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Comment: Re:Adding Politics to Engineering Decisions (Score 1) 78

by Your.Master (#47734311) Attached to: Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

No, not compared to Russian Roulette, compared to the things typical people do in a typical day. Also, with cars, death isn't the only danger. Permanent injury, significant temporary injury, and massive property damage are also dangers.

Typical people live their entire lives without playing Russian Roulette even once.

I don't really know why this is hard. Most people don't do a lot of dangerous things in a day.

In fact, even in terms of death: 22% of people who die between the ages of 1 and 44 in the United States die from a motor vehicle accident. Most of the other itemized are not daily (eg. fire, except for firefighters; firearm, etc.).

If there was a more deadly daily activity, it should show up on that list. I mostly see things that are more deadly, but not daily. I have to admit I'm not quite sure what to make of "falls" from the under-45 crowd.

Comment: Re:Correction: (Score 1) 329

by Chas (#47734061) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

Fortunately, in this case, it's what someone who's sick of BOTH "parties" is saying because he wants the entire group of game-players, pork farmers and pretty much ANYONE deeply entrenched in the political process stripped of their job, and have the jobs handed to people who actually want to do the damn job the way it's supposed to be done.

We might have to go through several ENTIRE crops of candidates and basically cripple the government for a few years, but, in the end, the message is sends is this.

"The party's over. Get back to fucking work."

Comment: Re:Correction: (Score 1) 329

by Chas (#47734025) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

Sorry, but they're two sides of the same shaved coin.

They talk a good game of bullshit so you actually think there's significant differences.

But the fact is, the US has a one-party system with two marginally differentiated factions who bicker over trivialities whilst selling the country to the highest bidder.

Comment: Re:Correction: (Score 1) 329

by Chas (#47733985) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike


This is surgery. In some cases, with a wound, you can clean it out and it'll heal up nicely.

But, sometimes, it's bad enough that you basically just need to excise the whole thing, till you have nothing but healthy tissue.

That's what needs to happen here.

They all need to go. All the game-players, and special-interest pork farmers. ALL OF THEM.

You don't leave any behind to reinfect the wound.

We can then drop in an entire group new guys and be EXPLICIT about why they now have their jobs and the the other guys are now holding "Will legislate 4 food" signs.

You MIGHT have to do it a couple times. And yeah, it'd be disruptive as hell. But, eventually, the message would be gotten.

Comment: Re:Batteries+ ? (Score 1) 66

by ColdWetDog (#47733913) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

For AA batteries (yep, still the most widely used), I like Maha batteries and chargers. Have a number of AAs from 4 - 6 years ago still going strong.

For alkaline cells, Radio Shack has been an excellent source of decent brands over the years. Somebody in purchasing must actually look at what they sell. Better hurry though, it doesn't look like RS will be around much longer.

For camera batteries, I stick with OEMs, even the knockoffs sold at reputable stores like B&H and Adorama just don't work as well (at least for Nikons).

Amusingly enough, I've had good luck with cheapo Chinese knockoffs for my iPhones. Since battery life is crummy anyway, the bar doesn't appear to be all that high.

And for power tool batteries, I've used several different rebuild companies, all with good results. Compared to the unique shapes and sizes of laptops and cell phones, power tools seem to have standardized on generic cells and construction methods.

Comment: Re:Why Facebook or Google? (Score 1) 107

by Bill, Shooter of Bul (#47733269) Attached to: NSA Agents Leak Tor Bugs To Developers

Cause the NSA ain't providing code, bandwidth, or servers to scale the system to millions of users. Google and Facebook have the knowledge and resources to actually do it, if they want.

But yeah, its a pretty dumb hope. They don't want you to have any anonymity as it is.

I think it would be cool if some one were to design a cryptocurrency wherein the proof of work was somehow related to the number of connections proxies. So mining would actually be providing anonymity to those who needed it and their would be an incentive to provide service. However that trick of providing indisputable proof of work, while not reveling the traffic or inbound/outbound connections might be a bit tricky to get right.

Comment: Re: I skipped to the ending (Score 1) 45

How on earth does this make him a "scumbag" and why do you want his career to fail, exactly?

Ever heard of something called integrity? This man has none. He crafted a huge lie and operated under false pretenses. Who cares why he did it? He did it. Nothing he says or does can be trusted now. People who spread lies and misinformation like this JUSTIFY censorship.

Comment: Re:No alternatives. (Score 1) 184

by Chas (#47732587) Attached to: When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

The only way to flee is to have an alternative. And despite all of the wanna-bes, there are no real quality alternatives.

Contrary to popular belief, "do without" IS an alternative.
Just, in this day and age, it's a very self-limiting, "cut off your nose to spite your face" alternative. As the only one who continues to be hurt is you.

Comment: Re:Not my kind of person. (Score 1) 386

by Your.Master (#47731837) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Real property has a specific definition that makes it irrelevant to the discussion:

I'm going to assume that's not what you meant. But other things commonly viewed as property do have an expiration date. Consider food, or batteries.

For that matter, consider money. It's intangible property represented at times by dollar bills and coins, but usually by a number in a bank database.

As far as we know, our computer has never had an undetected error. -- Weisert