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Comment: Re: Soda can... (Score 1) 163

by astar (#47595291) Attached to: Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can

Hmm. I used to leve big gaps in stalled traffic. I can avoid stop and go and then the pole behind get to also. In principle the jam is eliminated. Also consider the case where you need to merge right couple miles out. The guy to my left can see what i am doing and hang on my back bumper screwing the assholes who try to get to the front of the line and so block smooth merges. Now tell me about why assholery is optimal behavior at a group level.

Comment: Re: 400 Millimeter Dollars (Score 1) 180

by astar (#47594469) Attached to: How Many Members of Congress Does It Take To Pass a $400MM CS Bill?

The SI pros do not approve of this Roman numeral chaining. Really. Of course they are not really happy to have km but at least that is official.

But if i am to be pedantic i should also troll: The largest official SI prefix is Y for 10**24. A YB appears in a couple important public policy issues I follow. Now this is obviously meaning we need a way to talk about kY whatever and so we need to extend the official prefixes.

Alternatively a distance of a Ym is about the size of the visible universe and kYm
Is bigger. Even the idea of distance at a cosmological scale is uncertain. It is difficult to believe Congress has a feel for that sort of magnitude.

So guys, what shall we fix?

Comment: Re: ...The hell? (Score 1) 291

by astar (#47541067) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

People get their asses kissed for writing books filled with this sort of trollish use of logical thought experiments. This fellow actually picks practical public policy issues that are in the news and invites close reasoning. Worse sometimes he does real stuff. He needs a regular column.

It seems odd to me that someone would think a fiction writer is necessarily doing an autobiography and even if the writer says he is that this is true.

Comment: drought and water price (Score 2) 242

by astar (#47446277) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

My state of Oregon is fully in drought. California is in extreme drought. Pretty much all the west has been in drought in a more general way for over a century.

Now in California if you have 100 year water rights then you might own water you can sell privately. Since the public sources are no longer there for many uses then buying on the spot market might make sense. The spot hit $2200 acre foot recently. You can play with this and see that this might be 250 1000 gallon units untreated. So i guess this Texas town is maybe paying $200 for an acre foot and this treated. These numbers are pretty much just in my head approximations and you can recalculate as needed.

California if this this goes on will be in a humanitarian crisis in 18 months. If so, you may be affected. You might want to support what this Texas city did after making the scat jokes. Or maybe shut down high water use export industries. When we ship a pound of beef out of country, how much water is effectively being shipped with it?

Comment: openbsd (Score 2) 127

by astar (#47001383) Attached to: 5-Year-Old Linux Kernel Bug Fixed

Openbsd defines any potential security issue as a bug. Emphasis potential. The interesting actual exploits these days are sometimes 15 unexploitable glitches strung together.

The Linux kernel is oriented towards supporting all the cutting edge hardware. This is not going to make security very practical. Openbsd is, ah, stodgy. But what openbsd brags on is "no remote holes in the default install" not "no local exploits".

I think that Linus cannot fix this sort of issue. Theo could take lessons from Linus on nasty around systemd but Linus has not been consistently nasty and I think it too late.

Send Theo money.

Comment: Re: First World Problems (Score 1) 384

Curiously it is illegal in North Carolina to perform a same sex marriage ceremony simulation. Sure, you cannot get the government paperwork and everyone knows this but a minister doing the deed anyway is a criminal. So the government is being sued on 1st amendment religious freedom grounds by churches and ministers. You were saying?

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