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Comment: Nice helmet, try not to use it to begin with... (Score 2) 126

by DrackenFireBreather (#47665245) Attached to: Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding
I too have been following the Skully and volunteered as a tester but was not selected. Do I think it's awesome? Heck yeah! But due to the steep price of this helmet and the shelf life of all motorcycle helmets at ~5 years, I'll be content with my Scorpion 1100 with Chatterbox X1 Slim as it does everything (protect the head and eyes, phone calls, bike-to-bike & bike-to-passenger VOX talk, turn-by-turn via smartphone, etc.) except the HUD and rear view camera and costs significantly less. And I can mount the Chatterbox to another helmet when this one is damaged or past it's shelf life.

I agree that getting the best gear for safety is great, but learning to ride defensively is the best.

I'd rather spend my money on learning to ride by going through an AMA backed MSF class. After taking the basic class, I realized how it made me a better driver in my car let alone on the bike. The intermediate and advanced classes just improved on that foundation.

For those that ask why I ride daily... the fact I can get 45-50 MPG mixed riding on a 1300CC sport bike and have more fun than the Prius driver is the main reason ;)

Comment: Re:Sounds like a headache (Score 1) 1306

by DrackenFireBreather (#35616858) Attached to: US Contemplating 'Vehicle Miles Traveled' Tax
Weight is already taken into account when you register and get a license plate from your state, as is the age of the vehicle, size of the engine, and other factors.

My 5 year old motorcycle costs as much to tag as my ten year old sports car, but the bike gets 50mpg highway and can still go 200+ (take that Prius!), and the impact is negligible compared to any four wheel vehicle, even a "smart" car. Only federal highway systems are eligible to get federal funding for road work, the state and local governments front the cost of the majority of infrastructure. Now, if you really wanted a high MPG car that beats the pants off of pretty much all hybrid and electric vehicles out there, the Ford Fiesta with its 65.5+ mpg engine would be the way to go, but alas it won't be sold here in the US

Anyways, this is nothing more than another attempt by Uncle Sam to grab at more money rather than trimming the fat in our government and cutting the costs of redundant and unnecessary departments.

"A tax is a fine for doing right, and a fine is a tax for doing wrong."

Comment: New Apple Theme Song? (Score 2, Funny) 917

To the tune of "Home on the Range"

Oh give me a phone
that I can say that I own,
but the manufacturers say 'no way'.

Where I download an app,
but they say that it's crap,
and take it off without me saying 'ok'.

Oh! Oh! The shame!
Where the iPhone is pwning me all day!

Where seldom is heard
because the antenna is a turd
and drops my calls when I "hold it that way"!

Comment: New Apple Theme Song? (Score 1) 588

by DrackenFireBreather (#32926854) Attached to: Apple Censors Consumer Report iPhone4 Discussions
To the tune of "Home on the Range"

Oh give me a phone
that I can say that I own,
but the manufacturers say 'no way'.

Where I download an app,
but they say that it's crap,
and take it off without me saying 'ok'.

Oh! Oh! The shame!
Where the iPhone is pwning me all day!

Where seldom is heard
because the antenna is a turd
and drops my calls when I "hold it that way"!
XBox (Games)

Modded Xbox Bans Prompt EFF Warning About Terms of Service 254

Posted by Soulskill
from the by-reading-this-you-bequeath-me-all-your-possessions dept.
Last month we discussed news that Microsoft had banned hundreds of thousands of Xbox users for using modified consoles. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has now pointed to this round of bans as a prime example of the power given to providers of online services through 'Terms of Service' and other usage agreements. "No matter how much we rely on them to get on with our everyday lives, access to online services — like email, social networking sites, and (wait for it) online gaming — can never be guaranteed. ... he who writes the TOS makes the rules, and when it comes to enforcing them, the service provider often behaves as though it is also the judge, jury and executioner. ... While the mass ban provides a useful illustration of their danger, these terms can be found in nearly all TOS agreements for all kinds of services. There have been virtually no legal challenges to these kinds of arbitrary termination clauses, but we imagine this will be a growth area for lawyers."
The Internet

Researchers Warn of Possible BitTorrent Meltdown 294

Posted by kdawson
from the domino-effect dept.
secmartin writes "Researchers at Delft University warn that large parts of the BitTorrent network might collapse if The Pirate Bay is forced to shut down. A large part of the available torrents use The Pirate Bay as tracker, and other available trackers will probably be overloaded if all traffic is shifted there. TPB is currently using eight servers for their trackers. According to the researchers, even trackerless torrents using the DHT protocol will face problems: 'One bug in a DHT sorting routine ensures that it can only "stumble upon success", meaning torrent downloads will not start in seconds or minutes if Pirate Bay goes down in flames.'"

Comment: Re:This is what comes... (Score 1) 531

by DrackenFireBreather (#23318416) Attached to: Who Owns Software?
You also forgot the other critical part which the cups that McD's used to serve coffee were structurally inferior, especially under such hot temperatures, and required the LID to provide rigidity. The cup that was handed to this lady from the McD's employee in the drive thru did not have the lid properly secured which resulted in the cup failing and was crushed in her hands as she brought it over her lap to put into her cup holder in the center console.

Disobedience: The silver lining to the cloud of servitude. -- Ambrose Bierce

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