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Comment When the bugs become deadly NHTSA will care (Score 3, Informative) 192

NHTSA publishes a list of civil settlements here:

Fiat Chrysler was recently fined for inadequate protections on Jeep gas tanks, but I did not see that on the page linked above - so the list isn't entirely current.

NHTSA may not be the fastest regulatory group out there, but they have shown a willingness to go after car companies that do not issue timely fixes for dangerous problems. Automotive software bugs will eventually kill people. Unfortunately, NHTSA probably won't care until then.

Comment Does this law also apply to traditional media? (Score 4, Insightful) 330

I played baseball as a kid and I made the local paper a few times in my youth. My local library can get, pretty much, a copy of any newspaper that's ever been printed and archived.

I assume other countries like France have similar archives. Would this "right to be forgotten" also apply to paper archives? What about public records such as financial transactions?

It seems irresponsible of us to deprive future generations of these potential historical records.

Comment Sigh..It's 2015..Windows still has these problems? (Score 1, Insightful) 317

I remember this nonsense in college 15 years ago. Windows updates were a joke back then - surely the worlds largest software company has had time to sort out this issue.

I went from being a "windows guy" in college to the "anything but windows" guy now. Our company does run some windows servers in very limited roles, but everything else is Mac OS, Linux, or Chromebooks. We have 4 desktops running windows due to applications that only run on windows.

I put my family members on Mac OS or Chromebooks - and life has been much easier on me. No family members call me for help any more - it's fantastic.

Windows users need to take a hard look in the mirror and ask themselves why they are running that stuff. It most cases it is simply not necessary any longer.

Comment You must maintain control of your car at all times (Score 2) 549

It doesn't matter if the guy in front of you has to slam on the brakes or not. If you rear-end someone it's your fault.

Your following distance should be appropriate for the speeds being traveled. One car length for every 10 MPH of speed.

What if the guy in front of you has to hit the brakes hard to avoid hitting a kid? Is it still his fault that you ran into the back of him?

Has everyone forgotten what was taught in Driver's Ed????

Comment I'm not under 30 - and I don't worship Rand (Score 1) 432

I'm not sure what this has to do with government protecting failing business models.

I'm not under 30 - and I don't worship Ayn Rand.

My dad died of cancer while I was in college - I constantly think about being older, weaker...etc. That's why I started saving for retirement at a young age.

Social safety nets are a good thing for the most needy. I have a problem with Government that has grown beyond "safety nets" into dictating winners and losers in our economy.

That can not be permitted to continue.

Comment Government knows best... (Score 4, Insightful) 432

Unfortunately it is not a strange world view to many, less liberty-minded, people.

As a society, we've gotten to the point where we tolerate zero risk in our daily lives. So much so that society wants government to decide what is good for us.

This is a terrible way to live. I want options in my life and I want the free market to create them. I don't want government restricting options available to me, or restricting those that would provide those options to me.

Comment Columbine (Score 1) 423

Police have been very clear that their tactics changed after columbine. The one big change was do not wait for backup in an active shooter scenario. If you are armed, you charge and return fire as soon as possible.

The only reason police adopted this strategy post Columbine is that they know to slow or stop a mass shooting you need to return fire immediately.

Comment Presumably you've never been shot at (Score 4, Insightful) 423

Anti-gunners seem to boil down defensive gun uses to winning and losing.

An armed population is a deterrence. There is a reason why many mass shootings happen at schools. They are completely disarmed soft targets. Shooters know there won't be anyone to shoot back at them.

I guarantee a mass shooter will move much more slowly and carefully if even ONE person shoots back. It's human nature. Slowing a mass shooter is one way to save lives - you don't need to hit the guy between the eyes for there to be a benefit.

Comment Lightning fried network switches $8k (Score 1) 377

I temporarily ran a copper network cable out of a window to another building while our building to building fiber was being installed.

Over a weekend we had huge lightning storms. The voltages induced in the unshielded twisted pair cable hanging outside 3 floors up fried both switches on either end of the cable.

That was an $8000 mistake.

Comment (Score 5, Informative) 193

I'm going to keep posting this until everyone uses it. It's a free telephone filtering service. Just enable your simultaneous ring feature on your landline and nomorobo looks at every call that rings your phone. If the originating number is on their blocklist, they pickup the call.

It's a fantastic service.

Phone companies should embrace these filtering technologies. If it wasn't for nomorobo I would have gotten rid of my landline a long time ago.

What is now proved was once only imagin'd. -- William Blake