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Comment Re:Bad Idea (Score 5, Interesting) 1219

That's not the way things are run, he's just an uninformed twit. In most, if not all states, you agree to surrender to breath testing at the discretion of law enforcement as part of getting your license. Courts tend to interpret the power a little more narrowly than cops would like, but if they have even the slightest reasonable suspicion, you're not going to get anywhere.

An on-the-spot judge is new, though, and is going to be problematic. We take separation of powers pretty seriously here. A judge is not a police officer, and shouldn't be acting like one. The commingling is going totrigger a massive legal fight.

Comment Re:I generate my power with solar (Score 1) 507

He's talking about 500 kwh per WEEK, not month, and saying it can go much higher, meaning his average monthly usage would be well over 2000kwh, and he's saying he can't understand how someone could use less than 500kwh in a month. Objectively, his usage is ridiculous, and there appear to be no mitigating factors.

Comment Re:I generate my power with solar (Score 2) 507

You've got a lot to learn about electricity usage.

Your computer and space heater do _not_ use 2500 watts 24/7.

A typical space heater uses 600, 900, or 1500 watts, and doesn't run all the time (you hear that periodic clicking? that's the heater turning on and off as it reaches whatever you set its crappy thermostat to).

A typical computer at idle uses a couple hundred watts. Under full gaming load, it _may_ reach 800 _if_ you have a ridiculously powerful rig and are playing the latest games at full settings.

Your refrigerator does not run 24/7. Its compressor kicks in as needed to maintain an acceptable temperature range. While running, it eats a few hundred watts.

Your router and cable box eat only a couple dozen watts at most. Your television perhaps 200 watts, and only when it's on.

Your air conditioner's fan may be on at all times, but its compressor is not, and the compressor is what eats most of the power.

Do not confuse something being plugged in or having a lit LED or making noise with it using its full, rated power. In particular, do _not_ confuse having something like a 1000-watt power supply in your computer with "my computer uses 1000 watts". It doesn't.

Comment Re:I generate my power with solar (Score 1) 507

500KWh per month? You're joking right? Do you live in a one-room shack with a single LED lightbulb and a Mac mini? I can burn 500KWh in about a week, sometimes less if the temp drops below freezing.

Granted, I have a fully electric house, but I live damn cheaply. I keep my thermo at 66F (thankfully I like it on the cold side), I am newly single so it's just me at the house now, I have all CFL bulbs and I turn off any light I'm not actively using, and I work two jobs plus consulting so I'm pretty much home only to eat and sleep most days.

So please, in all seriousness, enlighten me with your power-miserly ways. Obviously I'm doing something wrong.

WTF dude? Get your appliances checked, _now_. Fridge, furnace, washer, dryer, dishwasher, stove, oven, water heater, everything. Or see if another house is tapped into your feed.

500kwh/week is bloody insane. It's over 71kwh/day, or the equivalent of running 1.65 typical US household circuits (120volt, 15amp) full-bore, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Nobody does that.

I've lived in all-electric houses. Several of them. With multiple people. None used anything close to 71kwh/day.

See also: http://www.eia.doe.gov/ask/electricity_faqs.asp#electricity_use_home

You're using 170% of what they average in Tennessee (42kwh/day), and over 400% of what they average in Maine (17/day).

Comment Re:Surprised? Surely not. (Score 2, Informative) 179

I dont think I've ever seen such happen in any such case brought on by the BSA, ESA, RIAA or MPAA before. Sure, there've been ones where the judge used common sense and was stern... but this judge truly went all out to put the ESA and the prosecutors in their places.

Makes one wonder if they've pulled other shenanigans in his court before or on the cynical side, if they didn't contribute to his last reelection campaign.

Why are you speculating on something you are clearly completely ignorant of? Federal judges do not have reelection campaigns. They do not have election campaigns. They are nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate exactly once, after which they are in until they die, resign voluntarily, or are impeached and removed from office (the latter being incredibly rare, in over 200 years 14 judges have been impeached, and only about half were removed from office).

Comment Re:Oh yeah (Score 3, Informative) 215

WTF? He's talking about USB. As in physical interconnection between the phone and the PC. If someone has tapped into a USB link, they already have the physical access necessary to get at your data regardless.

By your absurd logic, the USB mass-storage protocols should be encrypted because you might transfer personal information to/from a USB disk.

Comment Re:Desktop dinosaurs realize mobile cannibalizatio (Score 0, Troll) 117

I thought GTK was simply an outgrowth of GIMP?

What we know today as GTK (actually GTK+) has little resemblance to what was originally written for GIMP, and never would have become anything remotely like what it is except the FSF decided they just _had_ to do something about Qt once KDE became popular. It's a "growth" of the GIMP toolkit in much the same way as a brain tumor is a "growth" of your own cells.

Comment Re:As a hillbilly from a desert island, I have to (Score 1) 685

I know the feeling, my GF is half Indian (Navajo to be exact) and when we are out the locals will sometime just start speaking Spanish to her thinking she is Mexican. She just blushes and says no habla but I just love how her brother handles it "Me no Mexican, me Indian. Me scalp your kind!" .

Best. Family. Ever. Marry her!

Comment Re:two billion locations perhaps? (Score 3, Funny) 270

2 billion offenders tracked should be fine, as there are only about 300 million people in the US. But 2 billion locations? Someone needs a real database. Or a chron job to archive these puppies.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that if you think it's spelled "chron", you probably shouldn't be making suggestions on this subject.

Comment Re:In Canada... (Score 1) 310

Pretty much the same in the US. Antenna placement is governed by the FCC, and any local or state laws and regulations that have a significant impact on the ability of anyone to put up an otherwise-legal antenna are void.

Lots of cities try to pull this crap. Some of them back off once a few lawyers get involved, others waste millions of tax dollars in court only to be smacked around by an unamused US District Court judge.

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