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Post-Microsoft Nokia Offering Mapping Services To Samsung

ChilyWily Re:Great (67 comments)

Same here... they used to have it and then took it off when iOS 7 was released due to "...iOS7 harm[s] the User Experience". Not exactly sure what Nokia meant with that statement. Ref: Article here

2 days ago

An Army Medal For Coding In Perl

ChilyWily Re:A virtuous Perl programmer (192 comments)

I completely agree with this comment. I'm currently on a project where the Architect is super impressed that there is an excel style chart I coded up in Java solely because he understands the excel-style table and chart and can speak to it in front of his boss. But a ton of work I did writing some machine learning to detect and display faults in a heat map flew him into a rage of criticism and anger... because to him heat maps are only used for financial data and "not applicable here". He even argued about the color red and green! In my experience, people only appreciate what they understand. And so I have resorted to finding communities where my work is appreciated. No use trying to impress the wrong (uninformed) person. What boggles my mind is how this guy became a Senior Architect in the organization when his appreciation for creativity and considering an alternate point of view is so low.

about 2 months ago

$57,000 Payout For Woman Charged With Wiretapping After Filming Cops

ChilyWily The System is Corrupt (216 comments)

If the government can claim that it's okay to record people in "public" (pun intended) without any concern for their privacy, so why is it not okay for this woman to record a cop? Such refusal to be video taped insinuates that something fishy was going on. If that cop didn't have anything to hide what's the problem with recording the incident.

Last month, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals said citizens may videotape police officers performing their duties unless an officer orders them to disperse or stop recording for legitimate safety reasons. In its unanimous ruling, the court rejected arguments by Weare officers that they should be immune from liability, under a theory that allows government officials to make reasonable mistakes that do not violate clearly established constitutional rights or state laws.

So if I claimed a made a reasonable mistake, would the same immunity be granted to me (an unwashed, private citizen)?

about 3 months ago

How Open Government Data Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets

ChilyWily I'd like to know how many people challenged this.. (286 comments)

... and lost. That data would expose how many citizens are indifferent or simply don't speak up and how many in government (courts, cops etc.) never actually listen to the complaint and just pass summary justice. Great story!

about 3 months ago

White House Pressures Legislators Into Gutting USA FREEDOM Act

ChilyWily As November approaches... (284 comments)

Everything will be done by shrewd politicians to distance themselves from Obama/Obamacare etc. to appease or confuse voters (in the short and perhaps long term?) that Obama is at fault here... Meanwhile, all of them secretly never wanted to do this...

about 3 months ago

White House Pressures Legislators Into Gutting USA FREEDOM Act

ChilyWily Re:House != White House (284 comments)

I read it the same way.

about 3 months ago

Polio Causes Global Health Emergency

ChilyWily Re:Any slap on the wrist for the CIA? (126 comments)

Sure... but when you have an enemy that calls innocent people dying as "collateral damage" and when they show no restraint with drone attacks and midnight raids, it is quite fearful for the local population to be very afraid of getting vaccinated because are you getting a real Doctor/Health care worker or are you getting into a CIA database where one day you will be killed? It doesn't help that one the other side you have the Taliban who now target *all* health care workers as working for the enemy... to the detriment of the poor people.

The CIA has the big brains, the big budget and they may have gotten the 1 person they wanted, but the misery they brought to many people, many children at that, does not justify the means. They did much evil in that case and it will cause hurt to many.

Is even a slap on the wrist not warranted for the CIA?
I don't even want to start with the other things the US Government has done in the "homeland" such as the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments on African-Americans.

about 4 months ago

Polio Causes Global Health Emergency

ChilyWily Any slap on the wrist for the CIA? (126 comments)

It did not help that the CIA had a DNA collection, excuse me, "Intelligence gathering" operative working as a Doctor in one of the countries where the problem is the worst. Now health workers are getting assaulted and the poor who could get vaccinated, are without.

about 4 months ago

F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

ChilyWily Re:so... (410 comments)

Your example is good... The other thing I've been running into (since switching to a VoIP phone for the last 2-3 years) is that I run into conference call numbers all the time where my VoIP provider gives me a warning message about "Traffic Pumpers". As usual, I think we'll see costs of these "premium" services passed onto the customers' bill for no real gain in service (speed or quality).

about 4 months ago

Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

ChilyWily Re:Solution - Face-saving way out (482 comments)

And if my child got permanently disabled (H1N1 Vaccine Tied to Spike in Narcolepsy -, then what do I do?

Note, I am all for vaccinations, but in today's world, I'm increasingly cautious because governments health agencies don't do their jobs in proper science or oversight...

about 6 months ago

Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

ChilyWily What to believe? (482 comments)

And then I read stuff like this:
H1N1 Vaccine Tied to Spike in Narcolepsy:

I'm so tired of having my tin-foil wearing friends tell me that they were right all along.

Why should I risk my child getting disabled for life due to some hidden government agenda/bad science/[insert-favorite-reason-here]? These researchers are never around to share in any poor parent's misery when their children suffer permanent harm.

about 6 months ago

TSA Accepting Public Comments On Whole Body Airport Screening

ChilyWily Re:Yes but... (223 comments)

Agree but it is hard to define the line - I always 'opt out' and while they always repeat the scripted speech to me, it is the other questions that I am asked that add more insult to injury. For example, I am often asked 'where are you going?' or 'Are you from ?' or 'Are you traveling alone?'

While I have no choice of the nudy scan or the indecent behavior, what am I to do about these fishing for fodder attempts? The Law (as I understand it) is so ambiguous that it is hard to understand what I am obligated to answer and what not.

They have searched me and found me not carrying anything illegal, why the further interrogation? There is not one person in my local government who will even listen to my gripe, much less promise even the minimum of raising this as an issue at any low/local level of policy.

Any advice would be welcome.

about a year ago

TSA Terminates Its Contract With Maker of Full-Body Scanner

ChilyWily Re:pronounciation (268 comments)

I've seen it happen - I was at LAX a year or two ago and the entire set of these machines were inoperative for some reason. The resulting pileup of passengers was huge and they quickly let us through alternate walkways to good old metal detectors. The goal was to get everyone "cleared" quick. No taking off of shoes or anything - just walk right through. So all you need is a way to have many of them disabled (or like others have suggested, made constantly busy) and the entire charade stops.

about a year and a half ago

TSA (Finally) Studying Health Effects of Body Scanners

ChilyWily Study is useless... (225 comments)

So long as the people who make these part of the "Law" and yet are never subject to it themselves, nothing will change. The day they see their children or loved ones or themselves get cancer or suffer to a state mandated molestation, or even if they simply have to take off their shoes and catch a foot fungus, that's the day when this crap will stop. Until then, who cares... this will always be so, and incremental, meaningless studies will be done to give the impression that the people who purport to represent us, "care". Sorry to sound jaded, but the current Executive, Legislative and Judiciary are the worst ever.

about a year and a half ago

Third 2012 US Presidential Debate Tonight: Discuss Here

ChilyWily Neither of them cares... (529 comments)

Non-Americans don't matter... unless they are Israeli. Both candidates know they can trash talk the entire world for political points... to demonstrate how "tough" they are.

And for reasons I don't understand, they will both want to curry favor with the Israelis - for what reason, I don't quite know. (I mean I do understand how a boogey man is needed to keep the Arabs in line but why is the US such a fop in front of the Israelis? I don't understand why we must take such scorn in the rest of the world for a bully regime like Israel?).

Anyhow, non-Americans don't vote here and therefore can be denigrated with impunity. We are #1, go USA! Fake bravado, jingoisms, you'll hear it from both of them. Real serious concerns about how the Chinese are rich and growing stronger, the trouble-making by the Russians, the increasingly mistrustful allies who are growing fewer everyday (in private if not in public), the drain on our economy by the huge military expenditure... I doubt these will be discussed. I hope I am wrong.

about 2 years ago


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