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Comment: Re:Not really a surprise.... (Score 1) 206

by jittles (#47431295) Attached to: After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

These folks are quite easy to spot: Just look for someone who is obviously way to intelligent and clever for his job. Like someone with a Ph.D. in international affairs from Harvard and Yale who is doing clerical work at the embassy.

A doctorate level degree does not make you intelligent or clever. And what is the point in not explicitly naming the station chief if they are so easy to spot?

Oh, here's an interesting Pro-Tip: If a foreign diplomat wants to hand you a piece of paper with an explanation of why their country just did something very nasty . . . you don't touch it. You instruct him to read it out loud. If you put your hands on it, his country will report that you "accepted" the explanation. If you don't, you will only hear in the news that the diplomat "read out load" or "recited" the explanation. This is the next thing that you will hear about this, as the professional diplomats from Germany and the US try to paper over the cracks left by the spooks.

Say what? They can't hand each other pieces of paper or they are "accepting" explanations? Do you have some sort of reference for this? This is the most asinine thing I have ever heard, and I have never seen a news story or report where it mentioned a diplomat "recited" or "read out load [sic]" anything. By your explanation everything would have to be done verbally and nothing could ever be done via letter. Were you a member of the diplomatic corps or otherwise employed by the state department?

I don't mean to sound like I am attacking you. I have just never heard anything like this before and I would like to know more about it.

Comment: Re:It's already going on... (Score 2) 349

by jittles (#47411573) Attached to: Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

He goes exactly the speed limit.....he doesn't heed the law that says "Slower traffic move right"

..and he is preventing you from getting a speeding fine. What's the problem?

He claims to be a safe driver by violating the law that says he must yield to faster traffic. He's making the road dangerous by trying to enforce speed limits on others rather than moving out of traffic for others to exercise their free will. People will speed whether he gets in the way or not. If he wants to enforce speed limits, he should go into law enforcement. Its hypocritical to criticize people for speeding and then violate the law yourself.

Comment: Re:It's already going on... (Score 0) 349

by jittles (#47409373) Attached to: Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

Actually, as someone who is a pretty conservative driver, I welcomed the option to let worse drivers subsidize my premiums in exchange for them tracking my driving for a while. I could care less that they know (for example) that I always signal turns and lane changes and don't aggressively accelerate or stop. I could also care less that people who can't demonstrate the same behavior are seen as a higher risk and charged a higher premium.

...except you, of course, since you're on my \. frinds list and all...

How much less can you care, exactly? And accelerating quickly is not always an undesirable thing. Certainly it consumes more gas, but there is a light on my daily commute that I miss any time the person in front of me does not give it a little extra gas. Not to speed, but to get up to speed fast enough that the poorly timed light doesn't cause you to stop right after you just got started.

In any event, the devices they use (OBD-II plugs) can't tell when you use your blinkers or don't. They also can't tell when you're driving like a jackass in the left hand lane and making everyone else around you impatient and interested in getting around you. I have a coworker who thinks he's the safest driver on the planet. I've been stuck behind him and he is frustrating as hell. He goes exactly the speed limit in the middle lane on the interstate because "the left lane is for passing" and the "right lane is for getting off the road. The center lane is for cruising." He's conservative as hell but almost causes accidents because he doesn't heed the law that says "Slower traffic move right" no matter what he thinks the center lane is for.

Comment: Re:I've always thought (Score 1) 116

by jittles (#47403833) Attached to: Researchers Develop New Way To Steal Passwords Using Google Glass

electronic keypads should randomize the numeric order and that the device should not mirror the letter typed on the inout line or on the keypad.

I used to work at a secure facility with a keypad like this. It was the first stage to getting into the building. You would hit a button and the digits would randomize. I eventually got to the point where I could look at the pad and input my 6 digit code within about 2 seconds. It took me about 2-3 weeks to get that down pat. After that, I would only mess up about once or twice a month.

Comment: Re:What a crazy situation (Score 1) 148

Yeah... as long as the government uses law enforcement as a form of revenue generation (everything from asset forfeiture to speed traps) and rewards police based on the number of citations rather than some metric of police effectiveness, I will continue to view our institutions as corrupt and law enforcement as the principal instrument of that corruption.

In a 3rd world country... a corrupt cop pulls you over and you pay him $5 bucks for a bribe. In the US, he gets $5 in salary incentives from the chief. The only difference is that in the 3rd world, it ends at the cop... in the US, the ticket goes to your driving record and insurance and everything else.

The 3rd world system, in this case, is better.

Well that's not true. I am sure that police officer is expected to bring in a percentage of his bribe money to his superiors. If he ever wants to be promoted he had better be bribing his bosses!

Comment: Re:Germany (Score 1) 441

by jittles (#47350093) Attached to: Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

Or, France has substantial rate subsidies.

I just picked France because I know that France sells nuclear energy to Germany. You can compare the rates of any Western European nation to Germany and see the cost per kWh is much higher in Germany than anywhere else. So either everyone is subsidizing their electricity, or Germany's production costs are higher.

Comment: Re:what a waste of money (Score 2) 190

by jittles (#47349955) Attached to: NASA Launching Satellite To Track Carbon

carbon has nothing to do with the temperatures on earth

You're right. But this story is about carbon dioxide, not carbon. If it were all stored as carbon, we couldn't have a problem. Carbon dioxide, however, is the single biggest contributor to the temperature on earth there is. Also, I suspect you're just a troll :-)

I thought solar radiation was the biggest contributor to the temperature of the Earth!

Thank you, thank you. I'll be pedantic all week.

Comment: Re:Germany (Score 1) 441

by jittles (#47349755) Attached to: Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

The price of electricity is falling in Germany owing to renewable energy. They like wind power.

And if you compare the cost of electricity in Germany versus the cost of electricity in France? This comparison on average cost of living between the two countries show that electricity is, on average 26% cheaper in France versus Germany. Just because its going down in Germany doesn't mean that electricity rates in Germany were ever reasonable to begin with.

Comment: Re:WUWT (Score 1) 441

by jittles (#47349625) Attached to: Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

Typical Slashdot. "New peer reviewed science study says something. But random guy on the internet says they're wrong!"

I'm not some random guy in the internet. I am Jittles. The font of all knowledge, wisdom, and science. If you can't handle that, you don't belong on the internet. If I tell you that there is a comet coming with Aliens hiding in its wake, you had better drink the kool-aid and be saved from this drab existence. Whatever I say goes, basically. It's time you learn to play by the rules.

Comment: Re:The actual Guides (Score 1) 286

by jittles (#47335667) Attached to: What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

Since the summary links you to a stupid news article and not the guides themselves, here is the ACLU Guide and EFF Guides here.

The EFF guide you linked has not been updated yet to reflect the Riley decision. Some of those answers need to be changed because they are incorrect now. The ACLU "Know Your Rights" manual does not appear to have been updated either, but it simply doesn't address the issue of cell phone searches incident to arrest at all.

You are correct - they have not been updated. Why are they even mentioned in the summary and the article? Either way, I think the sources themselves are more valuable than the silly article.

Comment: Re:Surgeon General's warning. (Score 1) 532

by jittles (#47332121) Attached to: NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

I'm happy to let the retarded engage in a secret underground of cigarettes.

Which cartel do you work for, exactly? Because I see an outright ban on tobacco going about the same as the ban on marijuana, heroine, crack, cocaine, etc etc. I assume the reason you want to see it banned is that you plan on making insane money on its illegal sale and manufacture. How many people actually start smoking at the age of 18 or later? I'd be willing to bet its a smaller fraction than the number of people who start smoking in high school. And it's not always a matter of intelligence or education. I know people who work in pulmonary critical care (doctors) who smoke. They know all the risks you do, and more. They also know they will die regardless of their decision to smoke, and they enjoy doing it for one reason or another.

I'm all for reasonable restrictions on smoking. I really dislike smokey bars, restaurants, and offices. I also dislike when someone smokes outside of my open residential window. But outright prohibition has never worked, and will never work. It just raises the "cool factor" because you're a rebel if you flout the law.

Comment: Re:How many Panama canals? (Score 1) 501

As an earthmoving project, each kilometer of wall is 18M cubic meters. The Panama Canal was about 250M cubic meters of earthmoving. So every 14KM of wall is one Panama Canal.

Yes but how many Library of Congresses is it per KM of wall? You need to stick with the established units of measure around here, son.

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