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Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

Mr. Freeman Re:I have an even better idea (304 comments)

>Snow does not preclude bike riding.

Looks like we found the hippie.

3 days ago
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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

Mr. Freeman There are more disturbing implications here (351 comments)

Do you realize that these idiots are allowed to vote? I know it's all the rage right now to blame politicians for everything, but why don't we take a good, hard look at the people who put them into office.

3 days ago
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Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

Mr. Freeman Re:I have an even better idea (304 comments)

To play devil's advocate here, let's look at your claims.

Bus: Doesn't exist many places. If it does, there may not be a bus stop within walking distance of your house, place of work, or a food store.
Taxi: Too expensive. Try taking the taxi to work every day and you'll go fucking broke in a month.
Train: (I think you mean subway). There are two places in the USA that even have those. One is Washington DC, the other is New York. The rest of the country has less subway rail *combined* than either one of those towns alone.
Plane: We're talking about commuting here. And good luck getting on a plane nowadays as an adult without a license.
Walk: Too far. We just covered this.
Bike: See above. Also, see lack of bike lanes and winter months where snow precludes bike riding.
Uber: Illegal and uninsured service. This is a non-starter.
Ride from a friend: You have friends willing to chauffeur you all over the place? Yeah, neither does anyone else.
Moped: Requires a license, genius.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

Mr. Freeman Re: What's wrong with a scroll wheel? (423 comments)

What a typical Slashdot user answer.

User 1: "I have problem X"
Slashdot user: "No, you don't."

See also: Linux users.

4 days ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

Mr. Freeman Re:Qualifications (479 comments)

Right, because we all know that men can't possibly be interested in providing daycare for their children, getting home on time, or avoiding mad sprints to meet deadlines. Those are obviously things that only women care about.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Mr. Freeman Re:Sorta related... the teletype machine (790 comments)

I'm not the person you responded to, but all three of those are fallacies.

Encryption makes email secure and compliant with the law, fax machines are not (and have never been) secure but the law excludes them from having to be secure, and the fact that doctors' offices still use them is a function of the first two.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Mr. Freeman Re:Sorta related... the teletype machine (790 comments)

It's important to remember that it's not the fault of the government that the healthcare industry uses faxes. The rule says that electronic communications need to be encrypted. This is a very good, common-sense rule. The problem is that all the healthcare providers/insurers/etc. (usually in the form of massive corporations) found the loophole that allows for insecure communication. They want to save a buck by using outdated technology rather than doing their job properly.

It's easy to say "BLAME HIPAA AND THE GOVERNMENT!" but reality is, as usual, more complicated.

about two weeks ago
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Sloppy File Permissions Make Red Star OS Vulnerable

Mr. Freeman Re:Good ol' 777 (105 comments)

Keeping the keys secret is not obscurity. You're either being intentionally obtuse or you're an idiot.

about two weeks ago
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Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

Mr. Freeman Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (420 comments)

You eliminated the requirement to prove someone guilty and your conviction rates went up? Well no fucking shit, of course they did. Removing things like "due process" and "rights" *always* results in more people being punished.

about a month ago
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Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

Mr. Freeman Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (420 comments)

Alright, please present yourself for summary execution. After all, you might become drunk at some point, and killing you now will prevent you from ever driving drunk.

about a month ago
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Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

Mr. Freeman Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (420 comments)

That's just stupid. Why have two tiers? They should just pick a number and stick with it. If the limit needs to be .05 then just make the limit .05, don't screw around with this "second limit" nonsense.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

Mr. Freeman Re:It could be worse (247 comments)

I don't know where you work, but at most places you'd be fired for refusing to set up voicemail. You work for the company, so making yourself unreachable to everyone in the company simply isn't going to fly. It's as stupid as saying "I don't write things down" or "I don't do work."

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

Mr. Freeman Re:It could be worse (247 comments)

Sounds like it's time for a firing. At most companies, an employee that "doesn't use email" or "doesn't use voicemail" is quickly saying that they "don't work there anymore."

about 2 months ago
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FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents

Mr. Freeman Re:When we give money to the schools ... (229 comments)

Social values by community? Are you *trying* to push us back into the era of segregation?

Sorry, that was a silly question, of course you are, because you're an idiot troll. Try harder next time.

about 2 months ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Mr. Freeman Re:The more things changes... (401 comments)

That's because the idiots that voted for the republicans in the first place *wanted* the shutdown. We've got massive collections of people that believe all kinds of conservative fairy-tales and, unfortunately, they're a large enough part of the voting population to get their way.

about 3 months ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Mr. Freeman Re:Have to take personal time to vote... (401 comments)

More places haven't gone to mail-in-only voting because they don't want to disenfranchise the homeless, who have no mailing address, or the poor who might change their address upwards of three times per year often staying in transient housing. The poor often have a hard time finding a single place to live, and they already have the least time to deal with matters such as ensuring that their ballot is sent to the correct address.

about 3 months ago
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Tetris Is Hard To Test

Mr. Freeman Re:Nice advertisement (169 comments)

The article didn't even describe the special cases that Tetris is allegedly "filled" with. They just mentioned a single, obvious, non-special case that is encountered in almost every game.

This is just more marketing spam that's found its way onto Slashdot.

about 3 months ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

Mr. Freeman Re:Who wants to work for Google nowadays? (205 comments)

> they do have all the nice perks and benefits and all the on-site stuff, interesting problems, and interesting culture

They have the nice perks and on-site stuff because they expect you to spend more than twelve hours per day there. They have daycare so you don't have to pick up your kids. They have a dentist that comes to the complex every so often so you don't leave for dental appointments, they have free food so you don't leave to pick up food and you don't go home to have dinner in the evening. And their salary isn't very good either. It's a lot for anyone *who doesn't live in Silicon Valley*, but it's mediocre for anyone who does. Housing costs in that area are stupidly high. If you're making less than $100,000 then literally more than five eighths of your paycheck is going straight to rent.

As for the "interesting problems", every company has those. When you're an engineer (even a software engineer) every company has interesting problems. There are very few problems that aren't interesting, even if they aren't unique.

>You also don't have to worry TOO much about them hiring a few retards that never get fired (at least not on the engineering side).

Yeah, you do. Back when they were a startup, it was easy to see who was an idiot and who was a genius. Nowadays they're so large that it's easy for incompetent people to hide amongst their peers. It's also publicly traded, and we all know how much shareholders care about flashy presentations and short-term profits instead of long-term gains. Any incompetent employee who bills their stupid idea as "the next big thing to generate lots of revenue quickly!" is basically unfirable.

>Of course, then you have their "1 size fit all, basically random depending on who does the interview" interview process to go through, so it may not be worth the trouble, unless you're feeling lucky.

So you're telling me that Google doesn't have to worry about incompetent engineers and that the company is well-run, but *somehow* they just happen to have a terrible interview process? That sounds highly unlikely. What's more likely is that the interview process is a reflection of the people within the company. If the interview process is bad then the people who designed it are clearly not very good at their jobs.

about 3 months ago
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Code.org: Blame Tech Diversity On Education Pipeline, Not Hiring Discrimination

Mr. Freeman Re:I'm glad SOMEBODY finally said this (227 comments)

You'll also never see a push to get men into teaching, nursing, or being a hair stylists even though those jobs are absolutely dominated by women. Apparently, it's only "real" discrimination if the victim isn't a man.

about 4 months ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

Mr. Freeman Re:Apple = cash cow for scumbags (304 comments)

You're complaining about clickbait, but your signature is an advertisement that makes use of exactly the same tactics to try and draw people to a website that you probably have a stake in.

about 4 months ago

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