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Comment The engineers lament (Score 1) 183

Ford chose death and destruction over the lives of customers.

To this day I won't own Ford.

Get ready to change your mind! Hear from the engineer who caused the pinto not to be recalled:

But does a rear-positioned gas tank qualify as traceable cause? Traceable cause suggests a deviation from the norm. It turns out, however, that most compacts of that era had fuel tanks behind the rear axle. A former head of the N.H.T.S.A. testified on Ford's behalf, stating that in his opinion the Pinto's design was no more or less safe than that of any other car in its class, like the Chevrolet Vega or the A.M.C. Gremlin. Under cross-examination, one of the chief witnesses for the prosecutionâ"an automobile-safety consultant named Byron Blochâ"conceded the point.


"Yet, from an engineer's standpoint, the same information is much more ambiguous. Every car on the road is differentâ"safer in some ways and less safe in others. So does the one area where the Pinto is worseâ"by two miles per hour in an infrequent subset of a rare kind of fatal crashâ"mean that the car is defective? A radically redesigned Pinto would not have saved the Ulrich girls. In the trial, the defense successfully argued that Duggar was driving at close to fifty miles per hour, and nothing short of a Sherman tank could have survived the impact of a four-thousand-pound van at full speed."

That is, these were people who cared about the problems they thought were problems. The entire time that Gioia was working on the Pinto case, he drove a Pinto. "Look, the facts of the matter are that in normal use this car is perfectly fine," he said, shrugging. Later, he sold his Pinto to his sister, for six hundred dollars. At the time, the Pinto was being tried in court for the murder of three teen-age girls. But it should be remembered that, in the end, Ford won the Ulrich case. The engineers got the chance to present their evidence, and their testimony carried the day.

I cant possibly quote the whole article but its really quite good: You can believe your simplistic version of events, or you can read the truth as illustrated in a way only malcom gladwell could do.

Comment Re:Just compare the prices of other utilites (Score 1) 216

"The term "natural" implies being OK, renewable, then good to use."

Uh you can redefine words all you want, but don't act like your hipster defintion is correct.

NATURAL: (1) existing in or formed by nature (opposed to artificial)

This is what happens when you listen to too much marketing, and let the advertisers change language for you. But i bet you think "organic" means something other than "characteristic of, pertaining to, or derived from living organisms".

Face it, you've been duped, but please don't advise other people on "correct' language use referencing your silly newspeak.

Besides "natural gas" is a noun. Its not implying anything (adjective). Its hardly a propagandists twist like "clean coal". People have been using the noun "natural gas" for hundreds of years.

Comment Re:VIP (Score 2) 610

To me that's the number one reason it seems completely faked. Who talks like that, as if somehow that means you will get a better quality of help?

Hes either a retard tech or its manufactured somehow. I am not a donal trump fan, but if someone were to find similar posts on technet then i might be more inclined to believe this. However the timing is just too convenient for trump.

There is a lot at stake here for the entire world to base solely on reddit "evidence".

Someone could have known his handle before hand, created the account back in the day and posted that because they knew about Benghazi and emails being requested. Or whatever, i am not following it that closely, but the "very very VIP" line strikes as a clear planted statement. No one talks that way, certainly not personal information about their clients when posting on tech forums.

If hes a retard though, then all bets are off. Someone will subpeona reddits logs, i know they have given logs out in the past.

Comment He aint going home, no way (Score 1) 387

Why does he want to go back that much? I've been to the USA, its not that great. Russia is no picnic either but I think he could try for a more sympathetic country than america.

There is the possibility that he has been turned by the russians. Why else would he want to go back so badly? it makes no sense. I suppose he thinks hes the most american of any of any american, but its far too soon for history to have been the judge. Maybe he just loves america so much? Plenty of people leave shit countries for a better life, doesn't mean they still don't love where they grew up. But times change and you don't always end up where you thought you would be. Ask any refugee. I have some that live in my building now. They spent 20 years of savings just to escape syria and now have nothing and have to start all over again. In their mid 40s, with 3 kids.

He is a true patriot for the USA (and there aren't many), but he shouldn't expect to go back ever. Hes lucky hes not dead and should embrace that while its still true. There are worse things than not going home again. Blend into the background for 20 years. Become a cook, and marry a nice russian girl. That's my advice if you troll slasldot mr snowden.
Thank you for your service to the world. Even if obama pardons you, trump will execute you the day you set foot back, so I would just forget about it.

Comment Re:I don't get the fuss (Score 1) 311

"After endless frustration and annoyance at having to deal with tangled cords and accidental yanking on the cord (leading to dropped devices, damaged headphones, or earbuds ripped out of my ears), I bought a pair of Jaybirds a long, long time ago"

Are these common problems for people? No offense, but perhaps you are just a klutz.

Your argument is the logical one of a future facing apple fanboi, however 3.5mm jacks are ubiquitous. If you brought your device to a friends house, or an entertainment venue (wedding, party, workplace), i am willing to bet they have an analog way to convert that sound to 1/4inch, XLR, RCA or any other connector going back 50 or more years of technology. Plus you can easily make and fix the cables yourself for pennies.

The counter point is that there is no good reason to remove them. If you find that headphones get in the way, well then you can buy bluetooth headphones as you have done and nothing changes for you. This is all about forcing design over function, and why I would never buy any apple product of any kind because that is all they have ever really cared about. That, and money. Sweet sweet $35 cable money. (or in this case, 100s of % more profit for lack there of)

Comment Re:I'm calling bullshit (Score 1) 585

By 2020 microsoft will hopefully have abandoned their rapid release model and the OS will settle down. Or a new LTS release will be released at twice the price or something.

Anyways my point is 3 years is a long time in OS land. You dont see people seriously saying anyone should use XP anymore for any reason. The only problem will be if they keep pushing out these damn buggy enforced updates every few months. XP took years to get to the stability of windows 2000, but even it eventually settled down and got stable enough for most. I mean I ran 2k till i switched to win7, but xp was pretty stable after a few years (sp2).

Comment Re:Captain Kirk says... (Score 1) 314

So maybe all that minor stuff on your list would take 20 years. Maybe. Lets triple it and say 60.

you still have infinity more years. What will you do for the next thousand? the thousand after that?

I mean many writers have touched on this. For me, I often can picture of the "apathetics" in the movie Zardoz. Who just kind of froze up one day.

"First they stop by a colony of outcasts called Renegades. These are Eternals who, through boredom, malice or discontent, repeatedly violated the rule of law and as a result were punished by being aged, gradually, into senility. They will spend eternity in feeble-minded old age.

The next group they visit are the Apathetics. These Eternals stand around staring blankly in a catatonic, vegetative state, having lost the will to live but, like the Renegades and all other Eternals, unable to die. Friend tells Zed that this is the main reason Brutals are now forced to farm crops for Zardoz-- someone needs to feed these unproductive members of Eternal society. Death is an impossibility in the Vortex because anyone who kills himself is simply reincarnated by the Tabernacle."

I saw that movie when I was a kid and it always stuck with me as a great example of the necessity of a finite life.

Comment costco (Score 2) 467

I have heard costco has a legendary refund policy. That they will take back things after years of use.

Those are physical things that use real resources. No mans sky can be copied and deleted a billion times effortlessly, but only a 2 hour refund window? Why can't we have refunds whenever the hell we want on intangible property?

Comment tiny space = big screen (Score 1) 154

" The vast majority of the public does not buy displays this big, and much less so in Japan where living spaces are tiny. "

Well I dont claim to speak for the japanese, but as a space conscious urbanite, i can tell you that projector screens and projectors actually save space. You can roll up the screen when you're not using it, and projectors are mounted on the ceiling in space you almost never use (1 ft drop from ceiling, 1-2ft diameter).

Far better than sacrificing premium wall real estate, and doubles as a set of blinds and sun shade.

As for the rest, people have said there is no benefit to some arbitrarily large number for ever. "640k ought to be enough for anybody".

I say bring on the 8k!

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 154

People use to say the same thing about 30fps. But in practice, it does matter a lot to limit yourself to what we can see. What we can perceive is always making obsolete notions of what we can "see". The senses have much more depth than their classical definitions.

Besides as a projector owner with a 104" screen, i say bring on the 8k! (have to go through 4k first though...)

Comment normalization (Score 3, Insightful) 33

Once we have been desensitized to mass surveillance of this sort, it will become commonplace.

First they use it for sporting events, then all events with police presence,.then all the time because its cheaper to keep the system active than risk missing something and getting sued.

And thus continues the fall. However with the generations now who love to watch themselves on internet tv, I am not sure if anyone will be left who remembers a world where everything wasn't recorded and archived. If you haven't used an advanced camera system lately, they are approaching zoom, enhance, track, television style skills that was nothing but a CSI joke 10 years ago.

Comment 80mph = 128.747km/h (Score 1) 623

"Freeway speed limits should be 80."

80mph = 128.747km/h. That's so bad for fuel efficiency, there should be no other reason as to make it illegal!

I agree what you say that everyone drives 10 km/h over the speed limit and that immediately jumped out at me as the most flimsy part of the obviously premature faulting of the driver.
However, as that holds true, many roads in the country are 100km/h, or 110, so if everyone drives 10km/h over that then we get to your number of 128 anyways. The point is people will just drive 140 in an elevated speed limit, because hey, 10km over.

(this also serves the police of course, they can pull over whomever they want if everyone is breaking the law)

If what people are saying, that the autopilot didnt "see" the car, is true, then they very well should disable that shit until they fix it!
That's a real issue, a bit of speeding is not.

Comment Re:Gets the history wrong (Score 1) 536

" still in common use today"

I for one have never once seen that connector. And I see ALOT of different connectors.


Looks like coax, but with a large RCA type centre post? looks like RCA but with a weird circle on the (female? trans?) end? On the other hand, you got BNC which provides a lock and already merges RCA and f-type. Why does your connector exist?

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