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Comment: Re:Absurd (Score 4, Informative) 174

How can any nation grant right over something outside its sovereignty?

You do know what country you are talking about don't you? sovereignty (especially other peoples) hasn't generally been at the top of the list of discussion points for quite a while(*)

* And by quite a while I mean it .. just look at how Hawai'i became a state.

Comment: Re:Technically, it's not a "draft notice" (Score 2) 200

You forgot the carrot .. While registering for Selective service is not compulsory:

Registration for Selective Service is also required for various federal programs and benefits, including student loans (such as FAFSA), job training, federal employment, and naturalization.

Selective service

Comment: Re:Highway Only to Speed Deployment (Score 2, Informative) 142

by OzPeter (#47388463) Attached to: Autonomous Trucking

A trucker who experienced an incidence every 100,000 miles or so would be out of trucking in less than 6 months... or about 300,000 miles.

Most truckers have driven -millions- of miles incident free.

Lets see .. what did I experience in less than 1 hour of driving down an interstate last week?

1. Multiple trucks rapidly changing lanes, in traffic, without indicating because the truck ahead of them was doing maybe 5 mph slower than they wanted to be, and they was "just" enough room between cars in the next lane over. (And I have experienced this in heavy rain just as I was about to pass truck)

2. Multiple trucks attempting to pass other trucks, but totally underestimating the power they have and causing rolling roadblocks along the interstate at speeds well under the speed limit.

3. Multiple trucks weaving almost off the road at alarming rates for no obvious reason (I can only assume the driver was reaching for something in his/her cab - alternatively they were not 100% awake)

4. Multiple trucks tailgating cars.

Yeah .. none of these were actual "incidents", but they are indicative of truck drivers not having an understanding/respect for the rigs that they are driving, and foretell possible future incidents. Things would be a lot nicer on the interstates if all of the above were eliminated.

Hmm maybe we could sync multiple trucks together, and put them on a special road all of their own. That would eliminate all of the above issues. We could give them some snazzy name .. maybe "Trains" of trucks!

Comment: Re:His choices... (Score 4, Insightful) 194

by OzPeter (#47349251) Attached to: The Internet's Own Boy

Because he killed himself because of broken IP laws. You just don't get it, do you? If the laws weren't in place he'd be alive today. It's the **AA that is keeping people like Aaron repressed for their profits.

While I do feel sorry for what happened to him .. He didn't kill himself because of broken IP laws .. he killed himself because of a mental state that seemed to preclude any option other than suicide. If he had utilized freely and easily obtainable mental health resources(*) he probably would still be alive today.

* Assuming that such things are actually available.

Comment: Re:Just don't tell De Beers (Score 2) 112

by OzPeter (#47320327) Attached to: Astronomers Discover Earth-Sized Diamond

Is your relationship cold, shriveled and almost unimaginably distant? Astronomical diamonds may be for you!

Is your girlfriend upset that you didn't call the International Star registry and get a star named after her (written in book form in the library of congress) like all of her girlfriends did? Was she upset that you didn't care that much for her?

Well now is your chance to redeem yourself. Don't just name any old star after your girlfriend, get a star sized diamond named after her! If diamonds are a girls best friend, then after doing this you'll never have to "[sudo] make me a sandwich" again, as she'll be thanking you for the rest of her life (well .. maybe until her battery runs down). And all of her friends boyfriends will look up to you like "you da man, dawg!!!!"

Call now .. there's only a limited supply (of paper certificates that we bought in bulk)

Comment: Because I'm lazy (Score 5, Informative) 279

by OzPeter (#47317117) Attached to: Why Software Builds Fail

Half the time when I'm working on any sort of non-trivial program (that is too large to hold in my head all at once) and I need to make a breaking code change (and one that is not easily managed with refactoring tools), I'll make the change where it is obvious to me and then let the compiler tell me where it broke and hence where I need to make my fixes.

Comment: Re:Borders (Score 2) 249

by OzPeter (#47317001) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

Now all the US needs is a similar commonsense approach at border crossings.

You're assuming our government wants to fix the problem. They don't. The border issue is good for everyone involved with the exception of the immigrants.

Umm .. you do know that I am talking about the confiscation and inspection of electronics in your possession as you legally cross a border into the US?

Comment: 2000 jobs and 2 billion dollars (Score 5, Informative) 274

by OzPeter (#47308381) Attached to: China Starts Outsourcing From<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... the US

Thats what is being touted for the Shandong Tranlin Paper Co. greenfield mill being built near Richmond VA, and to break ground in 2016

Chinese paper company to set up shop in Richmond suburbs

Sure I don't expect 2000 permanent full time jobs, but injecting $2 billion into a community ain't so shabby

Comment: Re:They hate our freedom (Score 1) 404

by OzPeter (#47307965) Attached to: San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

But not the basic fact of people exchanging money for information. Dislike it all you want, but people have freedom to do as they want.

There was already a law on the books against what this company is trying to do.

Have you considered that there might actually be a valid use-case for such a law?

Dreams are free, but you get soaked on the connect time.