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Comment: Re:it's means it is (Score 1) 132

by turp182 (#47908777) Attached to: 3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

My dashcam can be triggered on motion. I don't use this feature, I just let it record all of my driving.

That should dramatically cut the power used by the camera when it isn't recording.

I'm about to get a 2nd one that will be rear facing (and then maybe left/right facing, I need to find a model that doesn't come with a screen, so it would be smaller).

I've already used the threat of the dash cam to get some guy and a cop off my ass (he said I hit his car with my door, but I hadn't even been on the parking level where it happened, I told the cop I would gladly pull up my dashcam videos if the guy would like, the cop came back a couple of minutes later and said that wouldn't be necessary...).

Comment: Re:Oh, but it does. You can't make a backup (Score 1) 222

by turp182 (#47897695) Attached to: iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

A couple of years ago a friend of mine plugged into my laptop to charge her iPhone, she clicked something with regards to the iTunes prompt (I had an iPhone so it was installed), and next thing we know 800 photos on her phone had been deleted but not backed up to my computer. I never figured out what she did, and she wouldn't connect to any computer but hers after that (she didn't synch/backup to iTunes on her computer, the phone was stand alone).

I really enjoyed the iPhone experience (through iPhone 4). But I like to develop for Android, so that's where I'm at now. Nexus 5 owner. Battery life isn't that good, but I have wireless chargers at work, in my living room, my bedroom, and my kitchen. I just put it down wherever I'm at and it stays charged. There's are two more in my travel bag, ready to go (one for the hotel, one for the office).

Comment: Re:+ operator for string concat? (Score 1) 729

Holy shit, you are correct. In fact there's more to it than what you described.

Here's some C# code, the last examples (z, z2) really bother me (in those cases the string was cast to a number):

                        int i = 1;
                        string j = "1";
                        double k = 1.15;

                        var x = "1" + 1; // string "11"
                        var y = i + j; // string "11"
                        var x2 = j + i; // string "11"
                        var z = k + i; // double 2.15
                        var z2 = i + k; // double 2.15

Comment: Re:The idea of variant (var) (Score 1) 729

Regarding "var": Our C# standard (which is part of a couple of actual standards, iDesign's is one off the top of my head) is as follows:

Var is only used if it is explicitly clear what the data type is when the variable is defined.

So these are fine:
var aString = String.Empty;
var someVariable = new TypeOfSomeSort();

The variable should be explicitly declared otherwise:
string aString = SomeMethodThatReturnsAString();

Of course I ignore the standard and just explicitly state the type, it's how I've always done it...

var is handy for non-fetched Linq queries as well. Do a ToString() on it (if it is for a database operation) and you get the SQL that will execute.

Comment: Re:Straight to the pointless debate (Score 1) 136

by turp182 (#47821373) Attached to: Out of the Warehouse: Climate Researchers Rescue Long-Lost Satellite Images

Why would one correct for the heat island effect? It is in fact the truth; the climate in cities can be quite different from the suburban areas (same with weather, if the heat island is dry it ends up diminishing or even killing off a lot of rainfall, or it can feed a system if the ground is saturated and it's hot, adding a lot of additional humidity in a localized area).

The heat island is a true localized climate (sometimes temps are over 10F lower only 10 miles from the city of St. Louis), like some desert/tropical forest areas in the Galapagos Islands where the environment transforms after a couple of minutes of elevation change when driving (on the main island, the name escapes me).

I would seem to me that you shouldn't adjust any individual values, and that the average for a larger region should be the basis for science.

I would agree that adjustments would be needed if you know that the data is inaccurate to begin with. Determining why the data isn't accurate and how to adjust is the devil in the details. And great fodder for deniers.

For the record I believe in man-caused climate change on a global scale. We're dumping considerable amounts of CO2 stored for millions of years back into the environment (which can and is leading to larger methane releases that only exacerbate the problem). Coral is dying, we are destroying ocean ecosystems via over fishing; but at least we realize and recognize these things now. The 1960s/70s were bonanzas of "because we can" with little or no consideration of systemic effects (especially with regards to food, "let's put these chemicals in the food, it will be better"). We're better on that front, except for India and China (and Africa), or half the population of the Earth.

Comment: Re:In other news.... (Score 4, Interesting) 199

by turp182 (#47816027) Attached to: First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

You appear to be correct, there was likely a draft and it was on the books about 6 weeks after 9/11.

9/11/2001 was the hijackings. The USA PATRIOT Act was introduced on October 23rd, 2001, passed the House on the 24th, passed the Senate on the 25th, and was signed by George W. Bush on the 26th. So about 6 weeks from the event.

The bill was 131 pages, creating or amending some 100 laws/sections.

Text (and original bill PDF):

Someone had to have a draft prepared ahead of 9/11. I would bet it was probably drawn up from the neo-con PNAC report "Rebuilding America's Defenses", which was released in September 2000. The document even referred to "a new Pearl Harbor": Section V of Rebuilding America's Defenses, entitled "Creating Tomorrow's Dominant Force", includes the sentence: "Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event––like a new Pearl Harbor". PNAC was a pretty scary and very powerful group (Bush appointed about 20 people from the group to positions in his administration).

Comment: Re:Why? Nobody uses NFC payments (Score 1) 187

by turp182 (#47799593) Attached to: Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

With KitKat (Android 4.4 on a Nexus 5), you press the button to wake the phone, tap on the payment thing (starts Google Wallet, no interaction other than the tap), then enter a PIN number for Google Wallet (the user interaction/verification). There's another tap to verify the total and you are done. There is no scenario that doesn't require the PIN.

I wish my local grocery stores supported it.

Comment: Re:Loose Lips Sinik Ships (Score 1) 248

by turp182 (#47785049) Attached to: US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

Sort of sarcasm, but maybe the government should double down on the no-fly list to attempt to obtain evidence that it is effective.

First, they need to report the number of people denied the ability to travel due to the no-fly list.

Then, they need to start detaining and comprehensively searching anyone denied the ability to fly due to the no-fly list. This allows for the collection of ACTUAL evidence that the list is effective at stopping potential criminal activity on a flight. Anyone found with weapons or explosives should obviously be arrested, and that is the evidence.

Thus we would have statistics, how many people have been detained and how many have been arrested for weapons or explosives when trying to fly.

Of course it's all security theater, designed to both install fear in us and at the same time assuage that fear because the government is doing something about it.

For the record, my bag gets hand searched every time I fly. Having a container of baby powder will result in this every time - takes about 10 minutes to search my bag and then drug test my butt powder. And I always ask for a pat down rather than going through a machine. I've been temped to strip down to my underwear before (almost pulled the trigger on that idea when they were yelling at people to take their shoes and jackets off a few years ago). I hate flying these days (it was awesome fun in the late 1990s though).

Comment: Re:Executive Orders Need to Expire, and Quickly (Score 1) 180

by turp182 (#47781039) Attached to: The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

Per your sig, which I love more than any other song to play on guitar (excepting Follow You Into the Dark, which my 4 year old daughter requests at bedtime, my son requests Jack and Diane...), we are all in a cage if there is an emperor. I thought, via Civics in high school, that we didn't have an emperor.

Apparently, I have been wrong in my assumptions.

Comment: Re:Executive Orders Need to Expire, and Quickly (Score 2) 180

by turp182 (#47780787) Attached to: The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

So be it. I would take nothing over the Executive Orders. Congress passed the Patriot Act (terrible, terrible legislation), they would support some things.

No action is better than enforced action "requested" by a very small group (or a single person). Regardless of the implications (freedom an liberty before "risk" type stuff).

Checks and balances appear to be nothing more than bank notes and the ability to stand upright.

Comment: Executive Orders Need to Expire, and Quickly (Score 4, Insightful) 180

by turp182 (#47780579) Attached to: The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

This is crazy. It seems Executive Orders are non-legislation afforded the impact of law.

Executive Orders should expire after a couple of years, or when a Presidential inauguration occurs, whichever comes first. Continuation should require Congress to pass it as ACTUAL law. And changes outside of that period MUST be ACTUAL LAW!!!!!


Sorry for the caps, I RTFA and it pissed me off.

I would suggest Executive Orders be done away with completely, they are an "I am the King" method of ruling. Not leading, ruling, controlling.

Comment: Re:straight from the OMFG NO dept (Score 2) 364

by turp182 (#47734425) Attached to: "MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

Has to be budget. Seeing as most comments here said the earlier seasons were better (I haven't watched in a couple of years as well), ratings are probably dropping. And with that comes reductions in ad revenue. And with that comes cost reduction.

In fact, IMDB ratings of the show, have fallen from 7.5 to 6.5 over the course of the show (turn on the Series Trendline):

Why all three? Who knows? But they each have a kick ass resume, that's for sure.

10 to the minus 6th power Movie = 1 Microfilm