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Comment Re:A HUD is usefull... (Score 1) 399

Daytime too. It's helps with targetting, especially for cyclists.

My father taught drivers ed back in the 60's and early 70's. He always told his students they shouldn't hit people on bikes. Not because someone would get killed, but because the spokes would scratch the hell out of the paint.

Comment Re:A HUD is usefull... (Score 2) 399

And as far as speed and fuelÂ... unless you're a race car driver I'm having a hard time believing you can't check these two things safely while driving.

Until I bought a car with HUD, I would have agreed with you. Granted, It's a sports car and is really useful for track days, but it's really nice to not have to glance down at the instrument panel and keep your eyes on the road. I've had to swerve to miss cars on the highway that suddenly veered into my lane when when glancing at my speedometer, gas, etc. Having that extra fraction of a second to react makes it a little less scary. I think it could be a bigger distraction if there's too much information on a HUD though. The largest displayed item on mine is speed. There's a bar graph for the tachometer and a very small one for gas and oil pressure and very small arrows for turn signal indicators.

People have been doing it for decades, and only the most beginning of driver can't watch his speedometer and drive.

People also drove for decades without seatbelts and airbags. We're safer with them. I agree with everything else you said though.

Comment um, no thanks (Score 2) 87

Hum that canÂbring 'smart' features to 150 million existing carsÂof various vintages going as far back as 1999

With all of the potential for malicious hacks in modern cars with "smart features", why would I want to introduce an attack vector into a car that's relatively secure? And pay fifteen bucks a month for it?

Comment Re:Can You Say Lawsuit? (Score 1) 178

So, basically AT&T is placing their advertising on someone's web site without paying for the privilege?

Yes, on a free (to the user) airport WiFi connection.

Were I the content owner, I'd be speaking to my lawyers first thing.

Which means you don't want the traffic from someone who's delayed at an airport with free WiFi, in this case.

The sad thing is that major companies don't even seem to worry breaching the public's trus or their reputations anymore.

I'm sure it's covered by the EULA for access to "free" WiFi.

How long until Comcast decides to force extra advertising into my cable internet browsing.

Hopefully never as you're paying for that connection. Though I wouldn't put it past Comcast.

Oh! That's right, I cancelled them after the NetFlix throttling episode.

Lucky you. Comcast is the only real option that I have where I live.

So now, I guess I have to cancel DirecTV (AT&T) too.

Why? Because their "free" WiFi service at the airport does this? Unless I misunderstood something, this is not occurring on paid home internet service. I cancelled DirecTV a while back as the prices are ridiculous and the customer service was awful. I actually owned my receivers, yet they charged me a receiver leasing fee. When I argued this point, they accused me of stealing them.

Comment Re:Silly premise. (Score 1) 173

That sounds like a waste too. You'd be better off jumping a larger hollow planet around it, then extracting all of the useful elements and compressing what's left to around the size of a basketball. You can keep the compressed planet in a trophy room, and balance the gravitational forces with others. They should make a Doctor Who episode. Douglas Adams can write it using an alias.

Comment Re:Headline is stupid (Score 1) 220

Of course, but right in TFS the police chief of that town is quoted as making the (legally ignorant and unamerican) claim

Agreed, ignorant and unamerican.

that the tweet was a felony, and thus implicitly threatening prosecution.

He can threaten all he wants. It may even cost the police chief his job too. But I'm pretty sure I covered that in the below snippet from my post. ;-)

Then the adults over reacted and it escalated into a whole lot of fucking stupid from there.

Comment Re:Headline is stupid (Score 1) 220

First, there's an issue of the age of the people involved, which can lead to statutory rape charges even if both parties clearly consented.

I only read TFS and not TFA, but doesn't there have to be some kind of actual sex involved for there to be a rape, statutory or otherwise?

That account asked if Sagehorn had made out with a particular female teacher, and Sagehorn jokingly replied, "Actually yes."

Perhaps "made out with" has a different meaning than it did when I was in school.

Comment Re:Headline is stupid (Score 2) 220

So we should prosecute jokes as lies now? And there's a new rule: if you include "actually" in your joke, then it can't be a joke?

Granted, it's been a very long time since I was in high-school, but as far as I know there's still a big damn difference between being suspended and being charged with a crime, let along being prosecuted for one.

You can be suspended in some high-schools for violating the dress code. It doesn't make it a crime, but it's also permissible (even if you or I don't agree with it). As I child/minor you have considerably less rights than an adult.

I can't say I'm familiar with the story, or that I even RTFA. But it sounds like this kid did something he really shouldn't have, to begin with. Then the adults over reacted and it escalated into a whole lot of fucking stupid from there.

If nothing else, I hope he learns that making defamatory statements as an adult can get you sued for libel.

Fuck the politically correct grammar nazi police. Fuck em if they can't take a joke. Joke 'em if they can't take a fuck.

Well put.

Fuck that teacher, he's way too thin-skinned and is probably guilty as fuck that's why he's overreacting so strongly.

I surmised from TFS that the student was male, and assumed the teacher was female. But I could be completely wrong. Even so, making false claims could cost this teacher their career. So if it's not true, then I doubt the teacher is being too thin skinned. Administration may be though.

The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives. -- Admiral William Leahy, U.S. Atomic Bomb Project