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Comment Re:I wish I could purchase laws... (Score 1) 77

"The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread."--Anatole France

Likewise, our law, in it's majestic equality, permits the poor as well as the rich to donate millions to their favorite politicians in order to favor their unique interests.

Comment Re:NASA quote low bids (Score 1) 252

I don't know who stole from who, but during the telecast of the first space shuttle launch, a camera went live on Walter Cronkite when he wasn't expecting it, and he mused: "It must be a sobering thought to those brave astronauts, seated atop several million pounds of high-energy explosive, to realize that its contained in a vehicle built by a lowest bidder."
I noticed years later when I watched a documentary about the shuttle program, that line had been cut.

Comment Re: stupid question (Score 0) 235

...in the US, highway speed limits are designed for one purpose, and that purpose is money, not safety...

Agreed. If they were designed strictly for safety, they would be slower almost everywhere.

...driving the speed limit is stupid.

True. Often much, much slower is safer for you and everyone around you. Too many motorists are more concerned with saving seconds rather than than saving lives.

Also, most accidents are caused by people who drive too slowly, not drive too quickly. If everyone was driving 90 mph, it would be just as safe as everyone driving 60 mph

Please link to examples where U.S. courts have ruled in favor of a motorist who collided with a slower moving vehicle, finding fault with the slower-moving vehicle operator. In other online discussions, nobody has ever produced verifiable statistics that don't amount to personal anecdotes of near-misses.

(And yes, I took the bait from an AC-troll. Sorry.)

Comment Re:There will probably be inspections (Score 1) 235

The meme "Accidents happen," in the driving of automobiles arose from a campaign of collusion between various interests in the motor vehicle, oil, and insurance companies as a strategy to clear the roads of pedestrians, equestrians, and cyclists, so that motorists could live the "dream of freedom" promised to them in automobile advertisements.

There are not nearly as many accidents in the operation of motor vehicles as there are collisions caused by negligence or malice, mislabeled as accidents in order to absolve the motorist of responsibility.

If you're driving too fast for conditions, such as so fast that you can stop for that child running out from between parked cars, you are negligent. If you're driving on a twisting mountain road, and you encounter a cyclist before you in the same lane, or perhaps a slower-moving vehicle like a school bus, and you collide, you are negligent for going too fast for conditions. If you're driving and your brakes fail, chances are better maintenance with expert inspections would have prevented this, and you are negligent. If you're driving down a street and run over a *@&%$ cyclist won't get out of your way, you're malicious and criminally sociopathic. If a bridge fails out from under you, then those charged with maintenance and inspection of the bridge are probably negligent. If a large tree suddenly falls into your path and you collide, then it is an "act of god", in other words, an accident.

Comment Re:it's a gmail world... (Score 1) 418

That's funny -- I only know a single person who uses gmail.

I use Gmail, as an IMAP account provider, and never through their web GUI. But I only give that address out to the most-likely-to-spam-me senders, such as political campaign mailing lists. Since I subscribe to an eclectic collection of lists from all across the political spectrum, Google's ad engine has got to be pretty confused about me.

Comment Re:I guess I'm the only one who likes Thunderbird? (Score 5, Informative) 418

What SRemick said.

AFAICT, the only people who like using webmail are people who don't actually rely on email.

Nobody can do this (yet) with a lame webmail client, nor even very well with Apple Mail nor Outlook:
- Manage six or more email accounts, with hundreds of mailbox folders
- Run rules or scripts automatically shuffling low-priority mail into those folders like discussion mailing lists, server error messages, and assorted bulk email that you personally don't classify as spam
- Receive mail in one inbox, and reply to extended threads with quotes from another

I won't even touch on digital signing and encryption.

Then there's the whole bit about who owns and have access to your email. I haven't personally read all of the fine print in Google's, Apple's, nor Microsoft's email service terms-of-service documents, but I suspect you're not guaranteed anywhere near the meager protection your money gets in a checking account.

What other cross-platform options are there? Nobody seems to be making any suggestions.

Comment Long-form story telling is TV's killer-app (Score 1) 235

The killer app for the big screen was and still is to enable immersive shared experiences for real-time events, like sports and various other live performances, and for long-form story-telling (ie. movies). Smaller screens, except perhaps VR goggles or some distant-future holographic room, will never compete.

As other devices with displays take over the short form functions that don't demand that immersive experience, like talking-head news and low-resolution amateur content, perhaps the big TV will become a niche device, only for those who can afford to set a system up that rivals commercial theaters. But I predict that many will still choose to have a near-theatrical experience in their homes.

Comment Re:Cyclists DON'T obey the law! (Score 5, Insightful) 696

I did recently count, on my 10 mile pre-dawn bicycle commute to work, how many motorists I noticed violating traffic law:
From the helmet-cam video I counted: 11 motorists driving pre-dawn without lights, 8 motorists failing to signal lane changes, 4 motorists failing to signal left turns, 4 motorists failed to come to a complete stop at stop signs, 3 motorists running red lights, I'm guessing at least 8 motorists significantly exceeding the posted speed limit, and two who exceeded the limit where electronic signs were showing them their speed.
And that's just one Wednesday morning, on some of the least busy streets in my town.
When are motorists going to start obeying the rules of the road?

Comment Tubular in 1984? (Score 1) 607

1. iOS7: Multitasking? It's about time. What is this, 1984?

2. Mac Pro Desktop: All of that tubular elegance is going lost in a rats-nest of external boxes and cables because all of the expansion of that chassis has to be external--there's no internal room for optical drives, RAID arrays, media card readers/writers, etc. And SSDs big enough for media production are still way too expensive. And how do you rack mount a dozen of them in the machine room of a video editing suite (as I've done many times in my business)?

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