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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

sdguero Difficult to judge without context (784 comments)

As a parent, I think this story is lackin a lot of critical context before I can pass judgement on anything. The route the kids followed is critical to understanding if this was responsible parenting or not. 1 mile is pretty far for a six year old, especially if it's in a high traffic area. Seems more prudent for the parents to tail the kids from a disttance, at least the first time (and it sounds like this was the first time), when they do something like this.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

sdguero Amazon is an internet logistics company (479 comments)

"horrifying steeplechase [by] careless and non-people-oriented technologists"

Amazon is an internet logistics company, not a health spa. They solve difficult problems that require sharp thinking and logic. Kissing asses and holding hands isn't part of their business model.

If you want to be surrounded by people orientated luddites, go work in the service industry

about two weeks ago
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Ad Company Using Verizon Tracking Header To Recreate Deleted Cookies

sdguero Re:Only iOS? (70 comments)

Yes, quite certain WIFI was disabled on all devices tested. I also tested the android phones in two different geographical locations in San Diego.

Only the iphone/safari that I tested showed header insertion.

I found this on reddit, some people reporting that same thign I'm seeing...

https://www.reddit.com/r/priva...

about two weeks ago
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Ad Company Using Verizon Tracking Header To Recreate Deleted Cookies

sdguero Only iOS? (70 comments)

I just tried this URL on three Verizon phones:

http://uidh.crud.net/ On all browsers on the Android phones, no ehader was detected. THe iphone we tested, there was a header insertion.

I assume this is due ot a "no track" setting at the browser application level. Interesting that androids browsers have it enabled but iphone browser does not.

about two weeks ago
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EnOcean Wireless Sensors Don't Need Batteries (Video)

sdguero Re:Marketing fluff (46 comments)

Nah, thats in my ass. I was talking about my phone.

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

sdguero High Voter Turn Out != Better Elections (480 comments)

The problem is apathy, not voter turn out. The media are shills for powerful candidates and people don't take the time to do the research required to vote intelligently. Making it easier to vote jsut means that more sheeple are going to vote for whoever their church, employer, or biased news channel told them to vote for.

I'd prefer if it was actually harder to vote so less sheeple who don't really care won't make it to the polls and vote for another giant douche or turd sandwich. The less people that vote, the higher the chances of a third party candidate or someone who actually fights (vs paying lip service) for the underrepresented (IMO the middle class) gets into office.

about two weeks ago
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EnOcean Wireless Sensors Don't Need Batteries (Video)

sdguero Marketing fluff (46 comments)

The Hue lighting PoC was pretty lame, not a lot of use cases there. I'd rather just use the thing that is always in my pocket (and has a battery) . Nothing else seemed very close to being ready for market. Solar is obviously the most common "ambient" power source. That booth just looks very fluffy to me.

about two weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

sdguero Re:islam (1350 comments)

Agreed. I always encourage non-muslims who say something about "moderate Islam" to go read the Koran. It makes the Old Testament feel downright warm and fuzzy.

about three weeks ago
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Dish Introduces $20-a-Month Streaming-TV Service

sdguero ESPN sucks (196 comments)

I'm a sports fan. I watch the NHL, NFL, MLB, NBA, even some premier league. And other than Sunday night football or the occasional live sports event, I rarely watch ESPN. I get my sports news online. ESPN's sports news coverage used to be great, then it was decent, now it sucks. The way the entwork completely ignores hockey (because they haven't had any TV rights with the NHL since 2003) is absurd.

What sucks is that at this point ESPN basically has TV sports coverage in the USA monopolized. They can pay high prices for college football or whatever broadly appealling sportring even is happening and every cable provider carries them so enough people will watch to make it profitable. They are like the Microsoft of sport networks. It blows.

about three weeks ago
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Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

sdguero Re:Bows have evolved (232 comments)

And horses have their own advantages.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...
My point still stands. For the most part, bows are obsolete and not used nearly as much as before the spread of firearms over 400 years ago (which btw, can be silenced with a little bit of effort).

about a month ago
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Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

sdguero Re:do what you want. (232 comments)

Hey now! My aunt rode dressage in 2 olympics. One of my earliest memories was seeing her in the opening ceremonies in 1984.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wi...
She was holding the red balloon. :)

Dressage is defined as "the highest expression of horse training." My aunt dedicated her life to understanding and working with horses. Going to the olympics was an added bonus, awarded to her because she is very good at what she does.

Horses were largely replaced by the internal combustion engine about 100 years ago. Bows were replaced by firearms nearly 400 years ago. Both are archeaic and underappreciated. Honestly, I was surprised someone who enjoys longbow archery has no respect for dressage. Then I read NoNONAlphaCharsHere's reply and see that pretty much everything in your post is bullshit. So now I'm no longer surprised.

about a month ago
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Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

sdguero This has been going on for years (130 comments)

Back in 2005-ish a friend of mine worked for a MPIAA contractor. His job was to seed bad torrents. THat is torrents that would go to 99% complete but never finish (I forget the trick for that, I think it was to control.remove all the 100% seeds after a couple days or something). Another was to simply mis-label torrents, give people a PBS show or something instead. The thing is, all the torrent sites are self-moderated, which roots out the shady torrents pretty quickly.

about a month and a half ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

sdguero Re:Did anyone watch the video? (515 comments)

Well I haven't reviewed the evidence from Eric Garner's case, but what was presented in the indictment for Chris Brown showed that the witnesses who were brought out by the media before any evidence was presented were lying. There was substantial physical evidence showing the Brown assualted the officer after committing robbery/assault at the lquor store. Fighing cops is a good way to get yourself killed. I thought the most interesting part of the Ferguson incident was that the officer wasn't carrying a taser. If he had been, Chris Brown would probably still be alive.

about a month and a half ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

sdguero Did anyone watch the video? (515 comments)

I watched it. From what I can see, the police are detaining a man. Nothing else. The woman who is recording is stopped in the middle of the street (she is creating traffic, not stopped "in traffic") and when the officer initially tells her to move, she doesn't. Then, when she realizes that maybe what she is doing is a bad idea and she should leave, it's too late as the cops are swarming her car by the time she tries to pull forward. Now she has potentially assaulted an officer with her vehicle (can't tell from the video), which is a felony. This is why the one cop says "Your a dumb bitch."

I'm not saying the cops didn't do anything wrong (clearly he should not have called her that), but all the accusation about deleting the video are not supported by anyhting other than her lawyer saying she alledges that is what happened. The only hard evidence we have is the video, and all it shows is her breaking traffic laws and an officer calling her a "dumb bitch."

Before we all get our panties in a bunch, why don't we just let the lawyers and the court figure this out. All we have heard so far are statements from her lawyer and I suspect that he is overstating her case because that is his job.

about a month and a half ago
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California Sues Uber Over Practices

sdguero Suprised it took this long... (139 comments)

There is strong correlation between which states are going after online ridesharing and their level of corruption. As a lifelone CA resident, it surprised me that it took this long for the state to take action.

about a month and a half ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

sdguero Re:LOL (398 comments)

I know of which you speak, as far as ageism. After interviewing an overqualified Engineer in his early 50s at my last job, my manager literally replied to my recommendation to hire with: "Meh. He's just too old to fit in." I was pretty shocked, especially since part of my argument to hire him was that our team had too many young inexperienced people and could use some balance. I'm 34.

Leaving your field is an option. But there are other viable options out there. Moving to a different job market, expanding your search to the rest of CA or even out of state is another one. I'm praying some company makes me a manager in the next 5 years so I don't end up fighting for individual contributer jobs against people half my age.

about 2 months ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

sdguero Re:LOL (398 comments)

My friend is a software developer that was being discriminated against. After acknowledging, then ignoring him, the HR department screwed up pretty bad. He had no choice but to threaten a lawsuit (he had a lot of solid evidence) and they offered him a pretty sweet retention package (nearly a year's pay) that came with a promise not to sue. He took it and quit. He is white, his VP, manager, and most of his coworkers were Indian. The company was Verisign. He has had several good paying jobs since and hasn't been "blacklisted" whatever that means.

about 2 months ago
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With Eyes on China, Intel Invests Billions In Mobile Ambitions

sdguero Good Luck (33 comments)

The high rate of employee turnover, politics, and finger pointing that goes on in the China office I work with (aprox 300 engineers in Beijing) is shocking. I don't know how a company can expect to be sucessful at doing real engineering and development work over there.

about 2 months ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

sdguero Re:Nobody should be exempt (545 comments)

This doesn't apply in software development. The work isn't "just throw another body at it." It requires thoughtful insight and a nuanced approach to do correctly, and efficiently. An effective software engineer should rarely, if ever, have to work more than 40 hours a week.

about 2 months ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

sdguero Re:Betteridge (545 comments)

Agreed. All of the talented and seasoned Engineers I have worked with share this approach. And it works wonders for your stress levels and family life.

about 2 months ago

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