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Comment Re:Could send them to jail (Score 1) 322

You could send them to jail if you wanted to. Fraud, false statements to government, criminal conspiracy, etc...
Just maybe not under the clean air act.

Exactly. Just pick a different law. Rape, kiddie porn, ...

And this has the added benefit that nobody will be rooting for the accused...

Comment Re:Article is bullshit (Score 1) 170

So you basically have the right idea, but described it the way Unix-based systems do it.

On any Unix desktop environment that I know, the login screen runs before the user desktop is even started. Actually, after logging in you can see how the user desktop starts up, complete with this progress-bar like thingy in the middle of the screen.

What you might think is the lock screen, which is indeed a kind of window which entirely covers the normal desktop, and which can be "shattered".

Comment Re:Knew a person arrested for peeing in public (Score 1) 261

You can get convicted for a sex crime for about anything. I knew a guy who got convicted for a sex crime for having used the command dpkg --purge. Turned out the forensic "expert" knew nothing about Linux, and figured that this is a command to remove all traces of kiddie porn...

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 261

Well to punish the girl might dissuade her from working in technology. We can't have that now can we?

Well, she'll just work in justice then. You don't need an understanding of technology there. And that way, she later can get back at her geeky classmate by punishing him harshly for repairing a friends' computer...

Comment That happens when graphists are put in charge ... (Score 0) 65

... of medical duties.

No, graphists are not better than other people at their job.

A web developer still makes better web sites than a graphist.

And a doctor still knows better when to shut up about medical details than a graphist.

And no, people in general don't like newsletters (even when they DON'T divulge private details to other recipients).

So, please get back to your pretty pictures, and let us do OUR jobs.

Comment Re:Poor example (Score 2) 451

And he's not "going back and forth" but rather "rocking back and forth" slightly to help stay upright.

I'm not sure about the US, but here in Europe the rules of the road clearly say that cyclists have to put down their foot on the road at a stop sign, or else it is considered as a rolling stop. So even if the guy is talented enough to stop with his feet in the air, it would still be against the rules.

Comment Re:Poor example (Score 1) 451

That all depends on what you consider pissing off the drivers behind the Google car to be.

If anything, those drivers would (should) be pissed off at the cyclist, and not at the poor confused google car. Any cyclist figuring out what's going on (and this guy did, as seen in his blog post) would either put his foot down, or else just go ahead.

Comment Re:Poor example (Score 1) 451

This does, however, break down when cars arrive from all directions at the same time, a situation often used by software developers as an example of a deadlock. But in every other situation, it is clearly defined who goes first, with no signs needed.

Actually, 3 cars (on a 4-direction crossroads) is enough to make the system deadlock, as long as the rightmost car wants to turn left (having to wait for the left-most car whose path it would be crossing). Left-most waits for middle, and middle waits for right-most. So, it doesn't take cars from all directions to make the system break down.

But usually (with human drivers) you solve the situation with hand signs. Three google cars meeting at such a crossroads would wait forever.

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