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Comment: Re:All My Jobs Required a BS at Minimum (Score 1) 286

by TheCarp (#46779413) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

OTOH, you could grab a notebook and start watching lectures for free on youtube. Sure you can't ask questions or go to the TA for help, but you can get lectures from physics classes taught by Leonard Susskind (and others of course, but I watched some of his) on youtube right now.

I have a notebook somewhere with several pages of notes that I took while watching his Quantum Mechanics lectures...mostly while riding the bus back and forth to work (I stopped after I stopped taking the bus)

Of course, while there are the obvious disadvantages of not having tests to gauge progeress and help available.... you do have the ability to pause and rewind thelectures; which is really huge.

Comment: Re:ACLU (Score 1) 1314

by drakaan (#46778113) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Implied anything (intimidation, threats, mugging) is non-action.

Klansmen make me (as a person of mixed race and dark skin) uncomfortable because of many of their beliefs, but I defend their right to think the stupid and hateful things that they think.

Hatecrime legislation takes the thoughts of a murderer or assailant and turns them into something that they are not, namely action.

I think that 30 counts of intimidation should be no more or less reasonable to prosecute in a situation where the intimidator holds an unpopular view (anti-gay, anti-minority, etc) than where they hold a popular one (anti-neo-nazi, anti-fred phelps, anti-klan, anti-caucasian).

Racketeering (legally) encompasses a variety of activities. Fraud is not separate from racketeering, it's one charge among many that get looked at collectively. Multiple charges within a certain time frame mean that instead of fraud, bribery, extortion, murder for hire, sexual exploitation of children, etc, the blanket charge of racketeering can be applied.

Comment: Re:Uproar? (Score 5, Insightful) 94

by SuperKendall (#46776245) Attached to: Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

The uproar was that with computers long term storage the IRS could do things like make you pay taxes on something your parents did 60 years ago, or use the power of tagging to harass specific organizations based on political leanings. What absurd notions those people of ancient times had!

Chuckle.

Comment: Why that would not work (Score 3, Informative) 120

by SuperKendall (#46776027) Attached to: Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

So, the more appropriate method is to ask (nicely, or send some guys with guns) the cell service providers to shut down all towers in the required area.

They are not going to do that because a cell tower covers a lot more area than any protest.

Consider the protest in Nevada recently over the Bundy Ranch cattle being taken by armed federal agents. If you shut down cell access for that group, you are shutting down cell access for a potentially very large area of I-15. That's just not going to happen.

The reason why the kill switch would be used is that it cuts off video/image feeds from newer devices, the older phones that still might work would not be as much of a concern. As long as the government can prevent video and images escaping real time they have a lot more latitude in dealing with civilians.

Comment: Helping the poor (Score 4, Informative) 248

In San Francisco you "have to see the poor" daily as well. Hows that working out for them?

The trouble with the homeless is that they are not just poor, there are usually multiple problems at work including mental issues... so seeing them and giving them money is usually not helping much.

If you really want to help the poor I suggest going to Modest Needs, that is the best place I've found to help the truly poor directly before they fall off the bottom rung of the ladder.

Comment: Re:power cars? technically no (Score 1) 143

by ShieldW0lf (#46775135) Attached to: 'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

Fuel. You've been bitching about the use of the word "power" when you're the one who's using it wrong. The word you want is fuel.

Thermoelectrics generate power in the presence of heat.
Internal combustion engines deliver power when shit explodes inside them.

Gasoline is a fuel, not a power source.

If you built a car engine that delivered power by causing fuel to explode, you'd change the world. Car engines work through deflagration, not detonation. Detonation releases way, way more power. It's hoped that it will be the replacement for scramjet engines... envision a jet being driven by a series of explosions. No one has admitted to successfully making one, though. I've spent years doodling different ideas about how you might make one if we had the materials necessary, but it's like building a space elevator... fun to think about, but you'd need materials far stronger than anything we have available.

Car engines run on boring old combustion. The difference in scale between combustion and detonation is not dissimilar to the difference between a compost heap and a bonfire.

Comment: Re:All it takes is one criminal now? (Score 1) 116

by TheCarp (#46775037) Attached to: Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

> by giving an unreadable version of the encrypted keys

My only real nitpick is... hardly unreadble. Small yes, but its not like they don't easily posess the technology to deal with such a minor inconvinence. A bit childish yes, but nothing more than a symbolic statement. I consider them claiming anything otherwise quite disingenuine.

They just didn't like that he didn't roll over when they snapped their fingers and that he would rather shut down than help them. In the end they both may have acted childish but, they acted childish on our dime, whereas he has every right to be a childish asshole.

Comment: Re:The Real Breakthrough - non auto-maker Maps (Score 1) 182

by SuperKendall (#46775019) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

So please take your "standard" USB on one

I do every day and charge iOS devices with it all the time. The cable hardly matters, and in fact it's easier to find an Apple cable in a store if you've forgotten one than the "wrong" kind of Micro-USB cable (since there are a few different types).

You are on the wrong side of standards on this one.

The fact that you can plug anything into USB is enough.

Comment: Re:power cars? technically no (Score 1) 143

by ShieldW0lf (#46774921) Attached to: 'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

point granted, the "powered by" slope is a slippery one. but saying the car is powered by thermoelectrics is like saying it's powered by suspensions.

If it was pointed out to you that thermoelectrics operate anywhere there is a heat differential, and that you could technically "fuel" your car by pouring liquid nitrogen into the tank and have the thermoelectrics exploit the heat differential between the liquid nitrogen and the ambient temperature to generate work over time, aka power, would that be enough for you to concede that thermoelectrics are indeed what is generating the power?

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