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Comment Re:Heh Heh (Score 1) 48

This smells like the kind of thing you might leave behind if you were departing Amazon, perhaps not on the best of terms.

It's also possible the employee responsible for the Zombie Inclusion was so bored to tears writing these terms of service he decided to include a gaffe just to see if anyone noticed.


I've had to write policies and procedures that were so mind numbingly boring that I knew no-one would ever read (like Acceptable Use Agreements), so I've snuck in things like "and failure to take note of these restrictions will result in the user being fed to lions". I've only been caught out once and that was 10 months after I'd finished working there (the boss had a sense of humour about it though).

Comment Re:More nation-wrecking idiocy (Score 1) 592

They point to reduced speeds due to drivers being unsure of lanes. Repeat: UNSURE of the road. They treat this like speed reduction is an end in itself rather than the primary goal of safety. Driver confusion rarely is a good thing.

The problem is that it only slows down good drivers. People who are good enough to recognise that no lines on the road represent additional hazards, most notably from those who mistakenly believe they are good at driving and dont slow down.

From the article

A report by TfL on the trial in London suggested white lines gave drivers a "psychological sense of confidence".

This wont affect people who are already driving dangerously because their "psychological sense of confidence" comes from the Dunning-Kruger effect (unskilled and completely unaware of it), many have so much false confidence that they're unsafe at any speed, so removing the white lines wont make them think of slowing down because they think they're perfectly safe doing what they're doing and anything that goes wrong is someone else's fault because they're gods gift to driving.

This is being driven by politicians at the council of Norfolk, however motoring association, the AA has said the idea is

"absurd, barmy and crazy".

I tend to agree with the AA as unlike the council of Norfolk they put out a lot of helpful videos about how to take care of your car... so I think they might know a thing or two about driving as well.

Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 523

If you're the type of person that buys a 3500 pound object that can go 100+ MPH and fail to read the manual which results in the injury of another individual, you're an idiot.

Erm... the thing is, in order to drive a 2T object that can go 160 KPH (so we clearly cant be talking about Jeeps here) you need to be able to demonstrate you're capable of using it without having to read a manual. When you've demonstrated this they give you a piece of plastic with the word "license" on it.

The problem here is that FCA not only changed a standardised design, they made parts of it non-functional. So expected functions were not there.

When you engineer something for the mass market, you need to engineer it for the dumbest possible users. Its no good saying "well you should have RTFM'd", this attitude is what has kept Linux out of the hands of the masses. You need to engineer it to prevent as much stupidity as possible. People are ignorant, lazy, slovenly morons that think if they can save 0.5 seconds and 20 KJ by not using the handbrake they should do it. This is why almost all automatic transmissions force you to be in park to take the key out (not an issue for us superior manual drivers, but we're superior for a reason).

Comment Re:Kinda dissagree (Score 1) 239

I have read about people neglecting their kids to play farmville, I have even done a few nasty binges where I would swear to "stop by midnight" only to look outside and see that it was dawn.

The big kerfuffle in the 90's wasn't that games were addictive, it was that they were violent and that we were going to turn into desensitized savages who want to dismember people. Basically this article is about kids that grew up on Mortal Kombat.


And it is the same nonsense that was spouted about Metal, Comics, TV, Movies and Books (that weren't the bible) in the past. Same shit, different target.

Comment Re:Roll-back as in play-back? (Score 1) 71

A little OT: This reminds me though of how Bank Robbers always shared this mythical celebrity status with a big portion of the population. In the 20's people blamed banks for everything and were happy to see them suffer. In 2016 the banks are still screwing the population over at a much faster rate, yet you never hear of hackers being heroes to any but a select few.

Banks these days aren't distrusted and despised like they used to be in the 20's.

People will actually defend banks ripping them off these days because banks do it indirectly and give a pittance to the end user to buy their loyalties. Cashback, rewards, frequent flyer points and what not to get the end user sucked into using credit then they charge the merchant for accepting credit. The merchant is not in a position to say no because they have literally addicted (via gamification) the end user into using credit and nothing is harder for a store owner to deal with than an addict who is denied their fix. So merchants just raise prices to compensate which ironically means the credit addict is paying for their habit, whilst defending their habit.

You almost have to admire the Machiavellian brilliance of the banks here. They've got the end user thinking the bank is their best friend whilst robbing them blind.

Comment Re: Doesn't need to be the end (Score 2) 173

You must also realize...they don't care. You are an infidel to them. Christian, agnostics, atheist, secular does not matter. You are not a true adherent to their particular strain of Islam so you must be killed or subjugated.

You must also realise, that most people do not believe in their religion to that degree, in fact that is a big part of why people are fleeing into Europe, because they're sick of dealing with extremists and simply want a normal life, with a normal job so they can have normal kids in a normal house.

It also does not help that Europe and America are bombing their homes.

Comment Re:Buy on site (Score 1) 137

Rather than carry why not buy on the spot in the country you're travelling to? Every airport should have a duty-free shop of some sort. What you'll probably find are power strips with surge protection rather than something specifically marketed as a surge protector. Look for one with a fuse or a mini circuit breaker. If you're worried about the quality, then you can try daisy-chaining two of them.

Personally I carry one socket adapter and a powerboard.

That way, I can charge all of my devices from one power point. I've also got a powerboard with universal outlets so that I can plug in Australian and local electronics. Useful if the only useful power point is being used by the TV or what not.

However I dont bother with surge protection. I've never had any of my electronics fail on holiday and if the power is regularly that dirty, the hotel will have surge protection installed at the mains as they dont want to replace all their TV's, computers, set top boxes and alarm clocks every time the power surges, let alone get complaints from their guests about dead laptops.

Comment Re:220V should be sufficient (Score 1) 137

If you are somewhere third world, and the nominal 220V line goes to 260V and stays there for a while (fractions of a second to many seconds) the kind of surge suppressor found in power strips is useless. Your adapter will probably fry - and with luck fail in a way that blows a fuse inside without sending any damaging over voltage to the device it is powering. Better quality power adapters have added parts on the output that clamp the DC to safe limits even if the upstream parts in the adapter are being overvoltaged to failure.

That being said, I've travelled all over the third world from Colombia to Thailand and I've never had to use a surge protector. Most devices are solid enough to handle dirty power and most hotels, coffee shops and what not will have surge protection installed at the mains if power is that dirty (They dont like replacing all their electronics when the power company screws up).

Surge protectors are just another thing taking up space in my bag... so I dont bother carrying them.

Comment Re:Surge protectors *must* be voltage specific (Score 1) 137

A surge protector for 230-240 volts is what's needed.

Actually what is needed is a voltage converter/step down transformer, surge protectors don't downvolt 220-240v to 110v.

Or the US could just admit that 110v is a bad idea and follow the world onto 220-240v.

However for laptops, it usually doesn't matter as most manufacturers make one auto-switching power supply for the entire world. Check your power brick to see if it supports up to 240v, it should say something like "AC 100-240v". As for the rest of your stuff, just make sure whatever you get a step down converter/transformer, then just bring a powerboard/powerstrip from home.

As an Australian (240v), I only have to worry about getting a plug adapter. Most Europeans are in the same boat.

Comment Re:Authoritarians will always rule. (Score 2, Insightful) 459

Libertarians will never come to agreement as to whether not there is a duty to ensure that ALL people are equally free. This of course allows for Authoritarians to gain and keep power simply by promising to enforce a Conservative Libertarian agenda on Social Libertarians or a Social Libertarian agenda on Conservative Libertarians. Perhaps someday we will all agree to live and let live, but I fear that day is a long, long way off.

Libertarians are naive in the extreme (like the bunch that invested in the "Galts Gulch" in Argentina a few years back). On the up side, there's a business opportunity in New Hampshire with the best kind of clients happening pretty soon. Anyone with a silver tongue and no qualms about ripping people off should be rubbing their hands with glee at the moment.

Comment Re:Title answers itself (Score 1) 180

Why do those drivers continue to drive for Uber? Do they all want to drive for other people as a hobby?

Because it's still new enough that there are plenty of starry-eyed suckers who are ignorant of the fact they wont make money.

Plus a lot of costs are obfuscated. An Uber driver who isn't very good with numbers (because the app does everything for them) goes home and see he's earned $X, the ones with two brain cells will figure out that fuel costs $Y but still think the rest is profit... However they fail to take into account the costs of maintenance, insurance, repairs, so on and so forth.

Eventually the shine will wear off and Uber will end up with the worst of the worst. Drivers who literally cant get a job doing anything else.

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