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Comment: We paractice driving not emergency driving (Score 0) 304

by RichMan (#48892697) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

Simulators are very good these days. Part of driver training and testing should include emergency driving training including accidents.
Testing of youth and retesting of seniors should include stressful emergency situations requiring quick decision making and actions.

Driving is a privilidge and not a right.

Comment: This video is not available due to geographical .. (Score 2) 94

by RichMan (#48840711) Attached to: Ridley Scott Adapts Philip K. Dick's 'Man in the High Castle' For Amazon

This video is not available due to geographical licensing restrictions.

That is a lie.
It is available. Availibility is a technical issue.
it is just not allowed to be presented which is a formality issue.

Nice twisted use of the words there to disquise that fact that market segragation is being done.

Comment: But its cold where I live today (Score 4, Insightful) 560

by RichMan (#48716157) Attached to: 2014: Hottest Year On Record

The inability of the human species to extract itself from personal state to think globally is going to be our demise. If we can't recognize that we are responsible for maintaining our environment in a livable state we are in big trouble.

And it really is not "globally" any more. The entire planet is our personal space.

Comment: how many songs? (Score 5, Interesting) 117

How many songs or "incidents of infringement" did Sony claim Hotfile was guilty of? What did Sony settle for as the price per infringement. Knowing the price sets a negotiation point for anyone else in a similar situaiton.

If Sony claimed there were 800M bad files sent out by Hotfile and the settlement was $4M then when Sony knocks on Joe Publics door. Joe Public can say "You settled with a commercial infringer for 4/800 = 1/200 = 0.5cents a file. As I am not a commercial operation lets start the negotiation at 1/10th of that or 0.05cents a file."

Makes it hard for Sony to intinidate the public if the settlement cost is going to be less than an hours of lawyer fees.

Comment: gravity fields will rip you to shreds (Score 3, Interesting) 289

by RichMan (#48492019) Attached to: Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

Tidal forces. This is the biggy, If you are in orbit deep in a gravity well with a steep gradient then the orbital velocities of things 1m up/down from each other are significantly different. The material stength of any object extending over that 1m has to resist that force.
Those forces will rip materials to shreds.

Think of your hands being pulled up, while your feet are pulled down. The further into the gravity well you get the more up and the more down the two pulls get.

The only way to avoid the tidal forces are a straight in drop. But you can't do that as all around the well is a swirling gas field that will push you into an orbit.

Comment: How can faking a call back number be remotelylegal (Score 2, Interesting) 159

by RichMan (#48398219) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

Looking at the US today, how can providing an incorrect call back number not lead immediatly to an FBI investigation?

Sure the general police don't really care because they don't understand this, but this is "interfereing with the operation of computer network" (yes the phone system does count as a computer network) and the phone network is a vital civil infrastructure. We know from past things interfering with a computer network, even a small scale private one, can actually lead to very serious charges. The phone networks is much more important (than some universities database accesses).

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