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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

OhPlz Re:Actual full quote (499 comments)

What do you think he's going to do, come right out and say that if things don't go his way he's going to start firing off nukes? There's only one reason to even enter the nuclear component into the discussion, and that's as a veiled threat. It's the same pretext he's using to invade Ukraine. It's not an invasion, no.. he's defending Russian loyalists.

8 hours ago
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Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion

OhPlz Re:Which Invasion? (187 comments)

I wouldn't trust anything coming out of a country that requires its bloggers to register with the state.

12 hours ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

OhPlz Re:bad translation (239 comments)

Yes.. the same rules: "where's my cut?"

12 hours ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

OhPlz Re:Provisionally, I'm OK with this: (261 comments)

The number of autonomous vehicles on the road is so absurdly low that the stats are irrelevant. Bicycles on interstates are incredibly safe because there are no bicycles on interstates.

Knowing the complex decisions a driver has to make, I expect any software solutions to need a lot of massaging over time. Recall that Airbus' fly-by-wire didn't have the greatest introduction to the world, considering they crashed a jumbo at the airshow meant to introduce the world to it. So there will be software updates. Many of them. And there's one thing that modern vehicles have in common. Most manufacturers have no provision for applying these updates in an efficient manner. There's either a service bulletin that no one pays attention to or a recall that costs the company a fortune.

I would like self driving vehicles too, but I have little faith that all the complexities of driving can be accounted for or accounted for enough that these vehicles won't cause more harm than good. At least in the near-term.

5 days ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

OhPlz Re:Provisionally, I'm OK with this: (261 comments)

Never had my car seized. Not sure where you're going with that. Don't really care much about the natural disaster bit, most of us will be fortunate enough to never be in one. Public transport can only move so many people at a time too, so.. not sure about that either. Go to the 4th in Boston sometime and ride the subway after, it jams up every time.

The nation is too spread out for effective public transportation. The American Dream is owning a house in the suburbs. Those that don't want to deal with it, they live in the city and enjoy public transit. It's not what everyone wants out of life, there are always trade-offs. No "one size fits all".

Low speed limits and "traffic calming" measures lead to inattentive driving and road rage. I see it every day. All it takes is for one slow-poke to hold up a line of traffic and eventually the rules of the road go out the window. Accidents happen when people drive stupid, and limits that are so low almost no one obeys them, speed bumps/humps, road furniture, rumble strips, removal of passing lanes and such serve to make the roads inefficient and frustrating to drive on.

You know what would likely prevent a lot of accidents? Smarter traffic signals. Many towns have them programmed so poorly that people start to ignore them. Where do a lot of accidents happen? Controlled intersections. I love a good New England ice storm when it knocks out the power because some awful intersections actually perform better with the signals out.

Cars have enough safety features. Pave the crummy roads, take down half the signals and fix the other half to work more efficiently, and build more bike lanes. That's all I want. My car has more airbags than cup holders. I'm all set. If I want to communicate with another car I've got two fingers for that and a horn.

about a week ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

OhPlz Re:Provisionally, I'm OK with this: (261 comments)

Democracy demands that at least 50% plus one agree with you.

This is going to make vehicles even more expensive. It's not clear how effective these systems will be. It's not clear how exploitable these systems will be. I don't want the authorities to have a simple way of ordering vehicles to do things that the driver does not agree to. I don't trust software to take control away from the driver. Then you're still going to have older vehicles (which will suddenly be worth a lot more money), bicycles, motorcycles, equestrians, etc that won't be participating in this V2V conversation.

Then, is this going to encourage drivers to be even more inattentive? I already cringe at the commercials that show drivers futzing with things in the back seat or picking stuff off the floor and the collision avoidance saves them. Great, but that doesn't mean you're now free to be inattentive! If anything, cars should be less safe and speed limits higher to force people to pay attention, or else.

about a week ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

OhPlz Re:screw both of them, call a taxi. (182 comments)

Yea, the owner of the medallion needs his fortune for doing no work what-so-ever, meanwhile the poor immigrant driving the cab earns too little to live on. There's some social good for you.

about a week ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

OhPlz Re:Bad actors? (149 comments)

I enjoy storing radioactive waste in my backyard. If you don't like it, move somewhere else.

about a week ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

OhPlz Re:Symptom of Greater Issue (475 comments)

Why does road safety always have to mean lowering the speed limit? Faster roads require more driver attention. If you set the limits too low not only will people not respect the limit, but they'll become inattentive as well. I'm driving at this slow ass speed, might as well check my texts or fiddle with the radio, this is making sleepy.. zzz... *crash*

about two weeks ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

OhPlz Re:And the links on MuckRock (264 comments)

I have mixed feelings on this. I do believe the people who are there to protect us need to have the right equipment to do the job as safely as possible, for both them and for the community. A Bearcat is a ridiculous vehicle for police to have, but.. there are rare instances where I can see it being useful without treading on our rights. If you've got wounded people dying and someone sniping at police from a building, an armored vehicle can help evacuate the wounded. Such a thing happened in my state a few months back. At the same time, that's a very occurrence, and for most any other task, absolute overkill. Yet, minutes count. If only the county (for example) had access, it could show up on-scene far too late to save people.

There's a lot going on in Ferguson. Militarization is only a part of that mess. The police have explaining to do, but that doesn't justify looting and destruction of property. I bet that a lot of the people involved in the nightly riots are not residents of that community. The residents are going to have to deal with this for a long time. No one is going to want to start a business or live in an area that has the appearance of being a powder-keg. Let alone wanting to move in to an area where the police appear to be out of control. It's not like NYC, where the benefits still out-weigh the negatives. I don't think they have enough people to be involved in the community, hard to do if you're always running from call to call.

about two weeks ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

OhPlz Re:And the links on MuckRock (264 comments)

Yes, the stepladders and multi-meters that my local force may have received could threaten national security.

The spreadsheets were there in the article with their own viewers. Froze my browser for a bit, I'm sure it's doing wonders for their web hosting.

about two weeks ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

OhPlz Re: Everything hits poor people harder (207 comments)

now, lets say you haven't gotten sick, broken a bone, etc, in your 5 years at that company - you've been paying for everyone else (your coworkers, your boss, etc) on that policy who did get sick. So, even though you haven't gotten sick, you're paying for everyone else at your job to have healthcare.

Choosing not to save for retirement is the same as getting diagnosed with cancer? Horrible analogy. I don't know when or if I will get sick. I purchase insurance to guard against the unknown. I do know that I'm going to need to support myself after I retire, therefore I save for it. No one is going to magically skip forward a number of decades and find themselves retired without savings. You know when you'd like to retire, and you should be saving so it becomes a reality. It's not anyone else's responsibility to fund your retirement because you chose not to.

about three weeks ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

OhPlz Re: Everything hits poor people harder (207 comments)

It would be better to treat the entire thing as an insurance policy...not a defined benefit, but one that exists if a set of conditions is met.

Great. So if you save nothing, you get to steal from someone else. But if you save responsibly, you get denied access to the money that you were forced to contribute. That's got "fair" written all over it.

What planet do you people come from?

about three weeks ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

OhPlz Re:Everything hits poor people harder (207 comments)

I would rather plan for my retirement entirely on my own and not have those funds stolen from my paycheck. I live in a free country, so that option is not available to me. So yes, despite the fact that I will have my own money when I retire, I will still take social security. Why wouldn't I? I was forced to pay into it, you're darn right I'd fight to get back as much as possible. The real question is why are we not allowed to take ownership of our own future? I don't want your retirement plan. I don't want your healthcare plan either. We're not living up to the ideals that this country was founded on.

about three weeks ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

OhPlz Re:Everything hits poor people harder (207 comments)

Social Security should be capped. Anyone making more than the cutoff will almost certainly have their own retirement savings plan. Social Security isn't worth anything to them. If you want to have more money when you retire, start saving and investing. It's not Bill Gate's job to pay for your retirement for you.

about three weeks ago
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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

OhPlz Re:A Progression of Complaints (190 comments)

It will be fun figuring out how to game the automatic vehicles. I'm sure they're programmed in some situations to pull aside. All you have to do is figure out what the trigger is. It's like playing with the blind spot sensors on the vehicle in front of yours.

about a month ago
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OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

OhPlz Re:At least it isn't reddit or Hacker News tyranny (161 comments)

Do you think the donation information was leaked accidentally? If you do, you probably think that the IRS also accidentally lost months worth of email that may have contained evidence pertaining to that agency's targeting of conservative groups during an election season. It won't be state security knocking on your door, but the feds are still going to arrange for someone to come after you.

about a month ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

OhPlz Re:laying off...but needs more H-1B's (282 comments)

Are the ones with kids more important than the ones without? Is this some sort of social calculus?

about a month and a half ago

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NH Man Arrested for Videotaping Police.. Again

OhPlz OhPlz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

OhPlz (168413) writes "Back in 2006, a resident of New Hampshire's second largest city was arrested while at the police station attempting to file a complaint against officers. His crime? He had video tape evidence of the officers' wrongdoings. According to the police, that's wiretapping.

After world wide attention, the police dropped the charges. His complaint was found to be valid, but the evidence never saw the light of day.

Well, guess what? Round two. There are differing reports, but again the police arrested Mr. Gannon and again, they seized his video camera. This time it's "falsifying evidence" because he tried to hand off the camera, most likely to protect its contents.

Once again, if the police are free to videotape us, why aren't we free to videotape them? If there's the potential of police wrongdoing, how is it that the law permits the police to seize the evidence?"

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