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Comment Bad Science + Bad Legislation (Score 1) 361

The NHTSA traffic study that inspired this legislation and (also a related recommendation from an advocacy group for the blind) was unbelievably bad science.

They did not adjust their findings for the (well documented) geographic distribution of EVs and PZEVs. They compared national averages for gas cars with national averages for EVs - this is invalid methodology, because EVs are predominant in urban environments where pedestrian/car accidents are very much more common than rural environments where there isn't sufficient charging infrastructure to support EVs. When adjustments are applied, there is no difference between the rate of gas car and EV pedestrian/car accidents. Then, the study fantasizes an unsupported conclusion - having falsely concluded that EVs are more likely to run down pedestrians (they aren't) the NHTSA report authors then completely invent a rationale to explain this, with *no data to support that rationale*. It's just "EVs are quiet therefore the problem is EVs are quiet". Literally no falsing or experimentation whatsoever, just guesswork. Bad science.

As I understand this legislation, it purports to help the blind avoid quiet cars, but does not do that. It actually just penalizes the makers of EVs and PZEVs while allowing diesel and gasoline cars to be as silent as they wish, up to and including total silence.

However, there's nothing wrong with having noisemakers on EVs and PZEVs. It's just unfair to exempt pollutionmobiles from audio requirements, that's all. It's blatant market manipulation in favor of the Petroleum industry, targeted at Tesla, the only EV that doesn't already have a noisemaker.

Comment Re:How does it compare? (Score 1) 400

Powershell exposes extremely complex internal Microsoft Windows-specific data structures to simple manipulation, and potentially preserves your scripts' ability to manipulate those structures across operating system patches and upgrades. For example, you can change the name of a user object without having to understand the underlying kerberized LDAP data transport of AD or the actual layout of the local user data block. It absolutely rocks for simplifying system programming on Windows.

Other than that, it's just a scripting language, nothing special. You might like the syntax more than an older, heavily accreted language like Bourne Shell, but that's just a matter of taste and familiarity really. Personally I have no trouble writing code in it, and I like Snover, he's a very bright guy who seems to have a good heart.

Having it available on non-Windows systems is of limited utility, since linux and Mac systems don't have the Windows internal guts that Powershell is so excellent for working with. But, remember future high performance windows servers are intended to be GUI-less, stripped down kernels like Nanoserver with all management performed by remote Powershell, so this will be great for systems integration in that environment.

Comment Anything to do with Microsoft's networking stack (Score 1) 674

From the original unscaleable unsecured NetBIOS implementation all the way to the currently supported kerberized sorta-NetBEUI over IP, Microsoft's networking stacks have always been *vastly* inefficient - both on the wire and in the node. It's a grotesquely bloated implementation of a horrific design.

However, Microsoft has *always* (well, since Win3.11 wolverine, anyway) provided good support and consistent implementation, keeping their security patches and OS upgrades from breaking connectivity pretty reliably. This contrasted so strongly with 3rd party stacks like Novell, Banyan, &etc. that most of the 3rd parties have gone out of business! It just wasn't worth the hassle of having Microsoft updates constantly break every PC's network connectivity and having to schlep around floppies of 3rd party network stack patches, so we all settled for the really bad MS networking stack that requires far less maintenance, and made up the difference with hardware.

Comment Charity and community involvement are evil! (Score 2, Funny) 72

Of course Google should never give their own money to filthy liberal Europeans; those savages probably aren't even circumcised!

Saints Reagan and Rand are rolling in their blessed graves.


President Trump will fix all this, you betcha.

Comment Greed is not self interest (Score 4, Insightful) 1145

It's not broken because of greed, it works because of greed, or more accurately because people behave in a way that is in their own self interest.

Ah, the Big Lie of the post-Reagan age.

Greed is when you want more than what self-interest demands. Greed is excessive desire that exceeds what is reasonable, healthy or meaningful.

Many, if not most, of the rich are greedy. They want more than what is best for themselves; they don't understand that impoverishing others also harms them.

As Adam Smith figured out a long time ago, a viable economic system has to work despite the existence of greed. This is not in any way the same thing as rewarding or encouraging or worshipping greed, as lassiez-faire capitalists want to do. In fact the principal function of government in a market economy is to provide regulation that will restrain the destructive effects of greed on social structures (such as the market itself).

As you say, a market should work best for those who behave in their own self interest. Greed is by definition excessive and thus not in one's one self interest; it is a character flaw and not the virtue that greedy folk wish you to believe it is.

Comment Peter Dizikes shows his colors (Score 1) 364

The answer depends on whether you are the rider in the car or someone else is, writes Peter Dizikes at MIT News

Proving that Peter Dizikes is an amoral, selfish bastard, it seems to me.

I would have said "the answer depends on whether the crowd is composed of Westboro Baptist protestors and child-molesting Catholic clergy, or a bunch of pretty girls holding kittens" - thus proving what a moralizing, vindictive bastard I am.

If you only analyze and react to situations based on your personal gain, you can (and probably should be) replaced by an Ayn Rand ® brand robot. Humans are more complex than that, and will cheerfully give up their lives for ideals or even whims.

Comment Re:systemd (Score 2) 273

What's your alternative to NetworkManager? Manually configure every WiFi connection?

That's what I do. It's dead simple, and why would I want to connect to a WiFi AP without understanding it first? That only makes sense if you're a student with a laptop, or something like that. I'm a computer professional; wireless connections are not difficult magic for me, and I'm expected to maintain data security.

But now that Red Hat apparently wants to install Network Manager on hypervisors and servers, I don't even


Comment Re:Windows 10 killer (Score 1) 69

Having seen the same exact thing happen on multiple versions of multiple distros across multiple hardware combinations, I can safely say that this can occur without the user fucking anything up.

Feel free to link your bug reports.

Oh, right, it's just not worth your time to report problems with free software. You're much too busy to help out other people who are willing to give you the products of their labor for free. What was I thinking.

Comment Lots of people were there before the Milesians (Score 1) 109

The Irish Book of Invasions is a medieval manuscript that collects and bowdlerizes tales and poems by earlier Irish writers, which were themselves based on pre-christian oral traditions of unknown age.

It says Ireland was taken six times by six groups of people: the people of Cessair, the people of Partholon, the people of Nemed, the Fir Bolg, the Tuatha De Danann, and the Milesian Celts.

All these groups were heavily mythologized by the ancient Irish, and the later retro-fitting of Christian trappings makes these legends even more unreliable. It's pretty much impossible to tell whether the Fir Bolg are the same as the Formorians, for example.

But anyway, the Milesian Celts came from Spain, the De Danaan from central Europe.

Comment Re:cut page load times by 90% instantly (Score 1) 169

Only an idiot thinks this is viable on today's internet.

I'm curious about why you say this.

I'm a computer professional and I've been working full time on the Internet since before it went commercial. I spend eight or more hours a day with a web browser open, and I make enough money to own a home and an acre of productive land, four vehicles, have two children in college, and donate a significant portion of my income to social causes I support. I hope to have a comfortable retirement on my savings, assuming Washington doesn't permanently break the economy before then.

What, exactly, am I missing out on by not bothering with javascript? How is my life and work "not viable" to use your expression?

Incidentally, I made this post without any javascript turned on. I see five script sources, and there would probably be more if I ran those, but I haven't run any of them.

Comment Re:Technology Paradox (Score 1) 226

Well, int the 60s, everyone was going on about how the increased productivity automation brought us was going to have us all working 3-hour work days.

Productivity went up, the work week went up, the profits from increased productivity went into someone else's pockets.

Yeah, but if we hadn't done that, it'd be SOCIALISM!


(And if you aren't frightened enough to vote for Trump yet, let me just say TERRORISM!!! NINE_ELEVEN! NINE_ELEVEN! NINE_ELEVEN!!!)

Comment Re:On the Morton-Thiokol test range (Score 1) 320

Not the original naysayer, but I can answer those questions. I'll do half so others can prove their own inside info.

1) Charlie Murphy, self-taught electronics genius, designed nearly all the DIDACS hardware that plugged into the NEFF. So mostly likely him, working with Mark Momcilovich on the software side.

2) Doug Sprout, because it was on the PDP and not on Leonard's SEL system - but I don't know which PDP, probably Ernest?

If you were there, you'll know who I am by my slashdot username. :)

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