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Comment: Re:Seems like a lot of effort (Score 1) 500

by Aczlan (#37079944) Attached to: Dutch Government To Tax Drivers Based On Car Use

Electric vehicles perhaps, although then you could just move to taxing tires. AFAIK their degradation is correlated to distance traveled and weight carried. Plus tire wear is probably highly correlated with road wear, which is kinda the point.

Such a tax would discourage people from buying snowtires in areas where such a thing is prudent and would encourage tires with harder compounds which wear less (and provide less grip on the road in adverse conditions)
Thus taxing tires would cause an increase in accidents (hows that for extrapolation)
That would be suboptimal

Aaron Z

Comment: Re:Lightning involved (Score 1) 184

by Aczlan (#36859014) Attached to: Bullet Train Derails In China

When the train and track got struck it probably knocked out all power on the train. It may also have knocked out telemetry on the track. No power for the radio, no telemetry and the train just disappears from the control display

And when that happens, the following train should assume that the train in front of them has hit a brick wall and is stopped at the last known position. They should immoderately slow down to the point where they can stop within their line of sight and continue with caution. Doing anything less is foolish. Aaron Z

Comment: Re:Great Forum for Input Devices (Score 1) 310

by Aczlan (#34019768) Attached to: Ergonomic Mechanical-Switch Keyboard?

While you're at it -- upgrade your mouse too! I found all my wrist problems went away when I moved to a Logitech Cordless Trackman (wish it was corded, but whatever). This has a finger-operated trackball and a thumb-operated left-click, which I find MUCH more accurate and comfortable than a thumb-operated trackball (e.g. most trackball mice on the market now). Trackball mice are usually considered to be more accurate than regular mice anyways. One of the big benefits here is the fact that your wrist isn't as twisted as with a regular mouse... if that's your main goal, there are also some expensive ergonomic vertical mice that might be comfortable.

I agree. I have a Kensington Expert Mouse (Model K64325) at home and at work with the top right button remapped to be a middle click (via X-Mouse Button Control) and I wouldn't be without it.

Aaron Z

Comment: Re:Backups (Score 1) 352

by Aczlan (#33948680) Attached to: Thief Returns Stolen Laptop Contents On USB Stick

Shit like, Dammit! I used Skype for one fucking call, and now it starts up every time I start windows slowing things down needlessly, How do I remove it from the startup items? Oh, dammit, now there's no such thing, I have to adjust a setting IN THE PROGRAM ( which will be different in every program so I need to search it out for each program, and god forbid I install something a little bit shady and reluctant NOT to start up and splash me with spam every time I boot... Any bit of knowledge a user gets that gives them an advantage in getting stuff done themselves is promptly made useless so that a solution can be sold to them for money.

Try using msconfig. It lets you remove services and programs from starting when Windows does

Aaron Z

Comment: Re:Of course they can (Score 1) 560

by Aczlan (#33140210) Attached to: Denials Aside, Feds Storing Body Scan Images

I'd like to know what the point of the damn things are, since every post 9/11 attack on an airline has been negated by the efforts of the passengers. It seems to me that metal detectors are all you really need -- keep guns off the plane and there's no way that any would-be terrorist is going to overpower dozens of passengers. Heck, even with a gun it would be tough to overpower everybody on an airplane......

If you allowed those who have concealed carry permits to have their guns on the plane, there is slightly a higher probability that someone will bring one on and try to hijack the plane, but there is also a higher chance that if someone tries to hijack the plane the person in the seat behind them will reach over the seat and put a gun to their head.

They are also useless from a practical point of view, since they can't scan body cavities. If you are willing to die for your cause it doesn't seem like a huge leap of faith to assume that you are also willing to shove explosives or a weapon up your ass......

Come on, do you actually expect the government to think through all of these difficult permutations before going out and spending billions in taxpayer money on a new boondoggle?

Aaron Z

The Internet

Woman's Nude Pics End Up Online After Call To Tech Support 197

Posted by samzenpus
from the how-was-your-service-today? dept.
Tara Fitzgerald couldn't find the nude pictures she planned on sending to her boyfriend, but instead of just taking more, she decided to see if a Dell tech support call could fix her problem. Apparently the tech support guy found them. Unfortunately, he then put them up on a site called "bitchtara."

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