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Comment: Re:Small tidbit (Score 1) 773

by ilo.v (#43504719) Attached to: Police Capture Second Marathon Bombing Suspect in Watertown, Mass.

Maybe you would have been happier about 60 years ago in a time when they could lock you away because your neighbor said you might be a communist.

Maybe you would have been happier about 320 years ago in a time when they could burn you at the stake because your neighbor said you might be a witch. Salem is only 20 miles from Watertown.

Comment: Re:Are you selling the brand? (Score 1) 113

by ilo.v (#39038559) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Smartest Way To Transfer an Old Domain/Site?

No matter what you should switch for personal use (which is what I consider banking, health, etc) to a gmail/yahoo type email account that will always be there no matter what your hobbies or attention span are.

No. Then Google / Yahoo own the domain name. Bite the bullet and buy your own domain name that you use only for personal stuff like email. It is ok to use Google to provide the service (like Goodle Apps for your domain), but YOU own the domain. You can then change providers at will over the next 50 years without ever changing your email address again.

Comment: Dumb design (Score 4, Insightful) 134

by ilo.v (#38426832) Attached to: Inside a Last-Ditch Effort To Save the Space Shuttle
It was a dumb design from the beginning.

1) You don't haul cargo in the same vehicle as humans. Cargo doesn't need the super-expensive "last 1%" reliability that a human crew demands.

2) You don't put the vehicle next to the rocket. You put it on top, where ice can't hit it, and exploding booster rockets are survivable. The astronauts on the Challenger, as least some of them, survived the explosion and died on impact with the water. A small crew capsule perched on the top, with a parachute system, might, just might, have survived.

3) You don't need humans up there at all. The future, for a generation or two at least, is unmanned exploration of the solar system. Look at where virtually all the meaningful scientific knowledge has come from in the last 20 - 40 - 60 years: unmanned probes.

Comment: Re:This annoys the hell out of me ... (Score 5, Insightful) 392

by ilo.v (#38116666) Attached to: Hybrids Safer In Crashes — Except For Pedestrians

Yep. We need pedestrians to adapt to the cars, not the other way around. It's a ROAD. Try opening your fucking eyes...

I completely agree. In return, your car should stay off the pedestrian paths. Good luck getting anywhere more a few hundred feet in my city without being blocked by a crosswalk. Even with lights and pedestrian signals, you are still going to cross my pedestrian cross walk when I have the green walk light (your right and left turns) You need to go back to preschool and learn how to share.

Comment: Re:Feature bloat vs. the KISS principle... (Score 2) 128

by ilo.v (#36911390) Attached to: War Texting Lets Hackers Unlock Car Doors Via SMS

If I want to unlock the car, presumably I want to drive it. For that I'm going to need a key anyway, so...??

My car doesn't have a key, just a button to press. (Volkswagon, not a Ferrari or something else fancy). It just has a fob that needs to be in range for the "start" button to be enabled. This would be more convenient if my cell phone could be the fob, but only if it can't be hacked like this.

Comment: Re:Wait until the boys get home from the war. (Score 1) 666

by ilo.v (#36820030) Attached to: NH Man Arrested For Videotaping Police.. Again
Check out "Starship Troopers" by Robert A. Heinlein. The scenario you describe is virtually identical to the political backdrop of that story. Good book. TERRIBLE movie. Not a bad idea for a democratic form of government. I just would like to skip the chaotic transition phase.

Comment: Re:Bingo! (Score 2) 1017

by ilo.v (#36758672) Attached to: Women Arrested For Refusing TSA Search of Children

A jump seat at the front and rear of every plane occupied by a uniformed marshal with a clearly visible assault rifle would stop pretty much all of this nonsense.

Wow. Really? Do these Marshalls have special magical unicorn tear bullets in their assault rifles that make it impossible for a bomb to off? They are looking for explosives on the kid.

It's not an optical illusion, it just looks like one. -- Phil White