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Comment: Re:Ideological bottleneck (Score 1) 120

by 0123456 (#49745205) Attached to: US Proposes Tighter Export Rules For Computer Security Tools

Many Western nations have fat, centralized, industrial-era governments facing a networked, post-industrial world. Obviously they're going to fight as long and hard as possible to limit technologies that will make them obsolete.

This is why the future is increasingly being made outside Luddite states like America and the EU; places that don't have an entrenched industrial-era political class who can stop it.

Comment: Re:And maybe get rid of studded tires too. (Score 1) 806

by 0123456 (#49736401) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Probably just less money spent on the roads. When I drive to my girlfriend's parents house, I can see the difference in the roads the instant I cross the border, even though the traffic is pretty much the same on both sides. And we have big ruts in the roads where the big trucks drive, even though few people use studded tires in the winter.

Comment: Re:And maybe get rid of studded tires too. (Score 3, Informative) 806

by 0123456 (#49736059) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Hint: those ruts aren't caused by studded tires, they're primarily caused by poor road design and big freaking trucks.

Besides which, modern studded tires are increasingly designed to reduce noise and road damage. New Nokians, for example, have studs that retract into the tire when driven on dry asphalt, and they're testing a future design with studs that can be electrically retracted and extended.

Comment: Re:So basically (Score 1) 806

by 0123456 (#49735995) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

The tax burden shifts from low MPG vehicles to high MPG vehicles. Sounds like an environmentally friendly idea to me...

Governments only care about money and power. Taxing low MPG vehicles more was just a way to justify increasing taxes because SUVs kill kittens, and nothing to do with 'the environment'.

Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 1) 251

by 0123456 (#49732471) Attached to: Energy Dept. Wants Big Wind Energy Technology In All 50 US States

That's fine, if you want to live in a third-world nation where you can't rely on having power. You know, the kind of place where you can't run a modern, high-tech economy that depends on reliable supplies of electricity.

But then it's pointless, because we do what other third worlders do, and buy a diesel generator.

Comment: Re:I take two things from this. (Score 1) 97

The good: next year AMD start making APUs with HBM. The only thing that was holding back the iGPU was memory bandwidth. So, now they can put a 1024 shader GPU on the die and not have it starved by bandwidth.

Yeah, now you just need to get 500W out of that chip that combines a power-hungry AMD CPU with a power-hungry AMD GPU.

Comment: Re:Mixed reaction (Score 2) 316

by 0123456 (#49726345) Attached to: Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States

So customers are not raped or murdered. If you hire a ride from Joe Random taxi driver without licensing and a background check you have no assurance about the driver.

Yet there was a scandal in the UK recently when the newspapers discovered some guy had been given a taxi license despite being a convicted rapist and the licensing body knowing he was. There was another a couple of years before that about a taxi driver who'd been picking up hookers and raping them. A few months ago, there was another scandal when newspapers found some women refusing to get in taxis driven by men of a certain persuasion, because they were afraid of being raped.

So, no, that argument doesn't work, either.

Comment: Re:Mixed reaction (Score 1) 316

by 0123456 (#49726321) Attached to: Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States

When the driver of the Uber car you are in gets in a serious accident, then you will care very much about industry regulation.

How does 'industry regulation' prevent car accidents? When I worked in London, taxis were generally the most dangerous cars on the road; I was almost killed one day by a taxi driver who drove straight across a pedestrian crossing while filling out some paperwork and not looking at the road.

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