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Comment Re: There is probably cause (Score 1) 147

What about setting up roadblocks for a city of 200,000 people based on one localized shooting incident? It's not like San Bernardino is some tiny village, after all.

It'd be like closing down five blocks surrounding a liquor store hold-up. Either the government is grasping at straws, or their purpose for this survellance is pretty much unrelated to the incident.

Comment Re:So I was sitting behind a Gbus/Fbus on 85 today (Score 1) 692


Needs to be bigger, faster and fewer strikes.

The California High Speed Rail project has been in various phases of development for over a decade.

These things aren't built overnight. It also relies on voters getting passionate about funding it, which changes depending on how the economy's doing.

The former mayor of Palo Alto wanted to hold it up awhile ago, because he's basically afraid it'll reduce property values. The new mayor basically bragged to her constituents upon taking office about successfully holding up the project at added expense to the state. So, you have those kinds of obstructions to consider as well.

Comment Re:The problem with Google Bus (Score 1) 692

this is not as eco-friendly as you might think.

It easily beats having those people all driving themselves.

It also causes congestion in the city,

No, it reduces congestion in the city.


No, it doesn't reduce congestion. It convinces employees working 40 miles away from the city that they can still live in San Francisco and don't have to worry about driving the commute.

Basically, it creates an inefficient working population living far from their place of work.

Chances are, far more would choose to live closer if they had to take public transit or drive their own car.

Comment Re:Law of Unintended Consequences (Score 1) 376

+1 interesting. The reasons for the widespread use of hydrogenated oils aren't going to vanish because we ban trans-fats. Without an alternative, all the cookies and other processed preserved things we love will vanish. So in that scenario either people must choose to pay more and go to the resurgent local baker's every day, or else choose to go without (I chose this years ago). A simple minded ban on one small facet of the issue isn't going to help anything. It's like putting a rock in the middle of a river, the river just flows around it. And all the people who love cookies etc. will just line up at whatever the next thing is that will take the FDA a century to ban. Businesses will find a way to meet that demand that isn't banned and enjoy operations until the wise beneficent government gets around to the next ban in another 100 years.

You don't need to deal with hypotheticals.

California implemented an all-inclusive trans-fat ban in all restaurants starting in January 2011. It replaced an earlier partial ban dating back three years earlier. And, yes, we still have cookies, doughnuts, etc...

It turns out, animal fat works great for these things. What do you think people used before Crisco started marketing trans fat 100 years ago?

Comment And yet more excused from the UK (Score 4, Insightful) 510

We've heard from David Cameron that Snowden's leak "damaged national security."

Cameron made veiled threats suggesting he could take the media to court over publishing the leaks.

Government enforcers employed heavy-handed tactics to intercept, detain and threaten those even tangentially connected to the leaks.

Many were forced to destroy technical equipment in a quixotic quest to purge the unpurgeable.

Now, all of that failed. Predictably, this is the kind of horse shit they've resorted to slinging.

Comment Re:Complete overhaul please (Score 1) 462

You'd end up with things like "Post Offices in former CST are open from 10-6". When you travel some place you'd have to learn all the local customs. Do people here have lunch at 19 or 20? Do stores close at 01 or 03?

As it is now, you have time zones. Those are just as confusing as local time customs with universal time.

In fact, just keep calling them time zones.

Pacific Standard Time would just mean the zone where shops close at 1:00. People would adapt within a month.

Comment Re:Disappearance of E-Ink (Score 0) 323

Vendors are flogging tablets over E-ink; why get a one trick pony when you can have a multi-tasker.

Truth is, the one-trick pony feels much better on the eyes after reading for any extended amount of time. Staring at a backlit LCD just burns out your retinas, and changes reading from a relaxing experience to a tolerable situation.

Exactly this.

Even the new Kindle Paperwhite is meant to be used with a backlight, increasing the likelihood of headaches and eyestrain.

Unfortunately, this is one of those cases where people just aren't informed enough as an aggregate to realize the advantages of non-backlit e-ink for reading.

The market demands tablets with outlandishly bright backlights, and companies provide them.

Comment Re:NSA, are you supised we caught you? Really? (Score 5, Insightful) 327

The NSA is a pack of dimwitted fuckers for pulling this, because the blow back when this was discovered (not if) would clearly far exceed any benefit they could possibly gain. Now, I think this might not be an entirely bad thing that they pulled this shit.

I suspect that as a result, the rest of the world is going to be deeply suspicious of the US in the future, and it is going to be much more difficult to maintain control of the Internet's key systems and keep them inside US borders as much as is possible. I also think this might kick off a new round of encryption and paranoia, which really is a good thing for consumers of tech resources in the long run. Bad for the spy types, because RSA1024 on everything will really put a damper on their ELINT gathering capabilities. They might have to go out and do some honest on the ground trade craft for a change.

Who ever is running the NSA should be sacked on the spot. Not for engaging in massive illegal wire tapping, but for being such a shallow idiot and not considering the fall out of being caught. You have to suppose that there are analysts writing papers about what will likely happen when they get caught, so the Director isn't paying attention to their own intel papers and projections. Fire him for being a fucking inept moron.

The rest of the world is barely surprised, and everyday Americans aren't educated enough to be outraged.

The recent Pew poll indicating a majority of Americans are okay with warrantless data aggregation is merely a sign of the times to come.

The supposed blowback from this revelation is barely a collective sigh, and front-page news-coverage already moved on to supposed chemical weapons in Syria and Iran's presidential election.

In other words, we're pretty much fucked.

Comment Re:It is all software, really (Score 1) 509

They don't give a damn about a few angered /. posters who swore off Sony because they couldn't run Linux on their game consoles.

They are, however, KEENLY aware of the legions of users who stopped buying shit from their online store and basically deserted the console following their leaving the customers' credit card data right in the fucking open.

My PS3 is a standing blu-ray player that isn't allowed to have a network connection these days for good reason, and I suspect Sony realized that there's no chance in hell of my buying their box if it required a net connection knowing their track record on the subject.

I buy pre-paid PSN cards, no credit card info required.

I don't trust Sony on any issue except occasionally coming out with pretty good games. That level of trust tends to work out well.

That being said, remember when Microsft came out with a console prone to widespread hardware failure? Remember incessantly sending those consoles in for repairs and/or purchasing new ones as they failed? Yeah, I remember it too.

I'm either on my 4th or 5th 360, I lost track after the third repair or so. My PS3 running launch hardware is still going strong....

In short, while I'm not a fan of either Microsoft or Sony, there are a lot of reasons why I'll be choosing Sony and giving the big middle-finger to MS this time around.

Comment Re:TSIA (Score 1) 404

British Foreign Secretary on Surveillance Worries: '"Law Abiding Citizens Have N

What is N? Where can I get rid of N? Can I buy more N at the store? Should I be worried if I have N?

FFS, editors. FFS.

*head in hands*

Law abiding citizens have N.

N = e(N)suring servility despite a widening gap between the affluent and the poor via unyielding government oversight into every aspect of the life of every individual

Comment Re:Why not just 0? (Score 1) 996

In Australia we have a 0.05 limit on BAC plus a 0 limit on provisional (usually under 21) drivers. 0.08 is the point where you are obviously going to fail at driving. 0.05 is where you think you can do it but more likely than not cannot.

After seeing how friends dealt with the 0 limit on provisional drivers and in light of the fact I don't drive myself, I'd support a 0 limit - it encourages a lot of caution and forethought, particularly the morning after when you can still be drunk and might think it's just a hangover.

I don't disagree with the sentiment that people who are intoxicated should get the fuck off the road. There are other distractions drivers have to worry about, but drinking and driving is unnecessarily lowering your awareness, negatively impacting your response time and making your large heavy vehicle a hazard to everyone else.

At the same time, a 0 limit means you'd pretty much have to avoid all substances with trace amounts of alcohol, which would be difficult from a practical standpoint. Start looking at how many brands of mouthwash and similar products contain alcohol, and you'll see what I mean.

Comment Re:An Extremely Decent video on the subject (Score 3, Insightful) 135

We get it, you don't have Facebook and feel the need to tell the world they don't need it either so that you can feel superior by being different.
I don't have cable TV, but I at least understand that some people feel that TV has value and thus subscribe to it so I'm not going to go around telling everyone that because I don't want TV they shouldn't want it either.

Clearly, people see value in communicating with friends/family in a casual environment. I understand that.

The issue for me is, to use the TV example, my TV doesn't compromise the privacy of my neighbors and acquaintances, Facebook does. I'm not on Facebook because the potential value there is outweighed by my privacy concerns with the service.

Unfortunately, my friends and family *are* on Facebook. This means, as family members share private photographs of me and talk about me on Facebook, my privacy is compromised even though I never agreed to it. This is the real issue here.

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