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Comment: Re:personally, i like this method better... (Score 2) 106

by Grishnakh (#48258313) Attached to: US Post Office Increases Secret Tracking of Mail

I doubt it. Those places (like Guadalupe) are shitholes because they're poor. Places that are wealthy usually incorporate themselves into cities/towns, and hire their own police force instead of relying on the county police. And since they're wealthier, they can afford to spend more on policing. The county police aren't as well funded as city police, and worse, they have to cover a lot more ground since their jurisdiction is a bunch of separate zones all far away from each other.

Comment: Re:Obama Admin! (Score 1) 284

by Grishnakh (#48167445) Attached to: FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

>Don't imagine that a republican administration would be any more willing to let you keep your communication private. They might use different tactics, but secretly putting back doors in software is not really any better than a public campaign to install government backdoors in software.

I completely disagree. Doing something subversive that people don't like is better. Because then, when people inevitably and eventually find out, they get angry and do something about it. With the Democrat method, they actually convince people this crap is good for them.

If someone is going to screw me over, I'd rather them do it in a way that I don't know about it. There's nothing more annoying than someone screwing you over and gloating about it to your face.

You might think the latter is better because people will know about it sooner, but most voters are usually ridiculously naive, and will actually believe everything their party leadership tells them. When they find out they've been lied to, they get angry and demand change. But with the Democrats, they were never lied to.

Comment: Re:Obama Admin! (Score 3, Interesting) 284

by Grishnakh (#48165875) Attached to: FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

Yes, I know Bush did a lot of spying, but that's different than encryption. Did any of Bush's honchos run around saying people shouldn't use encryption because the government needs to see it? Or pushing for laws banning the use of encryption, or trying to force everyone to have government-approved encryption chips with NSA backdoors built-in? Clinton did all of that, completely publicly, and now Obama's doing it.

Maybe I'm misremembering things, but I do remember "strong" (>40-bit) encryption being illegal to export during the Clinton years, and this finally being relaxed during the Bush years because it was so stupid and everyone outside the US already had it.

Yeah, Bush is evil and all, but I don't remember him being so obnoxiously paternalistic and publicly saying we should only be able to use computers with government backdoors; instead, he just did things behind everyone's backs.

Comment: Re:SCUBA still has analog ... (Score 1) 155

by Grishnakh (#48117449) Attached to: Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

Depends on the domain. Analog gauges are still popular

Sorry, you're right. I should have specified I'm really talking about cars here. For simple/low-cost applications, they still use analog mechanical gauges. For instance, the gauge on any air compressor is just a cheap mechanical gauge.

Also, mechanical gauges do tend to be very rugged. That's not a useful trait in a car, but for scuba gear it certainly is.

Comment: Re:Claim is BS. (Score 1) 155

by Grishnakh (#48117445) Attached to: Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

What did they expect? It was supposed to be the successor to the CRX and (first-gen) Insight, and was way worse than either of them. They should have made it out of aluminum, at the very least.

Even so, I really don't understand how it came out so bad. It's underpowered, but gets terrible gas mileage. I can go get a Mazda3 that's much bigger (4-door hatchback), and way more powerful (2.4L SkyActiv engine) and faster, and still get the same mpg (38). WTF? And the Mazda isn't even hybrid! It's just a gas engine, albeit with direct injection (which lots of cars these days have now). How did they manage to make a tiny little car with a tiny engine that's hybrid and still get such lousy mileage?

Also, I don't think the Prius is aluminum either. And it too is faster than the CR-Z while being much larger, and gets much better fuel economy. So aluminum might have helped a little, but not that much. It seems that Honda's engine tech is just plain obsolete now. Everyone else is doing much better even with steel frames (though there's more use of high-strength steel alloys these days).

Comment: Re:Claim is BS. (Score 1) 155

by Grishnakh (#48116355) Attached to: Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

There are plenty of cars now where an analogue speedometer isn't an option.

Have you been to a car dealership since the mid-1980s? I can't think of many cars which have digital speedometers only. Perhaps the Honda CR-Z, but that isn't exactly very popular (in fact, it's a flop; I'm surprised they still sell them). And even those cars still have analog tachometers (which is arguably much more important to be analog than the speedometer, because the tach changes so much faster).

Comment: Re:Claim is BS. (Score 2) 155

by Grishnakh (#48116339) Attached to: Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

No, it's an analog meter. It's receiving digital information, and using that to control a servomotor to position a needle, and looks a lot like old-time all-mechanical meters, but it's still analog in the sense that it's displaying information in an analog fashion, rather than as a numerical readout.

Comment: Re:Claim is BS. (Score 2) 155

by Grishnakh (#48116323) Attached to: Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

No one, outside of some small specialty manufacturers (including some old-time avionics makers), makes analog meters implemented mechanically any more, if you mean something where a cable turns some gears which turn a needle. They're all electrical and digitally-controlled now, and have been for some time, and for good reason: mechanical meters simply aren't as reliable or accurate.

Comment: Re:Claim is BS. (Score 1) 155

by Grishnakh (#48116307) Attached to: Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

You're missing my point (see especially my comment about the Tesla). Regardless of the actual mechanics of the instrument (moving needle vs. LCD screen that depicts an image of a moving needle), analog gauges aren't going away, probably ever. Yes, we'll probably just have LCD screens for our dashboards soon, but they're still going to show us images of analog gauges, because they're inherently more useful than a numerical readout.

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