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Comment: Freedom of speech (Score 1) 1116

by Leuf (#46698653) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law
Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from the consequences of your speech. We have to balance the need to let people support unpopular opinions with the need to prevent people from secretly subverting the government. Ultimately if you want to influence public policy you have to be willing to stand up and do it publicly.

Comment: From TFA (Score 1) 357

by Leuf (#46618617) Attached to: An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw
It's a 2005 Cobalt. The switch was redesigned in 2006 (without changing the part number or doing a recall) and she was killed in 2010. In a 2013 deposition the GM engineer in charge of the switches on the Cobalt said he didn't know why the switch was changed and that they never approved such a change. But oops, a GM engineer signed off on the change in 2006.

Comment: Re:I really don't understand this (Score 1) 710

by Leuf (#45519951) Attached to: Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools
We aren't there yet with universal usage of tablets instead of books but when we do then it's just going to make it easier for local school districts to get their science texts personally tailored to their own thinking. As a side note, consider the idea of using a 20, 50, 100 year old science textbook, ignoring the problem of the book being damaged along the way. You'd never accept your kid being taught from a 100 year old science textbook. We're now on the verge of having textbooks that always stay up to date with tablets. Imagine that, a book that constantly updates itself to stay current. (I know the reality is far from the promise of the fantasy, it will actually just mean the book was never edited properly in the first place and never gets completed, but let's pretend). It's practically magic, and if you showed it to someone 200 years ago they would burn you for witchcraft. Now think about the Bible. Assume for the moment that it really was inspired by a higher power. It's the words of God, but filtered through the perception of man as he was thousands of years ago. Maybe he tried to tell us about how he really created the universe and the creation story is just how it came out in their minds. But in the thousands of years that have come and gone since then God can't be bothered to update his text. So something there just isn't right. Finally, the same people that demand the government teaches religion are the same people that think the government can't do anything right. So isn't it a good thing they aren't trying to teach creation?

Comment: Re:yet 33% in the House opposed it (Score 1) 999

by Leuf (#45149957) Attached to: US Government Shutdown Ends

Also 18% of the Senate. They know it has to pass, but they also know there's enough votes to pass it without them. So they get to vote no which is what they think will play the best back in their home district. Sometimes they will even vote yes if it's close and then when there's enough to pass they go back and change it to a no once it's safe to do it.

In the same way, Ted Cruz was all about the filibuster when doing so was completely meaningless but tonight when given the opportunity to actually filibuster he instead just whined for a minute and then made a completely meaningless no vote, like the little bitch that he is.

Not a one of them actually cares about the debt or health care (okay, maybe Rand Paul), only their own careers.

Comment: Not a US company - Can't lobby (Score 5, Insightful) 292

by Leuf (#45137043) Attached to: Irish Government May Close Apple's Biggest Tax Loophole
I have no problem with corporations taking advantage of whatever the law allows them to do but there should be consequences. If the government is going to consider a corporation to be like a person with 1st amendment rights and money to be speech, well they are declaring their corporate personhood to not be a citizen, only a resident. Residents don't get to vote, only citizens. If you don't have a vote then you shouldn't have any right to contribute anything to the election process. If you want a voice in the government then pay taxes.

Comment: Re:More buck for the bang? (Score 1) 323

by Leuf (#44527735) Attached to: Have eBooks Peaked?

You mean the paperbacks that come out long after the hardcover? They make as much as they can off the hardcover first. GRRM's "A Dance with Dragons" came out in July 2011. The paperback still isn't even out yet. If the paperback was released at the same time it would cost much more than it does.

The pricing problem is that eventually the printed version becomes much cheaper than the e-book price which stays artificially high, just like with music. Amazon will often ship you a cd (with free shipping) for less than they'll sell you the mp3s.

Comment: Re:Makes closets just fine (Score 1) 268

by Leuf (#43042077) Attached to: When It's Time To Scale, US Manufacturing Hits a Wall

A good cnc can do a great job of cutting up sheet goods into stuff like closets and kitchen cabinets. But you have to start getting beyond hobbyist machines to do it well. You aren't going to do anything like that on my machine that cost under $3k but only has a 12"x24" capacity.

Even if the guy down the block has that cnc machine, that doesn't mean you're going to go to him to make all your stuff either. The Ikea people are always going to have better economies of scale over that. So the neighborhood guy needs to offer something more than just duplicating the same cheap crap.

There's always going to be a market for things that aren't just the easiest way to extrude the thing out of the all purpose robot.

Comment: I'm that guy on my block (Score 2) 268

by Leuf (#43040759) Attached to: When It's Time To Scale, US Manufacturing Hits a Wall
I think you have no idea what a cnc router can actually do. It's not a black box where you put wood in and a bureau comes out the other end. You aren't going to 3d print a bureau either. A low end cnc is actually crap for production work. It simply doesn't have the rigidity or capacity to replace the other tools in my shop by any stretch of the imagination. And the parts that come out of it still require a great deal of further work just to get to a part which is still a long way from a completely assembled piece of furniture. It's just another tool where there are many other specialized tools that beat the pants off of it for a great deal of operations.

Comment: Re:its called efficiency (Score 3, Informative) 145

by Leuf (#42828915) Attached to: Parcel Sensor Knows When Your Delivery Has Been Dropped

You can't really tell if something has been adequately packed unless you either open it or it already shows damage (lack of packing material allows the box to crush). UPS and Fedex would be more than happy to slap you with a reboxing fee* if they could.

*plus fuel surcharge on the fee, because everything gets a fuel surcharge. This notice about the fuel surcharge gets a fuel surcharge.

They are relatively good but absolutely terrible. -- Alan Kay, commenting on Apollos

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