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Comment: Cost VS ROI (Score 1) 998

by SomeWhiteGuy (#39629859) Attached to: Hybrid Car Owners Not Likely To Buy Another Hybrid
My wife and I have the 2005 Toyota Prius (40+mpg) and are currently debating on whether to try for another. The cost for the vehicle is higher than a standard car, and the new regulations make newer cars almost as efficient (30+mpg) as the hybrids in city. Our biggest issue has been the cost of repairs for the vehicle. The electric engine has given us more issues than the gas supplied side plus our other gas powered vehicle combined.

Comment: Re:Somewhere in the engineering process (Score 1) 647

by SomeWhiteGuy (#38397854) Attached to: US Sentinel Drone Fooled Into Landing With GPS Spoofing
That is understandable, but these aren't small drones. One of them crashing into a house would cause significant damage. I agree with others in this thread talking about a system that can use logic and a compass to figure out the signal is gone and the new signal is a decoy of sorts.
Social Networks

Facebook Ordered To Turn Over Source Code 304

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the revealing-trade-secret-super-poke-tech dept.
consonant writes "A Delaware District Court judge has ordered Facebook to turn over ALL its source code to Leader Technologies, who allege patent infringements by Facebook. The patent in question appears to be for 'associating a piece of data with multiple categories.' Additionally, while the judge in question deems it fine to let Leader Technologies look at Facebook's source (for a patent, no less!) in its entirety for a single feature, it would be 'overboard to ask a patent holder to disclose all of their products that practice any claim of the patent-in-suit.'"
Spam

Yahoo Revives Pay-Per-Email, With Charitable Twist 287

Posted by timothy
from the penny-post-sans-post dept.
holy_calamity writes "Yahoo research have started a private beta of a scheme that resurrects the idea of charging people to send email to cut spam. Centmail users pay $0.01 for each message they send, with the money going to a charity of their choice. The hope is that the feel good effect of donating to charity will reduce the perceived cost of paying for mail and encourage mass adoption, making it possible for mail filters to build in recognition of Centmail stamps."

Comment: Huh? (Score 1) 490

by SomeWhiteGuy (#29052083) Attached to: US Colleges Say Hiring US Students a Bad Deal
Did you even read the PDF that you linked? The paper is letting employers know that they can hire international students. When I was in school, we had a lot of international students that couldn't get jobs because nobody would hire them. They had to work on campus or for some charity for nil to nothing. Read the articles before you go blast us with ignorance.

Comment: Re:Some more harmful things they should ban: (Score 1) 631

by SomeWhiteGuy (#28560697) Attached to: FDA Considers Banning Acetaminophen-Based Pain Killers

-Pointy sticks -Firearms -Automobiles -Anything harder than nerf

"Ooh, ooh, ooh; want to learn how to defend yourself against pointed sticks, do we? Getting all high and mighty, eh? Fresh fruit not good enough for you, eh? Well let me tell you something lad! When you're walking home tonight and some great homicidal maniac comes after YOU with a bunch of loganberries, don't come cryin' to me!" ~ John Cleese
I'm really sorry... really :-/

Comment: Re:Rights Do Not Scale Up (Score 1) 274

by SomeWhiteGuy (#28015391) Attached to: Google Tricycles To Map Footpaths For Street View
I don't mean this to offend, just putting my 2 cents out there...

The bigger you are, the less rights you should be entitled to. And the scope of your rights should be similarly curtailed.

So you're basically saying that there should be a subset of people who do not have the same rights as you, just because they have a grander vision?

Least of all a private

They are public...Google

...and we will all suffer for it.

I don't see how we will suffer for having a repository for information. I agree that it may be slightly annoying that we can't do anything in public without a camera in our faces... but it's public. I don't go outside with the expectation of not being seen.

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