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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

JerryLove All I can think of is the subways (453 comments)

Without even "other passengers" to dissuade them; what won't people do in such vehicles? As much as I look forward to the smell and sight of vomit, urine, fecal matter, seminal fluid, and the occasional dead body: I think I might want to have my own car... even an autonomous one.

3 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

JerryLove To what end? (331 comments)

For one thing: Will they outlaw "all the rest" from making their own search engine? They could even hire "Google" as the back end.

Plus: this doesn't seem to be a monopoly break up (Google is not a monopoly according to Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, whatever apple defaults to, etc); but it does seem designed to put Google at a competitive disadvantage to Yahoo and Microsoft who offer pretty much all the same services as well as search.

5 days ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

JerryLove Well, that makes my decision for me (473 comments)

I was a kickstarter on Star Citizen, but missed Elite (wasn't paying attention to Kickstarter at the time). Star Citizen has worn me out with some of the same complaints I am seeing here on Elite.

The last week or so, I've brought up the Elite webiste many times and sat on the edge of buying. I kept arguing with myself. Well: argument over. I will not be pre-ordering. I'm too big a fan of offline mode. There are too many flags.

Which means, if this game is well reviewed by players, I'll buy it in a year when it goes on sale. I just see too much EA-style tactics here. Whatever my complaints with Wasteland 2, they never pulled any of what appears to be happening here.

about two weeks ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

JerryLove Curious (301 comments)

So the police raid someone for child porn and collect a bunch of pictures. These pictures are evidence (and used in a trial) I presume. Are they also public record?

I assume they are not; that you can't have the police send you copies. Why is this video any harder to sort out than court evidence?

Or you could have nigh-100% public access by making it available in a viewing room. I'm not aware of anything in the FOIA that should require that copies be made.

Or, if the abuses of the FOIA are relatively few in number; allow judicial review upon request.

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

JerryLove Re:City life (459 comments)

So what about those "fools on television" who are of said race? Do they not know what they hell they are talking about?
http://www.blackyouthproject.c...

about two weeks ago
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Flaw in New Visa Cards Would Let Hackers Steal $1M Per Card

JerryLove 2-factor authentication (126 comments)

Even without this flaw, you could still steal up to a certain amount. The flaw just let's you bypass the limit (20 pounds in the UK).

This is an argument against allowing transactions without pins. Yes, it's convenient yo wave your card at something and not have to put in a pin; but it's also dangerous.

Better: I like the active "I won't share my information unless a code is manually entered on me" method of some speculative card systems and of a (configured to require a pin) google wallet.

about three weeks ago
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US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

JerryLove Re:Good luck with that (308 comments)

I'm thinking that Lt. Col. Sharlene Pigg does not understand anything about morale or esprit de corps.

Or, and bear with me on this: perhaps the desire to win a cyber-war is the paramount priority over and above ideal morale conditions.

Of course it's also possible they have a plan to accomplish both.

about 1 month ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

JerryLove Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (324 comments)

How is "OMG I can't afford to stream 8 hours of video a day any more" going to set society back 20 years? If anything, it will be a huge improvement.

OK. So it will only set it back 10 years to the pre-internet-streaming days. I suppose Netflix and its Hungarian competitors may see revenue loss.

Some other ways to lower bandwitdth useage. Stop buying games that stream over the internet (loss of sales again), stop your updates from downloading as they can be quite large (cyber-security issues increase as people's PCs become less secure). You can also stop using video conferencing and, perhaps VoIP.

Won't do well for OS's that stream either (LINUX).

I can see a tax on the bandwith you buy; but on the consumption of that bandwidth? Seems poorly thought out.

about a month ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

JerryLove Re:Not always about the money... (161 comments)

Unless it's different than the one I am thinking of: it was developed under US government grant.

It wasn't the single-payor (or multi-payor) system that did it; but rather direct government investment in research.

about a month ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

JerryLove Re:Diversity is best (399 comments)

Better phrasing would be "Mars is the only planet that is known to be solely inhabited by robots"

Neptune is a known planet. It might be inhabited solely by robots. More to the point: there are known exoplanets that we have never seen. They might be as well.

about a month ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

JerryLove Rebuttal to rebuttal (622 comments)

"If someone leaves their car unlocked and leaves a valuable item in plain view in the front seat, we might feel less sorry for them if they return to their car to find it stolen. But it's a logical error to blame the victim just because they took a risk; the real reason to blame them is that there's no counterbalancing benefit to leaving the car door unlocked, or failing to move the valuable item into the trunk. "

The benifit of not puttin the thing in the trunk and not locking the car is it was less effort to do and will be less effort to open the car and get to the thing aftewards.

Much like the hacked accounts and the benefit of not using a more secure password.

I'm worried that "victim blaming" has been redefined. It seems it might once have been "the perpitrator is excused becuase of the victim", which is not what has been said.

I'm sure there are costs associated with banks building vaults, locking doors, hiring guards, having survellence: avoiding those costs would be a clear benefit. But if they fail at those (or if Home Depot fails to spend enough money wisely enough on securing their POS systems) we correctly fault the bank (or Home Depot) for their lack of care while still rightly villifying the person who broke in and stole the money.

These people took risks. Those risks included taking nude photos, uploading those photos to internet-attached servers, and failing to use good security. Those risks did not apy off. This does not excuse those who hacked the accounts. It is not "victim blaming" in the classic sense either. it is rightly pointing out a lack of due care.

about a month and a half ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

JerryLove Re:PETA won't be happy until all animals are extin (367 comments)

It relies on the premise that "killing is superior to interaction".

"Don't ride horses: kill the horses to make way for an automobile factory and roads. That's more ethical"

Since any position is going to be arbitrary (theirs or mine), I can't really dispute the conclusion (unless there's inconsistancy); but it seems a rather dumb one.

To super-smart aliens. I'd rather you interact with me in a kind way than kill me.

about a month and a half ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

JerryLove Re:We are not hearing the full story. (742 comments)

You are corect. I improperly used "right-to-work" where I should have used "at-will". Thank you for pointing it out :)

about a month and a half ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

JerryLove Re:We are not hearing the full story. (742 comments)

Of course I don't know what his personal contract of employment might read. Neither do you. Neither does the original poster.

Generally though, unless organized labor has been involved in drafting them, the contracts (for non-executive positions) are mostly to protect the employer. It would be odd for a company to remove from itself the ability to fire "because they feel like it".

To the tennor of your post: it's uncalled for and inflammitory. You imply that I am a "lying sack of shit", though it's a straw man. You assert that I claim to be an expert (another straw-man as I never did), and further claim knowledge you don't have about me to assert why. You are leveraging your ignorance of who I am with your misreading, deliberate or otherwise, of my post to claim to be an expert on his contract and my experience.

And no. I didn't "look it up in Wikipedia". I researched my particular state's statues because I have had employees.

Hell. I didn't even check if he was *in* a right-to-work state or not. He may not be. What I said was that it was not clear that he did have grounds. Feel free to prove that it's clear with support if you can.

about a month and a half ago
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DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

JerryLove Does it apply to keys? (191 comments)

"implicitly consented by granting access to the information stored in her cell phone and by consenting to the use of that information to aid in an ongoing criminal investigations [sic]."

To begin with: I worry what "implicitly" means. Do they mean "she had it on her person when arrested"?

That said. If I "implcitly consent" to you searching my pocket, and my house-keys are in it, did I just consent to a home search and the use of my house? I think not.

about a month and a half ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

JerryLove Re:and people go out with people based on race too (293 comments)

So what, in many cases people choose mates and friends based on their race preferences.

Many clients choose which businesses they will deal with based on the origin business owner (some prefer to frequent or to avoid Indian or Middle Eastern or Asian establishments for example).

People must be able to discriminate however they see fit and I am talking about people in their individual lives and I am also talking about businesses obviously.

Of course: this is a situation that has been tried. See pre-reconstruction US (or Suni/Shia/Kurd male/female in the middle east, or the caste system in India).

It creates a caste system where entire portions of society are disenfranchized. It usually results, in the end, in an awful lot of deaths.

See also: Segrigation, Aparthtide, etc.

Yes, it should be possible to discriminate based on race, absolutely. Race, age, sex, any form of discrimination must be absolutely legal (and by the way it is unconstitutional, illegal for the federal government to regulate businesses and the entire concept of interstate commerce does not allow government to regulate business, it is only there to prevent individual States from erecting barriers of entry, which are still all there, so the federal government is not doing what it's job is and instead it constantly harasses businesses for no reason whatsoever).

Your statement of fact, offered by you without support, is false. It has been established false by the court system and by the legislatures (which have not ammended to correct the courts).

Now, government must not be able to discriminate against anybody based on age, race, sex, ethnicity but that is also constantly happening for example with the war on drugs, with the so called 'war on terrorism', with every war that government runs.

Government must not be able to discriminate because it destroys the rule of law, destroys the free market (which is already destroyed in USA of-course) and eventually destroys the economy and thus the society. Government must be forced to treat people equally regardless of their natural characteristics, individuals must not be forced into anything.

If you will not accept government forcing you to marry any particular person or to frequent any particular business then it is inconsistent for you to be cheering for the government forcing a business to either hire or to serve any particular person.

This is a straw man fallacy. The government does not force the hiring or serving of a particular person. It disallows the refusal to hire or serve a particular *class* of people. You can still not hire or not serve any individual you like: as long as the reason is not their membership in a protected class.

Again: we've lived without these protections; and there are many areas in the world today without these protections; and the results were poor.

"Free Market" is in many areas of the world as well (try Somalia, for example); and also has been tried in the US (just set your time machine to -100 years). It turned out poorly. Indeed: you can look at the feudal structure and see that the issue was not that the nobility was the government, but that it was the property holder in an free-market society with only one player. That turned out with behedings and pitchforks.

about 1 month ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

JerryLove Re:We are not hearing the full story. (742 comments)

In "right to work" states, you can fire someone for "no reason at all", but there are things you can not fire people for even in "right to work" states, retaliation is one of them.

You may want to research that a bit further: http://www.ncsl.org/research/l...

That would require "legally proper, necessary, or desirable activities". Fire someone for unionizing and you have retaliation. Fire someone for suing over discrimination and you have retaliation. Firing someone for misuse of your company clout? That seems to fall well within valid firing. Even firing someone because they got someone to come complain about them and it annoyed you... that's usually fair game in an at-will state. (your mileage may vary)

about 1 month ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

JerryLove Re:We are not hearing the full story. (742 comments)

Look, we all hate Comcast, but something is fishy here about this guy. I will go as far as saying that the write-up is one-sided, and if "true", the employer has opened themselves up to a lawsuit, and I really don't think HR and their lawyers would do this.

We are not hearing the full story.

I'm not so sure (and suspect that it depends on which state he's in). My state, for example, is "right to work". Which means, unless it expressly violates some protection (disabled, race, gender, etc): I can fire you for anything at all. I can fire you because my astrologer said I should fire anyone who wore a red shirt in today.

I would think *comcast* might be actionable *if* they actually lied. Otherwise, and unless he's in a state with more signifigant protections than mine, he's SOL.

about 1 month ago
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Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

JerryLove Re:Hodor (127 comments)

I haven't watched or read the series beyond some individual scenes so I can't say if that's an accurate assesment of it, but if it is, then it's evidence for the granparent's position. "Playing with expectations" is a gimmick. It can work once or perhaps even twice, but if the entire work revolves around it, that strongly suggests the author relies on constant shocks because they have nothing else up their sleeve.

You can rest relieved to know that the plot does not revolve around it. I'm not sure "avoiding cliche and limiting tropes" is realistically a "gimmick".

I'm sure your novels are better.

Just like everyone who complains about Obama/Bush/whatever better have a succesful term or two of US presidency behind them?

I'm not sure the analogy holds. Perhaps a more accurate comparison would be to respond to the presidential critic with "I'm sure your policies are better thought out: where can I find them?".

about 2 months ago
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Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

JerryLove Re:Hodor (127 comments)

As much as I don't want to validate trolling by responding to it: many of Martin's kills are done specifically to play with expectations. We killed the presumptive protagonist (Ned Stark). Then the audience realizes this story is about the sone and his revenge. So we kill him. But at least we know who the villan is. So Joffrey dies.

Martin's work speaks for itself. I'll not feed the "can't write" comments. I'm sure your novels are better. Which movie network is producing them?

about 2 months ago

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