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Comment Re:Conflict of interest (Score 1) 258

Ambiguous law tends to be thrown out in court. Sadly most people don't bother to take it to trial because the pre-trial hearing dismisses the case or offers no points and a signficiantly lower fine and/or traffic school.

They do this on purpose because they know they'll lose in court, setting precedent.

Comment This is a bit absurd... (Score 2) 230

How is it that four decades into the personal computing era and ANYTHING in the UI is using any significant amount of CPU?

A blinking cursor?? The Apple II had a blinking cursor in 1977, and it was implemented in hardware. It used zero percent of the CPU.

My gods, programmers have gotten lazy. What's next, extra CPU consumption for bold text? The system slowing down every time it beeps?

Comment Re:40.000 deaths (Score 2) 258

There is always a specific point where there is indecision about whether to stop or keep going when the light turns yellow.

- Stopping means hitting the brakes hard, possibly causing an accident due to someone rear-ending you.
- Proceeding means you might shave a bit of the red.

Shaving a bit of the red is generally not going to cause an accident because it takes time for cars to accelerate and get going. There is also a dead-time between one direction turning red and the other turning green. However, as someone who was nearly rear-ended for stopping at a light because I had to brake very hard, I'd much prefer to proceed than stop in these cases.

Comment Re:Conflict of interest (Score 2) 258

Not to mention, if you *ENTER* the intersection on yellow it's perfectly legal, even if the light turns red once you're already in it.

The law states that the state of the light matters the moment you enter the intersection. Once you enter, you must exit the intersection as quickly as possible, but the light doesn't matter at that point. This is what also allows you to dwell in the intersection when making a left on green, and finish the turn when the light turns yellow->red.

Comment Unsurprising (Score 1) 38

Patents have become another "must-have" item in a scientists resume. It presumably shows you're able to create practical applications from otherwise abstract research results.

In practice, of course, you can patent pretty much anything you want if you put your mind to it, and the vast majority of granted patents are never implemented in an actual product and never make any money at all. So researchers just jump through another set of hoops to pad their CV with, usually, a completely worthless patent or two.

The researcher is happy since they got another item on their career-critical CV. The university is happy since granted patents counts toward university rankings. The granting agencies are happy since it shows their research grants are producing tangible results. Too bad the actual end result - the patent - is utterly worthless.

Comment Why are people obsessed with lack of bezels? (Score 4, Insightful) 74

Everyone seems to be clamoring for a phone without bezels, but it seems obvious to me that you have to HOLD the device, and parts of your hand will always cover some of the front of the device if you hold it securely, and therefore with a bezel-less device you will be covering your screen all the time.

Why do people seem to want this? It makes no sense. I like bezels on my handheld devices so I can actually hold and use them at the same time!

Comment Re:Bad calculation (Score 1) 318

The problem is the enemy can then send 100 $200 drones next time. They only spend $20K and there's no way you have enough missiles to take them all down.

There needs to be an inexpensive way to deal with inexpensive threats, otherwise the enemy can cause you to spend a fortune and not even accomplish your mission of defending your territory.

Comment Re:False assumption (Score 3, Insightful) 202

The point is, getting around encryption is too costly to do it on a mass scale, so they can only really do it for the small portion of targets judged worth it.

It's like with door locks. Your door lock is good at stopping casual probing, but pretty much useless against a determined attacker. If a government agency (any government) decides that they really need to enter your home then they will enter. It may be with a warrant, with an armoured bulldozer or with a covert penetration team. But it's much too costly and much too risky to do so unless you have really good reason. They can't do it for every house in the city, on the off chance somebody might have something interesting stashed away somewhere.

Same thing with crypto: it may not stop them if they decide you are a high-value target. But it stops mass surveillance dragnets in their tracks.

Comment Re:Windows 10 (especially Home edition)is possesse (Score 2) 68

The problem is this is an all-or-nothing approach, and you won't get updates at all, or update notifications, leaving your PC to eventually become insecure.

It needs to be a middle ground. Notify the user about updates, give them control over updates, and ONLY automatically push updates for *glaring, immediate* security problems.

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