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Comment But it's what people are asking for! (Score 1) 152

It's real simple: this is apparently what "people" want, based on their behavior.

Alternatives (paid, and cheap) have attempted to make your "social media" something where you're the customer, not the product (see - "people" have mostly rejected it, whether on philosophical grounds (I'm not paying for this!), or for critical mass problems (But everyone I want to talk to used Facebook!). Primarily, it just seems that they want it free and don't value being a customer - they're fine being the product.

THAT, in turn, leads to this: Facebook will keep testing where the black, thick boundary line is that causes too much pain until it they overstep and do too much damage, then they'll back up just a little. And wait. And then test it again, maybe in a slightly different way. They're only slightly less insidious than the government here-the government just keeps attempting to ram the same thing through/down your throat until total rage fatigue sets in, and not enough people still want to fight it.

Comment Re:Thinking politically, not logically (Score 1) 216

Funny, insurance companies seem to feel differently about whether "testing" human driving behavior *while driving* is interesting or useful. Once built, the car engine/computer should be much more deterministic over the range of driving behaviors/variables that you want to map exhaust to, versus those silly, unpredictable humans.

Is simple: test while driving, and just sample enough cars in enough areas. Testing thingy clamps onto exhaust, stores data, and measures whatever you want to measure, along with other interesting things like, gear, RPM, temperature, location (for congestion mapping or whatever), etc. Maybe you can get some of that info directly off CAN, maybe you have to plug into a diagnostic port and sync time. Whatever.

> Testing emissions outside of laboratory settings is like testing the levelness of a table on a boat at sea. It's much less precise and reproducible.

Which is, well, kinda useless. The levelness of the table is something that's determined by how it's built - an innate property it has. Whether or not it slides around and, say, damages the floor on a boat at sea under different speeds of that boat, wave conditions, and the like is really more like what we're trying to consider with a car on the road.

Comment Re:Is it on the main download page? (Score 3, Interesting) 216

I know that there are checksums on the download page. We know how to use them. Other people don't.

I don't understand WHY, after all this time, the author(s) continue to refuse to get a code-signing certificate and sign the executable files and the installer. I'm almost assuming that it's on principle somehow, because it's not that expensive and if a request was made I'd bet donations would take care of the cost in under a day.

Comment Re:When everyone is guilty... (Score 2) 431 almost seems like everyone is presumed to be guilty of something.

Must we quote Rand again? Regardless of whether you like her or dislike her personally, or agree with her philosophy or not:

We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. ...when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, ...that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with.

I mean, seriously... I wonder who hasn't committed a felony this year, whether it's paperwork or some esoteric piece of law that no one knows about - never mind the myriad of things that are now "felonies," a term which used to be reserved for serious crimes whereby one could/would lose all property (with/without possible death penalty); once such loss of property was abolished, the distinction between what was and was not a felony became more... flexible.

Comment GPL release that Sun did might seem to apply... (Score 1) 303

I really wish someone would bring this up with more serious force behind it. Sun released Java SE under GPLv2.

Also, going out on a limb, I'd guess that the "37 APIs" aren't part of something outside the core stuff - I'm guessing Sun left out J2EE when open sourcing since I see no note about it.

Comment Re:I'm going to do it (Score 1) 120

I feel that it goes back to the saying regarding you being the product, if you're not paying.

People don't want to pay, apparently, or just plain don't mind being the product. I don't get that.

The only social site I've found (just recently) where I don't feel like the product would be - sure, not many people might use it yet, but there's potential. They're working with the github model where there IS a free tier, it's just not as nice as a paid tier - and if you really USE the service, you'll probably want to pay the pittance it costs. Like github, use it for free if you want.

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Comment Re:My Usage Matches... (Score 1) 562

Get MSDN, or TechNet, or download some ISOs of... anything legit. Then use Steam. You're pretty much done with your 150GB if you download, say, the stuff to set up a virtualized lab configuration worth of software from MSDN, reinstall several games (at 10GB/per - they ARE hosted in the cloud for your convenience, like if you rebuild a computer), and maybe watch some TV on Netflix 3 nights a week night, and some movies on the weekend. It's not hard.

Comment These are NOT rent-a-cops (Score 1) 566

These are NOT "rent-a-cops." Any campus of the UW system that has a police department has a state-certified police force. They are armed and have all the powers that any other city/municipal police department does, including the ability to arrest you or cite you under UW system administrative code or state or local statute, depending on their mood.

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