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Comment Re:Ham-handed (Score 1) 280

Listen to Fox much?

Most Euro-based software companies won't take contributions from Americans because of the absurd US laws on encryption. The US has warrantless wiretaps, Stingray, Gitmo, etc. etc. etc. Basically, all the US has to do is to listen to your "free speech" without a warrant, proclaim you a terrorist, and ship you off to Gitmo forever without a trial.

It used to be the Gulag.

So... There are many, many other countries with greater privacy protections than the oft-ignored First Amendment.

Comment Standards? (Score 2) 193

Although I have to wonder about a "spec" or "standard" that allows damage to core hardware if the fricking cable is bad.

Seriously? What about component failures in the cable as it ages?

Didn't the engineers think this through?

This brings me back to the Apple Mac stroke of genius non-standard DB9 serial port when you could short the Mac power supply to ground by plugging in a standard null-modem cable,

Comment Re:First world problems... (Score 4, Insightful) 227

Good grief. Any society depends on cooperation and sharing of resources. You can manufacture outrage that your "unlimited" plan is actually limited, and demand that your carrier provide you with your own dedicated cell tower everywhere, for the "agreed upon price" but that's bullshit. What's more you know that's bullshit.

Of all the carriers, TMobile is about the most generous with bandwidth per dollar, and most reasonable with its terms of use.

Seriously, there are greater abuses out there.

Comment Re:Realism (Score 2) 420

Not at all. As an engineer, you give me clear goals:

Meet these specific standards under these specific conditions.

I can do that. I will probably do that at the expense of performance under other conditions. That's engineering. that's not being a corporate apologist. Now VW took it over the line, by actively modifying the code to pass those tests, something that is forbidden, but without third-party review it's impossible to catch this sort of stuff.

What needs to be happening is that the software is audited by independent third parties, and there is random testing of actual road performance.

Comment Re:Outdoor (Score 5, Informative) 466

As someone who works in the RV industry, you're right to some extent. But also, appliances in houses do not get shaken, bumped, subjected to temps from well below freezing to 120*F, so the testing and quality is far more stringent.

Lastly, we use a lot of appliances common to boats, and durability and repairability are also important. You can't go to Walmart when you're on a boat; you fix, patch, or do without.

Our customers who installed dorm fridges because RV fridges are too expensive have found that the dorm fridges don't last too long.

Comment Re:How many times? (Score 4, Insightful) 389

Did you ever try to get a license for a "performance" like this? I did, once, just to see how difficult it is.

Turns out that, at the time, neither BMI nor ASCAP had a way to legally play their music unless you were a professional DJ, were pressing at least 200 CDs, or were re-mixing their music.

After 6 weeks of phone calls and emails, and getting shuttled off to various other agencies, it turned out that they had no license that would allow an individual or a business to play songs from their catalog for a single event.

Of course that does not prevent them from suing for lack of the same.

Comment Re:Contract: No! (Score 2) 353

Incorporation provides no shield whatsoever, at least in the US. They can still sue you into bankruptcy.

What you want is to spell out in the contract that anything you provide is an "instrument of service" and that it cannot be distributed, modified, blah, blah, without your permission.

And yes, you need a contract for each and every single job you do, no matter how small. There's always the chance that you will have an insane client (like I did) who ran up nearly a million dollars in costs arguing with us, and then ended up paying a quarter of that, when we calculated the original remedy would cost $1,800. And yes, the client was insane, absolutely bonkers. And I had bought that job from another company that we purchased, and they did not have a strong enough contract, and the job was tiny, about $4,000.

Being incorporated does absolutely nothing for you to protect you from that.

Comment Re:Hahah (Score 1) 246

Seriously? With a criminal record, he's unlikely to be able to get a full time, long-term job. So he will bounce from one short term job to the next, filling the gaps with unemployment.

Further, he's probably likely to commit more crimes, even if petty crimes like drug use, so he will cost you and me in police time, court time, jail time. And he's more likely to get busted for those petty crimes since he will be living in high-crime, high police areas; whereas a rich kid would not be busted for simple possession a poor kid with no job will be.

Then there's the predictable drain on social services, subsidized housing, and so on.

It is far, far cheaper to pay for this kid's college at an Ivy League school than it is to send him to jail.

That's the part that the "law and order" "lock 'em up and throw away the key" nutjobs fail to understand.

Comment Re:Hahah (Score 4, Interesting) 246

So presumably you're willing to pay the $400,000 or so it will cost to keep him in jail "for several years" plus the inevitable public aid, unemployment benefits, food stamps, etc for the rest of his life?

Or would you rather pay a few thousand for counseling and public service monitoring?

Fuck your "lock 'em up" mindset. We already incarcerate more people in this country than any other civilized nation, and it serves no purpose whatsoever other than to fuck up peoples' lives and costs us, the taxpayers, millions of dollars.

But that's what we get when we make the justice system a for-profit operation.

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