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Comment: Re:The Nanny State Strikes again! (Score 1) 364

by SecurityGuy (#47873151) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

I was stopped at a traffic light, waiting for a right-on-red opportunity. Lady behind me apparently thinks she's doing the same thing. Rather than waiting for me to go, she waits for the same right-on-red suitable opening in traffic, hits the gas, and runs right into me.

Luckily, I still had my nigh-indestructable car (it had been previously hit on 3 sides in an accident by a semi on a snowy road), and I couldn't find a scratch on it.

Comment: Re:The Nanny State Strikes again! (Score 1) 364

by SecurityGuy (#47873103) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

So, that's interesting. I pulled statistics for my state, and it bears out what you're saying. In 2010, there was about one reported accident per 478,873 miles. In 2000, 405,000. In 1990, 378,000. And way back in 1960, when I'm sure no one had a cell phone, one in every 313,000.

Is it possible that cell phone use is increasing accident rates but something else is lowering it? Sure, it's possible, but that's just guesswork. Somebody needs to dive deeper into the data to figure it out. Maybe people used to drink and drive more. My data source for alcohol involved crashes only goes back to the mid 2000s. Personally, I almost hit someone because I was messing around with my phone. I learned my lesson. I had some idiot 20something total my car with my kids in it because he was, by his own admission, fishing around on the floor for a CD. You're right, I don't care why you're distracted. Knock it off. Pay attention. My own experience tells me I'm a worse driver if I use my phone. I've heard of plenty of studies that report the same thing. It's also intuitive. If you're not actually looking at the road, it's hard to avoid hitting things.

Comment: Re:The Nanny State Strikes again! (Score 2) 364

by SecurityGuy (#47870805) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

It's not a nanny state thing. Nanny state would be preventing you from harming yourself. The problem with texting and driving is you hitting other people. Just last week I had some moron on a 2 lane road drift fully into my lane. Luckily, leaning hard on my horn got him to pay attention again.

If you want to text and drive yourself into a tree, be my guest. It's only if you want to text and drive yourself into someone else that I have a problem with.

Comment: Re:Comparative advantage (Score 1) 385

by SecurityGuy (#47865555) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

You also see enough new things to realize the latest and greatest is sometimes simply the latest. Now and again you see someone re-engineer something that works, and make it into a god-awful monstrosity that may fit the way its creator wants to work very well, but doesn't solve the underlying problem any better than the original. Build toolchains, for example, have had tools come and go, and more times than I want to remember the new and improved versions have simply become one more thing I have to troubleshoot when it doesn't work.

I'm more than happy to learn something new, I just want some reason to believe it's better, not just new.

Comment: Re:In-class exams are the problem. (Score 2) 359

by SecurityGuy (#47825655) Attached to: How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

Humans are now distributed systems, there is no value in memorizing any fact when information is available 24/7 everywhere.

False. Speed. Everything I've been taught is in a book somewhere. You absolutely cannot take someone of equivalent intelligence, hand them a big stack of books, and expect them to perform anywhere near as well. You can't expect them to perform AT ALL. If you think this, you've never been in that situation. My workplace is filled with smart people with advanced degrees. It is laughable to think that the expert software developer can just switch seats with the expert CFD person. They're both intelligent, one just has a wealth of knowledge to draw on that isn't matched by a stack of books on advanced math and physics.

Basically, your method tests whether people are able to teach themselves physics on demand, not if they've actually learned physics.

Comment: Re:How about a different kind of legislation? (Score 1) 253

by SecurityGuy (#47817871) Attached to: Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

Why? There's a simple solution when someone offers you a bad deal. Don't take it.

I used to buy insurance for phones. It was a decent deal. I spent a little money, and if the not super likely but possible happened, I was spared $hundreds out of pocket. Then prices went up, and deductibles went up, and before long I was spending too much money. When the not super likely but possible happened, I was out a fairly hefty deductable anyway. I just quit renewing the policy, and quit buying them going forward. I don't need someone to pass a law prohibiting me from doing something dumb. I'm capable of simply declining to do something dumb.

Comment: Re:disingenious (Score 2) 199

by SpankiMonki (#47815729) Attached to: First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

Ruling against the government in this matter is a career ending move for anybody involved in the decision unless they are have reached the peak of the promotion ladder and are unfireable like the supreme court judges are.

The judges in this matter are in fact appointed for life.

Comment: Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (Score 1) 789

I'm not trying to build a case for anything, other than for folks to read the transcript and draw their own conclusions. I find that to be a better course of action than reading through a bunch of links to old news from outlets that thrive on sensationalism.

What is it YOU are making a case for? (rhetorical question; your motives are pretty obvious)

So... did you ever wonder, do garbagemen take showers before they go to work?