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Comment: Re:does this need refactoring (Score 5, Funny) 260

by badboy_tw2002 (#47183685) Attached to: Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft

Most taxi services have an "anti-serial killer" clause in their contracts. If you are a serial killer, they won't hire you. This is accomplished by swearing on the job application form that you are, in fact, NOT a serial killer. If they find out later on that you ARE a serial killer, they will terminate the contract and you will no longer be able to drive the cab, thus keeping the taxi industry 100% serial killer free. As far as I know, niether Lyft nor Uber have taken any steps whatsoever to prevent serial killers from working for them, which means that as a rider you have no idea if your driver is going to murder you, after having already murdered someone else. (It takes more than one murder to be a serial killer).

So yeah, this is a good thing.

Comment: Re:Kind of a problem ... (Score 1) 626

by badboy_tw2002 (#47052447) Attached to: Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

I love the thought as much as the next guy, but there's some serious stuff we'll have to get used to. Like not being able to control when our car gets maintenance. Otherwise if you ignore that break warning and your car smashes in to the back of someone else on the way to the airport you're still got responsibility. Liability laws aren't going to go away just because the cars are autonomous. My furnace is "autonomous" because it exists while I'm not there, but I'm still liable if it explodes and catches the neighbors house on fire. Liability insurance is going nowhere with this stuff.

Comment: Re:Security through Antiquity? (Score 5, Insightful) 481

by badboy_tw2002 (#46868209) Attached to: US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

Its not security via obscurity because the real security doesn't rely on the lack of 8" floppies. The real protection is a) not being hooked up to the internet, b) lots of doors & guys with weapons standing between you and the control station. But I guess if some airforce commander throws a few bones to a dumb journalist and has a laugh about it back at the club with the boys, is that obscuring the real security?

Comment: Re:Titanfall's pros and cons (Score 3, Funny) 117

I've played both and I'm actually partial to the XOne version. The game "feels" better designed for a game pad vs mouse/keyboard, and it has the pacing that's better suited to relaxing on the couch. WIth the titans, the fast twitch you get with the mouse isn't as big a deal, and the wall running stuff lend's itself better to a controller situation. I think a lot of FPS stuff fails to translate to console, but some of them can be quite good if the dev's think about it beyond "right stick == mouse look".

Comment: Re:I have your conversion right here... (Score 1) 860

by badboy_tw2002 (#46411493) Attached to: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

You're talking like half of that is a manual process (authenticate against the server? You mean click "I accept the ToS"?). The most folks ever do is download a newer graphics driver. That's a maybe, and the game will probably still run even if you don't do that. And most of the time the driver just downloads when you plug in the USB port. Your one button joystick may not have needed a driver, but your sound card certainly did. Forget about adding that throttle.

Uninstall those rose colored glasses bro, clicking "launch" on steam is far far easier than gaming in the DOS era ever was.

Comment: Re:I have your conversion right here... (Score 1) 860

by badboy_tw2002 (#46409937) Attached to: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

Totally. I know most of the games today require you to edit a special autoexec.bat, install drivers, himem, etc. just to get to the damn title screen. Not like the old days when you just installed them and ran.

Wait, I'm confused. Are you talking about gameplay?

Comment: Re:SF is easier to hack than that (Score 1) 240

by badboy_tw2002 (#46218651) Attached to: How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

Not sure why you got modded troll, you speaketh the truth, and from a place of honesty at least. I had a buddy that came into town and crashed with me that rode to work every day. He legitimately thought you didn't pay going downtown, only back when had to go through a turnstile. That's how lax the enforcement is/was.

Of course, in the past two years (more?) they now have the "enforcement mob" of twenty or so dudes in orange vests waiting with a cop to hand out tickets. They go to different stops every day so a 100% evade rate is probably more unlikely now.

Comment: Re:Go for it (Score 1) 240

by badboy_tw2002 (#46218573) Attached to: How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

No they don't, but you can use it within SF in conjunction with the local pass. They do have a bulk discount ticket at 6.25% and that in turn can be paid for with a pre-tax account, so if you're a frequent rider any edge (20% _might_ be ok) is erased. That and you're likely to be using a card, not a ticket, with an attached value. I guess if you wanted to wait at a machine every day to get the ticket, then find someone to swap with you could make something happen and save a few percent, which maybe gets you to a few tens of dollars a year.

This is a cool exercise in theory, but I don't think anyone is about to start doing this.

Comment: Re:Sucks to your ass-mar! (Score 0) 93

by badboy_tw2002 (#46189717) Attached to: Simple Emergency Generators and Radio Receivers (Video)

Hear hear!

And correct me if I'm wrong, didn't the UI go through a major revision 6-7 years ago - what we're now calling /. classic? An lo there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth! But now its apparently perfect and has ALWAYS been the UI. Fantastic.

But please, continue with the 'revolt' - everyone is leaving to go to Kuro5hin anyways!

Comment: Re:Range anxiety isn't really rational (Score 1) 357

by badboy_tw2002 (#46143001) Attached to: Tesla Touts Cross-Country Trip, Aims For World Record

Why does it have to be gas stations? If they're really serious, have every McDonalds & Walmart install 3-4 charging stations at their stores. Then you at least have a place to sit or something to do for the half hour the super charger takes. Its not like you specifically have to be a gas station with all the associated hardware to install these things, its much much simpler than burying a giant tank and coming up to code and all that.

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