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Comment Self Driving Cars and BRT (Score 1) 394

I want to try to respond in a somewhat "pragmatic" way. First of all, I don't think most cities can afford to build out heavy or light rail to the extent that would be necessary to provide adequate transit for most everyone in an affordable way (both fares and taxes). NYC is an exception and also Washington, DC. Other than that a combination of Bus Rapid Transit combined with advances in self driving cars will ultimately be the solution. I don't even think we are utilizing the full extent of the highways we already have because humans are stupid drivers in the first place compared to what you will see with self driving cars. You can have the cars riding within a foot of each others bumper at high speed and enforce sensible merging and lane changes no matter whether the occupants like it or not. With all the cars traveling very close together and efficiently and smoothly I think you will find that the capacity of every single highway will increase dramatically. Another factor to consider is services like Uber and Lyft once they migrate to self driving vehicles. The fares could be reasonable and you would just order a vehicle on your smart phone where ever you are at to get a ride and the system would automatically send a car to you and you'd even be able to see it arriving on the GPS on your phone. I look forward to this day. Speed limits, congestion, merging, lane changing, stopping, driving conditions can all be managed responsibly and allow a far higher volume of traffic to pass through a given highway. Humans have proven that they don't want to drive properly or safely so I look forward to the day where it is mostly all enforced as self driving and computerized traffic management and flow to go with it.

Comment Digital Agenda (Score 1) 109

Right now we have distracted ourselves with a non-functioning congress and infighting over too many other things. Also, as a whole, we spent more time spending too much money outside our own budgetary means. There isn't much money left to create a "digital agenda" these days. Fix congress and balance the federal budget while paying back national debt and then I'll say we're ready to create a "digital agenda". The other side of this is that I was reading a post in here about the US being a "mainstay" in technology and large, traditional American technology companies were mentioned. That's fine but ignores the fact that what was being referred to in the article was about startups. If we fall behind on innovating and creating new technologies then we will fall behind. There is a lot of venture capital in the US at the moment. That is good but how do the policies of these other nations give them a leg up on creating and establishing new startups?

Comment Stupid Nonsense (Score 1) 372

OK. I don't care if this is political or not. You fools who voted for republicans only want to control everyone else in the slightest way you can. You spout about "small government" and then proceed to use "big government" for childish nonsense like this. And no you should not have voted republican and your a fool if you do. You wanted this and you voted for these right wing idiots to pass nonsense like this. OK, if you guys post a picture of bush and I am in Tennessee then I am going report you to the local officials and press charges so that you can be hassled for posting a picture on facebook of bush (or Glenn Beck) that offends me. How about that? You got what you asked for. Stop acting like DA's and grow up and vote for people who don't still live in a baptist pulpit or in their right wing mother's basement.

Comment Silliness. (Score 2) 154

What? This sounds like something that would happen here in America. Somehow, its all the seismologists' fault. What? What kind of a whiney, victimized brain does it take to come up with a reason to charge someone with manslaughter in this case. Earthquakes are not easily predicted and certainly not accurately. The statements from the Seismologists should be listened to but with understanding that they are likely off (at least to some extent). Somehow, these cases should be thrown right out the door and not one penny should go to the "victim" families. As for the charges, the judge in this case should drop them and dismiss everyone and throw this case right out the door. Of course, I am sure the lawyers are licking their chops at the chance to make a fast buck off the "victims" like scavengers picking dead bones in the desert somewhere. As usual. Apparently, Itlalians and Italian politicians and lawyers are just as dumb and greedy as they sometimes are in America.

Comment Re:So many people bashing apple.... (Score 1) 494

I agree with this. Google, in particular, with Chrome OS has potential. M$ has been way too slow to do anything reasonable with the mobile market in phones and tablets. Intel has a similar issue with resisting the trend toward ARM based CPU's which atom is not as suitable for in those applications.

Comment Re:Government... (Score 1) 494

155% in the government sector? I agree with that. And mostly its wasted taxpayer money on a machine that in some cases winds up being used more for windows unless its in a department that does graphics, audio, or video work. Aside from those few examples the government agencies would have been wiser to buy dells with win 7 in an AD domain.

Comment Re:IT hates apple (Score 1) 494

In this case, the machines that were doing their job well for many years should have been left alone. A migration or what not should not be done just because its "cool" or because the CTO likes the idea. There has to be legitimate reasons that are quantifiable in terms of benefit, cost, reliability, usability, etc. If the old linux boxen were performing their functions well without interference with other systems then they should have been left alone. Use what works best for the given situation. Not just a religious M$ or fanatic Apple rampage that determines what happens. That is nonsense.

Comment Re:IT hates apple (Score 1) 494

And there is usually a legitimate reason why Group Policies are implemented to keep people from doing whatever they want with the computer. For one thing, it is their computer to use for work and not their personal computer to do with any way they please. This is done to prevent nonsense garbage from being installing on machines and maintain a reasonable level of security in a network environment to begin with. Furthermore, Macs (even with 3rd party solutions) do not fully integrate with AD successfully the way they should. Apple needs to fix this if they want to play the enterprise game. And don't expect M$ to hold Apple's hands on this either. Apple will have to figure it out on their own.

Comment Enterprise and Macs (Score 1) 494

Fortunately, I am currently working in an IT dept where we are in the midst of a massive AD migration project from Novell/Windows to Win server/Windows 7 with Active Directory. Now, part of this migration is all of the macs at this university. What can I say? We use Likewise for AD integration and its a pain in the rear. It does not work like it should. Printers that worked before with macs do not work right with Likewise in AD. Keychain problems out the butt slow down the migration and give all kinds of problems. Regardless of whatever 3rd party AD solution you use with a mac it just does not integrate fully like it should with AD. Win 7 works great with Active Directory. Even some of the Win XP migrations to AD have gone well. There are a few departments that legitimately need macs. The rest are all just for the fluff, status, and fanciness of a pretty little machine on the desk. They are good machines for the home, student, and specific types of business needs (video, audio, graphics, etc). They are, in general, not a good choice for an enterprise setting at all. As for those of you who want control over your own linux and mac machine, etc that are not in Active Directory? I think that's great actually. Just don't expect access to printers or shared filespace or anything else on the network other than internet access. And don't call the help desk whining because you can't access printers and department filespace.

Comment Fantasy Vision (Score 1) 869

Mostly the right wing extremists exist in a paranoia whipped froth of nonsense. Actually, their methods against those they hate is little different than the dreamed up excuses and reasons for the final solution that the nazis used. All fantasies to justify what one wants to be fact when all it winds up being is a bunch of nonsense to terrorize people. Duplicity is not a new "art". It has been practiced for a very long time.

Comment More flawed republicon/teabagger type subterfuge. (Score 1) 617

This is BS. Seriously. M$ is trying to go back to its 90's era dishonest business practices. Sounds like Steve Ballmer needs his behind kicked up between his shoulders. I don't blame M$ for wanting to catch people using illegal software. Not at all. However, why should I have to be sued for my supplier's BS and especially in another country. The problem these days is that we can all oppose this but it wouldn't make any difference to M$ and maybe not even in the federal government because so many officials are in bed with corporations. LOL M$ needs their behind whipped good for this one. I'd like to see M$ try to sue someone for this and win. It will waste time in the courts and waste taxpayer money on frivolous and egregious lawsuits due to companies having to protect themselves. And of course, small companies can't afford to pack the court room with an army of top notch attornies like M$ can.

Comment Re:New approach needed (Score 1) 335

THIS IS a good idea. Excellent idea really. It would require stations that could change the battery out jack spratt and on the dime. People aren't going to wait more than about 2 minutes to swap the battery. It can be done. However, you'd have to have one or a very few standard size batteries. One size for small and medium size cars and one for trucks and larger cars. It could be done though. Interesting idea. Obviously you would pay a charge for the replacement battery. The cost of electricity to charge the battery would be part of the price as well as the cost of labor to keep up with them all the time not to mention buying the batteries. There would have to be a national battery exchange program as it is unlikely that only one company or service station system across the country would handle them. The people handling these batteries would have to be licensed and certified for such. You don't want just any DA rolling batteries around. And you want to make sure they know how to connect the batteries correctly and not drop them, etc. One DOWN side I see with this is that it would not likely be a self service installation! You would almost be going back to the model of the full service station to have an attendant "fill up" with a recharged battery. Each station would have the business of keeping up with them. Testing, replacing, inventory, ordering, moving, transporting, distributing, warehousing, etc all of which are pretty well understood. For that matter the stations would be in a good position to deal with the recycling of worn out batteries so that they don't wind up in the bottom of a landfill one day. I could see a business in this. Just don't expect the oil industry to jump right on board! :) There is one fact about this though. It is still not as cheap or as convenient as filling up your own gas tank and jumping back in the car. If they could find a way to do that then maybe. But I don't trust people to be honest with self service battery replacement. Not to plug it in right and to deal with moving batteries, damaged batteries, defective batteries, etc. People that pay a full price for a battery but then the station didn't know it was defective and an argument ensues at the next station over a refund and yet the battery didn't come from the same company that owned the station that installed it last time. Talk about a SERVICE nightmare. Some way would have to be created to deal with his problem. We live in a sea of DA's. :)

Comment Interesting (Score 1) 468

Well, this is interesting. On the workstations level it might be true that they are "quieter" but somewhere the AC is being converted to DC. Seriously, that would require a huge power supply of some kind and there will always be some inefficiency in that conversion process. So really, I don't buy that it is more efficient as a whole load on the power system. Seriously, unless they have a power supply with rectifiers that are VERY efficient (over 90% or more) then I don't see how this is an advantage. I have heard people ask me why we aren't using DC for everything. And they are people that don't know anything about electricity. Such as the fact that AC was chosen because it can be transmitted across great distances at high voltage levels with far lower losses than DC. More secure? What moron thought this up? It is a electric current. One is not more "secure" than the other. :)

Comment Re:Wow, what will THAT outlet look like? (Score 1) 335

9 sentences? If it was a page long I could see it. Then again all the other posts in here that have "paragraphs" don't even have 3 sentences minimum to form a proper paragraph. What the h are you talking about? If it was a book I wrote I'd understand. Go hide under a rock or something. Besides, you posted as anonymous coward which says something already. :)

In practice, failures in system development, like unemployment in Russia, happens a lot despite official propaganda to the contrary. -- Paul Licker