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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

Afty0r Re:great news. (407 comments)

Wow that's pretty harsh. Do you mind if I ask (as a non-USian) what amounts you had on you? Such drugs are illegal where I live, but being caught with small amounts usually results in a minor punishment, and no "record for life".

about a week ago

Fighting the Culture of 'Worse Is Better'

Afty0r TLDR (240 comments)

"Technical Debt is a thing, people"

about two weeks ago

After Dallas Ebola Diagnosis, CDC Raises Estimate of Patient's Possible Contacts

Afty0r Re:I feel like we are living in an 'outbreak' movi (258 comments)

H1N1 was the flu - flu makes a lot of money through flu shots, "treatments", symptom alleviation meds. By alerting the population, the sales of related product go through the roof. How many big pharma lobbyists do you think pushed the government to scare the population as much as possible in order to drive up sales?

Ebola, on the other hand, does not have a wide array of products from big pharma that the population would be *likely* to go out and panic buy/stock up on. So no-one is telling the head honchos in government to get the bullhorn out. Consequently, no big noise...

about three weeks ago

Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

Afty0r Re:come on Google Fiber (341 comments)

Is Google Fibers current operations profitable?

I'm curious. If it sounds too good to be true... maybe it is?

about 2 months ago

New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Afty0r Wow (338 comments)

vacuum cleaners ... produce more emissions than dishwashers and washing machines.

Wowser, I feel better about my laziness already. My room might have a 3/4" layer of dust on the floor, but I'm saving the ice packs one lie-in at a time!

about 2 months ago

NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

Afty0r Re:Why would anyone go willingly to the stadium? (216 comments)

You are clearly one of a VERY small minority of people who prefer to NOT socialise.

Most of the rest of us enjoy doing things in groups, it's a primal thing and appeals to our base urges, especially if we get to be all tribal about it.

about 2 months ago

The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

Afty0r Re:eSports aren't like regular Sports (146 comments)

Keep counting...

A significant portion of my friends from my late teens are now employed not in *making* games, but in casting, organising, events management, marketing and more for eSports events... The growth is beyond phenomenal.

I believe a League of Legends event recently sold out the Staples Centre faster than any other event in history...

about 3 months ago

Activist Group Sues US Border Agency Over New, Vast Intelligence System

Afty0r TIA (83 comments)

The AFI, which was formally announced in June 2012 by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), consists of "a single platform for research, analysis, and visualization of large amounts of data from disparate sources and maintaining the final analysis or products in a single, searchable location for later use as well as appropriate dissemination."

Sooo errr.... Total Information Awareness then?

about 3 months ago

Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 100 Companies $1.1B Annually

Afty0r Re:Saved? (116 comments)

$2.2billion, annually.

about 4 months ago

In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

Afty0r Expensive Middle Class Sport Losing Patrons (405 comments)

Wonder why - the most expensive popular sport in existence is losing millions of players, right around the time that the income of the group most associated with playing golf is dipping dramatically...

Maybe if Sherlock were here he could figure out why?

about 6 months ago

Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

Afty0r Making waves in traffic (364 comments)

So correct me if I'm wrong, but if all drivers adopted this, wouldn't it result in traffic in a lane approaching a light from converging together into "clumps" or "waves"?

Cars near the front of any given clump would be slowing down in order to arrive at the light after it has stopped being red and become green. (Close) Behind those cars would cars which would have passed through during the green interval regardless of this system. At the back of a clump would be cars who are speeding up to attempt to "get in" on that same green signal.

Ultimately it would result in cars travelling very close together, with huge spaces between "convoys". It might even be more efficient, so sure - but while there are still humans behind the wheel, this seems dangerous as everyone will always be "tailgating". Once CPUs are behind all the wheels, it will be trivial to implement using the "Internet of Things".

about 7 months ago

TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

Afty0r Re:Helpful links for intelligence community devs (275 comments)

Having worked in this arena, I can also say that Engram (or Qgram) analysis is excellent, and can be written in common SQL servers and perform very well compared with bit-shifting code methods.

about 7 months ago

Operation Wants To Mine 10% of All New Bitcoins

Afty0r Re:I admire their spunk, but... (275 comments)

Why do you believe "unlike gold, the users can just up and quit Bitcoin forever"?

I don't use, mine, or own Bitcoin - but it's fairly obvious that beyond the use of Gold for conducting materials, it has little to no intrinsic value - it's almost identical to Bitcoin.

Everyone invested in Gold could decide tomorrow to shift their investments to Aluminium...or Dogecoin. This would leave Gold almost worthless. The same is true of Bitcoin - but why do you feel one is more likely than the other?

I think you do not understand how currency works...

about 7 months ago

Walmart Unveils Turbine-Powered WAVE Concept Truck

Afty0r Re:Trailer strength (242 comments)

By the time this concept is rolling off a production line, what makes you think a human will be operating the forklift?

about 8 months ago

Good Engineering Managers Just "Don't Exist"

Afty0r *All* the benefits? (312 comments)

The best engineers get all the benefits of being leaders

*All* the benefits?

I don't think so, I think it's just inertia. Our industry pays middle management comparatively poorly. In software engineering / web development which is my line of work, manager get paid barely more than senior engineers. Now I'm not one of those people who feels it's wrong to have an engineer making more than his boss (I've managed people earning more than me before, they were all awesome) but if you want the best people to step up and take a lot more pain you need to pay them a lot more.

In most other industries managers earn significantly more than their reports. Take a look at retail, at sales and many other professions. Someone in retail in the UK earning £16k/annum on a checkout line will have a manager who earns around double that - 30k or so. Same for customer services.

So, take a software engineer earning 55k/annum in London - his manager probably earns around 65k-70k, and has a MUCH more stressful and less enjoyable job, and almost certainly longer hours. His pro-rata take home is probably only around 5% better.

So how about we pay our Development Managers 100k? I bet you'd have a few more of the stronger candidates stepping up to the plate.

Yours sincerely, a (fairly, IMHO) good Development Manager in London - considering taking a step down or sideways because the money just doesn't justify the extra hassle...

about 8 months ago

Cops With Google Glass: Horrible Idea, Or Good One?

Afty0r Re:Judging Performance (192 comments)

Selective enforcement of the law is one of the most harmful possible aspects of policing - the sooner we are rid of it, the better.

Instead, for small crimes which are rarely prosecuted (because the punishment is crazy high, like littering) we will instead prosecute all instances, and by popular demand reduce the fine to something more palatable....

about 8 months ago

UK Govt's Censorware Blocks Tech, Civil Liberties Websites

Afty0r Useless Article (148 comments)

He states, based on a single "URL checker" from O2, that every website he tried to check including slashdot, other tech news/resources sites and his own blog are "blocked by a parental controls regime - according to the URL checker".

But a little testing would have shown him that is blocked on this. As is - the UK governments own official site. The parental controls he's ranting about are bunkum. He should have researched his subject, and posted from an informed viewpoint, instead this article is a waste of time.

about 10 months ago

AI Reality Check In Online Dating

Afty0r Re:Surprised people still use... (192 comments)

That's what is missing from these algorithms. What about those who are attracted by some other factor than physical appearance?

They are a small outlier that it makes commercial sense to ignore them.

about a year ago


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