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Comment Re:Blank check? (Score 1) 547

The danger is in people believing the Constitution automatically fixes this. It is a disservice, because it demotivates people from taking action, when action and political efficacy are the only things that can fix this.

Originally, the 4th Amendment only restricts the *federal government*. It does not *automatically* affect anything else. In fact, constitutional amendments (including the Bill of Rights) don't automatically apply even to *state* governments. They must be *incorporated*. Most have, including the 4th, but most people don't realize some amendments such as the 5th Amendment have not:

But even when rights are incorporated by state governments, the federal and state *governments* have nothing to do with *private companies*. Unless laws are passed that explicitly restrict behavior of private companies, they can collect and sell all the information about you that they want. That's the loophole of the rich and powerful: if government can't do it, companies can. Regular citizens didn't win guaranteed rights due to the Constitution, they simply reduced the total number of ways rights can be taken away. We must still fight for them. Always.

And I'm saying this as a (mostly) conservative. "Republican" and "Democrat" has nothing to do with republics or democracies anymore. If we want to fix our problems, we need to stop the petty party bickering and actually discuss the issues.

Comment Re:HTC (Score 4, Insightful) 332


Even for Apple we know that the argument for saving space is nonsense. USB-C is 8.4mm x 2.6mm.

A typical 3.5mm analog headphone jack is not much thicker, but even if it is, there is a simple solution to the problem: a 2.5mm analog headphone jack which is even NARROWER and THINNER than USB-C. Headphones already exist for this, and even if they didn't, all existing 3.5mm analog headphones can use a simple adapter that's been around for decades. Plug it on the end of the cable. DONE.

Now that we know the superiority of 2.5mm for solving the space issue, I'm sure a company as "courageous" as Apple will fix their mistake and use 2.5mm instead. Right?

Comment Re:Instant Noodles don't cause obesity elsewhere (Score 1) 242

From the article: "researchers note the increasing uptake of chemically processed foods, such as instant noodles and pasta, and the addition of sugar, pastry, and bread to their diets."

The title says "noodles" but neglects that pesky "sugar" and "pastry" part that was also added to their diets (and bread as well). Yet more poor quality news.

If you eat noodles, there is no reason to stop.
Healthy living is not a big mystery.
Through the ages the omnivorous human race has lived on varying diets that didn't cause an obesity problem.
Noodles in your diet is not a problem if you balance your diet with other things, in reasonable portions, and if you have an active lifestyle.
The biggest killer is that we sit on our butts all day rather than doing things. THAT is unnatural. Few other species can successfully survive on doing nothing as a survival strategy.

Comment Re:Ruining it for everyone (Score 1) 307

In the case of the "drone slayer", the only reason he even knew who piloted the drone is because they drove up to his house all pissed-off that he downed their drone. If all you do is call the cops because a drone is loitering over your yard, even if you have video footage of the drone, how do you know who the drone belongs to? Who are the cops supposed to arrest? If the drone operators sees you calling the cops, what makes you think they won't just fly off and leave nothing for the cops to do? No, the current legal recourse is NOT sufficient. The law is *supposed* to be on the side of the victim, not the asshole who cause the problem in the first place. You trespass with a drone, and if downing it is the only way to stop the problem or catch the perpetrators, then you're getting your drone downed, sorry. Your rights aren't more important than mine.

Comment Re:mcdonalds to get sued? (Score 2) 274

Please stop diverting the topic towards irrelevant defenses of entitlement culture and the obsolescence of a responsible public.

The article claims a link between coffee and tea to cancer, but only via the temperature. So the pertinent question is:

HOW IS THIS ANY DIFFERENT THAN HOT WATER? Yes, I actually read the PDF document of the WHO report itself. It does not mention hot water, only that "hot beverages" can have a carcinogenic effect. Is click-baiting the only driving force behind "scientific" articles nowadays?

Here, let me try:
"Study finds water linked to not only cancer, but global terrorism and kittens drowning."
(Notice this is all true, but pointless.)

Comment Re:I really can't beleive it at this point,....... (Score 1) 407

SERIOUSLY? It's only NOW that you've figured out Microsoft's true colors?

I don't remember a time when Microsoft bad behavior *wasn't* the case. Dude, I was using their stuff during MSDOS and the Stacker/Doublespace debacle. And that was over 20+ years ago. Embrace, Extend, Extinguish and shoving things down your throat has been their modus operandi since the early days and every year afterwards. They NEVER stopped.

On the other hand, those DOS days were good times, though. When hard drives were typically maxed at only dozens of MB or less (not GB) and 1.44 MB floppies were the norm, it was handy to be able to use Doublespace to compress floppies so that BMP image files (since JPG et al weren't commonly used yet) would fit without having to explicitly compress with something like PKZIP. I found the idea of compression so interesting that I did crazy things like create a RAM drive using some memory, Doublespace *that*, then use it as storage for running some games (e.g. X-Wing and some D&D games). Not very stable, but it was a fun experiment.

Comment Re:More nation-wrecking idiocy (Score 5, Insightful) 602

They point to reduced speeds due to drivers being unsure of lanes. Repeat: UNSURE of the road. They treat this like speed reduction is an end in itself rather than the primary goal of safety. Driver confusion rarely is a good thing.

Here's an example. I know they said "white lines" not "yellow lines", but there is an issue that still remains. Let's say you're unfamiliar with the area, and come upon one of these roads from an intersecting road. Which way can you turn? If there's no immediate traffic to imitate, then you may find yourself turning down the road thinking you're safe only to meet up with traffic later that is moving in the opposite direction. Unless you feel like playing the game of chicken or just like head-on collisions, you need to get off the road ASAP.

Comment Re:Is it web scale? (Score 1) 104

The term "cluster" in generic SQL terms regards having more than database managed by an SQL DBMS. Merely having more than one database in a PostgreSQL install is a "cluster".

I assume you're referring to "sharding" and conflating it with Oracle's vendor-specific RAC (or something similar) as "clustering"? There's nothing stopping you from using something like pg_shard and/or the CitusDB fork to treat multiple installs as a single logical database. There are other solutions, some open-source and some proprietary, but I don't feel like doing your homework.

Replication is not meant to be the same as sharding. They are not "faking" clustering with replication. Just because you've only searched for replication solutions and not searched for sharding solutions doesn't mean they don't exist.

You're going to need to back up your claims that PostgreSQL doesn't scale. The rest of the world disagrees.

Comment Re:Summarize it (Score 3, Insightful) 201

Kind of like how the ARM platform is a total flop that no one uses, right? Open Hardware is basically doing what already happens with customization of ARM today, except people wouldn't have to pay ARM Holdings for the privilege. Also, AMD and Intel use compatible instruction sets despite very different underlying architecture. (Even Transmeta chips from back-in-the-day could still run the same software.)

Openness and experimentation DOES NOT necessitate incompatibility. Closed designs don't necessitate it DOES have compatibility (e.g. vendor lock-in). If a new design does become incompatible when people expect it not to, then that design naturally won't get widely adopted.

The entire issue is overblown. Let openness allow technology to evolve and improve. Standards and compatibility will arise when the market demands it, and variation/deviation/special-purpose will also arise when the market demands it. That's the way it's SUPPOSED to be.

Comment Re:I have no debt and a hefty savings account (Score 1) 386

The system of "credit" is the system of debt. You mostly only need credit whenever you're about to get yourself into debt, otherwise it really has little purpose. The ideal consumer is someone who makes the creditors rich, and must be seen as a worthy investment. The consumer must be:

1. Willing to get into lots of debt

2. Willing and able to pay back that debt with tons of interest (for the rest of their lives)

That's the gravy train for creditors. It's a corrupt system where getting more rich simply requires being rich already so you can loan money/assets, then soak up interest payments from other people's debts forever while you sit on your ass.

If you aren't going to participate in that bullshit, then they'll look for easier prey (a.k.a. people who aren't a "credit risk"). One of the best things you can do for yourself is get off the debt train. Don't be suckered by this scam of an economic system, and instead be thrifty as an alternative to being in debt. That's what people have been doing for thousands of years because the smart people realized that being debt free = freedom.

Comment Re:pin code not vulnerable (Score 2) 170

I think that was the point being made: it's not about the physical motion of "swiping", the problem is that the pattern is forced to be a contiguous line at all.

Whether I tap two corners and it adds the middle point automatically, or whether I swipe from one corner to the other, it doesn't matter because the problem is the same: this strategy reduces the total possible count of unique patterns.

The better implementation would be for the pattern to be detected as a sequence of activated points, where those points don't have to be part of a contiguous line, and the same point can still be reused later in the sequence. Really it would be better if each point simply flashed briefly when activated rather than using a line, because a line pattern is easy for someone across a room to be able to recognize. At the same time, while a tap on a point activates it, swiping motions should still work too, in case people still prefer their pattern to be contiguous.

Both preferences accommodated for, yet the total possible unique combinations goes up. Problem solved.


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