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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Entropius Re:yet if we did it (324 comments)

"Negligent homicide" or something similar is a crime in many jurisdictions: "You didn't mean to kill the guy, but you did because you did something dumb that you should have known not to do."

4 hours ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Entropius Re:I like... (611 comments)

A body camera is a tiny, tiny fraction of the salary of a cop, and will probably make up its cost very quickly in the bullshit that it cuts out.

5 days ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

Entropius Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

And yet Japan and Germany are two of the most prosperous countries in the world today.

about two weeks ago
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The First Particle Physics Evidence of Physics Beyond the Standard Model?

Entropius Re:Neutrino Mass (97 comments)

Lattice gauge theorist here -- we're working on that.

I agree with your interpretation -- this very well may just mean that the QCD part is hard and the theorists didn't correctly estimate systematic errors from it. However, there's quite a push in the lattice community to actually calculate the messy nonperturbative parts, so there's hope that this will be sorted out from the theory side alongside the new Fermilab experiment.

about two weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Entropius Re: Surprise? (579 comments)

My mom (a non-techie) and a couple of friends run Lubuntu with no problems at all -- my mom's certainly called me fewer times for tech support since she started using it instead of WinXP.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Entropius Re: Stupid (561 comments)

Nonblack people are hardly a monoculture.

about three weeks ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Entropius Re:Stupid (561 comments)

Apple has no obligation to fund schools in black neighborhoods. That is the government's job -- that is why we and they pay taxes.

about three weeks ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

Entropius Re:Regulations (125 comments)

I said "hurting their customers", not "breaking a law established for the benefit of a cartel".

about three weeks ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

Entropius Re:Makes both look bad (125 comments)

I live in one. It's 2/3 of a mile walk to the nearest mainline bus stop (and if you've used DC city buses, you know how inefficient they are). It's about 2.5 miles to the nearest Metro station. Try again.

about three weeks ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

Entropius Re:Makes both look bad (125 comments)

There are huge swaths of the city not served by public transit in any reasonable way.

about three weeks ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

Entropius Re:Regulations (125 comments)

What are they doing that hurts their customers that warrants a cease-and-desist?

about three weeks ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

Entropius Re:Regulations (125 comments)

They're doing dirty tricks to each other. The service they provide to customers is still better than the city cabs.

We don't need "regulations" here. If Uber and Lyft are getting trolled by each other then they will need to build anti-troll safeguards into their business model, which they are able to do on their own. There's no problem here that rules from City Hall (other than the standard ones against fraud, like requesting a ride with no intent to actually use it) will fix.

about three weeks ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

Entropius Re: There we go again (383 comments)

The trouble is that measuring entropy is hard as it depends on context.

"Frutyyzlrdkgejk" looks like a string of characters with high entropy. So does "Cthulhufthagn". One is likely to be tried by an intelligent password cracker long before the other.

"Football purple dizzy rainbow" looks like four words chosen at random and thus has high entropy. So does "correct horse battery staple." One of these is a much weaker password than the other.

about three weeks ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

Entropius Re: There we go again (383 comments)

Even barring the "attacker gets /etc/passwd and you don't know about it" problem, the problem is password reuse. If you require people to have strong passwords then they'll likely reuse them on other websites; Facebook isn't going to lock user accounts because somewhere else got their hashes compromised.

about three weeks ago
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California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

Entropius Re:Are you kidding me? (286 comments)

Rounded rectangles, man.

Rounded fucking rectangles.

about three weeks ago
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California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

Entropius Re:You go girl (286 comments)

Deciding how to measure monitors is sort of tricky; what exactly does that 22" refer to? Viewable area, viewable area minus bezel width, or what? This is well known in the monitor world, and maybe it shouldn't be so, but an educated purchaser could probably figure out what 22" meant. (If they said '22" viewable area', that's different.)

In this case, 1080p means something specific, and the product wasn't that. Now it's an absolutely stupid and trivial complaint, but as others have said, if we don't want them taking a mile we shouldn't give them an inch.

about three weeks ago
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Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia

Entropius Re:UN representation of CIS members (252 comments)

I'm aware of the history and, yes, I'm being sarcastic. Except about Florida.

about a month ago
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Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia

Entropius Re:Not a bad idea (252 comments)

Water being provided by the public sector makes sense for a completely separate reason: it's a thing that is very difficult to define property rights over. Who owns the groundwater under Tucson, AZ? Does your average Jose have the right to drill a well on his land and pump out however much he wants and sell it? What about slurping water out of the Santa Cruz River? (You're probably saying that you've never heard of the Santa Cruz River. That's because it's not there any more -- we poured it all on crops. It's now something of a hilarity among Tucsonans to name things "River X" that are near the dry riverbed.)

Water rights are hard as hell and very difficult to incorporate into a reasonable scheme of private property. Same with radio spectrum, for that matter. Things like food are easy: own some land, plant fruit trees, sell fruit out of truck. Certainty over the solution space doesn't necessarily mean that something should be in the public sector -- farming practices for apples and the design of toilets are pretty well optimized* by this point, but there have been no moves to nationalize the apple or shitting industry.

*The Japanese robo-toilets may disagree.

about a month ago
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Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia

Entropius Re:Not a bad idea (252 comments)

I notice that you don't list "food" here. It's very much something people need to live, it's on a mostly-free market almost everywhere, and it works just fine.

about a month ago
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Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia

Entropius Re:UN representation of CIS members (252 comments)

That's not a bad idea. Could the USA reformulate itself as a confederation with the same legal structure and operations, but with 49 seats in the UN rather than one? (I think everyone would agree that not having Florida represented is in the best interests of everyone except comedians.)

about a month ago

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RawTherapee goes GPL, improves GUI

Entropius Entropius writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Entropius (188861) writes "RawTherapee, a flexible geek-friendly RAW converter for Linux and Windows, has just released its new version (with major UI improvements) under the GPL; it was previously proprietary but free. It uses selectable, unique demosaicing algorithms that are both resistant to Bayer artifacts and produce sharp, detailed results; see the comparison page. I've found it in the past to be the best Linux RAW converter available. The new UI improvements mean that its combination of usability, geek-friendliness, and sharp results is strong competition for ACR/Silkypix/whatever on Windows, and further improvements should no doubt follow now that the community can hack on it."
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