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Comment: Re:It's already going on... (Score 1) 347

by drakaan (#47415665) Attached to: Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

I tend to agree with you. I'm not ignorant about my driving. That's the *reason* that I'm a conservative driver.

I've been a driver for 24 years. In that time, vehicles I own have been involved in 5 collisions. In two of those, the vehicles were parked and struck by other motorists. In one, the vehicle was stationary, but not parked, and struck by another motorist, in one, I backed into a car that was going around 25 mph through a gas station parking lot (lesson learned), and in one, I clipped some poor guy's '63 skylark with a humvee when doing a courier run at the very end of a 24-hour CQ shift (I still feel like a jackass about that one...I'd swear I looked right and things were clear, but I was obviously wrong).

Aside from that, I've had one claim arising from a hailstorm that beat the crap out of the family minivan.

I was not giving some list of things I do that make me perfect, because I'm not perfect. What I am is cautious, mainly because I'm not made of money, and deductibles are not my friend. I don't drive strictly the speed limit, but I always follow at a safe distance for the road conditions, and I pay attention to folks behind me who don't do the same. I let faster drivers pass me and move over to make that easier when possible. I signal lane changes and turns. I change lanes before the last minute so that I don't have to worry about cutting someone off.

I do all of those things for a couple of reasons. First, I don't want to be the cause of an accident and cause damage to myself, someone else, my car, or someone else's car because it sucks for everyone when that happens. Second, I don't want to pay any more money than I have to for the privilege of driving.

Comment: Re:It's already going on... (Score 4, Interesting) 347

by drakaan (#47408899) Attached to: Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

Actually, as someone who is a pretty conservative driver, I welcomed the option to let worse drivers subsidize my premiums in exchange for them tracking my driving for a while. I could care less that they know (for example) that I always signal turns and lane changes and don't aggressively accelerate or stop. I could also care less that people who can't demonstrate the same behavior are seen as a higher risk and charged a higher premium.

...except you, of course, since you're on my \. frinds list and all...

Comment: Re:Just do SOMETHING (Score 5, Informative) 190

by drakaan (#47257293) Attached to: U.S. Democrats Propose Legislation To Ban Internet Fast Lanes

No, the problem is that the judicial branch told the FCC that *until* they classify ISPs as common carriers, they don't have the authority to mandate anything with regards to paid prioritization or de-prioritization.

With Mr. Wheeler in charge, there doesn't seem to be much impetus to reclassify the ISPs in that way.

I am an independent who often votes republican, and I believe that the republican bill as currently laid out is a bad plan. Internet service is a utility in the 21st century, and should be treated that way.

Comment: Re:Ummm (Score 1) 364

by drakaan (#47256133) Attached to: Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

This isn't evil, it's stupid. Indie artists are only using YouTube so that they can share videos and make some minor revenue if they're lucky. If YouTube makes the terms of that arrangement unattractive, then they will see indie artists leave for video hosting services that are more indie-friendly.

The folks at Vimeo are probably ecstatic.

Comment: Re:Sometimes I wonder about half-assing it... (Score 2) 197

by drakaan (#47216117) Attached to: Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

Right...I get the pro-change argument, I just (still) think it was arbitrary and jarring.

It may seem trivial, but something as simple as keeping the decimal notation would probably have gone a long way in spurring adoption of IPv6.

I know that representing numbers in hex doesn't make them different, and takes up less screen real estate, but they *look* different. I think everyone talking about reasons for low adoption vastly underestimates the psychological impact of the way addresses are represented in v6.

Comment: Re:Sometimes I wonder about half-assing it... (Score 1) 197

by drakaan (#47213545) Attached to: Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

Your explanation is good, but I agree with the sentiment expressed by the OP. I don't have a problem with hex, per-se, but I have a harder time memorizing MAC addresses (or IPv6 addresses) than IPv4 addresses.

The decision to switch from decimal to hexadecimal notation was arbitrary and jarring...not at all unlike switching phone numbers from decimal to alphanumeric notation would be.

Comment: Re:but that's the problem with the turing test... (Score 1) 309

by drakaan (#47204747) Attached to: Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?

What should the program have claimed to have been? If it was a human extraneously telling the judges that the program was a person with language skills, then I would agree, but the task is to fool humans into thinking a program is a person, and that's what happened, isn't it?

The entire exercise is always one of trickery, regardless of how sophisticated the program is. I think the illustration is that it's not necessarily that difficult to fool people (which we already knew).

If this is timesharing, give me my share right now.

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