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Comment Re:What they really need (Score 1) 392

Cities without a geographical constraint spread out because it's cheaper than bundling all the people and pollution into one spot.

The greater Houston area is nearly the size of Conneticut. The whole state. Borders that prevent sprawl create cities dense enough that mass transit can work in. I'd love to see a 'just bike' person commute to the other side of town and back in August by bike. It'll be a 150 mile trip.

Comment Re:So which sensors? (Score 4, Informative) 153

Anti-lock brakes, computer controlled transmission shifting, variable assist power steering, fly-by-wire throttle and closed loop engine management all require sensors. Taken together, those sensors exceed what's needed to explain VW's cars ability to distinguish between active driving and a steady state test.

Comment Re:China learned the foreign aid lesson from the U (Score 1) 109

Also, it will be China's communication equipment. It will have intercept capabilities built in for the use of China's intelligence agencies. While they'd have little interest in Cubans, they anticipate American tourists soon. Corporate espionage may be profitable enough to offset China's costs...

Comment Re: Face facts, she is not going to admit anything (Score 1) 348

The laws are there to make it more difficult to conceal corruption or working against the interests of the administration (or people - in theory anyway).

Advanced knowledge of foreign policy changes or influence in setting policy can be *very* valuable. It currently appears she was in contact with folks who act to sell that influence, kept private so it could be for the benefit of the Clinton's vs the Democrat party or the current administration (with politicians of either party I'm assuming just adopting the best policy for the US without a quid pro quo at least isn't an option).

The emails to the defense department are only important in that the show Hillary was lying both about the date range she conducted official business on a private server and whether she turned over all emails relating to official business.

Comment Re:The Scientologists Got This One Right (Score 4, Interesting) 133

I was prescribed Paxil due to a misdiagnosis. Wow, that was awful. Whatever positive things it was supposed to do never happened, but if you wanted your sex drive destroyed and to have every sleeping moment be the most vivid dreams it did that for me. Of course, all of the dreams were directed by Steven King and I woke up screaming in a cold sweat but they were vivid. And if I could get back to sleep I'd have another just as bad on a new topic (they didn't repeat). I watched a friend be driven into paranoia by SSRIs. As the affects of the drug ripped her life apart, her doctor kept increasing her dose to 'fix it'. When last I heard from her, she'd lost her license, been fired and lost most of her friends -- an addicts journey except that she was following her doctors instructions.

It's interesting to me to see that some people have really been helped. That suggests that doctors need much narrower guidelines for prescribing these drugs.

Comment Re: (intentionally blank) (Score 3, Informative) 268

We had an HP deskkjet 500 at work that pre-dated the razor blade business model for inkjets. It was well made, had a large ink tank that didn't dry up and didn't have a 'screw you' chip.

HP had a 'fix' for our printer to align it with HP's profit goals though. HP added two air bladders to new cartridges so that the ink volume was halved in our larger cartridge, doubling the cost per page. Thanks HP!

Comment Re:Surge Pricing - Why The Hate? (Score 1) 250

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: 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: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!

FORTRAN is not a flower but a weed -- it is hardy, occasionally blooms, and grows in every computer. -- A.J. Perlis