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Comment: Re:$30 (Score 1) 515

Ah, Munich. In 2014 you can still get a day pass for about 8 euro that covers the city. Less than 20 euro will get you the same pass with transportation to/from the airport included.

You cannot compare that city's public transit system with that of Los Angeles or San Francisco. Munich is light years ahead of the US. Unless you have to take the U6 when Bayern Munchen is playing, then it just plain sucks.

Comment: Re:Close to owning (Score 1) 374

by rworne (#49588793) Attached to: Who Owns Pre-Embryos?

The egg only has 50% of her DNA, so it's not her body.

Let's make it more simple:

The human body has 46 chromosomes. 23 from the man and 23 from the woman. If the pre-embryo is female, one pair is XX. Male is XY.

So, if the pre-embryo is a female, then it's a 50-50 split. If male, then about 49.5% of the pre-embryo is his and 50.5% is the woman's - based on the presumption that there is less genetic material in a Y chromosome compared to an X. Therefore, she has a majority stake at best (XY) and an even split at worst (XX).

Then again, there's mitochondrial DNA which is solely provided by the female, that would probably put ownership in the woman's court in all cases except for the following situation:

Things get muddied when you have some pre-embryos with multiple X or Y chromosomes. One would have to find out which parent they came from first. XYY syndrome - father has majority rights. XXX syndrome, one would have to determine which parent's reproductive process malfunctioned before assigning parental rights.

Comment: Re:Energy use (Score 3, Insightful) 332

by rworne (#49457335) Attached to: California Looks To the Sea For a Drink of Water

They had a nuclear power plant in San Diego. San Onofre.

They're shutting it down instead of refitting/repairing it because the operators figured there would be too much trouble jumping regulatory hurdles and endless delays from the government and environmental groups that had little interest in, or were openly hostile to letting the plant operate.

Comment: Re:There's This Little Thing Called the Constituti (Score 1) 306

by rworne (#49402313) Attached to: Al Franken Urges FBI To Prosecute "Revenge Porn"

You missed the part: who shall flee from justice, and be found in another state .

One would have to be in the state that forbids the activity, commit the crime and flee to another state.

Then you can be extradited.

Otherwise Texas would be busy nabbing everyone in the U.S. who orders stuff from Bad Dragon.

Comment: Re:Confirmed! (Score 2) 82

by rworne (#49390443) Attached to: Verizon Subscribers Can Now Opt Out of "Supercookies"

They have an opt-in program. It's called "Verizon Selects".

Basically, it's a points-based award program that "rewards" you for letting them monitor your location, app usage, and web browsing activity on your phone.

But why is this opt-in and the super cookie business opt-out?

Simple. In the selects program, they "pay" you with gift cards or merchandise. With the super cookie, Verizon gets your browsing for free.

Comment: Re:Are speed cameras bad? (Score 1) 335

by rworne (#48703129) Attached to: Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

What you say is true, but drivers who are aware of the camera also won't trust the yellow even if it is properly timed. So if in a non-camera intersection you get caught by a yellow you can breeze easily through safely. A driver aware of a camera won't trust the yellow and will slam on the brakes the moment he sees the light change. Take the driver behind him who is a tourist or someone else who may not be aware of the camera. That's a recipe for a rear-ender.

Comment: Re:Are speed cameras bad? (Score 1) 335

by rworne (#48703081) Attached to: Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

What bugs me are the cameras at toll booths that take your picture for no reason. Every toll booth I've seen in recent months I've noticed takes my picture. Just what the fuck is that about? If a person takes my picture... ok, 1st Amendment protects them. But why is a government agency taking pictures of every single toll booth transaction? How could that much data possibly be useful for the purpose of policing toll booths? Why can't they just take pictures of the drivers that don't pay?

Here's a good conspiracy theory:

Where do you think all the faces to seed/test the database for the facial recognition SW the feds are working on?

They know the car by the plate number. They know the owner by the registration. They have the owner's picture in a DMV database. Now they have tons of crappy real-world images to try to match with a known person where the person in the photo is likely to be the owner. Great for testing out the system.

They already use toll transponders to track vehicles. This isn't too far of a stretch.

Comment: Re:I might have agreed, BUT (Score 2) 335

by rworne (#48703019) Attached to: Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

Holy crap. Tickets for speed cameras in Baltimore/Maryland are in the $40-50 range?

If Los Angeles ever starts using them, I'm looking at nearly 10x that amount. Red light camera tickets were $490, and a typical speeding ticket (15 over) is about $240. The fine itself is just $35 ($70 in a construction zone), the other $205 are "fees". If a 3rd party company is operating them, the city just increases the cost of the ticket to cover the operator's share.

Comment: Re:its counterpart in america: (Score 1) 215

by rworne (#48240613) Attached to: "Police Detector" Monitors Emergency Radio Transmissions

Back in the US it existed as far back as 1991. Back then I had a product called a K-40 "Chipsradar". What it did (aside from being a normal radar detector) was detect the handheld radio frequency of the CHP walkie-talkies (1-2 mile range) that linked up with the cars that relayed the transmissions to the station and used the signal strength as a proximity detector. It worked beautifully sniffing out speed traps since at the time CHP did not use radar all that much and would just hide on or behind overpasses looking for speeders.

It was exactly the same thing as the "Beartracker" you mention. That was also available back in the 1990's.

Comment: Re:FaceTime (Score 1) 194

by rworne (#47595655) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

Shh, this isn't about the solution its about forcing more Apple shit into the market. So what if it isolates people from their families, at least the Appleites are getting some more fuel for their religion.

I have dealt with Apple crap through a number of MDMs including their own PoS offering and while they can work it takes a ton of effort to get around all the stupid nonsence. Kiosk mode Skype probably would work.

To the idiot who was complaining that the tv would have too many cables then recommended plugging in the ipad to a sound system and a TV perhaps an all in one device with all that would work better. I'm sure they have nurses too so either solution would probably work fine depending on them.

Oh please.

Two iPad 2's in the minimal-cost configuration (16GB WiFi). It's probably the same price or cheaper than any other stand-alone videoconferencing solution and dead simple to implement with no PC to maintain or complex wiring. Plus it's portable and considering the relative fragility of the devices if dropped, you can get cases for them that are ruggedized to withstand drops.

It's not about shilling more Apple products, it's about suggesting something that works for the given situation.

Comment: Re:FaceTime (Score 4, Insightful) 194

by rworne (#47593707) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

For distant relatives that were not tech savvy, I did this. Worked very well over the years with several times a week usage. The iPad 2 that was left there was loaded with iOS 5 and was not able to do the on-air updates Apple pushes out now.

It worked fine until I had a chance to visit at the end of last year where I updated it to iOS 7 and the latest everything. Still works.

This is about as bulletproof as you can get. Even the UI (once FaceTime is set up properly) is easy to manage. It chimes with the name of the caller, swipe and you are talking.

Added bonuses are:
Lots of people already own Apple devices, so they have everything they need.
You can use the lowest model offered by Apple (iPad 2, non-retina mini) to keep the costs down as much as possible.
Devices can be locked down as much as desired
Development costs are cheap, you can get a dev license for $99 and roll out your own app ad-hoc (but you will have to renew and redeploy once a year before the dev cert expires). Still, no app is really necessary.

Comment: Re:But phone is a good thing too (Score 2) 120

by rworne (#47585071) Attached to: Hotel Chain Plans Phone-Based Check-in and Room Access

They have them in Japan too. The love hotels, where couples go for a few hours of "together time". In the western-themed room, Tarzan-themed room, or the UFO-themed room.

Visiting a clerk is considered embarrassing for the couple, so the check in process is automated.- pick your theme off a display (lit themes are available) pay and go to the room.* They've been doing this for 20+ years now.

* Some ways to pay are truly automated, others are more old fashioned where the clerk is obscured. Anyhow, there is a person *somewhere* with the finger on the "not welcome here" button if they don't like who they see in the lobby on the CCTV.

If it's working, the diagnostics say it's fine. If it's not working, the diagnostics say it's fine. - A proposed addition to rules for realtime programming