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Comment: indirect sales (Score 1) 294

by l3v1 (#48166717) Attached to: Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales
"the legality of a manufacturer-owned dealership"

I understand that sometimes a manufacturer doesn't want to deal with the upkeep related to a self-owned dealership chain. However, I don't understand why it shouldn't do it, if it wants to do it. Oh well, I understand, but I don't 'understand', since it's a stupid law (i.e., franchise laws related to vehicle sales). Who the hell care about protecting franchises? Yes, stupid question, obviously lots of people care, they're just not common people like you or me. The best compromise would be to allow any manufacturer to sell directly, if they want to, and let franchises survive by the rules of the 'loved' capitalist market rules - if they can't make enough profit, let them die off, simple as that. They can't beat manufacturer prices? Hell, who cares, I wouldn't mind buying cheaper cars. They could beat the prices? That'd be great, I'd buy from them. Unfortunately things are never that easy, but it would be nice if they would be, for a change.

Comment: strong language (Score 2) 387

by l3v1 (#48166693) Attached to: Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux
Never having been involved in Linux development, but following it since the early days, I always had the feeling that without Linus' strong leadership - including sometimes strong language - Linux would've been derailed and forgotten years ago. He is right in many aspects, including the need for a strong hand in some cases in the FOSS world, especially when you're developing something as important as the Linux kernel. Such an important piece of tech/sw can't be rapidly and consistently improved with constant debates about directions. Of course, Linus' leadership might not be the best possible, but I think a lot of us is willing to accept his sometimes strong language and style given the results he produced over the years. The end doesn't always justify the means, but in this case I think it does.

Comment: It's time to fine. (Score 5, Informative) 240

by PlusFiveTroll (#48038717) Attached to: Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

Working with EMR systems for small clinics has shown me that unless fines are given out to these companies developing this software they will make it as difficult and expensive to exchange records with different systems as possible. It is far more profitable for them to make it hard to exchange and then make their clients convince other offices to use the same software if they want to make it easy.

Comment: percentages (Score 1) 460

by l3v1 (#47952877) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem
"Most of these women encountered this abuse..."

So, not to discriminate or anything, but what about those 6% men?

Anyway, to the numbers, I'd only say that 26% (or even 6%) of 666 is staggering. The authors should have gone to great lengths to work with law enforcement provide a means to gather anonymized data in such a way that still could be used to discover the offenders. Otherwise I don't think this paper has any more value than some article in a tabloid.

Comment: nobody interested? no wonder, really (Score 1) 326

by l3v1 (#47902285) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction
"Both sets of information â" from the car and phone â" are sent to Katasi's servers. Then, an algorithm weighs the incoming data with other information, like the location of the phones belonging to all the people who drive the car and the starting point of the trip; if the trip starts at Junior's high school, and mom and dad's phones are at work, the driver has been identified â" Junior is driving."

I mean come on. In order for you cell phone to not allow you texting while you drive, you and everyone in your family would need to share their location with some crap company with no data privacy regulation at all (we are talking about a U.S. company after all). I wouldn't be interested in such a product even if it was free. Its stupid and idiotic and ridiculous.

The only, I repeat ONLY situation when access to the phone or the navigation should be restcieted while the car is moving is when there is a single person in the vehicle, and that could be checked with seat sensors and cameras, no external company would need to collect you and your family's locations just to decide whether it's you who's driving the damn car.

+ - When Scientists Give Up->

Submitted by ferespo
ferespo (899921) writes "Ian Glomski thought he was going to make a difference in the fight to protect people from deadly anthrax germs. He had done everything right — attended one top university, landed an assistant professorship at another.
But Glomski ran head-on into an unpleasant reality: These days, the scramble for money to conduct research has become stultifying.

So, he's giving up on science."

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Comment: Re:Humans have too much (Score 3, Interesting) 206

by PlusFiveTroll (#47838559) Attached to: Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

Are you 'tarded or something. Tracking ACoward can be much harder than an actual username. Logged in users with a long posting history leak all kinds of information about who they are, information that can possibly trace back to them without an IP address. At worst both just leave an IP, which if measures are taken, such as proxies or hacked machines can be near impossible to track.

Comment: Re:Mod up 1000+ (Score 1) 448

>I propose all arms going to third parties be given rounds with propellants / explosives that chemically degrade over time.

That's not going to happen.

We still shoot ammo made in WW2. It's very likely many of the mortars fired in the past decade were produced in the Vietnam era. 18 months is silly stupid short in itself and you are begging for defeat. Most of our own weapons are stockpiled for years if not decades before a conflict occurs. Because if a 'real serious' enemy shows up, all they have to do is hit your chemical industry and game over, you only have a year of ammo left at most. Even worse, you're not going to stockpile the amount of weapons needed to keep a hypothetical strong Russia or China needed from overwhelming you because you are risk adverse to going bad. Lastly your weaponry has to work reliably in all conditions, not just the desert, you have the jungle, the sea, the frozen wastes. You are really just begging for your own soldiers to get killed.

Comment: the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly (Score 1) 359

by l3v1 (#47825521) Attached to: How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms
"the Outdated TI-84 Plus"

That's stupid: it's not outdated, it's just old, but nevertheless, it works quite well. I still have my 83, haven't used it for many years now, but still check the batteries in it from time to time to be sure it'll never die :) I guess it's more nostalgia at this point for me, but still, these things were/are quite great. Yes, pricey, but I don't mind paying some extra for a tool that lasts forever (and they seemingly do).

"Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago." -- Bernard Berenson