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Comment Re:Poor example (Score 2) 388

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) 388

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) 388

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.

Comment Re:Poor example (Score 1) 388

perhaps with `reduce' tickets of say $5, that they could pay out of their google wallet account.

Excellent idea! Maybe, as the car doing the ticketing is google, and as the wallet is google as well, here's an excellent opportunity here to streamline the procedure: Google just takes the $5 fine out of the infringers wallet directly, keeps the $4 commission, and forwards the remaining $1 to police.

Comment Re:No government role? (Score 1) 138

Police can arrest whoever they want to. What are the judges and parliament going to do about it? The police are the ones who have guns.

Technically, using their guns in such a way (i.e. overstepping their constitutional mandate) would be a coup d'État. And the only thing the judges and parliaments could do in such a case would be to call on the populace to resist. And even that is moot, if the police had the foresight to occupy the media (TV stations, ...) first (which is actually what often happens during a coup d'État). There's still the internet to get the word out, but right now, they're taking "care" of that... Mesh networks? Oops, they're taking care of that one too.

Comment Re:No government role? (Score 1) 138

"independent judiciary" means that the "three powers" (judiciary, legislative and executive) are independent from each other. Police (part of the executive) cannot just arrest a judge (without the plenary of all judges agreeing to it first). Parliament (legislative) cannot just fire a specific judge. Police cannot arrest members of parliament (without rest of parliament lifting his immunity first). Etc.

Comment Re:No government role? (Score 1) 138

I think you have a weird definition of government.

Government can mean many things. Colloquially, it could be all of the state and all civil servants. But in the most restrictive meaning it would just be prime minister, ministers and state secretaries. Many legal texts use the latter, most restrictive meaning.

Comment Did anybody notice... (Score 1) 742

Most people concluded that this new "feature" must be crap, because Poettering usually delivers crap.

However, even without knowing Poettering and his previous work, you can see that the idea is half-baked. Look at the console examples closely.

Yes, nowhere does it prompt for a root password! Which means that anybody who can get to a virtual terminal can become root by just typing machinectl shell. And somebody who is logged in over the network (presumably...) can't log in as root at all, even knowing the password.

And frankly, what is the trouble of sneaking "unwanted" environment stuff into su? You have to enter the root password anyways, so the only thing which you could hope to achieve was what happens before password validation. And while in the past there had indeed be vulnerabilities that attacked su in such a way (sneaking LD_PRELOAD into it), these have been fixed since long ago.

Comment Re:It's not about the crime (Score 4, Insightful) 262

Consent is not treated as a defense theory. Humans are not treated as in a perpetual state of consent for giving away money,

A charity (or even a beggar) rarely needs to prove that the giver gave the money voluntarily.

for being taken strange places by strangers,

A taxi driver (or even bus driver...) rarely needs to prove that their passenger did indeed want to go where they wanted to go... Even if he is a minor (at least for buses). And even if you do accidentally hop on the wrong train, I don't think you've got a case to prosecute the driver for kidnapping...

or any of the other sorts of cases where "consent" defenses are common.... except that they generally are treated as being in a perpetual state of consent for sex.

Really, in daily life, giving or lending money, or giving people a ride is common, without needing to worry about getting a written affidavit that it is indeed voluntarily. And somehow, this still doesn't hamper our ability to prosecute against genuine cases of theft or robbery, or of kidnapping. Why can't sex be treated the same way?

Comment Re:Logical (Score 1) 211

Most of our team's time so far this year was spent porting our app to Microsoft SQL Server 2014.

And you wonder why no developer worth his salt wants to work for you? D'oh...

Customers demand it, so we have to do it.

Really? So charge them extra for it...

so I don't see how things are ever going to get better until we can hire more people.

... or switch over to a saner platform? And for those few customers who demand Microsoft quality, just skip testing, and they'll never notice it's no longer Microsoft... :-)

Comment Re:Idiocy. (Score 1) 394

But workers who need their hands held can be replaced... except in government where it's difficult to fire even those people who clearly deserve it.

Wrong. But like in any other workplace, workers can only be fired by their boss, not by mere coworkers. And the boss, in this case, is the citizens of Munich, and they make their hiring & firing decision on election day. Make sure these 2 councilmembers' ineptitude (or worse: bribability) is well-known so that the "boss" can make an informed decision the next time he is called to make one.

In the meantime, if these councilmembers let their laptop "age there unused", maybe they can be put to better use elsewhere? Just take them back, and hand them out to other workers who actually have a clue.

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.