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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

bickerdyke Re:Southwest Boarding Policies (865 comments)

That's interesting, but irrelevant. You don't fix disgruntled paying customers by humiliating them in front of a crowd.

[citation needed]

In what way was he "humiliated"?

Advising a passenger that non-frequent flyers can't board during frequent flyer boarding is NOT humiliation.

What's next? Someone blogging and making someones life living hell just because he was "rude" and "humiliating" by insisting that you need to buy a ticket to watch that movie in the theater?

3 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

bickerdyke Re:He is lucky not being labelled a terrorist... (865 comments)

After all, he committed several unforgivable sins in a police state:
1. Being critical of authority

And what state would thet be where you think some company clerk is "authority"?

Corporate america where they brainwashed you that it is completly ok if money has power over the weak ones?

3 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

bickerdyke Re:Where is Kimberley S? (865 comments)

And exactly THAT is why it is not as "harmless" to call out names on the public internet as some posters here claimed it was.

Thank you for the demonstration.

3 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

bickerdyke Re: this is messed up.. but what's worse (865 comments)

> I think he made a huge mistake in calling out the agent by name on the internet.

What's the point of saying so-and-so is rude if it doesn't warn anyone she's rude? He wanted Southwest and everyone else to know who he was talking about.

She denied non-frequent fliers frequent fliers perks. This is anything but rude. So publishing a statement that someone is rude (on those grounds) is libel. So there's something here that would justify letting the lawyers from their leash.

On the other hand, this is nothing that couldn't have been handled well AFTER the flight.

3 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

bickerdyke Re:What?!? (865 comments)

I kinda agree with you, and kinda really don't.
That being said, it's pretty obvious that this was abuse of power, but in no way suggestive that said "air waitress" should not have the power to evict motherfuckers off planes before they take off, especially if they perceive said fuckwad being a problem once the tinderbox is up in the air, and she's facing down the lot of you shitheads solo.
Disclaimer: I fly a lot. Airline passengers make me embarrassed for our species.

Yes. And I'd say THAT's what changed over the last 25 years. Flying has been something special and passengers did not see paying for an airline ticket as an invitation to act like jerks. But with Joe Sixpack and his guys taking a plane to their booze trip to Mallorca.

And every passenger should be glad that drunk people or people who insist to smoke or pee on the floor (google for the celebrity...) are thrown out. It's not that the "air waitresses" have gained more power to do so. It's more people acting up like that!

And it's not the "air waitress" who has any power to do so. It's the captain, who is in full command and full responsibility for the vessel. And like captain at sea, this means full disciplinary command over crew and payload (self stowing* or not)

*Yes, that's what we are: self stowing payload.

3 days ago
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One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far

bickerdyke Re:Pick your units of radiation... (190 comments)

Bq isn't a dose! It's activity.

If you want a dose, you'll measure Sv (Sievert)

That is exactly because of those things you noted. But that doesn't make it worthless. It's just measuring something different.

3 days ago
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How the Internet of Things Could Aid Disaster Response

bickerdyke Re:An ad hockin' 'mergency (60 comments)

but what good is an insulated LAN for these days?

...are you serious? What about outside intruders?

I'd be only worried about them if there is something on the LAN that could be sensitive to outside intruders. Like important data, servers and stuff. But then you have real network infrastructure, and probably don't use Wifi at all. So for those cases, AdHoc-Wifi would be completly out of the question.

4 days ago
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How the Internet of Things Could Aid Disaster Response

bickerdyke Re:An ad hockin' 'mergency (60 comments)

Yet, how many people go home and connect their laptops together directly? If people can't figure that out...

Why should they? Until one of those laptops is configured as a gateway (and all other Laptops have to be configured to use it as a gateway) you won't be able to check facebook anyway.

Yes, you COULD create a LAN in AdHoc mode, but what good is an insulated LAN for these days? Back in the days of Quake, Descent and Age of Empires, yes, there was the option to set one up for multiplayer games. But thanks to Steam, WoW or the latest Diablo, LAN gaming has been killed of, too.

And with the current pricepoint of wifi routers that already include DHCP and WAN routing capabilities over anything from twisted pair to LTE, running for hours on battery, that's just way easier than manually configuring network options to create an AdHoc network.

4 days ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

bickerdyke Re:Breaking news (612 comments)

Thus, the state needs to defend itself - for everyone's own good, of course.

That sounds like the standard excuse for building a surveillance state - completly independent of what the actual political system is calling itself. And we're currently seeing it in far too many "democratic" states.

about a week ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

bickerdyke Re:Breaking news (612 comments)

People raised in a country were the government spies on its citizens, encourages selling people out, and kidnaps dissenters are more likely to lie for personal gain..

Wow. You're broadening the definition enough to make it intresting to have people from several other countries tested, too....

about a week ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

bickerdyke Re:let me correct that for you. (612 comments)

Scandinavia is not icky, nor is france or the netherlands. Not sure about belgium :-)

about a week ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

bickerdyke Currently not the biggest problem (150 comments)

With several gouvernment agencies currently ignoring constitutional rights, specific warrents effecting specifically named persons, issued and overseen by judges, are NOT the biggest threat to privacy.

about a week ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

bickerdyke Re:Warrants are supposed to be narrow (150 comments)

Used to have that too. Strange thing was, the PST file only held a few hundered Emails.

At one point Outlook wil probably block the PC for a few hours and do a 6,9GB garbage collection.

about a week ago
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"Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In

bickerdyke We had that before (102 comments)

That's exactly the same line of thinking that was (obviously!) ready to be spoofed decases ago!

Adding a "human touch" to something that should be easy as opening a door or using an elevator was what led the Sirius Cybernetics cooperation to develop Genuine people personalities.

about a week ago
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"Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In

bickerdyke Re:lost the human touch? (102 comments)

That's why the removed the automated baggage drop of counters again from the largest airport over here.

about a week ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

bickerdyke Re:Apple has 'done nothing'??? (139 comments)

Because they're still listed as "free" categorically speaking?

Well... "free" as in you don't have to pay money to play.

But as this holds true for "pay if you like the game and get a free party hat", the "come on, the first shot is free" and the unplayble Nag-A-Thon that starts begging for your money right from the beginning, I doubt that there will be a one size fits all solution.

about two weeks ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

bickerdyke Re:Apple has 'done nothing'??? (139 comments)

Yes.. as if alternative launchers for iOS were free.. Wait a moment: alternative laucnerhs for iOS? Oh.. sorry....

about two weeks ago
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Finnish National TV Broadcaster Starts Sending Bitcoin Blockchain

bickerdyke Re:now you lose even more money on bc (73 comments)

intrinsic value vs. depending on a system to tell value from useless paper is a terrible deal.

There is no such thing as "intrinsic value".

There is. But it is usually limited to things as potatoes. There is no intrinsic value in gold as many people are misguided to believe.

about two weeks ago
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Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

bickerdyke Re:So what happens... (162 comments)

if you're considering a large death toll as a terrorist goal, then you're wrong. Terror is the goal, and having people killed are only the means.

about two weeks ago
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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

bickerdyke Re:What is the use of school to Facebook? (253 comments)

There are schools much cheaper than the Ivy Leagues with an equivalent education and that's where I'd expect smart kids to go.

At Ivy League, you're not paying for the education. You're paying for networking. And for making an impression at HR types who don't care about education, but reputation.

After all, one of those degrees is the best university degree that money can buy.

As for quitting school to get an above average salary, that's just stupid. That salary is not for life, [...]

But job experience is. And from a certain point on, you will get hired for that. Though you're learning a lot of basic stuff for your formal degree that WILL be actually helpfull and a degree is a ticket into your first few jobs. And it's something that can't be taken from you, so usually it's worth considereing getting one. But it's definitly not the only way to go.

about three weeks ago

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Telecommunications data retention unconstitutional

bickerdyke bickerdyke writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bickerdyke (670000) writes "The highest german court ruled this morning that the advance retention of telecommunications data is unconstitutional. Collected data has to be deleted immedeatly.

Comming into effect January 2009, telephone and internet providers had to store information about each and every telephone, internet or email connection for 6 months. 35,000 people sued against that law at the Bundesverfassungsgericht

Article in german: http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Karlsruhe-kippt-Vorratsdatenspeicherung-2-Update-943695.html
Press release: http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/pressemitteilungen/bvg10-008.html"

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