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Comment:'s the LAW! (Score 1) 307 307

At least where I live there are similar problems for both.

If I sell a car private-party, all that I have to do is to send to the motor vehicle department a notice stating that the car has been sold. It doesn't necessarily mean that the title is transferred, but it does notify MVD that I have upheld my end and told them that I don't have the car anymore. It's the buyer's responsibility to register the vehicle. Admittedly, with visible license plates (which the seller is supposed to pull when the transaction is completed) it should be hard for unregistered vehicles to drive around, but it does still happen, either with expired plates/tags or with a stolen front-plate from the same model being applied to the rear of the car.

Similarly, since there's no required registration for firearms, if I sell a firearm that I had purchased new and therefore was registered to me, if the police later come to me I would probably not have to do a lot more than tell them that I sold it for cash. Unfortunately for the investigation that's probably where it would stall. I might find myself under law enforcement scrutiny myself for a bit, but so long as my explanation wasn't contradicted I'd probably be fine.

Comment: Re:Your biggest screw up (Score 1) 188 188

What method used really isn't the point actually, it's that something else can replace it.

Though for Aether in particular, I have to call BS. Saying that it doesn't use servers is like someone trying to argue that virtual machines don't ultimately have hard disk drives. They may well be abstracted-out, but they're fundamentally still there.

Comment: Re:Sad (Score 1) 188 188

In California at least, there are strict legal protections for people who are fired, their boss cannot necessarily talk about why or how someone is fired in public, not without courting significant legal liability. So I'm not sure what "transparency" or "involving the community" can practically accomplish, without getting everyone tied up in torts.

Then the business needs to either spend the money in-advance to be able to mitigate the problems associated with staff turnover, or needs to be ready to absorb the damage incurred when that staff change occurs.

Reddit is finding out how much damage can be incurred when a popular employee is let-go. I expect that this is far, FAR more damage than they expected, but that just goes to demonstrate the disconnect between those that own/manage the business that is Reddit and those that moderate and use Reddit the website.

Trouble is, owners/management wants to economize. They have been penny-wise and pound-foolish.

Comment: Re:Apologizing for the Catalyst (Score 2) 188 188

The firing doesn't even matter, it's the lack of a plan. If you're going to have one person be such a key piece in arguably one of your most popular subs, you better have a really good plan in place in the event they quit/resign/are hit by a bus. There wasn't

There wasn't...what?

Posting to Slashdot on a cell phone while crossing the street wasn't a good idea...

Comment: Re:Sad (Score 2) 188 188

I don't think in Reddit's case that it really is. The elements of the site that allowed them to expand it to its current size are not conducive to building it any larger, and there's not enough other mainstream usage to offset the loss of those elements when they can continue to disrupt the rest of site for an extended period of time.

This is sort of Slashdot's problem too; there's an upper bound on how much traffic geek news can drive, and rather than being content to have the best geek-news site such that it draws the most traffic from this niche, they keep trying to introduce non-geek elements, which causes userbase angst, drives away newcomers, and drives away existing users who feel that the site is diluted.

Until sites stop trying to be most or all things to most or all people this will continue to be a problem for them.

Comment: Re:Your biggest screw up (Score 5, Insightful) 188 188

The biggest problem is that they are running a web site that caters to ignorant and petulant children who believe they know all there is to know and deserve all there is to have.

No, the biggest problem is attempting to monetize a fairly long-established platform that is highly dependent on volunteers, who do not appreciate being disrespected despite their commitment, coupled with participants that do not like changes in things that they have grown accustomed to. It's further complicated by most companies' desire to grow, but to grow they have to get rid of elements of their businesses or customer base that detract from outside investment. Slashdot has experienced that last aspect, as has Fark, and Digg, and many other aggregation services. Many of these entities do not survive their attempt to morph into the mainstream, yet everyone still tries.

Without even looking at the individual people manage or working for them, Reddit screwed up. They've tried to change too many things too quickly and have taken their moderation staff and user base for-granted. They've also completely failed to consider that just as quickly a one website may rise to prominence, another may equally quickly supplant it. Look at Facebook replacing MySpace for example. Reddit may well find its users going elsewhere if someone else manages to build something that they find familiar without all of the current baggage.

Comment:'s the LAW! (Score 1) 307 307

This is admittedly anecdotal, but my work brings me into casual contact with municipal law enforcement relatively often, and several officers have complained that it's now harder to bust gang-bangers with firearms. The lack of registration requirements also means that it's much harder to prosecute straw-purchases; someone can purchase firearms with the intention to resell, hold them for long enough to 'own' them, and resell them with some mark-up private-party to those that cannot buy firearms through legitimate means.

Comment: Re:Outside help (Score 2) 227 227

be rich, or have a bitch. pick one.

Try not marrying someone whose goal in life is to be a housewife or otherwise taken care of. Marry someone that is accustomed to taking care of themselves. Trouble is, that trait is generally not initially obvious or especially sexy in of itself, and most people don't think with their brains when it comes to objectively evaluating those that they are sexually attracted to. I had plenty of girlfriends that ultimately weren't suitable to marriage before I found the right woman that knew how to manage her own life and its costs.

Comment: Re:Outside help (Score 1) 227 227

Probably because most people don't really like that much change in their lives. They have friends and family, they are familiar with the setting, and they may have real property or other financial commitment that would be very costly to leave behind or abandon. It can be hard on people moving between cities within a region, let along picking up everything they can hold on to and changing whole countries where law, language, and acceptance will be entirely different.

Comment:'s the LAW! (Score 2) 307 307

It seems to fundamentally come down to people not wanting the government to have records that connect them to their firearms. I live in a state that's gotten somewhat nutty lately; we already did not require any firearms registration for private-party sales, so not only are background checks less effective as second-hand purchase avoids them and registration entirely, but we've also taken away a need for a concealed carry permit, so now anyone can carry a concealed firearm without any need to undergo training or to demonstrate proficiency (which were previous requirements). The need to obtain permits in the past was one tool available to the citizenry and the police to determine who, most likely, was carrying for personal protection (ie, those with permits) versus those who were carrying with bad intent (ie, those who didn't get permits and were carrying illegally).

I didn't think that the burden to obtain a CCW permit was especially high. Demonstrate that you can shoot and actually hit the intended target, and review situations when it is and when it is not appropriate to introduce a firearm. That was basically it. Unfortunately, there were those who felt that this was too much of a burden and they got the law changed.

Comment: Re:Need to be adjustable (Score 1) 246 246

This seems to be the biggest stumbling-block... Last standing desks I saw in a store selling office furniture were over $1000. I can't justify that at home, and I doubt that my employer would justify that at work.

I'm fortunate that I have both office and field components to my networking job, so I'm not sitting at my desk 40 hours a week for years on end and I get to walk and do some physical stuff to change it up, but for those that just sit, I can see this being a huge problem.

Comment: Re:Low-tech for a reason (Score 1) 146 146

Smoking a brisket the traditional way, while requiring skill, is not something that's so complex that it can't be learned fairly quickly, probably more quickly than implementing a sophisticated control system to attempt to do it otherwise unattended. Besides, to implement one's own system one already needs to have mastered the skill to know what to implement in the first place, or has to learn the skill as one goes.

I've learned that I should not cook on a large scale. My wife and I can only eat so much and if we cook too much we get sick of whatever leftovers are generated too fast. I don't need to learn industrial or commercial processes for cooking as all I'll generate is waste. In a restaurant setting I'd be worried that too much automation would risk a breakdown that could cripple the menu on a busy night too, so even if automation is used to streamline the process there will still be a need to check on the condition of the product as it's cooked.

Comment: Re:Range and Price (Score 2) 636 636

That's basically where I am now in a sense. My commute is so short that it's actually not economical to go electric at the moment; a good, low-miles used car with a lot of options is more cost effective than the bulk of electrics, but again, there's not really a used all-electric market yet, and those few cars that are all-electric don't really appeal to me.

My wife's commute is longer, and her tastes are different, so an electric might be more appealing to her and make more sense for range and reliability.

As for raw range itself, I want a car that can go 150 miles on a charge. The city I live in is a vast suburbia, and I want to be able to go to the other end of the city without having to charge to come back. 150 miles is basically half the range a single tank of gasoline gives most conventional cars, so I don't think this request is unreasonable.

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