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Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 0) 315

by MightyYar (#48682817) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

First of all, America has a pretty low violent crime rate. We have a high homicide rate, but I think I can safely say that is because we are uniquely flooded with cheap handguns. But I digress...

The main point I wanted to make is that sure, making a single-offender a felon is not a great policy. Kids make mistakes and it would be a shame to ruin their lives (even though they are risking others' lives). That said, repeat offenders should be in prison. If you are caught drunk behind the wheel with a license that was suspended because you were previously caught drunk behind the wheel, you are a continuing threat to public safety. In no way should that person be allowed to get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Comment: Re:People Are Such Babies (Score 5, Insightful) 207

by MightyYar (#48682783) Attached to: Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos

That you keep arguing the facts of specific cases seems to indicate that you are missing the point. People aren't in the streets protesting - let alone rioting - because one, or even 5, guys were killed by the police. There is a long, long history of police not being terribly respectful of the community that they "serve". These recent cases are the proverbial straw that broke the camels back. The cases are not perfect - there is no Rosa Parks - but you can't necessarily plan exactly when the powder keg will explode. While your advice to cooperate with the police is sound, it is a bit terrifying. Local cops are supposed to be serving the community, not doing a bunch of crap that the community doesn't want. Why is a beat cop enforcing a state cigarette tax? Is that really what the local community is clamoring for?

Comment: Re:Many DDR3 modules? (Score 1) 138

by MightyYar (#48672509) Attached to: Many DDR3 Modules Vulnerable To Bit Rot By a Simple Program

Perhaps you can measure things on a scope, but that doesn't mean the difference is perceptible. It's not my money, so I don't really care what audiophiles do with it - but they also seem to expect me to be impressed, which I am not. I politely nod but honestly think they are just burning their money. I can't take someone seriously who thinks that oxygen makes a perceptible difference in audio, and then think nothing of using stranded wire vs. solid. Even with an oscilloscope, the stranded vs. solid will be a much bigger difference than the 97% vs 99.99% copper. And by "much bigger", I mean "still not perceptible".

I know a guy who does installs. He tells many stories, but I like this one: He ran out of super-expensive speaker wire specified by one customer. He temporarily finished the job with landscaping wire, of all things. It was the proper gauge and everything, but cheap stuff that he uses for outdoor installs (which unbelievable people insist on having fancy cable for! Shut those birds up, would you?). He came back later (when the specified wire came in) and told the customer what he needed to do. They guy, completely oblivious to the "problem", was horrified. Just horrified! He had been quite happy with the new system, but now noted that certain things do indeed sound wrong... the brain is an amazing machine.

Comment: Re:Many DDR3 modules? (Score 1) 138

by MightyYar (#48670135) Attached to: Many DDR3 Modules Vulnerable To Bit Rot By a Simple Program

I've seen nonsense about inductance and capacitance. And then it'll be stranded. Oy.

Most people are using it to make a permanent connection in their homes with stranded wire... so endurance, fatigue, corrosion are all non-issues. I would wager a very high sum of money that double-blind testing would result in no perceptible difference.

Comment: Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 1) 718

by MightyYar (#48652421) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

I don't want to oversimplify, but it is quite reasonable - and to me not overly "complex" - to postulate that the models do not properly account for ocean dynamics. It is entirely possible that every single model has it all completely wrong - we've been here before with "global cooling". But back then the models weren't very robust, and you actually had competing models with wildly different predictions.

Perhaps I'm more comfortable rolling with the science because the science doesn't threaten my ideology. I fully accept that we are probably warming the planet, but I also don't think that humanity will stop burning easy energy resources. As a result, I'd like to see the models applied to planning for the inevitable instead of a Quotidian quest to stop using fossil fuels. We're going to need to do a cost-benefit on things like seawalls for major coastal cities, flood control, and irrigation systems, and I think the models can provide valuable insight.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981

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