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Comment Re: Imbicycles (Score 4, Insightful) 182

In London, bicycles effectively use about 2MPG of diesel by slowing large numbers of buses and trucks to the position where they are unable to get out of low gear. They are one of the biggest causes of pollution from diesel.

If you got the damn bikes of the road, the diesel vehicles would pollute far less.

Yeah. Damn those bikes. We'll ignore the effect of the pedestrians, lights, junctions, general congestion and all the other factors that contribute to stop/start traffic.

And, as for public transport - sure, take your desktop computer, server or laser printer (or even your weekly supermarket shopping) under your arm on London transport in the rush hour. You can post the video on Youtube afterwards.

You know, the number of times I've taken my desktop computer to work, along with my weekly shopping, makes me glad my town barely has public transport. It would be a daily grind for me to lug all that around.

And I can testify that most of the single occupancy cars blocking the roads have a similarly burdensome commuter load.

Comment Re:Remember China Airlines flight 611 (Score 2) 289

The altitude profile reminded me of TWA 800. The sudden climb then fall looks like the plane might have overbalanced towards the tail, which might be indicative of losing a forward section of the fuselage, whether by bomb or technical fault.

But, I am not an aeronautical engineer etc...

Comment Re:How is it malware then? (Score 1) 79

Isn't it more like finding the door of your home open and getting in

And you have permission to be inside?

It's more like finding a house with an open door, and smelling gas coming from inside, a potential hazard for the house and everyone else around.

Or, an even better analogy, finding a car that is open, or already with thieves inside, and closing the door having previously chased the thieves away.

Oh, and leaving a note about what you did and that you should get your locks checked or changed.

Comment Re: Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1165

Why not just divert all the money and resources in the "war on drugs" into the "war on guns", and it'd be won inside a decade, I reckon.

Just what we need: another war on a noun. Won inside a decade, you say?

Seems to have worked in Australia. Gun massacres since the Port Arthur Massacre have been almost none existent because the government clamped down on gun ownership. Similar results in the UK, which enacted tough gun controls after the Dunblane Massacre.

I find Jim Jefferies sums it up best (on home security):

You have guns because you like guns! That's why you go to gun conventions; that's why you read gun magazines! None of you give a shit about home security. None of you go to home security conventions. None of you read Padlock Monthly. None of you have a Facebook picture of you behind a secure door.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1165

Maybe you should rethink your HuffPo talking points and educate yourself: http://www.inquisitr.com/12548...

Violent crime has been reducing in many western nations over the last few decades. Much of this reduction is probably due to the removal of lead from petrol/gasoline, and the subsequent reduction in neurotoxic effects that can cause violence.

All we're left with now is the true nutters, who shouldn't be near a gun. And with your lax gun controls, guns and ammo are easy and cheap to get hold of.


Comment Re: Gun-free zone? (Score 3, Insightful) 1165

Exercised restraint due to the large crowd.

This is a good point that gets overlooked a lot.

You'd be a complete fool to try and return fire against a target that you have not identified in a crowd. You're just as likely to add to the problem as to solve it, and even might end up being mistaken for the active shooter yourself.

I have many guns, I sometimes carry a gun (I have a CHL in Texas). I would never, ever, ever draw my gun and fire at someone unless I had a clear and open line of fire, I was 100% sure of my target, and I was directly saving lives by stopping someone who was clearly intent on killing innocent people.

If there are other people either in front of or behind him, around him, or I'm unsure of the situation, I would not draw and fire.

I'm both legally and morally responsible for every round I put downrange, I would never wish to place an innocent in harms way.

I own and carry guns responsibly, I am not "Rambo", and real life is NOT a movie.

So what you're saying is, there's basically zero chance of you ever being able to use your gun in the defense of anyone/anything. So why bother?

If carrying guns was illegal, people would be arrested and banged up just for possession. Push guns underground, and they become much more expensive and risky to buy. Why not just divert all the money and resources in the "war on drugs" into the "war on guns", and it'd be won inside a decade, I reckon.

Comment Re:Linux File Systems (Score 3, Interesting) 168

I find some of the current file systems to be adequately reliable. Even their performance is acceptable. But, the Linux systems are lacking.

Is there a reliable Linux file system such as EXT4 that has an easy to use copy on write(CoW) feature to allow instant recovery of any file changed at any time?

NILFS2 provides continuous point in time snapshots, which can be selectively mounted and data recovered. Not quite as instant recovery as your use case examples, but it's only a few commands/wrapper scripts away.

Comment Re:Can't see any logical difference (Score 1) 698

Massachusetts ban on private ownership of stun-guns being considered by the Supreme Court, and it's unclear whether such ownership has constitutional protection.

Although logic rarely gets involved in discussions around the 2nd Amendment,

- You can't change the second amendment.
- You can, it's called an amendment

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 350

Why are you assuming we are all using Windows? If Windows is too stupid to make full use of available memory, that's too bad for Windows users.

I'm with Windows on this one. You don't want to much outstanding dirty data in RAM, as you lose it on an unexpected power loss.

Disk write speeds are not that critical unless you're doing synchronous output anyway (think database transaction commit) or swapping to disk when under memory pressure, but in the latter case you're clearly using all the RAM already anyway.

Comment Re:Ooops, misread the headline (Score 1) 457

Yes, I had a couple of Sparc Stations in the 90's and admined SunOS and Solaris on those and some enterprise server systems, but

Fuck Sun, they favored proprietary server systems that lined their sales-reps' pockets with cash while the world changed around them and then sold all of their knowledge lock stock and barrel to Oracle, simply because Oracle users were their largest remaining customer base

Eh? While SUN's machine were proprietary, in that they designed and sold their own machines, they were far from locked in platforms.

SPARC was covered by independent standards, and available from multiple sources. IO buses were all standard (VME, then SBUS, then PCI.)

They even produced open specs for their firmware. What more could a proprietary vendor do to be open?

Comment Re:And all they wanted was a faster horse (Score 1) 732

Also there was that time the US shot down Iran Air Flight 655, and then decided not to apologize or accept liability.

Don't worry - Pan Am cashed the check on that one over Scotland.
Too soon?

Too wrong. Pan Am 103 was destroyed by Libyan terrorists, possibly in reprisal of the US bombings of Tripoli, which were reprisals for the Libyan bombing of a Berlin disco frequented by US service men, which were reprisals for hostilities off the Libyan coast etc.

Simple fact is, the US government are bullies, and their posturing and actions make them despised, a bit like the British Empire was a century before.

In 1750 Issac Newton became discouraged when he fell up a flight of stairs.