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Comment: Re:That guy is going to need a lawyer real fast (Score 1) 307

by 3dr (#47180133) Attached to: GM Names and Fires Engineers Involved In Faulty Ignition Switch

True. It's a shame, really, since his PRIDE is what apparently kept him from sucking it up and fixing it. His pride killed these people. And no design reviews of the switch for torque and electrical capacity? The managers have a role in this, too.

But in this whole scenario, I think the one thing that surprises me is how they are designing yet another ignition switch. How many switch variants do there need to be across a manufacturer's models? I'd divide it across RFID-enabled keys vs. plain-Jane metal keys.


US Plunges To 46th In World Press Freedom Index 357

Posted by samzenpus
from the out-of-the-medals dept.
schwit1 writes "Reporters Without Borders puts out their Press Freedom Index every year, and the 2014 ranking came out today. It was not a good showing for the U.S. Specifically, the U.S. registered one of the steepest falls of all nations, down 13 slots to the #46 position, just above Haiti and just below Romania."

Comment: Re:Here is why... (Score 1) 261

by 3dr (#45704917) Attached to: Streaming and Cord-Cutting Take a Toll On the Pay-TV Industry
Yep, we don't watch live TV anymore since it's a better use of my time to wait for the recording, then FFwd over the copious commercials. That's like a 40% productivity increase! That and the fact that "cable" companies keep bumping up the total costs. TWC was careful to not change the specific service cost, but they would routinely increase the various bullshit fees appended to the bill. "1848 Reparations Bill Utility Access Fee, $5.00" "CEO New Car Assurance Fee, $1.29"

Comment: Re:recent? (Score 1) 165

by 3dr (#45623657) Attached to: Why Reactive Programming For Databases Is Awesome
Exactly. So far RP in the article sounds a lot like data-flow engines (spreadsheets, various visualization tools, DB triggers, even make builds). It has spanned decades and fields, too. Many artificial intelligence systems used this type of reactive engine; for example, the CLIPS engine "reacted" by matching conditions to a subset of currently-asserted facts to trigger actions (which can then cascade by asserting new facts and causing other patterns to match). The common aspect to all these applications of a data-flow engine is that a Result has Dependencies, and those Dependencies may be "atomic" (like a file timestamp in make), or a Result from an earlier conclusion. At any point in time, the entire scenario can be paused, and each pending Result has a list of Dependencies that may or may not be satisfied at that point. Spreadsheet calculation 101.

Comment: Re:Proxy approval (Score 1) 177

by 3dr (#44927741) Attached to: NSA Posts Opening For "Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer"

38%? Are you sure?

"... Thursday's report, from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate, put 2012 voter turnout at 57.5% of all eligible voters." -

And the Bipartisan Research Center, clearly a liberal media tool, also reports 57.5%.

I could go on. Oh, and finally, if only 20% voted for Obama, then by your stats only 18% voted for Romney. You weren't trying to imply 80% was against Obama, were you?

"Let every man teach his son, teach his daughter, that labor is honorable." -- Robert G. Ingersoll