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Comment Re:Current laws not enforced (Score 1) 248

Sadly, I think one of three things (or some combination) is going to stop this:

1. (unlikely) U.S. services consumers will start asking the companies they do business with, how much of their IT staffing is met by H1B visa workers; and refusing to do business with them until the number drops to some acceptable level. This will put pressure on companies to stop cutting corners on IT labor expenditures.

2. (a little more likely) The continuing demand for H1B workers will drive up the salaries and bring them back on-par with U.S. salaries, at which point it makes more sense to hire the American.

3. (semi-sarcastically, most likely) IT jobs will be done by AI.

Comment Re:Public Admission of Stupidity (Score 4, Interesting) 219

Actually, the shutter snap sound in digital cameras was optional when they first came out. It was only until enough women complained about men surreptitiously taking upskirt pictures that the sound was made mandatory.

I can see the value in adding some kind of noise to an electric vehicle, particularly for the visually impaired. This pedestrian, however, did not follow the exceedingly simple rule we all learn as children: look both ways. But to err is human, and walking into a street before actually looking is something we've all probably done. Momentarily averting your eyes from the road directly in front of you is something I know we've all done. So semi-autonomous driving saves the day, and no one has to be labeled an inattentive jerk.

Perhaps the noise added to electric cars could be something pleasant or natural sounding. A particular bird song or something. Is that a nuthatch or an electric car? I should look both ways just in case.

Comment Re:The price hike is minimal... (Score 5, Interesting) 460

and the dull nature of Netflix original content

Different strokes. Personally, I'm loving their original content!

House of Cards
Orange is the New Black
Jessica Jones
Marco Polo
Peaky Blinders
and now Stranger Things

I've heard Bloodline is good, and Luke Cage is coming. Some of their comedy specials aren't too bad either. Ali Wong's "Baby Cobra"...I haven't laughed that hard in a while.

For me, it's been a long time since I've been this happy with video content. I recently ditched cable and I'm not going back. Netflix is, at the very least, doing it as well as most anybody else is and without the support of commercial sponsors.

How much time do you want to spend in front of a television anyway?

Comment First OS Database? (Score 1) 49

I don't believe EDB Postgres is the the first open source-based database. Better possible headlines might be:

1. First! An open source-based database completes U.S. security review
2. An open source-based database completes U.S. security review for the first time ever
3. First! U.S. security review completed for an open source-based database
4. U.S. security review completed for an open source-based database; a first!

I think #3 would have been a much better choice. Than the current one.

Comment Not exactly (Score 3, Interesting) 101

...what matters is you thought they were real

This type of tactic has been used countless times by law enforcement to a successful prosecution. However, entrapment is not as clear-cut as you make it out to be. It's really up to the court and jury to decide if the defendant was entrapped. There is an "objective test" which basically asks if anyone in the same circumstances would have done the same thing. Most states however employ a "subjective test" to help determine if entrapment had actually occurred.

Legal or not, it's still very murky water, because the tools were not, in fact, real; and no one was harmed. I can't help but wonder if not for the involvement of the FBI, would this person have ever committed a crime? I can't help but wonder if the person even did commit a crime! Does thinking that you are committing a crime, actually mean that you are committing a crime? Doesn't that make it a...thought crime?

Me: I thought I was doing 75 mph in a 65 mph zone.
Officer: No, the radar says you were going 65, I just pulled you over as a friendly warning that your taillight is out and you need to replace it.
Me: Yes, but I thought I was going 75. So, am I guilty of speeding?

There's a lengthy article here that outlines the "aggressive policing" used to fill prisons, and much of the history in and out of the courtroom, including SCOTUS, surrounding such actions.

Comment Re:Likely won't eventuate (Score 4, Insightful) 298

Agreed. I'm not an engineer. but this design does not look like it is more aerodynamically efficient than current commercial aircraft. That in turn means it will likely consume more fuel, which probably makes it a non-starter. It's tempting to envision some efficiency gained by being able to load travelers into multiple pods simultaneously instead of into the aircraft itself...through one door. But then those pods have to be transported and secured to the underbelly which would likely take longer. Terminals maybe wouldn't have to be as large since you wouldn't have to safely accommodate the wingspan of the aircraft, but you'd need to rebuild the entire airport infrastructure to do it. It just doesn't make sense.

You know what also doesn't make sense? This tagline from one of the photos: Seamless transfer - In theory, Clip-Air passengers could board a bus in one country, then travel by road, rail and air without leaving the comfort of the same seat.

Apparently, the person that wrote that doesn't travel much.

Comment That's a fair point (Score 1) 110

And I was cognizant of that risk, which is why I put the "appropriate checks and balances" at the end.

The financial industry is an excellent example of why subject matter experts cannot be the sole determinant in such things. In that case, it's more like self-regulation than perhaps any other. However, as I was typing that, I was thinking about scientists; who for all their empirical work and impartial judgement, are still just human beings as flawed as the rest of us. Motivations must always be a concern.

Comment Possibly Brilliant (Score 1) 565

As parodies go, it's pretty clever. I'm wondering if Yes Men were clever enough to intentionally cause the NRA to issue a takedown and put the video in the public spotlight. Had this been a normal, "Saturday Night Live" type of parody, it's unlikely I would have seen it or that it would make any news at all.

But here we are. I've seen the video, and the satire illustrates some potential holes in the rhetoric of the NRA and pro-gun side of that particular issue.

Golf clap.

Comment Re:Develop a far deeper understanding (Score 3, Interesting) 110

"lawmakers need to learn more about [insert topic] before trying to regulate it"

I was going to type up a lengthy missive on how unsurprised, yet blind with rage I am about the above phrase. But I just do not care any more. I have no faith left in the U.S. government, and at my age, I will not waste the time on meaningless scorn. Congress can bicker back and forth on whether plants crave electrolytes all they want.

Perhaps some very distant day, hundreds or thousands of years in the future, we (as a species) will have some system of government where experts in their field are the ones who decide how best to regulate that field, with appropriate checks and balances in place of course.

Comment Re:"Pro" (Score 1) 138

I work in health care, and the entire industry is (generally) deeply entrenched in the MS ecosystem. With all of the MS tools, protocols, etc. in use, I just don't think Chromebooks could be utilized on a wide scale; although I do a fair amount of browser-based work myself, and I use Chrome for it.

There may exist workarounds for all of the problems, but I doubt we'd want our IT staff managing that environment or dual environments. I also doubt the health care industry is the only segment where that applies. I agree that the "Pro" would imply "professional". While there are all kinds of professions where a Chromebook is a perfectly capable machine, I think it's probably a poor fit for most sectors. There's just too much niche software out there that has to run locally on a Windows machine.

I could see the potential if we're talking about much more than laptops. IT departments need/want the kind of tools and control they currently have in Windows environments. If that was integrated, along with really robust VDI-type of connections to servers running Windows where legacy software can continue to run, and combined with some benefits beyond it being shiny and new (cost, security, ease of use, etc.); that may be compelling, particularly for companies just starting out or starting over.

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