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Comment Re:The cupboard of history (Score 2) 104

"For example, Scott Adams was banned from twitter"

--"I would regard it as treason"

lol no. He knows about as much about the Constitution as his favored candidate knows. Treason is a capital offense from the constitution, one of few, and this is not that. It's doesn't even violate the First Amendment, although it might be censorship.

I don't know anything either way about the trueness of his claims of being shadowbanned by Twitter, but it's not treason, and it's not a First Amendment issue, and it's not even remotely illegal. If you don't like their platform, don't use it.

It'd be pretty funny if Scott was able to prevent the sale of Twitter, though.

Comment Re:Oh Boy (Score 0) 169

And it was utter CRAP. The NiCads had miserable energy capacity. Battery capacity started to plummet after the first cycle. There was no provision for balance charging the individual cells, or cutting off the discharge when one of the cells discharged before the others and was driven into destructive reverse charge. Memory effect was just awful. Self discharge rate was prodigious.

Comment Re:If the point was ... (Score 4, Insightful) 334

There's no proof that it has anything to do with Wikileaks, but in a world of IoT devices with no thought toward security, anyone who cares to do so can mount DDOS with the power of a national entity.

What's the point of doing what Assange and Wikileaks have been doing without any moral position? He isn't helping his own case.

Comment Re:Legal? (Score 2) 281

No, of course it is not legal to set a trap to intentionally hurt someone, even if you expect that the trap could only be activated by the person committing property theft or vandalism. Otherwise, you'd see shotguns built into burglar alarms.

Fire alarm stations sometimes shoot a blue dye which is difficult to remove or one which only shows under UV. Never stand in front of one when pulling the lever! But they are not supposed to hurt you.

And of course these booby traps generally are not as reliable as the so-called "inventor" thinks and tend to hurt the innocent.

Comment Re:electricity cost (Score 1) 343

Take an economics course and study up on "time value of money".

Paying off an investment of $6.8 billion over 40 years, even at only 3% per annum interest is a total expenditure of over $11.6 billion. So that takes your 1.5 cents to 2.6 cents, and then you have to add staggering amounts for very highly trained operating personnel, security, insurance, decommissioning at EOL, waste disposal, etc. And the fuel does cost SOMETHING. Before you know it, your costs are up to at least the going rate for wholesale electricity.

Comment Re:Sorry - whose car is this? (Score 2) 305

All the major auto manufacturers have abused the DMCA when it comes to their computers, and I vehemently oppose that (but good luck finding a car that doesn't apply to)...

But this? This moves us into a whole different ballpark of abuse.

Fourth'ing the GGGP - I had fully planned to buy a Tesla as my next car (probably five-ish years from now). If this policy stands, despite having no intention of ever actually renting my car out, fuck Tesla.

Comment Re:Windows 10 is possibly the worst spyware ever m (Score 1) 286

Over in BSD-land, it is very rare indeed because they're basically allergic to adding new features in a bug fix.

It could be I'm a natural-born BSD-user, and I just don't know it.

It's got to be the worst thing about the modern software scene: "You've got to accept automatic upgrades for the security fixes! Oops, did we just change your entire UI? Well you know, consistent user experience! Everyone loves it-- *except for you*."

Comment Re:And yet (Score 1) 412

The population is close to a 50-50 ideological split, but the media is well over 90% in the bag for one side, with a constant drumbeat of support. The debates are ALWAYS hosted by these agents working tirelessly for one side. The TV and print news is ALL grossly slanted. The entertainment industry is practically a solid cheering section. Twisted "comedians" spend all their time sneering viciously at one side.

A single agent stands up and tries to fight back and provide a little balance and you have the temerity to call THAT one-sided?

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