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Comment Re:Why should? (Score 1) 397

Death by airplane is "someone else's" fault. Death in a car is my fault. Even if someone else was negligent, it's still my responsibility to compensate for their idiocy. This is the Merican way. Personal freedom, choice, control, and consequences. I deal with this every day as a motorcycle rider (the ultimate in personal control and consequences).

The simple fact is, on a commercial air-flight you have absolutely no control whatsoever over your death. As a driver of a car, you do, even if it's someone else's fault. In other words, flying on a commercial airplane requires no skill, driving a vehicle does.

Comment Re:Restricting vitamin D production: not a good id (Score 1) 210

10-15 minutes is no where near enough for most people with darker skin (ie. most of the world's population). I mean, fuck, I'm only olive skinned and I need at least 30 minutes to an hour at the most "dangerous" UV exposure at the highest levels to even begin to get the benefits. I don't start to get red skin until an hour or two and that's with no previous exposure (ie. coming out of winter). In the summer I can withstand 4 to 6 hours without my skin becoming red and 8 to 10 hours before I start to "burn". Darker complications have even longer times.

I assume by the moderation that most of slashdot is made up of minority pasty white cave-dweller homebodies with brain-damage caused by vitamin D and/or B12 deficiency. You are the abnormal outliers.

Thank you very much, dorks. There is a reason you're the outliers of the human race; please don't lock me in a cell and drain my superior blood for your nefarious purposes due to your weak genes, assholes.

Comment While I doubt the seriousness of the claims here.. (Score 0, Troll) 588

While I doubt the seriousness of the claims here... I can understand. I can feel any 2.4 ghz radiation and some other radiation like Wacom devices (not sure what frequency they use). I have done blind tests and can scientifically prove without doubt that I can feel 2.4 ghz radiation with 100% accuracy. It feels like vibration in my nerves. It's actually kind of freaky. I have to be within an inch or two of the typical low-power radiation source to feel it though. I have to put my phone far enough away from my body (not that far) at night so that I can sleep.

Does this cause "sickness"? Well, who knows. All I do know is that 2.4 ghz radiation does without doubt interact with human tissue (and probably all water-based material). Does it affect most people? Probably not in any way. Could it cause cancer/whatever? Maybe, otherwise I wouldn't be able to actively detect it and I'm sure there are people more sensitive than me.

And yes, I'm completely willing to submit to any test anyone wants to perform. I have done so many times so far and they're always surprised that my sensory disorder is real. Yet somehow this never makes the news (I wonder why?). :/ Welcome to the life of an outlier.

Comment Re:Uh-oh (Score 1) 38

Somewhat funny but the fact is almost every normal person under 30 today would be considered a "nerd" by the previous generation and the nerds of today are still way beyond the normal person. The goal has simply been moved.

The technology used here is simple commodity hardware and software, there is nothing nerdy about it by today's standards.

Comment Any keyboard without a numpad (Score 1) 452

Seriously, numpads are the bane of everything useful and good in keyboards. Why have that useless piece shit sticking out of the side of the keyboard right where you want the mouse? I'm not joking when I say I will never buy another keyboard that has an attached numpad on the right.

I currently use a Kinesis Maxim but I don't think it's the best keyboard ever. Yes, it has lasted over 12 years but it was really expensive and it's starting to fall apart. Many broken keys and the wrist-rests are completely broken-off and useless at this point.

MS Natural keyboards are nice but they are gigantic with that fucking useless numpad that takes up all your usable desk space. A numpad-less Natural would be really awesome (lol, like MS would ever do that unless it's insecure wireless crap).

Comment Re:Oh man (Score 2) 126

Worth it? Meh, probably not.

I wonder how much it would cost to simply take a regular helmet and some Chinese electronics off eBay to make the same thing. I'm guessing significantly less even including your time to build it.

I mean you're looking at less than $100 in raw parts for GPS + Arduino + HD Camera + display controller/OSD. Not sure about the HUD part but I believe it's just a projection on a small piece of glass, probably also less than $100 in parts by itself not to mention alternative hardware implementations that might be cheaper. Add $300 for a decent helmet, wire it up and you're done.

Personally I think I would find the HUD hardware incredibly distracting. Not the HUD itself mind you, but the stalk that sticks up in front of your eye. I would rather it be projected on the visor even if that means it's not always available (eg. when the visor is up).

Comment OK fine but give us a free CA (Score 5, Insightful) 148

I have no technical problem switching every website/server I have to SSL but the actual problem is the price of all those SSL certs. Most of my sites are just hobby type sites that I run for my own enjoyment and to benefit others (quite a few "others" I should mention; some of my sites are very popular). However, I don't make any money off these, in fact it already costs me money to run them.

Now you want me to add SSL so that people can still find my relevant and useful information? Well, OK but how the hell am I suppose to pay for it? SSL server certs are expensive. The whole thing is a scam to make the few "official" CA's rich. How about some sort of official public service that can hand out server certs of every registered domain? Every domain should come with an unlimited supply of SSL certs or at least a wildcard cert and a renewal service, free of charge.

Comment Most developers are pretty smart people (Score 1) 737

I write software, as I have been doing for many decades. However, I can rebuild a car engine, I know electronics including building a radio from scratch, I can frame a house, build weapons from scratch, I know chemistry, cook, sew, farm, and any number of other useful things.

It's not about whatever skill you currently possess. It's about intelligence.

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