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Comment: Re:Why is this news? (Score 3, Insightful) 426

by Anguirel (#47435643) Attached to: The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

Likewise, a lot of drivers more or less don't give a damn and will practically run them over, or off the road, or door them.

Or do give a damn and do those things on purpose. Or will throw things at them. I've only had one or two cases in several years of daily commute cycling where I suspect a driver was maliciously trying to edge me off a road, but in some regions its apparently a frequent hazard, and if anyone brings it up, a lot of victim-blaming happens (e.g. cites story of a time they saw a crazy cyclist similar to yours, then claims the person being harassed by a motorist was probably doing something similarly bad, or attempts to charge the guy for inciting the incident in some fashion (see previous link)).

I try to call out cyclists behaving badly, but I find it isn't all that common. When I'm out and about I notice a lot of cyclists behaving perfectly well -- it's just that the odd one or two that don't are the ones that stick out and you notice. The same is true of any vehicle operator -- it's just that people have gotten so used to seeing several dozen traffic violations every day (e.g. failing to signal, running red lights or stop signs, improper turns, failing to leave appropriate space, various parking offenses) without even touching speeding (which would bring it up to likely some 95% of the traffic on the road -- people failing to exceed the speed limit are more likely to be noticed and considered out of place than people speeding). That one cyclist being crazy (and I agree they exist -- I've seen some pretty egregious cycling behavior before) sticks out more since cyclists in general are more rare, but I suspect fewer cyclists in total behave badly with regard to traffic safety (probably because of the inherent additional danger to cycling).

Comment: Re:Seems appropriate (Score 1) 350

by Anguirel (#47421353) Attached to: UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Well, if officially you do remember the password and provide it, and officially the keyfile is on a disk, and officially they have that disk, then when it doesn't work, you can claim they did something that damaged the disk or the keyfile on it, and there's nothing more you can do. The proof that it was destroyed is that it didn't work. The proof that they did it is that it worked last time you used it.

Comment: Re:If this flys... (Score 1) 110

by Anguirel (#47373267) Attached to: FTC Says T-Mobile Made Hundreds of Millions From Bogus SMS Charges

Hence "specifically" -- technically, you requested those things (or your browser or e-mail client did). You can get headers for e-mail (you'll still get some lossage there, but there's not a lot they can do outside of the filters already in place). All the ads you requested and they delivered. Maybe indirectly (clicking on the link to the ad-riddled site), but there's nothing on their end that they can do to know what traffic you want intentionally, and what you don't actually want but still sent a request for (lest they risk being sued for *not* sending things requested by end-users). Use ad-blocking software, or simply stop visiting those sites that have all the ads on them which you despise

To sum up: the website you're visiting put those there, not the ISP. The ISP just faithfully transmitted them to you at your explicit request.

Comment: Re: In other news (Score 2) 358

by Anguirel (#47308035) Attached to: Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

Hands-free sets don't help (or drinking from a travel mug while driving, for example, would have been banned long ago). The conversation with a party not in the vehicle is what is causing the problems. Note also that passenger conversations differ substantially from cell phone conversations, and prove far less distracting.

Comment: Man uses Twitter for original purpose... (Score 3, Insightful) 281

by Anguirel (#47278207) Attached to: Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

This reads like it should be an Onion article. He's using Twitter for what it is typically used for -- self-absorbed useless posts. Why is anyone surprised? If they were all about how awesome his new $400 million yacht is, then I could see the issues. This is just that he came back to Twitter, and started using it normally.

Comment: Re:I can't buy one (Score 1) 377

by Anguirel (#47258675) Attached to: Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

I have. Granted, the master cylinder was leaking, but it is something to check the levels on every once in a while so you don't have a lack of braking power due to a slow leak suddenly becoming a fast leak. As I understand it, you'd also want to get the fluid flushed occasionally. So brake fluid maintenance remains even with an electric. Makes perfect sense to me.

Comment: Re:No point encrypting if you're the only one... (Score 1) 108

If you DO trust the endpoints, and they are the same entity as the intermediary then...

But Apple isn't the same entity as the intermediary. Apple is involved with both endpoints by providing the hardware and software, but there's a cell tower, whatever service provider you have, whatever network connections are in between, whatever storage exists to ensure delivery even if the end point isn't currently available, whatever service provider the other person has, and another cell tower on the other end. Assume I trust Apple. I still don't trust all that stuff in the middle, particularly the cell phone and cell tower broadcast that anyone near that tower can pick up.

Which is exactly what you go on to describe with regards to trusting Mozilla, but not Verizon or Google. Is it that there's an extra Apple storage point in the middle? So in your second example, if I trusted Mozilla *and* Google, but not Verizon, I don't need to bother with the extra security, just use SSL? And what if I trust the code Apple wrote, and the general security surrounding the encryption keys by Apple, but I don't trust that a third party never has access to the server Apple is using? Does that change things?

Comment: Re:In a century... (Score 2) 784

by Anguirel (#46984373) Attached to: Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

Sea Ice: Floats in water, doesn't affect sea level when it melts.
Land Ice: Sits on Land, raises sea level when it melts.

There's a difference between these two. The additional sea ice is also caused by the land ice melting, which is raising the freezing point of the sea in the area (review Freezing Point Depression if you don't understand why).

Comment: Re:Kickstart is dumb (Score 1) 47

I don't think anyone went running. This looks more like the Ass't Attorney General went fishing for a case (something about asking around for anyone that had a KickStarter fail to deliver) and happened to find one that he could prosecute. Probably just testing the waters for cases of this nature, and looking to establish himself with a high-profile case at the same time.

Comment: Re:Was it really Tesla's problem? (Score 1) 152

by Anguirel (#46719739) Attached to: Under the Chassis: A Look At Tesla's Battery Shield

At the bottom of the crash? Not entirely impossible if he got it in a foreclosure auction - I remember seeing more than a few that were going at less than 10% of their "official" value. There's also a chance the $5m homes are still at inflated valuations. Between those, I could see it happening.

Comment: Re:Jenny McCarthy (Score 4, Insightful) 395

by Anguirel (#46530161) Attached to: Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

Do we need deaths for a completely preventable outbreak of a disease due to lack of vaccination to count as counter to the "ridiculous claim" that you should get vaccinated? Herd immunity breaks down pretty quickly. We're apparently just barely over the line on it. Every "very, very smart" person making that choice is putting us closer to the loss of that herd immunity, and also one step closer to allowing their child (and every child unable to be vaccinated due to complicating factors that have no other option) to suffer unnecessarily from a potentially devastating disease. Opting not to vaccinate when none of those complicating factors exist is not an "intelligent choice" in any way, shape, or form.

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