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Comment Re:Drones (Score 1) 294 294

It's also a matter of fiscal costs. Just imagine the hell we could create if our congress critters could wage war without accumulating the huge debts like we have for our current middle eastern escapades.

Lowering all of the perceived costs for using violence to get our way is obviously going to make it a more appealing tool.

Comment Re:First hand (Score 1) 154 154

One of the most humorous examples of this kind of thing that I've seen involved a busted faucet in a break room. The faucet was leaking and had to be replaced. So the facilities people came in and removed it. Then as they didn't have a replacement part, put up a sign saying the part had been ordered and would arrive in a few weeks. This is the main break room that gets lots of use throughout the day. Someone printed up a map showing directions from the building to a nearby Home Depot, along with a part number for a cheap replacement available there.

Comment Re:I hope it's a standard API (Score 1) 203 203

I've never used Fraps but I have played with Shadowplay and I have to say it worked way better than I expected. When I went back and watched the video it had created it actually looked better than what I remembered the gameplay actually looking like. Which is probably a result of being focused on gameplay elements at the time I was recording rather than watching for blur and other video artifacts. Anyways that is a much appreciated change from the free video recording applications I had used in the past which hogged resources and produced almost unusable videos. Even if there ends up being some valid argument, or proof, for Fraps performing better. Shadowplay has a very strong position as being good enough, light on resources, free, and already installed for anyone with the proper generation of nvidia card.

Comment Re: DISA STIG (Score 2) 36 36

Even if you were to have a perfect security checklist with clearly defined problems and predetermined solutions, you're still screwed. There hundreds, if not thousands, of individual little projects each with their own budgets, priorities, and egos. Some like DFAS are colossal in scale and seemingly represent intractable problems. The DoD has spent billions trying to replace that hodge podge of systems and has gotten basically nowhere. In every case you'll find that fixing all or even most security problems will fundamentally break an application in some way. Just to get all the programs into real security compliance, not just pencil whipped by having someone accept the risk, would probably require designing and rebuilding everything from the ground up. And that would only address the vulnerabilities that we know about today.

Comment Re:2001: A Space Odyssey (Score 1) 236 236

Oh, I'm definitely of a "certain age", but I'd doubt that you could actually be specific about that. Hogwash is a term, that to me, means watery shit. When you wash of a dirty hog that is exactly what you get. That said I don't think I knew any adults growing up that actually said it, I'm pretty sure I learned it from TV or reading.

So far as our brains processing all of reality goes, that is an impossible feat for our brain, or any other for that matter. We certainly seem to be capable of processing the laws that determine interactions of mater and energy and that is all that actually matters. The current knowledge isn't perfect and of course might take eons or days to advance significantly. And it is impossible to know how much we don't know. But there is no point of fact that I've ever heard of that indicates we're missing something fundamental, possibly with the exception of dark matter.

Ohh look a fun part:
I can tell by your pejorative use of the word "scientism" that you're the embodiment of a non-sequitur. Everything is reducible and quantifiable through science. We may not have the means or ability as of yet to do so, but we'll get there eventually. To argue for something being permanently beyond science is to argue that it is beyond reality, and if it isn't a part of reality than it literally doesn't matter.

Comment Re:Free speech has no meaning (Score 1) 581 581

I haven't played the GTA series so I can't say with absolute certainty that it endorses violence, but if it is much like nearly every other FPS or RPG then yes, it absolutely does. When all or the vast majority of the carrots in the game are designed as rewards for simulated violence then it is definitely endorsing those actions. That isn't to say that any of these games endorse real violence outside of the game. The point though is that they serve as a safe means of release.

Online communities could very possibly be fulfilling the same purpose. Whether some arbitrary person felt a community was bad enough to deserve banning doesn't really serve as a good benchmark for whether or not it was moderating potential bad behavior. For instance I knew many concerned christian mothers at the church I grew up in who would have banned Dungeons and Dragons if they had the power to do so.

I agree that communities can shape people, whether online or offline. And I don't see any reason to ban a community. Perhaps they should be moderated in some way if they are found to be actively empowering their members to violate other peoples rights. But banning them just pushes the community out of sight, it is pure fantasy to think they'll just vanish.

In Reddit's case they are hoping that those communities will just go elsewhere. They are afraid of brand damage basically. The funny part of that though is that for many of us that damage was already a part of their image and had been for years.

Comment Re:2001: A Space Odyssey (Score 1) 236 236

Spiritual hog wash. We're descended from a puddle of something that evolved into a single cell organism eventually, and so is that goldfish. There is nothing to say that goldfish won't eventually evolve into something as intelligent as us or even surpass our current state. The only thing which science is portrayed as coming up completely blank on consistently is spiritual bullshit. The truth though is that science can't be bothered with it because it is obviously bullshit.

Comment Re:Free speech has no meaning (Score 1) 581 581

Even if it is true that all spree killers were motivated by some evil online community, does it actually matter? If allowing them to have that community actually prevents more attacks than it precipitates it is still a net win for society.

This same crap comes up with every article that claims some school shooter did it because the creep played GTA. Crime rates have actually been falling for decades despite the rise of graphically violent video games. Even if some people turn to violence because it works in their favorite murder simulator it would seem that even more people don't resort to violence despite enjoying the same games.

Comment Re:I would be too (Score 1) 285 285

If you would like to be a corporate slave and lapdog that's your choice. I don't care how you classify my employment, or what definitions you want to apply to the terms of my employment, because you aren't a party to them. I'm being paid for 40 hours of work a week between the specific times, if my boss wants more hours they need to apply for and be granted approval from their management, and then get me to agree to work those hours. In most cases I'll do it if the manager has jumped through all the right hoops because I'm a considerate person. But if I have plans that are important to me, or if the extra time doesn't seem to be justified I'll say no. They can cry and whine about it if they want, and if it really matters I'm sure it'll come up in a performance review. But I honestly don't give a damn, I know the company has no real loyalty to me and what matters to them is the money, and so I'll give them the same respect in kind. So if they want more, or different, hours then they'll need to pay up, and put up with getting a negative response on occasion.

Comment Re:What about land? (Score 1) 503 503

China has been busy doing the reverse of Option 2. That is building islands. Which makes me wonder how much shoreline could you possibly build on earth such that each person could own a beach front home and have enough distance between such artificial shorelines that you couldn't see the next one from your house and still get surf.

Comment Re:Country run by oil barons does nothing!!! (Score 1) 195 195

The idea I read for doing this involved mixing the waste with glass to form large cylinders. You'd then drop them into the ocean near a subduction zone. The cylinder would penetrate something like 60 feet into the sediment on the ocean floor which would keep it sealed from the environment until such time as it actually gets pushed down into the mantle. The problems with the method are apparently mostly related to international treaties governing what you can dump in the ocean.

Comment Re:Infrastructure or the lack thereof (Score 1) 688 688

I expect it'll happen eventually as the markets adjust and more EV's are on the road. Right now it's not a big issue but once significant numbers of your potential renters have EV's it'll make sense to retrofit existing structures. Just like any other service there is a pivot point where it starts making economic sense for landowners to upgrade their properties. After all at some point electric, gas, cable, and indoor plumbing were all new services trying to enter the market.

Comment Re:Cost... and charging... (Score 1) 688 688

There are other factors than just the cost of the product being sold. I frequent a small gas station which barely has parking space to service 4 vehicles at a time. There really isn't much area they could expand into which would let them service enough vehicles through out the day to stay in business without charging a very high multiple of the cost of the product. Recharging stations would also likely have to start devoting space to waiting rooms or something to keep customers entertained.

I don't think those are insurmountable problems though. If most of the public was using EV's I expect we would have a lot less charging stations than gas stations. People driving locally will be charging at home most of the time. If enough people start buying EV's the people that own rental properties will start making sure they have a place to charge them. Hell I'd be surprised if parking structures didn't rapidly install chargers and rent those spaces at a premium.

In the end the only people that would likely need charging stations would be those that are passing through on long drives and locals who had an unusual day and had to drive more than usual. My family probably makes 3 to 5 stops at gas stations a month right now, excluding vacation driving. With EV's I would expect us to need a charging station maybe once a month, if at all depending on how much extra range the EV has.

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