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Comment: Re:I think there's a lot of misplaced hate here (Score 1) 180 180

We don't know exactly what this guy did.

It does not matter. One does not — or, rather, should not — have a right to forcibly alter other people's memories or perception of himself. If the courts can force Google to erase the records, will they not be able to force the victim erase her memories as soon as the procedures are perfected? For the Greater Good[TM]?

Comment: "Right To Be Forgotten" in action (Score 1) 180 180

The non-existent "Right To Be Forgotten" recently invented by our progressive European friends strikes again.

And what it means is, as soon as the technologies for altering human memories are perfected, the same "right" will be enforced on humans. In TFA's example, that molested girl herself retains her memory of the crime — and the criminal. Will some future court-decision not order her to undergo a memory-wiping procedure to help the man rehabilitate himself?

Need not be a crime — your ex-wife may demand, you subject yourself to such memory-cleansing wiping out the good times you once shared as part of a divorce settlement. And employees leaving a company or a government organization may be required to surrender their memories of trade secrets or even of ever working there...

Well, we've been told for decades already, that one has a right to a "safety net" even if other people must be robbed at gun-point (via the IRS) to pay for it. For fewer decades we've been told, one has a right to enter into a business transaction in a place of "public accommodation" — even if it happens against the other party's ("bigoted") will. Though everybody has (and should always have had) a right to engage in consensual sex with anybody else, a right to be considered "married" by people holding a different ("parochial") opinion on what the concept means was recently established instead.

This "Right To Be Forgotten" will not be far behind. Troll my elbow, it is coming.

Comment: Re:France (Score 1, Insightful) 109 109

Much like a drug raid on your neighbor's house is in no way your doing if you secretly called the police to report a meth lab in the basement? Try that one on a judge.

Oh, I get it!

Saying something untrue which someone else learns of, and then decides to tell police, who then in an over-the-top knee-jerk reaction make utter fools of themselves, is *exactly* the same as intentionally and personally filing a false police report!

C'mon! I expect much better propaganda than this for my tax dollars!


Comment: Re:Classification an Interesting Issue (Score 1) 74 74

Yeah, the world would be a so much better place if they instead grabbed guns and went on wild killing sprees.

Sadly, people don't do what you want them to do if you take away what they want to do. If you need any proof thereof, take away your child's toy in hopes that he'll instead start learning for school. He won't. If for no other reason, then out of spite.

Comment: Re:Price is a second order function (Score 1) 287 287

I was actually thinking a government run program for the distribution and thinking that the scale of producing these things would be such that they would be cheaper (eventually) than the average home/small business capable generator would be.

You're looking at extra equipment, things like highway speed capable wheels and axles, fairings, more electronics, etc... No, they're not going to be cheaper than the average standbye generator, which already has world wide production levels to have good economy of scale.

To put it another way, the same Briggs&Stratton engine can be put into generators, power washers, lawn mowers, pumps, and many other devices. They get their economy of scale from there, not from the specific frame.

On owning the trailer - Not a big deal if it's doing double duty as a home generator. Keep in mind that it's not the trailer body that's expensive in this case, it's the generator itself - which runs $4-5k, given that we want something that can run all day with good efficiency.

Oh, and the $3k for the steering upgrade is it's cost some time ago - if installed on a lot of trailers it'll be substantially cheaper.

An attached generator would also be lighter than one that is towed which would help with efficiency though a trailer does not decrease efficiency _much_ when it is in motion though it is horrific in stop-and-go traffic.

Not necessarily. Remember that you need to reinforce stuff to withstand being attached at a single point, not to mention the drop down legs and stuff for when you remove it. As for stop&go traffic - remember that that's where EVs shine with regenerative braking. Trailers on traditional vehicles suck in stop&go because you're scrubbing all your kinetic energy every time you stop, and that's proportional to the weight of your vehicle and any trailer. With an EV at least a portion of that ends up in the battery instead.

Though I agree - the common case would be to drop the trailer as soon as practical once you get into town, before doing 'lots' of city driving.

Theft could be an issue, but as you say, there are ways to secure things.

Comment: Re:Americans setting off fireworks... snicker (Score 1) 37 37

OMG you must tremble for hours every time a car backfires! A skyrocket through a window? I have NEVER heard of such a thing happening. Unless you mean an open and unscreened window.

Many people in my neighborhood shoot fireworks every year on the 4th and there has never been a fire.

Your description of a firecracker as a "small bomb" tells me you are permanently set to "overreact".

Comment: Re:Terrifying. (Score 2) 55 55

Then why would they blog about it... and then submit an article to Slashdot describing and linking to their own god dam blog.

Because other people like to see it, and it's really cool. Specifically, if you don't like this kind of thing, you shouldn't be on Slashdot. See also this.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (5) All right, who's the wiseguy who stuck this trigraph stuff in here?