But both sides really *are* authoritarian. The Reps don't want to dismantle the nanny state. They just want to fire the current nanny and bring in their own to enforce a different set of rules.
Exactly. The FCC has rf safety guidelines that all rf emitters need to meet. Even us ham radio operators are supposed to do an assessment of their own stations. I'd like to see what kind of field strengths they are talking about and at what frequencies and distances.
Also.... having some familiarity with CAN bus and auto electronics, I'm wondering exactly how they can say that their pulse generator only applies the brakes and makes the radio wacky. Why wouldn't some random disruption cause, say, the fuel injection system to go to full throttle? Or maybe the brakes on only one side of the car go full on? Or the automatic transmission to start shifting randomly?
The validation test matrix for this kind of device is impractically huge, and the safety implications of a missed case are severe.
So, if humans can sue to say that monkeys are not property, but deserve rights as humans, then what is to stop my cat from suing to have me legally declared it's property and servant? After all, that would only be making the de facto the de jure.
Well, the nature of the community support is important, too. I used to be a very active Gentoo user. The support community was great, for me. I found on the Gentoo forums you could ask an intelligent question about a deep technical issue, and immediately get several intelligent responses/suggestions. The Ubuntu support forums have been totally and absolutely useless for me -- on the Ubuntu forums, a simple, newbie question gets many cheerful responses. A question on a deep technical edge-case.... crickets chirping. Ubuntu forums did me no good -- I don't have newbie *nix questions, I got those answered in 1979.
OTOH... I moved away from Gentoo. I got tired of the treadmill. Basically, if I didn't update weekly, the systems would fall too far behind to be updateable without severe breakage. That is not a bad thing in some instances, it just doesn't mesh with my workflow. The support community was one of the attractions of staying with Gentoo -- but the update management implementation didn't work for me. The general cluelessness of the Ubuntu support forums has been a annoyance to me since ever since I built my first Ubuntu system. The only thing that makes me keep Ubuntu around is that application stacks that I use are built/released first for Ubuntu. I wish Ubuntu would hurry up and die already so that those applications would pick a different lead development platform.
So I agree that the support community is an important factor in chosing a distro that is right for you -- but I think the most important factor about a support community is whether or not they can actually help with the particular problems that you have, and that is not one-size-fits-all.
I agree, leftists want a society where they get to tell everyone else what to do. Unfortunately, the right also wants a society where they get to tell everyone else what to do. In the US, the Republicans don't want to dismantle the nanny state. They want to fire the current nanny and replace her with a nanny that enforces a different set of rules.
What we really need is a debate about the legitimate powers of government.
Anarchist: There are no legitimate powers of government.
Libertarian: Most libertarians consider enforcing contracts to be a legitimate power of government, but start sqabbling amongst themselves if you go beyond that.
Founders of the republic: Enforce contracts, defend the republic against existential threats, prevent tragedy of the commons, construct infrastructure for common benefit.
Current politicians, both R and D: Tell me how to live my life. (Yo, Bloomberg, if I want a 32 oz soda, what the hell business is that of yours? Hey, you R's over there: if my friend wants to marry someone of the same sex, how is that bad for the rest of us?)
Wait.... I thought Norway was part of Denmark before independence in 1905...
If that's the case, it should be pretty easy to crap-flood them. Does it even need a be from a TV? I presume the TV reports it's identifcation with a serial number or such. So... make up a few valid serial numbers, and spin up a few AZW instances, and for pennies a day their database could be filled with so much invalid and malformed data that they never crawl out from under it. Also, why is the cheif of police watching so much porn?
When there are at least two good choices for open source electronic design automation tools (gEDA and KiCAD, maybe others), why is it that Adafruit uses closed-source and cripple-ware EDA tools for their open hardware? Linux has proven that open source tools, not just open applications, are important in maintaining healthy open ecosystem. Adafruit seems to be missing an opportunity to provide leadership in this area.
That's a cute idea. But actually, I think you'd pretty quickly get good at that. Putting a tiny rubber band on a tiny cone of gelatin is much harder than playing Operation.
Sorry I don't data -- would you like an anecdote instead?
Da Vinci provides quite a bit of training. I had the chance for a company tour, and got to use a Da Vinci for about 20 minutes. They had an 8 inch diamater field of cones and other shapes made from gel set up on a table near the operation position, and an assortment of tiny rubber bands and such. It was a basic familiarization task -- can you put a tiny rubber band on a cone? And it was set up so that I could come out of the hood and glance down at the work, which I did a lot for the first few minutes. Pretty quickly, I got familiar enough that I could do the simple manipulation tasks just with the hood.
Obviously 20 mintes of playing around as a robo-tourist is not training. But they did say the surgeons start with similar tasks, and go through a lot of training before actually using the machine on a patient. I can't recall the actual number, sorry.
One of the interesting things about the Da Vinci system is the tremor filter and other augmentations such as the motion multipler (manipulator moves x/10 the distance you move your controller, for instance). The tremor filter is said to extend the working life of experienced surgeons by up to 10 years -- that is a huge win. It keeps all that experience and training available to help patients.
I've seen video of old-fashioned laproscopic surgury, and I've seen video of Da Vinci surgury, and I've had the chance to play with a Da Vinci for a few minutes (the benefits of living in Sili Valley and having friends in robotics...) and I can't imagine how outcomes from a Da Vinci as compared to traditional laproscopy can be anyting but better. No surgury is risk-free.
survivability, pure and simple.
Did you have a point? My story is true. Is yours? If so, how are you commuting now?
Or are you trying to argue that a 15 mph side-swipe collision between two motor vehicles travelling the same direction is no more survivable that a 15 mph side-swipe collision between a mid-size sedan and a bicycle? Because if that is your argument, I'm going to ask for some objective data.
'Lots of my colleagues do not want to ride after seeing these [city biking] injuries.'
No shit. A few years ago, one of my coworkers who regularly biked to work had me totally conviced to try it out. After weeks of encouraging me, I had finally made the decision "OK, next Monday." This was on a Thursday. That very Thursday night driving home from work, I went by an intersection that was directly on my planned bicycle route. I had to go around the EMT and police vehicles at an accident scene... as I watched the EMT pull a sheet over a body next to a crumpled bicycle.
That is pretty much when I decided bicycle commuting was not for me.
The easiest way to blow this up is for the open hardware community to simply delcare, "Hey, USB-IF, we've decided we're going to sqat on this VID, namely , so be sure not to hand it out. We'll handle PID allocation under it.". The USB-IF is completely impotent to do anything about it. There are already numerous products that use randomly chosed VID/PID combinations that are *not* registered with USB-IF, and USB-IF does nothing about it. It is true that these products don't use the USB logo, no license fee paid, obviously, but also in part because they aren't USB devices in the traditional sense -- most of them simply used USB as a way to re-flash firmware or as debug ports, so consumers don't really buy the product for the USB functionality.
IMHO, the best way to handle this, though, would be to simply squat on a VID *without* making a beligerant declaration to the USB-IF. After a dozen or so USB devices get popular, then USB-IF will have no recourse except to write off the VID as a dead loss and move on. After all, they've already had to do that with the VIDs used by the current squatters that we just never hear about.
The only stick USB-IF can beat you with is the license needed to use the logo. If you don't care about the logo, then there is nothing, absolutely nothing at all, that keeps you from sqatting on a VID.
Smells like Alinsky's dirty socks.
Beat me to it, and said it better than I would have.