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Comment: Re:Do not want (Score 1) 82

by AK Marc (#49565317) Attached to: Smart Headlights Adjust To Aid Drivers In Difficult Conditions
Then I'm an absolute fucking retard. I've studied crashes (like as in crash reconstruction in engineering classes), and someone walking across a median is invisible when two oncoming cars are at the right distance in the right lighting conditions. The pedestrian is illuminated insufficiently compared to the oncoming glare. Yes, even if wearing white (though not if wearing a full yellow retro-reflective suit).

So the invisible object, whether human, animal, or other, is invisible because of the lighting. But if both cars turned off their lights, the object is visible. You can't turn off your lights all the time and end up safer, but if you can turn off the other guy's lights where they hit your eyes, then you can see it.

There's real science in it, and linked to real crashes that killed real people.

That you are an ignorant buffoon doesn't change reality.

Comment: Re:well then it's a bad contract (Score 1) 262

by AK Marc (#49564479) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles
You were asked a clear question about your phone. 3 posts later, you still haven't answered. I can only presume because the answer is the opposite of what you are recommending.

The "troll" here was me calling you on a non-answer. Yes, I use my phone with 3 SIMs for 3 continents, 2 non-contract, but the "home" plan is contracted because it gives the best value for the money.

Comment: Re:Wow total distopia (Score 1) 322

by AK Marc (#49564437) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

They don't have the power to impose a factor of three multiplier on public education. You'll have to look elsewhere for that.

Not in any one item, but requiring a new standardized test to verify quality, but not allocating the money in that law to fund it means that the school will cut education to pay for compliance costs. Do that 100 times, and you've got your factor of three. 1,000 cuts, and all that. Any one seems trivial. But in sum, they are deadly.

Comment: Re:well then it's a bad contract (Score 1) 262

by AK Marc (#49564425) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles
I'm saying that if you want to change them, that's the *only* option. I never said it was good. But yes, since it's the only option, it would, by default, be the "best" and the "worst" idea. Waiting 100 years for the shareholders to figure it out without any outside help is not doing anything, and that's the suggestion.

Comment: Re:well then it's a bad contract (Score 1) 262

by AK Marc (#49563959) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

Key word: choice. Coercion means forcing someone into compliance - if there is a choice (all or none), there can be no coercion.

So threatening to shoot someone if they don't hand over their wallet isn't coercion because you are "free" to choose to comply or not. Like in the story above, failure to comply comes with negative side effects, but you ignore those when defining coercion.

Comment: Re:well then it's a bad contract (Score 1) 262

by AK Marc (#49563789) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

, but I voted with my money,

So you bought stock in the company, then went to the shareholder meeting? Not buying isn't "voting". At best it's abstaining. And when 90% of the country abstains, the winner only needs 5% of the vote, so abstaining makes the problem worse, not better.

You , sir, are the cause of, not solution to, the problem.

Comment: Re:well then it's a bad contract (Score 2) 262

by AK Marc (#49563769) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles
It's not just forced inclusion. If someone signs up to ESPN for 5 minutes (actually signs up for that time, not just an annulled error), then Verizon is supposed to pay ESPN for a minimum time for that customer.

I expect Verizon is violating the contract. The only question is whether the contract holds up in court.

ESPN does this to prevent people signing up for just one season of sports. But it holds back the options the cable companies provide.

Comment: Re:Do not want (Score 2) 82

by AK Marc (#49563691) Attached to: Smart Headlights Adjust To Aid Drivers In Difficult Conditions
Better to be dead from bad lighting hiding a road hazard than to pay someone for a repair for something. That'll teach them.

At least, you won't have to worry about them in the US. They are illegal. The new adaptive headlights by Audi are not for sale in the US, but are (almost?) everywhere else.

Comment: Re:Wow total distopia (Score 1) 322

by AK Marc (#49563629) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher
But the 2/3 overhead isn't in "education" it's in "anti-education". Those who state they hate public education impose costs on public education that don't apply to private, then laugh as people complain about the rising cost of public education. It was all part of the master plan to de-educate the nation.

It's ear marked by the anti-education politicians for non-education purposes. The classroom cost between public and private schools is favorable to the public schools.

So, the comparison is never limited to schools, but the "school system" that includes paid elected officials, and the cost of buidlings, when the buildings and locations aren't selected by the school district at all.

Comment: Re:TIL (Score 1) 117

by AK Marc (#49558899) Attached to: When Exxon Wanted To Be a Personal Computing Revolutionary
TVs were just laying around. And it didn't matter if there was something there. You hooked up to it. One on chan3 and the other on chan4, or 100 things on chan3, no problems, so long as one was on at a time. I had a spare attached to a TV, so if someone brought over a C64 or IIc, it's be a 2 second plug to be up and running. Took longer for the tube to warm up than to hook it up.

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