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Comment Re:Snoop Doggy Dog (Score 1) 132

>In an online political discussion, one conservative complained about Obama's alleged excess snooping. I pointed out that Bush and Trump are pretty much pro-snoopers also.

I'm about as liberal as they come.

I am more than disappointed by Obama's expansion of domestic spying. I am also more than disappointed by Obama's removal of due process and Habeas Corpus - Tangerine Bolen is in my Facebook friends list (because she's a good friend of my wife).

This is her:

https://www.theguardian.com/co...

There are a shitload of us over on the left who are fucking pissed. It's not just conservatives.

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BMO

Comment Re:Good for everyone. (Score 1) 162

I happen to live in California, and while autonomous vehicles will have to deal with mountains eventually, that's not their primary target. If I want to see snow, the mountains are a couple hours away. Chains or 4WD/AWD are required. I would guess this will be one of the last holdouts for human drivers. However, they don't get buried under multiple feet of lake effect snow over and over again throughout the course of a winter, which was really the problem I was thinking of -- and a problem that must be tackled if these cars are to see any success in Michigan, northeast Illinois, northern Indiana and Ohio, upstate New York, and southern Ontario. It's not a substantial problem here, as we lack massive bodies of fresh water for systems to tap into, freeze, and dump on the land.

I also said "sunny days in California don't expose the hazards", and there are many of them. While the other conditions certainly exist, they aren't as relentless even if they can be as episodically intense. That's part of why people pay so damn much to live here!

Comment Good for everyone. (Score 4, Insightful) 162

This is actually good news for everyone, not just people in Michigan. If self-driving vehicles can deal with the weather conditions there, they should be able to deal with them in the rest of the country, and most other countries as well. Sunny days in California don't expose the hazards posed by rain, snow, slush, and black ice.

Comment Re:More holes than swiss cheese (Score 4, Informative) 72

>How can *one* piece of software have so many fucking critical vulnerabilities over the years?

Because it's spaghetti code. It's so bad that the single Linux maintainer flipped his shit years ago and wrote an angry blog post about it. I tried looking for the article, but that is too much of a needle/haystack problem.

Apparently it's been a fucking mess from the beginning.

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BMO

Comment Re:A perfect Christmas gift... (Score 1) 188

If you pull the drivers or otherwise open the box and find chips in it, you have a shit box. 3/16 is insane for anything other than a portable system where weight is at an absolute premium (I'd rather have heavy magnets and light boxes than light magnets and heavy boxes), but 3/8 can be done well. As you have noted, the thinner it is, the more critical it is that everything fits perfectly because there is less edge adhesive holding everything together.

It's also true that there is a large difference between studio monitors and stage gear. Stage gear often compromises on fidelity for the sake of power handling and portability. These Tannoys would be near useless in a nightclub – they'd never be heard, and the advantages of Dual Concentric are mostly lost more than ten feet away. That's exactly why there are different types of gear. :)

Comment Re:A perfect Christmas gift... (Score 3, Informative) 188

Most speakers, even high-quality ones, are medium-density fiberboard (MDF) with a wood veneer over them. Real wood has resonances, MDF much less so.

I have a pair of Tannoy SRM-12B studio monitors at my workstation and they look like wood, but they're clearly not as revealed by the places where the incredibly thin (about 0.7mm I'd say) wood finish has broken away. They still work perfectly. I am driving them with a mere 80W/ch class AB solid-state amplifier, but they can't handle more than 100W/ch anyhow. They have self-resetting breakers though, which I have seen get tripped once or twice when the amp has fed them a nasty transient. (The amp itself also has similar protection, and sometimes it's a race to see which one trips first. If it resets in seconds, the amp tripped. If it resets in minutes, the speakers tripped.)

In any case, these are hardly what you'd consider cheap crap. They are 40 years old, but are absolutely professional quality. They're 5/8 inch thick MDF.

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