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Stanford Promises Not To Use Google Money For Privacy Research

joelgrimes Hey Google (54 comments)

If you want us to believe that you take our privacy seriously, you would do the opposite and create an endowment exclusively for privacy research.

An external audit is much more credible than the internal one.

about 2 months ago

New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

joelgrimes Re:Waaah. (338 comments)

Actually, most of the Americans I know who don't care that much about coffee flavor seem to have moved on from "coffee pots" into the world of single-serving wasteful expensive options like K-cups, which are effectively an "electric kettle" combined with a pump. I feel like in the past few years, when I'm visiting someone, that's often the option I'm given for coffee -- either a French press (for coffee fanatics), or "you can choose whatever flavor you want because we have a Keurig." (I can understand the convenience, but the per-cup cost is insane -- it often comes out to greater than $50 per pound, often for pretty cheap crappy ground coffee.)

Maybe if you're buying then from Starbucks, but Costco sells them for about $0.38 each. Hard to figure the per-pound cost but it's nowhere near $50. Also by my reckoning, the "beans-per-cup" of the single-serving machines is way lower than a drip machine or french press; that's got to be worth something, if you're trying to be responsible in a global sense. The machine makes passable coffee. It's quick and efficient and rarely needs any attention besides an occasional descaling. Some people will turn up their noses at it, and yeah, I'd prefer to use a french press, but that's a luxury I don't ordinarily have time for.

about 3 months ago

News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

joelgrimes Fark already defies internet culture. (748 comments)

A lot of things run counter to typical internet culture on Fark. You can't even curse on that site. It has moved away from porn. People actually pay for membership. They do IRL meetups almost every week somewhere in the world. They've been pretty successful at banning memes in the past.

I find it more witty than harsh.

about 3 months ago

Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

joelgrimes Re:Sure, but (519 comments)

There is a right to a quality education In CA's constitution. Also there must not be disparities between rich and poor, black and white, etc.

The lawsuit claimed that poor, minority students were disproportionately damaged by last-in first-out layoffs and early teacher tenure because newer teachers will take jobs in low income schools. So when they have to cut heads district-wide, poor schools get hit hardest. They can't lay off the worst teacher in the district, only the newest one.

The plaintiffs pounded home the message that ineffective teachers harm students, and ineffective teachers are prohibitively hard to dismiss due to 5 specific job-protections enshrined in CA law, and poor students are much more likely to be stuck with an ineffective teacher.

about 5 months ago

America 'Has Become a War Zone'

joelgrimes Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

Violent crime is less than half what it was 20 years ago. And even less compared to 30 years ago.

I wouldn't argue with your points - or even your conclusion, but it should be noted that that same time period also coincides with the wide adoption of 3-strikes sentencing laws

California's murders peaked at 4096 in 1993. 3-strikes passed in 1994 and the murder rate has dropped almost every year since. It's now less than half what it was before 1884 in 2012.

about 5 months ago

The Light Might Make You Heavy

joelgrimes Re:Questionable at best (138 comments)

The causes of obesity are a multitude of factors. This article makes an overly simplistic suggestion that sleeping in a darker room will magically help one shed weight

claim of correlation != claim of causation. The article and the researcher were pretty careful on that point.

"But there is not sufficient evidence to know if making your room darker would make any difference to your weight. "There might be other explanations for the association, but the findings are intriguing enough to warrant further scientific investigation."

about 6 months ago

HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

joelgrimes Re:Can I have a pinch of salt with that (288 comments)

So joke all you want, those that do make it to US are rather smart and hard working.

sorry, not my experience at all (20+ years in the bay area and I have tons of experience with indians). they THINK they are good, but the code quality, design quality and attention to detail is far below par.

As an American working in a company with a half Indian workforce, both onshore and off, my experience is exactly what the gp says. The workers who made it to the US were much more capable than the offshore team. I chalked it up to the fact that the obstacles to emigrating went a long way towards selecting for the more intelligent/motivated/organized. At the very least they needed to convince someone to sponsor their H1b. The sponsor takes a sizable risk so they tend to choose carefully.

One of the things I experienced when I first started working with them was an uneasy sense of "If they're all this good and there are tens of millions of them waiting in the wings, we're all doomed in this profession". I'm a reasonably good programmer, but this level of competition is going to burn me out.

Fortunately, working with the offshore team put my fears to rest. Nobody in the company had a lot of faith in the offshore team.

about 6 months ago

Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

joelgrimes Re:frosty piss (664 comments)

Tell them it's got all your child porn on it and they'll sure as hell go find it.

about 7 months ago

Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

joelgrimes Re:selective enforcement at it's finest. (325 comments)

Manning your post in a ship under fire is not heroic. You get trained to do it, failing to stay at your post would be the thing worthy of a title, not merely 'doing your job'.

What are you, Sergeant Slaughter? Being trained to do a job doesn't take away your fear. When doing your job involves facing enemy fire in defense of your country then simply not running away is a heroic act.

about 7 months ago

DOE Announces Philips As L Prize Winner

joelgrimes Re:Cost? (48 comments)

I've friends like that too.

They're getting light bulbs for Christmas.

more than 3 years ago

DOE Announces Philips As L Prize Winner

joelgrimes Re:Cost? (48 comments)

You can buy 60W equivalents for about $40 right now through Lowes online. I'm using the 40 Watt version, which are only $15 and they're... adequate. I bought 8 and 1 of them wasn't up to snuff (low output).

After 4 months none of them have failed (even though I cracked one of them - it continues to work) and the difference in my electric bill vs last year is noticeable. I estimate I'll recoup my investment in about 6 months. They also put out very little heat, which counts for a lot in the summer.

Of course, now I'm anxious to see what the award-winning 60s are like. I'd really like a brighter living room.


more than 3 years ago

Congress Voting To Repeal Incandescent Bulb Ban

joelgrimes Re:Classic! (990 comments)

They are ridiculously expensive, but It might not pay to wait.

If you replace 25W candelabra bulbs with 3 watt leds, each bulb could save you around 60 cents per month (@4 hours per day, $0.25 per kWh), so even if you pay $15 each for them, they're returning about 50% annually. Where else can you make that kind of tax-free, risk-free return?

more than 3 years ago

California Assembly Approves Internet Tax

joelgrimes Re:I would like to invite Amazon... (454 comments)

Sorry, I think a deepwater port is sorta critical to their operation.

None in Montana, But lots in California (and Texas).

more than 3 years ago

Wal-Mart To Launch Unlimited Wireless Family Plan

joelgrimes Re:Any way to bypass Bentonville? (278 comments)

Around here Metro PCS advertises $40/month, unlimited everything. Their billboards say "Not $40-ish. $40". Taxes included.

more than 4 years ago

Liberal Watchdog Questions White House Gmail Use

joelgrimes Re:No Surprise... (283 comments)

Sign me up.

more than 4 years ago

SCO Zombie McBride's New Plan For World Litigation

joelgrimes Outbid him and send him packing (193 comments)

It's only $35k!

I'll personally commit $100 to create a fund to outbid him.

Who's with me?

more than 4 years ago

How Norway Fought Staph Infections

joelgrimes Re:The People Problem (595 comments)

I have to disagree with much of your post. I don't think your in-laws' experience is that close to typical.

Norway's system may be superior, I'll take your word for it. But honestly speaking, it SHOULD be. Norway's problem is much more manageable because Norway is quite a bit wealthier than the US (53k per capita GDP vs 45k) and has a population the size of Kentucky.

Kaiser Permanente, which is a single insurance provider in the US, has twice as many members as Norway has people (and rates extremely highly for quality of care, by the way).

Have you ever asked your in-laws why they go to a doc-in-a-box and don't pick a primary physician? Every insurance plan I've ever had has let me pick a primary doc and see them any time - I've had the same doctor for 15 years.

Most people I know have "their" doctor and stick with them until they decide to switch or a change of insurance takes them out of their list of approved providers. The only people I know that don't have a primary physician are younger people who haven't had a reason to see a doctor since they left their parents insurance.

Also, maybe I haven't been paying attention, but I've never seen an employer require a doctor's note for sick leave of any length. Maybe companies put language to that effect in their employee handbook in case they need it to deal with abuse of the system, but in 20 years working I've never known of anyone being asked for a note.

more than 4 years ago

Cell Phone Searches Require Warrant

joelgrimes Re:Not not? (161 comments)

I think you're missing the operative words: incident to arrest.

They can't just stop people going about their business and demand to see the contents of their backpacks in the hopes of finding something incriminating.

more than 4 years ago


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