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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

Deep Esophagus Re:Somewhat cheaper... (496 comments)

Really, you can just open the window, stick your hand out, and wipe off the camera?

about two weeks ago

Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

Deep Esophagus Re:Somewhat cheaper... (496 comments)

There is also something to be said about feeling disconnected - no pun intended - that you get in video but you don't get in mirrors. You are looking at a direct reflection of reality with your own eyes as opposed to a digital image - it may not be measurable in metrics but your eyes are still seeing the reflection (insert "objects are closer than they appear" message, LOL) versus a digital eye that you then interpret. I just think disconnecting ourselves further from what is outside of our cars is probably not the best idea.

This. My daughter had a loaner Prius while her 2008 model was in the shop, and the loaner model (2013) had a rearview camera. I couldn't see a damned thing on that little screen when I was backing up, especially at night. It was like those grainy, out-of-focus videos claiming to show proof of Sasquatch or UFOs (or Sasquatch flying a UFO).

And what about obstructions? My rear windshield gets covered with mud or snow, I can flick on the rear wiper and see clearly out of it. What happens when mud or snow spatters over the camera lens?

about two weeks ago

Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Deep Esophagus Re:Costco's target market DOES buy extra goods (440 comments)

Maybe those employees will do themselves a favor and quit. Costco's always boasting about how well-off their employees are compared to Wal-Mart, so I'm not crying over those pampered whiners.

Right, because having no income with which to pay for rent and groceries is the best way to support someone else's protest.

Hiring manager: So, why did you leave CostCo?
Applicant: It pissed me off that they destroyed peanut butter instead of donating it to the poor, so I was really doing myself a favor. I won't work for a company that engages in practices I disapprove of.
Hiring manager: Next!

about three weeks ago

A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool

Deep Esophagus Re:Might not be intended for Internet MySQL (154 comments)

I have to wonder, how many national-security-endangering secrets are terrorists storing in a MySQL database?

about a month ago

Former Head of NSA Calls For Obama To Reject NSA Commission Recommendations

Deep Esophagus Re:Lame duck President (316 comments)

It's too bad the American people are so divided, so beholden to their preferred "team", or else they might notice how thoroughly they're being fucked regardless of which party is in power.

My kingdom for mod points! Amen, preach on! As a centrist, I manage to piss off my friends on the right and left just about every day when I point out the fallacies in their partisan logic. My Facebook profile lists my political preference as "They are all lying weasels, every last one of them".

Our country's fondness for sports has made team affiliation creep into everything. Mac or Windows? Republican or Democrat? Plastic or paper? Die, heretic! We just aren't happy, apparently, if there isn't a "them" for "us" to oppose. And when there is a "them", we'll do and say anything, however outrageous, to bring "them" to utter destruction.

about 4 months ago

The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

Deep Esophagus Re:make my day... (453 comments)

Heh. I'm 50, and I picked up using "big iron" for PCs from my boss, who has 10 years on me. Of course, back then the 386es we used were the size of a suitcase and weight 100 pounds, so compared to today's desktop boxes they were indeed big iron...

about 4 months ago

NSA Collect Gamers' Chats and Deploy Real-Life Agents Into WoW and Second Life

Deep Esophagus Fox Mulder was right! (293 comments)

We're all being monitored and controlled by the military-industrial-entertainment complex!

about 4 months ago

Study: People Are Biased Against Creative Thinking

Deep Esophagus Re:BZZZZT! Article Suspect! (377 comments)

Jobs (and Apple generally) don't really do 'innovative', in the sense that nearly everything they produced had some sort of less-well-refined immediate antecedent elsewhere, or was purchased, or or the like.

When Woz drove the product development, that wasn't the case. The Apple of early Woz era years was wildly innovative. If TFA had said "Steve Wozniak" instead of "Steve Jobs" he could have made his point a lot better -- Despite the fact that his technical brilliance gave Jobs something to sell and grow the business, he didn't really fit in to corporate culture once Apple became the very thing they loathed.

about 4 months ago

King James Programming

Deep Esophagus Re:Blasphemy (184 comments)

As a conservative-leaning, bible-thumping Southern Baptist, I find TFA and your (probably deliberate troll) response hilarious.

about 4 months ago

EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet

Deep Esophagus Re:Cop was "in his car"? (1010 comments)

I'll grant that a nickel's worth isn't enough to hang him over... but what we're up against here is the tragedy of the commons. One person doing it has little to no impact on the scheme of things, but once people decide it's OK for him to do it, why not me too? And my neighbor. And the 600 other people in the immediate vicinity. You can't let him get away with it and then run us off, that's discrimination!

This isn't about stopping that one guy from helping himself to a nickel's worth of electricity. It's about setting a precedent before it gets out of hand. I'm normally as anti-authority, anti-government as they come* but I can see the need to stop this early.

*And with that comment out in the open, I'd like to wish cheery holiday greetings to my fans at the NSA

about 4 months ago

The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

Deep Esophagus Re:make my day... (453 comments)

power users, developers and gamers: so the majority of users then? I think most people play games occasionally.

I think by "gamers" the GP means "people for whom games are important enough to spend extra money on performance gear.", not "people who play Candy Crush Saga and Farmville".

about 5 months ago

The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

Deep Esophagus Re:make my day... (453 comments)

Yup, gamers. My son was all about the portability of a laptop, but he finally gave up and went back to big iron because the desktop box was easier to upgrade and repair, had more RAM and HD capacity, and (most important to him) far better framerates on his FPS games.

I keep a laptop in a travel bag for the rare occasion I need to compute on the move, but all my important work is on the desktop box. I'll give it up when they pry the GeForce card from my cold, dead hands...

about 5 months ago

AI Reality Check In Online Dating

Deep Esophagus Re:Surprised people still use... (192 comments)

I'm amused by your use of the word "traditional" to describe online dating services. From my point of view, that's still newfangled. Get off my lawn!

My wife and I were actually one of the first online romances. Back in the days of 300bps dialup, there was a service in Houston that had a bunch of phone lines running into multiple modems on a single computer, so a smallish group (probably 16; I don't remember) of people could chat together. One of the oldies radio stations advertised it, so I plugged the phone number into my Hayes terminal program and met a few people including a lady type person (yes, a GIRL who owned a computer... even though it was just a TRS-80). Within three days of chatting we had started to discuss how many children we would like in our hypothetical family, and we had already started seriously considering marriage before we ever met in person. We married five weeks after we met online.

That's what is missing from these algorithms. What about those who are attracted by some other factor than physical appearance? What attracted me and Mrs. Esophagus was our shared values and interests. Which is good, since I was rail-thin, covered in zits, and, like any good computer geek, only heard of personal hygiene as a long-forgotten myth from distant lands.

As for "how do we even know these profiles are real?" -- limit yourself to people you can meet in person, which may mean restricting your search to people within your own city or less than {x} miles away. Don't commit time, money, or yourself until you have both had a chance to do a little snooping by way of facebook pages, google searches, whatever. Hint: If the facebook page appeared only after you make contact, you are right to be suspicious.

about 5 months ago

Google Wants To Write Your Social Media Responses For You

Deep Esophagus Re:So you won't need to waste time on FB (163 comments)

Rather than "void of capital letters", the stuff I see that surprises me makes excessive use of capital letters. Not shouting, which I can almost understand, but capitalizing random Words in the Middle of sentences. It's mostly nouns with adjectives trailing a Close second place.

From the context I suppose you can infer that the author considers those specific words more important than others and therefore deserving of special attention. They are usually found in lengthy, paranoid rants or sentimental glurge and of course always accompanied by the instruction to pass it on / repost unless you hate puppies, God, and America.

about 5 months ago

Sex Offender Gets New Hearing After Hearing Officer Rants Against Arial Font

Deep Esophagus Re:stupid coments, but.... (312 comments)

This would seem to indicate that it's a personal bias, and not some kind of technical requirement.

We were defending pro se in a civil suit -- couldn't afford a lawyer -- and got the decision against us overturned because the judge made remarks like "Since you can't be bothered getting a real lawyer..." Even better, the judge was a golfing buddy with the plaintiff's attorney, and they made no attempt to disguise their familiarity and friendship during the pretrial hearing. No surprise he ruled against us on the spot with a summary judgement, never bothered to look at our defense brief.

Still had to go through it all again with a new judge, but at least the jerkass decision didn't stick.

about 5 months ago

EPA Makes Most Wood Stoves Illegal

Deep Esophagus Re:Horrible for the rural poor (1143 comments)

And even if they do use central heating, it's going to be electric (re: your comment about no gas infrastructure) which is likely powered by... burning coal? Yeah, that's much better.

about 5 months ago

Telegraph Contributor Says Coding Is For Exceptionally Dull Weirdos

Deep Esophagus Re:brace yourself (453 comments)

This, ladies and gentlemen, is why we don't get any kind of respect in management. Because that's what they see in us: The computerized equivalent of plumbers and bricklayers. The fact that they couldn't wrap their feeble minds around a tenth of what we have to understand intimately doesn't matter.

And conversely, they have no clue what obstacles we face or why we claim our jobs are difficult. "So, yeah, can you also have it map each email address to the sender's DNA and use the link to record their conversations at home and send them to me sorted by topic? I'll need that by Thursday, or if you can get to it earlier that would be even better. I realize this was just intended to generate order confirmation emails, but it could be so much more if you'd only be willing to put some thought into it!"

about 6 months ago

8 US States Pushing For 3.3 Million Electric Cars

Deep Esophagus Re:There is no Magic Energy Fairy (327 comments)

Where do they think the power comes from? Those magic wall sockets most likely are connected to coal burning plants.

This. With apologies to Heinlein, There Ain't No Such Thing As A Zero-Emission Lunch. Your state can switch from coal to all-solar? Great! Good luck on finding zero-emission sources for the components, all of which I'm sure are made from renewable resources. Ditto for wind, and that's our LEAST problematic alternative energy source.

I would dearly love to get the planet, or at least the major consumers, off nonrenewable, polluting energy sources... but we don't have the magic bullet yet. Nothing even comes close to meeting the needs of a major city (by which I arbitrarily choose to mean > 1 million people), much less an entire state or country.

about 6 months ago

Data Mining Reveals the Emotional Differences In Emails From Men and Women

Deep Esophagus Re:"fear" words et al (100 comments)

So, they could accurately differentiate the emotions conveyed by "I love you" vs. "I would love to wring your neck"? And can they detect sarcasm? Oh, that's a real useful invention...

about 6 months ago

Can Internet Pseudonymity Be Saved?

Deep Esophagus Re:What a crisis! NOT (491 comments)


TFS (and, if I were to read it, I suppose TFA) make it sound like there's a one-size-fits-all global identity model for all websites. If HuffPo or Facebook or even gmail decide to eliminate trolls by requiring proof of real identity, then it must follow that SecretKinkySex.com must also do the same.


I actually agree that mainstream news sites have good reason for reducing anonymity for exactly the reasons stated -- to eliminate, or at least reduce to a manageable level, trolls. They could even argue that it is in their best interests to do so.

Sites where just your presence on the site may cause irreparable damage to your personal life, your job, etc. -- not so much. It is in THEIR best interests to provide anonymity to the best of their ability.

So, yeah. If you are willing to have your name associated with your inflammatory posts, give your real name to the sites that require it. If not, avoid those sites and stick with places that allow anonimity; they will always do so or they will go out of business (even if "business" is just selling ad space). Problem solved.

about 7 months ago


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