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Comment Re:Oh, Christ, here we go... (Score 1) 167

Men don't need to be taught not to [...] harass.

So the stalky guy I saw who camped outside the ladie's toilets so make sure the subject of his stalkiness didn't need to be taught not to do that?

He needed that teaching. What makes you think men need that same teaching? (I know, I know, if one man does it it means all men do it... right?)

Comment Re:"save environment for women" (Score 1) 167

I don't feel harassed or oppressed when people suggest I shouldn't abuse women.

An AC below said it best: By the very same logic you should also believe that black people should not feel harassed when other races suggest that black people should just stop thieving?

Go on - give us an answer - should black people feel harassed when they are told repeatedly that they should stop being thieves.

Comment Re:"save environment for women" (Score 1) 167

I'm a man and I don't need to validate myself by harassing people, and I don't feel harassed or oppressed when people suggest I shouldn't abuse women.

Then you're an idiot. If someone were to tell me to stop abusing women even though I am not actually doing so I get annoyed by their implication that I am abusing women. Telling a whole class of people "you should abusing women" is very very inappropriate. You are the one that's going around offending people with vague and unsubstantiated allegations about their behaviour, and then you scream oppression when they tell you (rightly) to fuck off.

Comment Re:Compiler optimizer bugs (Score 0) 266

Lesson: Sometimes it's not your fault. If you've looked over your code and can't figure out why it's crashing, try running it on another computer.

That won't help at all - invoking undefined behaviour could make it behave when running on a another computer. Seeing your code work on another computer tells you nothing at all.

Comment Re:Doubtful (Score 1) 889

There's no point listing the cons without listing the pros too. EVs are nicer to drive,

Subjective, so this point isn't a "pro".

cleaner (in all senses),


often have a lower total cost of ownership,

Depends. Not always. Not everywhere. Not for everyone. For the vast majority of the population, EV isn't cheaper.

need far less servicing,

Definitely not. Maybe *slightly* less, but even that is doubtful too. Current IC engines *will* last for hundreds of thousands of miles with nothing more than filters/plugs/oil being changed. The electric motor + battery will *definitely* not last as long as current IC engines. They (battery, mostly) will need replacement much sooner than my IC engine, and my IC engine is damn cheap to rebuild - around $2500 gives me an engine that will last yet another few hundred thousand miles.

I've got three cars, the newest of which is 10 years old this year and has completed 180000km. My total cost for plugs/filters/oil for the newest over the last 9 years has been (less than 2 services per year @ avg $50/service), comes to around $1k. The ICE has never broken down, but I did spend $2k on renewing the cooling system (water-pump, thermostat, anti-freeze) which the EV won't have (or need).

My oldest car is 15 years old and has over 300000km on the clock, and cost over that time for plugs/filters/oil and cooling system renewal and a single engine failure (coil-pack) is under $2k. It's my daily driver right now.

So now I'm wondering how you figure that EV's need less servicing/cost less/etc - replacing batteries will happen every five - seven years, at a cost that is around $5k - $7k, won't they?

I, together with many of the other people who don't have an ideology to speak off, will jump on the EV bandwagon the minute it becomes cheaper to do so. We've been waiting now for a decade for the prices to fall; if we're that patient you just *know* that we'll wait a little while longer.

Seriously, for EV to take off it needs to be cheaper. A poster upthread pointed out that second-hand cars are no longer a fraction of the new price - they are closely priced, and this results in people who buy a car believing that they can get 50% of their money back in 5 years when they sell it. For an EV, in five years the cost of the battery might be more than the cost of the car, so these people (like me) know we won't get anything back. So it's not cheaper to go with EV.

When it gets cheaper, we'll buy it.

and you can make it's fuel yourself at home.

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 889

Car ownership is a form of freedom from those who control other forms of transportation, and I'd hate to see that go away.

So putting yourself into debt and/or signing an onerous lease agreement is a form of freedom?

I'm sure glad that your monthly car payments give you freedom from those who espouse walking and bicycling.

I own three cars. I don't have monthly car payments.

Comment Re: Or... just hear me out here... (Score 1) 1182

Even if it were proven that the drone was being operated by a perv looking to oogle his daughters, firing into the air in a residential area because of a drone is inexcusable. Let's see where the shot that missed the drone would have/did land.

Are you really that slow a learner? Multiple times you were told that birdshot would come down safely, yet here you are continuing to parrot that incorrect line.

Comment Re:It was trespassing so I shot it? (Score 1) 1182

If someone parked a car in your driveway and it had a dashboard camera, that doesn't give you the right to shoot at it with a shotgun.

This wasn't in his driveway. Technically, it went indoors (under the patio), so it wasn't even in his yard at all times - it was in his house!

Comment Re:Right to Privacy in One's Backyard? (Score 1) 1182

"ready or likely to attack or confront;" or "pursuing one's aims and interests forcefully, sometimes unduly so." He directly threatened them with potentially lethal force if they stepped on his property. I'm not saying he was/wasn't within his rights, but he definitely was aggressive.

Nope. As far as I can tell, if you tell someone they are not allowed on your property, and they and three of their buddies make it clear they are going to ignore your wishes, then *they* are being aggressive, at which point it is self-defence if gang-of-four invades your property against your wishes - you have nowhere else to run to.

Comment Re:Narrowminded Fools (Score 1) 311

And we've used up all the easily accessible wood, coal and oil so it may be impossible to ignite an industrial revolution the second time around

Slight nitpick: As yet, there is no shortage of any of those resources here on earth. There are, of course, local shortages. I suspect you are living on the British Isles?

He didn't say there was a shortage, he said we have used up all the easily accessible resources. The resources left need a lot of technological advancement to get at, which we won't have if we *need* to ignite a second industrial revolution.

Comment Re: A plea to fuck off. (Score 1) 365

According to some sources, there are over a million English words. Some arent suitable to be used, but let's assume that at least 500000 are usable.

Not even great Scrabble players have 500,000 word vocabularies. Fewer than 200,000 of those words are in current use. Most of us live with 20,000 or so words we'll recognize as words and actually use only 1000-2000.

Yeah, and all the user has to do is place in *a single non-english phrase* from their favourite fantasy book/dream destination/scifi series/song and they've suddenly broken the attackers ability *as well as* possessing a password that they can easily remember. "correct horse? je t@ime staple" is almost never going to be broken. Nor is "correct horse? luke's lightsabr3 staple", nor "correct horse? fr0do of the shire staple", etc...

All of those are easy to remember, easy to type in but still orders of magnitude harder to break than "8 printable chars " or whatever nonsense the IT department came up with last week. Go ahead - try your rainbow table dictionary attack against "correct horse? samuel vimes 0f ankh-morpork staple" and let us know how it goes. We'll wait.

"What people have been reduced to are mere 3-D representations of their own data." -- Arthur Miller