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Comment: Re:It's California (Score 1) 721

by ShakaUVM (#46718683) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

>I operate my own company and have previously only had access to insurance through my wife's employer

As do I (in both cases).

However, I was able to get small business insurance relatively cheaply ($200ish a month) prior to marrying my wife and getting on her plan.

Bog standard Kaiser HMO insurance, not one of those scammy plans that you're talking about.

Comment: Re:New? (Score 2) 181

by ShakaUVM (#46711695) Attached to: Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

Exactly. The second I hear a game is freer to play, I immediately assume all of these things about it, and it's up to the game designer to try to convince me to "buy" it anyway. The only one in recent memory that has done that for me is Path to Exile. The entire game is free to play, and all of the purchases are for cosmetic stuff, with, arguably, only additional stash space being something that might give you an advantage in the game.

Comment: Re:Gee, so only a year of screaming (Score 2) 387

>So it only took about a year of screaming from the users and slashdotters before Microsquishy paid attention and brought back the MENU instead of that god damned useless start screen.

It came out in October 2012, but people have been screaming about it since the pre-release in 2011.

So about the same amount of time it took Blizzard to fix the clusterfuck called Diablo 3, and with the same amounts of fucks given by the general population.

Comment: Re:Oculus is the real deal, the others are hype (Score 1) 202

by ShakaUVM (#46637079) Attached to: How interested are you in Virtual Reality tech?

> Without the headset meeting all of these criteria VR sucks. The reason it isn't out yet is because the technology isn't there yet, and they are working on getting it there.

As someone who worked for a military supplier of VR equipment in the mid 90s, I can say you're missing one key component - a consumer friendly price point.

We (Kaiser VR) had headsets that sold for $100k that we'd sell to the military for use in aircraft and flight simulators, and they were really good. 180 degree field of view, 60 fps refresh rate, input lag that was low enough to not cause people to get violently sick, etc. Part of that was due to good motion prediction algorithms (I passed on some tips to Abrash when he started working on VR), but a lot just had to due with being able to throw a lot of money at a solution.

Being able to get all those specs into something cheap enough for a consumer to buy would be a miracle, but who knows? With $2B in the bank, they might just be able to do it.

Comment: Re:Won't do any good. (Score 1) 264

by ShakaUVM (#46488567) Attached to: Cameras On Cops: Coming To a Town Near You

>It will never happen, but if a law was passed that when the video is unavailable, the citizen's report is presumed to be true and complete, I'll bet those cameras would suddenly get a lot more reliable.

Indeed. This is the missing key ingredient.

I once got pulled over for speeding while driving doing the speed limit. I saw the cop coming down the road toward me, and had slowed down by the time he'd u-turned and pulled up behind me to tail me. I'd been speeding before, but this wasn't what he claimed in court - he said I was doing 78 (written statement) 87 (oral statement) while tailing me on the I-5.

I'd requested the camera footage of the event, but it mysteriously wasn't available to me.

So it was just the cop's word against mine, and the court will side with a cop every time, even though there was a serious discrepancy between his written and oral statement, and his video footage wasn't provided to me.

If the law stated that the presumption would go the other way (favoring the citizen over the cop) when video evidence disappears, it would eliminate the easiest source of police abuse of these tools.

Comment: Re:Frog is boiling.... (Score 1) 500

by ShakaUVM (#46369585) Attached to: Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

>If that were so, why would it take the Supreme Court to rule on this?

This was a weird case where a guy denied them the search, but they came back later and a different person consented to the search.

As long as the police had a reasonable belief that the person could grant a search (a roommate, family member, etc. all count for this), then the consent is valid.

To put it another way, if the search hadn't originally been denied, then there would have been nothing novel about this case.

Comment: C-SPAN (Score 4, Interesting) 105

by ShakaUVM (#46343205) Attached to: Crowded US Airwaves Desperately In Search of Spectrum Breathing Room

Yeah, I was listening to C-SPAN a couple days ago, and the military was talking about the possibility of freeing up a lot of its reserved spectrum for emergency use that rarely gets used as long as the commercial applications using it could be shunted aside in the case of an actual emergency.

It was a pretty interesting talk, which dealt with the interaction of land, air, and space networks, and their different needs and adaptive capabilities.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"