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Nest Halts Sales of Smart Fire Alarm After Discovering Dangerous Flaw

Mr. Freeman Re:Does everything need to be smart? (128 comments)

The old ones use a metal strip that melts in order to accomplish the same thing.

about two weeks ago
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Nest Halts Sales of Smart Fire Alarm After Discovering Dangerous Flaw

Mr. Freeman Re:Does everything need to be smart? (128 comments)

Agreed. Fire alarms are not things that should be designed by any Tom, Dick, or Harry that wants to dabble in home automation. These are devices in which failure can cause people to fucking die. The folks over a Nest should issue a complete recall of every single one of their fire alarms, destroy them, and replace them with normal fire alarms from any real fire protection vendor. But we all know that won't happen because it would cut into their profit margin and they'd be forced to admit that they aren't really qualified to be working in real-stakes industries like fire protection.

about two weeks ago
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Nest Halts Sales of Smart Fire Alarm After Discovering Dangerous Flaw

Mr. Freeman Re:Sounds Prudent (128 comments)

The feature in question apparently deactivates the alarm if you wave your hand anywhere from 2 to 8 feet beneath the unit. How they possibly thought that this wouldn't be accidentally triggered is beyond me. Something tells me that they didn't actually do very much QA at all.

about two weeks ago
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Why US Gov't Retirement Involves a Hole in the Ground Near Pittsburgh

Mr. Freeman Re:Makes perfect sense (142 comments)

Get your logic out of here! I want to blindly hate the government and if the only way I can do it is by misinterpreting everything in order to push a narrative of inefficiency then so be it!

about a month ago
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Is One Laptop Per Child Winding Down?

Mr. Freeman Not surprised (111 comments)

Silly project dies a silly death. News at eleven!

about a month ago
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Portal 2 Incompatible With SELinux

Mr. Freeman Feigned outrage (212 comments)

The same people complaining about Valve instructing people do disable SELinux are the very first people to recommend doing exactly the same thing when someone online asks "How do I do [basic thing] in Linux? It doesn't seem to be working." There isn't a single message board dedicated to Linux that isn't filled with "disable SELinux" posts.

about a month and a half ago
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Walmart Unveils Turbine-Powered WAVE Concept Truck

Mr. Freeman Re:Why so many trucks? Why not railroads (242 comments)

You probably don't own the land that the track is on, but you own the land on either side. You might want to recheck your documents and property in order to avoid paying tax on land that you can't use because it has an active rail line running through it.

about a month and a half ago
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Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

Mr. Freeman Re:Holy cow, a decent idea! (597 comments)

> 2- it encourages brain drain. Since the repayment is through the tax system, the easiest way to avoid it while still earning good money is to move to another country where they won't care about it.

What the fuck are you on about? You know that you still have to pay taxes for the country in which you have citizenship, right?

about 2 months ago
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Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

Mr. Freeman Re:Holy cow, a decent idea! (597 comments)

At least it's a step in the right direction.

about 2 months ago
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Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

Mr. Freeman Re:Lifers? (597 comments)

Obviously, there would be a limit on the amount of subsidized education you can get. Did you seriously think that this proposal was as simple as "pay for it with some taxes"? Use some common sense.

about 2 months ago
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Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

Mr. Freeman Holy cow, a decent idea! (597 comments)

This is actually a really good idea. However, it does need some limits, particularly with regard to tuition prices. This proposal will give universities to raise tuition prices like mad. We need to place some serious restrictions on those.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

Mr. Freeman Re: Bad Analogy (716 comments)

You did not pass the EIT, you passed the FE exam. That's the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam. Because you passed it, you are now an Engineer In Training (EIT) or an EI (Engineering Intern). (Those terms both mean the same thing and are entirely interchangeable.)

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

Mr. Freeman Re:Bad Analogy (716 comments)

That's yet another terrible analogy! Dynamiting a bridge is akin to an IT administrator sabotaging a system from within. That's also a terrible analogy, but at least it's closer than your comparison.

about 2 months ago
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Half of US Nuclear Missile Wing Implicated In Cheating

Mr. Freeman Re: At Least ... (313 comments)

They never were. That was actually the code for what essentially amounted to a superfluous lock on the devices. There were still multiple layers of security, physical and otherwise, that prevented any kind of unauthorized use of, or access to, nuclear weapons. The idea that someone, armed with the code 0000000, could have done anything sinister with regard to nuclear weapons is beyond laughable and is well into the realm of nutjob conspiracy theories.

about 3 months ago
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The SEC Is About To Make Crowdfunding More Expensive

Mr. Freeman It's overreach (366 comments)

Interesting. I'd normally be all for this, there are way to many kickstarter campaigns that consist of "I have an idea for something, I need an amount of money determined by pulling a number out of my ass, I won't offer you any return on your investment, I might not even come through with the project, give me your money!"

On the other hand, there's no fraud here, no one on kickstarter is claiming to know what they're doing. Also, the job of the SEC is to prevent financial fraud, not to prevent fools from being parted with their money. If idiots want to throw their money at stupid things on the internet, let them to it without silly extra taxes!

about 3 months ago
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First US Public Library With No Paper Books Opens In Texas

Mr. Freeman Re:Falls short in one critical public library job: (212 comments)

The better solution is actually to digitize all that stuff. Paper is absolutely terrible for archiving information. You have to be in close physical proximity to read it, only one person can see it at a time, it's incredibly flammable, it wears out (there's a reason that you can't physically touch most old books and papers), etc.

Paper archives are of interest only for the novelty of seeing the actual piece of paper. The US Constitution is a great example. Even if the thing were destroyed we'd still have a constitution, it wouldn't suddenly cease to be law just because it was destroyed. Visiting the national archives is only good if you want the novelty of seeing the first copy ever made. Sure, It's interesting, but it's entirely worthless if you actually want to read the document. To see the constitution you have to show up during visiting hours and try to read illegible handwriting through 3 inches of bulletproof glass under incredibly dim light. It's far more effective if you just pull up a copy on the internet.

This goes for libraries everywhere. It would be far more useful if we just digitized all of this stuff. It's not hard. There are many commercial devices that are capable of digitizing books, maps, charts, and all manner of written material. The ONLY obstacle to this is the fuckwits responsible for turning copyright law into the clusterfuck that it is today. The only reason that books aren't digitized is because someone will sue whoever is doing the digitizing. It doesn't matter if the book is out of print and isn't sold anymore, whoever owns the copyright just wants to make a quick buck by suing someone else.

about 3 months ago
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First US Public Library With No Paper Books Opens In Texas

Mr. Freeman Re:Both the reader and the copyright licenses (212 comments)

It's going to cost way more to replace the e-readers than it does to fix/replace books. For one thing, repairing an e-reader is almost impossible and, even when it can be done, costs about half as much, or more, as buying a new one. Books, however, can be rebound and repaired to a decent extent before they need replacement. E-readers are also way more fragile than books. Show me even one e-reader that can be dropped from 5 feet, pushed off a desk, thrown into a backpack, dropped again, have a stack of junk (pencils, other books, water bottles, etc.) dropped onto it without breaking and I'll eat my hat. And don't forget the chargers for these things. The cords will break and the chargers will go missing like crazy.

The only reason this idea might work is because Texas now sees it fit to classify failure to return a library book or e-reader as a crime! I'm sure that throwing people in jail for failing to return library books will be a great help to society.

about 3 months ago
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Africa, Clooney, and an Unlikely Space Race

Mr. Freeman Sounds like politicing to me (137 comments)

> the application of space science technology and research to "basic necessities" of life – health, education, energy, food security, environmental management – is critical for the development of the continent.

If a country can't even provide clean drinking water to their people then how in the fuck do they expect to give them space-age technology? It doesn't matter what they might learn from space travel, because they can't even make use of technology, like water purification, that was perfected more than half a century ago!

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

Mr. Freeman An economic analysis (383 comments)

Your boss's job is to make sure that the company turns a profit. Why should he hire more people when everything is working fine right now? This might *sound* like a stupid question, but that's exactly what your boss is going to ask. You need to have an answer for him.

You say that projects are getting delayed so that you can put out fires. *What* projects? Could these projects save the company money? Could they reduce risk and therefore prevent a loss of money? Are they necessary for the business to continue operating thus make money? For example, you said that IT is getting pressure from other departments because IT is holding them up. There's a good business case for hiring more IT staff. The other department could get their projects going faster and thus make more money.

You also mentioned helpdesk staff. What are your current wait times? Are you tracking them? If so, pull the data. If not, start tracking them now. If wait times are excessive then that's lost money. If hiring helpdesk staff can help other people get back to work faster then the company can make more money.

Back all of this up with numbers. You don't have to have a perfect analysis, but you should have some kind of rough number to give to your boss.

about 4 months ago
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Object Lessons: Evan Booth's Post-Checkpoint Airport Weapons

Mr. Freeman Re:Crap (208 comments)

And those could get through today's security measures as well.

about 5 months ago

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