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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

jrumney Re:Pegatron vs Foxconn (188 comments)

No, this is wrong. No permit is required.

Since 2003, you no longer get beaten to death in a jail cell for failing to show one on demand, and obtaining one is easier and less expensive, but the temporary urban residence permit still exists. It seems I was wrong about them being tied to employment though.

about an hour ago
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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

jrumney Re:Pegatron vs Foxconn (188 comments)

In a labor camp, you can't say "I quit" and walk out.

If I understand the situation correctly, workers from other provinces require a permit to live in a different part of China. And that permit is most likely tied to their employment. So it isn't the same as you or I walking out on our employer - the choice is made a lot more difficult for them.

yesterday
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RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

jrumney Re:signal blocking (110 comments)

The wireless cards have ample protection against copying of the complete information to make clones. RFID Passports have sufficient protection against someone being able to get useful personal data without seeing the same info on the inside of the passport first. EMV cards however will cough up all the information from the front of the card unencrypted (or if not, encrypted using a fixed publically known key at least) to anyone within range.

2 days ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

jrumney Re:Classic pricing problem (321 comments)

Set a flat price for all users, residential, commercial, industrial. No reason that some users of water should get it more cheaply than others.

On the other hand, tiered pricing based on usage helps those who made the effort to reduce waste when you get to step 3 in your scheme. But of course, when you have tiered pricing, the biggest industrial users will all negotiate for a lower rate anyway. Probably most of them can use grey water anyway, since they're using the water for cooling, irrigation or other use which doesn't really require clean, treated, tap water.

2 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

jrumney Re:Check your math. (873 comments)

That's probably because Christianity does not require believers to spread the faith

I don't know what bubble you're living in. I live in a Muslim majority country, and I still encounter Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses on their mission to spread the faith. I've never encountered such zeal from the local Muslims (when I lived in the UK, there were evangelical Muslims with a table in the town square every weekend, so they do exist, but it seems to be more about recent converts taking an aspect of Christianity over into their new faith than anything fundamental to Islam itself).

4 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

jrumney Re:Don't worry guys... (873 comments)

This incident is classified as a terrorist act however even the top Muslim Cleric in Australia has condemned this

I'm not sure what the word however is doing in that sentence. Doesn't the top Muslim Cleric in Australia consistently condemn every terror attack performed in the false name of his religion, like top Muslim Clerics all around the world?

4 days ago
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9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

jrumney Re:Hope it won't happen in USA, again ! (158 comments)

I would prefer to be taken hostage by someone who (is a hostage taker AND is a wack-job) to someone who (is a hostage taker AND is a Muslim)

I'd rather be held hostage by a whack job with an obvious motivation than one with unknown motivation. At least with a Muslim whack-job, you know that sending in a Muslim cleric to talk him down has some chance of success.

4 days ago
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9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

jrumney Re:Valid release (158 comments)

It would be super deceptive in my opinion to get actors in roles, then have them "saying" all sorts of craziness

Craziness is one thing, if you've ever seen foreign films dubbed into English, you'd know it is standard. The issue in this case was a specific kind of craziness that could get her on some whack-job's hitlist. I'm not supporting the crazies that would want to kill her, and I would defend anyone who willing stood up and said those things, but I don't think the ideal of "Free Speech" should trump her personal right to not be associated with this particularly inflammatory way of making a point.

4 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

jrumney Re:Sounds Better? (433 comments)

Actually the Loudness war is a reversion to how things were before CDs, when recording engineers were trying to squeeze more out of cheap thin vinyl on ever longer albums. With CDs, they suddenly had dynamic range to play with, but the novelty wore off when they realized that pop music was mostly listened to in noisy environments with cheap in-ear headphones.

5 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

jrumney Re:Not really missing vinyl (433 comments)

It's like taking someone running at 10 footsteps per second, filming them at 5 frames per second,

Ahh, no. It would be like filming them at 22 frames per second.

5 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

jrumney Re:Not really missing vinyl (433 comments)

Perhaps an increase the amount of bass or mid-range may get the effect you're looking for.

Definitely midrange. As the linked article states, vinyl is pretty awful when it comes to reproducing high end treble or low end bass. But I don't think an equalizer is going to give you the distortion, which is also part of the "quality" of the vinyl listening experience.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

jrumney Re:Software doesn't really matter (259 comments)

I use Shotwell, and it definitely has an option to write the metadata to files, so you can recover it later or from another program. The database is necessary for search - you don't want it to have to open each file one by one to find the image you are looking for.

5 days ago
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Sony Reportedly Is Using Cyber-Attacks To Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

jrumney Re:Really... (189 comments)

Yes, saying that Sony might have the second amendment on their side is like claiming that vigilante groups in white hoods that go around shooting anyone with dark complexion because one guy who they think was probably black robbed a store in their neighborhood once, have the second amendment on their side. The second amendment is not about that at all. It is about the maintaining the ability of the people to form a militia to overthrow a tyrannical government if the need arises. The funny thing is, the constitution will have long since been thrown out the window when that scenario eventuates.

about a week ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

jrumney Re:Someone has (270 comments)

Waste

Wait, you're seriously complaining about the possible waste of undrunk biodegradable coffee, and suggesting expensive disposible plastic pods as the solution?

about a week ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

jrumney Re:Holy Fuck! (270 comments)

Now that the ink DRM on their cartridges is cracked, will we see the emergence of third party continuous coffee delivery systems?

about a week ago
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A Paper By Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel Was Accepted By Two Journals

jrumney Re:Wikipedia (100 comments)

And Maggie should be postgraduate age by now, so why wouldn't she be publishing papers?

about a week ago
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Why Open Source Matters For Sensitive Email

jrumney Re:All- OpenChange, Citadel, Zimbra .. + RSS Faceb (73 comments)

You've got that backwards. Exchange is the one that requires proprietary clients (it just happens that the major smartphone vendors include proprietary ActiveSync clients out of the box). The others listed use standard IMAP+LEMONADE extensions (which admittedly isn't widely supported by desktop clients, because they generally don't need it).

about two weeks ago
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Google Releases Android Studio 1.0, the First Stable Version of Its IDE

jrumney Re:What's wrong with emacs and make ? (114 comments)

Developing in emacs will never be as fast

I spend far less time waiting for yasnippet to expand the appropriate boilerplate, semantic to complete variable and function names, and flycheck to highlight the bugs I just finished writing than my colleagues seem to with their IDEs. About the only feature missing from Emacs that is all the rage in IDEs these days is the ability to whimsically change your whole codebase archtecturally, causing guaranteed merge conflicts for all your co-workers with a single button press.

about two weeks ago
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Google Releases Android Studio 1.0, the First Stable Version of Its IDE

jrumney Re:What's wrong with emacs and make ? (114 comments)

People who use Emacs for development understand that the GUI definition in Android is just XML, and the layout can be better controlled by editing it by hand rather than dragging things around with a mouse and trying to align them by sight.

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

jrumney Re:Embedded Systems (641 comments)

depends on Linux and C.

Not really. Over at mbed.org, ARM has a rather nice C++ library for its Cortex M series, which are really too memory constrained to think about running any version of Linux on them.

about two weeks ago

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