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Comment Re:Virtual public spaces (Score 1) 437

Unless they start receiving public funding, I have to disagree. I don't care which candidate it's against, these are private companies run with private money and if they want to push personal agendas to either attract or deter potential customers, that's their right. If you're going to go to Facebook or Twitter for objective news, you're already barking up the wrong tree. These are social sites, where people post all manner of mindless rants, T&A, and pet photos. It should not be your primary source of objective news.

Comment Cruise control by any other name ... (Score 2) 330

I really don't see a problem with the way that Tesla has implemented this or the name they choose to call it by. Clearly you are going to have some people who push it to the extreme and those people will suffer (or possibly die) because of it. I don't really see how this is all that different from cruise control in general. Cruise control was originally designed to alleviate the physical stress of maintaining a constant speed over long distances (for similar reasons that it exists on planes). Adding the ability for the car to maintain itself in a lane is a further iteration of that, as is the car's limited ability to respond to obstacles in its way. Guess what, if you set cruise control on your car and don't pay attention to changes in traffic ahead of you, you may slam into a car going slower than you, yet none of our cars warn us when we engage cruise control that we should keep checking for cars in front of us (I'm sure it's in the manual in the glove box though). Should Tesla change the name of the feature? I suppose they could, I doubt it would modify anyone's behavior. It doesn't take you that long to realize what the car appears to be able to do before you'll let it steer, accelerate, and brake, regardless of what's it called or what warning messages are read to you.

Comment This isn't a victory for Behring-Breivik. (Score 3, Insightful) 491

Someone once pointed out that hoping a rapist gets raped in prison isn't a victory for his victim(s), because it somehow gives him what he had coming to him, but it's actually a victory for rape and violence. I wish I could remember who said that, because they are right. The score doesn't go Rapist: 1 World: 1. It goes Rape: 2.

What this man did is unspeakable, and he absolutely deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. If he needs to be kept away from other prisoners as a safety issue, there are ways to do that without keeping him in solitary confinement, which has been shown conclusively to be profoundly cruel and harmful.

Putting him in solitary confinement, as a punitive measure, is not a victory for the good people in the world. It's a victory for inhumane treatment of human beings. This ruling is, in my opinion, very good and very strong for human rights, *precisely* because it was brought by such a despicable and horrible person. It affirms that all of us have basic human rights, even the absolute worst of us on this planet.

Comment Re:Did everyone forget about fingerprinting? (Score 1) 112

Problem is, with mobile carriers abusing us on data limits, most people are thankful that their phones will find an open network and use it to update their Facebook feeds in the background. So it's not just about maintaining a list of AP's, but also checking if you have permission to get on them.

Comment Re:Odd thoughts: (Score 1) 285

Oh like in GNU/Linux/BSD utils are just kosher and standardized... please... each tiny utility comes from few other schools of command line switches and are usually different. Threre is no standardisation of switches in commands used on Linux. Usually if you need to do something comples (that you haven't yet memorized) you need to open other terminal window with manual to do it. Of course this is a different *convention* from PowerShell but PS is not that bad - it is just different.

Couldn't agree more. In fact, on the topic of SSH, it baffles me that the port option is different between ssh and scope. In ssh it's "-p" but in scp it's "-P". Who made that decision?

Comment Re:Safety Speed (Score 1) 287

The fallacy in your argument is that the other person's behavior (slower driving) causes more accidents due to his speed. I'd wager that's not the case. It likely causes more accidents due to everyone else's impatience. An example would be if everyone drove 5 mph the likelihood of a car accident fatality would plummet. Why? Because there just isn't enough energy imparted in a 5-10mph collision with a modern vehicle to cause any loss of life. So don't try and sell me that their slowness causes accidents. It only creates a dangerous situation when other people on the road can't cope.

Your argument also addresses a few things I did not. For one, stoplight timing is an issue and, as you said, it can be set to correspond to the speed limit. If so, then little is gained by speeding, and I have no argument with you there. Remember that my argument is that cars should not exceed the speed limit.

Comment Safety Speed (Score 1, Insightful) 287

Well the sentiment here definitely seems to lean toward "let me speed, limits are for dummies" camp. I, for one, would be in favor of a system that enforced posted speed limit signs. Each day that I take to the road I'm putting my life and those of my family members at risk because some other driver HAS to get to the next red light faster than me. I've also found that in many areas around me, speed limits are entirely unenforced, creating a situation where there is a posted limit of 55 mph but an average speed of about 75 mph. If you choose to be the law-abiding citizen, then you are met with inconsiderate gestures and road rage for being, what I can only assume they deem to be, a douche.

Perhaps if everyone were actually restricted to going the same maximum speed, then the maximum speed might be increased slightly due to less variability. That is what has always perplexed me about the resistance to automated cars. People seem to be in a rush to get places, presumably out of some need for transportation efficiency. But think of how much more efficient the entire system would be if it were automated? Following distances could be reduced, speeds increased, stop lights practically eliminated, the list goes on. My safety, and those that choose life, should be given priority on roads and for their sake, cars should be limited in reasonable ways to ensure compliance with posted limits and other traffic laws. Remember that driving is not a right, it's a privilege, and my safety shouldn't be subject to someone else's desire to see if their raised 4x4 is stable at 95 mph in the rain.

Comment Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 290

With a stable currency you're unlikely to lose money that way ... as opposed to an untimely investment in a speculative market where you may lose 0-100% of your value which you may or may not have the time to wait out for that value to return, but don't take it from me, take it from the millions of baby boomers who wanted to retire in 2008 but then had to work another 10 years because their investments lost a big chunk of value. I'll bet the money in their mattresses didn't get affected much.

Comment Re:How Linux wins the Desktop (Score 1) 727

I agree with some of what you're saying, but I think the biggest thing holding back Linux on the Desktop is all the duplicity of development effort carried out on the hundreds of various distributions. If we want Linux to be a competitor, we need to stop forking. There's clearly enough development taking place to support a competitive operating system, but we're spreading that effort too thin by trying to maintain and improve a dozen window managers, two dozen email clients, a hundred music players, and a few dozen package managers, etc. I get it, everyone thinks they have a better idea and 1 in 10 of those actually is better. But just think about how great an OS we could have at this point if all of that effort had been put into perfecting just one or two products. If we limited ourselves to one or two distros then it would be easier for all of that development work to be put into creating a standard set of gui tools for configuration settings so that the use doesn't have to open a terminal prompt to change something. If we focused our collective efforts on one set of PDF viewers / music players / IM clients, etc, we could pull together an OS that is AS polished as OS X is.

I install Linux on a "desktop" every 2 years or so just to see how things have improved and every time I do that, even with the same distro, there have been numerous changes but very few improvements. There's a new picture manager app, or a new default email client, but the feature sets haven't improved much. If we can get to that level of polish and consistency, then we'll open that door to more market penetration which will then hopefully lead to solutions for the other 2 problems:

1) Drivers (mentioned already on this page)
2) Commercial application support (also already mentioned)

Both of those are important, but their solution becomes easier if we can create a standard linux distribution that they can focus their efforts around.

Comment Re:First world problems. (Score 1) 791

I understand that, I'm merely adding that the USB standard does not alleviate 'cable headaches'. I still have to maintain a stockpile of USB cables to support USB devices despite the existence of a standard. Now if Apple devices required a proprietary connector on the computer or charger side I could see people getting more up in arms about this, but they don't, it's still USB-A. Having to bring that cable with me isn't really inconvenient since I would just be bringing a micro-USB cable with me instead if I had an Android phone. It's still a cable. And I see how you could say that you're more likely to be able to find someone with a spare micro-USB cable for you to borrow while on the road, but why on earth would you rely on that and not bring one? Secondly, with nearly 1 in 2 smartphones sold in the US being an Apple iPhone, I'm probably going to be able to find a cable somewhere if it came down to that. (Yes, I realize that isn't representative of global market share).

Comment Re:First world problems. (Score 2) 791

While I agree that the point of USB was to remove hassle, I think they failed monumentally at it. I have a ton of USB cables around here and you know why? Because they offered a variety of USB port sizes, for what purpose I'm not sure. Type A, Type B, mini-A, mini-B, micro-A, micro-B and now the USB-3.0 plugs. Compound that with female and male (yes, I have some NAS drives that have male ports for some unknown reason. So now, just to support USB, I have to keep 3-6 cables lying around. So is USB really the ideal solution to all of device connectivity woes?

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