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Comment: Re:Railroads killed by the government... (Score 1) 194

by pupsocket (#47490983) Attached to: The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

I'm not against trucks. I just think that trains that can carry 600 people downtown to downtown at 300 kph shouldn't be something citizens of the United States can experience only overseas.

P.S. If I wanted to hide, I'd head to the old farm. It's pretty hard to hide in a subway.

Comment: Re:Railroads killed by the government... (Score 1) 194

by pupsocket (#47487695) Attached to: The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

The Nordic report cited above indicates that deterioration from environmental effects is not significant. Doesn't sound right, but then none of this matches intuition.

Speculation based on cursory reading: Since trucks do their worst where pavement is rough, the freeze-thaw cycle doesn't get a chance to do its worst because the trucks are too quick at expanding fissures and pounding the edges of cracks. Once trucks start tearing up a roadway, the destruction accelerates because tires bang asphalt at all angles and concentrate their load on a smaller area with shuddering stress.

Comment: Re:The car will need a license. (Score 1) 435

by pupsocket (#47487645) Attached to: FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

... the least you could do is wait until someone is confirmed to be doing something 'bad' before you punish them ...

We are sympathetic to your point of view, Citizen, but the approach you advocate would delay the expansion of government control over your life. We trust you are not hostile to the radiant future where cars have more autonomy than you do.

Comment: Re:Railroads killed by the government... (Score 1) 194

by pupsocket (#47487627) Attached to: The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

What you list are economic activities. Those are what humans intend to subsidize. We do not intend to favor specific businesses or to kill off businesses that would otherwise thrive.

The trucking industry operates with large enough organizations to influence policy in its favor. That industry is as large as it is because it has an unfair cost advantage over other modes of transport and because it has successfully hidden its subsidies while ensuring the failure of rail transportation.

Well, that's business. The fundamental corruption is in the legislature.

Comment: Re:Small business owners (Score 1) 68

The research was not about the scandal of data left behind. That data proved to be an excellent fossil showing a business running an insecure system without basic protections, failing even to install security updates for seven years.

This, though, only confirms your own account and probably falls well within the known range of shortcomings.

So ...

Doesn't HP, for whom the author of this report works, compete with sellers of point-of-sale systems, which have become default inventory and accounting systems for many small businesses?

After all, this is not a story about how data was actually used in a crime. The article: "Even second-hand POS systems aren't cheap, so it's unlikely that cybercriminals would spend hundreds of dollars on a chance that a few contain personal data." The businesses who use the system are not directly harmed, are probably defunct, and don't have IT expertise in house.

If there were headlines about this method being used or complaints from banks and law enforcement, it would not be necessary to issue this report.

Just a guess, but I'd say that only insurance companies, card clearance companies, and governments have a stake here, and they are the intended audience. They have the clout to ban resales, or at least to erect high barriers to resale involving certified wiping and refurbishment, which would help sales of new systems and create new opportunities for service charges.

Comment: Re:Railroads killed by the government... (Score 2) 194

by pupsocket (#47473613) Attached to: The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

The long-distance railroads in the U.S. were built by giving away land stolen from other peoples. Not just land to build the lines on, but a checkerboard of land for miles on both sides of the track, land that the railroads could sell to recoup their capital.

Many of these railroads were later bought out by John D. Rockefeller so that he could kill his competitors in the oil business by making it unprofitable for anyone else to transport petroleum.

Subsidy and monopoly are the parents of American railroads. Only businesses benefit. Humans can take the highway.

Comment: The car will need a license. (Score 1) 435

by pupsocket (#47470339) Attached to: FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

This is where the FBI is heading: expensive licenses with high compliance requirements, including data-sharing on demand with law enforcement agencies.

The licenses will be feasible for larger organizations with no particular fealty to one individual, unless that individual is the controlling shareholder of a closely held corporation. Individual licenses will be as rare as private jets.

There are sound reasons for this approach, and any suggestions how it can be executed without expanding police power or corporate control over daily life will be eagerly registered.

Comment: Re:Less. (Score 2) 435

by pupsocket (#47469575) Attached to: FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

Ex. we could allow cars to drive themselves on the highway, but require a human to get the car to the highway.

With some exceptions.

Where a city sits at the hub of a suburban train system, parking problems and congestion resurface in the communities closest to the feeder stations. A system of circulating, self-navigating vehicles, shuttling between home and train station, would reduce the monetary and psychic costs of commuting and the land asphalted for train-station parking.

Comment: Pooled car fleets (Score 1) 435

by pupsocket (#47469349) Attached to: FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

Auto-navigating fleets could displace street parking and taxis in dense areas, as membership in a five-thousand vehicle self-driving car pool will be less expensive and more convenient. Valet parking everywhere, with a robotic valet. Lower cost of ownership from better use of capital & negligible parking costs.

Comment: Re:The world... (Score 1) 236

by pupsocket (#47230343) Attached to: Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

Analog is the accepted spelling in the computer industry.

Even worse, analogue is a model of the real. The real and continuous world is not an analogue of binary logic. An analogue is a figurative model of the real, something analogous to something else. Among the binary, however, logic is primary and real is analog. So let's preserve the proper spelling for the proper use and cede the streamlined variant to the Forces of Progress.

These travesties may be quite upsetting, but even the word "quite" once meant "hardly at all." It was used facetiously so often that came to mean "very".

Comment: Preserving the disinformation infrastructure. (Score 2) 364

by pupsocket (#47207025) Attached to: Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

Verizon leads the campaign to preserve the television industry in the United States.

As broadcast television and real-time cable approach irrelevancy, the incumbents in the video-distribution business seek control over cached video programming.

The right to charge extra would affirm Verizon FiOS as a cable television operator with the right to charge to carry even cached content.

Not coincidentally, real-time one-to-many propaganda operations like Fox News depend on this campaign to turn Internet providers into a small subset of the digital data transport industry.

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