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Comment Re:Regulation? (Score 1) 365

You've hit upon what I read into the OP. The writer seems to be moaning about anybody being able to write a program, period. I guess the OP might believe we should license all programmers after a sufficient course of education and only allow licensed programmers to have access to programming tools. The rest of you proles can take a hike and beg the Programmers to do something or pay them exorbitant amounts of money to get something.

I have seen this in industry where the IT people started to try to corner ALL programming in a company. They proposed that if it even slightly fell into the realm of programming, one would have to submit a proposal and MONEY to the programming group. They would then decided if was needed and prioritize it. Then six months to a year later one would get the first cut at the product. Fortunately the proposal/process died an early death.

Comment Could be just a Dalton Minimum (Score -1, Flamebait) 195

The Dalton Minimum occurred about 200 years ago primarily in the early 19th Century. It wasn't as severe as the Maunder Minimum but there was substantial cooling. But all of this is heresy to the disciples of the religion of AGW who have settled the political pseudo-science of AGW and threaten skeptics with "re-education", imprisonment or even death.

Comment You are wrong on the U.S. Constitutional breadth (Score 3, Insightful) 432

The Constitution of the United States (not your personal constitution, not the unwritten constitutional law of Great Britain, etc.) limits the Federal government to the regulation of Interstate Commerce. It should not have the scope to regulate business that does not cross the boundaries of the many States. For example, if I sell produce raised in the garden on my land to my neighbors or at a stand on the road I live on or even to a local store, I am not engaging in interstate commerce as my reach does not cross State lines. Now the State or the County or the City/Town/Village that I live in may regulate my business; but that is not encompassed by the U.S. Constitution. I know there are people who believe that we don't live in such an environment but in a totally top down government like those in many other parts of the world. And there are those who are wishing it were that way and even those who are fighting to make it top down. But it isn't so yet. Hillary Clinton is one of the latter. She and the Democrat Party would like nothing more than turning the States into mere departments of the Federal Government wherein the big cities of the East and West coasts could suck the money, life and freedom from the rest of the country. They desire the world of the Hunger Games.

'Nuf said.

Comment Re:Another great Scalia line (Score 2, Interesting) 1083

You are completely wrong on the 2000 election. They told the State of Florida that they could not selectively recount the ballots. There was an attempt to recount only in areas that were run by Democrats and therefore through some of the outrageous rules of the recount such as if a ballot counter thought that the Gore chad had been touched by the punching pen when neither chad was punched then the vote was to be counted for Gore. That is Democrat voting; yes, Lyndon Johnson's people fixed the ballot in Texas that got him to the House of Representatives and yes, The Dailey Machine in Chicago fixed the Illinois results that got John Kennedy elected.

The problem with this decision is that the many and several States of the United States are quickly being relegated to only departments of the Federal Government. For you foreigners that comment here please understand that the United States is not as unified governmentally as most of your countries are and the Federal Government is to have limited powers, as delineated in the Constitution of the United States, with all others being given to the States per the 10th amendment of the Constitution . This has crossed the line of that delineation in many, many minds.

Comment The Germans just need to do development in the US (Score 1) 177

While they are trying to change the laws back home they might as well do their development and testing in the United States. We currently have fewer restrictions here.

I agree with gstoddart about autonomous cars being able to be 100% hands off by the user at all times for normal driving regimes. If the companies that make them do it right then they should not be afraid of being 100% responsible when the vehicle is in autonomous mode. Some computer modeling of autonomous vehicles has shown a major drop in the number of accidents; hopefully this can be realized in real life. However, owners will have to have insurance to cover the vehicle as property and when they are operating it.

Comment Verizon isn't alone (Score 4, Informative) 94

I live in an area that is serviced by AT&T (Southwestern Bell doing business as). This is a rural area in North Texas near Fort Worth that has smaller holdings counted in acres or tens of acres and not generally hundreds of acres. This location is maybe 12 miles from the central office that services my land lines. Almost every time there are heavy rains or even ice or snow (remember, Texas) the phone lines go down. It takes nearly a week to get them repaired. But come the next weather event down they go. And cell phone service is not good. I can walk ten feet within my house and lose the connection with the cell tower.

AT&T expressed their disdain of Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) (analog telephone over copper pairs) about 4 years ago when they filed a request for rule making with the FCC to outlaw POTS. They compared POTS to analog television and used the reasoning that if the FCC could force the switch to digital television and relegate analog television to the garbage bin of history, the FCC could do the same for POTS. I believe it was discussed here on Slashdot. This must have been their marketing department because AT&T didn't realize the technical impact this could have in densely populated areas that have extremely high telephone usage such as skyscrapers with a few thousand people that were constantly on the phone for business. It may be that VOIP would negate the problem but they actually focused on cell phone usage.

The big telephone companies keep dreaming of having everything go over to cell or other services that have MUCH higher profit margins than POTS. If the biggies make the service bad enough they hope they can drive people off of it.

Comment Re:Not surprising.-- Universal Service Fee (Score 4, Insightful) 94

The Universal Service Fee (i.e. Tax) that is on everyone's phone bill is supposed to cover the cost of doing this. Unfortunately, it has become just added profit as the phone companies (Verizon, AT&T, etc.) do not use it to subsidize rural phone service. If this was a Libertarian Paradise, you probably would pay $500 dollars a month for landline service while someone in a densely populated urban area would pay $5 a month. Cell phone service would have a greater disparity in price.

Comment Re:Fundamentally flawed (Score 1) 871

I was going to make the same point. I viewed those videos a couple of years or more in the past. The main take away was to not talk to the police without a lawyer. If the police are wanting to convict someone or anyone no matter their innocence, they will try to ask leading and distorted questions to get the "right" answers.

Comment Re:NO (Score 4, Informative) 248

As a professional pilot, I have to agree that this seems to be a case of poor pilotage whether they were using the autopilot or not. This goes less to being under trained and more to complacency on the part of the flight crew. I would hazard a guess that the pilot of this one also had thousands of hours of flight time just as the pilot of the Asiana flight did (about 10,000 hours for the later). When flying an airplane one MUST be aware of where they are in the four dimensional space and where they should be; the term for it is "situational awareness". The "are" can be of the flight crews own making or caused by other factors and the "should be" may or may not be attainable. When the "are" is other factors and the "should be" is not attainable then it is a true accident.

Comment You prove that the problem is you by your words (Score 1) 817

You prove by your own words that your are an ill informed, uneducated, arrogant idiot. You do not understand the relationship of the Federal Government and State Governments. If you are in the United States of America you will probably vote even if you are not a citizen or otherwise not eligible to vote. And I can predict that the candidtate will be a Socialist.

Comment This is the New York Times (Score 1) 963

The New York Times used to be a good newspaper. It is now a bastion of leftwing nut cases and massively Anti-American pseudo-jounalist. I don't think I would believe what they write even if I saw it happen myself. They would politicize it and blame it on anyone right of the far-far left wing.

There is insufficient evidence to point to changes in the climate being anthropogenic versus just a natural cycle (which could be imposed on other natural cycles). I know most of you lefties, communist, greenie, mindless posters which respect to this issue have the problem solved. I think you believe we should wipe out 90% of the human race and live like we did 10,000 years ago. That would be good for you because they would take away your fricking computers and internet; then you would have to work for a living.

Comment No seat belt for you...No insurance for injuries.. (Score 4, Interesting) 455

I am fine if you don't wear your seat belt and maybe the law shouldn't be that way. But please don't ask to have your injuries caused by not wearing it covered. The auto insurance company I am with does just that. If you don't wear a seat belt then they pay a small percentage of the medical and don't cover anything that is obviously a result of not wearing the seat belt (like being ejected from the vehicle and bouncing down the road). It is a business proposition between my insurance company and myself. To keep my rates lower, I wear a seat belt. And if the law should state something, it should be that insurance companies and individuals are not liable for injuries incurred because a seat belt is not worn.

Comment Re:Is it possible (Score 1) 330

Your ECU example is not an example of a software patent but an example of a system patent that employes software. The use of software in a control system is so old that it is probably not patentable on its own. Forty years ago software was used in control systems but it was not practical to implement it for the standard automobile. I would bet that there were test engines run by mini-computers of the time.

There are many examples that show what are bad software patents. The recent Redhat/Novell case which invalidated iPi's patents show some of the absurdity of software patents. HPs recent patent on number order that is a mathematical process that has been done for nearly a century, why is it patentable when done in software and not on a yellow pad of paper? There have even been a case or two of patents for software methods that have been taught for decades.

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