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Comment: Re:And this ladies and gents, is why I'm a sociali (Score 1) 241

I say auction it off and use the proceeds for charity. Get the Sheiks all together in a room and see which 7 walk out with billion dollar cars. Hype the auction enough and you could sell it on pay-per-view to make back the initial investment.

(The only condition is that after the auction is final the Stig takes one around the track.)

Comment: "So, is cycling safe, especially in the city?" (Score 1) 947

by TheQuantumShift (#45239993) Attached to: How Safe Is Cycling?

Actually where I live it's the safest place to ride. That's where the bike/shared-use lanes are and where drivers are used to seeing and most of the time respectful to cyclists.

Once you get out into the suburbs, you'll encounter a much different environment. People are obsessed with their over-sized cars and obsessed with getting to whatever useless task they are on the way to. You're much more likely to be cursed out, have objects thrown at you and just plain ran off the road out where the housing's cheap (in every sense of the word) and the driveways are full of "toys".

More and more people are riding, but I fear it may be a "millennial thing" and that the majority will simply migrate out to the burbs like they're supposed to do once they reach the standard child rearing age of 22 (at least around here that's the standard)...

Comment: Re:no (Score 1) 588

by TheQuantumShift (#44778041) Attached to: Lowell Observatory Pushes To Name an Asteroid "Trayvon"

Random stranger? You mean the guy following him for no reason other than the color of his skin?

That's the point, that's why he's a symbol. He was profiled and harassed for being black. He chose to confront his accuser and died because of it. He may have been a little shit his whole life, but that had nothing to do with the incident. Remembering him and what happened is important for all of us; and if someone wants to name a rock flying through space after him I say go for it.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 2) 289

I'm not concerned that they are releasing updates, my concern is with how long it takes before they acknowledge a bug and release a fix. With OSS, the fix is released ASAP (at least that's the theory), with proprietary software... Well, here's a car analogy that might help:

"A new car built by my company leaves somewhere traveling at 60 mph. The rear differential locks up. The car crashes and burns with everyone trapped inside. Now, should we initiate a recall? Take the number of vehicles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don't do one."

Comment: Re:Isn't it sad? (Score 3, Insightful) 1105

by TheQuantumShift (#43455943) Attached to: Explosions at the Boston Marathon

Man, we sure do love conspiracy theories. I'm betting more on that this was just some guy, not part of any "network" or "cell", just another mentally unstable individual that fell through the cracks of our selfish "I got mine, screw the rest of you" culture. Already the first thing people are talking about is what rights will the government deprive them of. Yes individual freedoms are important, but nothing is truly black and white.

And soon it will be the right screaming that the left isn't tough on criminals and can't protect us the way they can, and the left screaming at the right that they're ignorant and savage and cause more harm than good.

Preppers will step up their efforts and stockpile weapons, occupiers will chant some more to a drum circle, and the majority who simply shake their head at both will continue to be ignored in favor of ratings. Divisions will grow, flame wars will commence, and I can't help but wonder what it will take to get everyone to grow up and start thinking clearly.

Comment: Let's shoot a bit higher (Score 1) 591

by TheQuantumShift (#43353237) Attached to: If I could change what's "typical" about typical laptops ...
I have an Acer laptop that's ~2yrs old and it uses all OSS drivers. I would say it's "functional", but the reduced battery life kind of sucks, and the major issue is "radeon" is still not very desirable. Even better, AMD left my chipset (mobility 4250) out of the current driver, so I can't even get proprietary 3d working; although ubuntu lets me install it and bork my x setup anyway, guess I'm not as nostalgic about dicking around with x configs as I thought...

Comment: Re:So wrong (Score 1) 1651

by TheQuantumShift (#41653879) Attached to: To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets

Theres plenty of cheap "hybrid" bikes (think mountain bike with thinner road tires) out there with flat bars that work great in the city. Or you can just pick up an old mountain bike off craigslist/thriftstore and put road tires on it.

The problem is most consumers get fat tire mountain bikes with dual suspension for the same reason they get SUVs, they think they're getting more for their money. Why get a small, light bike with thin tires, when for the same price you get a mean all terrain machine that'll be sure to impress the ladies.

If there were side by side road tests, people would pick the road/hybrid hands down; and then go and buy the fat tire mountain bike or the single speed cruiser anyway based on looks alone, never to ride again.

Comment: Re:But that's not the real problem. (Score 1) 1651

by TheQuantumShift (#41534113) Attached to: To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets
Believe me, most drivers in the US do identify cyclists. They identify them as "One of those poor people/hipsters/weirdos is riding in the road like he's a car." And then promptly lay on the horn screaming obscenities while frothing at the mouth. In all my life I'd never seen road rage until I started using the "shared use" lane. And no, I don't wear a helmet or fancy shoes and would not like any mandates requiring either.

Comment: Re:The most efficient car is a city (Score 2) 1184

by TheQuantumShift (#41154533) Attached to: White House Finalizes 54.5 MPG Fuel Efficiency Standard

Except "The American Dream" would have to change first.

The goal of most people is the big house in the 'burbs (cause that's the cheapest) with a big lawn and 2 cars and multiple "toys". Anything less is seen as being "poor" and "unsuccessful".

Never mind that once out there, you have no choice but to drive everywhere. Never mind that your choices for food are limited to the processed crap in a frozen box (due to the cost of that big home and all those vehicles and your shrinking wages). Never mind the stress and worry caused by your increasing inability to keep up with your debt.

Here we are in 2012 and there's still a stigma attached to public transit. And of course we all know riding bikes is for hipsters and kids.

Thanks, greed, you gave (some of) us a great run, but now we're all screwed.

Comment: Re:Really necessary to proxy everything? (Score 1) 206

by TheQuantumShift (#40924877) Attached to: How To Watch Internet TV Across International Borders

most of the good stuff from the BBC makes it here

You forgot the qualifier of "eventually". Also acceptable would be "maybe". There's plenty of good shows I've found on netflix that won't see the light of day on BBCA.

Given that BBC America has most of the better stuff from the BBC

Like Star Trek: TNG? Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves? Battlestar Galactica? Gordon Ramsay cursing at people?

Add in that it's only available with a giant expensive bundle of crap cable/sat subscription, and is not even HD for most providers. And then the biggest insult, having to watch the few good shows cut down and defaced with horribly targeted ads.

I would gladly pay to access an iplayer app on my roku. Not quite the $18/month that UK residents do, but make it $10 and I'm there...

Comment: Re:Keyboard or gamepad on shirt-pocket computers (Score 1) 552

by TheQuantumShift (#40538517) Attached to: Bill Gates: the Traditional PC Is Changing

Except more and more people want that touch control (with bluetooth keyboard/mouse/gamepad as needed) and with easy ways to put the image on any screen you want (Wi-Di, etc.) What's left?

I would love to detach my display from my macbook and use it as a tablet, and dock it when I need the keyboard. Granted, thats not shirt pocket size, but with multi-core Ghz smartphones already in production, how long until the desktop is truly dead for 90% of the population? I know several people already that don't even have one, not even a laptop. Everything they need is available in their phone or tablet.

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten