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Comment: Re:Who would have thought (Score 2) 193

by Xylantiel (#47884725) Attached to: The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada
Yep, at least in the US a roundabout is all about guessing, based on their approach, whether the other approaching driver has any clue how a roundabout is supposed to work. Just because you have the right of way doesn't mean it won't be a total mess if you hit somebody in the driver's door because they pulled out in front of you instead of yielding.

Comment: Re:You're still getting what you were promised (Score 1) 354

by Xylantiel (#47509697) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same
I find it odd that you don't even say whether the delay was in mailing or processing, though you could surely tell. They send a receipt notice and a ship notice. What was the delay from their ship to your receipt? I think in some situations netflix is at the mercy of your local mail processing. You should have called up your postmaster and complained. And the US mail is not doing so hot recently, and often that is worse in big cities than in suburbs or cities near but separate from big ones. Netflix rarely misses a 2-day turnaround for me and I noticed the saturday thing pretty quickly because of this.

Comment: Re:LED Lightbulbs Re:user error (Score 1) 710

Maybe the prices are different in different regions? When I was at Lowe's a couple of weeks ago, LEDs cost almost 10x as much and use more than half as much power as a CFL and last maybe twice as long. That just doesn't work out. I would like to switch to LED, but it's still too expensive. Maybe you are comparing to lower-light-output LEDs or ones that have bad light distribution, which is not a fair comparison. Also, as other posters point out, I don't think halogen means what you think it means.

Comment: Re:"Rigorous" peer-review ahahahahahaha (Score 0) 61

by Xylantiel (#47166741) Attached to: Key Researcher Agrees To Retract Disputed Stem Cell Papers

Um, you realize that Nature is a magazine, not a journal right? Yes they have peer review but they have a heavy vested interest in publishing exciting-but-possibly-wrong stuff, which they do all the time.

And if results were simply fabricated, peer review can't always catch that as others have said. Though sometimes it is obvious if someone is suddenly able to do something that others have been trying to do but failed, but they can't show WHY it worked for them and not for anyone else. Sometimes quality professional journals, especially in experimental sciences, will have higher peer review standards in that direction than a headline-oriented magazine like Nature.

Comment: Re:"Rigorous" peer-review ahahahahahaha (Score 1) 61

by Xylantiel (#47166657) Attached to: Key Researcher Agrees To Retract Disputed Stem Cell Papers
I'm unsure if you're serious or not.. actually it's the copyeditor's job to catch typos unless they are scientifically relevant. And if you think Nature is a journal and not a journal-like magazine, you are mistaken. TONS of stuff published in Nature turns out to be wrong or overhyped.

Comment: Re:All I'll say... (Score 1) 224

by Xylantiel (#47137731) Attached to: Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'
I think one of the troubles here is the difference between "YOUR record" and "THE record". I'm not a UK citizen, but I would be surprised if the relevant court records are somehow expunged. Are they? And with the database-driven information environment that we live in, how do we create a workable difference between "your record" and "the record" for private handling of public information.

Comment: Re:All I'll say... (Score 1) 224

by Xylantiel (#47137701) Attached to: Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'
I'm sorry but if you can sue me for libel for just for stating the fact that you have a "spent" conviction then the law is messed up. This is where we start to get into the fundamental nature of freedom of speech and how it relates even to freedom of thought. (Am I required to be lobotomized if I remember you have been convicted of a spent conviction. Maybe you should actually READ 1984.) I can understand laws that prohibit discrimination or harrassment based on old convictions, but trying to legislate the availablilty of public record information is stupid. I would also argue that this kind of thing is entirely separate from "privacy". There are many things that are "private", but public records are by definition not among them.

Comment: Re:Very Bad Precedent (Score 1) 225

by Xylantiel (#47039353) Attached to: US To Charge Chinese Military Employees With Hacking

You realize that there is effectively no difference between a government-denied chinese hacker and a "non official cover" spy right?

And if they aren't government-employed then this is the completely appropriate action.

In either case, I 'd say its better to get this out in the open where the justice system can work it through rather than just finger pointing. If they're not government-sponsored (as the Chinese claim) then the Chinese should be willing to pony up and extradite them! (The fundamental issue here is really that the line between government and non-government is defined in a very different way in the US and China, both in law and in practice. China is still a single-party rule, which makes it often a matter of semantics what is government and what is not.)

Comment: Re:Failed injection. (Score 1) 1198

by Xylantiel (#46879325) Attached to: Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

The root problem here is the companies that make the drugs that have known properties are refusing to sell them to the state for use in executions. How it is legal for the companies who sell the drugs to discriminate in this way I don't understand. I know WHY they are doing it... due to pressure from anti-death penalty activists. But how it is legal?

And just to be up-front, I'm actually anti-death-penalty. But forcing state officials to euthanize people in inhumane ways in order to make headlines does not seem... humane.

Comment: Re:Is anyone surprised? (Score 1) 113

by Xylantiel (#46832063) Attached to: OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture
Well I would say that is just evidence of the problem. If update adversely impacts stability that badly then updates are not being managed/tested properly, which is exactly the problem with OpenSSL. This also brings up another point -- a lot of the stability problems are due to interaction with various other (broken or oddly-functioning) SSL implementations. The correct way to handle that is with rigourous and extensive test cases, not just closing your eyes and not updating.

Comment: Re:Is anyone surprised? (Score 4, Insightful) 113

by Xylantiel (#46829699) Attached to: OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture
I would say it wasn't just OpenBSD either -- it appears that everyone was very reluctant to update from 0.9 to newer versions. This tells me that people knew the development practices weren't up to snuff. It's just too bad that it took such a major exploit to kick everyone in the head and get them to put proper development practices in place for OpenSSL. Many eyes don't work if everyone is intentionally holding their nose and looking the other way.

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