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Comment Re:Failure on the *pad* not the rocket (Score 3, Informative) 338

It blew during or shortly after a static firing...

Eyewitnesses said the explosion happened at T-3 minutes. If that is true, the explosion would have occurred during the fuel load and not the firing of the engines. I'm sure we'll learn more as the day goes on. I'm also sure the SpaceX engineers have very valid reasons for conducting a test firing. They are well-trained professionals, and not teenagers given to thinking like "get away with it" and the previous generation is full of "dinosaur idiots". If nothing else, this will provide a vector for making pre-launch procedures safer. Better to figure it out with a $200M satellite on board than human lives.

Comment Re:Stop obsessing over updates (Score 1) 190

Maybe not so odd. Perhaps what is necessary is some kind of delineation between new features or enhancements that require better spec's, and bug fixes or security patches that simply protect the system as it was sold.

Microsoft does this. They break all of their updates down into small, manageable packages that you can either choose to install or...oh wait.

Face it. We don't own our devices; we never did. All they are is the method by which ever-grown amounts of money can be extracted from us whether by planned obsolescence or otherwise. We can still (for now) build our own PCs, but we can't build our own phones or tablets. As long as we have to rely on carriers, we won't ever be able to either. We don't really have any power or say. Voting with your wallet just takes you down the road to the next guy who is doing the same thing. They are telling us to shut-up and eat the spoonful of crap they are shoveling our way, because they know we don't have a choice. It would take something like ubiquitous mesh network wi-fi to really change things. Then we wouldn't be at the mercy of the carriers.

Comment Re:Incomplete title... (Score 4, Insightful) 399

A political post from someone I know has never changed my mind about politics, but it has changed my mind about the person posting it. I have quietly ended a childhood friendship with someone through conscientious lack of contact, because they were just so fanatical about their political beliefs that I really didn't care to have anything to do with them any more. It killed a 30+ year friendship.

Comment Re:First Post... (Score 2, Insightful) 308

I know you're being funny (it is funny), but in case anyone is thinking otherwise, I doubt this was politically motivated. It was probably just financial self-interest on the part of Twitter. Do you want to own the platform that allows for rational discourse between the leader of a nation and its citizens, or do you want to own the platform that's pretty much just a cesspool of profanity and vitriol?

Hint: you get a lot more advertising revenue for the former.

Comment 130 French citizens encrypted in terrorist attack (Score 0) 446

Encryption has many, many uses; and is used millions of times a day for very legal reasons. Sometimes, its use is even legally mandated.

But if politicians really wanted to ban something...something that does a lot of harm to people...something that has been used by terrorists for decades...something that really doesn't have a function beyond harming people...I dunno...you could try banning assault weapons.

Just an idea.

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?

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