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Comment: Re:Can we have another poll? (Score 1) 132

by captainpanic (#49789063) Attached to: In a 5-star rating scheme, the new Mad Max film ...

Well, if they are going to poll what our favorite analytical instruments are for measuring a gas composition, or our opinion on where we should be sending unmanned probes to search (new) life forms, (or something IT related where I would choose the CowboyNeal option), then I'd be ok with the poll having a prominent spot on the page.

But seriously... a poll about a major Hollywood production that really doesn't need any more advertising because it is already all over the internet??? Come on, Slashdot, I do not come here for anything Hollywood related.

Comment: Re:I'd prefer they stay armed, TYVM (Score 1) 46

by tlambert (#49788557) Attached to: The Marshall Islands, Nuclear Testing, and the NPT

I think you might take a look at Afghanistan and what it helped do to the soviets

The Soviet involvement in Afghanistan was more along the lines of:

Boris: "We need something to distract the people at home! They are getting restless!"

Piotr: "How about a war? That's always worked in the past!"

Boris: "Yes, but against who? We have to pick something close enough to be threatening, but far enough away that they won't come here!"

Piotr: "How about Afghanistan?"

Boris: "Perfect! Whoever heard of a Moslem holding a grudge?"

Comment: Re:Russian rocket motors (Score 1) 59

by Bruce Perens (#49787045) Attached to: SpaceX Cleared For US Military Launches

Russia would like for us to continue gifting them with cash for 40-year-old missle motors, it's our own government that doesn't want them any longer. For good reason. That did not cause SpaceX to enter the competitive process, they want the U.S. military as a customer. But it probably did make it go faster.

Also, ULA is flying 1960 technology, stuff that Mercury astronauts used, and only recently came up with concept drawings for something new due to competitive pressure from SpaceX. So, I am sure that folks within the Air Force wished for a better vendor but had no choice.

Comment: Re:"Annoying ads" (Score 5, Interesting) 214

by Firethorn (#49785851) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

Personally, I allow the adblock allowed ads. Not many sites use them.

Sites I frequent that give me the 'Please disable your adblocker' I tend to respond with(and yes, I've used their forum/webmaster address to do this) 'Then use adblocker approved ads'.

After about the 3rd time the ad sites tried to serve me malware it became more about protecting my computer than anything else. The fact that many sites are unusable to the point that I wonder if their web-admin is even testing the sites without an ad blocker doesn't help.

Comment: Re:Out of curiosity (Score 1) 214

by Firethorn (#49785759) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

Interesting how governments sometimes differ. USA, supposedly land of the free, would quickly have the Department of Transportation having a word with the owners of said billboards, as you describe them.

Things like lit scrolling marquees are fine - most gas stations show their prices using a digital billboard today, and rolling time/temperature/ad is common,

But there are rules in place about potentially 'distracting' displays.

Comment: Re:Well there's the problem... (Score 1) 201

by Firethorn (#49785709) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

By the way, I just did the survey and it worked fine for me. Latest version of firefox.

Cowering in the corner isn't necessarily a bad strategy, but it's not optimal. Defending yourself with an effective weapon generally has the best options. The 'passive aggressive' strategy of passive non-compliance that police were recommending for a while is actually the worst.

Though I'll admit that I have a good deal of belief in the theory of 'all that evil needs to succeed is for good men to do nothing', thus believe that even if it's non-optimal for the first person, the prevention of a criminal from attacking successive targets makes everybody safer in the long run.

Personally, I want as many guns in 'good' hands as possible, while denying them to the 'bad' people. However, denying 'bad' people weapons is a never-ending battle. Witness England, where they're even trying to crack down on knives, sturdy umbrellas, and the sort. All that does is enable the physically fit thug.

Comment: Protecting investors? (Score 1) 201

by Firethorn (#49785027) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

Well, I was just correcting what I saw as mistakes in the AC's posting. There's a reason why I said 'kind of sucks.' It's my expression for 'well, that didn't work out, but there's really nothing that can be done to recover from it'.

As for benefiting the drivers - not really. You have to remember that they're also losing fairs to the cheaper and more lushly equipped Uber drivers who, not having to pay for the medallion or follow the cumbersome NYC taxi rules, can afford to run a nicer vehicle than the cabbies.

Note on following NYC taxi rules - Uber is, to my knowledge, operating perfectly legally in NYC. NYC has several categories of 'hired vehicle'. There's two categories of taxi and several for non-taxi private car. Uber is NOT operating as a taxi service per NYC rules, but as a 'black car' service. It's drivers hold a chauffeur license, do not respond to street hails(IE putting out a hand and yelling as opposed to the app), have certain destination and pickup restrictions, etc... Matter of fact, Uber would likely fire any drivers found responding to street hails in NYC.

That being said, I have the feeling(not confirmed) that due to Uber's rating system and having superior pay, that cabbies that can do customer service better are being lured away by Uber. I remember reading somewhere that Uber effectively fires any driver whose rating drops below a 4.4 out of 5 stars.

So a guy who's friendly and shows up with a Tesla model S* will retain his position in Uber while the grouch with an old smelly Crown Vic might as well stick to the cab side.

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.