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Comment: SYCOS Act (Score 1) 81 81

These idiots always like coming up with pithy and (in their opinion) appropriate names for their laws, so here's a suggestion for this one: The Send Your Customers Over Seas Act, or SYCOS Act for short. Why? Because this will drive anyone interested in privacy to overseas email providers like Startmail, a company who intentionally set themselves up outside U.S. jurisdiction for reasons exactly like this.

Comment: Re:pardon my french, but "duh" (Score 1) 255 255

The rest of us want the gas pedal to stay in the same place in every car on the planet.

Question, if I may: In left hand drive vehicles in North America, the gas pedal is closest to the center of the vehicle, operated by the right foot. What happens in right hand drive vehicles like those in the UK? Is the gas pedal still operated by the right foot, or are the controls reversed so that the gas pedal is operated by the left foot?

Comment: Re:take care of yourself and you will look good (Score 1) 235 235

i'm 41. and people who meet me for the first time think i'm in my mid 20's

If that because of your foodie fad idea of what constitutes "taking care of yourself"? Or good genes? Somewhere around a quarter to a third of my friends who follow the same silly ideas look markedly older than their chronological age.

Until I injured my back and started gaining weight in my mid 30's, people used to guess that I was younger than I was. (Though I took no particular care of myself.) That's markedly reversed over the last five years though - though my weight is stable, my family's genetic tendency towards prematurely graying hair has kicked in with a vengeance.

Comment: Re:FTFY (Score 1) 144 144

There's already constitutional processes in place for removing offending parties from the executive and legislative branches

You mean the one where politicians decide if they're going to hold other politicians accountable? Yeah, that works as well as the bullshit that is Internal Affairs where the police decide if they're going to charge themselves with a crime.

Comment: Re:FTFY (Score 0) 144 144

No, what would be cool is if when the supreme court rules a law unconstitutional, they should also file contempt of court charges against the politicians who passed it, and they should be impeached, then removed from office and made to pay a fine. There you go, all nice and legal like, without firing a shot.

That would be great if SCOTUS wasn't part of the same corrupt system. However, even with your solution, it still involves police / military coming with guns to remove people from office.

Comment: Re:FTFY (Score 2, Interesting) 144 144

Depends on the situation. If they decide to make themselves the government, definitely not. If they decide to actually honor their oath to defend the Constitution from enemies both foreign and domestic, then it could turn out quite well. What do you find wrong with them demanding that politicians who violate the Constitution step down or be removed from office? How is that any different from a politician being removed from office for say committing murder or rape? The only "issue" is that it would be most of the politicians going to jail - but again, given how poorly they've run this country for almost a century and how low their approval ratings are, that's not a bad thing either.

Comment: ... continued (Score 3, Interesting) 128 128

My browser submitted the post before I was done writing it.

Distributing those pulses to the different windings has to be done externally, via transistors or other controlling electronics. So the pulses don't need precision timing or anything, you just have to count them.

On the other hand, stepper motors can only have a certain number of steps per revolution (64 steps is a typical example, but other values are available) . So if you want something like 1/1000th turn, you do need a gear or screw of some sort.

For very slow rotation, such as clocks, synchronous motors are normally used. They use the ac swing from positive to negative rather than a commutator. They're quite accurate, and used to be more so, because the ac supply is regulated to exactly 60 hertz in order to allow power companies to interconnect. Again you don't have to deal with any intricate control of the pulses, just count the number of swings from positive to negative and back. The precision of the 60 hertz ac rate was recently reduced in the US, but it's still precise enough for most purposes.

Comment: yes and no (Score 2) 128 128

> I'm not really all that well versed in electric motors but isn't the precision of an electric motor dependent on how precise the bursts of current are applied to it? I am assuming that any electric motor has a set minimal step it must take..

No, for tasks which require controlling the position or rate of rotation, the precision is NOt dependent on how precise the bursts of current are. You used the magic word there, "step". If you want to control the rotation of a motor with any precision, you use a type of motor called a stepper motor. You may be familiar with the commutator which regular hobby motors use to distribute current to different windings as the motor turns. By basically just removing the commutator, you end up with a motor that turns only 1/64th rotation with each pulse, and distributing those pulses to the different windings has yo be do

Comment: Unlimited ratio. See Windows 2TB disk vs Linux 8PB (Score 0) 128 128

This demonstrates that you can have any gear ratio you want, in the palm of your hand. UP TO 11 million : 1. It's essentially unlimited.

You may have dealt with some problems related to the 2GB or 2TB disk size limits in Windows and MBR. At the same time, other people had storage systems which would support up to 8 petabytes, or even exabytes. Exabyte storage volumes didn't actually exist, so one could say the large disk formats had no practical application, but the practical application was that it was NOT limited to 2 TB. You could (and we did) have 16 TB raid volumes, because the limit was so high as to be essentially unlimited.

I see this the same way - it demonstrates a design that has practically unlimited ratio.

Comment: Fun, But Useless (Score 3, Funny) 128 128

This is a fun device that can show you what can be done with 3D printed plastic. That said, it's useless. It would be really cool if I could apply 1 pound of force to the crank, turn it a Million times, and have it apply a Million pounds of rotational force at the other end. But it's made of plastic, so it won't do that. Indeed, the fast-rotating parts would wear out before the slow-rotating part made a single turn. So it's not even good as a kind of clock.

All that said, it's a good conversation piece, and probably worth the price for that.

Comment: Re:That's the entire point of GUI over CLI - visib (Score 1) 358 358

> You are attacking a straw man of 'wanting ununlimited [sic] choices' (nobody said they want that),

"As many ways as possible" - FlufferMutter

> Nobody was talking about keyboard shortcuts

I see above in this thread talk about ctrl-w, ctrl-F4, "cycle through windows using the keyboard ".

Seriously, if you want a powerful, fast interface that requires learning, the bash CLI is a thousand times faster than any gui. Try it out. GUI is all about being simple by putting the knowledge in the world, not in the head. That means showing the common, sensible default choices.

> you are attacking ...

It's a suggestion, for something you'll probably like, not an attack, silly. Don't tell me you're one of those guys who feels that if his first idea is ever imperfect, that makes him stupid, so he must defend all of his ideas from "attacks" rather than learn anything, or take any suggestions.

Comment: Re:Your biggest screw up (Score 1) 438 438

No, the biggest problem is attempting to monetize a fairly long-established platform that is highly dependent on volunteers, who do not appreciate being disrespected despite their commitment, coupled with participants that do not like changes in things that they have grown accustomed to.

Or, in other words, pretty much what the grandparent said - by petulant children.

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.