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Comment Re:I call BFD here (Score 1) 623

If you've ever been through Wyoming on I-80,theyve taken this into account. All the speed limit signs are electronic, and the speed varies with conditions. That way, people trying to drive 70mph during a blizzard can get rightly ticketed, even if they are doing 5 under the normal speed limit. Unfortunately, they didn't increase the max speed up to 80mph like they did elsewhere.

Comment Re: If they didn't want unlimited use (Score 1) 422

Really? Link me to a current Verizon ad that claims unlimited mobile data. They used to advertise that, and they honored those contracts. However, all of those contracts have expired, and anyone with an unlimited plan is now month-to-month. Which means that both parties can cancel the plan each month. Forcing Verizon to offer this plan in perpetuity opens the legal possibility of Verizon forcing the consumer to continue a month-to-month plan in perpetuity as well. Personally, I think it's a good thing they can't do that, or else they'd be taking full advantage of that.

Comment Re: Justice? (Score 1) 302

But if you truly believe that all governments are illegitimate, then the concept of buying a plot of land is also impossible. Without government, how exactly does one own a plot of land? Sure, you can defend yourself and force others off of that land, but what stops a better armed group from occupying 'your' land? Without government, the concept of private property becomes fiction, ownership is a merely temporary matter determined by whomever currently has possession.

Comment Re:I hate it when companies decide what's good for (Score 1) 284

I really wonder about that argument, though. Historically, privacy among a family is a relatively recent development. It used to be the norm for a dwelling to be a single room, and also common for parents and children to share the same mattress. I will agree with you that exposing modern children to pornography is much more likely to shock them than violent imagery, but that is only true for our culture. Children from sometime as recent as the settlement of the American West would likely be much more traumatized by watching die hard than watching porn. I suspect this change has a lot to due with cultural mores during the development of mass media: even radio programs directed at children (silver shadow, the lone ranger) had no compunctions featuring violence, but were very sexual repressive. Prohibition may be related, but that's just a WAG.

Comment Re:Yeah.... (Score 4, Insightful) 116

Come on though, when I want the hottest new Hollywood movies or the freshest warez the first place I turn is github. Seriously, this is some weapons grade bullshit, I've never run into pirating on that site. I may have seen something that was patented, but I'm not sure that 20: print "Hello World" isn't covered by someone's patent anyway. If I sand round corners onto a block of wood, do I owe apple money?

Comment Re:Do you believe Google? (Score 2) 114

Read what to Google is saying: they do t delete your history for ads, just for search history. Which I'm oddly fine with. I realize Google needs ad revenue to continue offering services that I use, such as YouTube, search, and Gmail. However, I am very aware that their revenue model is based on tracking me closely. There's no way they'll let you delete your data for ads; FFS, this is a multinational US corporation. If you don't want their trackers, don't use their services. I know it's impossible to avoid adsense, but do you want to pay a subscription fee for every site you visit? It seems anathema, but we all used to do this with newspapers and porn. Who buys either of those products now? Tracking sucks, but unfortunately shit costs money. Even this site: I've been here quite a while and never paid them a dime put of pocket, but my page views have indirectly paid the editors and hosting fees.

Comment Re:Do we really need to learn Twitter's technical (Score 3) 48

Umm... not only does my code make professionals cry, but I'm not even a twitter user and I could grok this easily enough. How is this confusing, they simply list the user number ranges that were registered and how to view the bot accounts. What I would have liked to see is some information on how they were able to register so many accounts in such a short time. Whoever owns this twitter bonnet must also have access to a reasonably sized botnet; there's no way only a few IP addresses could register that many accounts that quickly. Perhaps that is the reason all the accounts were registered so quickly, but it seems like a poor strategy to avoid detection. I guess they are assuming twitter has no interest in dropping 1% of their users banning a single botnet.

Comment Re:What claim does the go. have on Xeons? (Score 1) 247

I don't think any reliable figures exist for Intel's R&D budget, much less the grant money they receive, but you can be sure there is plenty of government interference applied. I doubt they are influencing the direction of research, but the final product certainly has seen government influence.

Comment Re:Where is the news? (Score 2, Informative) 247

Taiwan actually has more capacity than the US. shows Taiwan with 21.7% of the world total capacity; North America as a whole with 14.2% and China at 9.7%. Intel isn't locating the true cutting edge processes in Asia, but claiming taiwan is a distant second list a laughable claim. They aren't cranking out xeons, but the ARM market is a huge part of the cpu game.

Comment Re:Some clarification is needed. (Score 3, Interesting) 224

I would actually argue that the problem with gaming isn't misogyny, it's that the entire culture is overwhelmed by a toxic minority. Women are an easy target for the mouthbreathers, but I gave up playing online FPSs simply because I was sick of constantly hearing the n word and other crap being spewed over voice chat. Yes, women do get singled out, but focusing on strictly misogyny rather than the culture as a whole will be less effective overall. Not only will women feel more welcome, but others will as well. As a straight male I'm not singled out, but I still quit online play. And LGBT individuals, at least in my experience, seem to attract more ire than women. The creeps aren't hitting on them, but they seem to ratchet the hate levels right up to Westboro Baptist levels almost instantly.

Comment Re:Nah (Score 4, Insightful) 68

Well, I appreciate the fact that I'm unlikely to run into child porn with a casual Google search. I think that the Web will migrate to separate levels: Facebook crap for unimportant things and tor for anything important. The way I see it, increased restrictions on something the average person views as a free-for-all will only encourage end-to-end encryption. The tighter they grip, the more subnets slip through their fingers. Bastards like child pornographers may escape the net, but there is always a price to be paid for civil liberties. Increasing the restrictions on online expression is a little late; the cat is out of the bag. However, the average person isn't prepared for civil disobedience, so the UK will likely be successful here. Sad.

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