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Comment: it doesnt address a major bug. (Score -1, Troll) 422

by nimbius (#47901643) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint
As an american I applaud any effort toward making guns safer, but our critical defect is our public policy. I dont mean to troll, some of this opinion will be very crontroversial but part of the second amendment has been forgotten, in that the right to keep and bear arms applies to a well regulated militia. Instead, we've doled out Uzi's to nine year olds and have the malevolence to turn around and act shocked when she kills her instructor. we've at best imposed a 1 week wait on ownership of a firearam, which as recent shootings have confirmed only serves to offer a week of additional planning for the murder of 32 school children, or a crowded military base, or any number of other venues for people who are simply too unstable or unfit to own a weapon. The greatest barrier to owning a firearm is competent penmanship. Biometrics arent going to stop the antifederalist lunatic or the hopelessly depressed suicidal person. they will only serve to electronically verify our callous, sadistic, and laughably ineffective approach at firearm ownership in america.

most of this problem is the NRA. the NRA targeted the first safe-gun and wiped it from stores everywhere. they spun uncited rhetoric about the unreliabiltiy or the technology and pounded the communism/fascism fear, uncertainty, and doubt into the public that a biometric or safer firearm was simply another cobblestone in the road to hitler/stalin/mao. politicians are too terrified of the NRA, despite it having no effect on the clinton election and no effect on the obama election to impose or even suggest marginal efforts to make firearms safer. This is because the NRA does not represent firearm owners. It is the lobbying and PR wing of a conglomerate of foreign and domestic firearms manufacturers that, faced with a shrinking customer base, are doing damned near anything to make ownership barriers like waiting periods, legislation, and even firearm related fatality statistics disappear. It needs the general public to associate guns with can openers and blenders; utilitarian and good. the NRA does not support open carry overtly in states like texas because on a national level the reaction has been overwhelmingly negative to the tactics of average citizens occupying starbucks and mcdonalds with assault rifles and pistols. Texans are reducing the marketability of firearms.

Comment: and they picked a lemon state (Score 0) 193

by nimbius (#47883317) Attached to: The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

We cant fail an applicant for not being able to navigate a traffic circle if they say that there [sic] vehicle cant yet do it.

Bullshit. in this case the vehicle is the driver. the car itself is entirely capable of turning and entering a traffic circle but in this case the driver, the autonomous car, wont do it. the excuse from google "most people dont know how to navigate a traffic circle" is also some supreme bullshit. most drivers in practice never signal their lane change, drive much faster than the speed limit, and overtake vehicles improperly but those inherent dangers didnt mean the autonymous car couldnt negotiate a highway, it simply meant they were ignored because google got to cherrypick a desolate strip of highway. this wasnt a driving test, it was a publicity stunt.

When faced with a partially blocked-off road, the car switched between autonomous and manual modes and then braked to a halt. Wojcik also recorded that the car needed driver assistance with some turns, although she did not note the circumstances.

Road construction is a fact of life. Are we to seriously believe Nevada thought it was entirely acceptable for the vehicle to come to a complete standstill in construction traffic? and problems turning? thats kind of a fundamental of motor vehicle operation that should you mess it up will generally not see you pass the exam. the fact that this drivers exam was only made available after a FOIA request is also a red flag that nevada isnt taking this seriously. should this car be allowed as its been passed onto Nevada roads, and in fact be responsible for a major collision, this document will come back to haunt quite a number of politicians.

Comment: a redundant approach (Score 1) 63

by nimbius (#47874827) Attached to: The Grassroots Future of Biohacking

I could imagine a situation where a company obtains genetic samples from a given geographic area to determine regional likes and dislikes, says Medvedik. That would be a very powerful marketing tool.

not necessary. 1.28 billion people voluntaily and questionlessly provide deeply personal detauls about their opinions and beliefs every single minute. its called Facebook, and its helping to destroy privacy on a very fundamental level.
what genetic data is being used by corporations to do is hock tests for a wide range of precursors and indicators of ailments and maladies, many of which are controvesial or flat out inconclusive. this instills fear in the customer and in turn more drive to purchase additional products and services they offer.

Comment: its the fundamentals most drivers suck at. (Score 3, Insightful) 362

by nimbius (#47870925) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled
As a motorcyclist who does not own a car, I notice this constantly: totally distracted, careless drivers. Usually lined up in the median or shoulder in teams of two or three with a dumbfounded, perplexed look on their face as to how this all could have come to be and why the police are even present, despite extensive damage present to their vehicle. the key point ive noticed is that it is not just cellular phones. the problem is much, much bigger.

1. the floorboard.: what in the hell is down there. drivers wobbling in lane face-down in the passengers seat or pretzeled around into god forbid the rear floorboard of the car. is it the shire? does frodo live down there? did you lose the one ring?
2.Food: im not sure what it is about burritos and burgers, but they have the magical ability to turn any sane driver into a maniac. even the expression on their faces while shoveling calories into their face is disconcerting. Drivers multitask too, so its not uncommon to see some lard-lad juggling a starbucks liquid candy bar and some awful breakfast sandwich trying to merge into 5 lanes of good-morning gridlock.
3.the goddamn car.: Acura and Audi drivers are the worst. im not sure what future-perfect ameneties these cars have to be saddled with in order to attract millenials and mid-lifers but id give anything if they were disabled during transit. Usually its some white-collar clown button-mashing the console or prodding in a dazed stupor at the enormous screen in the vehicle. that lane-change warning technology likely compensates for some kind of brain-damage induced by corinthian leather and more brass than sense.
4. phones.: I get it, in gridlock it seems pleasant to text someone but speaking from experience its nothing short of stupid. Ive personally watched as an inattentive driver, at impulse speed, slowly mount a curb in their ford excursion and proceed to deacpitate a parking meter in plain view of a traffic cop.

the reason drivers get away with this shit is because the repercussions are limited. disabling their phones isnt going to help, you need to start docking points from their license and sending them to remedial drivers ed. texting while driving should triple your insurance rate.

Comment: a few corrections (Score 2) 183

by nimbius (#47863647) Attached to: In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart
We (4chan) will control our hearts with our smart phones, tuning down its pumping capacity when we want to sleep (for weeks or months at a time, or randomly every 19 seconds), or tuning it up when we want to run marathons (or attend a funeral, or fix a sandwich, or enter a bathroom)

Comment: I use cobol, you insensitive clod! (Score 5, Funny) 380

by nimbius (#47862707) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative
I work for a financial institution that rhymes with race, and im paid handsomly for nothing short of necromancy and time travel. my cobol applications interface with 50 year old cobol applications, which in turn interface with java, which runs in a godless vortex of jboss and tomcat. the accounts division I write for is beginning to suspect im some kind of evil witch that lives on the 5th floor and creates their reports over a fuming cauldron. I have in the past transferred money in my checking account using the original cobol-85 nested subprograms written to handle some of the first ATM's ever invented. Security has, on two separate occasions, mistaken me for a hobo trying to steal a laptop.

Comment: its the cops, not the cameras. (Score 5, Insightful) 170

by nimbius (#47834411) Attached to: NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program
When Eric Garner was choked to death by NYPD cops, cameraphones were rolling to capture the event. when they shot dead a man on 37th street for brandishing a knife, video was taken through bystanders. two years ago when a cop shot a homeless mans dog in East Village there was plenty of footage from bystanders. 11 months ago when the NYPD fired haphazardly into a crowd of people to control a single disorderly man, there was quite a bit of footage. when the NYPD dragged a nude grandmother from her apartment last month, plenty of cameraphones picked up the action.

Strapping a camera to a police officer at this point is moot. its designed to deflect attention from the routine use of disproportionate force against the citizens theyre charged with protecting. the actual issue the NYPD needs to deal with is either burned out or unfit for duty officers. Rookies fresh from Afghanistan and 10 year veterans with a calloused trigger finger need training, counseling, and support to help correct a systemic 'us vesus them' mentality. PTSD evaluations and regular, significant performance reviews should be a part of every officers career and something the police union should champion first. Strapping a go-pro to your departments beat-cops will result in either a glut of abuse evidence or no footage at all. Do not promote unfit officers to higher ranks either; the glut of stonewalled or ignored FOIA requests is evidence this is a bad practice.

Comment: Truly priority one. (Score 4, Funny) 166

by nimbius (#47833727) Attached to: Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification
knowing the threat to our vital supply of hot black ichor was in peril, scientists of all fields have clearly exhibited a remarkable drive to solve this problem. Cancer, supercomputing, and most modern breakthrough technologies would have ground to a halt without some means of ensuring a steady supply of our dark glory bean. In honor of these brave scientists, I propose a toast of the finest coffee this mornings breakroom has to offer.

Comment: Phrased a few other ways... (Score 2) 448

by nimbius (#47826519) Attached to: Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?
"Could Tech Have stopped the mujahadeen from using our own heavy weapons against us?"
"Could Tech Have stopped mexican cartels from using our own heavy weapons against us?"
"Could Tech Have stopped Afghani armed forces from using our own heavy weapons against us?"
"Could Tech Have stopped Iraqi armed forces from using our own heavy weapons against us?"

there is no amount of technology that will intercede to short-circuit the natural conclusion of a foreign policy of wreckless interventionalism

Comment: an insight into the stagnation (Score 2) 157

by nimbius (#47825533) Attached to: Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia
sterling allies of the separate but equal doctrine and creation science, Georgias firm stance against competition from Tesla shouldnt surprise anyone. Texas and Ohio do the same thing when it comes to selling cars in the interest of preserving a relic of a dying baby boomer era. We all know and love the car salesman for his even handed approach, calm demure, and truthful nature right?

another issue of stagnation is price. Outside of California and New York, electric cars largely dont have subsidies. this is partly due to the franchise racket, and partly because other states dont have stringent EPA mandates or emissions standards like california. Tesla is also, according to their website a 'premium' electric vehicle company. The average price for a Model S is around $90,000 US so among the worst wealth gap in history, the remenence of a major housing crisis, a looming student debt crisis, and rampant american unemployment its no wonder most people arent exactly leaping at the opportunity to saddle themselves with this. 90k is, or was, a decent chunk of a home for most people before the collapse.
target demographics are also not to be forgotten. Millenials like myself do not care for cars. give us light rail, busses, and trains but ultimately the thing that matters most to us is not that symbol by which our parents projected their status. cars are expensive to maintain and own for us because we earn less than our parents do and, once again, are commonly saddled with an enormous amount of student debt. make it as futuristic as you want, thats fine, but that centre console only does half the things our smartphones are capable of, and requires us to multitask and drive while using it.

Comment: to clarify what this means. (Score 4, Insightful) 134

by nimbius (#47824589) Attached to: After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy
many people think 4chan is a place where 'anything goes.' thats not the case. the /b board is where the most shocking content submission and conversation happens, and its arguably been the one 4chans owner moot (christopher poole) has had the most trouble handling in the past. Poole determined rather early on that he was willing to sacrifice 4chans freedom of speech so long as someone was willing to foot the bill for his posh new york condo and hipster pedigree. He used to at least make a passing attempt at participation by dredging up old 4chan memes like 'crescent fresh' but lately its mostly mods and ops in his name that enforce the christmas hat overlays and such. Its nothing new though, 4chan has had a DMCA policy for nearly a decade and will gladly redact link content and ban users for posting torrents.

poole has always done the DMCA shimmy because while leaks like this draw traffic, they also have the ability to draw him into protracted litigation and harm his advertising revenue stream. hes worried about celebrities in this case growing a pair and sending him to court personally, or attacking his advertisers.

Comment: neither science nor news. (Score 0) 54

by nimbius (#47790097) Attached to: Watch UK Inventor Colin Furze Survive a Fireworks Blast In a Metal Suit
its articles like this that help rocket slashdot into obsolescence. Timmy, drunkenly shitposting 4chan fodder at 2:30 in the morning and making it past firehose and onto the newsfeed. Other memorable turds include the video slashvertisement, the video interview/slashvertisement no one wanted, and the news article from a paid advertiser fearmongering for their latest appliance a-go-go. So ill give it a go at trying to make something productive of the comments section related to this worthless post.

lets discuss functional and informative alternatives to slashdot. is good, but lacks userbase from what im told.

Comment: this would expose an enormous state secret. (Score 5, Insightful) 248

by nimbius (#47783895) Attached to: US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process
To divulge this information would let loose the fact that the list is populated arbitrarily in most cases, and in others using illegal domestic spying practices currently being swept under the rug by the administration and the NSA. More importantly it would further confirm the TSA and most of homeland security as nothing more than security theatre and lemon socialism for defense contractors. Further, it would serve also to undermine more than a decade of highly controversial foreign and domestic policy in the wake of the september 11th attacks.

Another way to approach this retiscence from the government is in terms of employment and consumer confidence, as thats really all a capitalist government is focused on when it legislates. for those who insist it would help to dismantle the department of homeland security, its not that simple or even prudent to do. closing a 60 billion dollar a year facility would instantly land a quarter of a million americans unemployed as well as trigger staff cuts in military agencies and various contractors across the board. the long story short: as capitalism employs outsourcing and offshoring in its advancing race to the bottom, it becomes increasingly incapable of providing gainful employment for anyone and in turn government programs like this must be protected, even if they do very little else but harass the public and chase their tail. the big state secret is that the United States can hardly keep the government open, lags the world in education, and leads the world in incarceration

Comment: R.I.P. Mozilla (Score 5, Insightful) 171

by nimbius (#47777129) Attached to: Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page
one of the core values of the Mozilla manifesto is this:

use the Mozilla assets (intellectual property such as copyrights and trademarks, infrastructure, funds, and reputation) to keep the Internet an open platform;

How does mozilla expect sponsored advertisement to exist without a conflict of interest? It can't. Mozilla is now beholden to and will become ever increasingly dependent upon ad revenue, which in turn will ensure mozilla projects and opinions will be screened before release to meet the advertisers approval.

personally? im switching because i still want a free internet. check out icecat or midori.

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