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Comment Re:The solution is obvious (Score 2) 579 579

You do know why the Galaxy Nexus isn't being supported anymore right? It has a TI OMAP processor and TI decided to stop supporting their CPU's when they stopped manufacturing them. Me (and the toroplus I'm using to listen to music right now) don't really like it much but, without support from the processor manufacturer to optimize drivers you can end up with a suboptimal experience. I'm using a 4.4 ROM right now and it's just not as fast as the last 4.3 update.

Comment Re:The solution is obvious (Score 1) 579 579

Dumfrac's noting the fact that the Galaxy Nexus is a directly supported Google device that is stuck on 4.3 because Texas Instruments stopped supporting its CPU hardware when they got out of the CPU manufacturing business. Since Google directly pushes the updates for Nexus devices, there's no manufacturer or carrier interference to speak of. However, my Galaxy Nexus is running 4.4 since I installed a ROM of it months ago.

Comment Re:"Should we go back to paper ballots?" (Score 0) 127 127

My first election after I turned 18 (Genesee County, Michigan 2003) was the first time they used optical scan here. It's an excellent system for its accountability. You get most of the benefits of a digital system (easier tabulation of votes/easy to tell when someone spoils a ballot) and the re-countability of paper ballots all in one system. The only issue is the paper waste and that can be alleviated by recycling the paper ballots after a set amount of time (I hope they keep them for at least two years but I don't know how long they do).

Comment Re:Clear as mud (Score 1) 8 8

Each year the competition is different but, this year the primary goal is to move two foot diameter balls into either a low goal for one point or a seven foot high goal for 10 points. All with a robot that isn't allowed to be more than five feet tall. There are ways to work with the teams on your alliance to score more points per ball as well as a 62 inch tall truss at mid field to shoot over for an additional 10 points. Even though I work with a high school team every year (FIRE Team #0322), some years the scoring is...interesting to try to explain. Here is an animation created by FIRST to explain this years game. It'll probably do a better job than I can.

Comment Re:How long before the FAA stops this? (Score 2) 49 49

A federal judge recently ruled that the FAA has no authority over "small unmanned aircraft." Which effectively kills the FAA's regulations that said commercial drone use in the US was illegal. As far as liability in case of death is concerned, it'll probably be handled similarly to any other accident. If it is determined that malice, negligence, or recklessness is involved then there will probably be jail time. If it's just an unfortunate and/or unavoidable accident then probably not.

Comment Re:Quick change needed [Re:Stop] (Score 3, Interesting) 349 349

There is one potential issue. I only found it when I was using a smaller regional ISP while I dealt with a billing dispute with Charter. If your ISP uses extreme levels of NAT and is used primarily by tech-savvy people (those who would be likely to use Google DNS in the first place). It may look to Google like a single IP address is hammering their DNS servers with queries and they may block that particular public IP address. I got that one explained to me by the president of that small ISP about a year ago when I asked why my DNS queries weren't going through and ended up being escalated to the top.

Comment Re:Rule #1 (Score 4, Informative) 894 894

Legally speaking, every male American citizen between the ages of 17-45 who is not an active duty member of the armed forces and every female member of the National Guard is a member of the 'militia of the United States' by federal law (10 USC 311). That militia is formed for the purpose of draft selection but, it's still a militia set up by federal law and if that doesn't meet the requirements for "A well regulated Militia" then I don't know what does. I, being a 28 year old male citizen of the United States, therefore consider myself to be a member of the well regulated militia of the United States and therefore have the right to bear arms. Even if I have not to this point chosen to exercise that particular right.

Comment Re:Hint (Score 3, Interesting) 1160 1160

You do know that only treason, murder, and (in a few states) child rape are punishable by the death penalty in the United States, right? Keeping these people locked up for life is also an excellent way to prevent re-offending. In fact, it's cheaper to keep them locked up than it is to execute them in most cases.

Comment Re: Why wait for birth? (Score 1) 128 128

The problem with your statement is the fact that, until a certain point in gestation when the fetus is capable of living unsupported by its host, a fetus is simply a parasite living off of said host for a number of months until birth. I can't bring myself to grant the full rights of personhood to a being who literally draws all of its oxygen, water, and food (not to mention waste processing) from another living being without giving its host a say in whether or not she wishes to remain a victim of parasitism. Now before anyone posts trying to 'remind' me that I was the same way, yes, I was also a parasite in my mothers body for a significant fraction of a year. She chose to allow me to remain there, causing all sorts of physiological issues, until I was done gestating. That was her choice and I don't want others to be denied theirs.

Comment Re:How is this news? (Score 5, Insightful) 176 176

Yes, it makes sense to pay up your pension fund in advance...not 75 years in advance though! By paying into your pension fund 75 years in advance, you are funding the pensions of employees who haven't even been born yet. I can see requiring that the next 25 years worth of pensions are funded in advance but 75 years is insanity and for most businesses would be completely untenable.

Comment Re:Why is there an assumption of privacy? (Score 1) 262 262

O_O Michigan's vehicle registration is ad valorem too, and for vehicles initially registered in 2012, the base rate was between $33 and $148. It even declines 10% every year for the first five and the 5-year-old rate is the one for the life of the vehicle from there on out. That means that if you bought a new $10,000 car it'd cost you $33 to register last year and a $100,000 car would still only cost $148. That $436 registration fee is a very good example of the vast differences in cost of living in this country.

Comment Re:Why is there an assumption of privacy? (Score 1) 262 262

Thank heavens for living in Michigan, a state without emissions tests of any kind. As long as I have basic auto insurance and pay my annual registration fee (linked to the MSRP of the vehicle when new), I get a new registration sticker for my license plate ^_^

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982