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Two South African Cancer Patients Receive 3D Printed Titanium Jaw Implants

Goetterdaemmerung Re:I'm disappointed (69 comments)

They wasted a very valuable opportunity here. The jaws do not have razor sharp jagged teeth nor are either of the recipients over 7 feet tall.

Floating in space makes height somewhat irrelevant. Ability to chew through cables is obviously an advantage, though.

2 days ago
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Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets

Goetterdaemmerung Re:Looks ok to me (229 comments)

Yes it does. Any toleration of law breaking undermines the order of society.

Order of society flows from legitimacy rather than enforcement of law. While related the capability to enforce law is directly dependent on ability to obtain legitimacy.

Loss of legitimacy undermines the order of society. Unenforceable law erodes legitimacy.

Tolerance of law breaking is an important safety valve.

See the feedback loop?

If you need convincing you need only look into history of prohibition and war on drugs to see what happens when legitimacy is eroded.

Realities of environment in which people live matters. In extreme circumstance if enough people are desperate enough even normally universally agreeable rules against stealing can temporarily fall into the realm of unenforceable where the peoples only perceived choice is steal or starve/die. This is why governance is difficult and why zero tolerance is reserved for North Koreans, decapitated dictators and hypothetical alien overlords.

THIS. I wish I had mod-points.

about two weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Goetterdaemmerung Re:Cash Needs To Go Away (753 comments)

"Cashless" is also a giant vacuum sucking service fees back to the banks and so on. Retailers pay a certain amount per transaction to a payment processor, even if you the customer don't pay directly. Think that doesn't come out of your pocket in the end through higher prices?

THIS. I can't believe everyone is so supportive of a cashless society when cash is the only transaction-free method of payment (also anonymous). Paying 3-5 percent convenience charge simply to not use cash boggles my mind. I often ask for a cash discount on large purchases and usually the merchant is quite eager.

Cash is king.

about two weeks ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

Goetterdaemmerung Re: 2 months, but they all quit! (278 comments)

Ever heard of "moving"?

Wow. Moving to get better power quality to make the efficient light bulbs last longer is a great solution.

Ballasts go because of poor quality power, nothing more and nothing less (or putting a non-dimmable one on a dimmer circuit - same thing, just self-inflicted poor power quality).

Some people just have bad power quality. A product *should* be of high enough quality to deal with it. All you are defending is an elitist attitude and poor product designs.

about two weeks ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

Goetterdaemmerung Re:Incandescent will be best for the environment. (278 comments)

I've user a variety of materials.
Lead isn't needed and if you can't use it right, well..that's a skill problem.

A lowered skill level is an advantage. Lead makes it much easier for solder to flow, and also for use at lower temperatures. It wicks well and is our solder of choice. Certain materials we use will melt at the higher temperatures of lead-free. It's also more reliable due to no tin whiskers.

As far as I know there are no technical advantages to lead-free. As to environmental impact, I don't know. Is lead worse for the environment than the other materials used in electronics? I believe lead is largely inert.

about two weeks ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

Goetterdaemmerung Re:I found this article to be more informative (219 comments)

The Gestapo actually wasn't that good at spying. The German people were, however, quite good at turning their neighbors in to the Gestapo.

How is this different than public cameras, ISPs, your phones and internet-of-things supplying your information, exactly? The NSA generously collects data from external sources.

about three weeks ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

Goetterdaemmerung Re:They shouldn't have immunity then (534 comments)

*BINGO* the left loves to co-opt libertarian arguments about privatization to create these 'public-private' partnerships specifically because they create legal gray areas where tons of power, weapons, and money are moved outside accountability.

FTFY. Massachusetts is one of the bluest of the blue states.

about a month ago
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San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

Goetterdaemmerung Re:They hate our freedom (404 comments)

Absolutely. People cannot sell things they do not own. That is public space they are trying to sell.

I don't get this. The parking space is rented, the person parking pays to use the space. It's not a public park free to all.

These people are simply subletting their rented space with a convenience charge. I don't see why the city should care.

Of course San Francisco also recently put the kibosh on people renting their apartments out to travelers, so it's par for the course.

about a month ago
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San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

Goetterdaemmerung Re:Gotta agree with it being illegal (404 comments)

It's based on holding public space hostage.

How is it holding public space hostage?

People pay rent to use the space, it's hardly a public park free to all. A sublet would be an appropriate analogy.

about a month ago
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What qualifications should the 'driver' of a fully autonomous car need?

Goetterdaemmerung Re:Work the way down to no license (301 comments)

If your car hits my car I don't care if you are driving it or not, I care that someone pays for the damage done. So I think it's more than reasonable to require vehicles on the road autonomous or not to have a named entity who will be required and able to pay up in the first instance for the damage they do.

Exactly how the responsibility should be split between manufacturer and owner is more open to question. I could see an arrangement where the autonomous car has a service arrangement which includes liability cover.

Be careful what you wish for: autonomous cars are going to contain such a huge array of cameras and other sensors that they will readily be able to prove if you for one split second diverted your attention, strayed from your lane, followed too close, exceeded the speed limit, or committed any other violation (which every human driver does dozens of times on every drive) and you will be summarily lawyered to death to prove you were actually not liable.

Cameras Are Infallable, right?

about 2 months ago
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First Arrest In Japan For 3D-Printed Guns

Goetterdaemmerung Re:Hurray for Japan (274 comments)

Plus every single one of the guns used in these crimes was, at one point, legally sold to a responsible, legal gun owner.

Citation Needed

about 3 months ago
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Why Microsoft Shouldn't Patch the XP Internet Explorer Flaw

Goetterdaemmerung Re:Yep, patching 1 huge security != supported (345 comments)

So why did you buy an OS which MS published was going EOL in 2008?

My company just purchased a quarter million dollar piece of equipment a few months ago. Guess what, the new computer came with XP. There was no choice offered us.

We are trying to get an upgraded OS under warranty.

XP was going out on new systems just last year, not 5 years ago.

about 3 months ago
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XP Systems Getting Emergency IE Zero Day Patch

Goetterdaemmerung Re:just kill them already (179 comments)

Wow, that's an utterly stupid analogy. No one is still selling Windows XP, and I doubt anyone cares if someone resells their old computer with XP on it.

My company paid a quarter million 6 months ago for a test system that came with XP. Our suppliers purchased other equipment with XP just last year. I bet you can find "new" XP licenses still going out the door.

about 3 months ago
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XP Systems Getting Emergency IE Zero Day Patch

Goetterdaemmerung Re:just kill them already (179 comments)

Wow, that's an utterly stupid analogy. No one is still selling Windows XP, and I doubt anyone cares if someone resells their old computer with XP on it

My company paid a quarter grand for a test system that came with XP. Last year or suppliers purchased additional equipment with XP. XP was still available for new computers just a few months ago.

about 3 months ago
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The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

Goetterdaemmerung Re:The symptom, not the true problem. (509 comments)

Indeed. I shouldn't be, but am quite amazed with how people abuse their votes, and WILLFULLY put ignorant imbeciles in congress. And then don't even have enough shame to rectify the mistake.
Congress should have our very best people, not dregs.

They represent the people. Nowhere does it say they have to be the best people. Some representatives are above average. Most are average. Some are below average. Pick whatever criterion you choose for your comparison.

To add some flavor, the people who run for office are not an even distribution of the population. Lawyers are highly represented.

about 4 months ago
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FCC Boosts Spectrum Available To Wi-Fi

Goetterdaemmerung Spectrum Frequency (73 comments)

The newly available spectrum is 5150-5250 MHz.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

Goetterdaemmerung Re:Options (266 comments)

Nope. You're talking about free (gratis) software, not "Open Source".

I was talking about the attitude of many projects in my many years of experience, free or not. Lots of asshats. Lots of superiority complexes. Lots of minimizing customer complaints and not properly testing functionality. Blaming the customer is a common trap of shitty development. This thread is full of it.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

Goetterdaemmerung Re:Options (266 comments)

1. Whine and moan.

2. Fix it yourself.

3. Bribe. Offer to send a case of beer (or bag of whatever).

This is a good summary of why people are discouraged to use Open Source. All "options" avoid developer responsibility and quality control. The first solution does nothing. The second is very difficult both technically and socially (making a main branch checkin isn't usually permitted by strangers). The third assumes you know someone and are willing to bribe them to fix what they broke because they have no incentive otherwise.

about 4 months ago
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Austin Has Highest Salaries For Tech Workers, After Factoring In Cost of Living

Goetterdaemmerung Re:Property tax (285 comments)

This article states that like New Hampshire, Texas makes up for its lack of an individual income tax with higher property tax, which the landlord ends up passing on to the tenant.

Having lived in Massachusetts and recently moved to New Hampshire, I can say that the lack of income tax and sales tax and lower insurance much more than makes up for the property tax which, frankly as a percentage isn't much more than MA and dollar-wise lower due to lower property prices. My rent is the same for a much larger and nicer place with a garage compared to the relative dump I had in the suburbs of Boston.

about 5 months ago

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Employees Revolt out of Loyalty to Management

Goetterdaemmerung Goetterdaemmerung writes  |  about a week ago

Goetterdaemmerung (140496) writes "The employees and managers of a regional grocery have walked off their jobs in dedication to their former CEO. His cousin ousted him and instilled two outsider CEO's — one from Radio Shack fame. Several of his supporters have resigned or were fired. They believe the new management will take away their generous benefits, raise prices and otherwise "extract more cash" from the business."
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