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Comment Re:Youth who fail their social responsibilities. (Score 4, Insightful) 167

Claiming that because some group may have some percentage of bad actors does not justify the criminal behavior in any way by police officers. In Miami Beach, the PD has a documented history of attacking anyone documenting crimes by police officers and destroying evidence. Bad officers are bad officers are bad officers and should in all case lose their certification and jobs. Any officer that breaks the law is violating their oaths and obligations to society.

Comment Re:You're still getting what you were promised (Score 1) 354

When I canceled my disc service a about 18 months ago, it was nowhere close to that fast a turn-around anymore. For many years, if I watched a movie right away and sent it back the next day, most weeks I'd have two different movies. 7-9 movies a month. By the end, if they got the returned disc on a thursday, it would be tuesday or wednesday of the following week before I got a new one. It was down to 4-5 a month, at higher cost. And I'm not in a rural area, I'm in a major metropolis
with a NetFlix distribution center.

Comment Netflix isn't worth it anymore (Score 1) 354

Netflix was good, especially when it was reasonable to have both streaming and discs - but when the price went up dramatically to have both, it became less and less appealing. I finally ended disc service because my queue was loaded up with discs that showed "short wait", then "long wait", then "unavailable" without ever becoming available. Things were disappearing completely from the queue as well. Having only streaming became less and less worth it because when they did their purges in the past, I always had some discs in the queue to keep me reasonably satisfied. But having only streaming made the purges too painful to keep giving them money.

Comment Re:Wearing Glass was the third violation on ticket (Score 1) 638

Came to say this - she was trying to make this about google glass, when it was about her speeding. She and/or the officer were being dickish and thus the google glass part of the ticket, but she was stopped and ticketed for speeding. The infraction for the glass would undoubtably get thrown out if she goes before a judge.

Comment Re:Endoscopy.. (Score 1) 165

BACKGROUND - The founders of Syntheon were formerly involved with a medical-device company named Symbiosis, of which I ran IT. Myself, Kevin Smith, and Ted Slack conducted a large number of rocket tests in the parking lot of Symbiois, which led to the formation of a company named Environmental Aeroscience Corporation (I came up with the name, because our rockets used a safer chemical reaction than solid fuel rockets). We were joined by a well-known amateur rocketeer, Korey Kline (who was well known for, among other things, a gasoline-drip rocket). We were also joined by another founder/engineer from Symbioisis, Tom Bales. EAC developed a high-end amateur rocket line which we called HyperTek. Those rockets are, I believe, still available from a company under license. We also launched a number of rockets at Black Rock, Nevada, as well as at the NASA base at Wallops Island, Virginia. One of our rockets is at the Miami Museum of Science.

Comment Self-driving cars a generation before flying cars (Score 2, Interesting) 606

We'll have self-driving, autonomous cars a generation before flying cars, if not more. The safety logistics and traffic considerations make public use of flying cars extraordinarily unlikely, sadly. The only thing I believe will speed the process is the discovery of technology like practical anti-gravity that allows easy resolution of the other issues involved.

Comment Re:You can buy a serial-to-usb converter for $15 (Score 1) 460

Well said. RS232 is an important, effective, and reliable system for interconnects. Proven, time-tested, yada yada yada. Yes, sometimes theres confusion over baud rate,, word and bits, and parity, but those are minor compared to the pain in the ass that is USB with drivers, conflicts, length, etc. The biggest problem with RS232 is the confusion over DCE and DTE so one always has to have null modem adapters handy.

At least you youngsters don't have to deal with 25-pin RS232 or secondary channel communications. Hell, it's rare to see even hardware flow control anymore of either type, or bizarre comm settings like 7E2. Pretty much everyone defaults to 8N1, 9600, and no flow control with the option to up the speed in the device config.


Living In Tokyo's Capsule Hotels 269

afabbro writes "Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510 once offered a night’s refuge to salarymen who had missed the last train home. Now with Japan enduring its worst recession since World War II, it is becoming an affordable option for people with nowhere else to go. The Hotel 510’s capsules are only 6 1/2 feet long by 5 feet wide. Guests must keep possessions, like shirts and shaving cream, in lockers outside of the capsules. Atsushi Nakanishi, jobless since Christmas says, 'It’s just a place to crawl into and sleep. You get used to it.'”

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.