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Comment: Re:The only negative reviews are coming from... (Score 1) 142

by drinkypoo (#48682257) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

Anyway, you just need to filter the idiot reviewers from the ones that understand what genre they're reviewing.

You mean, movies for idiots. Which suggests the question, who are these movies for? I mean, if you have to be an idiot to enjoy them, but idiots are panning them...

Comment: So they're actually getting dumber? (Score 1) 142

by drinkypoo (#48682247) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

When I was a kid, we read reviews, we had a free paper and we used it. Now you have so many options for free reviews that the hardest part is deciding which one you like the best, and kids don't read reviews any more?

Either you're off your nut, or kids are actually getting dumber.

Comment: Re:Huh (Score 1) 221

by drinkypoo (#48682235) Attached to: Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets

Yeah, I get the in universe explanation, what I question is why this was an issue in the first place.

Because 'mech weapons generate heat, mostly, and ammo takes up a lot of space. The omnimechs and their weapons were designed for modularity. Ask yourself whether we have any vehicles onto which you could rapidly mount a GAU-8 that aren't an A-10...

Comment: Re: This is MY suggestion on how to start to fix (Score 1) 116

by causality (#48681541) Attached to: 13,000 Passwords, Usernames Leaked For Major Commerce, Porn Sites

Instead of passing harsher laws, maybe we should require that you (and people like you) should be only allowed to use the internet under the supervision of a caretaker.

Of course, if you seriously advocate that people take responsibility for their networks, their equipment, and their decisions and realize the part they play in enabling the problems they complain about, you'll be accused of "blaming the victim".

Still, unlike the harsher laws that vary by jurisdiction (of which some have no extradition treaties), this actually stands a chance of working. On a hostile network like the Internet, nothing other than hardening the targets is going to actually improve security. It would also be nice for the rest of us not to have to contend with botnets and other problems made possible entirely by the clueless who want all the benefits of a general-purpose global network but don't want to put forth the effort to learn how it works and how to use it responsibly.

They strongly resemble the child who wants a pet cat but doesn't want to feed it and change its litter box because that part isn't fun.

Comment: Re:Cards are safer than cash. (Score 1) 116

by causality (#48681451) Attached to: 13,000 Passwords, Usernames Leaked For Major Commerce, Porn Sites

Dependency: Of course the people who can't afford to keep their CC balance at zero end up paying for my peace of mind via increased interest rates. Ultimately CC's are an unfair burden on the "working poor" and become "just another bill" when they inevitably hit their limit (been there, done that). The sad fact is that if everyone at every point in their life could afford to keep the balance at zero nobody would pay interest and CCs would not exist.

That last sentence is false and shows you don't fully understand what you're discussing. The merchant is charged a fee, usually a small percentage of the transaction, each time you use your credit card. Even if you never personally pay interest because you pay in full each month, the bank issuing the credit card is making money from your use of that card.

Incidentally, this is also why some small, local, mom-and-pop stores won't accept a credit card unless your total purchase exceeds a certain amount. The fee they must pay isn't worthwhile to them if the transaction is too small. Larger stores are better able to absorb it and just consider it a cost of doing business.

Comment: Re:I automatically disbelieved this post (Score 2) 60

by PopeRatzo (#48681399) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

Of course, I have my own opinions but I won't share them because they reflect my own biases.

That may be the single stupidest sentence in the history of stupid sentences on the Internet.

You won't share what you think because it's what you think. Everything you see and think and say and do reflects your own biases. If you decide not to share a single bit of data that is floating around in your head if it happens to reflect your biases, that means you will spend the rest of your life mute, which come to think of it might be best for everyone.

I've just re-read your entire comment and it doesn't seem to say anything at all about anything. Are you a Markov bot? If so, your maker forgot to put in the AI.

Comment: Re:There's no such thing as a free lunch (Score 1) 60

by PopeRatzo (#48681365) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

One way or another, you pay for your free Internet services.

It's not "one way or another". It's ONE WAY.

Where do I sign up to pay for Google and Twitter and other internet services directly instead of via my private data? I've been to Google thousands of times, and I've never seen a "subscribe" button.

No, there is no "one way or another". You can ONLY pay for your internet services by letting companies upskirt your private communications and personal data. That gives you some idea of just how valuable your private data really is.

Comment: Re:Huh (Score 1) 221

by drinkypoo (#48681227) Attached to: Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets

Never understood why the omnimech was supposed to be such a big deal... The battle master carried a ppc around in its hand for centuries.

Inner sphere refits took hours to days, omnimech upgrades were supposed to be something for which you'd just roll up a big truck or walk the 'mech up to a gantry and swap weapons in minutes. So omnimechs could be customized for each loadout but not IS 'mechs. All 'mechs are limited as to their maximum carrying capacity in-hand.

Comment: Re:Huh (Score 1) 221

by drinkypoo (#48681195) Attached to: Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets

The F-35 airframe is mostly just a shell around the modular components, which already come from many different companies.

The airframe is a major component just like our skin is a major component. Not only does it hold the other components in, but in this case it's also responsible for the primary distinguishing feature of the aircraft. Redesigning it to fit new stuffins' would be nontrivial, though feasible.

Comment: Re:Is the premise serious? (Score 1) 221

by drinkypoo (#48681177) Attached to: Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets

Israel is probably close in technology, training and experience. Good thing as far as fantasy matchups go that they are not raving, frothing maniacs

Ethnic cleansing.

and have no industrial manufacturing base.

Yep, they're not dangerous to anyone without our help.

Comment: Re:automatic when slips, even less traction (Score 1) 119

by drinkypoo (#48681131) Attached to: Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

The traction control system should kick in when the tires _actually_ lose traction. If they programmed it for an estimate of the traction of new tires on dry, clean pavement they're doing it very, very wrong.

Tee hee. You're hilarious. If they know that there is wheelspin every time they deliver a certain amount of power to the motor when the car is in a given condition then they can achieve better traction by simply not doing that. Just like your PCM's LUT won't deliver simply any arbitrarily high amount of fuel no matter how much it's trained because there are limits built into the code from the factory, a good traction control system will always* avoid putting out more power than it knows the tires can handle. And in fact, every EV worth more than two cents which is capable of breaking the tires loose does not put maximum power to the motor right away, whether it's a Tesla or an R/C car.

* OK, not always, some vehicles are meant to have wheelslip.

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