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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

JBMcB Tricky question (355 comments)

I enjoyed watching TNG but the script quality was extremely variable. X-Files had some bad episodes, but overall the quality of writing was much, much better. Jose Chung's "From Outer Space" is one of my favorite episodes of any TV show.
Mulder - "What did you do with Scully!!?!?!"
Jesse Ventura - "Oh, ahhhh... she went to get some ice..."

4 hours ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

JBMcB Re:its a tough subject (652 comments)

I'm sure there is an equal, 50/50 balance of power between the multibillion-dollar corporation on the one side, and the individual who needs employment on the other side.

There is, as according to the census bureau, there are roughly 860,000 other places to work in California alone, including a few dozen other amusement parks. You can also work for yourself. Crazy concept, I know, but you can make up your own conditions for employment.

3 days ago
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New Advance Confines GMOs To the Lab Instead of Living In the Wild

JBMcB Re:Quick history lesson (128 comments)

You're right - all those researchers are like "I'm not going to run this experiment with this deadly bacteria in a hermetically sealed safety chamber because I'll make so much more money if I don't use one..."

I work with companies that do these sorts of experiments - every last one of them is PARANOID about safety.

3 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

JBMcB Re:its a tough subject (652 comments)

I take this position as well. I like AC's suggestion above. If you are unvaccinated and infect others, you can be held liable for the cost of their health care and your own. Maybe health insurance rates could be adjusted accordingly.

3 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

JBMcB Re:its a tough subject (652 comments)

Absolutely it is. Your have freedom to live your life as you choose. If you are forcing others to accommodate your choices, now you're infringing on THEIR rights.

3 days ago
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Best Cube?

JBMcB Re:Time Cube (265 comments)

Ooooh, obscure web reference for the win :)

about a week ago
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Best Cube?

JBMcB Re:The BORG! (265 comments)

The Borg is authoritarian. Starfleet is, ostensibly, Democractic. Both are communist. It works well because there are unlimited, cheap resources, so everyone gets everything. Of course it's science fiction :)

about a week ago
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The Mainframe Is Dead! Long Live the Mainframe!

JBMcB Re:It's like the "on a computer" patents. (164 comments)

Actually it is. If you're buying something on a PC you're probably going through a vendor's website, like Amazon or the Apple Store. They are handling most of the transaction cost, CPU-wise, probably offloading some of it to a 3rd party at some point. It's an asynchronous operation - you're credit card gets billed within a few minutes, you're receipt comes a little bit after that. You have some time to do the credit history checks, credit card purchasing history, whatever else needs to take place for fraud prevention.

When you're paying with something like ApplePay, it's all instantaneous. Your credit card gets billed immediately. This is how it has always worked with credit cards, but the back-channels are different. The idea is, more people are going to be using phones for transactions, the possibility of fraud goes up, and you need more instantaneous checking for potential fraud.

about two weeks ago
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Nintendo Puts Business In Brazil On Hiatus

JBMcB Re:Brazil has long had a very protectionist (111 comments)

Then good luck buying *any* sort of technology from anybody. "Hey let us buy your fancy chip fabrication machine so we can produce cheap knockoffs." Not gonna happen. So now you end up having to design and build everything yourself, as a country.

The closest thing we have to this situation is North Korea - and look at how great their standard of living is.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

JBMcB Re:Business Plan (703 comments)

The teacher's unions will make sure everything stays affordable.

about two weeks ago
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Red Hat Engineer Improves Math Performance of Glibc

JBMcB Re:How about Jumping the Cuda? (226 comments)

Depends on what you're doing. Sending stuff to the GPU incurs overhead. If you're doing a ton of matrix operations all in a row, it may be worth it. If you are doing a few every once and a while, probably not.

about three weeks ago
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Red Hat Engineer Improves Math Performance of Glibc

JBMcB Re:C versus Assembly Language (226 comments)

Not to mention Intel Performance Primitives which is basically a library of ASM blobs tailored for various combinations of sse/avx - even cache and pipes, I believe.

about three weeks ago
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Doppler Radar Used By Police To Determine Home Occupancy

JBMcB Re:The Founding Fathers.. (139 comments)

You're absolutely right, that's why they added the ability to change it. It's been done several times. There's a fairly huge difference, however, between following the process to change it, and changing how you interpret what it says. That's how you end up with torture being OK, killing American citizens without due process being OK, arbitrary suspension of habeus corpus being OK, attacking other countries at the whim of the president being OK...

about a month ago
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Doppler Radar Used By Police To Determine Home Occupancy

JBMcB Re:That's an attack! (139 comments)

There has been one published paper showing a possible link between non-ionizing radiation and cancer. That doesn't mean there is a link.

about a month ago
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Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

JBMcB Re:Get Out of Your Bubble (275 comments)

You need Fox news so Democratic administrations are held accountable.

You need MSNBC so Republican administrations are held accountable.

There are blowhards and static on both channels, but there is some useful information to be gleaned amongst the chaff.

about a month ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

JBMcB Re:So basically.. (295 comments)

No, the taxi drivers are arguing they can be the only ones to drive people to their destination and charge them for the ride.

Not quite. In Detroit a church started running a free van to help people who couldn't afford a car. The free bus was shut down by the taxi commission. Taxi commissions, in general, are against anyone giving anyone else a ride who isn't a taxi driver.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

JBMcB Re:Wrong conclusion (269 comments)

My Archos 43 died enthusiastically. First the headphone jack blew out for no apparent reason, then the touchscreen stopped working. Never dropped or mishandled - usually hung out in my shirt pocket or on the passenger seat of my car. Support was garbage, too - there were a half dozen known issues with video playback that were fixed in base Android system updates that Archos never bothered to release. Before I could root it and do Cyanogen it died on me. Oh well.

My Nexus 7 is faring much better, but it's not really a "portable" sized mp3 player.

about a month and a half ago
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Feds Plan For 35 Agencies To Collect, Share, Use Health Records of Americans

JBMcB Re:FUD and kneejerk reactions (209 comments)

You don't quite understand. This is guilt through probability - there's no actual evidence you're guilty of a crime. This is a real problem in criminal justice right now. They grab the most convenient suspect - whomever is easiest to prosecute. They may or may not have any real evidence a given person committed a crime. There's a bunch of circumstantial evidence, usually very technical or scientifically advanced evidence that takes an expensive expert to refute. You can cough up the dough to hire your own expert, or just take a plea deal.

This isn't how criminal justice is supposed to work. If there are no good suspects - the police don't get to create one using statistics.

about a month and a half ago

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