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Comment Re:Default judgments are a load of crap (Score 1) 148

Depends on the judge.

I defend every traffic violation I've ever been handed. Some of them valid, some of them not.

In cases where the officer didn't turn up, I'd say that 70% of the cases were tossed out, and in two cases the judge rescheduled. I objected, naturally, and in one instance it was later dropped, and in the other rescduled and later heard - after which it got thrown out anyway.

I have a 100% success rate in either reducing my (valid) tickets to a slap on the wrist (read: $90 court fine) or tosses out entirely. :P

Goto court.. defend yourself, even if you're guilty, you'll often get a non-points-incurring-verdict.

Comment Re:Ok, why? (Score 2) 311

Warren Buffet has done a *heapload* of a-hole things. Some guy released a book about it a number of years ago.. I was surprised..

Things like - he made a monopoly of industrial railroads. He bought up the indvidual railroad operators and then intentionally shut them down or reduced service so the companies who ship.. coal, grain, steel etc would have to pay more to use HIS (now only) railroad.

This raised the price of grain / coal / steel.. etc - so he bought those - used his rail monopoly to see increased profits.. etc etc..

Like I said - I was quite surprised. I had thought him a 'standup guy' - but apparent he's an a-hole.

Comment Isn't this a huge mini split? (Score 3, Insightful) 155

Feel free to point out if I'm wrong.. But, isn't this just like a huge mini split? Using CO2 instead of um.. Freon, or whatever they put in them these days?

Stick a huge finned thing out in the ocean, cycle some refrigerant around it, transfer heat from one side to the other? Requires electricity and it's not like.. you're *consuming* CO2 and removing it magically?

The article seemed to describe exactly what the mini-split in my living room does, only on a much higher scale, and with C02 as the transport medium instead of some other rare gas?

Comment Re:Fry needs to fuck off (Score 1) 270

I also care!

As an ex-pat Brit, I caught a few episodes on Dave a year or so back and I find it *Actually* Quite Interesting!

There's factoids and funny bits all through it - you can't find anything like it on 'merikan television (or at least I can't with my cable line-up).

Full Disclosure: I liked Blackadder, that Laywer program he came out with, Jeeves and Wooster (when it came out, less so now), Peters Friends and that Anonymous film he did.. :)

Comment Re:This time, before anyone asks who he is... (Score 1) 270

I recently revisited the 'Jeeves and Wooster' series with my wife (who is not English) after exhorting its brilliant'ness.

Turns out that my memory is rosy, and it's actually kinda dull and crap. I was disappointed in myself. Blackadder on the other hand, stands the test of time (and memory!)

Comment Interity not price... (Score 1, Troll) 174

Actually no. I buy AMD processors for *intregity*

I haven't bought an Intel processor since they said : If you can show us you *need* it you can have a fixed Pentium (without the FDIV bug).


Publicly, Intel acknowledged the floating-point flaw, but claimed that it was not serious and would not affect most users. Intel offered to replace processors to users who could prove that they were affected. However, although most independent estimates found the bug to be of little importance and would have negligible effect on most users, it caused a great public outcry.

So.. long memory. Many $'s lost. Don't piss off customers (or lie about it and when you have to fess up say : Whatever..)

Comment Re: It has begun! (Score 2) 145

I can attest to this.

I'm British and was a perfectly proficient parallel parker before I moved to 'merika. 20 years over here, and the ez-mode perpendicular parking has atrophied my skills such that.. when I was in NYC the other day and tasked with performing a parallel park.. I ended up with one wheel on the pavement... >_

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 3, Interesting) 184

So.. great. Now this guy can go into the same bin as that dude who pushed systemd. The 'Clusterfuck of Things I didn't want..."

2003 outlook was the last I actually liked. I hung onto it for as long as I possibly could before being forced to upgrade to.. I dunno.. whatever it is out there now. It had a reasonably nice UI, it was quick and did a bunch of stuff I liked. The UI wasn't splattered all over the place and it had nice bevelled buttons and stuff, instead of the flat bollocks that is the current trend. I mean, I have what.. three choices of 'theme' now? White, 'light grey' and 'dark grey' - none of which are much use in allowing me to distinguish between parts of the interface..

So.. now I know who to blame. .

Comment Re:Let the Public Decide (Score 1) 439

I take my car to a dealership too. I don't have a great deal of choice, but that's another story.

My list, the first year, included : New air-cabin-filter, oil filter, oil.. some other sundries. They even helpfully brought the air-cabin-filter with them to the waiting area to show me exactly how dirty it was! Full of gunk and y'know... crumbly leafy bits. $60 to replace that.

Since I have no knowledge of cars, I went home and decided to 'get me some lerning..'

Air filter = $3 online.
Changing air cabin filter is literally.. (and I *actually mean literally*) case of opening the glove compartment, depressing two clips and pulling it out.

Next time I went, they brought me my air filter to inspect once again - asked me if I'd like it changed - since it was 'so awful'.
Me: No, thanks - but since you have it out already, and you have to put something back, would you mind putting *THIS* one back in, rather than the one in your hand?
Engineer: Sorry, we can't do that..
Me: No worries, I'll just save the $57 and pop it out once you're done.

etc etc. There's like a dozen little things like this which are *completely stupid* that they try to bag you for.

I hate my dealership. They spam me every six months telling me my car needs a service because.. y'know.. ITS BEEN SIX MONTHS!
Despite me swearing at the fuckers that : I don't even drive the thing anymore, take me off your goddamn list, I'll come in when I'm ready.


Their showroom could go up in smoke and I'd actually be happy.

Comment Re:Good luck with that... (Score 1) 420

Beg to differ,

It's been quite a while that 'lawyers' have been outsourced. Simple things like house contracts, wills, and other things you'd normally need a lawyer for are being shuffled down the pipeline to India. Obviously not for the type of lawyers who stand up infront of judges/ juries and actually say stuff, but they're a small part of the plethora of lawyers in the world today.

Practically the first hit on google for 'lawyers being outsourced' nets this, from 2013 : http://www.smallfirminnovation...

And also - anecdotal experience tells me this happens.
I had a friend who is a lawyer and complains about his corner of the profession being outsourced and also: I received a 'lawyers document' which had come from Bangalore... or somesuch bollocks.

Comment Re:Gamechanger (Score 2) 514

Yeah.. Like a whole bunch of others say in this thread - this is bollocks.

I got into the solar game early. I had mine installed about six years back. I got 48 of the 180W panels (there are much better now) and they cover pretty much all of my electrical use (aswell as my south facing garage). Given that used to be around $250-300 ish a month, that's a fair ongoing savings.

Now, couple that with the Green tags / SREC's which I can sell for (depending on wether gub'ner Christie is being a nobhead this year or not) anywhere between $60 and $600. Five few years back I sold a bunch for $400ish, last year I sold some for $60.

Either way, my 'payoff' is about six years, give or take a couple.

Now - back ontopic. I have a battery backup system aswell! It cost me about $3500 ontop of my installation and consists of a unit which senses the grid and shunts power to the batteries, and 4 marine batteries of some particular type that I don't actually care about. They cover the electrical usage of my house overnight if the grid is down. Not if I'm watching some huge plasma telly all night, but lights.. radios, computers, intarwebs (which.. work for all of 4/8 hours into a regional power outage, it seems that Comcast have an 8 hour emergency generator). During the (summer) day, my panels will provide power to the house and also charge the batteries enough that they'll carry me through the night again. I don't have to turn off refridgerators, clocks, I can even microwave some noodles.

I haven't done numbers. I don't care. This is real world "I have done this.. experience."

The nice thing about battery backups though is that it's instant. I don't even get a flicker if the grid goes out, or there's a brownout. If I turn off my mains my batteries kick in quick enough that computers don't reboot... If I didn't have a little alert set up to tell me when it happens I'd never even notice.

I also get alot of power outages in my area. Stupid reasons like stapling power cables to telephone poles.. which then get hit by trees, etc etc etc.
Oh.. and a few hurricanes over the past few years aswell.. :)

Comment Think of the children! (Score 3, Interesting) 413

There are many things Anonymous does which are morally dubious. But, I have to say, I can't really take issue with this vigilantism.

After all "think of the children!". But uh.. actually, don't. It's kinda disturbing. Or do.. since, it's disturbing, and one shouldn't bury one's head in the sand because.. it's hard to think about.

Comment Re:Yes, but for specific reasons (Score 2, Interesting) 182

I cannot agree with this.

The programmers just set the thing up to 'buy whatever'. At the time, 'whatever' may have simply been a bunch of knockoff handbags. It's not illegal to buy those... the seller may get slapped for violating a trademark, or something - but no-one's going to come rip your handbag out of your hands or put you in jail.

And, quite honestly - the feckin' article tells the submitter 'who is responsible'. If the law says : 'knowingly violated' - they are not responsible. If the law says 'recklessly violated' then there is a case to be made.

But let me spin you this :

>The creator of a device that breaks the law because the creator either negligently or intentionally set up the device to break the law is responsible

If I father a child (creator) and raise it to be... less than respectful of the law... my child then robs a bank. Do they put *me* in jail? By your definition they should...

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