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Comment: Re:detroit vs SV? (Score 3, Interesting) 236

by Nite_Hawk (#47351883) Attached to: Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

I have to disagree. We bought a 2012 volt and other than the terrible central console interface absolutely love it. Of all of the cars we've owned over the years (A mix of domestic and imports) it's by far the best. I imagine if we owned a tesla model S we would love that even more, but our Volt cost us roughly what a nicely appointed Camry or similar vehicle would have cost. Chevy did a really good job.

Comment: Re:hahaha! (Score 1) 932

by Nite_Hawk (#47218077) Attached to: House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

What I really want is for both parties to split and maybe even get some kind of runoff voting scheme in place. Looks like the tea party has a non-zero chance on the republican side. Now we just need a credible progressive group to come forward and do it on the democratic side.

The positions matter less than ending the corruption.

Comment: Re:May Day???? (Score 1) 247

by Nite_Hawk (#47202865) Attached to: Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding

What does "get the money out of politics" mean?

IMHO, and in a very general sense, preventing things like this:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

This isn't directly related to Lessig's superpac, but it's part of a general trend where personal gain in politics trumps ethical conduct. It doesn't matter what the issue is (in this case health care, but it could be zoning issues, or tax subsidies, or anything). This is blatant corruption on both sides of the isle. It's almost as if it doesn't matter where the money comes from (unions, hollywood, large corporations, drug lords, etc) so long as the people in office can derive the maximum profit. That couldn't be right though right?

Comment: Re:How do you back up Ceph? (Score 3, Interesting) 18

by Nite_Hawk (#46880281) Attached to: Red Hat Acquires InkTank, Ceph Maintainers

One of the questions when you go to large scale is how do you deal with backup in general when you have multiple PB of data. That's partially where some of the new tiering features in firefly will come in for cold storage. Having said that, we are definitely more disk friendly than tape friendly right now afaik.

Comment: Re:Feel free to improve (Score 1) 105

This naked post may be freely copied, modified, and distributed as petrified readers see fit.

That said, it kind of sucks hot grits, but it's free so feel free to improve it and give it some functionality (such as pouring) should you see fit.

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Comment: Re:Dangerous... (Score 4, Insightful) 399

by Nite_Hawk (#46075809) Attached to: California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

You aren't thinking very hard. Judges are the same.

Teachers and professors have controversial jobs and once they've (theoretically) proven themselves to be competent, tenure is supposed to protect them from outside influences just like we try to protect our judges. We (at least once upon a time) deemed academic freedom to be so valuable that we'd suffer some teachers milking their tenure for the benefit that all of the others could teach our society to the best of their ability without fear of retribution.

Now we under pay our teachers, force them to follow standardized curriculum and testing, and even try to ban subjects that aren't compatible with existing societal beliefs regardless of academic rigor. In a world where teachers are underpaid and have little freedom to teach to anything but a standardized test, tenure probably is worthless. It wasn't always so though, and I for one think we are worse off because of it.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 3) 378

I have two young children. With delivery trucks, I have a certain amount of security. I can make rules like: "no playing in the street, only in the yard". I can feel reasonably confident that the chain of events that would result in a delivery truck or generally any vehicle ending up in my yard on my sleepy little street when my kids are playing are extremely unlikely.

(flying) Drones inspire much less confidence. They are far more susceptible to nature. There would be huge cost and time incentives to have them do direct line-of-sight flyovers to their destinations. Even if the plan initially wasn't to do this, it'd be pitting public safety vs corporate cost savings. Which one do you think would eventually win? I'd have little confidence that my yard or any outdoor space potentially could be a crash site. instead of worrying about danger on a 2D plane, there would now be a full half sphere to worry about.

I want to make it clear that I'm not totally against drones for delivery or other uses as there are real cost savings and benefits to society, but there are huge downsides that need to be taken into consideration too. I don't think we are ready just yet.

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