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Comment: Re:Please post what the best religion is (Score 1) 161

by BronsCon (#47793081) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?
Of course they do, or they'd be using something else... which they'd think was the best, or they wouldn't be using it because they'd be using something better, instead, because they want to be using the best. And if what they were using wasn't the best, well, they'd find something better, because...

Well, I could go on forever like that...

Comment: Re:Paperback books and bookcase (Score 1) 610

by BronsCon (#47787967) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?
Why buy them all again? Just buy new books for your reader. It's not like the jump from VHS to DVD, where you had to keep with your VCR *and* the VHS tapes in order for them to be useful; keep the books unless you actually want to get rid of them, in which case you'd either have to buy them again or go without them, anyway.

I have several bookcases (and several more boxes) full of paperbacks and hardcovers, comprised of fiction, nonfiction, and reference, many old, many new, and even a few magazine subscriptions that have found a home on my shelves. I also have a Nook and my wife has a Kindle. Since owning the readers, we've begun buying ebooks for actual reading and dead tree purely for novelty; though, I do still prefer technical manuals in dead tree format, purely for the ability to stick my fingers between the pages of multiple sections and effortlessly flip between them, should I ever find myself needing the information on multiple pages handy all at once. I haven't found a reader that can do that quite as effectively as I can with a physical book quite yet; something like pinning specific pages to tabs would work, but nobody is doing it yet.

Comment: Re:Local storage (Score 2) 610

by BronsCon (#47787905) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

As far as I'm concerned The Cloud is a sometimes-convenient augmentation to local storage, not a replacement for it.

So many times THIS!

People! Keep your files locally! And keep a backup of those files in a remote (non-cloud) location! If you need to access them from literally anywhere, keep them in the cloud, as well; the worst case, then, should the cloud fail you and your home burn down at the same time, is that you have to restore from your remote backup. Better than losing your work altogether just because your cloud provider went belly up or had a RAID card got nuts and eat your data.

Comment: Re:All new passenger cars and light trucks (Score 1) 257

by BronsCon (#47779383) Attached to: DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications
So you require seatbelts in commercial vehicles and vehicles carrying passengers. I don't think I've ever been in a taxi that had airbags (in the back, where I was sitting) and some people prefer not having them in the first place.

Having a $16k vehicle totaled after a 10MPH crash that barely cracked the bumper ($500) because the river-front airbag ($1600), driver-side airbag ($1600), passenger-front airbag ($1600), passenger-side airbag ($1600), center console airbag ($1600) -- and now, moving to the back seats, driver-seat-back airbag ($1600), pasenger-seat-back airbag ($1600), rear-driver-side airbag ($1600), and rear-passenger-side airbag ($1600) went off. What should have been an injury-free incident with a $500 repair bill now comes with a $14,900 repair bill, likely with airbag-related injuries. Will they protect me in a more serious accident? Maybe, maybe not.

Attentive driving and separating myself from the pack whenever possible has done a fine job of keeping me safe on the road for the past 15 years, though; proper lane discipline, so assholes who insist on doing 100 on the highway can stay in the left lane where they belong, rather than having to weave through other assholes who have no clue what they're doing on the road (not saying that the 100MPH crowd knows any better, either, making a point about lane discipline) would go a long way toward keeping everyone else safe on the road, as well. Statistics to back this claim? They're out there, google for them; compare the number of freeway deaths in the US to the number in Germany, where the difference is that Germany has higher (or no) speed limits, but the drivers stay the fuck to the right.

Comment: Re:I like... (Score 1) 611

by BronsCon (#47771103) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras
Well, you seem to have agreed with what I was actually saying

they'll just remove this particular venus

while ignoring the context in which it was said.

White cop shoots black kid. White cop goes free, black kid is (supposedly) framed as a thief. Oh, but we'll have to wait MONTHS for the FEDERAL investigation to be completed because the LOCAL POLICE fucked up so badly there was RIOTING in the streets for over a week.

Well, I never said it would solve *all* rioting, did I?

Comment: Re:Terrible idea (Score 1) 257

by BronsCon (#47768889) Attached to: DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications
Bingo. That certificate and signature only means the data was sent by a certified V2V device, it does not authenticate the data as having been fed to the V2V device by the vehicle; there is nothing stopping someone from feeding their V2V device bad telemetry, which it will happily sign and broadcast.

Comment: Re:All new passenger cars and light trucks (Score 1) 257

by BronsCon (#47768853) Attached to: DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications
Well, yes, if I want to cut the weight out of my vehicle (and also cut some of the cost), at great risk to my own safety, I should be allowed to do so. Would I? Well, if I'm buying a car for the track, I'll be ripping out the airbags and seatbelts anyway, in favor of a roll cage and a harness, the lot of which actually costs less than 2 airbags; in that instance, yes, please. And let's face it, most people who drive like shit and cause the majority of accidents are the same people who would drop prefer to drop that weight and cost on a street vehicle, as well, making the problem essentially self-solving.

Comment: Re:I like... (Score 2, Insightful) 611

by BronsCon (#47767925) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras
Well, they'll solve the rioting, I suppose. In fact, they'll solve a slew of other issues, as well. Your point is valid, nonetheless, but it is also an extreme (as you pointed out) edge scenario and any lawyer who actually passed the BAR (that'd be all of them) would be able to have a case based entirely on body cam evidence thrown out in a heartbeat; investigations would still happen.

Comment: Re:The world we live in. (Score 1) 585

by BronsCon (#47760097) Attached to: New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs
No, just pointing out a flaw in this particular product. A man could just as well do this, but he'd have to get past the social abnormality of a man wearing nail polish and the common belief (truth is not up for debate here, it's irrelevant) that men are more likely to drug someone's drink in order to pull it off; since women commonly wear nail polish, it only makes sense that the villain in this scenario would be played by a woman. Likewise, when I talk about the possibility of false negatives, it is out of concern for the most likely female wearer of the product, who is trusting it to detect drugs in her drink, when the likelihood of it being effective at doing so is minimal. Are you implying that I have concern for the safety of people I believe to be evil?

Comment: Re: The world we live in. (Score 1) 585

by BronsCon (#47760047) Attached to: New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs
Excuse me? Wherein did I ever blame the victim? I *am* a fucking rape victim, for crying the fuck out loud. You need to learn how to comprehend what you read, friend. Please, point out where I said rape victims are to blame for what happens to them? Please, point out where I say only a certain kind of woman gets raped. Can you do that? No.

It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster. - Voltaire

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