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Comment: Re:If they're going literal.... (Score 1) 251

by zentigger (#48326229) Attached to: Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

The Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002 is also known as the 'Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act' and 'Corporate and Auditing Accountability and Responsibility Act.'

It's not vague. It's not inclusive. It's actually quite the opposite: It is very EXCLUSIVE. It is meant to criminalize the destruction of evidence IN CORPORATE ACCOUNTING INVESTIGATIONS.

The DFO is trying to have some fishermen charged with accounting fraud for destroying fish. It is completely absurd, and the lawyers that are pushing this should be disbarred, and thrown in jail for contempt of court, or better yet, they should be put into the stocks for people to throw rotten fruit and stones, as they are the perfect example of everything that is wrong with the US legal system.

Comment: Re:A working automated vehicle (Score 1) 320

by zentigger (#48301463) Attached to: What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

... one that can turn into a lane of busy traffic that currently requires you to make eye contact with another driver to get them to slow down and let you in.

Well, if all the cars were automated, the oncoming traffic could be signalled much farther than eye-contact distance, and provide space automatically, such that a traffic merging pattern could be initiated and sufficient space made available for you. You also wouldn't get stuck behind the idiot that is too scared of traffic to merge unless there is at least ten times the required distance.

As a starting point, however, I suspect a gradual introduction of automated cars, say a special lane on the highway, much like a commuter lane or bus lane.

Comment: Re:Time Shifting? (Score 1) 317

by zentigger (#47568601) Attached to: Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

. . . [t]he purpose of [the Act] is to ensure the right of consumers to make analog or digital audio recordings of copyrighted music for their private, noncommercial use.

That should pretty much shut the whole thing down right there. The purpose of the in-vehicle entertainment system is to allow the consumer to make digital recordings of (non)copyrighted music for THEIR PRIVATE, NONCOMMERCIAL USE.

AARC are in the same class of bottom-feeding scumbags as SOCAN. I was personally threatened with legal action by SOCAN because we had not licensed out hold music for our phone system, despite the fact that our music was carefully selected to be recordings from the public domain.

These lawyers should be disbarred, jailed and have all their assets seized for distribution amongst the artists whose interests they claim to represent.

Comment: Android Security (Score 1) 100

Why doesn't Android have a permissions structure that allows the user to explicitly manage the permissions for each app?

  If I want to disable access to the contacts for any given app, I should be able to do that. If it breaks functionality of the app, then that is MY problem, but in most cases, it wouldn't cripple the app; I don't need my shopping list to be able to read my contacts and send premium text messages on my behalf.

Comment: There are no deep discounts (Score 1) 482

by zentigger (#46901153) Attached to: Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

The idea that cell phones are sold at a deep discount is a total fallacy.

Cell phone providers set an arbitrarily absurd price that is two to three times the price that equivalent devices sell for in open markets so that they can make you think you are getting a really good deal, and so they can justify the price gouging for their services ("See Mr. Regulator, I need to charge these fees and maintain these contracts to cover the cost of the device!")

Comment: Re:Existing programs (Score 1) 529

by zentigger (#46543373) Attached to: The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

Dude, your country is fucked.

In so many ways.

Just plain fucked!

While other countries are examining alternative flexible educational systems and expanding the curriculum, you have education districts dropping fact and reason in favour of mysticism and fairy tales, and move towards a rigid one-size fits all model.

In much the same way that the passengers of the Titanic realized how fucked they were. You have nowhere near enough life rafts, and by the time anyone admits there's a problem, the life rafts will all be launched to carry away roughly 1% of your population.

Comment: math? (Score 1) 545

by zentigger (#46446939) Attached to: Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

Alfalfa growers are now exporting some 100 billion gallons of water a year from this drought-ridden region to the other side of the world in the form of alfalfa.

I think your math is a bit off. California only produces about 7 million tonnes of alfalfa anualy. a tonne of pure water is about 250 gallons, so even if alfalfa were pure water, your math is off by a couple of orders of magnitude.

Comment: Re:Scientists finally discover... (Score 1) 287

by zentigger (#44638679) Attached to: Soda Makes Five-Year-Olds Break Your Stuff, Science Finds

While I certainly agree that kids at (for example) a birthday party do not need sugar to become hyperactive, there are other studies, and they tend to correlate well with what we know of metabolism and how sugar is metabolized:

Other studies show that since sugar is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, blood sugar rises quickly, which can lead to higher adrenaline levels and thus symptoms similar to those associated with hyperactivity.

A study like this carries a lot more weight as it isolates the ingestion of sugar and objectively measures it's biological impact on the children, as opposed to other studies that do not isolate the various stimuli and only measure the results subjectively.

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