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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

John Jorsett Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (629 comments)

You are not misremembering, at one point WSJ published a lot of insightful business and economic commentary, and kept politics contained in the opinion pages. Now political narrative dominates all aspects and as a result business and economic aspect suffer. I stopped reading it for this reason - profit has no ideology, moment you view data through a lens of politics is the moment you stop noticing opportunities.

I've read the WSJ daily for decades and have yet to detect a conservative editorial bias on the non-opinion pages. It's the only readable paper any more because it does actual reporting and isn't puffed up with fluff and torn-from-the-AP-feed canned drivel.

yesterday
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

John Jorsett TOS violations (239 comments)

The Justice Department prosecuted Aaron Schwarz for violating JSTOR's Terms of Service, so how about prosecuting the DEA agents who violated Facebook's?

3 days ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

John Jorsett Inconsistency (478 comments)

some Republicans have called on the administration to ban travel from the most affected countries. [snip] Frieden and other officials say such a move would be counterproductive Remember back in July when the FAA banned air travel to and from Tel Aviv because one Hamas missile hit about a mile away from the airport? Now we have a deadly outbreak of disease in another part of the world, at least one person with that disease who has managed to enter the US and possibly infect others, and we still don't curtail travel from those areas? If you're going to do it for a relatively minor threat, it's insane not do do it for a major one.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

John Jorsett First, define your terms (547 comments)

Before making a prediction, you have to define "death". If it's the complete absence of users of the language, then the answer is easy: no language ever dies. There'll always be somebody in some obscure corner of the planet who'll know and use it from time to time.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

John Jorsett Re:we get it (295 comments)

Nice strawman. It's not about "the world ending" or "higher taxes" or "world government" at all. I don't know how you people twist a bit of warming into crap like that. We're burning fossil fuels, creating carbon dioxide, which is a greenhouse gas, and it's causing warmer temperatures. Those warmer temperatures will cause economic losses, so to cut our losses we should cut carbon dioxide emissions by generating electricity from non-fossil fuel sources.

Limiting carbon emissions carries its own severe economic impact, yet that seems to be the only one the climate change believers want considered as a solution. There have been numerous proposals that would work to cool the planet if that's what we want to do, and do it at much lower cost and without limiting carbon output. Primum non nocere.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

John Jorsett Re:phase change (295 comments)

Yeah, it's not a constructive attitude to take. But, if I'm convinced that global warming is going to wipe out the human race, then anyone who is arguing on the other side is directly contributing to the extermination of humanity, and that's not going to endear me to them. And in a broader sense regarding "liberals", tolerant people can't be expected to be tolerant of intolerance. Same with religion - if I'm convinced that anyone not worshipping God is helping the devil to destroy the world, then I'm not really going to be sympathetic to atheists or other religions. Of course to someone who disagrees with me on any of these positions, I'm just some nutjob. But if I'm right, well, what otherwise outrageous actions are acceptable in order to save the world?

That's the "He was coming right for me!" defense, in which the actual threat doesn't matter, it's how you perceive it. I have a certain amount of sympathy for that in a life-or-death situation, but not in circumstances where there's lots of time for cool reflection. Taking the animus to the extreme where people want their opponents muzzled, imprisoned, or dead, as some have, isn't going to advance things, it's going to engender a war.

about two weeks ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

John Jorsett Re:grow your own (236 comments)

And reliability, and maintenance costs, and bandwidth costs, and probably things I'm overlooking as an outsider to the jobs.

That's enough to make it a complex system with multiple solutions for local minima.

And probably most important: taxation and regulation. Those have a profound effect on the bottom line.

about two weeks ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

John Jorsett Re:If the libs are for it... (283 comments)

That was my thought. I don't even understand why the Koch brothers care. They don't have a dog in this fight. Why on earth go to the trouble of opposing net neutrality? I wonder if they walk around city parks slapping ice cream out of little kids' hands. It's not like they want the ice cream for themselves, they just don't want anybody else enjoying their treats.

The whole thing also flies in the face of the usual conservative talking points, that they're pro small business. Well, you eliminate net neutrality and new, small, innovative players who can't afford to pay for the "fast lane" suffer. There is no idealogical reason for conservatives to oppose net neutrality. It's simply a knee jerk reaction, libs are for it so we must be against it!

I don't know what conservatives think, because I'm not one, but I know that the prospect of the FCC getting its nose under the tent in regulating the internet fills me with dread. As for the Koch brothers, maybe they're thinking the same. And slapping ice cream out of toddler's hands is Michelle Obama's thing, is it not? Makes them fat.

about three weeks ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

John Jorsett Re:If the libs are for it... (283 comments)

Clearly they dont get the concept of net neutrality because I dont know a single person who is opposed to this

They exist, and I've talked to them. With a little more thought on the subject, I may become one of their number. Like Pauline Kael, you live in a rather special world: "I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know."

about three weeks ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

John Jorsett Re:Conservatives crying "no fair"? (283 comments)

Isn't that their whole ideology, that the world isn't fair?

And isn't their opponents' crie de guerre,"leveling the playing field"?

about three weeks ago
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Star Wars Producers Want a 'DroneShield' To Prevent Leaks On Set

John Jorsett White House (138 comments)

This makes me wonder how the White House and other high-profile government locations' security staffs deal with this issue. It's got to be a problem there as well, probably moreso as a drone could be armed, not just doing movie set recon. I have to think that there must have been recent incidents, but I've not seen any news accounts.

about a month ago
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Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

John Jorsett Re:Uber Fresh? (139 comments)

I'm Finnish. Both us and Swedes have alcohol monopoly, and had it for a very long time. It works wonders and is a part of preventive measures against alcohol abuse in countries where winter darkness is massive.

It's always discouraging to me when it's foreigners who use the correct word, 'preventive' rather than 'preventative' as many Americans do. Sigh.

about a month ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

John Jorsett Re:I like... (643 comments)

Everyone likes accountability when they have control over it. The cops would have control over the tapes, right? So they get to choose which parts to show and which parts to "inconveniently lose."

One small problem with that theory... if they "inconveniently lose" a critical bit of video evidence at trial, the defense would savage them for it, and the jury is likely to let that fact color their decision in a way that is not advantageous to the prosecution.

The Rialto experiment has shown that in all instances where force was used, the cameras were turned on, so the "conveniently lose" scenario isn't borne out by at least one real-world study. I went looking, and couldn't find any mention of whether or not a cop could "lose" a video even if s/he wanted to. The only control mentioned was the ability to turn it on or off, they're mandated to turn it on before encounters with the public, and apparently always do.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

John Jorsett Re:I like... (643 comments)

The camera itself might be a tiny, tiny fraction of the salary of a cop, but it would still require a massive database and supporting infrastructure to run/maintain the entire implementation. Nor would it change the fact that people would still bring (founded and unfounded) lawsuits against the police.

What if the police got to the scene of a crime after the victim (a black man) managed to turn the tables on the attacker (a white woman) and the only thing the camera saw was the victim (a black man) attacking the attacker (a white woman) in a panicked frenzy? Camera and the police says the victim (a black man) is the attacker, therefore the victim (a black man) gets arrested. Investigation? Why conduct one when the police (partly) caught a black man beating a white woman on camera?

Are you arguing that no data is better than some data? We have that today and look what it's getting us. Even if use of cameras doesn'r solve all problems, the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks, IMO. Even in your scenario what would happen without a camera is the cops would testify that they saw it happening and the Black victim would be in the same situation. At least with cameras you remove any subjectivity or outright bias on the cops' part.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

John Jorsett And prison guards (643 comments)

Prison guards are just as, if not more so, in need of body cameras. It would head off a lot of abuse that takes place out of sight today. As a general rule I'm not thrilled with the feds big-footing states, but in cases like these, where unions have politicians in absolute thrall, I think it's not only desirable, but necessary.

about 2 months ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

John Jorsett on-demand buses (276 comments)

Hey, and I'm just spitballin' here, but we could name the system, uh ... UBER!

about 2 months ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

John Jorsett It would have been nice if ... (231 comments)

1) the story had named the officers. As it is, one has to go to the PDF of the complaint to find the names of the cops. 2) the story said whether any of them were disciplined in any way over this incident, 3) they were prosecuted for it, but at a minimum their pay should be docked for the cost of the settlement.

about 2 months ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

John Jorsett Re:NOT CONFIDENTIAL!! YAY!! (231 comments)

You do realize that settlements are basically private contracts right? Are you really saying that I must publicly disclose the terms of any private contract I am a party to, just because the "Public has a right to know"?

No, No, they don't have a right to know. I may allow you to use my intellectual property and by contract disclose it to you for your use, but that doesn't mean everybody in the world is now entitled to see everything.

If one of the entities is a government, the public DOES have the right to know, since it's public funds that are being used to settle.

about 2 months ago
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CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

John Jorsett Scooter Libby (266 comments)

Scooter Libby, adviser to VP Dick Cheney, was indicted, prosecuted, convicted for perjury and making false claims to federal agents, and subsequently sentenced to 30 months in federal prison (which President Bush commuted). Until people are prosecuted and imprisoned in these cases of lying to Congress, I'll know our government isn't serious about preventing perjury.

about 3 months ago
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Airbnb Partners With Cities For Disaster Preparedness

John Jorsett This is brilliant (55 comments)

I have to admire this strategy to wrap AirBnB in the banner of helping disaster victims. Besides being a valuable service for those victims and great PR for the company, it gives them a very effective argument to counter the rent-seeking behavior of the industry they're displacing and to attack enabling bureaucrats and politicians with ("Joe Smith wants to deny aid to disaster victims. Vote Mary Doaks for City Council.") I hope Uber is watching and learning from this.

about 3 months ago

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A new form of click fraud?

John Jorsett John Jorsett writes  |  more than 3 years ago

John Jorsett writes "Lately I've been getting a lot of calls from various outfits saying that I'd filled out an online form asking for more information on sleep apnea, college financial aid, etc. At first I thought that I had pissed off some telemarketer and this was revenge harassment. Now as the calls have continued for weeks with a widening array of solicitors, I'm beginning to think that it's a new form of click fraud. If these companies are paying for these leads, my name and number might be being sold as phony online submissions. Are any other Slashdotters experiencing this?"
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Ask Slashdot: Telling vendor email was compromised

John Jorsett John Jorsett writes  |  more than 3 years ago

John Jorsett (171560) writes "I create for myself a unique email address for every vendor with which I do business, and that address isn't kept in my address book. When a spammer sends something to that address, I know that the vendor's email address database has been compromised. Trouble is, when I notify the vendor that their customer's email addresses are leaking and that they should check their security, I get no response and, as far as I can tell, no action is ever taken. I just change to a different email address, so should I even be bothering with notification, and if so, what's the best way to inform a vendor that their security needs attention?"
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Google to offer encrypted searches next week

John Jorsett John Jorsett writes  |  more than 4 years ago

John Jorsett (171560) writes "CNet reports that, embarrassed by the revelation that its Street View program had improperly collected usage data from WiFi hot spots, Google attempted to repair its image by announcing Friday that it would begin offering an encrypted version of its search service next week."
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