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Comment Re:Legal? (Score 1) 283

Owner will be sued - yes it happened in Ca. A homeowner set a trap with a shotgun somehow aimed at the door to go off if someone broke in (guess he was sick of getting robbed, who knows). Anyway, of course someone breaks in, gets shot and sues. Legal theory is that you cannot set a trap, even if the perp sets it off by breaking the law. Homeowner lost the suit as I recall.

Comment Time Travel (Score 1) 175

"Dark Matter", Blake Crouch - this is really not time travel but Many Worlds of quantum physics, played out in fictional drama. Didn't really care for it. Technical parts were so-so, but mostly, too many "bad guys" ( won't give a spoiler ) kills necessary plot climax.
"Timeline" Michael Crichton - One of my favorites. Enough tech to properly suspend disbelief, coupled with good midieval historical content and great plot line. Movie sucked but book is a must-read.

Comment Re:What's the price of your integrity? (Score 4, Insightful) 338

Numbers are numbers. Money paid to employees is done out of the money the university has to spend. They either have to take in more of it, or pay out less of it. Which do you propose they do? The rest of the equation is irrelevant. Pretend for a second that YOU have employees, and your costs are going up, but your workload is not shrinking... what do you do?

There are 10 chancellors on the UC Board of Reagents; average salary is about $400k. That's $4M to start with.

Comment Re:Or the actual reason(s) (Score 4, Insightful) 761

... Lightning isn't a standard, and no one else is using it. So Lightning is out.

So come up with something else that replaces the existing port, but is better, more convenient, easier to use, and able to provide even better audio quality. Then convince every manufacturer of audio equipment to use this new standard. *Then* get rid of the old port.

In the keynote, they showed a pair of JBL wired noise-cancelling headphones that used lightning. so, there are some third parties chipping in now. Not saying I love this decision, but you have to admit Apple's track record on these changes is decent enough to give it a chance.

Comment Re:Consider the Human Factor. (Score 1) 211

I encourage users to make up passwords based on some useless obsolete memory occupying a permanent place in their brains. I tell them to start with the name of their childhood dog, that's easy, but then add onto that the entire phone number for their best friend growing up.... the one you'd dial 12 times a day? that's 10 digits you can always recall, occupying some space in your head that you otherwise don't have any use for. Tag that onto your dog's name and you have a memorized 18-digit password. Your head is full of this stuff. An old gym locker combination. An weird nickname you used to call someone. The punchline from a comedy bit you heard when you were 11. There's actually a lot of defunct, untraceable fodder permanently stuck in your head you can use to construct a decent password that you couldn't forget it you wanted to.

Do you really think anyone is going to remember that? Dude, most of us struggle with our kid's birthdays. And keep in mind all the credit card, online orders, banks accounts, work sites - i bet most people are near 100 passwords they need access to. The ones that really kill me tho are the personal questions: "what was your first car?"
VW bug(incorrect)
VW Bug(incorrect)
VW beetle(incorrect)
VW Beetle(incorrect)
volkswagen (incorrect)
Volkswagen (incorrect), Sorry this account is now locked.

Comment Re:Wouldn't numbers be easier? (Score 1) 133

a number of years ago, our kids' elementary introduced a novel grading system. We had to have a sit down with the principal to walk us through it. She told us how the new system would be 1-2-3-4-5 etc as opposed to traditional A-B-C-D - F. This would take time and cause obvious confusion with parents, but the administration felt it was for the benefit of the children so it was worth all the hassle. Swear to god.

Comment Re:Not just at the border... (Score 3, Interesting) 319

We have the same in San Diego - a border check on 5 fwy 40 miles from the border. It's the only direct way to get to Orange County from SD & I drive through it every day. I am baffled as to why we cannot keep the border checks at the border. Over the years I have missed several meetings because the delay goes to maybe 30 minutes or so. For every illegal they catch and throw back, there must be 100's of hours productivity lost to local businesses because of workers stuck on the 5 freeway.

In a flat world where you have to compete with all countries, I just don't get why any politicians see this as beneficial use of resources (keep in mind US trillion dollar federal deficit.)

Comment Re:Just one fatality (Score 1) 297

two of which resulted in fatalities.

Getting distracted with Autopilot engaged is like removing your seatbelt because you have airbags. .

Why call it autopilot? just call it cruise control, and don't let the driver out of the loop. I have lane change assist in my Porsche. If it does not detect input from the driver after some number of minutes, it will automatically disengage and beep out a warning. Point is, the system doesn't even pretend to be engaged if you're not.

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