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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

almitydave Re:Not sure about this. (193 comments)

Landmines? I'm really struggling to imagine a legal use of those. Probably some poisons, too, athough I suppose you could posit a researcher needing for legitimate research purposes.

yesterday
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

almitydave Re:Not sure about this. (193 comments)

Let's not forget that the NSA has been doing all of this and more, with no consent of _either_ party.

Ha, that gives me an idea. Just start all phone conversations with "this call may be monitored by law enforcement for unknown purposes." That'll probably really cut down on my phone time.

yesterday
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

almitydave Re:But... the children!? (193 comments)

Does anyone want to be one of "those parents?"

I want to be one of those "helicopter" parents. I see the other parents, nose stuck to a cellphone, or chatting with their friends, while their kids dumpster dive out back of the medical facility. I want to be involved. I want to know what my kids are doing. Who they're with. Where they are going.

That's not "helicopter" parenting, that's basic paying-attention parenting. A "helicopter" parent is one who tries to micromanage their children's lives; using your examples, organize everything your kids do, choose their friends, accompany them everywhere, supervise constantly, yell at teacher for giving them a C grade, remove all potential adversity and risk of injury, etc. The use of "helicopter" is supposed to invoke the image of hovering constantly overhead.

It's actually a quite harmful way to raise children, as they don't learn the critical skills to deal with life - how to deal with failure, overcoming obstacles on their own, the freedom to develop their own interests; in general self-reliance and resilience.

yesterday
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

almitydave Re:Uhhh (903 comments)

...but in no way is failure to pay a debt actually illegal.

I understand your point and was mainly reacting to the poster's dickish opinion. But I do believe there are laws on the books requiring the payment of debt. You may not be arrested or go to jail, but there are legal consequences for not paying a debt.

If you enter into a "legally binding contract" and don't fulfill your obligations under the terms of the contract, you're liable for civil action (but not criminal). The legal system will enforce private contracts, and all auto loans (the ones you get from a dealer that involve signing paper anyway) are accompanied by such a contract; so yes, there are legal consequences for not paying a debt, but indirectly and not because of some law that requires payment of debts.

Notably, there are ways out of the contract that may not require paying the debt: for instance, if you don't pay your car loan and the bank repossesses the car, you haven't broken a law even though you didn't pay the debt - the bank exercised its rights under the contract to take the car back if you don't pay. Normally, the bank won't sue you, unless you make repossession impossible.

(IANAL or creditor or loan-writer so I could be completely wrong)

5 days ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

almitydave Re:To Kill a Mockingbird (402 comments)

This is still banned? It was required reading in my public junior high school...

"Banned Books Week" is about books that are or were banned by someone somewhere, or that people sought to have banned; so they're not necessarily STILL banned. Some are great works of literature that were just controversial at a particular place & time.

5 days ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

almitydave Re:In lost the will to live ... (794 comments)

36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

If everyone could understand and internalize those two simple rules, then "all the law and the prophets" would be unnecessary. After all, Jesus just basically said that they are redundant anyway. But people don't understand that, hence we have the rest of the Bible trying to extrapolate those rules to all manner of practical situations, filtered through each author's social and cultural knowledge that actually had nothing to do with God.

The Bible in a nutshell: "'Don't be a dick' throughout the ages."

about a week ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

almitydave Re:No (393 comments)

You must be some paid shill, because that wasn't even REMOTELY the point of the GP post. The point is that the existing cost of the Tesla Model S already hits Anderman's price range, so the Model 3, being smaller and another three years out from now to improve battery manufacturing costs, should easily sell for a lower price point. But you wouldn't understand because you need it explained in one-syllable words, written in crayon.

The new car: it's not as big, has less range, and its charge pack is made in bulk. How could it NOT cost less? (provide your own crayon)

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Instant Video Now Available On Android

almitydave Re:finally (77 comments)

UPDATE: It works now on my Galaxy Tab 4 8". Here's what I did:

-Uninstall the Amazon app I got from the Google Play app store.
-Install the Amazon app store by downloading the apk from Amazon.com using a web browser.
-Using the Amazon app store, install the Amazon app listed there and the Amazon Instant Video app.

Now, from the Amazon app, I can peruse the Prime Video selections, and watch free items.

A word of caution: after doing this, it enabled 1-click purchasing (it was previously disabled for my Amazon account), which I disabled, but forced on 1-click purchasing for digital items with no way to disable. Be careful what you click.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

almitydave Wrist-centric use cases (471 comments)

A successful smartwatch app would need to be one that was most usable in the same way you use a wristwatch - glancing at it occasionally, non-complicated UI interaction, etc.

Aside from the obvious fitness apps, there will be infinity variations on telling time - one that uses the number system from "Predator" would be neat - and calendar/agenda apps would be the most useful. If they support NFC, you could share schedules and contacts with a fist-bump and give new meaning to the phrase "synchronize your watches."

GPS navigation might be useful as a wrist-based app too, especially when on foot, bike, or when driving in jurisdictions that prohibit use of cell phones.

The key is they have to be apps that are better suited to a wristwatch form factor than a phone, although I'm sure there will be tons that aren't, just because devs will want to cash in on the latest new thing.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

almitydave Re: The Measure of Man (471 comments)

Also number of Twitter followers and Facebook friends.

about three weeks ago
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Appeals Court Clears Yelp of Extortion Claims

almitydave Re:Don't try this in Europe (63 comments)

Check out the context for yourself. The quote is from Starship Troopers.

It's not that Heinlein doesn't understand or is deliberately obfuscating, he's simply using a perspective different from your own, IMHO. The way I interpret Heinlein here is that rhetoric and flowery prose doesn't *give* us freedom, and that freedom is something that needs to be fought for, to get, and to retain. Read (or re-read) the novel -- I think you might learn something.

I read it during my formative years, and it was influential in the shaping of my political views; but that was so long ago I couldn't tell you what it said or what I liked about it (the politics part - what's not to like about powered armor?). In the given context, it's not a different perspective from my own - it's what I was saying here and elsewhere: that simply recognizing rights doesn't secure them. Out of context, that quote sounds like Heinlein doesn't even believe in the concept of rights inherent to a person, or that it's irrelevant.

What the Declaration states, and what I believe as well, is that these rights are real and exist; whether respected, trodden upon, forgotten, or codified into law; and the moral corollary that everyone has a duty to respect the rights of others; disagreeing with the assertion that rights are arbitrary, not transcendental, and can be revoked by a society. Ultimately it's a philosophical question: what's a "right", how do we get them, and how do they relate to morality in the context of society?

about three weeks ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

almitydave Re: in the meantime : (204 comments)

Heh, some mod doesn't like the 2560x1440 options, apparently.

Sadly all (or almost all) 2560*1440 monitors are 27". That's too big for my tastes; I find I have to move my head (and my neck) to look around the screen, and that is NOT good.

24" would be MUCH better.

That's a good point - I was considering one of those when I got my 24", and the dpi on the 24 is about as high as I'd like for a desktop monitor (using standard scaling levels). I currently have two displays connected, both at home and work, so I'm used to having to move my head to look around. I consider 2560x1440 a single-monitor upgrade from two 19" 1280x1024 displays, and at 27" should be less head & neck movement than the dual-monitor setup, but for that dpi to be legible might require you to sit too close. You'd need 30+" to match the dpi of the dual-19 setup, and that might require too much vertical craning.

...which is where 29" 2560x1080 comes into play!

about three weeks ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

almitydave Re:in the meantime : (204 comments)

when will we finally get hihger than 1920*1080 resolution monitors at a decent price ????

What do you consider a decent price? I got a 24" 1920x1200 IPS monitor (HP zr2440w) this year for $300 - it's fantastic. Newegg has several 2560x1440 screens for less than $400. 20 years ago a decent 17" CRT cost $1000. That's only 786 pixels/$. My current screen is almost 10 times that. 15, counting for inflation. And they're much better pixels.

If you're only looking at the sub-$200 budget monitor market, you're going to have to accept compromises.

(all prices USD)

about three weeks ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

almitydave Re:Oh, Argentina (165 comments)

Huh. "Illiquid" has been a word for more than 300 years. The more you know!

about three weeks ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

almitydave Re:IRS Planning the same (165 comments)

Well, I work at Morningstar, and I haven't heard anyone talk about the risk of government seizing retirement accounts, so GP is wrong.

(I'm going for the ultimate logical fallacy hat trick here: appeal to authority of the anecdotal strawman).

about three weeks ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

almitydave Re:IRS Planning the same (165 comments)

Corporations with deep pockets can write it off as the "cost of doing business", but an unstable individual who was depending on that money being available later to survive may not take it in stride.

about three weeks ago
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Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute

almitydave Re:I wish there was a way to disable images onTwit (81 comments)

There should really be a tag in HTML5. Is it too late to propose it?

<meme img="troll" caption="u mad bro?"/>
<meme img="therocksurprised" caption="twitpic isn't owned by twitter??"/>

about three weeks ago

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