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Comment: Re:Self centered morons (Score 2) 264 264

The hard-line Islamic movement was already well underway.

It was petering out in both Iran and Iraq before we fueled Saddam to deal with the Shah, and then went into Iraq and deliberately separated peacefully coexisting Sunnis and Shiites into segregated neighborhoods. The USA is behind the success of the hard-line Islamic movement, which probably would be limping and gasping now if not for our deliberate actions to support it.

Comment: Re:Think business, not technology (Score 1) 74 74

Then somebody hacks into a thermostat, uses it to burn somebody's house down for luls.

How do you propose it will even do this? The thermostat just asks the heater for heat, the heater typically has an overheat switch and will shut itself off if somehow it approaches starting a fire.

Comment: Re:Dumb as a Rock (Score 1) 74 74

I've seen a fair bit of amateur wiring, and I can assure you that most people are not capable of safely wiring up a house.

Isn't this slashdot? Don't we assume that regulars here arw capable of learning this?

In any case, without certification the electricity company won't let you connect to the grid, so you are reliant on what you can produce.

Not only is that not a big problem any more, but all a contractor has to do is sign his name to a piece of paper and you're allowed to connect to the grid. And all he has to do before he does that is look over some of what you've done and see that you know what you're doing.

Not long after I moved into this rental I live in now, I corrected a neutral fault to ground, probably created by a prior resident. So yeah, people can screw up badly. But they can also fix things, and get it right. I put in a branch 220 circuit in my last house, and I did it correctly down to wire gauges.

Comment: Re:You can still buy Windows 7? (Score 1) 136 136

I bought mine on eBay from someone who is part of the Registered Refurbisher program. Since my PC was cobbled together from parts of other older PCs, it seems to apply. I'm about to upgrade the motherboard under it, I'll probably have to get on the phone to Microsoft for that one. I already have to call them for my lady's machine, I upgraded it to 64-bit and it validated, but later it popped a validation failure.

Comment: Re:Article conclusion is quite a stretch (Score 1) 136 136

Wow, this article really pulls a conclusion out of its butt. They look at some vague web statistics, notice that Windows 7 has gone up a tad - likely due to seasonal usage differences or many other things - and then draw a wild conclusion that people are using it to get Windows 10?!

I can only speak for myself, but I bought a Windows 7 license at least partly because I would be able to upgrade it to a Windows 10 license... and partly because I feared that Microsoft would raise the prices or make them unavailable when Windows 10 came out. So a little from column A, a little from column B. Why are you surprised?

Comment: Re:is anyone using it? (Score 1) 143 143

I prefer my ISP's DNS service to Google's, because my ISP is likely not competent enough to actually understand the data and truly track me.

You only think this because you don't know how the system works. Ignorance is a bitch, prepare to be educated: The FBI serves your ISP with a letter telling them they have to collect your DNS requests. It doesn't matter where your requests go, because your ISP logs all of your DNS traffic, maybe the contents of any unencrypted HTTP requests you make (the URL, that is) and anything else the FBI wants. Then, on a regular schedule, they provide that information to the FBI.

Probably every ISP of any note in America is collecting logging data on at least one of their customers. I would be shocked, amazed, and almost appalled if I weren't one of them :)

Comment: Re:If you can't keep your eyes on the ROAD (Score 1) 189 189

Well, I live in serious critter country, Lake county is one of the primary hunting zones for California. And, knock on wood, I don't have problems seeing deer. Usually I spot them well before they try to cross in front of me. Maybe you just need to slow down, and not outdrive your eyes. When my vision is impaired, including by darkness, I slow down.

And there is no way I'll see a blue-white glint if I have a blue HUD sparkling on the screen.

The HUD doesn't dominate the windshield, you know. And it's not as bright as you seem to imagine.

Comment: Re:How does that compare to desktops? (Score 1) 189 189

Must be a Diesel. Did Mercedes put a turbo in a non-Diesel? They seemed to only use superchargers for the AMG models.

Mercedes has used the occasional turbo, but only on very rare cars... diesels aside. So yeah, it's a diesel. 1982 300SD. Runs like a top, but it does have a bit of a leak yet. It had many more, but I fixed those.

Comment: Re:How does that compare to desktops? (Score 1) 189 189

The joke is that cars have optimistic speedometers to make owners feel like they are faster, and they give up usability for "My speedometer goes up to 11".

I just like being snarky. I get the idea. I far prefer a big center-mounted analog tach with a digital speedo off to the left, as I've said elsewhere in this thread. Everything else can be sprinkled about as necessary. I did actually use the oil pressure gauge in the Mercedes today, though... I really need a new wastegate diaphragm.

Comment: Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 318 318

So you think criminals should be able to drive people around? Sorry many don't agree.

It doesn't matter what they agree with, I know two women who have been raped by licensed taxi drivers, taxi licenses don't prevent crime, stop repeating that idiocy.

Most taxi inspections are based on months between inspections. It is very easy to see a sticker and ensure that the taxi has been properly inspected. It is very difficult to do that based on mileage.

No, no it isn't. Put a date and a number of miles on the sticker.

Professional licenses have a higher standard than standard licenses. They also require the training to do a proper daily pre-trip inspection.

The amazingly shitty experiences I've had in amazingly shitty taxis disagree

Comment: Re:If you can't keep your eyes on the ROAD (Score 1) 189 189

I rely on my night vision to spot animals and people at the side of the road. It doesn't matter how good my headlights are (as long as they are legal), they will not help me do that.

Of course they will. Headlights are meant to spread light to the sides. Any decent ones will do that. Even the Hella H4 sealed beam replacements have lenses that do that. Just make sure you get the right ones for which side you drive on...

The early bird who catches the worm works for someone who comes in late and owns the worm farm. -- Travis McGee