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Comment Re: FUD (Score 1) 357

Being anti GMO is every bit as nonsensical as being an anti-vaxer. There's all of about zero credible scientific data against it.

Hm. If you are talking about being anti-GMO because you are afraid it will kill you or cause cancer if you eat it, sure.

What if you are worried about whether or not a particular gene combination that would not "normally" exist in nature spreads far and wide across a single type of crap, say potato(e)s and that some bacteria or fungus somewhere develops some sort of appetite for it and wholesale destroys all potato crops for a year?

This has happened naturally but that is not an argument for creating such a thing.

Comment Re:The biggest problem with backdoors (Score 1) 345

The big lie is that you can have any technical means to do this without throwing it wide open. Then it's just a matter of who is abusing it ... because the act of creating this backdoor means it's only a matter of time before there's no security at all.

The thought process is that YOU will not have access to it. The thought of other governmental entities accessing the backdoor without the permission of the United States is beyond them. Of course, they probably thought my records at the OPM were perfectly safe too. :(

Comment Re:No Backdoorts (Score 3, Interesting) 345

I'll never forget getting pushback from a lawyer regarding a desire to use AES with a claim that I'd need an export certificate. I pointed out that AES wasn't developed in the United States and that when I went to the Bureau of Standards website at the time that it linked to a foreign website for sources. Now how exactly was that an EXPORT or cryptography?

Unfortunately, your lawyer was correct. I am not an expert on ITAR restrictions but I do get yearly training (and I slept at a Holiday Inn Express!).

Even if you imported something, exporting it back to where you originally received it from can be an ITAR violation. Stupid? Yes. Senseless? Of course. A perfect example of a normal government regulation? Perfect indeed.


Comment Re:Microsoft has already lost... (Score 1) 458

Amazing. You wrote exactly what I could have/should have wrote, from Amiga onwards. There is only one minor difference, my computer takes about 3 seconds longer to boot up. There is a mildly annoying pause for the WM to start up. It did not exist previously... but anyways. Spot on sir. Spot on... but I would like to note that I tried this on a desktop (entirely custom and "arbitrary") and a laptop (obviously not custom). The desktop had a proprietary driver for the video card and the laptop had a proprietary driver for the Broadcom bluetooth/wifi.

I should add that I am a gamer. I miss GTA V but only because I like to wander about the environment. I don't do the missions. There are still plenty of games for me to play so it is not a problem.

Comment Re:Cars are transportation (Score 1) 146

I want to be the one in control of my car. I like to drive.

That's nice but not really particularly important to society.

You making more money than you need to live is not particularly important to society either... and actually, it would be more beneficial for society if society took all of the money you did not need to live and spend it on society.

We are discussing the United States of America here. Take your ideas of society and go somewhere else where they fit.

I like to be in control. I like to have a car that stops as well as it accelerates and handles. I don't want a computer intervening in my driving.

Really? The plain fact of the matter is that without computer assistance your ability to control the vehicle is limited, particularly in difficult corner cases. In the right conditions you WILL stop faster with ABS brakes than without.

Actually, no. Many people can stop a car faster than relying on ABS alone will. Most of the American cars that I have driven start the ABS fluctuation early to prevent skids as once traction is lost, it takes a bit to regain it. Anyone who can keep the tires at the limit of traction can easily stop faster than this.

A high quality ABS will only take over once you have made a mistake. This will allow you to ride the limit of traction to a complete stop. This is a great feature.

In the right conditions you WILL accelerate better with traction control than without.

It is hard to argue when you put "in the right conditions" as a preface to your remark... Anywhere that traction is not close to perfect is the wrong condition for traction control. Again, Mercedes does pretty good with traction control that will allow you to accelerate despite patchy traction conditions, but most traction control will just leave you at a dead stop in conditions like sand or deep gravel.

In summary, the guy you are responding to loves his high quality, well tuned, and very sharp tools.

In summary to the summary, you are not an artisan and could care less about the tool that you have to use and want lots of safeguards built in... and wanting to require such things of people who are masters at using the tool. Because society.


Comment Re:Arm the first responders... (Score 1) 935

I am unsure why this situation is so cloudy for you. There are places/times where lines can be crossed, but why is this an issue anyways?

To answer some of your questions: Assuming a Wild West situation where there are numerous active shooters, most Bad Guys, some Good Guys, the good guys are either smart enough to lower their weapons when the police arrive or they get shot as being indistinguishable from the bad guys... and too bad for them. Stupid is as stupid does.

To address your other question, I would like to pose a question to you: What happens when the police shoot an innocent? If the situation was volatile enough, it is likely the police officer would be exonerated. While a normal citizen would never be granted as much leeway as a police officer, the situation is the same.

It sounds like you may not be able to deal with the responsibility of owning and carrying a firearm. That is fine. Nobody is requiring you to do so.

In other words, you have provided arguments about why YOU should not carry guns but you have not provided any arguments about why others should be prohibited from carrying guns.

Comment Re:RF? (Score 1) 935

He seems to be clueless. Guns are ubiquitous in Somalia, which has no functional government at all, much less a democratic one. While England seems to get by just fine with handguns banned.

Guns are ubiquitous to WHO in Somalia? The general population? I think not.

While England seems to be descending into an Orwellian hell with handguns banned. Go Go Gadget GCHQ!

Comment Re:Why are these Brazilians even having children?! (Score 1) 102

Now you can get you(sic) desperately ignorant words written down to a piece of paper and shove it up your ass.

Yeah, Brazilian here.

I am not who you are replying to but perhaps you should address this issue and the wording in the article if you wish to change people's perception of Brazil.

Kind regards,

Comment Re:Specialization (Score 1) 237

You don't need to know how to repair a car to drive one. The guy who repairs your car doesn't need to know how to build a motor or a transmission, only how to install them. The guy who assembles the motor doesn't need to know the finer points of metallurgy. The guy who refines the metals doesn't need to know the finer points of mining. Each of these stages of production can have their own issues that need to be resolved, but the guy driving the car needs to worry only about staying safe on the road and reaching his destination.

I agree and disagree. Let me explain:

You are correct that the average driver does not need to know these things; however, the average driver only drives on paths that have been specifically laid out for them. That is why your analogy fails. Programmers are always going somewhere that nobody has made a path before. Similar paths? Most certainly. Same path? No.

I have built a very nice "race" car. Do I know everything about putting such a car together? No. I had a friend do it. Do I know everything about programming the ECU (engine control unit)? No, I had another friend do it.

Despite all of this, I did research to learn about metal allows, air/fuel mixtures, rod lengths, rotational velocities, etc. How else am I going to specify what I need/want without knowing all of these things?

I learned enough to actually put the car together. I learned enough to program the ECU. It would take me 20 times longer than the friends I paid to do it for me, but if I did not learn those things, all I could say is, "build me an awesome car", and then be disappointed that it was not quite what I wanted... even if it is still a badass car.

Programmers are in the same position. They need to understand sorting algorithms, data structures, and such in order to know which library to actually use. Should they be rewriting algorithms? Sometimes, but not normally... but then meh. Fuck it. Let them buy their certified professional programmers for half price. When they ask what went wrong, I will just be shrugging my shoulders.

There is no fix for stupidity. Cronyism and nepotism keeps the best from rising to the top and this is a world that is rife with such corruptions. Sorry, I am too depressed to finish my original point.

Comment Re:Cox's Solution: A return to pay as you go prici (Score 1) 247

I don't recall the exact numbers, but IIRC it's $10 per 50 gigs over the cap. Which is why we vastly increased our speeds recently -- because Netflix, Hulu, etc will use more bandwidth if it's available, which will cause you to hit the cap faster, which with this new plan with make us more money.

That was the most interesting sentence to me. Greater bandwidth has been easy to provide but was only made available when it became possible to screw your customers with it. I am guessing charging higher fees for greater bandwidth is not as profitable as penalties and forcing customers into tv channels.

Comment Re:It just seems bad because of the news cycle. (Score 1) 210

I was the sort of person back in my early 20s who thought, "I can't imagine ever having children -- I mean, who would bring a child into a world that's so terrible?"

I feel guilty for bringing children into this world dominated by NSA spying, government corruption and conspiracy, and pollution of the climate. My children are looking at a terrible terrible future of enslavement while a select few end up partying and being irresponsible on my children's work.

Comment Re:If you can't afford two computers... (Score 1) 325

Dual-boot is NOT where you want to go with a gaming machine, you'll be fighting drivers on the Linux side every time you get a fresh-off-the-shelf expensive hardware component.

No. You will only be fighting with drivers if you buy some odd cheap piece of garbage hardware. I have built my own PCs and have had zero problems with drivers for many years now.

My suggestion: build a Linux box with components that you know will work with Linux - for example, I stay clear of nVidia because many of those cards are a nightmare on Linux.

Share whatever you are smoking with the rest of us. The NVidia Linux drivers are the best out there other than the older Intel drivers... but Intel video is weak for gaming. Name the cards that you have had issues with if you want to be taken seriously and not a troll. I have run Linux with GTX980, GTX770, GTX260, and an 8800GTX over the past several years. I have had zero issues.

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