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Comment Wrong (Score 4, Interesting) 151

I generate this data. I own this car. This is my data, not the company who made my car. If it's a rental, sure, go ahead and do what you want with that. But if I own the car, that data is MINE to choose whom I give it to, or don't give it to, and use as I see fit.

This isn't any different than any other appliance or device. I own my computer, The manufacturers that made it don't own the data that's created by using it. Tired of companies thinking they own what I do with the stuff they sell me. It's getting ridiculous.

Comment Re:Why does this need GPS? (Score 1) 837

          Valid point.

          I still believe that there should be a way to (securely) provide the government with only the data it needs to levy the tax. i.e. the miles driven on Oregon roads, without giving away more data than necessary and allowing the government to potentially abuse it.

Comment Re:Solution in Search of Problem (Score 1) 837

Electric vehicles and hybrids can't be the reason. Electric vehicles still represent a tiny portion of vehicles on the road. Hybrids don't really get much better fuel economy than the tiny econoboxes of the 90s.

This is pretty short sighted, and my hope is that you are not on any committees or groups planning for anything in the future, as you seem to not be able to think ahead. EV's are a small segment now, but it is growing fast, and there will be a point in the future where it will become an issue having EV's essentially free from any sort of tax that allows for maintenance on the roads they use. Oregon is simply experimenting with ways to work through that scenario, and working on a plan for the future.

Comment Re:Lennart Poettering is cancer on the face of Lin (Score 1) 347

You know the stupid Cloud rage going on right now, systemd allows Linux systems to be rapidly deployed there.

You lost all *your* credibility there. systemd has absolutely nothing to do with cloud deployment, if anything, it complicates existing tool sets that are already being used for cloud deployments, because it obfuscates underlying process making it even harder to debug mass deployments.

I guess the problem is that systemd is heavily dependent on Linux, whose "developers don't understand the arguments of simplicity, composability, and small programs that do one thing well", to quote you. These developers (Linux kernel and systemd) only understand the arguments of programs that just work, are robust, adaptable, coherent, fast and efficient, easy to use, difficult to break, the most secure possible.

Robust? Efficient? Easy to Use?Just Works? You might be talking about the kernel, but you're definitely not talking about systemd anymore. I would put good money on any kernel developer pissing in your coffee just for saying systemd architecture is anything even remotely comparable to the kernel.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The old init system worked just fine. So what if it was scripts, scripts are the heart of any unix system, and have been for years. So what if the more complicated your app was, the more complicated your init process was. Using systemd isn't going to make your special purpose Linux OS any simpler, it still has to do the same damn thing. It's only going to hide that complexity in yet another tool.

Comment Accountability (Score 1) 60

Something I've rarely heard discussed in any of the patent reform discussions is accountability. It would make total sense to hold the Patent office accountable for the patents they approve. Particularly when they are proven overly broad or killed off by prior art. Sure, you can't do it immediately, but if a patent is invalidated for legal reasons, then there should absolutely be blowback to the patent office that approve the thing in the first place. You would probably have to define some criteria for meeting guidelines on complexity, but at some point you have to hold Joe Blow accountable for rubber stamping a patent like this example that's so blindingly stupid. i.e. he's really bad at his job, get freaking rid of him!

Without proper accountability, I don't think there will ever be meaningful reform.

Comment Doesn't Matter. (Score 2) 247

Until they automate, or at least expedite, the process of a consumer getting fines/money back from the telemarketers and corporations using laws already on the books, this whole DNC thing is meaningless. (Note, all the tools necessary to do this are already in place in some form or another) But that will never happen so truly DNC is, and always has been, a worthless thing.

Comment Bad Summary (Score 1) 31

It would be much neater if the summary actually focused on the story, rather than the lame news coverage about UFO's. The fact that they figured out the right size/weight balance on a balloon to have it self sustaining from solar heating the air is pretty cool. Add to this that it created enough lift to actually allow it to pull away and be lost, carrying weight, and you get a nifty geek story about some makers and their incubator in NM. Way to go Quelab/Gonner, keep it up!

Comment Re:Google play (Score 1) 114

            What is needed, is a search site that allows you to exclude terms, domains, regular expression based, as part of your profile that you never ever want to see mentioned. i.e. a user managed/specific blacklist. Something that happens at the search level, instead of my browser having to block it via Ghostery or AdBlock or some other utility.

-= Rhyas =-

Comment Re:Let me be the first to say (Score 1) 107

I call Bullshit. There is a preponderance of data on class size and how it effects learning. Nearly all of that data supports the theory that smaller classes increase learning. Some of the data supports that it doesn't make a difference, and there is no data at all that supports a theory that larger classes increase learning. The only thing even being contested in this arena is that the results can be interpreted in different ways, and not all studies were able to factor in all variables. Most of the arguments are being pushed by people or entities that don't like the costs associated with CSR (Class Size Reduction) mandates.

In essence, you're pretty bass ackwards on your understanding of this topic. I won't disagree that there might be things that could provide larger gains in education than CSR, but that doesn't mean that the concept is invalid, or that there isn't any data supporting it.

Your last sentence is complete conjecture with no supporting evidence and should be taken as such.

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