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Comment: Government "solution" to a government problem (Score 2) 518

by DigiTechGuy (#46644459) Attached to: Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

The only reason this government mandate came about is because of other government mandates, namely safety mandates on newer vehicles that eliminate rear visibility. I drive 80s trucks and 60s cars. Excellent visibility all around. Aside from a few fastback body styles which limit blind spot visibility, but even that is much better than most new cars I've been in.

New cars have very high door panels, and thick/wide A/B/C pillars making windows much smaller. There are also front seat head restraints, and in the past few years rear seat head restraints as well. Good luck seeing anything out the tiny windows past that maze of DOT/government mandated view blocking devices. Now check out those tiny side view mirrors they use these days, virtually useless. To make matters worse the glass is curved to magnify the image, give a narrower field of view in an already tiny mirror! I feel claustrophobic and blind in the rare event I drive my girlfriend's fairly new car. Believe it or not she doesn't bother turning her head when changing lanes, and I kind of understand why... You can't see a damn thing looking over your shoulder anyhow. None of my fastbacks were ever that bad and they didn't even have mirrors on the passenger side, and not once did it ever occur to me to desire one on that side as it simply wasn't necessary in a vehicle you can see out of.

The problem is government induced. Government mandates safety "features" that people don't want (if they were cars would be offered with those features and sell well), those safety features result in limited visibility in all directions. With limited visibility in all directions, especially behind, pedestrian strikes increase. Government mandates more things people don't necessarily want.

This reminds me of the government interference in the 70s. Government mandates safety features, which tremendously increase the weight of cars reducing MPG. Then they mandate emissions requirements, which greatly reduced MPG. Then they mandate MPG requirements... etc... In 1960 economy cars were getting 32+ MPG and selling well. What was the problem? People had a choice of whether to buy the small car that gets good MPG, looks nice, has decent power, and so forth, or big a bigger less efficient car which had great power, looked good, etc. The problem was choice, so government outlawed choice and the free market and the result was small cars that got low MPG and were hideous.

Comment: LTO (Score 1) 983

by DigiTechGuy (#46478349) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Tape would be best, though kind of pricey. Either that or hard drives either cheap slow disks or to be more pricey duplicate your live setup. It's not gonna be cheap for 20 TB of home use data, I'm guessing mostly of the size comes from video and audio, probably could be reacquired if need be. Backup your most prized data (personal documents, pictures, video, etc. that cannot be replaced) and take your chances with RAID 6 on the rest.

Comment: Missing Option: There should be no public schools (Score 1) 313

by DigiTechGuy (#46368321) Attached to: Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

It's not the government's job the educate children, even less so when the funds used to do so are extorted essentially at gunpoint from people who don't even have children or whose children are not using the public schools.

However, in the current terrible and violent public school system, it's beneficial to the kids to have programming courses available, at least those so inclined may get something useful in life out of it. The overall public school experience is detrimental and harmful though, to kids and to those who are poorer resulting from the extortion used to fund the babysitters at best and indoctrinators at worst.

Comment: Re:or? (Score 1) 312

by DigiTechGuy (#45857529) Attached to: No. of vehicle license types I hold:

Some states require it, others just have age restrictions in a tiered scheme based on HP.
>10 yrs for 14 yrs for 16 yrs for >25 HP

Other states require taking a boater safety class, typically 8 hours in one or two sessions and coast guard approved, but no actual license from the state (i.e. road tax/water tax). Some states require a safety course for some bodies of water and a license (tax) for others. NJ is one example. The license (tax) simply requires taking a boater safety class and paying the tax at the DMV to get an endorsement noted on your drivers license. For tidal water (nearly every powerboat accessible waterway in the state) you just take a safety coast and when harassed by the Coast Guard, NJ state police, PA state police, DE state police, NJ rangers, PA rangers or DE rangers, show them the certificate and wait while they detain you for an hour fishing for anything they can conceivable tax you for. For non-tidal water that the enviro-nazis and socialists actually allow powerboat use on (Lake Hopatcong, and a couple very small lakes) you must pay the tax for get the boat endorsement at the DMV.

Comment: Don't have internet (Score 1) 572

by DigiTechGuy (#43385207) Attached to: Microsoft Creative Director 'Doesn't Get' Always-On DRM Concerns

I don't have an internet connection at home, cost is too much especially with how the two providers charge pretty hefty for just internet and a negligible cost to get cable TV as well. They just want to "bundle" you into a whole $100+/mo package so I can't justify the recurring cost. I do like to play games from time to time though. I have a company issued smart phone which I use to look things up, but I don't want to tether to my personal machine and run up the data costs playing games. Internet authenticating DRM, partiuclarly always on, means I simply won't buy it.

Comment: Re:Oh I just love (Score 1) 475

by DigiTechGuy (#41910541) Attached to: On Daylight Savings Time:

Agreed, if shifting clocks is the way it is to be, then move them forward at least 4 hours, preferably 6-8 hours. That way you you get out of work and have daylight to get productive or fun outside things to do. Alternatively, leave the clocks how they are and just shift working hours so we start work somewhere between midnight and 0400. I used to work third shift and loved it, my life wasn't ruled by the sun and unable to do anything I want or need to do in the winter. Unfortunately there are few "real" jobs in which you can work nights or odd times. Well, and not work those times in addition to all day, as I currently do in IT.

Comment: Re:That doesn't really show anything. (Score 1) 317

by DigiTechGuy (#41886695) Attached to: Boeing 787 Makes US Debut

They don't cram twice as many seats as there should be in their planes.

Personally I'd be fine with standing room only for flights up to 6 hours or so, if it meant cheaper ticket prices. My preferences are fairly irrelevant though, as I won't fly anymore. I do not want to be harassed by the TSA and other government thugs to fly on a private airline. My business is between me and the airline I choose to pay for their service, not the government. For me it's drive or take a train (when possible), at least before they expand the TSA further into rail stations and hubs.

Comment: Re:Vote (Score 4, Insightful) 707

by DigiTechGuy (#41880705) Attached to: In the 2012 U.S. presidential election:

The only difference is the rate at which we lose our freedoms, the rate at which we are impoverished by higher taxes and inflation, the rate at which we start more wars, etc. The bottom line is a vote for either Romney or Obama are both a vote for bigger government, greater government spending, and m ore freedoms taken from us. It doesn't matter which one is president, either way we all lose.

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