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Comment: Re:They already have the technology (Score 1) 289

by hypergreatthing (#49782067) Attached to: Amtrak Installing Cameras To Watch Train Engineers

I'm saying that the technology has been around for years and that other systems have it fully automated. Even if it's not fully automated in other areas, they have speed control in place which would have prevented the Amtrak problem and others having to do with questionable speeds.

Comment: They already have the technology (Score 1) 289

by hypergreatthing (#49777515) Attached to: Amtrak Installing Cameras To Watch Train Engineers

It's called positive train control.
All that stuff you see with automation? Yeah, there are lots of systems out there that are tried and true.
Why doesn't amtrak have it? I'm sure it has to do a lot about $$ and the unions pushing to not have it. It's the first step towards train automation.
There are many more simplistic systems which have it and it's working fine. Many trams are all automated for years and the concepts are the same. They usually have the ability to keep the driver/operator/engineer (PR terms for train drivers is very odd) optional for the system to override it if necessary.
Sounds like everything is still very manual and very little progress has been made in the past 30 years to bring them up to the 21st century.

Comment: Re:Call The Real Police (Score 1) 234

You can thank obama:
from an article online " Title IX, the federal law that protects against discrimination in education. Schools are legally required by that law to address sexual harassment and violence on campus, and these activists filed complaints with the federal government about what they describe as lax enforcement by schools. The current administration has taken up the causeâ"the Chronicle of Higher Education describes it as âoea marquee issue for the Obama administrationââ"and praised these young women for spurring political action. âoeA new generation of student activists is effectively pressing for change,â read a statement this spring announcing new policies to address campus violence. The Department of Education has drafted new rules to address womenâ(TM)s safety, some of which have been enshrined into law by Congress, with more legislation likely on the way."

Comment: Re:Bullshit ... (Score 0) 489

by hypergreatthing (#49441217) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)

I don't really agree. Or i should say i agree but disagree at some points.

I'd like to think of myself as a libertarian. The problem here is local government allowing monopolies and duopolies to exist in the first place. This is the underlying problem, but instead of fixing the root cause, people want to put a bandage and apply Title 2 common carrier status to the issue. While this might fix the issue of ISPs getting greedy and trying to charge some for slow/fast lanes, it doesn't fix the issue of them sitting around doing and not investing in their own infrastructure and improving service/speeds and lowering the price.

Common carrier doesn't fix any of those issues. In other businesses with competition that will go out of business if their product is inferior. In this case they end up staying around forever because there is no competition.

Look at all the places that are getting google fiber. If the ISPs that are there want to survive, they're upping their game and service and lowering their price points. That's how a market is supposed to work.

I disagree with the part where you say the companies need to change. Companies are in the business of making money and that's it. The way to increase profits is to eliminate competitors and shovel the same shit for the same or higher price. What needs to change is the cronyism that happens and allows this to happen.

Honestly i'm not sure of a quick fix, but allowing cities to build out fiber and host them as a public utility for rent by ISPs might make it an even playing field with multiple competitors trying to get subscribers.

Comment: Re:advocating nuclear (fission/fusion) is an IQ te (Score 1, Insightful) 218

by hypergreatthing (#48171909) Attached to: Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

screw you. Fusion has the potential to fuel all energy needs and future ones with minimal waste. How do you plan on creating solar panels with no energy? it costs a mountain of coal/gas/oil to produce. Solar has some big issues involving night time, scaling and expanding to meet future needs.

How will you launch rockets using solar? You won't. You'll never reach that level of energy production. You can with a fusion reactor.

Comment: Re:Mars has no magnetosphere (Score 2) 549

It isn't about making it nice here. It's about putting all your eggs in one basket. One major natural accident or man made nuclear war or asteroid crashing into the earth can kill humanity. Time and time again if you look at the history of the earth there are terminal periods in which most of all the life vanished in a relatively short time and then after millions of years replaced with something else. We don't want to be that species which dies out. We need to expand to ensure the race's survival. This should be the biggest push for our own survival. Instead no one is considering the long term goals like this and just want to make it nicer for themselves when they're alive now. Short term thinking will lead to disaster.

Uncompensated overtime? Just Say No.