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Comment: Re:Amazing (Score 1) 314

by tompaulco (#49796067) Attached to: FCC Proposes To Extend So-Called "Obamaphone" Program To Broadband

Nice. Still great to find some good 'ol casual racism on Slashdot. I'm sorry that you're afraid of black people using your pristine, blond-haired blue eyed protestant internet.

So you are saying that all poor people are black? Racist.

Seriously Extending universal service, lifeline, and the like to internet access is brain dead obvious. There are many local and state government related functions that are now, or will be in the very near future internet /only/. In my area this June there will be a subsided housing wait list who's status can /only/ be checked on the internet. The local library is already getting ready to handle the influx of low income residents that need to check their status. And yes, this probably means smart phones. Self contained, portable, wireless internet access. Mobile internet browsing is already an accepted standard that all modern sites accommodate.

I sure would hate to have to do any kind of applying for jobs or checking status on government programs on a smart phone. Smart phones suck at stuff like that. Not to mention many Government sites (like the Unemployment site in my state) require that you use IE 9. If you don't it puts you in an endless loop. This is a pain when your IE updates automatically or you are using a phone, for which IE 9 is not available.

Comment: Re:Defective (Score 1) 388

There exist a system fÃr detection of hinders in all cars. It's called a driver.

The driver should never use a feature of a car that can make it move in a way that it can hit a human.

Its common sense.

This is true. That is why they shouldn't be installing autonomous parking and driving systems. They will never be a substitute for a human being. If people are going to blame the human when the feature didn't work correctly, then there is no point in having that feature. Manufacturers, please stop putting these outrageously expensive systems into our cars which do not work sufficiently, increase driver liability and drive up the cost of cars.

Comment: Re: About time! (Score 1) 289

by tompaulco (#49778725) Attached to: Amtrak Installing Cameras To Watch Train Engineers
Mod parent up. I also can vouch for the 30 second reset button. There is no way the engine could be operating without an engineer unless it was being remotely operated from the rear. I can also confirm that many Amtrak consists have a locomotive in the back and one in the front. They often do this on commuter routes to avoid having to shuffle engines around from one end to the other. Metra in Chicago actually has locomotive controls and a tiny control room in the second floor of some of their double decker passenger cars, but I am not aware of Amtrak having anything similar.

Comment: Re:It only increases accountability (Score 3, Interesting) 289

by tompaulco (#49778583) Attached to: Amtrak Installing Cameras To Watch Train Engineers

Dunno - it's pretty hard to account for why the dude was doing 100+ mph on a 50mph curve.

Oh, I could probably imagine a few scenarios. Probably the most likely being that dispatch told him to make up some time.
Ultimately, the engineer is responsible for the safety of the passengers, but if he chose to obey the speed limit when he was told to get there faster, the fact that he saved all those people will be of little consolation when he gets fired and can't get hired on anywhere else because 1) there isn't anyone else and 2) he disobeyed a direct order from dispatch.

Comment: Re:New fangled technology (Score 1) 86

by tompaulco (#49776093) Attached to: Hyundai Now Offers an Android Car, Even For Current Owners

I have a 12 year old BMW with an integrated navigation system. It works very well indeed. It is simple to use.

What I hate about the newer model BMW's is that the UI has become extremely complicated. It is not any easier to use and I actually find it slower.

I'm not convinced at all that things are improving.

I've got a 2011 BMW and I like the UI pretty well. The only thing I find a little irritating is that it doesn't just let you start entering an address, you have to select a city first, and then a street. When you put in the street they have it broken down by zip code, which I don't always know, so sometimes I have to take a couple of stabs to get the address range that fits the street address I am looking for.
I guess I need to see one of the 2003 models to see what was different about them.

Comment: Re:Well there's the problem... (Score 1) 201

by tompaulco (#49775337) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

Get of our lawn. Yankee. What we do in our country is our own business. If we limit our taxi business for good reasons (see other posts), then it is not up to you to insult us. You can do in your country, as it pleases you.

No argument here. I think it is good that we limit the number of taxis and ensure that they are licensed and regulated. Established Taxi Services had to pay for a medallion and it absolutely is unfair competition if a competitor is allowed to operate without having to obey the same laws that every other taxi service complies with.

Comment: Re:"Unfair"? (Score 0) 201

by tompaulco (#49775259) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

"Unfair competition", against government laws whose purpose is, against the concept of freedom, to restrict competition? Against a government/big business coalition to carve up the rights to sell to people-qua-owned cattle?

How ludicrous.

Well, it seems unfair if all of the previous people that started a taxi business had to be pay for a medallion, but suddenly Uber comes in and doesn't have to. If we are going to get all butthurt that Uber shouldn't have to pay, then go ahead and refund the $100k to all the other drivers as well. I am sure they will appreciate it.

Comment: Re:They should rebrand it (Score 2, Informative) 126

by tompaulco (#49765609) Attached to: Microsoft Reportedly May Acquire BlackBerry

I like "Crashberry"

Maybe Microsoft could make a Blackberry crash. I personally had believed that phones crashing was just a joke because my Blackberry literally never crashed or needed rebooting. Then I got an Android and found out that, yes, phones really do crash. Apparently iphones do too, from what I hear from iphone owners, however, iphones crash because it is Job's will.

Comment: Re:This isn't a question (Score 0) 620

by tompaulco (#49760265) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

There are exactly 0 valid reasons why gay couples shouldn't be allowed to get married, that's it, zero reasons, as in absolutely none. Any country or region which bans gay marriage or has to ask if it should be allowed it just a bunch of uncivilized hicks who need to grow up.

Oh, OK, well end of thread then.

Oh wait, what about all of the billions of people in the world who think the exact same thing as you except they use "should" instead of "shouldn't".

Comment: Re:Ziobucks (Score 2) 107

by tompaulco (#49759239) Attached to: Hacker Warns Starbucks of Security Flaw, Gets Accused of Fraud

Starbucks is a nasty company. Its CEO Howard Schultz is a fanatical Zionist; if you patronize Starbucks, you're supporting Israeli genocide.

Being a publicly traded company, the financial information is available, so go ahead and show on their financials where they are sending money to support Israeli genocide.

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