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Comment: Missing the point? (Score 1) 141

by cwsumner (#48655043) Attached to: Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

I think many of you are missing the point, on both sides.

A person or company has the right to refuse to sell their product to people who misuse it. If the Auto manufacturers want to sell their new cars only to dealerships who can service them, that is (and should be) allowed.

The problem is state laws that say the Auto manufacturers can prevent Other manufacturers from selling other products. That is not good and is probably unconstitutional.

It really has nothing to do with the difficulty of maintanance. 8-)

Comment: Re:Newtonian physics works (Score 1) 196

by cwsumner (#48653393) Attached to: Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

Newtonian physics looks kind of logical. It's completely wrong, but plenty of decisions are based on it. Despite that we know is wrong

It's not *completely* wrong.
In fact back then when it was discovered, it was experimentally proven to work within the parameters which were tested.

Um ... You cannot successfully argue a point with someone who uses binary logic consisting of a single digit.

Interesting post, though. 8-)

Comment: Re:So, correlation CAN mean causation? (Score 1) 137

Every consequence is delayed. Except for maybe some effects of quantum entanglement. (grin)
What delay do you suppose is the cutoff for something to not be correlated?

Actually, no.

Repetitive events may not have a beginning or end, within the data gathering period. It is quite common to not be able to tell which is "first". In that test condition, the result can "come before" the cause, at least mathemetically. Or on the display screens. It's called "phase reset", and probably other things in other tech dialects.

And most of the questions discussed on slashdot are repetitive events...

The article seems practical, though. The cause and effect both have noise. The noise from the cause is transferred to the effect. So, the effect has much more noise.

Of course, the normal troubleshooting technique is to inject artificial noise. As in: Touch it with a square wave, and see if it comes out the speakers! 8-)

Comment: Re:Are You Joking? (Score 1) 182

by cwsumner (#48642867) Attached to: US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

But that wasn't the claim. The claim was that Iraq had a program and was building new weapons. They claimed that Iraq was dodging the UN weapon inspectors by giving them the US made munitions and keeping their new program in trailer based mobile facilities. ...

There was at least one of those "trailer based mobile facilities." found later, I saw photos of it. I think there were also others.
They were not operable at the time they were found, but I would not expect them to be.

And don't forget that Irag dropped chemicals on at least one Kurd city and killed most of the people there, so the munitions actually worked.

Also, the Democrat politicians were just as convinced as the Republican politicians and the UN, it was not until later that they complained.
I was listening to both... 8-)

Comment: Re:Why Steam? Why? (Score 1) 159

by cwsumner (#48641953) Attached to: To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

By that logic, why don't they sell games cheaper in the west to people on lower incomes?

They -do-. It's called "sales" or "old game special", or "Steam sale".

All of this happens already, for hundreds of years. I'm a Tech, but I still know that much business!

Besides, having the same price all over and at all times just means some people can't play the game. Why do that, when allowing a download is only $.02 extra in electricity?

And no, someone selling the game for $.02 somewhere does -not- mean that the value of your game becomes that. Value is not constant, and is what you want it to be. Value is entirely imaginary, until you either buy or sell the item. Then it is very real, until the deal is done. Then it becomes imaginary again.

Is that enough to "blow you mind"? 8-)

Comment: Re:Yeah, don't focus on products. (Score 1) 222

by cwsumner (#48641701) Attached to: Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

You *do* realize that he was playing buzzword bingo. Not that I disagree...the only way to make that better is if it involved bacon somehow...

"And, it has a cover made entirely of Bacon, at extra cost!"

Wow, I think you guys covered every buzzword that I have heard recently... 8-)

Comment: Re:503 (Score 1) 394

by cwsumner (#48637241) Attached to: Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

Also, it will make people accustomed to the pop-up by giving so many false positives. So much that, when it actually matters and they are sending information, they'll just ignore it because it comes up 10 times per day anyway.

This is the real problem. I have seen people ignore the most raucus pop-up warnings, because they were accustomed to them and assumed they were false posives. Any app that pops up too much alarm will harm all of the secure sites.

Comment: Re:Does That Include Email? (Score 1) 435

by cwsumner (#48628869) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

So the very polite and courteous email I received from the Cuban Foreign Office back after Hurricane Katrina will no longer be quite the unique bit of memorabilia after all?

Lest we forget, Cuba offered to send doctors and other medical assistance to help the suffering residents in New Orleans after Katrina did its thing .. and the US State Department was hardly even polite with their refusal. ...

So I emailed the Cuban Foreign Office to apologize :-) ...

I remember hearing about that occurrance. I am glad that you sent your email, I thought our people should have been more polite. 8-)

And, your reply email is still unique, no matter what...

Comment: Re:Crap (Score 1) 435

by cwsumner (#48628805) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

... Lastly, the wonderful beaches and hotels will be overrun. Cuba is so close to the U.S. that development will explode and tourism will skyrocket. The 'pristine' aspect of Cuba will quickly disappear in a morass of tawdry tourist traps. ...

You mean Cuba will return to what it was before Castro? 8-)
Lets hope not...

Comment: Re:Skin deep, but that's where the money is ! (Score 1) 175

by cwsumner (#48628127) Attached to: Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

BMWs are for the middle class wannabe rich fuckers.

What's the difference between a BMW and a porcupine?
With the porcupine, the pricks are on the outside.

BMWs are for people that drive the car -themselves-. The prics don't drive.
Hell, you can still get a BMW with a -manual- transmission, doesn't that tell you something? 8-)

Comment: One of a kind (Score 1) 100

by cwsumner (#48621429) Attached to: The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

Those others are great fun. 8-)

But the 25120 WOM chip was the only one I know of that was in the actual company catalog, has an actual copyright and the data sheet could be ordered from the company!

And it actually created "buzz" and sales for the company (for other chips).

One guy I knew, insisted for years that it was real... 8-P

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