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Free Broadband For NYC Public Housing?

Rastl Libraries? (250 comments)

Isn't this something that's available in the public libraries? Which is 'internet for free' since it's already being paid for by the taxes that support the library. They also have these nifty things called 'books' that people can read for 'free'. I can see requiring free broadband to the libraries since that has the greatest benefit to the city but to give it to individual households so they can watch Netflix and surf porn isn't quite .. quite.

about a month and a half ago
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The Physics of Hot Pockets

Rastl Re:Somebody needs to buy... (222 comments)

Flatten the bag. Put it in the microwave upside down so the oil coats the kernels. Take it out when popping slows down to a few but not one kernel. You'll get unburnt popcorn and more popped.

about 7 months ago
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Diet Drugs Work: Why Won't Doctors Prescribe Them?

Rastl Because they don't work well? (670 comments)

If you read the results when they publish stories about these drugs they're not effective for weight loss. Sure, losing 5% of your starting body mass in a year sounds great unless you can do simple math. If you weigh 300lb that means you'll lose 15lb in a year, just over a pound a month. Now read the pages of potential side effects and tell me that's a worthwhile medication.

Sadly the ONLY effective weight loss drug was amphetamine. They stopped using it almost 50 years ago. I think that it deserves another look as an effective weight loss drug. Yes it has side effects but all of them do.

For everyone doing the "eat less, exercise more" or "do this fad diet by cutting essential food groups" rhetoric - shaddap. I see weight loss drugs as a way to get a person down to near a healthy, maintainable weight and then they're done. During the assisted process is where counseling and monitoring come in. By the time they've lost the weight they have made lifestyle changes to keep it off.

1 year,12 days
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Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

Rastl Follow the Money (1440 comments)

Does the money for the 'texting while driving' fine go to the county or the state? It's a very important question.

Back when not wearing your seatbelt was a secondary offense (they couldn't pull you over for it but they could tack it onto another violation) a certain state had a record of dismissing the primary violation (money went to the state) while keeping the secondary (money went to the county). Revenue stream pure and simple.

There's such a thing as giving a warning. Texting at a red light isn't the brightest thing to do but it's also way down on the list of stupid things to do. The officer camping out at the intersection just waiting to pounce on these drivers isn't looking for the dangerous offenses, he's looking for the ones that make him feel important and show his authority to "those scofflaws".

Stick him on patrol duty somewhere out in the boonies on third shift for a few years and let him find ways to hassle people there.

about a year ago
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U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed

Rastl Re:Not really (1532 comments)

While some congressmen need their salary, most don't. You generally have to be fairly monied to make it that far in politics, meaning that the pay isn't a big deal. Also the lack of pay is something of a hollow threat as in all cases I know of, they authorized pay for employees retroactively after the shutdown

OK - let's make them suffer for what they're doing to the government employees. Starting the first week of the shutdown and continuing every week they don't pass a bill (including getting it signed by the President) they forfeit their pay for that week with no chance of repayment AND they are penalized 1% of their gross personal income. That money goes towards paying for the federal employees who are without work while they play their games.

Hit them where it hurts and make them personally responsible for the mess they create. It might give them an incentive to play nicer.

about a year ago
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Should the U.S. bomb Syria?

Rastl It's their civil war. We weren't invited (659 comments)

If they want to have a civil war it's their decision. No other country has been invited in nor have they decided to take action. There's no reason for us to do anything besides watch. Don't support either side and see where the chips fall. Then we can decide if we want to have friendly diplomatic relations with them or not.

There's always the option of trade sanctions after it's all over if that's the way we want to play it. Otherwise how about we solve a few of our own problems while we wait?

about a year ago
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Amazon Finally Bundles Ebooks With Printed Books

Rastl Re:So the value of an ebook is $3? (135 comments)

You're paying twice for the same content, just in a different format. That's the difference between a physical book and an ebook.

I don't know that you can use a food analogy here since the content isn't consumed once.

about a year ago
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Amazon Finally Bundles Ebooks With Printed Books

Rastl So the value of an ebook is $3? (135 comments)

Amazon has now stated that an ebook should sell for $3. After all, if it had the same value as the dead tree version it wouldn't be priced so low.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Ideas For Creative Gaming With Girlfriend?

Rastl Re:You moved 1000 miles away? (337 comments)

The statistics show that only about half of long distances work

The statistics show that half of all marriages (allegedly) end in divorce too. So that's about right.

So if half of long distance relationships work and half of all (first) marriages end in divorce it follows that a long distance relationship has a 25% chance of working out? Statistics class was a long time ago.

Are you willing to wager your future on a 25% chance?

about a year ago
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Dr. Dobb's Calls BS On Obsession With Simple Code

Rastl Elegant vs Simple/Complex (381 comments)

Is the code elegant? Does it fulfill its requirements while maintaining flexibility and maintenance abilities? Does it take advantage of existing objects?

I don't care if it's 10 lines or 1,000 as long as it's elegant. Clever programming is not elegant - it's generally a hack because someone wants to show how much more they know than everyone else. Spaghetti string code is not elegant - it's lazy.

That's part of writing good code. Make it elegant. Make it something that when the next person opens it up you can't hear the frustrated groan from across the room.

That's my opinion and how I try to write my code.

about a year and a half ago
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Comcast To Expand Public WiFi Using Home Internet Connections

Rastl Comcast Router? I think not (203 comments)

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why you buy your own router instead of renting one from the cable provider.

about a year and a half ago
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House Bill Would Mandate Smart Gun Tech By U.S. Manufacturers

Rastl They have it backwards (750 comments)

I want guns to be dumb. I want gun OWNERS to be smart.

about a year and a half ago
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Goodbye, Lotus 1-2-3

Rastl LotusScript (276 comments)

My old company used Lotus Notes and did use the 'application' function quite heavily. That's why we ended up stuck on it after a certain point. There were enough business unit functions built in Notes to make it cost effective to keep around.

Fast forward to when the company was acquired. I think it's been over 2 years and they're still trying to get migrated off Notes. I'm so glad I don't work there any more.

Amusingly we didn't have to pay much attention to the whole email virus situation. C'mon. Who would write a virus for Notes?

about a year and a half ago
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Congress Demands Answers From Google Over Google Glass Privacy Concerns

Rastl History provides some guidance here (201 comments)

Privacy concerns are nothing new. It may soon become the fashion again to disguise yourself. Masks to prevent facial recognition from street mounted cameras and gloves to prevent embedded fingerprint readers. Private businesses would have the right to ask you to remove the masks just as they do now but there's currently nothing to prevent you from wearing them in public.

Of course that's going to lead to new legislation preventing the wearing of masks in public but it will be a very obvious effort to show they're tracking and recording far too much. It may even be enough for the unwashed masses to turn off the TV and do something about it. Probably not tho.

about a year and a half ago
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Irish Judge Orders 'The Internet' To Delete Video

Rastl It makes backwards-compatability sense? (243 comments)

Sadly this is more of a commentary on the fact that legal professionals have not caught up to current technology. They don't understand that there is no single source for anything (unless it's behind a paywall and then there's only a chance that it's a single source point). It makes legal sense to require it be removed but there is no practical way to do this.

The best scenario I can come up with is that he ~meant~ for it to be removed from the major sources that can be identified as hosts and then the wrongly accused could work on a site-by-site basis to have the stragglers removed. That puts a huge burden on him after the initial purge but it does give him immediate legal authority to demand it be done.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows Blue Is Officially Windows 8.1, Free For Existing Users

Rastl Re:So what comes next? (491 comments)

Microsoft Bob (Metro version)

I think that would be Microsoft Robert.

about a year and a half ago
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New Prenda Law Shell Corp Threatening to Tell Your Neighbors You Pirated Porn

Rastl Confirming their RICO conviction? (258 comments)

Maybe they really are good guys and helping the courts along by adding to their RICO-applicable offenses? In my non-legal opinion this sounds like intimidation, extortion, and a few other things that fall squarely under RICO.

On a side note they want to send letters to everyone who ever visited you? How the heck does that work? Do they sue you to produce a list of all the visitors you have had within the last 3 years along with their contact information so they can send the letters?

about a year and a half ago
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FAA On Travel Delays: Get Used To It

Rastl A couple of line items to consider (720 comments)

Step 1 - Stop all money going to foreign aid. Problems here mean we need the money more.

Step 2 - Petition the UN for enormous amounts of aid. Let's see how the rest of the world likes it when we don't open the tap and demand they pony up.

Step 3 - Eliminate the TSA and go back to private firms providing airport security. Let the airports hire local people as they see fit.

Step 4 - Reduce welfare to child-only benefits after 6 months. That was the original intention. Let's go back to it.

I wonder how much money would go back into vital services if even a couple of these were done. I didn't touch the issue of pork projects because of the cost involved with deciding which ones were 'pork' and that all of them would be kept in place while more were introduced with the resolution.

about a year and a half ago
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Facebook Launches "Home" For Android

Rastl More crapware (138 comments)

I spend far too much time uninstalling/deleting/nuking from orbit all the crapware that comes pre-installed on a new computer. Why on FSM's green-ish earth would I BUY a device that uses crapware as the main selling point?

They can't even 'upgrade' their Android app without breaking functionality. That's just the kind of stability I want on my cell phone. ~sarcasm~.

about a year and a half ago
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Lawmakers Seek To Ban Google Glass On the Road

Rastl Restricted Line of Sight (375 comments)

A lot of states already have laws on the books that prevent things that restrict the line of sight. A lot of that crap you see hanging from rear view mirrors can get you a ticket if you're already pulled over for something else. And this is as it should be.

Google Glasses fall into this same category. You're blocking part of your field of vision with a display of distracting material. What happens when there's a motorcycle in the same visual area as that cute cat picture you're viewing on your nifty glasses?

Notify the public that these devices are illegal based on existing law and you're fine. There's no need to add another one to the books.

about a year and a half ago

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Wikipedia editors politically biased?

Rastl Rastl writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Rastl (955935) writes "Based on anecdotal evidence from what is probably a single IP group WorldNetDaily is showing that edits critical of Obama are being removed at a rapid rate and the submitters are being banned for submitting them. The provided sample edits seem to be properly formatted, cited and neutral while the reasons for the removal and banning don't quite seem to match the submission. WND also notes that the article for Bush is more biased towards negative events. Is this a cadre of similar-minded editors or a more general policy of Wikipedia? Enquiring minds want to know!"

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Ratio of started to completed posts

Rastl Rastl writes  |  more than 5 years ago

My ratio of started to completed posts is about 2:1. As in, I start to write a response and I actually end up posting it about half the time.

Why would this be? Mostly because as I get into my posting I realize that I'm guilty of one or more of the following:

  • Boring response. There's nothing I find interesting in my own post so why should I inflict it on others?
  • Irrelevant. My reply doesn't add anything to the discussion at large.
  • Personal agenda. For whatever reason I start what I think will be a reasoned response and end up doing nothing more than spouting my personal beliefs.
  • Uninformed. Not surprisingly, I often find I think I know more than I actually do.

As such I'll look over my post and before I even hit 'Preview' I've realized that whatever I've written doesn't need to be said.

Not that I'm not tempted to post some of these things. It's just that I try very hard to make sure that if I'm going to post a comment that it's going to be something that doesn't hit on any of the above points. I think most of the time I succeed.

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