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Comment: Re:Can we please cann these companies what they ar (Score 1) 285

by tshawkins (#47896037) Attached to: California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal
No, what will happen is that the worse will be the ones that remain in business, the ones with the fake driving license, no insurance, and vehicles pulled off a scrap heap and welded together, because those will be the only ones capable of preserving a margin. If the app showed you the validity of the drivers license, the result of the last vehicle inspection, then you could choose the drivers that are best before you hail, and the market could operate as you describe. But hey would it not just be easier if in order to operate they had to meet licensing requirements enforced by the state. And we have now come around full circle.....

Comment: Re: So.... (Score 1) 170

by tshawkins (#47850981) Attached to: Fedora To Get a New Partition Manager
Fedora installs python as part of its base, pretty much all the command line system-* tools used to install and configure rh/fedora are written in python, hence there is a large community of devs who work in python at the system level, and a bunch of existing python libraries for touching just about every part of the system, including as pointed out in the article all the filesystems supported by the installer. While i am not a python programmer, and not a system level hacker, i can see how the approach makes absolute sense.

Comment: Re:Mitochondrial DNA? (Score 3, Funny) 135

by tshawkins (#47846149) Attached to: New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper was a fucking Jedi?

Ohhh come on, we all know he was a godamm sontaran, who else could it have been. Jedi where never anywhere near 18th centry london, sontarans however, whole different kettle of fish... thats where Strax keeps sneaking off to. Dont belive all that bollocks about a mate called Archie from Glasgow.

Comment: Re:The main problem: they don't make sense (Score 1) 215

by tshawkins (#47803945) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

The main problem is the overall uneconomical and generally nonsensical idea of using delivery drones. Trucks are simple and work well in bad weather. There's a huge non-employed workforce of people who can easily be trained to deliver packages. Delivery trucks can be powered by natural gas, which is so abundant that many oil rigs simply burn it off rather than going to the trouble of capturing it.

in the general case, delivery drones don't work. Trucks do.

Dang, thats exactly what i told them when they bought in those new fangled automobiles, nobody wants or needs to move faster than 15 miles per hour, and the economoics of them will never work out.

Comment: Re:Why switch to that Euro-weenie format? (Score 1) 111

by tshawkins (#46679797) Attached to: EU Should Switch To ODF Standard, Says MEP

Also, switching MS Office versions makes documents unreadable.

Show me a document where upgrading your office version made it "unreadable".

Its people being forced to upgrade thier older perfectly functional versions of office to read documents being created by people who have upgraded. There are at least half a dozen major varients of the "word doc". In government that is a major problem.

Comment: Re:Tracking (Score 1) 436

by tshawkins (#46492133) Attached to: Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'
This is where it all starts getting too complicated again, there are already other systems that do that and they got disabled, when you start adding functionality and connectivity you add significant vulnerability. It should be a very simple standalone, inaccessible device, serving one simple task. Answering the question "where the fuck has my $123 MILLION plane got to".

Comment: Re:I wonder (Score 5, Interesting) 154

by tshawkins (#46479819) Attached to: A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool
Its the same question that should have been asked of the doctors that assisted with the torture and stress programs, the psychologists that aided and abetted the threats made against detainees families. The aviation engineers that built remote controlled ariel death machines. The lawyers that twisted and bent the law to try to justify all the above. There is a tendancy for professions to remote themselves from the consequences of thier actions, and to adopt both the "obeying orders" and the "if we dont do it, somebody else will" defense. Scumbags the lot of them, there is a very hot place waiting for them all.

Comment: Re:Before anyone goes on a MS rant (Score 1) 337

by tshawkins (#23695531) Attached to: Windows XP SP3 Causing Router Crashes

Really? Do you know it's the router's fault and not XP SP3's fault? Sure, you can say "an OS should never crash a router" but that's simply not true. If the OS abuses the router in ways that it simply can't handle and shouldn't have to, the OS is at fault.
Errrh, a router should NEVER crash, you should be able to stream absolute crap at it for years on end without it crashing. part of a routers role is to reject malformed packets and request resends, not go tits up at the first sign of trouble. Christ if routers behaved like this the whole net would be down most of the time, do you realised how much damaged data flows around the net.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.