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Comment Re:Hipsters fight over limited supplies of juice (Score 1) 485

Why are they giving away the electricity? Is it difficult to meter or something?

If you're charging for electricity, that means you're selling electricity and need a meter certified to be accurate and tamper-proof by either you or your customer. Also, since we're talking about parking spots rather than houses, you need identity verification infrastructure and some way to keep some third party from simply unplugging the cord and plugging in their own extension one.

Once money enters, trust leaves, and expenses start piling up.

Comment Re:What the fuck (Score 1) 748

is happening to the population of this planet?

Certain accidents of evolution are being forced out of the human noosphere. Like all its products, they too try to fight back, mainly by manipulating their hosts, to no avail it seems. Good riddance to such memetic parasites.

Comment Re:Big Sister is watching (Score 4, Insightful) 748

Seriously, when they start complaining about files extensions, my response is simply, "FUCK OFF!"

But nobody except the HR cares about your response. After all, this is a corporate-backed project, so what matters is the response of your corporate patron, in this case Google. Which, apparently, cares more about getting things done than defending some arbitrary line in sand.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 136

So far they have not managed to kill all of humanity, but they will keep trying until they succeed.

Do you actually believe this, in which case you're insane, or are you simply lying about other people to make yourself seem better?

I hope that some day we can screen for this type of evil early on and can drown them a birth.

So killing children is awesome when it advances your political goals. But then what ground do you have to call other people evil for killing people accidentally?

Seriously, can't you just watch wrestling or something for this sort of thing, and come discuss serious matters when your tribal instincts have been satisfied?

Comment Re:Survey bias (Score 1) 136

The lies of the nuclear-apologists are really staggering and so is their stupidity...

Perhaps. And perhaps the Anonymous Coward you're answering is pro-nuclear. We don't know, since he only made a comment on methodology. What we do know is that you're following a tribal politics approach to engineering decisions, which will most certainly result in lots people getting hurt needlessly, either directly or through economic consequences.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 1) 166

A good design would reset the dial string on an invalid entry.

What if your hands are shaking because you're dying because the terrorist who's trying to nuke New York just shot you, and you need to warn Bruce Willis before you do? Getting right 3 in a row might be quite hard in those circumstances. So it's not really a good design, unless you want the nuclear terrorists to win.

Comment Re:Have you ever tried changing the 'culture'? (Score 3, Insightful) 927

our 'geekiness' is 'toxic' to those with thinner skin - we geeks like to compete,

I don't, and by the time the thickness of anyone's skin becomes a relevant factor you're already way out of line. It's not the geekiness that's toxic, it's the person. And oftentimes, a little bit of petty power is all it takes to coax someone's inner shithead to come out for all to see. Some will defend that shithead, saying petty power justifies abuse, and some will make excuses citing the shithead's special snowflakiness and torments of a genius mere mortals can't even imagine. And some will simply walk away from the smell of shit.

Comment Re:Obvious ruling (Score 1) 203

There isn't going to be a civil war in the US any time soon, people are happy with their food and TV...

There wouldn't be a civil war in the US any time soon if people got food and TV (or the Internet, get with the times). What they instead get is crushing debt and foreclosure notices, along with a government everyone, regardless of their political position, can agree sucks donkey balls. And it's getting ever worse, with no hope in sight.

Now, I don't know if there's going to be a civil war in the US, but something is going to give.

Comment Re:Safety (Score 1) 450

A firearm is quite clearly a tool. It can also be used as a weapon - as can most anything, up to and including using your attached limbs. I use my firearms as a tool that enables me to throw small bits of metal at accuracies, distances, and speeds unable to be easily matched by other means in a similar format.

A firearm is a tool in the same sense as heroin is a tool: no reasonable person would ever describe them in such terms unless they were trying to set up some particularly transparent bullshit fence.

All in all, it's a pretty damned well designed too for a very specific task - throwing bits of metal to quite a distance, accurately, quickly, and with decent reliability.

And the reason this is useful is that those fast-moving bits of metal project deadly force over distance. In other words, it's a well-designed weapon.

Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. - Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan