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Comment Re:Surge Pricing - Why The Hate? (Score 1) 249

I, fr one, would rather pay $20/gallon of gas during a power outage

I, for one, am prepared for power outages.

You have a 400+ gallon tank of gas that you keep topped up with fresh gas? (it goes bad) That's barely enough to run one small generator for a few weeks, and after Katrina and Ike 3-4+ week outages were common so you'd need twice that much fuel.

Or Rita?

Wrong storm.

Right storm. Within a few hours a 200 mile wide band of gas stations were completely out of fuel, leaving evacuees stranded for 24 hours or more. This started days before the storm, not because of last minute panic and lack of individual planning. People who have jobs left work to discover every gas station withing range of their car was already out of gas. It was a lesson to city planners about what just-in-time fuel inventory systems have done to evacuation planning. So sorry your google is broken, life must be hard for you.

Oh right, fucking nothing.

Know-nothing shitheads need to keep their god damned mouths shut until the find a fucking clue.

I was just thinking that myself.

Comment Re:CBC received no valid license from CNN (Score 1) 222

If CBC can be sued for use of the video without a license, CBC should be able to sue CNN no less successfully, and for no less than the same amount they were sued for, for falsely representing their authorization to license it to them in the first place.

That's how it works/is supposed to work.
The creator of the video isn't responsible for sorting out what arrangement CNN and CBC had, or whether they actually had one at all. In the still image arena, unethical businesses try making the claim that they licensed images from stock, or that they hired a web developer who stole the image (claiming that means they aren't legally responsible...). The law makes the person distributing the image/video responsible for making sure they have the right to, to cut through that kind of smoke screen.

Comment Re: It's more worth it for premium (Score 2) 113

just use regular!

You need enough octane to prevent pre-ignition. If your engine is high compression, you need a higher octane. Turbo and Supercharged cars need higher octane. You only need 'enough', but that varies with air temperature, engine load and the exact fuel formula.

Comment Re: well, whites should start whining then (Score 1) 111

They don't because white people realize that if you pull a gun on a cop, or try to fight a cop or run a cop over with a car your ass is likely to get shot, and deservedly so.

Or refuse a 'request' that would be unlawful if it were an order, and face harassment and arrest at the least. Or use a camera (witnessed NOLA officers beat a photographer prior to going after hippies in a dimly lit area - they've adapted to cell phone cameras!); or drive with out of state plates, etc...

Comment Re:Restrictions on free speech (Score 1) 298

Obscenity standards can be enforced (how you say it), content restrictions may not be enforced lawfully (the message of the speech). Restricting a specific person from speaking at all in a public forum without regard to content? No. Hell no. Crazy people and unpopular people may speak.

Comment Re:shorts (Score 1) 480

Our office does that too. I moved the remote temp/humidity sensor monitor for the UPS system into my office for a month in the summer. My desktop reach 125F one weekend, 130F+ two weekends and over 140F the hottest weekend. Everything with an electrolytic cap has had failure rates increase 2-400% due to the heat.

Comment Re:Correct (Score 1) 267

I'm with you on the issue that IT is a function of a business to enable business. I think however there are some real issues with what's going on here.

1) There is a firewall in place which appears to be impeding business from operating 2) The IT guy is trying to get justification from outside to continue impeding business instead of taking the opportunity to identify why the firewall is blocking sites which facilitate their business. 5) The boss seems to believe the users need to access these sites. 6) He wants to handle this on a case by case basis which seems to impede business enough that this has become an issue. This apparently is a solution which doesn't do anything other than impede the workflow of the users.

At the company I work for, there is no web filter because of #5. The users claim blocking the sites they most visit will impede work flow. They complain about network access speed. A quick peek at logs shows the website most visited is Facebook. Bandwidth goes to Netflix, Youtube, other video streaming, Pandora, Spotify and other music streaming and then there is noise. The users insist their use of the Internet is work related.

If I were charged with keeping Internet use work related I'd want to review things too. Open access has resulting in a minimum of 90% non-work related traffic to the point that work related use suffers significantly. The worst offenders are the most vocal, and claim all use is work related. HR solutions haven't worked.

Open access doesn't work. Separate from IDS/malware serving website blocking (that needs a subscription from specialists to work effectively), black-lists plus spot check traffic reviews is probably the most open that can work assuming you have the spare manpower in IT to keep up and have management and HR support for dealing with serial abusers. I'd much prefer being able to allow occasional unrestricted personal use provided your work performance is good, but complaining to my boss because your Internet connection is too slow because Netflix is buffering?!?! Screw that!

Comment Re:Today's phrase that pays is "politically correc (Score 1) 467

I've been on Slashdot since you were jacking off to cheerleaders.

Slut shaming cheerleaders? Turn yourself into the Jezebel re-education camp immediately.

Bragging about a high six digit UID is sad. In fact, bragging about the age of your account for any reason at all except to joke about it in a 'get off my lawn' fashion is lame. How about writing intelligently so you have something of worth to brag about.

Comment Re:It really depends on the situation ..... (Score 2) 509

I think the question people need to start asking themselves, first, is WHY they're filming in the first place.

I'm a photographer. My answer to that question is - so I don't face 10-20 years in jail on falsified charges made by an officer in retaliation for my recording - or just because I was nearby with a professional camera.

Assaulting photographers simply for recording is a crime. Falsifying charges against a photographer is a crime. Destroying a photographers (often extremely expensive) equipment is a crime. Those things became so common, so pervasive that holding a professional camera near an officer was known to be dangerous.

Some news photographers began filming each other so they'd have evidence when they were arrested on false charges. In some areas, the illegal assaults and false arrests escalated.

That's escalation pissed off otherwise disinterested people enough that they'll record just to preserve the right to record. Departments and cities backed the officers actions, so civil lawsuits followed. Repeated losses in civil lawsuits over false arrest didn't stop the behavior. It became so pervasive that courts are sometimes stripping officers of qualified immunity. (see Glik v. Cunniffe for a case where that was upheld all the way to the Federal court of appeals) Interfering this way is a violation of the 1st and 4th amendments, and that's very settled case law.

Simply, if officers stop assaulting and arresting photographers merely for recording, they won't have a problem. If 'showing up' is all it takes to catch you breaking the law, perhaps the problem is you.

Comment Re:One small problem (Score 1) 509

Ya'll watch too much TV. If you want to see what a police officer does then ask to do a full shift ride-along. It's rather eye opening.

Except for the times when there was a second photographer the officer didn't spot. Then we get video of the officer disabling the camera and assaulting the first photographer. One case in Florida, we had video of the officer pushing the photographer backwards down stairs. (I've had a serious neck injury - that video gave me chills - if the photographer hadn't been slowed by the railing he could have been killed or paralyzed) Go photograph a police station from a public sidewalk for a few hours. When you can reliably do that entirely legal action without an armed confrontation get back to me and we'll talk about it again.

After witnessing NOLA police assault a photographer before assaulting and arresting a nearby group of people I'm not accepting the sort of unfounded assertion you've made. (I later found out the group was planning a small 'unauthorized' parade down a sidewalk outside of the crowded parts of Bourbon st. Since they stayed on the sidewalk, and traveled roughly single file they didn't block traffic or impede pedestrians making what they did entirely legal. The officers put a stop to it anyway, and made sure there wouldn't be a record of what they did. I was passing by and got caught in the cordon preventing anyone from leaving while ordering them to disperse. I managed to lean against a light pole and stay as the cordon passed me.)

Comment Re:VR is a fad (Score 2, Interesting) 84

There is real demand for VR.

There is no demand for a crappy head mounted 3D screen, and little demand for a 3D TV that works only from one angle with special glasses.

Working immersive VR is a winner though. These latest headsets are getting very close for the first time. If this generation doesn't manage it, the next one will. It's VR headset time.

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