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Comment: Re:Ho-lee-crap (Score 1) 274

by barc0001 (#48188133) Attached to: The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

> But wouldn't that have been harmful to South Korea? You seem to be valuing the interests of Denmark over the interests of South Korea. Do you have a rational basis for doing so?

Are you trying to be deliberately disingenuous? You're asking a Danish national why a Danish company shoudn't source work in Denmark if it means less money for a country 1/3 of the way around the globe?

Have you ever given a family member money? If so, why? That would seem to be valuing the interests of your family over the neighbors you've never met. Do you have a rational basis for doing so?

Comment: Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (Score 1) 328

"my Mac can kick your PC's ass in most ways"

Except upgrades. Try updating your video card after a year and let me know how that works out for you. One of the strengths of my PC is that I replace a couple hundred dollars worth of parts couple of years and remain modern. The Apple upgrade cycle is a tad more costly. Step 1. Time machine everything. Step 2. Take paycheck(s) to Apple vendor. Step 3. Restore backup from Time Machine to new Apple machine. Step 4. Craigslist/Ebay old machine after wiping to recoup a percentage of your outlay on new Mac.

Comment: Re:Confucius say: (Score 1) 354

by barc0001 (#48162475) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

You bought a Dell laptop. Might as well have just taken that money out in ones and lit them on fire in your back yard. Would have been entertaining in a horrific way and at least you wouldn't have had any expectations crushed afterward. Dell makes OK servers and workstations, but their laptops are hit or miss to the point that we haven't bought them in years.

Buy a decent Lenovo or Asus laptop and you'll be far more satisfied.

Comment: Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 1) 460

by barc0001 (#48022641) Attached to: Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

>Right now if they ground up the waste and vented it into the atmosphere it would be less damaging than that caused by coal mining, megawatt for megawatt.

The Fukushima and Chernobyl exclusion zones would show that to be extreme hyperbole. Grab a tent and go live for a month a mile from a coal burning plant in a field, and then try the same thing a mile from Pripyat and let me know how that goes for you.

Comment: Re:Could be improved (Score 1) 907

by barc0001 (#47995561) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

I know, it's terrible. Something like 88% of the US buys the wrong car. I fully believe that all tests to get licensed should be conducted in manual transmission vehicles unless the subject has a medical exemption and has to drive an automatic.

Manuals have several advantages including better fuel efficiency, greater control over the vehicle, and reduced costs. And in rare safety incidents like the rare cases of "throttle stick" manuals are much safer. Newer automatics at highway speed will not let you shift into neutral if the throttle is sticking, but with a manual you just press the clutch pedal and move to the shoulder, then turn off the engine. Disaster averted.

Comment: Re:Could be improved (Score 1) 907

by barc0001 (#47994767) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

I can still see a safety issue with the ignition being shut down arbitrarily. Imagine the car is a stick shift and the driver sucks at stick shifting. So they go to take off after the light turns green and manage to stall it instead, rolling it 40-50 feet into the intersection. Then the interlock stops the car from being started again . And the intersection happens to have train tracks. And here comes a freight train a couple of miles away...

If the behavior of the shutdown circuit could include logic like "don't activate unless the car has been off for at least 90 seconds" or something then that would be a lot safer.

Comment: Re:Solution? (Score 2) 907

by barc0001 (#47994683) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

This isn't 25 years ago. I just got rid of my 12 year old car that had a blue book value of ~$1000. It wasn't the prettiest thing, the trunk latch needed a bit of fiddling to get to open as the spring in the external latch handle was worn out, it leaked oil (slowly, about a liter per month) and it had a few other minor issues with it, and someone had backed into the driver's side door in a parking lot, leaving a dent about the size of a dinner plate. I traded it in, but if I sold it privately I realistically would have gotten about $700-$800 for it on the open market based on comparables for sale in the paper and on Craigslist at the time.

The reason I got rid of it wasn't that it was unsafe or it wouldn't start or run, it was that to bring it back to 100% would cost a couple of thousand dollars that I figured would be better spent getting something newer and fancier that I can afford to do. It was still mechanically sound aside from the small oil leak and pretty much the most dependable car I've ever owned. If selling it privately wasn't such a hassle, I would have been happy to see it go to some college student or other person who needed good basic transportation for not too much money.

There are lots of cars in the $1000-$2000 range these days that are sound and dependable, their only sins are that they are old and cosmetically challenged.

Comment: Re:Mind boggling (Score 1) 167

by barc0001 (#47986001) Attached to: Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

You're talking about targeted research within their existing product line. Bell Labs, Xerox PARC and others existed to do research on things that weren't even close to core business. The simple fact is there are almost no publicly traded companies today who can dump even a small fraction of their money into researching something that is not directly related to their product line without a shareholder revolt. What exactly do you think Microsoft's shareholders would do if MS announced they were getting into gigabit fiber buildouts like Google is doing?

Comment: Re:You can't sink a conspiracy (Score 1) 275

by barc0001 (#47969179) Attached to: Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

Yup. They have a special mindset. Reminds me of a podcast of This American Life I heard a few months back:

If you listen to Act Three, you hear this in full effect. Bob Berenz the electrician is CONVINCED he has found a problem with the understanding of physics and anyone who tries to prove otherwise is not paying attention to what he says, "doesn't get it" or is in on maintaining the "big science" status quo. The reality is he's made several basic errors in his own version and is unwilling to accept any explanation of them.

Comment: Re:Who to believe? (Score 5, Interesting) 393

by barc0001 (#47930079) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

From Wikipedia:

"In March 1999, Musk co-founded, an online financial services and e-mail payment company.[13][14] One year later, the company merged with Confinity,[32][34] which operated a subsidiary called PayPal.[32] PayPal and each had a person-to-person email-based payment system.[32] The original intent was to merge the two systems, but it never happened.[citation needed]

Musk strongly favored the PayPal brand over the X brand. After initially co-branding PayPal with the X brand, including making a subdomain of PayPal,[32] he moved to officially remove the brand for good. Following this, the board appointed PayPal founder Peter Thiel as interim CEO.[32] PayPal's early growth was due in large part to a successful viral growth campaign created by Musk.[35] In October 2002, PayPal was acquired by eBay for US$1.5 billion in stock, of which $165 million was given to Musk.[36] Before its sale, Musk, the company's largest shareholder, owned 11.7% of PayPal's shares.[37]"

TL;DR. Musk didn't create PayPal, he cofounded a company with a competing service that merged with the company that owned PayPal and while at the merged company pushed to use the PayPal platform as it was better. Then he left in 2002.

I really don't think we can lay the lion's share of PayPal's shittyness at his feet based on that. By that logic, Windows 8 should see Bill Gates hanged...

Comment: Re:How about (Score 1) 210

by barc0001 (#47904605) Attached to: Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

"why not take that time to toss in some viagra information for you to listen to"

Now you're just being silly.

"if you don't care about them, then let these scammers have their fun, what do you care?"

Oh, it's FUN! Scamming vulnerable people out of money is FUN! Scaring the shit out of some grandmother and then scamming her out of most of her food budget for the month is FUN!!! Can I have your grandma's number? It's all in fun...

"It is easier to fight for principles than to live up to them." -- Alfred Adler