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"Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In

wealthychef Re:nice job (102 comments)

I agree and disagree. I agree that these new terminals are a waste of money from a "please the customer" standpoint. However, clearly the idea that flying in the modern age is stressful is evidence that the miracle of modern flight is wasted on us. Because there is occasionally a 3 hour delay to a 5 hour flight to cross the country, somehow this is an unacceptable level of stress in our lives? In historical context, this is absurd. I just add 2-3 hours to my flight times and don't worry. If we can speed it up, great. But if not, we are already experiencing a miracle by the standards of a generation ago!

about 3 months ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

wealthychef Re:Local testing works? (778 comments)

NO, I say before you pay the lawyers you give the people back what they are owed. So the fines should be difference you state PLUS lawyers fees. Ånd the lawyer fees should not be exorbitant.

about 3 months ago
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FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

wealthychef Re:Dear Fed (199 comments)

I don't understand the commercial vs. private distinction here. Why is private drone US fine but commercial not?

about 3 months ago
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Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

wealthychef Is it really that hard to add collision detection? (88 comments)

I think that as self-driving car technology improves, the collision detection technology will find its way into drones. This is not much of a safety issue. More of an annoyance. Welcome to the new world, just get used to shit whizzing through the air and doing stuff.

about 4 months ago
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New Snowden Leak: of 160000 Intercepted Messages, Only 10% From Official Targets

wealthychef Re:Americans don't care (201 comments)

The point is not to make a dent in the collective ignorance of Americans. That's asking a lot. What is the point is to uncover the man behind the green curtain, who promises us he is keeping us safe with his awesome powers, but is instead bumbling around, lying, and providing a fertile ground for abuse by collecting too much information and having an opaque process. Evil loves the darkness, even when the "good guys" are the ones that turn the light out in the name of national security.

about 4 months ago
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White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

wealthychef Re:Obama (211 comments)

What it is with this guy: in order to rise the top you must make promises to powerful insiders, lie to the people, give them just enough to prevent revolt, but keep fattening your patrons. It's all about insiders vs. outsiders, not Democrats vs. Republicans. Obama is not a "liberal." He is the ultimate insider.

about 4 months ago
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Mesa 10.2 Improves Linux's Open-Source Graphics Drivers

wealthychef Re:Still relevant nowadays? (58 comments)

Who knew? thanks for the info, I was under a mistaken impression perhaps

about 4 months ago
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Mesa 10.2 Improves Linux's Open-Source Graphics Drivers

wealthychef Re:Still relevant nowadays? (58 comments)

Interesting -- I would have thought if you buy an NVIDIA card that it won't work properly without NVIDIA's driver. Same for ATI. You're saying that Mesa gives hardware support for those cards?

about 4 months ago
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Mesa 10.2 Improves Linux's Open-Source Graphics Drivers

wealthychef Re:Still relevant nowadays? (58 comments)

It's relevant, but if you install a video card, you are going to use the vendor's OpenGL stack for most of your rendering, and that's probably the majority of users.

about 4 months ago
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German Authorities Lack Evidence To Prosecute Anyone For NSA Spying

wealthychef Re:That's too bad (107 comments)

Even accepting your idea that there should be no limits on espionage, one big problem here is that the espionage was discovered. If you are going to spy on me, I'd better not find out about it. That's just the way the game is played. If it were OK to do, they wouldn't call it "spying," they would call it "looking."

about 5 months ago
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Twitter Capitulates To Governments, Censors Users

wealthychef Re:It isn't designed as an uncensorable platform (91 comments)

Facebook did not start with a marketing department. It caught on because it delivered something people wanted and was easy to use. Same with twitter. They started making money and used the money to grow their product. The open source model does not follow that process. Getting angry and whining does not get you anywhere. To increase usage, you have to provide something people want and understand how to use. Saying "use xmpp" is not going to work. You need to say "use this cute app to chat with your friends anonymously" Leave the jargon out of it.

about 5 months ago
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Anti-Surveillance Mask Lets You Pass As Someone Else

wealthychef Re:Sure, give that a try (196 comments)

"in your face crime?" LOL unintentional puns are the funniest

about 5 months ago
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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Experts Unable To Replicate Inmarsat Analysis

wealthychef Re:An what? (245 comments)

anus hehehe

about 5 months ago
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Kerry Says US Is On the "Right Side of History" When It Comes To Online Freedom

wealthychef cough-Snowden-cough (261 comments)

"I also hope that you won't let the world forget the places where those who hold their government to standards go to jail rather than win prizes" uh huh, we are really giving Snowden a prize right?

about 6 months ago
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Steve Jobs Defied Convention, and Perhaps the Law

wealthychef no different than many other powerful CEOs (311 comments)

When was the last time you heard of a CEO of a big company doing jail time when his/her company was wrongdoing? It's the privilege of wealth not to be questioned about your nasty business.

about 6 months ago
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Google Halts Gmail Scanning for Education Apps Users

wealthychef Nobody complains about spam filters! (67 comments)

When you enable spam filtering in Google, the spam filter "reads all your email" in exactly the same way the "invasive" practice from this lawsuit does. It just does it to serve Google and not the user. You have no privacy on the Internet unless you encrypt your traffic, and not even then if the NSA has their way. Until people get that, they should assume that people are "reading" their messages.

about 6 months ago
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A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

wealthychef Re:Simple.... Odds are even (167 comments)

You seriously think that each player in RPS has a 33% chance of winning each round? Think a little bit about that. Oh, I forgot, this is /.

about 7 months ago
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New Stanford Institute To Target Bad Science

wealthychef Re:This is where the money is short sighted. (86 comments)

this has nothing particular to do with climate change, or any specific issue. Politicization is missing the point. The problem is bad science. We scientists need to clean our house before complaining about politics.

about 7 months ago

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Meetup.com changed page format angers user

wealthychef wealthychef writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wealthychef (584778) writes "Meetup.com went ahead and made a drastic change to their interface that nobody likes. This discussion thread at meetup.com shows the mood. Tempers are flaring up with criticism, work has been lost, content has been destroyed, usability is suffering, and as a user, I agree, meetup.com has screwed up royally. They are refusing to roll back the changes and basically saying, sorry, suck it up."
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Wikileaks becoming anti-US one-man show

wealthychef wealthychef writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wealthychef (584778) writes "Wikileaks appears to be turning into a purely anti-US operation led by a single man with little sense of community, drifting far from its roots. "In the nearly four years since its launch, WikiLeaks has morphed from an friendly collaboration of like-minded geeks to an operation dominated by Assange's London press conferences and outsized personality.... The group's focus also has changed. At its inception, WikiLeaks announced that "our primary interests are oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East." Since the summer, the group has focused exclusively on the United States--in particular, its controversial military adventures abroad."

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20020996-281.html?tag=nl.e703#ixzz13gAistTj"

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Google Voice is finally starting to be opened up

wealthychef wealthychef writes  |  more than 5 years ago

wealthychef (584778) writes "According to Lifehacker and Google's official twitter account, Google is starting to send out invitations to Google Voice It's about friggin' time!

FTFA: Google Voice's official Twitter account just posted that "Invites to people on reservations list" are "starting to go out today." No indication how many at once. If you want in and haven't signed up, request an invitation."
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Apple admits that MobileMe does not use PUSH

wealthychef wealthychef writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wealthychef (584778) writes "Apple just sent me an email admitting something I've been complaining about since MobileMe came online: it is not using PUSH technology as they claim. Instead, it is simply synchronizing your data from your desktop. It's an improvement over the past, true, but it's not PUSH. I got the following letter from them this morning:

"We have recently completed the transition from .Mac to MobileMe. Unfortunately, it was a lot rockier than we had hoped. Although core services such as Mail, iDisk, Sync, Back to My Mac, and Gallery went relatively smoothly, the new MobileMe web applications had lots of problems initially. Fortunately we have worked through those problems and the web apps are now up and running.

Another snag we have run into is our use of the word "push" in describing everything under the MobileMe umbrella. While all email, contact or calendar changes on the iPhone and the web apps are immediately synced to and from the MobileMe "cloud," changes made on a PC or Mac take up to 15 minutes to sync with the cloud and your other devices. So even though things are indeed instantly pushed to and from your iPhone and the web apps today, we are going to stop using the word "push" until it is near-instant on PCs and Macs, too.

We want to apologize to our loyal customers and express our appreciation for their patience by giving all current subscribers an automatic 30-day extension to their MobileMe subscription free of charge. Your extension will be reflected in your account settings within the next few weeks.""
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Apple iPhone SDK Pre-announcement March 6

wealthychef wealthychef writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wealthychef (584778) writes "At Information Week, they are reporting that Apple is finally releasing details bout the iphone SDK on March 6. Apple is usually very good about shipping on time, but they have had problems with this one. FTA: "This morning Apple started sending out invitations to an event to be held Thursday, March 6. The topic? The long-awaited iPhone SDK. The invitation read: "Please join us to learn about the iPhone software road map, including the iPhone SDK and some exciting new enterprise features." Finally!""
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Apple Removes iPhone Support from Leopard?

wealthychef wealthychef writes  |  about 7 years ago

wealthychef (584778) writes "Apple lists all 300 of their new Leopard features at http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/300.html. One of them used to say "Your notes folder acts like an email mailbox, so you can retrieve notes from any Mac or PC or access them from your iPhone." This was good news to iPhone users, as previously, there was no way to get notes to your iPhone from your Mac, and vice versa. It now says, only, "Your notes folder acts like an email mailbox, so you can retrieve notes from any Mac or PC." So either this feature was removed due to some problem, or the initial characterization was incorrect. Either way, it's a bummer for many of us with iPhones, desperately wanting to use them as an effective PDA but unable to due to missing features such as copy/paste, a To-Do list, and no notes synchromization."

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