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Comment: Re:Right idea, not taken quite far enough (Score 1) 316

by drinkypoo (#48687367) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

They'll learn the bus/train routes and/or get a bicycle pretty quick.

I always find this particular argument horribly ironic on Slashdot, a site just fucking chock-full of commuters. I'll bet a good portion of the portion of the readership of this site which still has a job is driving more than an hour to reach it, and the biggest portion of those people live where there is no public transportation option which covers their entire route, even given a reasonable bicycle ride at the start.

I am all in favor of solving the public transportation problem in this country, but it's one which was deliberately created by the auto companies. We're not about to force them to fix it, and they couldn't afford to if they tried. We're going to have to pay for it.

Comment: Re:Considering how few boys graduate at ALL (Score 1) 190

I love how people referring to "successful" matriarchies always wind up pointing to primitive cultures.

Which cultures develop technologically is only occasionally a result of specific leadership and is typically more a result of resources.

Comment: Re:Makes things worse (Score 1) 190

We do need more women in the tech field

Why? Honest question.

For the benefit of the men, of course. But really, everyone would benefit from more integration of more kinds. When businesses more accurately reflect the makeup of the nation, they better serve the nation. Corporations are legal fictions which could not exist without the nation, so they should serve it to some degree.

Comment: Re:The only negative reviews are coming from... (Score 1) 265

by drinkypoo (#48687279) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

As to the merits of the interview, that would be making people laugh. And it does... so... you're wrong.

The question is whether enough people who saw it would recommend it to people who hadn't seen it to get this many asses in seats, so that the movie would be successful. This is a question that probably cannot be answered, but I suspect that the answer is actually no. When people come to the theater determined to have a good time, it's more likely that they will, and if they didn't have a good time then the terrists woulda won, by god and all that is holy, et cetera.

Comment: Re:The only negative reviews are coming from... (Score 1) 265

by drinkypoo (#48687137) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

You're allowing yourself to get turned off too easily by dirty jokes and violence.

No, I'm turned off easily by crudeness substituted for cleverness, and violence used in lieu of plot. The idea that viewers cannot be arsed to care unless something is exploding and/or someone is dying is insulting.

If you did a Chaplin movie today, everyone would find it very boring and it would be a financial disaster.

And if The Interview were released on its own merits, the same thing would happen.

Comment: Re:Missing Items (Score 1) 316

by drinkypoo (#48687103) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

one of the drivers, the one who killed my niece, and the incident with which I had the greatest level of direct personal involvement, had evidently only had one glass of wine that evening, only further exemplifying the notion that no truly objective standard exists for one to decide if they should be okay to drive or not anyways, so if they moved to a zero tolerance system,

...nobody would ever be allowed to drive, period, because your brain chemistry is variable even without the influence of substances which are acknowledged as drugs. And that does make some sense; if what you want is public safety, then we should eliminate all cars entirely and move to rail-based PRT, which would utterly eliminate most classes of transportation accident.

Comment: Re:No forgiveness!! (Score 1) 316

by drinkypoo (#48687097) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

I'm against the death penalty based on the possibly innocent factor, but the roads must be kept safe for everyone at all hours.

Then they should be converted to rails, because alcohol is a factor in less than a third of accidents. There's just too many reasons why a car can crash. If your goal is safety, then you should ban the car.

Comment: Re:Let's put this in perspective, shall we? (Score 1) 316

by drinkypoo (#48687083) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

Part of the reason why these machines are so finicky is that they have to be to keep people from gaming the system. The rest, I'll just put down to karma.

The rest is just corruption, and you're okay with that. Which is why you're part of the problem, and not the solution.

Comment: Re:Lesson goes unlearned (Score 1) 66

by drinkypoo (#48686753) Attached to: Sony PlayStation Network Back Up Now, Supposedly

Paying to receive is RIDICULOUS.

What? It doesn't matter if you're making or receiving the call, the same amount of traffic is flying through the air, and the network has to do just as much work. The negotiation part of the call is brief, it's the actual call that takes up bandwidth and it takes up the same amount no matter who makes the call. I know I said that already, but it bears repeating because you not only said what you said but you also got modded up for it.

There's lots of things which are ridiculous about cellphones in the USA but paying whether you make or take a call actually makes sense. We could argue about whether the prices are justified, but there's no technical justification for not paying for incoming calls.

Comment: Re:Useless money pit (Score 5, Insightful) 201

The problem is that there's no actual use for people in space, so the practice is useless too.

As far as anyone can tell, there's no actual use for people here, unless you count self-propagation, pollution, and destruction. But any bacteria can do those things.

Comment: Re:Great news for OSS (Score 1) 42

by drinkypoo (#48683971) Attached to: Phoronix Lauds AMD's Open Source Radeon Driver Progress For 2014

I will welcome them when the drivers reach parity and they scrub the commercial driver, until then I've been burned too many times by ATI to even consider one of their GPUs. Not literally, either, just continual wrestling with shit drivers.

I'm told they've gotten better, but I've got no reason to change

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