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Comment: Re:!switching back (Score 1) 617

by eth1 (#49530089) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

Other explanations might include buying SUVs to tow new recreational toys such as a boats, snow mobiles, etc. There aren't many hybrids on the market that are set up for towing.

This is actually a really good point about new "normal" cars these days. I drive a 2001 Toyota Solara (2-door Camry, basically), which has a 2000lb tow rating. It works great to pull my single PWC trailer (~1250lb wet), or other smallish utility trailers around (and, BTW, gives me way more hauling capacity than an SUV or pickup on the few occasions that I need it, not to mention that FWD is better than RWD on slippery boat ramps). Most of its contemporaries also had 1000-2000lb ratings.

Most new cars these days don't seem to have any tow rating any more (which I would guess translates to warranty denials if you have a hitch installed), leaving your only option to buy some kind of truck or SUV.

Comment: Re:I'm driving a rented Nissan Pathfinder while my (Score 1) 617

by eth1 (#49530001) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

And why is it that the bigger the pickup, the greater the odds that they will back into parking spaces?

Because backing in makes it easier to get large/longer vehicles parked straight. Going head-in, you constrain your steering to the space between neighboring vehicles, while backing in lets you position the rear of the vehicle, then steer it in straight. This goes for parking ANY vehicle in tight quarters. Generally, the people that actually know how to drive their large trucks are the ones you see backed in. The others are the ones parked crooked head-in.

Plus, it's safer to back OUT of traffic, than to back into it.

Comment: Re:Honestly ... (Score 3, Insightful) 342

by eth1 (#49472177) Attached to: Allegation: Lottery Official Hacked RNG To Score Winning Ticket

You could ask any street urchin to buy a ticket for you.
He has some highly sophisticated method, but was caught at the easiest part anyone could do better.

Hm... if someone came up to me as asked me to buy them a lottery ticket, I'd be rather suspicious. At the very least, I'd buy a second one with the same numbers and keep it for myself.

Comment: Re:HOWTO (Score 1) 1081

by eth1 (#49259499) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

Nitrous Oxide isn't a bad idea, followed by CO2 or N2 displacing all the O2, or simply lowering the pressure. Valium drip followed by ex-sanguination might be an effective method as well.

I'm generally not happy with the death penalty for various reasons, but if you're going to do it, do it right.

Or maybe just a straight-up heroin OD?

Comment: Re:Politics aside for a moment. (Score 2) 538

I've heard it said that we get the type of candidates for political office that we do because the system is not attractive to good and noble candidates.

It also rings true that we have lowered the bar of expectation with regard to decency and morality from our politicians.

Really, we just need to ban anyone who wants to run for office from ever actually holding office. Pick the pool of candidates like we pick jury pools.

Comment: Re:how ? (Score 1) 324

by eth1 (#49158713) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Does One Verify Hard Drive Firmware?

You, the individual, can't hope to keep up with organizations that can out-spend you hundreds to thousands of times in terms both man-hours and money. How can you even know if the code you download off the manufacturers' web sites hasn't been tainted during production? Your only hope is to stay below their radar, or have enough trusted people around you or time on your hands to personally go through the code and verify it. I'm betting, even in their mom's basement, hardly anyone has time for that.

This. We have reached the point where electronic security for most individuals is simply not possible. The problem is that it's "hard," and most people that aren't security professionals (and even some that are) will never understand how things like encryption, asymmetric keys, etc. work. Which means that in order to secure themselves, they HAVE TO trust someone to take care of those details for them. But any company these days essentially has to be assumed to be under the control of a government, or will instantly fold when pressed.

And even if you're comfortable managing keys and such, you probably can't write your own software (especially strong encryption algorithms) and build your own hardware.

Comment: Re:How's this any different... (Score 4, Interesting) 114

by eth1 (#49115041) Attached to: Lenovo Hit With Lawsuit Over Superfish Adware

Many "enterprise" (lol) class proxies (deployed by corporations to "protect" their internal networks") do the exact same thing.

Totally different:
1. In a proxy, the key used to sign MITM traffic is on a device not accessible to anyone but the admins, not stored on a PC (probably improperly secured) that other malware could access.
2. A good proxy will check certs on the server side of the connection. The one we use will either "pass through" certificate errors, or allow us to block sites with invalid certs entirely.
3. A proper setup will use the URL categorization to not MITM certain traffic. We decrypt anything that's blocked (you have to in order to deliver a block page without cert errors), but that's not a big deal since it never even talks to the server. We also don't decrypt healthcare, banking, shopping, etc.

Comment: Re:Time for men's liberation (Score 1) 369

by eth1 (#49069573) Attached to: Two New Male Birth Control Chemicals In Advanced Stages

Men have had good access to birth control for a long time. Condoms are not new. They weren't even new in the sixties. Vasectomies were new in the sixties but aren't now. It's not clear that there's anything to liberate. Men are about as liberated as we're going to get.

Condoms? A 2% chance of failure isn't a chance I'd like to live with (not to mention the annoyance of using them)

Male birth control pills would have a similar problem. For a woman, 99.9% effective means that she's only fertile, on average, once every 80 years or so. THOSE odds, I'll take.

99.9% effective for a male means there's still almost 300,000 viable sperm every time.

Comment: Re:Since when are terms of service court enforced? (Score 1) 77

by eth1 (#49069471) Attached to: Company Promises Positive Yelp Reviews For a Price; Yelp Sues

So they are violating Yelp’s terms of service!? Since when have anybody's terms of service been enforceable in a court of law? It is immoral to lie, but of course it's not illegal, because politicians do it all the time. So why should it be illegal to pay somebody to post fiction on the Internet? Maybe some lying politician will introduce a bill to make it illegal?

Actually, I'd be curious how Revleap is violating the terms of service. Revleap might not even have to use Yelp's site directly to pull this off, and thus wouldn't be bound by any terms of service. The people actually posting the reviews might be in violation, but that's not who Yelp is suing.

Comment: Re:Not quite comparable (Score 4, Insightful) 215

by eth1 (#49055693) Attached to: Japan Now Has More Car Charging Points Than Gas Stations

Actually if you're comparing it to public filling stations, number of cars filled per hour or per day would probably be a better comparison.

A single gas pump can probably do about 12 cars per hour (5 minutes for the full transaction). If it takes 6 hours to charge a car, that single pump could fill as many cars as 72 charging stations. Or 7.2 or so 30-minute Supercharger stations (6 + 20%, since it doesn't fill to full, and you'd have to stop and tie up another charging station sooner).

You cannot have a science without measurement. -- R. W. Hamming