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Comment Re:And you shouldn't be.... (Score 1) 252

The "bad guys" will still find that classic abandoned warehouse across the train tracks and plot their evil in the veil of darkness. Perhaps we should require spotlights and mandatory cameras over every square inch of the planet too?

The problem has never been all that hard for the authorities: They have always known that to snag all the bad guys, they only have to monitor the small subset of warehouses that are built on a slanted "Dutch angle".

Comment Re:That was one of the details wardriving and late (Score 1) 85

I'm sure that a makeshift homebrew directional antenna could sniff these signals out in a suburban or office park area just fine.

Even in your high-rise case, the signal could be narrowed down to a small subset of all devices. Processing the sum of a few signals to pick out "words" shouldn't be too hard, either.

Not to mention, I said three times the distance to frigging PLUTO. Presumably, attackers could get within 100m of most targets. I don't think you realize how much easier that is.

Comment Re:That's 129.2F if you're interested. (Score 2, Insightful) 352

What does Fahrenheit relate to? Who knows?

0F is the temperature of a particular ice/brine mixture, and it was approximately the lowest temperature typically experienced in Fahrenheit's area. I suppose that one advantage of that is not having to use negative values very often.

100F is approximately human body temperature. That's pretty easy to relate to.

One nice property of the system is that 0F is often dangerously cold, and 100F is often dangerously hot.

Comment Re:Code should be as concise as possible. (Score 1) 239

I never use variable names of more than one character unless all possible single character names have already been used, which rarely happens.

If you're not routinely using up all possible single-character variable names, then you're not making your functions large enough, and/or you're not using enough global variables. You can do better.

Comment Re:Most "automation" isn't, just like this. (Score 5, Insightful) 326

No, "better healthcare outcomes" is a measurment anomaly.

The fact that the average is dragged down because a large percentage of the US population doesn't get adequate health care is not a "measurement anomaly". It's an epic failure.

It's like a C average student claiming: "I'm really a straight-A student! I got As in all the classes I didn't flunk. (And BTW, for some reason my education cost twice as much as that of any other student.)"

Comment Re:Just reformat it to your liking. (Score 1) 523

Reformatting code is a big no-no in shared version-controlled environments.

In many version-controlled environments, a hook is added to the check-in command to automatically run the reformatter, so there are never any diffs in the history caused by the formatting process.

I really don't like some of the settings that were made on the formatter my current project is using, but at least I never have to worry about things like typing lines too long. They're automatically fixed up on commit.

Comment Re:Second sun (Score 4, Funny) 131

Not having a single sports molecule in my body, I had no clue what they meant by "Juno is a spinning, robotic probe as wide as a basketball court."

Remember when you were in high school and they sometimes made all the students go to a big room where you sat on hard benches and the principal emceed for some brief talks and activities?

That was probably a basketball court.

Comment Not all is bad. (Score 5, Informative) 209

I had an issue with being double-charged for an app from the app store about 5 years ago. Went to Apple's support site, wrote a description of the problem, then was asked if I would like THEM to call ME. Not the other way around. Clicked yes, a calendar popped up in which I selected the time window in (IIRC) 10 minute increments when I wanted them to call me.

Within a couple minutes of the 'start' my phone rang and I was chatting with a nice guy (said his name was Daniel in Texas). He already had my records up and he called to ask me if I wanted a credit on my iTunes account or refund to my card. He then said he'd call me back when it was done. About 10 minutes later he called me back and said the credit was issued.

That is exemplary customer service and one reason their customer satisfaction is always rated so high.

Comment Re:90% of dinosaurs survived? (Score 3, Insightful) 265

That word, as defined by pedants, is utterly useless. Other than those who hail from one particular ancient civilization that had a certain peculiar military punishment, nobody kills exactly 1 in 10 of anything.

That's why the vast majority of the population who have normal minds use an entirely different definition of the word. A definition that's actually relevant to enough real situations to justify the word's existence.

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