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Comment: More accidents after texting law passed in CO. (Score 1) 363

by yayoubetcha (#47871771) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Colorado passed an anti-texting law. Cop sees you texting and she can pull you over. Result? Instead of operating the phone at the top or over of the steering wheel, people didn't want to get a ticket. So, they moved their devices to their laps. Accident rates went up as a result. Doh!

Comment: The Google Approach: Release early/often (Score 1) 548

Most of my career I was oriented towards extremely high quality products where validation and verification is extraordinarily important such as producing a microprocessor (recalls are just too expensive). A high degree of precision is needed for that. If I were producing a website for a local auto repair shop, well, if it looks weird on IE-9 ... meh... maybe I'll fix it.

Take a look at the Kickstarter project They wanted everything. Yes, this would be a cool device with GPS, built in FRS, digital relay, weather radio, solar panel, e-paper display, on and on... They are more than one year late, with no end, (really) in sight (but they now have a GANTT chart, so there!).

If I were doing that product, it would be an Android tablet with GPS, built in topo SW for the US and an e-paper display with a removable battery. A decent version 1.0. Then in 2.0 and a solar panel to the back side. For 3.0 add the weather radio. The, 4.0, add FRS, etc. (with FRS now, you need to transmit, which has a higher bar than all prev. generations).

So, to summarize in the most basic idea of programming or engineering: "KISS" -- although, I like to say make the development as simple as needed, but no simpler.

Comment: Two engineers, one hour, and a pencil (Score 3, Funny) 160

by yayoubetcha (#47680755) Attached to: The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

I worked (VRTX kernel contractor) at Rocketdyne on a NASA contract to build a robot which welded the Space Shuttle Main Engine. Because of strict government regulations I was walked over to a building that took 15 minutes to get to; filled out a requisition form; waited 1/2 hour; received my pencil; walked back to my desk with my escort and my pencil.

I was offered a permanent job with Rocketdyne. Although it was cool to work with rocket scientists, I declined the offer.

Comment: You gotta see the girls of Gaza Strip! (Score 1) 419

by yayoubetcha (#47679917) Attached to: Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

It is true you are more likely to die in US traffic accident than to be killed in a terrorism attack in Israel. I've investigated the numbers and it is indeed true.

A side note... My wife and I were returning to Tel Aviv in 2012 when the Palestinians began bombing. We rode a bus with a bunch of young men and women soldiers all armed with automatic weapons from Eilat. They all got off at Be'er Sheva (on way towards Gaza). We continued on to Tel Aviv without incident. Most bombs in that incident ended up hitting sand in the desert.

Comment: Redefining the 4th Amendment (Score 2) 176

by yayoubetcha (#47560299) Attached to: Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

Wow! Really? We need a new law that is already covered, pretty fucking clearly, by the US Constitution's 4th Amendment:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

So, let me get this straight... the 4th Amendment needs additional "refinement" to put teeth in its bite; but the 2nd Amendment is in a league of its own.

God Bless Amerifuckingca!

Comment: Re:Even my DVDs are streamed (Score 0) 152

by yayoubetcha (#47531843) Attached to: What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

Please stop using the therm "Downloading Illegally". Downloading is not in violation of US copyright law. Uploading is.

So, if you "share" a bittorrent video from The Pirate Bay, and your upload speed is greater than zero, then you are illegally distributing the video. If your value is zero, and therefore not sharing/uploading, then you are not distributing the material, and not in violation of US Copyright laws.

Take a look at the famous text that is slapped on the start of DVD movies:

"The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of a copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by fines and federal imprisonment"

Note that the keyword is "distribution". It does not say, "... reproduction, distribution, or the receipt of a copy of this distributed work, ..."

I have paid attention to the many lawsuits the movie and audio industry has filed in the past. All of them, to my recollection, involves distributing the media. Not one case that I have become aware of involves solely the receipt of a copy of the material. Why? Because they would loose the case, and they do not want the public to be aware that "downloading" is not illegal.

Comment: Now complicated? How 'bout all src in 6502 ASM? (Score 2) 372

by yayoubetcha (#47518311) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

Stop complaining! It's easier now then ever! How about modifying the source 6502 Assembly source code to a word-processing editor in the early 80s?

"Damn! What's the instruction to do a string fast string copy? Doh! No problem, I'll just look it up on Oops! That won't be there for about 3 decades!

I guess I'll just have to bitch about my problems on Doh! Again.... decades away.

At least there's USENET! Doh!

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