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Comment: Re:Left or Right? (Score 1) 397

by TubeSteak (#47709205) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

It is entirely plausible that speed limit is 70, speedometer reads 70, car is actually going 72, and radar reads 73.

It's my understanding that speedometers are not allowed to under report your speed.
The manufacturing tolerances are such that the speed can show you going faster than you are, but never slower.

Comment: Re:Photographic law precedence (Score 1) 170

by TubeSteak (#47708981) Attached to: Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

OTOH I'm not sure how you can reasonably legislate pics taken from drones. Do you now define a private location to include the airspace above it? But what if I am in public airspace, yet high enough to see over a wall?

Instead of playing with theoretical situations, it's easier to focus on the basic tenets of the law:

If you can see it from a "normal" location, it's not an invasion of privacy.
If you use a R/C to look over a fence, it's like using a ladder to look over the fence.
It's not a viewpoint the average person has, therefore you're invading their privacy.

TFA talks about how they propose to "reasonably legislate"
I'd encourage you to read it.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 623

by TubeSteak (#47706835) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

You just proved my point in its entirety. You think one is wrong and the other isn't. Others believe both are wrong. You even use the same language as homophobes. They think that homosexuality is not normal, healthy or acceptable.

You can't compare pedophilia and homosexuality because ONE OF THEM INVOLVES MINORS WHO ARE UNABLE TO LEGALLY CONSENT.

Sure, the age of consent is arbitrary and varies from state to state, but that's the fundamental difference.
And I don't see the slippery slope argument that leads from consenting adults to children to animals.
It's just not there.

Comment: Re:Redundant laws weaken the system (Score 1) 170

Our problem is we have a caste that calls themselves "lawmakers" and so all they want to do is make new laws.

Unsurprising, when you are ruled by lawyers. Poking around demographics on Congress, we find about 40% of members with a law degree (over 50% in the Senate). In contrast, only 2% of them are scientists or engineers...

Comment: Re:Still... (Score 1) 167

by TheRaven64 (#47705015) Attached to: C++14 Is Set In Stone
If you can't call native code, you probably don't have a working JVM. The Oracle JDK and OpenJDK each include around a million lines of C in their standard libraries. That doesn't mean that you won't find it easier to write secure code in Java, it just means that you probably don't have much less C code in your TCB for a Java program than you do for a C one.

Comment: Re:Surprise? (Score 1) 539

by JaredOfEuropa (#47701551) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft
Users will compare the office environment with what they know, which is usually Windows, and usually a version that isn't locked down thus giving a better experience. They will complain, it's inevitable. How they complain about the office setup and whom/what they blame for it depends on the situation:
- Windows at work: "Why can't our crap IT department make this simple stuff work properly, if I can do it at home?"
- Linux at work: "Why are we even using this cockamamie hippie software, instead of Windows which the rest of the world is using?"

There are good reasons for managers to go with MS, SAP, IBM. For the manager, they are safe choices; the decision to select any of these vendors is unlikely to be challenged. The Windows situation will only give him a stick to beat IT with, or at best some leverage to wring a discount or some free consultancy from MS. In case of Linux, it provides an opportunity to attack the decision to go with Linux itself. If the guy happens to be against Linux, or talked to MS about a sweet deal involving a move of their Euro HQ to Munich for example, those user complaints will come in very handy indeed.

Comment: Re:MUCH easier. (Score 1) 235

Senator Somebody has filed "lawsuit" against your company. It is super-effective. All your assets are belong to him.

Ideally you would have a shell company that owns the vehicles and leases them to you.
It's how a lot of companies avoid liability.

If anything happens, the shell company declares bankruptcy and moves the assets to another shell.

Comment: Re:Insurance rates (Score 1) 235

I fucking loathe insurance companies, and deeply resent the government forcing me to pay them in order to drive.

In some states you can self insure by posting cash or a bond.
But if anything happens, you have unlimited personal liability.

Insurance isn't about you, it's about the people you might hurt.
It's a necessary evil, though I'd support an Obamacare style mandate for auto insurance companies to pay out a minimum of premiums or rebate the balance back to their customers.

Comment: Re: Women should earn more than men. (Score 5, Insightful) 97

Am I the only one who looks at this and thinks, "Here's clear evidence that, contrary to popular rhetoric, there is a powerful pro-female bias in this society, and any underrepresentation and underfunding that exists can therefore be entirely attributed to, I won't say failings... attributed to the character, capabilities and choices of women"?

Parkinson's Law: Work expands to fill the time alloted it.

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