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Comment: Re:No escape from the tea party nomenklatura. (Score 3, Insightful) 213

by Sique (#46803647) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand
I got herpes already at birth. Pray tell me, o wise Anonymous Coward, how I could have possibly avoided it. (Herpes is a STD in just the same sense that the Common Cold is a STD. It can also be transmitted through sexual contact, but this is not their main infection vector.)

Comment: You already have a scouting drone for driving (Score 3, Informative) 43

by SuperKendall (#46803191) Attached to: Drones On Demand

I wish my car had a drone for instant scouting of traffic-jam alternates.

You do, it's called the Waze user that is ten minutes ahead of you down the road, mixed with many road sensors reporting traffic flow rates.

If you are using navigation many mapping applications automatically route around traffic issues (including Waze). I personally just have it up while driving, not really using navigation but just to keep an eye on traffic rates and issues. I've turned off many a highway before to avoid a Waze reported issue and taken a pretty obvious alternate route you could see at a glance on the map.

For anyone that has not tried leaving modern mapping applications open with traffic status enabled, I highly recommend it - just get a decent car mount so it's easy to see the display. I recommend Waze in particular only because it's one of the best at taking in user reports as to police or road hazards (like chair in right lane! just one example of something I have reported in the past).

Comment: It is possible to know (Score 1) 213

by SuperKendall (#46803131) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

It's probably impossible to know until you are actually in the same situation.

It's possible to know because you know how it is from the side of people noticing things. I find artificial hands immediately obvious, as much so as a robotic hand would be.

I think either would fare just as well in terms of not attracting notice when covered by a glove. Why not, then you would just look a little odd in summer...

Comment: Re:Strangely rooting for Microsoft in 2014 (Score 1) 216

by andydread (#46802153) Attached to: Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

I was an anti MS zealout and linux fan boy back in 2000. Hence why I choose my name. I was trying to find a post where I rant about MS after the DOJ sided with MS where I threatened to quit IT if MS won!! etc

But today it is different. Mainly because I prefer 3 mobile players rather than 2. 2 search engines rather than 1. Yes it is still bad for competition but this hatred for Microsoft stealing and monopolizing everything is so 10 years ago.

It is like being afraid of IBM today. Weird.

Even if you Android and Linux full time a 30% marketshare for Windows Phone will ensure Google wont get too evil and incredibly lazy and wont' set W3C standards to its own version of IE6 in Chrome. Apple is pretty small outside the US and Canada. No one in China even knows about the iPhone and Android is like Windows of the 1990s in PC's over there with 95% marketshare in the smartphone market.

Many slashdotters are still mad at MS and refuse to touch a win based OS. Fine, I feel the same about Sony. However things change and any company whether it is IBM, Microsoft, or even Google can be evil. Remember when Apple was cool again a decade ago and Steve Jobs was a nice guy who could do no wrong with opensource? Gee look what happened when Apple got power? YIKES. Not so cool and hip anymore.

I think competition where no one can set the standards is what is needed. Another facebook may come along someday if it can do something people demand. Myspace was all the rage too you know. I still wonder how facebook beat myspace?

Google search ... that is heard to beat. They are too powerful and the cost of entry is too great to compete. Google though in its current state is nimble and quick to update. Once it settles down to an ugly corporate behemonth with MBA's afraid of change where cost accountants run the show it will then become vulnerable if and only if someone can make a superior product with much much limited resources.

I would prefer some other company than Microsoft actually. Microsoft hasn't changed their ways. One name. "Horacio Gutierrez" Microsoft has launched a software-patent campaign against open source and Linux in particular in a sleazy attempt to drive up the cost of FOSS in the marketplace. I don't know if you write code but what Microsoft is doing is saying that they own your code. So you write some code that increases compatibility with some Microsoft platform. Microsoft will claim that the code you wrote, even though its nothing like anything Microsoft wrote, still belongs to them. Anyone that produces a product with your said code now has to pay Microsoft a tax. This kind of egregious behaviour in the marketplace is what sets Microsoft apart from Google. As a former Microsoft and Sony Style fanboy I still wont touch Microsoft or Sony products until they sincerely change their ways.

Comment: Re:This will be a litmus test (Score 1, Informative) 184

by andydread (#46801587) Attached to: Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun
Dont need the NRA to whip people in a frenzy. People looking to ban certain types of guns and magazines are the ones that whip people up in a frenzy. Those same people refer to Japan and the UK as a shining example, places where guns are outrigt banned. So when you refer to places that ban guns as your example you are basically saying without admitting that we should outright ban guns. These are the type of statments that whip people up i a frenzy.

Comment: Re:This will be a litmus test (Score 5, Insightful) 184

by andydread (#46800987) Attached to: Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

When printable guns become more feasible, it will be revealing what the NRA has to say about it. One one hand, you would think they would support this in the name of the Second Amendment and so on. I predict that the NRA will not be able to spit out the teat of gun manufacturers corporate money and will find some convoluted way to oppose private citizens making their own arms.

The problem with your theory is that there are more members of the NRA that are private citizens than those that are gun manufacturers. When you buy into the noise that the NRA are all about gun manufacturers you forget the millions of people that are gun owners many of which are members that contribute more money to the NRA than all manufacturers combined. The pundits on the left would have you brainwashed into thinking the NRA is all a front for gun manufacturers. Take a look at what happened in purple Colorado. Even liberal gun owners that previously supported the 2 democrats that were recalled over onerous anti-gun legislation voted them out on recall. So no, the NRA cannot tell millions of its own members that they should not have the right to exercise their first ammendment right in their home.

Comment: Turtleman speaks (Score 5, Insightful) 185

by andydread (#46798951) Attached to: Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again
Mitch McConnell is a riot. Always when the turtleman speaks one should verify the facts and when you look at the data from no other than TransCanada about the number of *permanent* jobs this specific pipleline will add to the US economy it tops out at around 3600. Meanwhile you have Americans suing to not have that pipeline cross their land or have their land commandeered by the federal government.

Comment: This does not seem to be news (Score 4, Insightful) 78

by SuperKendall (#46797891) Attached to: Preventative Treatment For Heartbleed On Healthcare.gov

I have no love for Healthcare.gov, but honestly just about every site is sending out notices that people may want to change passwords. Heck, Yahoo *made* me change my password.

Like everyone else they don't know if anything was taken. And frankly, Heatbleed is probably the least of the security issues Healthcare.gov has... I'd be way more worried about backbend systems, and then it doesn't matter what your password is.

Comment: Re:Here's a trick: Don't live in the U.S. (Score 1) 370

by SuperKendall (#46797111) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

The expense of food in the Netherlands is what prompted me to post...

I was living in Amsterdam for a few months a few years ago and I thought food was damn expensive (raw or otherwise) compared to the U.S. Perhaps in the 90's that was true but I think taxes have gone up substantially since then, also the fuel costs used to transport the food.

Comment: Re:Ahh (Score 1) 370

by SuperKendall (#46797101) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

So you're confirming his point that starting out in a civilized country

You mean the ones with statues in every square commemorating one of the many wars you guys have constantly had?

Perhaps one of the ones that is constantly rioting because basic services can no longer be provided by the government...

OK then.

Comment: Re:Here's a trick: Don't live in the U.S. (Score 1) 370

by SuperKendall (#46796687) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

You know, not having to pay for college does wonders.

For everything except your education. And your job prospects...

Although costs for school in U.S. now are so out of hand I would warrant you are better off in Europe since you can easily supplement education for very little, whereas the geas a huge student loan places upon you is nearly unrecoverable even after decades.

Comment: Re:Here's a trick: Don't live in the U.S. (Score 1) 370

by SuperKendall (#46796673) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

I didn't NEED a car in school either, I lived on campus or could also take the bus. But a car gives you a lot more latitude - even in Europe it gets you places not easy to visit by public transport (I've travelled a lot in Europe both by car and train/bus/tram so I know what's what there).

Comment: Re:Here's a trick: Don't live in the U.S. (Score 1, Informative) 370

by SuperKendall (#46796477) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

As if food isn't going to be a problem in Europe, where the food and books and gas are far more expensive...

I was dirt poor as a student in college, but I still managed to eat just fine and have a car I could get away with when I needed a break. No way I could have afforded having and using a car in Europe.

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