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Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 2) 213

by triffid_98 (#47168181) Attached to: US Secret Service Wants To Identify Snark

Any kind of automated mass collection of data without a human in the loop to determine if a threat is credible or not is going to have significant problems.

If you haven't been paying attention lately, having any kind of civil servant in the loop to determine if a threat is credible or not is also going to have significant problems.

Keywords: Swatting, ATHF Movie/Boston, NSA/FISA Court, Hello Kitty "bubble gun" and/or pop-tarts, etc.

Comment: "the lack of a smaller Surface tablet" (Score 1) 379

There are very important reasons for this. Probably the most important one is DPI scaling, something Windows never supported properly until quite recently (Windows 8.1). With 8.1 it's possible, but any non 'DPI aware' apps (AKA almost all of them) may still need a lot of tweaking. The only reliable way of handling this is either increase the size of the screen or lower the resolution.

For anyone who hasn't experienced this for themselves, 4K laptop displays + Windows 7 = complete train wreck.

Comment: pwn to own=new normal? (Score 1) 355

by triffid_98 (#47060391) Attached to: Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses
You know, it depresses me enough what we have to hack our phones to remove crappy "features" (disabled OS functions, bloatware) we don't want.

I for one simply cannot wait to do the same to my new car/refrigerator/thermostat. In the meantime, one alternate plan that's worked very well so far is to not buy any new cars or refrigerators or $200 learning thermostats.

Comment: Re:can we think bigger picture? (Score 1) 33

by triffid_98 (#47039999) Attached to: NASA Looks To Volcanic Rocks As Target For Next Mars Rover

The $1.5 billion rover, a near-copy of the Curiosity rover, will collect about 30 samples of rock and soil for eventual return to Earth.

Or we could spend that money on something worthwhile.

No problem. Would you prefer 3 weeks of corporate farm subsidies (20B/yr), one Ohio class submarine (2B/ea) or three B-2 bombers (500M/ea)?

Comment: Re:Change of perspective. (Score 1) 81

by triffid_98 (#47002049) Attached to: New Battery Tech From Japan Could Supercharge EVs

There are fewer parts in an EV, so you might need one large bill to replace batteries, but vs water pump and two cambelt changes I've had to stump up for already at 90k and other servicing costs.

In a pure EV sure, though you still have some new things to break. Specifically anything that's an accessory. Electric motors are far less reliable than hydraulic pumps. (Power Steering, Air Conditioning, Power Brakes) and of course you have the electric motor(s), batteries, computers and any associated charging/voltage conversion hardware bits.

In a Hybrid you've got the worst of both words maintenance wise, but that's the trade-off you're making.

Comment: Re:Environmentalists eat your heart out. (Score 1) 211

by triffid_98 (#46953781) Attached to: Feds Issue Emergency Order On Crude Oil Trains
A new refinery hasn't been built in the US since 1976...because there are zero new players in the refining industry, not because the government has some eviiiil conspiracy preventing them from doing so.


It's cheaper for existing players to upgrade their existing plants than build shiny new ones and it's a double win when you get to shut down half of them down for "maintenance" at the same time and jack up gas prices

Comment: Re:Efficiency? (Score 1) 234

Pontiac is out of business. So low-priced overpowered ego-peen vehicles are slowly dwindling away

You'd like to think that wouldn't you? Even a freaking Honda Accord has (with appropriate options) 280ish horsepower nowadays.

So pretty much the same, just minus the mullet haircuts and screaming chicken hoods.

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