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Comment Re:Yeah, that's sound about right (Score 1) 71

or rather should really earn prison time.

Because the people are inherently dangerous to those immediately around them and thus don't deserve to be part of a population and thus contribute to an over crowded prison system problem despite literally being a hazard to less people than someone driving a car on their daily work commute?

The idea that everyone should be in prison is really explaining the USA's incarceration rate.

Yet somehow you can mow down people with a car in the streets in a drunken stupor and it's all good and fine.

Comment Re:I hate to be THAT GUY... (Score 1) 235

1. "'internally consistent and scientifically accurate entertainment'" Such a thing does not exist, at least not in a way to suit common people. Entertainment is usually science fiction.

2. Not a strawman at all. The parent specifically was calling out on where the facts are wrong. The thing about science fiction is that it is just that, fiction. If the story requires an atmosphere capable of a large storm on mars, so be it. Calling the actions of a person strange is also irrelevant. The times are different. Things we do today would also be considered strange 30 years ago, likewise I see people do strange, daft, and stupid / incoherent things today, so claiming the actions of some person don't make sense ... flat out doesn't make sense.

3. I'm not, I'm attacking you for your stance that a science fictiony movie needs to be scientifically honest, and for supporting "that guy" who whinges about the lack of scientific accuracy in a science fiction movie.

4. For implying that everything is shit or less shit in a thread discussing a movie that is widely considered "not shit", I'm going to call you "that other guy".

Comment Re:It's not what Google wants.... (Score 1) 344

That's what the lovely built in computer that porche provides is for.

Yeah sorry but every attempt by a car company, and companies in many other fields to provide something that they think customers want has paled in comparison to after market offerings, especially when they are backed by a company that employs a shitload of analytics people.

Comment Re:ZFS is nice... (Score 1) 185

Congrats. That's still more money than my server was, even if you take into account the VGA cable I had to buy because of lack of IPMI and every other monitor in the house having a HDMI cable.

In 3 years I've had to access the system from a local console precisely once, when a typo in a script brought down the primary network interface. IPMI has almost zero use case for me and attaching a monitor and keyboard to the server is something that takes the best part of 30 seconds, so it doesn't even warrant a consideration when I buy equipment (actually I'm in the process of upgrading the server now because I need more SATA slots).

Comment Re:It's not what Google wants.... (Score 1) 344

Yeah, everyone wants minute by minute logging of their Coolant Temperature and Throttle Position.

If that was Apple, Slashdot's Apple-Haters would be setting the Internets on fire with the hate-posts.

No one wants that. Everyone wants what potentially you can gain from doing analytics on the resulting data. How about advanced warning that something is wrong in your engine and that your currently high MPG is not the result of a change in driving style or engine temperature? People said the same thing about phone tracking. No one wants their location tracked even if the data is anonymised, but fuck me if live Google traffic information isn't the single most useful thing a phone a phone has ever been capable of. If it helps, have ALL my location information.

Also don't turn this into a fanboi issue. Slashdot is an equal opportunity shit-posting hate site.

Comment Re:Free upgrade prompted me to BUY RAM for 6 machi (Score 1) 160

Most people are NOT upgrading Windows XP to Windows 10.
Most people who do the upgrade come from Windows 7 or 8.1. This is significant because Windows 10 needs LESS resources than Windows 7, so unless you buy a new machine theres no incentive to upgrade.

Comment Re:It's not what Google wants.... (Score 1) 344

I don't particularly care about throttle position since it's less useful

Think outside the box. You may not want information about the throttle position, but maybe you want some information about the car economy? Maybe you want to know if your mileage is going to hell because something is wrong or because your driving style has changed. Things like throttle position can help give you that data. People rarely if ever are interested in the raw data from sensors but are often very keen to know some information derived from the analytics of these sensors.

Since we're talking about cars let's add a computer analogy:
I couldn't care how long my laptop CPU spends in each power state, but I want the OS to know and track this data so it can give me an estimated battery life remaining.

Comment Re:It's not what Google wants.... (Score 2) 344

I'll be cynical, and guess that Google wants the data so they can sell it to insurance companies

I highly doubt it. That would involve directly linking data to a customer. It would also involve giving the data to another party. Neither of these things is something Google has been shown as willing to do.

Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 1) 878

Would you treat coworkers like that? In meatspace? If someone called me a fuckwad in a way that wasn't obviously jokey/ironic it would be a huge problem to me. Being nice and civil is a much better way to get things done. Like, grumpy/curmudgeonly is kinda par for the course but that's totally different.

Isn't that kind of the point? Do you expect everything to be sugar coated for you? Would you feel any better if I in my most serious possible way said :"At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it." instead of me just calling you a fucking idiot?

No I ask this seriously as someone who has used it before. I have called someone a fucking idiot at work, in front of their co-workers. They were not meant to feel good about their almost indescribable stupidity to which they subjected others. I heard afterwards from another source that a few people were arguing about whether it was harsh or true.

Comment Re:ubiquity and Git (Score 1) 878

Agreed, Linus is no one trick pony. But why do you suppose he named it git? Could it have anything to do with some stupid git virtually tearing the kernel community in two by forcing a proprietary product into the Linux kernel tool chain?

Are you suggesting Linus is tearing the Linux community in two?

Torvalds has quipped about the name git, which is British English slang meaning "unpleasant person". Torvalds said: "I'm an egotistical bastard, and I name all my projects after myself. First 'Linux', now 'git'."

Comment Re:I hate to be THAT GUY... (Score 1) 235

we're talking about a 'sciency' movie, and that the entire fucking point of science is to be absolutely honest

Actually we're talking about science FICTION. The year it is set in is a dead giveaway. But I have a hint for you: Life is bloody boring. The peak of realism for our idea of video entertainment revolves around big brother and reality TV.

Fiction is nothing of the sort. Many people like movies like the Martian BECAUSE it is different from sitting in a university lecture hall. Whether or not it's actually possible, I don't give a crap.

p.s. I haven't seen the movie but I feel the need to show that I DO NOT SUPPORT THAT GUY! The guy who tries to ruin a fictional story because he can't differentiate the idea of science fiction from science fact.

Comment Re:If the black cabs have a legal monopoly... (Score 1) 215

You cherry picked the GP's comments. He used the word moral. What Rosa Parks did was break an immoral law. That is where I support Uber. Sticking up against a needless and obsolete taxi monopoly granted by law is in my idea comparable to the actions of Rosa Parks.

However when they flaunt safety, don't provide befits to employees despite the tax code declaring them as such, skipping on taxes, that's all just Uber-douchbaggery which I won't get behind.

Some of us actually support SOME actions of the company.

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