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Comment: Re: Nothing to do with language (Score 1) 322

by TheGavster (#48019073) Attached to: Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

Interpolated is correct; it means to expand specially marked parts of a string. For example, in a double quoted string, Perl will replace a word preceded by a dollar sign with the contents of the variable with that name. This operation is to "interpolate" the variable.

Comment: Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (Score 4, Insightful) 155

by TheGavster (#47913535) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

Tesla points out that new car companies in the US tend to fail and they blame the dealership system for this because they say they're invested in existing auto companies and brands.

I blame the dealerships too. The last time I went shopping for a car, I told the salesman I was looking to replace my Chevy Malibu, and wanted something small to midize that was good in the snow. Despite the bevy of options on the lot, he walked me over to a Challenger SRT ... a rear-wheel drive boat that most likely isn't even particularly good in the rain. Looking around, though, the dealer had invested in a lot of special edition models of sports cars (2 Mustang Roushes, a GT500, the Challenger, etc) and that was what he needed to sell that day. If I was the guy making midsize sedans, I wouldn't want that guy involved in selling my cars either.

Comment: Re: Pet Peeve (Score 2, Insightful) 147

by TheGavster (#47851337) Attached to: Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

Casualties from modern, western nuclear designs are easy: zero. You get more exposure from a banana than standing next to TMI during the event. And yes, the nimby folks are the source of most of the problems. We wouldn't have plants decades past their intended life using obsolete designs, and we'd be storing nuclear waste in geologically sound facilities rather than temporary storage pools.

As for scalability, you can add a reactor to a nuclear site much more easily than you can add a dam to a hydro site.

Comment: Re: This is ridiculous. (Score 1) 146

by TheGavster (#47714619) Attached to: Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

What activity would the TSA need to install body scanners at to cross the line for you? The train? Subway? City bus? Terrorists have blown up far more cafes than airplanes, so logically you should need to be scanned to buy coffee. And it wouldn't be an imposition, since you're there voluntarily!

Comment: Re:all of them then? (Score 2) 79

The "restrictive profile" that Google is using for the filtering is defined in Unicode as any combination of the Latin character set with another set or sets, with the exception of very specific combinations (selected legitimate combinations of Asian sets that contain radically different letter forms and thus are unlikely to cause confusion).

Comment: Re:Hipsterism at its finest (worst?) (Score 4, Insightful) 288

by TheGavster (#47540241) Attached to: Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

You fail to account for how slow SD cards are so that they need to be powered longer to extract data off them.

Every so often, this argument is brought up. What universe do you live in where the wireless interface is faster than the local storage? MicroSDHC cards read at 832Mb/s (104MB/s = 832Mb/s). 4G LTE tops out at 300Mb/s (wiki). And that's optimal speed, not accounting for latency. On my personal mobile device, playing a 5 minute song from Amazon's cloud service takes 1-2 minutes to buffer and then keeps the radio going the rest of the 5 minute song. From local storage, that song would load into working memory in less than a second.

Regardless of the net energy usage, the propagation of cloud services for things that could very easily be handled locally is completely insane.

Comment: Re: Translation (Rough) (Score 1) 230

by TheGavster (#47443535) Attached to: Geographic Segregation By Education

Steve Jobs didn't run around with a resume because he went and started his own business. At the time, his talents were with something new, and wouldn't have been recognized by established companies anyway. If you think that your skills are something special, you serve yourself better by going and using them in an original way as an entrepreneur rather than trying to fit in the box of some established job. Of course, it is much easier to have someone else start a business and provide work for you to do, but then we;d have to acknowledge that the guy at the top is doing something special deserving of his wealth-gap-inducing income.

Comment: Re:Perfectly appropriate action for the FAA to tak (Score 1) 199

by TheGavster (#47438495) Attached to: FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

I think that it's hard to draw a logical link between someone buying a quadcopter and Wal-Mart and doing something irresponsible with it because they aren't a dedicated member of the RC community, and a commercial entity using a RC planes/helicopters in the course of their enterprise.

In the former case, it seems that the issue is that technological advance has removed the barriers to entry that have historically regulated access to these machines to those who have a responsible and dedicated interest in the field. Perhaps regulations are needed as to the capabilities and safety features of "cheap" RC craft, similar to how there are limits on the model rocket parts you can buy at the big-box.

In the later case, for-profit companies use all manner of potentially dangerous equipment, often in places where it might come in contact with the public. Imagine if the DOT prohibited taking a vehicle on the Interstate for a commercial purpose; it would be absurd. Instead, you can drive the company pickup just the same as if you were driving your own. Then, for larger vehicles or those being used in a non-standard manner, there is a system of commercial driving licenses and insurances.

Comment: Re:Not a rule - Not just the FAA (Score 5, Insightful) 199

by TheGavster (#47438449) Attached to: FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

The problem with the approach the FAA has been taking on this issue is that the deciding factor is whether money changes hands. If an activity is safe for a hobbyist to perform, why is it suddenly dangerous and in need of regulation when a professional does it? If anything, commercially operated remote controlled planes/helicopters would be safer in a given situation, as the parent company is going to have real liability insurance, and the insurer is going to have all sorts of maintenance and training requirements.

Never test for an error condition you don't know how to handle. -- Steinbach