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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

QuantumBeep Re:When you have a bad driver ... (961 comments)

As a specific example of intentionally slowing cars down in racing, consider F1 - they removed the turbos from F1 cars because they were just too damn fast. The body counts were getting pretty high and they needed to make it safer.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

QuantumBeep Cost vs. Benefits (477 comments)

I like having a slim laptop (mine's a non-Apple ultrabook, but same build tradeoffs). The specs are adequate, it's fairly cheap, and failure rates are acceptably low.

I'm not firmly against the end of upgradability/repairability for laptops. It was always kinda spotty anyway.

about 10 months ago

SSDs: The New King of the Data Center?

QuantumBeep Re:20x faster (172 comments)

Modern SSDs offer under-provisioning for just this reason.

about a year ago

German IT Firm Seeks Autistic Workers

QuantumBeep Re:Tax Breaks (172 comments)

Since 5% of people do not have disabilities, how is that supposed to work?

about a year ago

Transporting a 15-Meter-Wide, 600-Ton Magnet Cross Country

QuantumBeep Re:Cross country? (152 comments)

The problem with a large barge with a radio antenna on it is that it could charge up a discharge,

about a year ago

Speeding Ticket Robots — Laws As Algorithms

QuantumBeep Re:You know.. (400 comments)

Less sweepingly, I propose that all traffic fines be pooled on a state level and distributed by population proportion - this will be easier to get passed, but will prevent shitty little townships from funding themselves entirely through farming their nearby interstate highway for tickets.

The fact that enforcing traffic law is wildly profitable means that the system is naturally and automatically corrupt and attracts corrupt people to run it. When you uncouple the action from the reward, bad behaviour tends to stop.

about a year and a half ago

Google Gives 15,000 Raspberry Pis To UK Schools

QuantumBeep Re:Raspberry or Pork? Raspberry (159 comments)

The idea that all corporate money eventually winds up being spent by a tax-paying consumer somewhere breaks down under these circumstances:

- The corporation just sits on the cash
- The corporation sends the money overseas to a tax haven somewhere
- The corporation outsources jobs.

It seems fair - if a corporation wants to have free speech like a person, have rights like a person, and own assets like a person, it should pay taxes like a person. Otherwise, people would be forming communal corporations ("financial guilds", if you will), and running all of their income through them in order to reduce their tax rate to zero.

about a year and a half ago

New Secure Boot Patches Break Hibernation

QuantumBeep Re:Fuck Secure Boot (196 comments)

The shift is, sadly but truly, because the original Slashdot "how should I mod this post" logic has been overloaded by Reddit's: "UPVOTE DOWNVOTE LOL" version of user moderation.

about a year and a half ago

Lenovo Could Take Over RIM

QuantumBeep Re:What happened? (114 comments)

and they don't seem any worse or better than any other big brand OEM call center.

This is not the yardstick of customer support. IBM Thinkpad support used to be miles ahead of everyone else.

In general, the customer support in the PC industry is stupendously bad. Now Lenovo's support is also horrible.

about a year and a half ago

PayPal Preparing To Address Frozen Funds Policy

QuantumBeep Too Late (175 comments)

After over ten years of destroying businesses and hurting people while hiding behind a blank gray wall of "policy", Paypal are kidding themselves if they think that they can ever recover the goodwill that they've burned.

about a year and a half ago

Windows 8 RTM Benchmarked

QuantumBeep No Chrome on W7 (398 comments)

The sly omission of Chrome on Windows 7 from the browser benchmark is face-meltingly biased.

more than 2 years ago

GCC Turns 25

QuantumBeep Re:Thanks gcc! (192 comments)

This could not possibly be more patently false. The use of the GCC compilers has no effect of any kind on the licensing of the resulting output.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Counts Down To XP Death

QuantumBeep Re:oblig (766 comments)

And that's because the software world moves on, too. Newer, better frameworks that let you deliver more per developer-hour are not evil.

A computer that will run Windows 7 can be had on Craislist for $50. I shed not a single tear.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Huge Digital Media Libraries

QuantumBeep Re:Are you with one of the **AA's? (361 comments)

Just because some greedy bastard says you're stealing doesn't make it true.

In general, stuff only has to be bought once. Any more and it's the bastard that's stealing from you.

more than 3 years ago

New Apple MacBook Pro Reviewed

QuantumBeep A thing about reviews (627 comments)

I'm no Mac fanboy. I'd probably attract criticism for being a Mac hater. In any case, I think some negatives are just unfair.

TFS says that Light Peak doesn't have peripherals yet, and paints this as a negative on the MacBook Pro. Why do all reviewers feel a compulsion to make up shit if they can't think of anything negative? That's like some video game reviews I've seen, where they can' t find anything to complain about, so they take a star off because they just don't like the genre. That's a good reason to fire a reviewer, in my opinion.

more than 3 years ago

Activists Seek Repeal of Ban On Incandescent Bulbs

QuantumBeep Re:Because consumers are stupid (1049 comments)

Go get a conclusive study proving that you aren't having psychosomatic symptoms or eye disease and I'll be interested.

more than 3 years ago

Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go?

QuantumBeep Re:How the worm (PopeRatzo) turns... (778 comments)

Holy shit. I think we just witnessed a bipolar transition from sane to teabagger in 30 seconds.

more than 3 years ago

Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go?

QuantumBeep Re:What's going on? (778 comments)

It's not incredible, it's just good.

You're too used to bloodsucking modern corporate behavior. Our grandparents would not have been surprised at an inflation-adjust 20k pension.

more than 3 years ago

Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go?

QuantumBeep Re:What's going on? (778 comments)

You have to assume things. I assume there is solid ground under my desk chair. I don't stare at the ground nonstop for confirmation.

I assume my family loves me. I don't act like an insecure teenager and seek confirmation every day.

I assume the people around me act in good faith unless demonstrated otherwise. That way I don't come off as a paranoid bastard.

I assume my car will start, my PC will boot, and my health will continue to be good. I can't function otherwise.

Sometimes I make an ass of myself and others. It's better than being stodgy and difficult.

more than 3 years ago

Last.Fm Founder Criticizes Apple Over Music Subscription Fees

QuantumBeep Re:Funny... (218 comments)

I like professional-quality creativity. It ain't the only kind, but most of my favorite things were made by people who were paid to make it.

more than 3 years ago


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