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Comment: Re:Old news. (Score 1) 208

by Cederic (#48646595) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

Never assume someone hitting you is going to have insurance.

I don't actually care. I have my own insurance. It'd be nicer to claim off theirs but I don't have to.

Of course, it'd be even nicer to not need a claim. When coming to an emergency halt (accident in front, or genuinely boneheaded driver nearly causing one, or just me failing to realise the traffic had started going 40mph slower than me) I generally look in my rear view mirror and very much adjust the extent of my braking to give the car behind as much space as possible while giving myself enough space to stop.

But I drive cars that can stop very quickly - good brakes, good grip, good reactions. So I usually have the luxury of not slamming the brakes on full, but instead adjusting the rate of braking to suit the situation.

Comment: Re:Old news. (Score 1) 208

by Cederic (#48646571) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

So 15% of the US are shit selfish drivers. Nonetheless, if red light cameras make you slam on your brakes then you're driving badly.

It's a fucking junction. You don't have to go through it at the sped limit. You can slow down as you approach it, to give you more time to react if the lights change.

That's what normal people do. Sensible, safe drivers, that get to pick up their kids from the whatever-the-fuck proxy for their shit parenting place they've put them in because they didn't have an accident because they know how to fucking drive.

How about you just plan your life better - start with not having fucking children, you're clearly not equipped for it.

Comment: Re:Yet another clueless story on automation (Score 1) 529

by TheRaven64 (#48645719) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Most of the developing world just doesn't have this problem.

Actually that's not true. India and China did very well out of being a cheap place to manufacture things because of the low labour cost. Now, factories that are almost entirely automated are replacing those staffed by unskilled workers. This means that no one is building them in developing countries and creating jobs there. The only reason that companies like Foxconn have for picking places in Africa for manufacturing now is the the lack of environmental regulation: a few politicians get paid off, but the local economy doesn't benefit and the local environment gets polluted. The path Japan took, of cheaply copying things, being a cheap place to build factories, developing local skills, and then competing internationally with original products, doesn't exist anymore.

Comment: Re:It's hard to take this article seriously (Score 1) 529

by TheRaven64 (#48645709) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?
Exactly. Few workers would complain about automation if they owned a share in the company proportionate to their contribution to the profits. If a robot means that the company can produce more without their going to work then their income would go up and so would their leisure time. Instead, they become redundant in a shrinking job market and the owners get richer.

Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 298

by TheRaven64 (#48645633) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Up To the Job?
Java doesn't require you to catch every exception, it requires that, for every exception that cam be generated in a method, you must either catch it or advertise that your method can throw it. This makes static analysis and reasoning about exception much easier, because you know exactly what exceptions a particular method can throw. Handling exceptions at the wrong place is a problem with the programmers, not with the language or VM.

Comment: Re:Threatpost, professional, processes (Score 1) 165

by Cederic (#48642721) Attached to: Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

I'd fire your ass in a heartbeat.

You work for Sony by any chance?

What he's described is pretty standard IT security. What you want is complete fucking data loss.

Fire him? With cunts like you running the business he'll leave and get a job at a competent firm anyway.

Comment: Oh boy, rewind to the Spanish Inquisition! (Score 3, Insightful) 634

by dfenstrate (#48633271) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'
First, pointing a finger and screeching 'DENIER' seems a lot like pointing the finger and screeching 'HERETIC', lending credence to the whole environmentalism-as-a-substitute-religion theory.
Beyond that, these scientists might find more traction for their beliefs if they could get away from the folks who are peddling 'solutions' for AGW. You know, the activists who want to make energy so expensive that poor people will have to live in dark, cold homes, and gasoline so expensive that they have to stay in those cold, dark homes.
I imagine, however, that any activist or scientist advocating the use of 'denier/(heritic)' has substituted Gaia for God, and would be very happy to burn their opponents at the stake.
As for me, I'm not qualified to analyze the science. Instead, I'll consider the matter when the people who say it's a problem act like it's a problem. Until their personal conduct matches their words- buying carbon credits ('indulgences') doesn't count- then it's just a continuation of prior climate panics.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming