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Comment Re:Supply and Demand - where is the demand? (Score 1) 387

You're absolutely correct, which is why my Colt Commander is always loaded. It can also sit on my shelf for years at a stretch without attention, and be counted on to fire within seconds of grabbing it.

No, I'm not going to get into the habit of topping off the charge every now and then. I use my phone every day, I'm accustomed to charging it, but I have still been caught with a dead battery on occasion. An inconvenience, but usually not a fatal one.

Comment Re: Legal? (Score 1) 274

Assuming the fence is installed correctly with a proper fence charger; coming into contact with it is just going to sting --- not capable of causing al electric shock or serious injury even to a squirrel, let-alone a kid.

Tell that to the dead squirrel that I removed from my dog-rated wire (the instructions warned against using it with pets under a certain weight - 15 or 20 pounds, as I vaguely recall.)

Comment Re: Legal? (Score 1) 274

The electric fence you can have with proper signage is limited in amperage to about 100 mA, AND more importantly; it's not a continuous current like line power, but a small pulse of current lasting 1/300th of a second, and another pulse every second..

Battery powered units do use the pulse system in order to conserve power. A/C powered units (or at least the three units that I have installed) provide a continuous current - but, as you mentioned, the power is safe for medium sized dogs, as well as humans.

Comment Re:Now I know what self driving car not to buy (Score 1) 230

-Totally incorrect ("abysmal") watchdog usage: Run by hardware timer so operates if other parts of CPU are failing, doesn't check that critical tasks are running, throws away error codes sent to it by the OS from other tasks, allows for CPU to overload for 1.5 seconds before reset (a football field @ 60mph).

Is a football field 44 yards long? Just how expert was this testimony?

Comment Re:Magnetic strip? (Score 1) 222

Chip and PIN was designed to shift some of the burden of fraud onto the consumer.

Is this specific to the UK? I ask because in the US, chip and signature shifts the burden from the banks to the merchants - the consumer is unaffected. And where we do use PINs (ATM/debit cards). the burden is substantially on the provider.

I did once have an ATM card compromised (probably skimmed). Someone withdrew $800 from my account in two 'normal' ATM transactions (card swiped, PIN entered). Within a few days of reporting it, I had a provisional credit for the full amount. ['Provisional' meant that the bank had six months to uncover evidence of fraud on my part.] My bank is to be credited for promptness here, but the basic provisions are a matter of law - the US consumer credit laws are very pro-consumer. I'm sure the same protections would/will translate to chip and PIN.

Comment Re:Counting documents is doing something (Score 1) 70

'Retarded' may be a bit harsh - perhaps 'slow' might be more appropriate.

You're assuming that performing innocuous read only file operations is sufficient cause to flag the macro as being a virus.

Consider, for example, a legitimate macro which would present the user with a list of monthly sales reports. I haven't done spreadsheets since running Lotus 1-2-3 on a VAX mini computer, but your macro would essentially end up searching for 'SALES*.DOC' files - almost exactly what this one is doing.

Would you bar any such operations? If so, you run the very real risk of having so many false positives that it essentially becomes useless to scan macros; simply block them by default on Office's side.

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