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Comment: Re:Holy Cow (Score 1) 215 215

Forget all the other stuff, and bring back the 4:3 aspect ratio screen!!! The current screens aren't really wide, they are just shortened. They are definitely NOT better! This whole "wide screen" crap got foisted off on us because manufacturers found out that by making the screens shorter, they are cheaper to make. Then the marketing f**ks managed to convince some folks that "wider" (actually shorter) is better so that they could raise prices for what is actually an inferior and cheaper product, increasing profits at the expense of those buying computers.

Years of research went into finding the most comfortable aspect ratio for TV viewing, which turned out to be 4:3. The same applies to computer monitors. 4:3 is the best aspect ratio. Don't believe me? Then do some research and you will find that there are many that want to see the return of the 4:3 aspect ratio computer screen both on the desktop and laptop computer platforms.

I'd settle for a 16:10 ratio for a computer monitor, comfortable or not.

Comment: Re: that's funny... (Score 1) 368 368

This situation is not quite the same, because the Apple site is streaming, not downloading, its content. Users can't just grab all the music they can during the trial period and then keep it.

I don't stream or download music, but a search for "record streaming audio" brings up a lot of results. I'd be surprised if at least a few of them didn't work.

Comment: The Difference (Score 1) 152 152

The difference is that humans can't live forever due to medical/technical realities (as yet), whereas a robot theoretically could.

At the moment this is just another case of a supplier refusing to supply proper maintenance support and spare parts when it suits them (bastards), but if robots ever become sentient then it could be akin to murder, by denying the "necessities of life"

Comment: They don't trust their own security services. (Score 4, Interesting) 189 189

From TFA:

Parliamentarians will have to decide if they want to call in the help of counterintelligence experts from the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV), the domestic intelligence service of Germany.
Some members of parliament have expressed concerns about the involvement of the BfV, Der Spiegel reported. Some are also refusing help from the foreign intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst, because the agency would gain access to the legislative process. Armin Schuster, a member of parliament for the CDU, criticized those concerns.

Schuster told Der Spiegel that he thinks it is “crazy” that some would rather be spied upon by a foreign intelligence agency then letting their own agencies help.

Heh, they're afraid that one set of taps would probably be replaced with another, which would probably be cc'ed to the CIA.

Comment: (Score 2) 131 131

FTA:"In April 2014, Viktor Tarasov wrote to the head of Ruselectronics, a Russian state-owned holding company, about a critical shortage of military equipment. The Russian military lacked thermal imaging systems — devices commonly used to detect people and vehicles — and Tarasov believed that technology might be needed soon because of the “increasingly complex situation in the southeast of Ukraine and the possible participation of Russian forces” to stabilize the region."

Are they saying for the last 30 years they have had "zero" military thermal imaging capabilities? Couldn't they have just bought a few off e-bay? Something doesn't fit here...

If you'd read TFA you'd see that they have been doing that as well.

Comment: Re:Medical Decisions (Score 1) 37 37

Fire the geneticist. Your genes can't tell if you're at risk for any cancer. They can only tell if you'll have a greater risk than the average human. Acting on anything found by your genes at this point is just stupid at best.

The major breast cancer genes give the patient somewhere around an 80% chance of getting breast cancer, which in my book is close enough to certainty when death is a possible outcome.

However the associated chance of ovarian cancer is only around 50% which makes for a much harder choice for a younger woman, as having your ovaries removed would cause immediate menopause, with its own serious life changing effects.

Comment: Re:LOL democracy! (Score 1) 253 253

Cameron is staunchly anti-freedom. What's tragic is a majority of British liked this and voted for the man and those that didn't are forced at gunpoint to come along for the ride. "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." - Winston Churchill “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” —Ben Franklin “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” —Thomas Jefferson “Democracy ... wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.” —John Adams “Democracy is the most vile form of government... democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention... incompatible with personal security or the rights of property.” —James Madison “The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and ... breaks up the foundations of society.” —Thomas Jefferson http://democracyisnotfreedom.c... https://encyclopediadramatica....

"The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them in parliament." — Vladimir Lenin

Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 837 837

tolls need infrastructure which costs money to run

Disadvantages of toll booths: 1. Require lots of new and expensive infrastructure. 2. Slows down traffic and creates congestion 3. Encourages people to drive on local streets, winding through neighborhoods, rather than on highways. 4. Doesn't discriminate on size, weight, efficiency of the vehicle, or number of passengers.

Advantages of toll booths: 1. Creates jobs for glaziers that are unemployed due to insufficient amounts of broken windows.

In my city in Australia tolls are collected by pre-purchased RFID tags and enforced by number plate cameras. If you're from out of town or only an occasional toll road user then you can pay by phone or on-line within the 24 hours following your journey.

Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 837 837

Maybe that is backward in some locations. In Atlanta the poor live close and the rich commute AGES to get to work. My question on a per mileage charge is how is the tracking done. Reading the odometer is easy and doesn't have privacy concerns, but doesn't reflect if it was driven on private roads or out of state.

From TFA: "Starting July 1, up to 5,000 volunteers in Oregon can sign up to drive with devices that collect data on how much they have driven and where.

Looks like another step towards a total surveillance society.

Comment: Re:Charged only if actually negligent (Score 2) 545 545

I presume you would exempt parents of unvaxed children who were unvaxed for reasons beyond their control, such as

1) Could not afford shots 2) No access to health care 3) Child could not get shots for medical reasons


In Australia the shots are free and there would be obvious exemptions for kids who can't be vaccinated for medical reasons, but maximizing Herd Immunity to protect these kids is another reason for vaccinating as many as possible.

Comment: Australia ditto (Score 1) 545 545

Australia has something similar. The government consulted with the major religions beforehand and none of them had problems with vaccinations.

I think we should go further and when unvaxed children come down with preventable diseases, their parents should be charged with child neglect.

Comment: Re:Full Disclosure is the only way... (Score 1) 94 94

I've reported serious vulnerabilities to a number of companies in the past. Generally, they acknowledge receipt of the information but do nothing to fix the problem -- e.g. a race condition, a SQL injection vulnerability, etc etc. However, when I've posted information on reddit or other internet forums, the bugs tend to get fixed rather quickly.

Full disclosure may well be a necessary evil -- sure, it allows anyone for some period of time to exploit the vulnerability; but it sure ends up getting fixed. Companies will wait months and years to fix security bugs if there is no clear and present danger.

Any time I disclose a bug to a vendor, I now tell them in the e-mail they have five days to fix it; after that it will be publicly disclosed. And I always make good on the disclosure.

I hope you make the contacts anonymously, because bad things tend to happen to whistle blowers. The "shoot the messenger" philosophy is alive and well in many companies and governments.

Memory fault - where am I?