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Comment Re: lack of foresight (Score 1) 193

No, but they did have private documents.

Can you imagine what would have happened if James Madison was crossing the boarder and someone said to him "Pass over all your documents, my scribe is going to take a copy of them"

There is nothing new here, it is just a document search and seizure.

But its not the same. In those days, when you travelled and crossed borders you had to more or less consciously give some attention to the documents you brought with you. Reams of paper get pretty heavy; and so it wasn't customary to have every document, photo, and piece of correspondence, you ever produced or received *on your person*.

Now you cross the border... and your phone or laptop; especially if its also linked to additional cloud storage accounts and social media etc... it literally has the potential to be a every document, photo, and piece of correspondence you have ever received; and we don't give it a 2nd thought ... we need our phones to make a few calls or receive emails and look at maps while travelling, and we don't think about just how much data we're carrying around with us until some belligerent TSA goon is demanding we hand over our phone and laptop passwords.

We're not deliberately carrying all our photos and email history and bank records and tax documents through customs because we want to transport them to another country... its just incidental to how we use the devices.

If James Madison was reentering the country with a suitcase of documents, it would still be egregious to demand they be turned over for copying before allowing passage. "Ah, but what if it's his entire personal library, packed in boxes. He might be smuggling contraband. Customs should be allowed to inspect!" Too true, but what invasive species, sickened animals, blood diamonds, ivory, or tiger penis might be in the ones and zeroes of James Madison VIII's phone?

Comment Re:Pretend this is slashdot (Score 1) 183

There is no basis for claiming that "women who have had hysterectomies" have higher quality healthcare than "women who have not had hysterectomies".

Assumption1: Not all women have health care, by circumstance or choice.
Assumption2: Hysterectomies are solely the result of health care of some sort.
Discounting false positives leading to unneeded hysterectomies, in the set of women who have had hysterectomies, all of the women who have needed hysterectomies have received hysterectomies. In the set of women who have not had hysterectomies, there will be some women who have needed hysterectomies have not received hysterectomies. Therefore, "women who have had hysterectomies" have higher quality healthcare than "women who have not had hysterectomies". Throw back in the false positives, and you still have one group, all with health care by tautology (even if it sometimes misdiagnoses), and another group where many/most probably have health care, but some have no health care (by circumstance or choice). This would work at lesser degrees for any medical procedure.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 214

Good sales at Christmas time for a new product is not an indication of product success

Also include returns of the same product after Christmas and most importantly, sales following Christmas. If 1000 people get them as presents, but 900 return them, that's bad. If 1000 people receive them as presents, and post Christmas sales are lackluster, then the items sold well as gifts from people who thought they were nice presents, but wouldn't buy such things for themselves. Then the presents sat on a shelf and the receiver didn't spread the word because they were meh. Congratulations, your item is a pet rock. If 1000 people get them as presents and post Christmas sales show improvement, then your product will continue to sell well just by word of mouth because it's awesome. Apple is having to force these earbuds down people's throats, so I'm guessing they suck.

Comment Re:Selling out? (Score 1) 78

It has to do with them being extremely conservative in holding inventory rather than it being premeditated. Plus unlike Sony and Microsoft who'll sacrifice short term profits for long term marketshare. Nintendo could have rushed the next production run and expedited with airfreight but it would have eaten into their profit margins.

It's not like they're new to the markets of the West. Christmas is huge gift giving season, even for atheists and other non-Christians. This device was perfectly priced and timed for Christmas, and it also had the nostalgia factor. This was 100% a premeditated shortage. Conservative estimates of demand would have been a lot more. I opted not to buy a Wii-U because it wasn't available when I wanted to buy it. This device might go the same way, because by the time it's available somewhere for retail price, I'll have forgotten to look for it.

Comment Re:It's easy to use they said... (Score 1) 99

They do the same thing as those who were "monitored" and "regulated". Spy on SOs, exes etc. And of course, people were shocked, SHOCKED I tell you that the NSA staffers would ever do such a thing. Same as when cops were revealed to be doing the same thing...

We were unhappy to have been proven correct, but no one was shocked, because the people that really would have been shocked have never heard this ever took place. They do get shocked when I tell them, and then they demand proof.

Comment Re:Why should this be surprising? (Score 1) 158

By definition, half the people minus one are below average intelligence.

This is one of my pet peeves. "Average Intelligence" is usually assumed to be a range of points on the IQ scale, not just one spot. Also, since there are more than 300 humans alive, it stands to reason that there will be quite a lot of collisions when you start hashing humans to points on the IQ scale. Since it's usually described as a bell-curve distribution, there will be a large number of humans sitting at the exact average point. So even if you believe that "average" is just one point, and not a range from (arbitrarily chosen by me) 95-110, less than half (by much more than one) of the population is below average by definition.

Comment Re:Doesn't depend at all. (Score 2) 540

Sure, creative, knowledgeable and smart people will find jobs in post-automation world. [implied: but the rest won't]

They'll find undertakings that suit them (as will everyone else.) They won't find jobs.

"Go away! Batin'!" - Frito Esq. Idiocracy

Joking aside, I think this anon coward hit the nail on the head:
The good but uncreative people will become self destructive. The sociopaths, bereft of accepted means to prove their superiority, will turn to unacceptable means.

Comment Re:Apple (Score 1) 35

Firefox overeats the RAM (sometimes more than 60%) forcing the machine into a cruel hours-long swap-trashing before eventually killing firefox anyway unless I invoke firefox with a memory limitation. Even with the limit, firefox just crashes when it is exceeded.

Forgot to mention: this happens at *least* once a week, either way. Often twice a week if I have other memory intensive processes running (usually don't).

Comment Re:Apple (Score 1) 35

I have 4GB of RAM on my primary 64 bit workstation. Firefox overeats the RAM (sometimes more than 60%) forcing the machine into a cruel hours-long swap-trashing before eventually killing firefox anyway unless I invoke firefox with a memory limitation. Even with the limit, firefox just crashes when it is exceeded.
I also have 2GB of RAM on my primary 32 bit laptop. Firefox happily uses just 20% of the RAM and never crashes, ever.
Same OS on both (although 64 bit on the 64 bit machine), and nearly identical usage. Firefox 64 bit memory handling seems to still be buggy.

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