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Comment Still an early prototype. (Score 3, Insightful) 60

I have looked at this several times. No way this thing can survive being outside 24/7/365. It's not waterproof where it counts, it needs a whole lot of refinement to make it to an actual 1.0 release device that can last outside through all types of weather for at least 3-4 years. The gantry is not self cleaning or sealed in any way, same for the tracks.

It's a great idea. and a fantastic early beta. but they need some industrial robotics guys to show them how to make it survive weather.

Comment Re:Untouchable criminal (Score 1) 239

The reasonable person is a hypothetical, not based on the views of the population. It only covers estimations of risk and interpretation of language.

If you think this is a bad idea you need to offer an alternative. How would you determine if, for example, someone was negligent or it's just a case of no one being reasonably able to predict the harm done.

Comment Re:empty waste land not equal to best location (Score 1) 128

It's not a good place for wildlife. Anything that lives longer than a year or two starts to run into problems from ingesting contaminated substances, including plants. Birth defects are not uncommon, especially in larger mammals. Unless you are trying to breed radiation hardened animals very slowly for some reason...

Comment Re:How the ransom works (Score 1) 15

Currently that is very close to the Polycom Scam...

Buy Polycom Video Conference device.
Wait 3 years and need an update to fix a security hole Polycom had in their software.
Pay EXTORTION FEES of 4 years of Support contract to access that download. The current year and the previous 3 years.

Pray they dont alter the deal any further, and kiss the ring of Polycom Don.

Cisco and other big companies like them need to have their executives punched in the taint.

Comment Re:What's the big problem? (Score 1) 510

Hyperbole or not, it appears to offer nothing but hassle to end users, which probably means it's getting unpopular.

Virtually all US credit cards are chip and signature, offering little in improved security. It's slow. Most card readers have a slot but haven't had that feature activated (honestly, the only store around here that allows chip vs swipe is Wal-Mart. Publix, as one major example, doesn't) leading to confusion. The card readers themselves seem to be bug ridden, with some freaking out if you don't insert the card at the exact moment they expect it. Wal-Mart's even, until recently, made a noise like a submarine klaxon when the payment was accepted - someone and completely unnecessarily embarrassing.

Add to that the delays, and you have the least popular technology since GMX.

Comment The fault lies.... (Score 4, Insightful) 510

Completely at the feet of the banks. They needed to get off their asses and spend a tiny bit of their immense profits to fucking switch over. The banks could send every retailler a new chip reader for every register for free and STILL make record profits every quarter.

So blame the Banks and the Greedy assholes that run those banks.

I'm for bringing back all the heavy handed bank regulation from before 1980. Fuck the bankers.

Comment Re: Same As Before (Score 1) 483

It's like you read 13 words and then stopped. I specifically pointed to an existing interface knockoff as not being the solution.

Consistency is lacking, which is one thing windows users expect. I said I don't care if it is windows or Mac style, as long as it is consistent.

Not just applications, but there are several desktop environments, and distros configure them differently. You're going to need one specific distro to point people to. Sure they can figure out knoppix, but do they stick with it? No, because of lots of reasons.

Commit to consistency, and users will feel more comfortable. Make it *function* like windows and people will *enjoy* a different look and feel.

If I can do Alt f w f and have a new folder, I'm happy. That doesn't work on server 2012, but it worked since at least windows 95. If it is a different combo, I can deal. But every application has its own rules, and I'm not re-learning how to use a computer.

That's what Microsoft does well, what apple used to do well, and what canonical nearly had till it shat all over itself. nd it's why users will not feel at home and stick with linux for the desktop.

Comment Re:This is whinging (Score 1) 510

Normally I encourage rtfa, but not this time. Something in progress isn't complete, therefore is a disaster? Nope, here's someone irritated by some aspect of the process, and rants about it. Looks like he submitted it himself, too.

Don't click. In fact, don't discuss. Move on to something worth wasting time on.

Comment Terminology (Score 4, Insightful) 67

Can anyone explain why we continue to use the term "ride sharing" when Uber, Lyft, et al, have nothing to do with ride sharing? They're basic car-for-hire services. Ride sharing has always been used to mean "People who share a car to get to a common destination" (eg commuters who work together and live close by saving on gas, that kind of thing), and while Uber started by claiming that this was essentially what they were doing, it became obvious pretty quickly that the service resembles ride sharing in no way whatsoever.

Comment Re:Untouchable criminal (Score 1) 239

And if they argued that, they could be right. Your definition of loud could be quite different from theirs.

That's why you need a more objective measure. You are agreeing with me.

Decibel limits are one option, but there was an interesting case in the UK recently that wouldn't be covered by such a limit. There were two professional piano players in a house who would practice for hours on end every day. The practice was extremely repetitive and irritating for the neighbours, even if the overall volume level wasn't too bad and they only did it during the day.

Another example of the decibel limit being inadequate is when a baby is involved. In the UK you can't complain about babies crying or children screaming as they play if it's just part of a normal childhood. It's annoying and can keep you up all night, but courts applied the "reasonable person" test.

No, brandishing a firearm and waving it around is a crime.

Yes, but why is it a crime? It's not physically hurting anyone, just like adorning your house with Nazi imagery is not physically hurting anyone. It's because a reasonable person would see that behaviour as unreasonable, despite the lack of immediate physical harm.

Comment Re:Untouchable criminal (Score 1) 239

Islam is a bit different because most Muslims don't act that way, or at least most of the ones living in the west. A few do, but the majority, like the majority of Christians, have rejected the violent parts of their religion's dogma. Nazism is primarily about hating and doing harm to others, it serves little other purpose.

To be clear though, we absolutely should take a hard line on the aspects of Islam that are incompatible with human rights and our system of law, and our social norms. Banning halal meat would be a good start.

Comment Re:Untouchable criminal (Score 1) 239

The problem is defining terms like "justifiably afraid" and "reasonable person" are almost impossible to do in a legal sense and such laws tend to incredibly broad and open to interpretation.

That's for courts to decide. You could make the same argument about all sorts of things. Was it negligence or could no reasonable person have foreseen it? That was one of the earliest uses of it (Vaughan v. Menlove).

Without this standard, it would be impossible to prevent your neighbour playing loud music 24/7. They could argue that you are being overly sensitive and could just sleep through it like they do.

That's a direct threat of violence, which is NOT acceptable.

Is it? Maybe they just like waving their gun around. They told you it's not loaded, and you can trust them, surely... Or are you saying that any reasonable person would interpret it as a threat of violence?

Maybe now you understand the problem with adorning your home with swastikas. Most reasonable people would interpret using Nazi imagery, associated with a group of ultra-violent bigots who murdered millions of people, as a fairly clear statement of hostile intent.

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