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Comment Re:Say what? (Score 1) 392

> Punish the whole company which further penalizes the working person who did not make the decision to cheat?

The working person you reference directly benefited from this cheating. How about you think of the workers at Mazda, Ford, Suzuki, etc. who would have benefited had VW not done this. Think about all the VW workers who will continue to benefit from maintenance for cars on the road which would have not been VW's had the consumers known the real numbers at the time of purchase.

As for the coders I can't imagine they'd be remaining at VW after this anyway so I think that point is kind of moot.

Comment Re:So software controls emissions? (Score 1) 471

In a way, yes. Maybe you've seen an "eco mode" on some regular, non-eco cars. All this really does is reduce the amount the ECU opens the throttle valve relative to the amount the throttle is depressed. You can achieve the same effect simply by not pressing so hard on the accelerator [and shifting at or under 3k~ish] - which is why you hear about mindful drivers getting better gas mileage.

Of course it's much more fun to smash your throttle to the floor and shift at 8k+.

Comment Re:Skip the 18 billion fine (Score 1) 471

Ignition switch fraud didn't hurt the sales of other companies in the market. This is first-class fraud and it has a massive effect on the consumer, the market, and the environment. Furthermore they didn't do it once and improve their technology so they didn't have to do it anymore - they just kept the fraud going for a few consecutive models.

Comment Re:Hang 'em high... (Score 1) 471

Tests *are* usually done through a specific test or diagnostic mode. In fact much of the test can be automated now just buy strapping the car up to a testing rig and plugging in a diagnostic computer to the OBD-II port. VW just made it so that test mode would give out fraudulent results.

And in case you were wondering test modes usually disable a lot of self-regulatory systems; meaning things like fuel efficiency and emissions will be at their worst in these modes. In a lot of vehicles this mode also happens to be the highest performance mode, which is why you'll sometimes see gear heads do a little dance with different controls to enable it when they start their cars.

Comment Re:better late than never (Score 4, Interesting) 76

Actually the points of contention here are:
1. Emergency pumps were marked as checked, but were not actually checked.
2. Diesel backup generators were probably not checked as they experienced a cascade failure when powered on.
3. Post could have been dealt with better (though this is likely more the fault of former P.M. Kann).
4. Company may have mis-used disaster management emergency funds / officials did not act in a responsible manner (EG officials did not take pay cuts / officials did not start working extra hours / generally officials did not show enough responsibility).

Particularly #4 should be looked at as there have been accidents at nuclear plants before - all previous cases had officials immediately responding to the issues ON SITE and seeing the solutions to completion personally. Companies like Touhoku Electric and Chubu Electric have shown extremely responsible oversight to the point of their CEO's taking extreme personal risks to remedy any problems and constantly going beyond government requirements for all safety measures. TEPCO on the other hand seems to be run by greedy d-bags.

Comment Re:Yes. (Score 2) 149

You're an idiot. No such laws exist and there have been constant news stories about Fukushima and agriculture there.

There are radioactive hot-spots in many places all around the world. Just for reference none of the radioactive hot spots in Tokyo come close to the radioactivity of the famous black sand beaches in Brazil.

The vegetables from Fukushima are safer to eat then the FUD you've been stuffing down.

Comment Re: Would you eat it? (Score 1) 149

The rice and vegetables being discussed here are not being raised in the exclusion zone. Fukushima is a 13,780 km prefecture with a very large amount of agriculture. Less than a percent of the total land zoned for agriculture before the quake/disaster in contained in the exclusion zone.

Now please proceed to shove your FUD up your ass.

Comment Re:This ignores the team diet requirements: (Score 1) 149

Actually food is made available in Olympic villages and outside food is often restricted due to concerns over doping. There's tons of stories relating to this from the Beijing Olympics. Usain Bolt even recalled eating nothing but chicken nuggets and cola for two days before his record run because it was the only food available he felt was safe.

Comment Re:Heck no it's radioactive!!! (Score 1) 149

1. The exclusion zone has been shrinking due to cleanup efforts.
2. The rice and vegetables being discussed here are not being raised in the exclusion zone. Fukushima is a 13,780 km prefecture with a very large amount of agriculture with. Less than a percent of the total land zoned for agriculture before the quake/disaster in contained in the exclusion zone.

Now please proceed to shove your FUD up your ass.

Comment Re: Coffee break (Score 1) 93

I'd argue that the reason for low OSS OS adoption on the desktop has much more to do with the target market. Haiku can basically exist as a little niche OS with very few users who only care about their specific hardware configurations because at the end of the day it's an OS for people who were fans of BeOS. It doesn't have some killer feature or some market it's aiming to grab.

Linux on the other hand can be made into what you want. While there are some vendors who build out to catch the desktop market there are a limited number. Furthermore, there is the question of weather or not most devs would want a larger desktop market in the first place. Why have more bug reports, more uninformed support requests, more complaining users when you don't actually monetarily benefit. If we're going to start encouraging a market where Linux will rule the desktop we need to find some way to properly pay the developers of the software that allows it to be a desktop OS.

Comment Re:C++ with Java for networking (Score 1) 296

What I don't like about JNI is how it approaches wrapper generation - essentially assuming you are writing your C/C++ code *specifically* to be used in Java. Case in point being the fact you basically have to directly modify your header files. This can of course be avoided by writing code/headers that include JNI and your native headers - but then on top of that you need to write wrapper headers and wrapper code. Most other wrapper systems don't make this assumption and just let you write an interface or some wrapper code and be done with it.

On top of that actual generation of the wrapped binaries isn't nearly as smooth and integrated as say Ruby native gems. Maybe it can be set up to be cleanly automated so everything will be generated for your build target at compile time but in my currently limited time dealing with Java I've yet to see such a setup.

I would like to point out I'm no expert on JNI and have only used it twice before going all SWIG. Actually if you know of a good example or guide for JNI that could set me straight I'd love to see it.

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