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Comment: Re:common man (Score 3, Interesting) 194

by LordLimecat (#49108745) Attached to: The Imitation Game Fails Test of Inspiring the Next Turings

The really scary thing about all of these posts is that I can easily imagine the people making them putting a visionary like Mao Zedong in power.

Its really kind of scary what happens when you put highly intelligent asocial people in power; one longs for the company of "stupid, mewling peasants".

Comment: Re:heres another lie. (Score 3, Insightful) 237

by LordLimecat (#49102541) Attached to: Ten Lies T-Mobile Told Me About My Data Plan

But they nickel and dime you for everything else. Even with their top plan where everything was supposedly included, a friend sent me text messages from his T-Mobile service, and I never got them. It turned out that for the privilege of sending or receiving SMS to or from other countries, you have to pay T-Mobile $10 extra per month, despite it not costing them anything extra, and even when the people in the other end are also on T-Mobile. Pure money grabbing.

I am not aware of this being true. I recently travelled through 3 countries in the mid east and asia, and had web and texting for free. The only thing that would have cost money was voice. This required no special plan or notification to T-Mobile.

Comment: Re:It is not about technology (Score 1) 182

by LordLimecat (#49102519) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can Technology Improve the Judicial System?

From that site:

On March 28, 2014, the District of Columbia adopted 11 of the 2012 I-Codes and the NFPA’s 2011 NEC with changes, deletions, and/or additions set forth in the 2013 Construction Codes Supplement, 12 DCMR, Subtitles A through L.
Hyperlink and bolding added.

It appears that the full NECA is NOT available, but the parts adopted into law for particular areas ARE.

Comment: Re:It is not about technology (Score 1) 182

by LordLimecat (#49101743) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can Technology Improve the Judicial System?

Have you actually looked?

Building codes for DC metro area:
Virginia building code
DC building code
MD codes (incl building)

Law for DC metro area:
Virginia law
DC Code / law
MD Laws and statutes

Fighting ignorance and BS on slashdot could easily be a full-time job; theres no shortage of people who will talk out of their rear about things they have no information on.

Comment: Re:It is not about technology (Score 1) 182

by LordLimecat (#49101699) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can Technology Improve the Judicial System?

Having them randomly selected, like the jury pool, might not be a bad idea.

That would be an awful idea. We would lose crucial protections within 10 years because these untrained judges would have no conception of the reason for things like "double jeopardy" and "protection from self incrimination".

The only reason we have a 2nd amendment still is because SCOTUS is filled with old people who dont GAF what Chicago and DC have to say about the dangers of guns; they know the law, and they know overreach when they see it. You think a randomly elected individual would have the fortitude to back laws he doesnt like on principle, because its the correct ruling?

Comment: Re:It is not about technology (Score 2) 182

by LordLimecat (#49101693) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can Technology Improve the Judicial System?

If you ever need proof that the average individual is not educated enough to interpret "what the law is", just frequent reddit. Your average person would shred the fourth and fifth amendments the first time a rapist was going to use them to get away with their crime. Your average person doesnt even understand the reason why we allow racist speech to be legal, and would probably shred the first amendment the first time a neo-nazi strolled into a jewish community in Illinois.

Heck, I doubt if your average person even knows what the amendments ARE. It is 100% appropriate for someone who does know these things, and is as unbiased as one can be in todays society (as they dont have to care what anyone else thinks), to instruct the jury on matters of law. Thats a good deal of the judge's job description, actually.

Comment: Re:It is not about technology (Score 1) 182

by LordLimecat (#49101677) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can Technology Improve the Judicial System?

I have see no evidence that appointed judges are "better" than elected judges in any significant way,

The idea is to remove them from external influence. Once appointed, you cannot be fired for a ruling people dont like, which makes it far easier to rule on "what the law is" rather than "what someone else wants it to be".

Elected judges would be an absolutely abysmal idea. Judges being elected is why theyre able to continually smack down overreach in areas of first, second, and fourth amendments. They dont always make the right call-- but they arent in lock-step with the other two branches, which is an incredibly important thing.

Comment: Re:heres another lie. (Score 5, Interesting) 237

by LordLimecat (#49100941) Attached to: Ten Lies T-Mobile Told Me About My Data Plan

Your data plan doesnt take into account advertisements which are basically subsidized at your expense. It doesnt count the silent data collection performed by most apps, or silent updates performed in the background.

Those updates offer you the option to defer them till Wifi.

More to the point, most geeks object vocally when carriers try to look at what you're doing. T-Mobile doesnt. They provide a pipe. What sites you visit, how big their ads are, and what apps you download-- none of that is their problem. If you use their pipe, they count the data.

Its worth noting though that they dont charge overages, you just lose LTE access when you cross your limit. Oh no, cry me a river. Maybe you want to look at deferring those updates till wifi, or quit watching youtube over LTE, or (gasp) upgrade your plan. T-Mobile's plan is so much better than any other carrier, its laughable, and here you are complaining that theyre not DPI'ing you to detect what the ads are.

Comment: Re:Unreliable indeed (Score 1) 311

by LordLimecat (#49086379) Attached to: Nuclear Plant Taken Down In Anticipation of Snowstorm

Power companies don't measure a power plant with a CF. A CF does not help you in any way to plan how much power you want to generate tomorrow with your fleet of plants.

Capacity factor is a compiled statistic from past data. It is useful for determining the performance of a particular form of energy, and for predicting future output. If for the past 20 years your 20MW solar farm has gotten a 0.2 capacity factor, its a pretty safe bet that you're going to generate somewhere in the range of ~4MWh every hour of the year.

Plants arent "rated" in capacity factor because it isnt a static piece of datum. If you have 5 nuclear plant shutdowns over the year, that will impact that year's capacity factor.

You're essentialy arguing that statistics like the GDP are worthless because theyre not a hard, fixed number. But compiled statistics like the GDP measure past performance and are a good measure of relative strength of a country; in the same way, capacity factor combined with "cost per mwh" and "average plant size" are very helpful for understanding what scale of generation we are talking about. If I tell you that a 1GW nuclear plant was just built, that really doesnt help you determine how much power it will likely produce unless I also tell you that nuclear plants in the area generally hit 0.65 capacity factor.

The reason people bring it up with solar is because solar averages an extremely low 0.2 capacity factor. So when someone mentions that a 10MW solar farm was built for ~1/100th the cost of a 1GW nuclear plant, it sounds really viable (equal cost per MWh)-- until you realize that the solar farm will generate, on average, 1/3rd the power of the nuclear plant because solar has an inherently lower capacity factor.

If this is timesharing, give me my share right now.