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Comment: Re:Left or Right? (Score 1) 467

by Shadow99_1 (#47707163) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

I actually zipped past a state trooper in my state going a bit over a 100 mph once on a interstate rated for 70... I hadn't even realized how fast I had gotten to while going downhill for an extended period and slipping in and out between cars. I only realized what my speed was when I saw the cop flip on his lights for a half second, then turn them off again. I was already nearly a mile past him and I'm pretty sure he figured I was in no way worth chasing down especially as not ten miles later traffic was nearly stopped.

So yes, it can often just be 'how hard would it be to go after this guy?'...

Comment: Re:How is that possible? (Score 1) 127

by Shadow99_1 (#47654313) Attached to: DEA Paid Amtrak Employee To Pilfer Passenger Lists

I'm surprised their are passenger trains at all in other parts of the country... Here in PA, Philly I think is the only city with passenger train service through Amtrak. Oh sure, we have lots of rail lines (I drive over 6 sets of tracks every day), but those are exclusively industrial transportation and not passenger lines...

Comment: Re:And this is the same for copyrights. (Score 1) 239

by Shadow99_1 (#47653945) Attached to: Patents That Kill

The best way to fight that is to have a copyright extended by further derivative works by the author. So for instance if we have a ten year term then given ten years to make money on it you release the sequel or next part in the series extending the copyright on the whole series to ten years from this new entry. Obviously this works best for Video and Writings and not so much for Music (at least outside of the written form), however I'd be ok with extending the copyright on a musical performance for as long as new music is being created by the same 'author'.

Of course I think the biggest thing that needs to happen in copyright is that a author(s) should not be able to 'sell' their copyright to a company, bar none that is the biggest issue copyright currently has.

Comment: Re:Congratulations! (Score 1) 131

by Shadow99_1 (#47608055) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

While I was a K-12 admin I never got to attend the conferences, but I had always wanted to visit ITSE... And I live in PA which seems to do a lot of ITSE workshops in various parts of the state. However I was 'to valuable to let attend' right up until they replaced me, so I never got to go...

Comment: Re:Qatar follows a Previous Model (Score 1) 402

by Shadow99_1 (#47607063) Attached to: The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

One problem with terrorists in general (at least smart ones) is you generally can't tell them from anyone else. Hence letting people 'flee' could be expanding the scope of the conflict. Right now all the potential people who could be Hamas are at least generally contained.

Really I'm just waiting to see what nutty neighbor decides it must 'rescue' the muslim Hamas of Gaza and decides to fight Israel again over it... It would only be the fourth of fifth time their neighbors have attacked them under the guise of aiding the muslim population of the country... All of which is thanks to the British in the first place who promised the same land to both sides when they left.

Comment: Re:If only we had a union (Score 1) 108

by Shadow99_1 (#47606707) Attached to: LinkedIn Busted In Wage Theft Investigation

I have been a hourly worker, rather than salaried, as a network admin before. To make it more complex my yearly pay was worked out and then it was divided down to provide an hourly rate. I didn't actually want that situation, but the company did because hourly employees got different considerations for things like days the place was not open. See salaried workers got paid for all days the place wasn't open (usually around 21 per year, or three weeks worth), while hourly had to use their own vacation time for them. That meant hourly workers had to give up large chunks of pay during times the place was shut down if they wanted to take vacation outside of those time periods.

The opposite end of that is that I was not allowed to work over even a minute... At least and claim it. They loved to try to get me to stay extra and just not pay me for it. Which is pretty much like what went in in the article in effect.

Comment: Re:What about... (Score 1) 155

by Shadow99_1 (#47557921) Attached to: Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

As someone allergic to some chemicals released in the burning of plants (from bonfires to cigars and everything in between)... Smokers are typically my enemy. Especially since smoking fosters special 'circles' where ever they work. I can't even claim my mandatory 15 minute breaks and the smokers get dozens of 'smoke breaks' every day because management tends to also be smokers. Also the cloud hanging around any entryway as the smokers are not allowed to smoke around the buildings is oh so fun for me to walk through...

I'm not militant about it and usually don't make a fuss about it, but willingly harming yourself and others with cigarettes is not rational behavior and should not be encouraged.

Comment: Re:He cant or wont? (Score 1) 382

by Shadow99_1 (#47459287) Attached to: White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

The reason it's a problem now, is the fact that the dealership method conflicts with anything new. Normal dealerships don't want anything to do with Tesla. Especially when they basically sell one model of car right now and there is no stratification. If Tesla offered the Roadster, S, and their upcoming E it still would probably not appeal to most dealerships. So for Tesla to sell it's cars it needs it's own method for getting sales.

The last example of this I can think of is Saturn. Saturn was not sold in my state because it did a bit of an end run around conventional dealerships as well. However Saturn is still much closer to a dealership experience then what Tesla wants and that scares the dealerships shitless.

Comment: Re:Problem with proprietary 'free' offerings (Score 1) 174

I have long been annoyed by google maps lack of offline mode on my tablet, as my tablet only has wifi and bluetooth for connectivity. Which is good 2G/3G is spotty where I live and 4G does not exist yet, this btw is right next to and within one of the top 300 US cities by population. I don't own a smart phone for the same reason. But get away from internet connectivity and google maps just stops working.

Comment: Re:19,000 (Score 1) 401

by Shadow99_1 (#47404197) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

They will milk us dry at higher prices and then simply stop selling to us when they cannot make enough money form us anymore. In the meantime they will try to do as they are now and start selling to countries like China (Though that has had extremely mixed results).

However we are unlikely to ever see deflation as long as the many big businesses cause constant inflation to the prices of goods and services here. It doesn't matter that fewer and fewer americans can pay those increased prices. It's one of my issues with Kansian economics where inflation is good and deflation is bad, regardless of the people that actually make up the bulk of the economy by population.

Comment: Re:19,000 (Score 1) 401

by Shadow99_1 (#47404169) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

What I have always found funny about not hiring americans in america is that they don't seem to realize the worse off our personal economy is for the 'have nots' the less americans can afford to buy (even with insane debt). So the 'american market' constantly shrinks and we buy less vehicles, sugar wheatie puffs, and fancy cell phones because of that. Eventually the lack of good paying jobs for americans will gut the 'american market' for products and goods and we will look more like modern south african than the US of A.

Heck if you look at the wealth distribution (by percentile) in the US the lower class, lower middle class, and middle class are all in serious decline and look more like each other than anything else. The upper middle class is stagnating and only the upper class is growing. Eventually all that will be left is that top 20% or ~62 million of ~313 million 'amercians' that can be sold to and everyone else will be starving (Especially with the heavy intent to kill welfare). I'm sure even that 20% will not be enough for those at the very top and they will gut the bottom of that group as well.

Comment: Re:Google should talk with Tesla (Score 1) 236

by Shadow99_1 (#47352407) Attached to: Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

The reason it's not trains (or other forms of rail) is for two reasons:
1. Need to buy huge tracks of land in roughly straight lines.
2. Up front cost to actually build a rail system.

America is horribly bad when it comes to modern rail, because it's been effectively dead for decades outside of a handful of Amtrak commercial runs and industrial tracks. So any effort to really make use of rail is going to need to build new rail. Even short runs of light rail track these days costs billions and can take decades to build. You also have some really big players like GE which build most of the locomotive engines in use today and a single locomotive engine costs millions of dollars to build. In comparison one self-driving car only costs hundreds of thousands at most.

Comment: Re:One disturbing bit: (Score 1) 484

by Shadow99_1 (#47316391) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

Having read both majority and dissenting opinions even the other dissenting justices feel this was not anywhere near 'narrow and specific' and that was the primary reason they refused to accept the majority opinion. If 3 of 9 Justices don't even think it's all that narrow or specific why the hell should we?

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