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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

ProzacPatient Re:Automation is killing jobs faster than ever (435 comments)

If I had 1 dollar for every dumbass here in NC that I saw speed up on me because I 'turned in front of them' a mile up the road I would be a *very* rich man. You can see the exhaust fumes and the front of the car pick up as they romp it.

Sometimes I'm actually scared to signal a lane change when I'm near Highway 52 and Interstate 40 in central Winston-Salem because it seems to be the local code for "Go ahead, speed up and pass me." It seems like every time I signal instead of driving more cautiously the people behind me speed up nearly missing a collision with me by a hair. Even worse is when you have a legitimate opening to change lane into and the person behind you sees you signal and then speeds up closing the gap or otherwise making it unsafe to make your intended move.

about a week ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

ProzacPatient Re:Automation is killing jobs faster than ever (435 comments)

I also live in NC. I don't observe any random speeding up, only the random slowing and stopping. You've incorrectly assumed those people are otherwise normal just because there are so many of them.

What part of NC do you hail from? I'm from the north western part of the piedmont triad area in the foothills and I regularly deal with drivers who; ride bumper-to-bumper, fail to signal, falsely signal, cut off right of way and frequently travel upward of 15 mph over the speed limit even though construction and school zones. I also often, but less frequently, come across drivers with erratic behavior too like literally driving in the middle of the road, randomly slowing down and speeding up and committing various infractions like rolling through stop signs.

I sometimes wish there were more state troopers in the area especially around construction zones where the law requires slowing down to the posted speed limit or face stiff penalties (NCDOT not getting anything done with those zones is a separate issue) or that the General Assembly would modify the general statutes to give the local sheriff's departments more jurisdiction over highways like Virginia so people will drive more lawfully and safely.

about a week ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

ProzacPatient Re:Automation is killing jobs faster than ever (435 comments)

It'd be even better if we could put them into 'Senior Citizen' mode, where they randomly speed up and slow down, and change lanes without signalling.

Also known as 'North Carolina' mode. I live in North Carolina and that is how otherwise normal people drive here. They also drive 75 mph through construction zones.

about a week ago

White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

ProzacPatient Re:One legit use of the commerce clause (382 comments)

I understand the legislative process in that the executive branch is barred from enacting laws (otherwise known as decrees) or even introducing legislation into the legislative branch. I was speaking strictly regarding to the commerce clause and the federal government using it to justify just about anything.

The Gun Free Zone Act of 1990 was struck down by SCOTUS but later Congress enacted it again using the commerce clause to get around the jurisdictional reasons that the SCOTUS objected to. Many, if not all, states have their own gun free zone acts but those are appropriate at the state level.

The National Firearms Act of 1934 was intended to tax certain items into oblivion (as if gangsters cared about taxes) but when I was thinking of that particular act I was thinking of the Firearm Owner's Act of 1986 which carries with it the Hughes Amendment (whose legality is questioned by some given the circumstances it was "passed" under) that bans possession of certain weapons regardless of their origin because now under the Hughes Amendment one can no longer legally register and tax weapons possessing certain features regardless of the weapon's jurisdiction of origin or if it never crosses state lines. I think the provisions of the NFA and its amendments are particularly what states like; Arizona, Missouri, Montana and a couple others are particularly trying to assert their sovereignty over. If I recall correctly Montana tried to argue that silencers are legal if manufactured within Montana and not subject to federal interstate tax, fingerprinting and other BATFE requirements as long they remain within the state of Montana. Arizona is trying a different approach under the anti-commandeering act as protest to the Hughes Amendment and other NFA provisions.

The Gun Control Act of 1968 also introduced other measures in requiring that all dealers have expensive licenses and be subject to intense scrutiny and that all firearms have serial numbers regardless of their jurisdiction of origin or if they never cross state lines.

The BATFE is also notorious for twisting these laws in ways to arbitrarily ban items, even retroactively against prior approval, that even certain members of Congress are becoming concerned with the abuse enough to call for its dissolving. My particular favorite is when a man tied a shoe string around a rifle's trigger to simulate automatic fire and the BATFE declared shoe strings to be machine guns under provisions of the NFA and that possession of shoe strings constitutes a felonious offense.

Now I'm not saying I disagree with most of these laws but I think the federal government is used to getting its way and using the commerce clause in ways the founding fathers may never have intended, therefore if Congress were say that it has no say over the Tesla issue because its a state thing then its complete bull and they know it because it has never stopped them before from stepping all over state's sovereignty.

about a week ago

Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

ProzacPatient Re:105 megabits per second (401 comments)

That's what happens when you write a multiplayer video game using TCP/IP with minimal client side prediction.

about a week ago

White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

ProzacPatient Re:One legit use of the commerce clause (382 comments)

DISCLAIMER: I am not a lawyer and the following statements are strictly personal opinion. No written, verbal or communication otherwise shall constitute legal advice.

That would mean that anything that is produced out of state would be federally regulated and that is completely untrue.

I thought it'd be worthwhile to mention that the federal government does regulate some things down to the tiniest details supposedly under the commerce clause including but not limited to firearms even if they originate in a state and don't cross state lines because Congress claims they might cross state lines and therefore the federal government reserves the right to regulate it into oblivion despite state law. Some states, such as Montana, have tried unsuccessfully challenging this by attempting to codify nullification acts into state law.

If you do some research in Title 18 of the United States Criminal Code you'll find that Congress makes some wild claims about the extent of the commerce clause such as in the Gun Free Zone Act of 1995 where they claim that because a gun might have crossed state lines it is within the authority of Congress to ban otherwise lawful carrying of arms from certain places nation wide regardless of jurisdiction. They use the same logic to justify the National Firearms Act of 1934, Gun Control Act of 1968 and even something as superficial as the appearance of weapons in the now expired Assault Weapons Ban of 1994.

Long story short the federal government doesn't seem to particularly care if something is actually a state issue and will use the commerce clause to justify just about anything.

about a week ago

William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

ProzacPatient Re:No one cares, so why does it matter? (278 comments)

DISCLAIMER: I am not a lawyer. Legal matters just interest me and any commentary I make written, verbal or otherwise should not be construed as legal advice.

There is a famous saying that has been attributed to various people; "There are four boxes of liberty; the soapbox, the ballot box, the jury box and finally the ammo box. Please use in that order."

Though to be perfectly honest I don't believe armed insurrection would be very fruitful nor do I advocate one but law is an interest of mine so the point you bring up is exactly why the 2nd Amendment is so important and its apparent the powers that be recognize just how dangerous an armed populace is.
If you read the Declaration of Independence, while not a legal document in itself it was a letter to King George and does give us insight into the mindset of the founding fathers, it asserts the right of revolution in stating that government derives its power from the people and consequently it is the right of free men to overthrow their own government.

In fact if I recall correctly this historical context was considered extensively by SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) during the case of District of Columbia v. Heller in determining the meaning of the wording of the 2nd Amendment:

Though a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Its worthwhile to note there are some interesting thoughts about this right of revolution regarding the American Civil War if you want to do some research but I won't delve into that.

about two weeks ago

Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

ProzacPatient Re:Citation needed. (181 comments)

I think OP is referring to the United Nations "Outer Space Treaty" that is an agreement declaring that outer space is common property to all of mankind that is not to be weaponized nor politically divided. Of course laws are typically as good as the paper they're written on so as space exploration progresses I imagine this treaty will inevitably shredded, modified or parties to the treaty with the most firepower will ultimately ignore it.

about two weeks ago

Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s

ProzacPatient Re:Technically, it's not a "draft notice" (205 comments)

The Selective Service System had discontinued it during Nixon's administration but during Jimmy Carter's administration the President got the draft re-instated as a chest pounding measure to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Outlooks for economic prosperity and peace were positive for 1914 up until the day World War I broke out so until the Selective Service System is once again repealed (perhaps with a constitutional amendment as one of the replies suggests) I wouldn't put it past the government to activate the Selective Service System and start drafting kids due to the instability of this world and the possibility of total war at a moment's notice.

about two weeks ago

Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

ProzacPatient Re:They avoid epileptic frequencies, right? (235 comments)

It depends on the state and I do believe in some states an epileptic can get driver's license if they can document that it won't interfere with safely driving.
Contrary to popular opinion not all epilepsy is the same; epilepsy can have different triggers and affect other areas of the brain with varying degrees of severity where one person might have a photo induced seizure that only gives them a minor twitch while another person might hear certain frequencies of sound and subsequently lose all control of their body.

A history of epilepsy runs through my family; my oldest half sister has it really severe and my father is pretty sure my grandfather had it but self-medicated with drugs and alcohol.

about three weeks ago

Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With Super AMOLED 2560X1600 Display

ProzacPatient Re: Time for an upgrade (176 comments)

I've come to accept "Galaxy" as their equivalent to the "i" that Apple appends to everything rather than seeing "Galaxy" as one specific product line.

about a month ago

4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

ProzacPatient Re:Where's The Content? (207 comments)

Typically monitors have a lower pixel pitch since they're meant to be viewed up much closer than a TV you'd be watching from several feet away on your couch.

Also in my experience monitors tend to have superior firmware in terms of reliability and adjustments whereas hooking up a PC to a TV sometimes has unpredictable results in the way the TV will display the image with little control to correct it even when using VGA or HDMI.

about 2 months ago

TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

ProzacPatient Re:Yawn... (566 comments)

I've had copies of TrueCrypt 7.1a on my TrueCrypt'd external HDD (I tend to save everything I download) from about a year ago predating this event so I'll provide MD5 and SHA-1 hashes of them if that helps at all. I'm just a random guy on the internet so you may want to take this with a grain of salt but hopefully it'll help you find legit copies or validate any downloads that you find somehow.

TrueCrypt Setup 7.1a.exe
MD5: 7A23AC83A0856C352025A6F7C9CC1526
SHA-1: 7689D038C76BD1DF695D295C026961E50E4A62EA

MD5: BB355096348383987447151EECD6DC0E
SHA-1: 086CF24FAD36C2C99A6AC32774833C74091ACC4D

TrueCrypt 7.1a Mac OS X.dmg
MD5: 89AFFDC42966AE5739F673BA5FB4B7C5
SHA-1: 16E6D7675D63FBA9BB75A9983397E3FB610459A1

about 2 months ago

Zenimax Accuses John Carmack of Stealing VR Tech

ProzacPatient Re:Trade secrets, not patents (148 comments)

I've always liked Pepsi better because I think it has a richer stronger taste compared to Coke whereas Coke tastes to me like a flat Pepsi that's been left out in the sun for weeks. I will confess though I think Coke goes better with Jack Daniels.

As far as advertising goes; in my area Pepsi labels all their bottles, cans and advertising with "Born in the Carolinas" and North Carolinians have a lot of pride so a lot of their advertising in; Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina and of course North Carolina itself has to do with being associated with North Carolina.

about 3 months ago

Understanding the 2 Billion-Year-Old Natural Nuclear Reactor In W Africa

ProzacPatient Re:I don't know but there for Aliens. (152 comments)

Come on... who here doesn't think that this isn't the remains of a eons own star cruiser out there?

Well okay, it probably isn't... but it would be cool if it was!

If I recall correctly Commander Adama set the fleet for a collision course with the sun, not the earth.

about 3 months ago

OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

ProzacPatient Re:And As Usual... (196 comments)

Is there a real need for an SD slot when you have 64GB of storage available?

Now this is purely speculation but your comment made the thought cross my mind; perhaps some manufacturers omit SD card slots to give people incentive to upgrade to more expensive models rather than doing something like buying a 128GB microSD card and putting it into a smaller GB or 16GB model.

about 3 months ago

OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

ProzacPatient Re:And As Usual... (196 comments)

...No card slot, no keyboard, no daylight readable screen, and therefore no sale.

Why do companies insist on copying the same lack of features of the big-name manufacturers while still calling themselves "revolutionary?" It's just another clone phone, the Toyota Camry of boring copycat "me too" featureless blank slates that already flood the marketplace.


No microSD card slot? A non-removable battery? Into the trash it goes.

I was a little disappointed when I found out that you had to be invited to have the option of buying one but I wasn't aware they had gotten rid of the microSD slot and removable battery so I guess I'll be looking at the Galaxy S5 instead even if I had an invite. For the life of me I don't understand why people consider a non-removable battery (and batteries are very prone to failures) to be a feature; I like to have spares in case I go somewhere charging is not possible or convenient or in the more likely case the original battery loses its ability to keep a charge like I've experienced with two different Li-Ion batteries.

about 3 months ago

Akamai Reissues All SSL Certificates After Admitting Heartbleed Patch Was Faulty

ProzacPatient Re:Do I get this right: (56 comments)

The Colonial fleet will be pleased to hear that toasters are vulnerable to heartbleed; hopefully it'll give them an edge against the Cylon menace.

about 3 months ago

The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

ProzacPatient Re:People sure do like to beat the cancer thing (270 comments)

People often equate open source with GPL so one might also be quick to assume he's talking about developing proprietary software and profiteering off of open source but that is not always the case; GPL often presents itself as a pain for open source developers as well who may want to license their software under an even more liberal license such as BSD, MIT or even the WTFPL and wish not to taint their software with the ideological restrictions and burdens GPL places upon its users.

about 3 months ago


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