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Comment: Re: Tell me... (Score 4, Interesting) 172 172

I mostly agree, though it generally feels safer to hand your CC details over to a reputable vendor like amazon than some anonymous author selling a book on the internet using who knows what means to store your personal information. And who knows if Joe Author is storing your payment details securely or not. Or whether it is just some author's nephew who knows how to install some web script on shared hosting.

Sure you can call the CC company and get the payment reversed, but it is more hassle than not having to do it.

Comment: Re:that's fine (Score 1) 408 408

A few possible explanations:

1. As mentioned elsewhere, perhaps the time on the road is far greater than the average vehicle, thus the accident rate per mile actually being lower
2. The vehicles somehow stand out and represent a distraction to drivers who are curious and straining to get a look at the driverless vehicle
3. The autonomous vehicles behave safely but do not necessarily follow the typical patterns that other drivers expect thus indirectly causing the accidents (though not directly at fault).

Number 3 might be cause for concern and further research. Not sure what you do about 1 and 2.

Comment: Re:Ow my Balls! (Score 1) 225 225

Well, there are standards, and those standards are set out in the rules. If you look at you'll see that the ball has to be inflated to 12.5-13.5 psi, has to be from a specific manufacturer, and has to have specific dimensions.

There seems to be a lot of leeway as to how the ball is 'worn'. But both teams have the same leeway and the starting point is clearly defined.

So I don't think it's unreasonable. I think in any league there is some sort of an agreement as to what the standards are for equipment (whether that is equipment such as playing objects, field layout, or clothing). In baseball, for example, teams have choice as to how they build their stadiums, how high the walls are, etc etc. But the bases have to be in a specific layout. All teams are free to compete within these parameters.

Comment: Re:Game balls (Score 2) 225 225

That's actually an interesting article. One of the questions I've had throughout the process is why it was such a big deal considering that the opposing quarterback would have had the same advantage. This explains it - each team uses their own balls.

That being said, the cited rule change doesn't really have any impact on this situation and it seems a bit disingenuous to suggest that something underhanded was at play: "All the quarterbacks started communicating, and it was something everyone felt strongly about. It's been terrific as far as I'm concerned." "Jeff Fisher, the Tennessee Titans coach and co-chairman of the competition committee, said there wasn't any resistance to the rule, so it was easily passed."

Before the rule change, the home team would have supplied all the balls. After the rule change, the home team would have only supplied their own balls (which perhaps is why New England had an advantage - the other team would not have been using the same deflated balls).

All that being said, presumably the NFL will now check ball pressure a bit more during the game to ensure everything is copacetic.

Comment: Re:Just so PSS has to now sue Slashdot: (Score 1) 257 257

Well, except that Penny Arcade isn't being sued. The poster is being sued. It is possible that the poster actually can be sued because if the poster was a member and had signed a contract saying that the information would not be shared, then the member violated the agreement.

Given that Slashdot presumably has no such agreement and you also have no such agreement, no lawsuit for you!

Not to say the whole thing isn't ridiculous. *I* certainly wouldn't want to be the lawyer who has to serve up a lawsuit over somebody outing the secret handshake and have to do it with a straight face.

Comment: Schedule of events (Score 4, Interesting) 257 257

November 2011: Somebody posts anonymously on PennyArcade about Phi Sigma Sigma rituals
Late 2012: Phi Sigma Sigma discovers the post about rituals
2013: Nothing happened
2014: Nothing happened
2015: Phi Sigma Sigma attempts to file lawsuit

So now, we have somebody who made a post to an online forum almost four years ago, under an account that has exactly one post, and has not been active since November 2011, faced with a potential lawsuit. That's assuming that there is enough data to actually identify who the member is. And assuming that the user who posted is actually a former member and not somebody else who learned about the 'sacred secrets' some other way.

Considering it is a breach of contract suit, I'd be interested to see what the actual contract looks like.

Comment: Re:uh... (Score 1) 170 170

We're not talking about logical extremes, we're talking about the set of reasonable values for typical broadband connections. Of course a one minute latency is going to suck (though it might still be tolerable if you had no other options and just wanted to watch a movie), but broadband connections are going to generally have a latency of at most 100ms.

Comment: Re:VanillaJS Framework (Score 4, Insightful) 218 218

Not defending jQuery, but I think the VanillaJS page over simplifies things and it's examples are not quite equal, and seem to tout themselves as far better, when in fact, there is a lot of complexity that something like jQuery hides.

1. AJAX - sure, you can memorize the special incantation of r.onreadystatechange and remember that you have to check if readyState is 4 (4? wtf?) and status isn't 200. Except in the little excerpt there there is no error handling, and you basically end up with an unresponsive page with anything except the happy path.
2. Fadeout - sure, you can do the same thing in approximately the same number of characters, but the vanilla example is far more difficult to read and interpret.
3. Selector speed - sure, it might be a lot faster to do getElementById or getElementByTagName, but again, you sacrifice a lot of readability and without good tools it is really cumbersome to write.

If performance is an issue, perhaps a different, Javascript compiler is the solution. But to suggest that everybody should hand code everything in native JS instead of using the more convenient syntax that a library provides is ridiculous.

OS/2 must die!