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Comment: Re:bye (Score 1) 529

by toddestan (#49760791) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

I use it, and find it to be a very good browser. Granted, I have some of the same the same concerns about the long term prospects of the browser given such a small development team, but I can always switch to something else if I have to. It seems like a better solution than using an old version of Firefox that won't be gehttp://news.slashdot.org/story/15/05/22/1318215/ads-based-on-browsing-history-are-coming-to-all-firefox-users#tting anymore updates.

Comment: Re:The issue is less that and more about corruptio (Score 1) 100

by toddestan (#49758337) Attached to: Do Russian Uranium Deals Threaten World Supply Security?

That's all a ruse. Once she's received the nomination, they will all be circling the wagons around her to shield her from any scrutiny.

That's the problem. She's currently the Democratic front runner, and it seems that the Republicans (once again) seem intent on nominating some one who is completely unelectable. In a sane universe, Hilary should be unelectable too. The only option is to vote third party.

Comment: Re:Easy! (Score 1) 384

by toddestan (#49756991) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?

My guess is the vendor's propriety upgrade software requires Windows. There's a decent chance he brought up XP, because it also won't run on anything else. Though I'd be tempted to capture the packets and see if the software is actually doing anything fancy like authentication or if it just blasts packets out to anything that looks like a gas pump.

Comment: Re:It's not a networking issue. (Score 1) 384

by toddestan (#49756975) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?

That's going to be the biggest problem. The gas station will accept having one pump at a time out of service. They won't be happy about the whole station being down even if it's for a shorter period of time. I'd probably look at a way of doing 2-4 pumps at a time. That'll still cut the time down, and having only 2-4 pumps down at a time may still be acceptable.

Comment: Re:It's the semi's that destroy the roads (Score 1) 826

by toddestan (#49756929) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Actually, it's not the cement truck you have to worry about so much, as they would typically come through only rarely. The number one thing that damages residential and private roads, as well as alleys, are the garbage trucks. Big, heavy, visit on a regular basis, and do a lot of starting and stopping.

Comment: Re:So basically (Score 1) 826

by toddestan (#49756897) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Actually, the smart thing to do would be to stop taxing large trucks by the axle. If large trucks had more axles, they'd be able to spread their weight out over a larger area and thus would do less damage to the roads. My understanding is that the trucking companies would like to have more axles, as it would reduce tire wear (yes, you would need more tires, but since they would last longer it would be a net savings). However, the current system encourages as much weight as possible on each tire.

Comment: Re:Fourth power rule of thumb (Score 1) 826

by toddestan (#49756871) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Well, on the other hand, vehicles aren't the only thing that damages the road. The elements and mother nature will eventually break down the road even if it was never used. Plus cyclists also benefit from other maintenance such as snowplowing and street sweeping. As a cyclist I'm certainly willing to pay my fair share towards keeping the roads in good condition. Though I suppose I do that through other taxes (gas taxes are not enough to cover the road maintenance as it is now), as well as gas taxes when I do use my car.

Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 826

by toddestan (#49756747) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

The thing is, a heavy truck causes something like 100-1000x more wear on the roads than a car. It's true that they pay more gas tax, but they maybe use 4-8x the fuel of a car, so they don't pay anywhere near proportionally to the damage they do. The trucking industry is essentially subsidized by the rest of us.

Comment: Re:ENOUGH with the politics! (Score 1) 1090

by toddestan (#49755921) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

How do you self-insure? Considering how much some treatments can cost, you'd have to be insanely rich to be able to afford not having insurance should something go catastrophically wrong. Well out of the range of many people. And even then, you wouldn't be able to negotiate the rates that insurance companies pay. Sure, if you are healthy and nothing happens you can just pay out of pocket, and even do it cheaper than many health insurance plans. But you're not insuring against the unlikely in that case, which is the whole point of insurance.

Comment: Re:I just switched. Not going back. (Score 1) 241

by toddestan (#49723533) Attached to: How Windows 10 Performs On a 12-inch MacBook

Generally speaking, yes. Though the minimum requirements for Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1 have not changed, and I must say that 7 is generally faster than Vista (mostly from reining in Vista's overly aggressive Superfetch), and 8/8.1 are significantly improved over Windows 7. Though unlike what some people are saying about Windows 10, I've found it to be a total dog. The versions from last January or so were a tad sluggish but otherwise seemed okay, whereas the latest builds I've found to be basically unusable. Granted, it's a preview so I don't expect it to be well optimized yet, but I'm not sure what Microsoft has been up to the past few months.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"