.

Yes AI is very pervasive already.

Comment Re:The math seems off (Score 1) 128

I got the same as you. 2.59GB/year
Still damn impressive as 250GB m2 SSDs would hold ~ a century of voice.

Now, assuming that you are not talking continuously (say you talk 1/3 of the day; 8 hours of continuous talking; that's a lot) then you're at 60 GB/70Yr and that *is* valid for a high(ish) end smartphone.

Comment Re:You don't know what a free market is, do you? (Score 4, Insightful) 372

generally (and the exceptions are a bitch) an expired drug is safe but its efficacy is reduced. For some products that rate of reduction is low and an expired product can be good for a year or two after the date (Liquamycin for example), for other products the rate of decline is non linear and fast, so are only good a couple months past date with any real efficacy (Covexin®-8. CDT comes to mind).

Epi seems to be between the two, within some limits:

EpiPen's shelf life has been limited by the chemistry of the drug inside it. Epinephrine is an old and cheap medication, but it's also notoriously finicky. If exposed to light, heat or air, it can degrade, turning rust colored.
The FDA-approved label warns that if the liquid in the pen is discolored, it should be discarded: "Epinephrine solution deteriorates rapidly on exposure to air or light, turning pink from oxidation to adrenochrome and brown from the formation of melanin."

Great! so there's a way to tell, separate from the date!

But what about an expired EpiPen that looks perfectly normal?

The little published data that exists shows that the drug degrades over time -- and color is not an accurate way to gauge whether the epinephrine inside is still good.

well crap, maybe not.

One study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in 2000, examined EpiPens one to 90 months after the expiration date. Most were not discolored, but the epinephrine content decreased over time. The study stated that it was best to use EpiPens that had not expired, but found that the pens contained at least two-thirds of the intended dose up to a year after expiration. Even a sub-optimal dose could be better than nothing in a life-or-death situation, the authors concluded.

So...
Looks like if stored in *ideal* conditions the pen will last more than 18 months, but under likely real-world conditions 18 months is it.
FWIW, elsewhere I found that the manufacturer had targeted 27 months, but data only supported 19 months, they went with 18. That's not a large guard band.

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