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Comment Re:Or just make the diesels hybrids (Score 1) 173

"Rolling coal" isn't really a thing here in Oz but I can still smell a diesel long before I see it (or hear it, but I usually have my music up pretty loud).

Here in California, where people can call in gross polluters and have them removed from the roads, most of the stinky old diesels have gone away. As well, most of the old diesels are reaching the age where if you don't maintain them, they don't run. Yeah, the OM617 in that 300SD might keep going to a million miles, but the rest of the car won't and replacing all the stuff that wears out is getting to be a hobby. I've had to replace rear springs, I need to replace driver's seat springs, the upholstery is finally starting to crack (30 year old MB-TEX FTW) and so on. So people move on to something newer and cheaper to maintain. I very rarely see smoke coming out of even an older diesel any more, because most of those vehicles have fallen right off of the road.

Comment Re:Yes/No (Score 1) 101

Before Fox would air a new episode of 24, would you put a new set of vinyl sheets on your mattress in preparation for a night of terrified bedwetting?

Do you turn around and ignore reasonable assessments of threats, and then bury your head in the sand when there is a credible possibility? After all, that's what led to the cancellation of a soccer game in Germany last week. One can't forget about what happened in Brussels last week either.

It's fun to play 'what if' so let's do that. Let's say the government doesn't use emergency powers to block the protests. And a couple of weeks after a series of terrorist attacks, terrorists use the opportunity to splody-dope themselves from within the crowd. The public response would be: "Why didn't you stop the protests." And on the other hand, you have the "Why is France stopping the protests, are they afraid or something?" Because they're taking a reasonable precaution.

Comment Re: Isn't this why computers are great (Score 1) 224

Give links, man. Let everybody see what you're talking about so they can understand your commitment to ethics in journalism.

The zoe post vs what the media reports.

Common knowledge is quite uncommon.

Really? You should let the courts know asap. My theory that the sky is actually puce in colour should go over well then.

Comment Re: Isn't this why computers are great (Score 1) 224


Common knowledge, it doesn't require a citation. Want a recent pop culture example? The Zoe Post, and examine the media's stories on it. In nearly every case, the stories are factually wrong, even though the story will cite(the zoe post) and make incorrect statements and claim they're factual.

Comment Re:Or just make the diesels hybrids (Score 1) 173

are half the reason why people think that diesels are stinky

The other two halves of the reason is because burned Diesel actually does smell. An unhealthy diesel is about the worst thing you can smell on the road (marginally beaten by the smell of an unhealthy LPG engine).

"Rolling coal" isn't really a thing here in Oz but I can still smell a diesel long before I see it (or hear it, but I usually have my music up pretty loud).

Comment Re: Isn't this why computers are great (Score 1) 224

I would never trust a "journalist" that isn't willing to open themselves up to public feedback. That is likely a sure sign that you are dealing with someone with an agenda who doesn't want inconvenient facts to interfere with their chosen narrative. They probably don't even acknowledge the autonomy of their own staff.

Comment Re: I'd be wary of Musk, too (Score 1) 103'>for numbers not much better in 2015, they are at 10,600 for first 9 months. And with sales of 2-3000 for the 2 summers months. And that was before the diesel issue was shown. My guess is that will jump them up to 3-4000 / month rather quickly.

Comment Re: Doesn't sound very credible to me (Score 1) 173

So, despite that "particulate emissions from petrol cars are so low that they are not routinely measured" and can "emit 25 to 400 times more mass of particulate black carbon and associated organic matter ("soot") per kilometer" the fact that petrol cars may release twice as much particulate means that they've suddenly caught up?

Your ideas are based on outdated conclusions which do not take into effect the linked study.

Anecdotally, the rise of diesel is making buildings grimier than they have been since the smogs of London and Paris were beaten into submission.

That's nothing compared to what gasoline engines are doing to your lungs.

Comment Re:We patched your patch (Score 1) 36

This is the one point that should never be ignored. If the updater has access to the raw files, then it has the job of actually installing them where they need to go, and it would need admin privileges for that. And since the entire point of the post was that the updater shouldn't have admin privileges, well, this isn't a red herring, and this shouldn't be ignored.

Well, no. The comment never actually insisted that you be able to install updates without privilege escalation. Go read it again! And frankly, the suggestion that you should be able to is a stupid one. There are lots of reasons why you shouldn't be able to do that, and I should not have to enumerate them here for you. If you have any IT experience at all, you should know what several of them are.

The idea of having executable installers is that the installer, not the downloader, has the onus placed upon it to ask for admin privileges.

Good news! You can download the packages without privilege escalation! The installer is a separate tool, which won't work without it. You need privilege escalation to update the list of installed packages (with good reason) and you need it to update the list of available packages (also with good reason) but you can in fact schedule the list updates, and you only need to update the list of installed packages when you are installing packages.

There are very good reasons to protect installed packages. Do not make me explain them to you.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead