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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Mal-2 Re:In other news... (318 comments)

There is a new Family Video attached to a pizza place in my town... They recently started delivering movies when you order pizza.

I have to admit that this is actually brilliant, except for the fact that you still have to return the videos. That too could account for some of the cars in the parking lot.

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Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

Mal-2 I see another problem. (130 comments)

Disasters don't always strike independently.

You survived The Big One. Great! You reported yourself safe. Even better! Too bad the ensuing tsunami got you, and nobody thought to go looking for you.

Or an aftershock.

Or a fire from a broken gas line.

Or a shortage of water and/or food.

You're not fine until you can get on with your life.

5 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Mal-2 Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (294 comments)

Not true. There is a California version of almost everything, because the emissions equipment requirements in California are stricter than the national requirements. It would be perfectly legal to supply California-legal cars to the other 49 states, but the extra equipment costs extra, weighs extra, and typically eats about 5 HP.

5 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Mal-2 Re:Let me get this right (836 comments)

It would also be horribly intrusive/impractical to make an increasing consumption tax, they would need to keep track of everything you buy.

Not necessarily. If you got tax-exemption vouchers every year, you'd "spend" them along with your money. No voucher? Pay the tax. Insufficient vouchers? Pay tax on part of the cost.

about a week ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

Mal-2 Subject is overly verbose. (367 comments)

It's not often that there is too much information packed into a /. headline, but this is one.

Thing is, "PeTA Is Not Happy" would not be news. They're never happy.

about two weeks ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

Mal-2 Re:Loosely translated: (152 comments)

Dolphin to Orca: Hey man, you need to get checked out. It looks like you blew a seal.

Orca to Dolphin: Nope, it's just ice cream.

about two weeks ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

Mal-2 Belkin? Unpossible! (191 comments)

This isn't the first time Belkin has implemented a hare-brained feature, only to have it cause backlash when it induces catastrophic failures across the world. I stopped buying anything with their name on it (except the occasional cable) over a decade ago, over this little feature.

about two weeks ago
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Acer Launches First 4K Panel With NVIDIA G-Sync Technology On Board

Mal-2 Re:All I want (64 comments)

What are the dead/stuck pixel rates acceptable on a TV? GGP asked about displays, not TVs. Although you can press a TV into service as a monitor, and it might even do the job well, the level of blemishes deemed acceptable in a TV is considerably higher than that of a computer monitor.

about a month ago
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Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

Mal-2 Re:Woo hoo!! (182 comments)

I don't know if this just works for me because I'm a giant mutant, but if I make a deep sort of dog-growly noise way down in my sternum then it makes my skull vibrate in a way that lets me visually perceive flicker all the way up to around typical LED refresh rates even on normal stuff like digital clocks.

This is also quite noticeable even if you're not a mutant, just by munching on potato chips while looking at something that flickers, or by using an electric toothbrush.

about a month ago
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Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

Mal-2 Re:You know what this means (182 comments)

And the cradle itself is stupidly sculpted to match the remote, causing a different problem. Instead of a mechanically positive connection, the curved cradle supports the remote at precisely its center of gravity, allowing it to teeter, and every time it teeters it slips on and off the tiny charging contacts.

It's time for more electrical tape, this time within the cradle, at the end opposite the contacts. This way the remote will be tipped toward the contacts instead of rocking back and forth. It may take more than one layer of tape to do this, and the aluminum tape you used on the garage door may be better still.

about a month ago
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Acer Launches First 4K Panel With NVIDIA G-Sync Technology On Board

Mal-2 Re:All I want (64 comments)

All I want is a 35"+ 4k display with a 60hz refresh rate for under $300. Is that so much to ask?

Yes, it is, at least with current manufacturing capabilities. Small high-density screens are exactly that -- small. If you have one defect every 30 cm (linear) on average, this may affect one screen out of five -- and even then, there's still some non-critical use where that screen will be just fine. (The front panel of a radio, for example.)

If you're trying to produce large panels with that same defect rate, your rate of defect-free panels is going to be astonishingly low, and there won't be much of a market for the defective ones. Even if Yamakasi is willing to buy and package them, it hurts the image of 4k in general that they hit the streets at all.

This high failure rate means the panels are going to be expensive, because you're not just paying for the one you get. You're also paying for the ones that didn't make the cut.

about a month ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

Mal-2 Re:I simply never use valets (269 comments)

My thoughts exactly! Park it yourself if you don't trust the valet.

This is not always an option. Some locations have to double-stack their cars in order to accommodate the number that actually show up for dinner, and although they may let you park on your own, they require that you leave the key so that they can move your car if/when the car that is trapped by yours needs to leave. In the two cases I'm thinking of, parking on the street is illegal (it's a major thoroughfare), and in both cases if you decline to leave the key, they will not let you enter the restaurant.

If you want specifics, one is a Brazilian churrascaria somewhere in the South Bay (sorry, it's been a while), and the other is the Zankou Chicken location just east of Sepulveda Boulevard. Street parking is legal in the second case, but nearly impossible to get. Also, while they have taken my key every time, they have never actually moved my car.

about a month ago
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Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

Mal-2 Re:Does it matter? (139 comments)

I'm saying I've seen such sites, and NOT ONE of them has been sufficiently compelling that I said "gee I'll go sign up for Facebook so I can comment here". I have a Disqus account. I'm willing to make single-serving accounts. If one of those two doesn't cover the situation, then tough shit, I don't need to participate in your site.

about a month ago
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Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

Mal-2 Re:Does it matter? (139 comments)

No one seems to be foaming at the mouth about the ubiquitous "sign on with Facebook" feature many sites have which FORCE you to have a Facebook account in order to use their service.

That would be because people can live without the ability to comment on those sites. It's harder (not impossible, but harder) to live without the ability to comment on Google-owned sites.

about a month ago
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Service Promises To Leak Your Documents If the Government Murders You

Mal-2 Re:Hosted in the US? (98 comments)

Not if they're RAID-style stripes, where you can reconstruct the data from n-1 or n-2 stripes.

about 1 month ago
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The UPS Store Will 3-D Print Stuff For You

Mal-2 Re:$60 for an iPhone case sounds high, but it isn' (144 comments)

Fortunately, most commercial 3D printers available now are spinoffs of open source hardware. It's almost as if the developers noticed the shitty state of the inkjet printer market or something.

about 1 month ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

Mal-2 Quality. And golf. (478 comments)

I was golfing at a municipal course (because it's cheap), and the two of us got paired up with another random pair to fill out a foursome. This pair happened to be father and son, out celebrating the elder's 80th birthday. He wasn't doing great, but he wasn't doing that badly either, and there were no golf carts. We had to walk the entire course.

At one point, he asked me if it bothered me to be paired up with an old man like him, and I said "Hell no, I hope I can play a round of golf when I'm 80." From that point on, it was pretty obvious he no longer felt compelled to hurry up for anyone else's benefit, and was content to proceed at a pace that worked for him.

about 1 month ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Mal-2 Re:Not a problem... (326 comments)

Desalination is just kicking the can down one more generation. The problem is that the habitats that are pleasant to live in are not the ones with the actual resources, so people cluster in areas that are not meant to harbor tens of millions of people, let alone hundreds of millions or billions.

about a month ago
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I think next winter will be:

Mal-2 Southern California has two seasons. (148 comments)

Southern California has two seasons: fire and flood.

If "flood" is loosely correlated to "winter", then we welcome actually having a winter for the first time in almost a decade.

about a month ago

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It's time to send Congress home.

Mal-2 Mal-2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hello, Washington? It's the 21st Century calling. You're less important than you thought.

There is no reason why all 535 members of Congress need to live and work in Washington, DC, disconnected from their constituency. There is also no reason why Representatives should spend upwards of a quarter of each term campaigning and commuting -- or worse yet, ignoring votes entirely. It's time Congress came home to us, the People.

My proposal is simple, and it needs just three words. Let Congress telecommute.

The benefits of this would be enormous, and the costs minimal -- except to the lobbyists, who currently find it quite convenient that they can bend everyone's ear since they're all in one place at one time. Each Congressman should have to live and have an office in the District he or she represents. This office could be owned by the Federal government, as that would certainly simplify matters whenever the seat changes hands, but it is not strictly necessary for this idea to work. All that is necessary is a data link back to Washington. The original concept of Congress centered around 18th century communications -- that is, Pony Express at best. In theory, we could have sent Congress home when the telegraph came into vogue, but that's understandably a bit impersonal. The earliest this idea would have been practical is when the telephone system allowed for 435 people to be on the same line at once -- which had happened by the 1960s at the latest. Still a bit impersonal, even if they could watch proceedings on TV and phone in their comments and votes.

But what's the excuse now? If there is anyone representing a district that has no reasonable data access, then they can be exempted to live in a nearby district that has such provisions. They'll still be a lot more accessible to their constituency than they are now. It will also mean a lot more to people when their Representative lives a couple miles away (as will generally be the case in urban districts) rather than a couple thousand miles away. The fact that they aren't going to talk to their Representative on any given day is irrelevant, what's important is that they feel like they CAN.

Senators should probably operate from the state capitol, unless they REALLY don't like each other. (It happens!) Or, they should live wherever they choose, within the state they represent, and furnish an office and data connection at their own expense if they prefer.

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Nietzschecraft confirms: God is dead

Mal-2 Mal-2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago It is now official. Nietzschecraft confirms: God is dead

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered religious community when IDC confirmed that God's market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all worshippers. Coming on the heels of a recent Nietzschecraft survey which plainly states that God has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. God is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last in the recent Altar Boy comprehensive plooking test.

You don't need to be the Amazing Randi to predict God's future. The hand writing is on the wall: God faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for God because God is dead. Things are looking very bad for God. As many of us are already aware, God continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

JHVH-God is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core followers. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time JHVH-God followers L. Ron Hubbard and Joseph Smith only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: JHVH-God is dead.

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

AllahGod leader Muhammad states that there are 7000 worshippers of AllahGod. How many followers of JHVH-God are there? Let's see. The number of AllahGod versus JHVH-God posts on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 JHVH-God worshippers. Jah posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of JHVH-God posts. Therefore there are about 700 worshippers of Jah. A recent article put JHVH-God at about 80 percent of the God market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 JHVH-God worshippers. This is consistent with the number of JHVH-God Usenet posts.

Due to the troubles of Walnut Creek, abysmal sales and so on, JHVH-God went out of business and was taken over by Baha'iullah who sell another troubled religion. Now Baha'iullah is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

All major surveys show that God has steadily declined in market share. God is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If God is to survive at all it will be among religious dilettante dabblers. God continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, God is dead.

Fact: God is dead

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Mal-2 Mal-2 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

This is /. I'm not ashamed of it, and I'm not proud of it. The whole thing is not an issue to me, it's irrelevant, and I see no reason why my reading /. should be dragged into the discussion at all! The fact that we've been massacred personally for thousands of years is neither here nor there, so can we at least agree on one thing -- namely, not to waste our time discussing whether to post to /. or not.

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