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Comment Re:Combining information from other posts (Score 1) 375

The fires:car ratio is about 4:1 overall:Model S. That said, most of the Model S's haven't been on the road a full year, but if we assume they've been in service an average of the three months, then the overall rate of combustion is essentially identical.

You're also comparing fire safety of a luxury sedan with the average over all UK cars, where the vast majority are quite a bit older and priced new at what, less than at half of what Model S costs. Compare Teslas with new gas cars in the same price bracket for safety if you want to be consistent, otherwise you might as well throw in some Yugos to round it up.

Comment Re:Committing violence **not** required ... (Score 2) 726

That is absolutely mistaken. Committing violence was **not** required. What was required was to put the needs of your society ahead of your personal safety.

Um, re-read the book. You are off as well, Heinlein refuses to ascribe a reason for the system. See the HaMP lessons at the Officer school, where the teacher states that they have that system because it works. As you pointed out, auxiliary personnel is also fully qualified for citizenship, but in peace time that's just a formal way of spending a 2-year term while doing a job that would have had the same health hazards whether inside or outside the military system, no extra life risk.[*] And he stated that crime rate is about the same for veterans and civilians, so there really is no moral compass issue to push here. As Mj. Reid says, it's a trick question.

[*] actually, not quite. There's always the risk of what happened to Rico, join up during peace time, find yourself in the middle of a war by the time you'd finish. However, the explicit goal of all who joined was to do their term (and do some cool research/piloting/etc.) and in the absence of the war it would have been just that (and no book, of course). So I'll have to disagree with you about risking life and all that, it's not the main thrust of it at all.

Comment Re:Troll! In the dungeon! Thought you'd want to kn (Score 2) 559

DSM-V doesn't have anything listed for "recipient of mean words"

That's quite surprising, considering the amount of fluff included in the latest version. Don't worry though, chances of something like that being included in a future revision are quite high. (snark is good against depression - see what i did here? regardless, please do keep in mind that it's not polite to bring DSM-V into a serious conversation. if it really must be done, use an earlier version)

It's not easy. Nothing in life ever is. But it's worth it... and you have something I didn't -- a mother that cares. Lean on her until you can stand up straight again. [*] You're a survivor. You can do this.

(* Skipping irrelevant bits)
Hmm. I would be quite tempted to hit you with some more snark for this part, but that would be ill played considering the rest of that paragraph. Still, you might want to consider your own earlier words:

People will tell you that you have to try harder, or just "will" yourself to be happy. You and I both know that's stupid

so simply saying You're a survivor. You can do this. is ... well, you get the idea. Any depressive that's not on medication will ask you a simple question: why? and demolish that argument. If you truly want to write that kind of letter and not just bandy words on /. consider the problem of choice - the lack of it, specifically. Depressives often enough have one way of coping with a situation, and it's a way that is (shall we say) inadequate; hence, the lack of alternatives is a big part of the problem. And depression is not exactly the most find-other-ways-enabling state of mind. I would humbly suggest, as an alternative approach, showing (not talking about) alternatives, even for minor things. To paraphrase a dead French pilot who wrote about little princes, I can describe for you the view from a mountaintop and you'll never have an image for it if you never saw it, but if I bring you there, you'll see it and you'll have your own image. The best thing imho that one can do for a depressive is enable choices. And if, given several choices, suicide still follows, then maybe a life had to come to its end, and these things can happen if you place any value on freedom of choice. But sadly it sounds as if this boy had none.

Ah, and one more thing. I would submit that it's not exactly the brain trying to kill anyone here. Brain cells and their activity suffer quite a bit in a depressive, and I'd count the brain as a victim as well. But that's just a personal opinion.

Comment Re:Question from relational-land (Score 1) 106

Someone's bio might appear in how many articles? A few hundred? And how often will the bio be updated? A couple of times a year? So, updating a bio comes down to touching a few hundred records a few times a year. Compare that with thousands of accesses per day and you've suddenly tipped the scale.

That would make sense if you had to pull bios with an article, which should hardly be the case. At most, you'd have to pull in current authors' affiliations. A bio would ideally stay behind an author link, and be pulled in quite rarely. I for one would much rather have a list of authors immediately followed by the abstract than having to move through several pages of biographies for an article with 4-5 authors in order to find the abstract an the actual article. So for me the decision to put every bio in every article looked like a poorly researched one. YMMV and all that.

Comment Re:printf (Score 1) 425

That doesn't mean that valid uses for asserts in release code don't exist.

There are no valid cases for assert() in release code. It's about as uninformative as it gets for that. If you really need thosue checks done, put an actual check in place - you know, something that will log/tell you useful information like what invalid value was encountered versus what was expected, a stack trace, and so on. Not just printing out __FILE__ and __LINE__ and expect what, that the customer will have a debugger already attached to the process to pick up the rest of the info a developer would need?

assert() is a debug macro. If you need to test release code then use/write something appropriate for release. Especially something that does not abort() when returning an error code would be sufficient.

Comment Re:Oh boy! (Score 1) 353

And you can tell me it isnt doing anything bad and should be trusted all you want, it's hot air. You cannot demonstrate that this thing is safe.

What's stopping you to make a special locked-down profile for it in selinux, apparmor or whatever favorite RBAC system you have and then check for access violations? THEN you'll know if it messes up with the system.[*] Or are you trying to argue that the client is bidding its time now, playing it safe and will do the nasty things only when Skynet becomes operational?

[*] Of course, 'demonstrate' is not what this would be doing. One can't demonstrate absolute safety on a system that can update itself any more than one can predict the future. However, one can obtain a reasonable system lockdown with judicious use of RBAC and if that is not enough for you then maybe you shouldn't be contemplating gaming on such a high-security-requirements machine in the first place.

Comment Re:Pros... (Score 1) 141

Mate, your opinions on yourself are your own business and those on myself are lighter than a feather, so please consider not wasting page space next time. As they say, stones and sticks may break my bones and all that jazz.

Now as to your question. A picture of your face is in the majority of cases not a definitive means of identification - especially the limited type in photo IDs. Maybe you've heard of people looking alike. Perhaps that's one reason why some places (like banks) would ask you for 2 photo IDs for identification? OTOH a fingerprint is supposed to be a unique means of identifying a person. Try proving your innocence in court if the prosecution has only a picture of someone looking like you, versus them having found your fingerprint at the scene.

Comment Re:Pros... (Score 2, Insightful) 141

There's a difference between a right to privacy and the right for you to keep you existence unknown from the government.

So you're unknown to the government if they don't have your prints now? I guess before this breakthrough invention a census was a meaningless exercise. And IDs and passports a joke. And paper trail for taxes, properties and so on just something to kindle fire. Oh, how silly of so many other countries.

I agree that privacy is terribly important, but you can't deal with absolutes

Yeah, whoever heard of things that you either have or don't. Also, you're a little pregnant, you know?

The government isn't collecting this information to spy on its citizens, its doing so to provide services to them and properly run the government.

Right. Of course. And whoever does not fully trust that bunch of selfish bureaucrats is a traitor. Or a terrorist. Or something. Mussolini would be proud of you, son.

Comment Wait, what? (Score 1, Redundant) 275

'We initially left the choice of using it up to you because there's a downside: https can make your mail slower since encrypted data doesn't travel across the web as quickly as unencrypted data.'

Huh? Encrypted bits are asthmatic and can't run as fast as unencrypted ones? Coming from someone at Google this statement is quite the WTF. Is it too technical now to say that encrypting data requires extra calculations which introduce delays so gmail will respond somewhat slower?

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