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Comment: Re:Oblig xkcd (Score 1) 220

by c6gunner (#48141977) Attached to: VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

Meanwhile, they let you rot in prison. Thats what key disclosure laws are about.

No, that's not how it works. Indefinite detention is a violation of human rights. No civilized nation will "hold you forever"; they still have to charge you with something. In most cases key disclosure laws allow charging you under existing obstruction statues, or provide for a specific jail term (eg. 2 years in the UK). And that charge still has to go through the courts, where you get due process and the chance to plead your case.

Comment: Re:There is another response for people like this (Score 1) 622

by c6gunner (#48137571) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Sure, but the hack was more akin to picking the lock on the front door and kidnapping the children from their beds. So you would suggest not leaving the children unchained at night?

If you're a famous movie star? Yeah, that might not be a bad idea. Or maybe get some extra security, the way pretty much all of them already do.

Uploading naked pictures of yourself to the cloud is dumb even if you're a fat and ugly nobody. It's completely idiotic when you're a celebrity who already has paparazi constantly trying to snap a nip-slip or crotch-shot.

Comment: Re:But that was not the same! (Score 1) 622

by c6gunner (#48137515) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

I think the facial might hurt her carrier more then the tits do. Then again, it might be mayo.

It's not mayo, but it's also not her. Just because you got a whackload of pics all at once doesn't mean they're all legit. It's been pretty much conclusively shown that the "facial" pics are of some other chick, and were being circulated well before the fappening.

Comment: Re:Awesome (Score 1) 283

by c6gunner (#48117731) Attached to: Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

Obviously a cheaper car is going to be cheaper; you didn't have to go through the trouble of doing math to figure that out. What I was pointing out is that after the savings inherent in having a purely electric vehicle it's not AS BAD as it seems at first glance.

I'm not exactly rich, but I've been seriously thinking about buying one. I've run the numbers and I can EASILY afford it. Then again, I'm single, and have enough in savings to buy it outright, so I'm not your typical "middle class family". But I can see it being a decent buy even in those circumstances, as long as the buyer makes good choices about financing. That's going to be your biggest problem.

Comment: Re:Awesome (Score 1) 283

by c6gunner (#48113895) Attached to: Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

I would argue that a middle classer who bought a car that costs more than a year's salary has piss poor money management.

This very much depends on other cost factors.

The average American right now spends over $2,000 per year on fuel. In Canada it's more like $3,000. Europe is even higher. Electric drastically lowers that cost, making it easier to justify a large initial investment.

Vehicle maintenance is another consideration. Electric in general is supposed to require far less maintenance. On oil changes alone you should save $200+ per year. Reduced break wear thanks to regenerative breaking means you breaks and rotors last longer. And so on.

So say an electric vehicle reduces your annual costs by $1,500, and you keep it for 10 years. That's a saving of $15,000. That makes it much easier to justify "a car that costs more than a years salary", especially it it's amortized over a few years. And with fuel costs constantly increasing, the amount saved is likely to be higher over the long term.

Comment: Re:Performance (Score 1) 283

by c6gunner (#48113675) Attached to: Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

The g-forces are enough that the drivers can't breath for half the lap. They're getting really close to the point where g forces are a problem.

That's interesting. Any idea why they're not using G-Suits yet? Seems like it would provide a significant advantage, assuming this is really as much of a problem as you say ...

Comment: Re:Life imitating Art (Score 1) 385

by c6gunner (#48108921) Attached to: Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

To be fair, many human children (and some adults!) cannot do that and they still get the full protection of our laws. An average chimp is at least as intelligent and self-aware as an average human toddler.

That may be true, but we know that humans as a species are relatively intelligent and self-aware, even if not all individuals are. If there comes a day when we can say the same thing about chimps, all of them will receive rights/protection even if some of them don't meet those criteria.

Comment: Re:Life imitating Art (Score 1) 385

by c6gunner (#48100503) Attached to: Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

Difference being that Jerry was modified. If we can ever uplift chimps to that level, granting them "human" rights will be a no-brainer. Sci-fi in general has done a lot of hand-wringing over such questions (see Data's trial in ST:TNG) but given the current zeitgeist I couldn't ever see it being an issue. The day a chimp can walk up to me and say "Hi, I'm Jerry, could you please stop experimenting on me?" is the day he gets the full protection of our laws. Until then it's always going to be a fringe issue.

Comment: Re:No GPS? Where's the E911? (Score 1) 132

by c6gunner (#48088777) Attached to: Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

I get that. Nobody likes advertising. But the GPS functionality of my phone/tablet is valuable to me, and turning it off makes no sense when "they" have other ways of tracking me.

On my android devices I have XPrivacy installed on the XPosed framework, which does a good job of letting me control which apps can track me. I let the google maps, google earth, and Copilot apps have access to location data; all other apps get fake location data. Right now Facebook thinks I'm in Madagascar.

May want to give that a shot if you have your devices rooted.

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