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Comment: Re:And this is why there's traffic... (Score 1) 589

by garcia (#48604087) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Clearly you have never been to the UCLA campus because, if you had, you would have known this isn't true in the least. You can walk all over that place.

The problem in LA is the culture. People believe they are to be seen in their automobiles and they buy or lease expensive cars and drive them ridiculously short distances for that sole reason (if there is another reason, please do share but nothing really makes sense).

I worked for a company based out of LA for 2.5 years and we were there often. One guy lived a 10 minute walk from the office but chose to drive each and every day. He didn't buy an M3 to have it sit in his garage, after all. Nope, it sat in the company's garage instead.

SMH.

Comment: Hurray for competing standards of nonsense! (Score 2) 87

by DaHat (#48591865) Attached to: California's Hydrogen Highway Adds Another Station

On the one side we have the entrenched and largely ubiquitous gasoline infrastructure trying to keep electricity from becoming the dominant (good luck)... the recent upstart of hydrogen which requires you to rather carefully plan your commute... and LNG sitting there in the corner saying "Don't forget about me guys!"

It's like Verizon vs ATT on pay-per-view side and Sprint in it's own ring waiting for T-Mobile to arrive on PBS.

It's pretty easy to guess which is going to get the bigger numbers in terms of revenue.

Comment: Re:Does anyone remember Amadou Dialo? (Score 1) 207

by DaHat (#48575483) Attached to: In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

So your solution to lawful violence is... lawless violence?

I'm sorry, but assaulting a cop tends not to be a good way to avoid getting shot... just as Michael Brown.

Resisting arrest... even over the allegation of selling untaxed cigarettes is not a good way to avoid being held on the with multiple bodies attempting to restrain you... just ask Eric Garner.

Waving and aiming what looks like a real gun around in a park, then reaching for your waist when police come to the scene is not going to getting shot... just ask Tamir Rice.

Now, when the cop sticks his hands inside of the vehicle and gets it caught in the steering wheel, and fearing that the driver is going to drive away shoots the driver... that's a great way to get yourself charged with murder... just ask Richard Combs.

Why do you assume that the job of a solider or cop is to die?

Patton would also disagree:“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.”

Comment: Re:I'm not handing a cop my phone for any reason (Score 1) 207

by DaHat (#48575115) Attached to: In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

Even with a physical drivers license, they always try to grab your entire wallet before you can pull out the driver license from it.

Always? I've never had that experience, they have always waited for me to collect and hand over the requested items... granted I've not been pulled over that many times.

If true, I'd suggest finding a lawyer filing a report (and perhaps a lawsuit) about such incidences as their unwarranted entry into your vehicle would constitute trespass, taking your wallet from you would be theft, and any examination of the inside contents that are not in clear view without your permission would be an unlawful search (assuming there are no other circumstances that warranted such actions).

Comment: The Click is Dead Anyway (Score 1) 285

by garcia (#48555271) Attached to: AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

I work in marketing analytics and, specifically, in measuring the effectiveness of online marketing campaigns at a customer level. Straight up click tracking is dead and this will do nothing which is purports as organizations begin moving away from siloed measurement of IMP -> CLK within single channels at an aggregate level and instead go down to the very granular cross-channel customer-level attribution.

If you really want to avoid detection and behavior tracking, I highly suggest you entirely disable cookies entirely (yes, I realize this is not worth it at all), otherwise you will not have accomplished what you had hoped.

Comment: Re:Let's talk about sex, baby (Score 1) 367

by Black Parrot (#48542307) Attached to: Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

Lois McMaster Bujold does it very well, in her Vorkosigan-saga books, where she touches upon cultural attitudes to sex.

But it seems like a kind of superficial gimmick. And most SF doesn't deliver any culture at all - art, music, religion, politics, etc - unless it directly relates to the plot.

What we need is someone who will do for SF what Tolkien did for fantasy.

"You don't go out and kick a mad dog. If you have a mad dog with rabies, you take a gun and shoot him." -- Pat Robertson, TV Evangelist, about Muammar Kadhafy

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