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Comment: Re:Is the US government really so dysfunctional (Score 1) 93

by jp10558 (#48659657) Attached to: Seattle Police Held Hackathon To Redact Footage From Body Cameras

I'm not a lawyer, but cities and towns can pass their own laws with the permission of the State, but only with permission isn't exactly true.

I'm not aware of any local government asking permission for passing a law of any higher government.

Tangent: what's the ordering, and does it vary with state? In NY we have county govt, town, city / village.). My understanding is that each level down can be more restrictive, but not less so, than a level above. That is, NY allows alcohol sales, but not cocaine sales. A local town can make selling alcohol illegal in their town (called a 'dry town'), banning selling in stores and banning bars. But they can't make it legal to sell cocaine.

Of course, what's less clear to me is if County govt overrules City govt, or if they are also orthogonal. Also, apparently, states can choose whether to enforce federal laws apparently - see recent marijuana news. I suppose that cities can choose whether to enforce state laws also? It's quite confusing, and I live here.

Comment: Re:Study financed by (Score 1) 281

by jp10558 (#48652935) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

I imagine all this becomes moot as we get self driving cars. Heck, there are a bunch of cars, down to Subaru and Dodge price ranges with camera or radar based pre-collision braking and warnings that will mitigate this as well.

  Technology will route around the problem. It's still stupid to create this problem though.

Comment: They're already doing it with some apps (Score 1) 415

I bought a Surface, and I've been playing with some of the little built-in "free" games. (Solitaire, Mah Jong, etc.) There's an option to pay a small amount to remove the ads from them, and not being a fan of ads (and really not minding paying the microtransaction amount), I clicked the option. It took me to the store where, for $1.99, I could remove the ads for a month. Or for something like $10, I could remove them for a year. No option to remove them permanently.

Um... Seriously?

No thanks.

Comment: Re:Adblock Plus selling advertising access to user (Score 1) 699

by evilviper (#48552005) Attached to: French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

has decided to take money in exchange for allowing "non-intrusive" advertising through its lists, pretty much against the interests of it's users who don't want any ads.

On the contrary. Allowing non-intrusive ads (by default--you can disable this feature in: Preferences) is the best thing any Adblock type program has ever done.

It's actually offering content producers a significant incentive for using ads which are less objectionable to users. The alternative is advertisers benefit by doing worse and worse things, and those who choose to block ads are silent and uncounted. This could help reverse the trend, and keep sites and advertisers honest and decent, and offer counter-incentive to irritation.

Comment: Re:What about long-term data integrity? (Score 4, Informative) 438

by KingSkippus (#48461839) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Well, the Samsung 3.2 TB drive claims that you can read/write the entire drive every day for five years before failure. It's my understanding that at one point, SSDs were notorious for gradually declining over time, but that today's generation of SSDs basically has reliability out the wazoo. I can't quote you stats on it, but anecdotally, I've had a couple of SSDs in my computer for several years now, I leave it on 24x7, and I've never had a problem.

...Yet. YMMV.

Comment: Re:Was impressed until.. (Score 3, Interesting) 144

by iCEBaLM (#48405041) Attached to: What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

I live in Ontario. I have the choice of about 25 ISPs, multiple DSL, multiple Cable, a few wireless, some satellite...

The problem with DSL is the last mile belongs to Bell, the others just rent the lines at wholesale prices. Same with Cable, it's either Rogers or Cogeco, depending on location, for the last mile.

However, unlike Cogeco, I get to pay an "indie" ISP $50/mo for a 20mbps/10mbps uncapped package, where Cogeco wants to charge $100 for the same thing.

Comment: Re:How are microbes heritable? (Score 1) 297

by oDDmON oUT (#48352085) Attached to: Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

Your prediction would depend on another "one-size-fits-all" solution and as big Pharma is finding out, due to only testing prescription drugs on a select subset of the population, it just ain't true.

In fact, the case has already been made that formula â breast milk, in any way, shape or form.

Comment: Re:How are microbes heritable? (Score 2) 297

by oDDmON oUT (#48349265) Attached to: Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

In normal birth (vs. C-section), there's a fair amount of mess involved, much of it from Mom. So in that sense she's inadvertently passing on heritable and beneficial microbiota.

We, in our wisdom, tend to try and tidy things up too much and so may have set our progeny up for later failure.

The same attitude was prevalent about breastfeeding in the last century (don't do it, just buy our formula and keep those ta-ta's perky).

Don't sweat it -- it's only ones and zeros. -- P. Skelly