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Comment: Re:Rich Family Dies, World At Peril!!! (Score 1) 105

by ShanghaiBill (#49751031) Attached to: DNA On Pizza Crust Leads To Quadruple Murder Suspect

If they wanted to end coercive prostitution, they would do this:

The best way to end coercive prostitution is to legalize commercial sex. But coercive prostitution is far less common than people are led to believe, and hookers with pimps tend to be better paid and less likely to be victims of violence.

Comment: Re:Rich Family Dies, World At Peril!!! (Score 2, Insightful) 105

by ShanghaiBill (#49748793) Attached to: DNA On Pizza Crust Leads To Quadruple Murder Suspect

Ghetto? No DNA testing required...case closed.

Even in the Ghetto, a multiple murder in cold blood would be thoroughly investigated. But it is obvious you aren't a real SJW, because these days the real SJWs are complaining that the cops spend too much time focusing on crimes in the ghetto.

Comment: Re:Non-answers (Score 1) 96

I'm with you. It was sanitized corporate-speak. I didn't learn anything from reading any of the answers...

She sounded more like a PR droid than a nerd. She couldn't even give a straight answer to question about ultra-caps, which are an absolutely idiotic technology for primary storage (they may make sense for regenerative braking capture, but that wasn't the question). This was a very disappointing interview.

Comment: Re:better open source the tools (Score 5, Informative) 120

by ShanghaiBill (#49743917) Attached to: US Proposes Tighter Export Rules For Computer Security Tools

and publish them well away from USoA soil.

This is what happened with the encryption ban in the 1990s. Companies did their development outside America, using non-Americans. The result was job losses for Americans, atrophy of American skills, and no increase in security. That was predictable, and continued long after the stupidity of the policy was blatantly obvious. But it really takes a special kind of idiocy to do it all over again.

Comment: Re:give us your data (Score 3, Insightful) 44

by ShanghaiBill (#49743187) Attached to: Rate These 53 Sub-$200 Hacker SBCs, Win 1 of 20

I would think if you wanted a "shitload" of personal data, you would pick something less esoteric than single board computers.

Random personal data isn't worth much. You can get that from the phone book. But names and emails associated with a specific esoteric interest are worth far more. I am interested in SBCs, embedded Linux systems, FPGA boards, ASIC services, electronic CAD, oscilloscopes, etc. I have spent $10k or more of my own money on this stuff, and influenced several million $ on behalf of my employers and clients. My email, phone number, and physical address would be worth something to a company with a new and interesting product in this area.

Comment: Re:Please? (Score 1) 112

by ShanghaiBill (#49741253) Attached to: Hydrogen-Powered Drone Can Fly For 4 Hours at a Time

Please...can we stop using 'drone' unless/until it is actually autonomous?

"Drone" does not necessarily mean autonomous. It just means it is not controlled by direct line of sight. An R/C is controlled by looking at the aircraft. A drone can be autonomous or it can be controlled by looking at the realtime output from the on-board camera.

Comment: Re:North Pole (Score 1) 468

by ShanghaiBill (#49741187) Attached to: The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers

I first saw this puzzle in a brainteaser book* when I was a kid, many decades ago. I think Elon's goal is to hire people that read a lot of brainteaser books, which means they are curious and have no social life, so they will make good employees. This is a smart strategy.

*The book explained that there are an infinite number of solutions: The north pole is one point, and any point 1+1/(2*pi) miles north of the south pole. He should not hire anyone that just says "north pole", since they clearly didn't read the book.

Comment: Re:Vehicle Weight (Score 1) 805

by ShanghaiBill (#49739373) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

The wear by heavy trucks is exponentially greater than a number of smaller vehicles of total similar weight.

Not it isn't. It is a 4th power relationship, which is polynomial, NOT exponential. You can often get away with using "exponential" to mean "a lot", but that doesn't work on a nerd website where "exponential" should only be used to mean exponential.

Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 805

by ShanghaiBill (#49739289) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

If the 18-wheeler is loaded up so that it weighs 10000 times as much as a typical car, then their tax should be 10000 as much per mile driven

No. You are assuming the relationship is linear. It is not. It is a fourth power relationship. A 18-wheeler only needs 10 times the weight per axle to do 10^4=10000 times as much damage. Since the weight of the trailer is distributed across 4 axles, and a car has 2, that means an 18-wheeler with the weight of 20 cars does 10000 times as much damage as a single car.

Comment: Re:Political hit job (Score 2, Insightful) 95

by ShanghaiBill (#49738797) Attached to: Do Russian Uranium Deals Threaten World Supply Security?

Smells like somebody's trying to Swiftboat the Clintons.

The Clintons are giving the swiftboaters plenty of ammunition. This certainly has the appearance of a sleazy deal. Mostly this sort of stuff just makes the people that hate Hillary, hate her even more, while having no effect on the people that like her. But eventually all these reports are going to have an effect on swing voters.

How come financial advisors never seem to be as wealthy as they claim they'll make you?

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