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Comment: Re:Depends on your perspective and tastes (Score 1) 410 410

Bay Area has shit public transport and highways that only work at times you don't need them. (Outside of 6am to 9am and 4pm to 7pm) So you always end up being stuck somewhere. And everything is too far. People from San Francisco will almost never travel out of the city, for example. You almost have to blackmail them to do it. You might be 20 minutes away from open country, but if you would actually leave work hour early and go there, its 2 hours to get from work to home and 2 hours to get from home to anywhere outside Bay Area. So its dark before you get anywhere.

Comment: Re:Proof (Score 1) 546 546

by aralin (#49919455) Attached to: Report: Russia and China Crack Encrypted Snowden Files

Joking aside. Actually yes. It would absolutely surprise me. For the following two reasons:

1) British have lost all spine in 2003 with Iraq. Since then UK is a colony of US and nobody even protests or dares to. If the British do a single act of defiance to the US government that does not actually prove to be a result of infighting within the US government, then we can talk. Until then, no.

2) The paper is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who is one of the owners of US. A group of wealthy people who control both the US government actions and the media, sidestepping the pesky 1st amendment. But he does not, in fact, directly control UK government, except as a proxy through the US government.

I hope this explanation helps you to understand the situation better and addresses your "no insight" comment.

Comment: Re:How is this relevant? (Score 3, Interesting) 204 204

by aralin (#49906923) Attached to: Surface Pro 3 Handily Outperforms iPad Air 2 and Nexus 9

When you hold the Surface 3, in both hands, you are blocking half of the air flow, I am wondering how fast is the speed going to be after an hour with partially blocked air flow. Because if I need to have it set on a table, it is not a tablet, but a laptop.

Comment: People of the World Agree: Governments Must Die! (Score 1) 221 221

by aralin (#49842945) Attached to: Governments of the World Agree: Encryption Must Die!

Finally! There's something that apparently virtually all people around the world can actually agree upon. Unfortunately, it's on par conceptually with handing out hydrogen bombs as lottery prizes. If the drumbeat isn't actually coordinated, it might as well be.

Comment: Come on! (Score 5, Insightful) 194 194

by aralin (#49819941) Attached to: Indicted Ex-FIFA Executive Cites Onion Article In Rant Slamming US

We all saw this "news" on Sunday in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. And you got to all this length of stealing the bit and posting it on slashdot just to miss the punchline? Well, for those who have not seen it here it goes:

"Only a FIFA official could be corrupt enough to think the Onion article is not a joke, but something that could actually happen."

Comment: Re:A lot of inertia (Score 1) 597 597

by aralin (#49797035) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

Why does it all have to be either / or. Why cannot I have two circuits, one AC for the standard outlets and run a second set of DC outlets on the 24V for my computers, etc. Maybe run them along with the ethernet cables around the house. Then I don't need a UPS, I'll just use the Tesla battery for that and in case of power outage I'll turn off the heavy duty AC circuits. Lights can be wired on DC probably just as well...

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