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Comment: Re:Easy Solution (Score 1) 220

by neminem (#49354807) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House

Fixing that for you:
> If it turns out they can't provide service, they'll claim they refunded your deposit, but never actually send you a refund. When you call them later that month to ask about it, they'll insist that they did, redirect you a couple times to people who don't have your information, then eventually say they'll call you back tomorrow about it, which they also won't do.

Comment: What does this have to do with London or NYC? (Score 1) 226

by neminem (#49346011) Attached to: Russian Official Proposes Road That Could Connect London To NYC

When a headline says a road is proposed to connect "London to NYC", it's hard to imagine that could possibly mean anything else but the truly mind-bogglingly dumb idea of creating a road all the way across the Atlantic ocean. Which would be hilarious, but rather monumentally unlikely.

The actual proposal, which I've seen before, so it's not like it's a totally new idea, would connect Alaska with Russia, thus connecting the western US with Asia. Would still be stupidly expensive, but not *impossibly* so, and would be fantastic for shipping. But I can't imagine it would be the best way to ship something from NYC to London or reverse? They're both basically coastal on the Atlantic, and we're talking about connecting the *Pacific*. It would connect London to NYC in the same way that it would connect Denver to Zimbabwe.

I don't think it's a terrible idea, though.

Comment: Re:Safety Speed (Score 1) 282

by neminem (#49335743) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

> "Well the sentiment here definitely seems to lean toward "let me speed, limits are for dummies" camp."

I don't think that's quite the sentiment. I think the predominant sentiment is more like "let me speed - speed limits are artificially low as a revenue generator". Which, 99% of the time, they sure freaking are. There are *so* many places where if you drove even remotely close to the speed limit, everyone would be justifiably honking at you because you were going way slower than you had any safety-related reason to be going.

Vast majority of places, at least around here, speed limits exist as a guideline, and the guideline is actually "it's safe to go about 5-10 mph faster than whatever is posted". Vast majority of places, if you are driving the speed limit, you *are* going stupidly slow, and *are* kind of being a dick unless you know there are cops around. So let's, instead, make speed limits *actually* reflect safe driving speeds, and at *that* point I'm fine having automated systems like this and harsher penalties for ignoring it.

Comment: Re:I choose MS SQL Server (Score 1) 320

by neminem (#49294763) Attached to: Why I Choose PostgreSQL Over MySQL/MariaDB

Ok, fine, you win. Oracle does technically work on Linux (for sufficiently gross values of "work"), so it does beat MSSQL in that regard. Still... while I certainly understand the existence of non-Microsoft ecosystems and that that could in some cases be the smart choice, I definitely can't understand going with a Linux setup and then choosing to use *Oracle*, for *anything*. Why would you possibly hate yourself that much?

Comment: Re:Self driving cars will give a new meaning to (Score 1) 132

by neminem (#49267079) Attached to: Self-Driving Car Will Make Trip From San Francisco To New York City

> "They'll kill people, animals, cause accidents, destroy property"
Yes, they probably will. But the question is, will they kill fewer people and animals, cause fewer accidents, and destroy less property than the absolutely enormous number of people and animals killed, accidents caused, and property destroyed by *humans* driving cars? I expect by the time self-driving cars go mainstream, the answer will be a monumental yes, in which case, that's still a win for humans and the planet.

Comment: Fixed (Score 4, Interesting) 132

by neminem (#49250989) Attached to: New Molecular 3D Printer Can Create Billions of Compounds

"The impact on the pharmaceutical^Hrecreational drug industry could be staggering."

Yes, I would like to 3d print some lsd, please? :D

(Note to any snoopy snitches who might happen to see that I posted this non-anonymously: I don't mean I *personally* have any intention of wanting to 3d print any currently-illegal recreational compounds... not at all. Nope.)

Comment: California wins! (So far.) (Score 1) 190

by neminem (#49245931) Attached to: Powdered Alcohol Approved By Feds, Banned By States

Hopefully they won't ban it - I think the concept is pretty darn cool, and had been looking forward to trying it since I heard about the company like a year ago. I really don't see what all the fuss is about - safety-wise it doesn't really do anything you can't already do with regular booze.

I am academically curious whether you could get drunk by consuming it in capsule form, or if it *has* to be dissolved to work.

Comment: It was useful to me as a kid, in a weird way (Score 1) 447

by neminem (#49245743) Attached to: Homeopathy Turns Out To Be Useless For Treating Medical Conditions

I was sick like all the time as a small child (constant sinus infections, often also in my ears and throat and lungs, it was awful). First stop was all kinds of doctors that put me on all kinds of medication, at the end of which I was even worse. Finally my mom tried taking me to an alternative place that turned out to be a homeopathic clinic, not that she actually believed in it, but she was about ready to try just about anything. She actually called the pills they gave her to give me "placebo pills", which being like 5 or 6 at the time, I didn't get why that was so funny until a couple years later, I just thought that's what the medicine was called.

Anyway, I got better! Not all the way better, but better than I'd been before, just because they told her the first step was to *stop* drowning my immune system in all kinds of antibiotics, which is what had been happening before.

Of course, I could've gotten the same effect, and saved my mom some money, by just not going *anywhere*, but still. ;)

Comment: Re:Yes, blocking (Score 3, Informative) 347

by neminem (#49243969) Attached to: FCC Posts Its 400-Page Net Neutrality Order

If it's not stated, it certainly doesn't sound required. If I tell you, "you must not murder any children", does that mean you're required to murder all (or indeed, any) adults? No, it just means don't murder any children. Telling them they're required to not block any legal content, doesn't mean they're required to block content if it isn't "legal", it just means they're allowed if they decide they would like to.

Comment: Can't forget one of the classics (Score 2) 104

by neminem (#49234953) Attached to: Some of the Greatest Science Fiction Novels Are Fix-Ups

A Canticle for Leibowitz was originally three novellas as well.

Interestingly, though this is fantasy rather than sci-fi, but Brandon Sanderson's recent epic, "Words of Radiance", was written as a trilogy with interstitial short stories - but meant from the beginning to have been published as a single book. (As per this interview.)

Thrashing is just virtual crashing.