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Hammerhead System Offers a Better Way To Navigate While Cycling

RearNakedChoke Re:Really? (249 comments)

People can 40 or 50mph on flat road? For what, 10 seconds? At any rate, this invention is pointless. I put my smartphone on a phone mount on the bike, crank up the audio and simply listen when it tells me to turn.

about 9 months ago
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User Alleges LG TVs Phone Home With Your Viewing Habits

RearNakedChoke Re:it's a matter between him and the retailer (286 comments)

I do the same thing - when I buy a house, I never read the terms of the mortgage contract. I just sign on the "give me a house" line. So I'm not bound by the terms of the mortgage since I signed under a duress. It was just what I had to do to buy a house.

Yes, I too buy houses where the purchase contract requires no signature, but merely a mouse click. Or even better, where the contract is INSIDE the house and by the mere fact of removing the key from a sealed envelope and opening the door, I've accepted the mysterious contract that is inside that I did not sign...my opening the door is signature enough.

And if there is some clause in that contract that says the bank will install secret video cameras, too bad, take it up with the previous owner.

about 9 months ago
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Sen. Chuck Schumer Seeks To Extend Ban On 'Undetectable' 3D-Printed Guns

RearNakedChoke Re:Liberty is the only thing in danger here. (550 comments)

"Smoking is different, when used properly and as intended, your smoking harms the person next to you" - Not proven, if you want to take it on faith you can believe what you want but studies have failed to prove this conclusively

Maybe I haven't kept up with 2nd hand smoking studies, but what studies are you referring to? I thought studies had shown that it was harmful. The 1st 3 pages of google results so far show that 2nd hand smoke is still harmful, including some journals that were in the results.

about 9 months ago
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The Feathered Threat To US Air Superiority

RearNakedChoke Re: Gorilla glass (195 comments)

Seriously, building a glass strong enough to withstand bird strikes is not a n issue and hasn't been.

The issue is that the glass has to be weak enough to allow the pilot to break through when he's ejecting. So strong enough for a bird at 800 mph, but weak enough for a human ejecting at maybe 10 mph.

What's funny is that you're trying to sound knowledgeable on the subject...but then make the completely ridiculous and wrong statement that pilots break through the canopy upon ejection. You have no idea what you're talking about.

about 10 months ago
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Bill Gates Promotes Vaccine Projects, Swipes At Google

RearNakedChoke Re:He's right, of course. (481 comments)

Why is Bill Gates comparing himself to a corporation like Google? Of course a retired billionaire can be 100% charitable and provide free physical goods and services to poor countries. What the hell has Microsoft done for the poor?

1 year,22 days
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HP To Package Leap Motion Sensor Into — Not Just With — Some Devices

RearNakedChoke Re:I still like my mouse (54 comments)

While I appreciate what was said in the video, I can't imagine that I'd ever prefer leap motion, or even touch screens, over a mouse. It all boils down to the physical exertion of lifting my arm to perform input vs resting my arm on a desk and lightly moving my wrist. I can overcome intuitive input by learning to use a less intuitive system, but I will never overcome more physically exertive systems being more physically exertive.

I recall hearing that Chefs learn to manipulate a whisk with their wrist because the smaller muscles are less tiring in the long run, even though it's more natural to want to use your shoulder and arm to perform the action. This seems to be analogous to these new input styles.

I agree with you for desktop work. But other situations would benefit from Leap. If I'm in a kitchen, cooking, looking something up, like a recipe would be much easier using Leap. Or the usual living room, entertainment PC - I don't want to have to track down a mouse and find a surface to use it on. A few simple air-gestures to select a movie is all I need. Or conference presentations - gestures to highlight areas or move to the next slide. Etc, etc.

Couple this with google glass and you can use your gestures to integrate with the real world. Point to an object with a special gesture and it performs a search or takes a pictures of it or saves it as a GPS waypoint with a custom note.

The point is, you have to think beyond your current desktop limitations. Don't be that naysayer who has no imagination and shoots an idea down because it may not apply to your 1 use case.

about a year ago
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Crazy Eric Schmidt, His Yacht Prices Are Insaaane!

RearNakedChoke ugly (179 comments)

That is one ugly yacht. A tug converted into a yacht? That's like converting a dump truck into a limo.

about a year ago
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No Such Thing As a Tax-Free Lunch At Google?

RearNakedChoke Re:slow news day? (631 comments)

Are we going to go after schoolchildren that trade desert cups at lunchtime because one has a higher value than another and can be called taxable income?

No, it can't be called taxable income, because no employment relationship exists between the two, and the two children are not eligible to pay income tax. So they're safe.

If I pay the check for a date does that mean she has to declare it on her taxes?

Depends, do you "date" whores? If you buy the meal for her as part of a business relationship, then it might be taxable income for her.

Let me extend your argument, now, so you can see how fucking foolish this line of questioning is:

Are we going to go after CEOs who opt to take their salary in the form of yachts and gulfstream jets, rather than cash?

Employment relationship? Are you fucking stupid? Since when is taxation based on employment only? The government wants to tax any and every transaction where net GAIN occurs. Win the lottery? Pay up. Found hidden treasure in the backyard, pay up. The school children example is absolutely relevant. If a child has a net gain by trading his dessert cup, that's GAIN and therefore technically taxable.

And since when do software engineers opt to take their salary in the form of food? Meals are a fringe benefit designed to keep employees happy. Will you tax free on site gym usage as well? How about fancy, office chairs? Or how about taxing free legal advice that some companies offer? How about taxing employee discounts on the products the company sells? Company holiday parties? Tax that bitch. You know what, you and IRS can go eat a bag of dicks. Stop taxing everything under the sun.

about a year ago
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Man Who Pointed Laser At Aircraft Gets 30-Month Sentence

RearNakedChoke Re:Good. (761 comments)

Or you for allowing your toddler to be able to pick up a loaded gun. When I take my small children to friend's houses that are not normally prepared for toddlers, I watch them like a hawk. I move knick-knacks and glasses that they can easily knock over and break. I move bowls of hard candy and TV remotes. If there was a gun on the coffee table, I sure as hell would move it too. I certainly don't let the wonder around by themselves and if they pick something up off the floor I grab them and find out what it is. Fishy stuff out of a toddler's mouth is sometimes gross, but not hard. It's called being responsible.

Fact: People without small children do not recognize the stupid things small children will do. It is the parent's responsibility to know what their child is capable of and react accordingly.

And if that loaded gun were the size of a BB? After you remove the TV remotes, hard candy, knick-knacks and glasses...everything visible, what about the things you can't see? Are you REALLY a parent? Because if you are, you'd know that unless you want to lose your mind, its not possible to watch everything your kid does 100% of the time. Every child has ingested something faster than you could reach in and fish out. Infants, even in their undeveloped state, KNOW when they are eating something they shouldn't - and when they see you racing over to fish it out, they've learned to swallow it faster than you can get there.

And if you do watch like a hawk 100% of the time, no more than 1 feet, away, you're lame helicopter parent.

I don't support a ban on buckyballs, but its bullshit to say its 100% the parent's responsibility alone.

about a year and a half ago
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Supreme Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine

RearNakedChoke Re:Goodness! Did sanity just prevail?! (648 comments)

They're not supposed to rule in favor of consumers. Or corporations. They're supposed to rule in "favor" of the law, regardless of which side is popular. The why of a ruling is more important, often, than which side wins and the "right" ruling can be made for the wrong reasons.

Yes, and that's why SCOTUS isn't full of conservative and liberal appointees and why you can't ever predict not only the final outcome, but the count of SCOTUS judges in favor or against certain cases because these judges don't vote along party lines. These are judges that vote in "favor of the law".

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Now Working With the NYPD To Curb iPhone Thefts

RearNakedChoke Ban! (123 comments)

Apple products result in increased crime, you say? Well, the solution is simple - just ban iPhones and iPads.

about a year and a half ago
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Dozens Suspended In Harvard University Cheat Scandal

RearNakedChoke Not Surprising (264 comments)

The new generation of kids cheat as if that's how things get done.

I was talking to a 15 year old kid, how his grades suffered because he decided he wasn't going to cheat anymore. He admitted he previously cheated freely and openly, without shame. Why? EVERYONE cheated, so there was no shame in it. But he realized that cheating was shortsighted and sooner or later, he would have to actually learn stuff. So he resolved to stop cheating, but at the cost of his previous good grades.

HE is an encouraging example. But the rest of his classmates aren't. Cheating is the norm and our future is screwed.

about a year and a half ago
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As Music Streaming Grows, Royalties Slow To a Trickle

RearNakedChoke Re:Demand More (665 comments)

What alternative does the artist have in selling her music? It sucks making pennies, but would she be otherwise selling her music in concert, on CDs, etc.?

The alternative is to switch to a job that actually pays money. Frankly, she should quit her whining. A cellist? I'm sorry, but she's lucky to be making any money at all. I didn't even know you COULD make money as a cellist. Nobody is going to pay money to listen to a cellist at a concert, or buy her CD. I'm sorry if that's harsh, but in this world, you can't always do what your heart desires and also make a living wage off it. A few lucky ones do, but most of us make compromises in our career choice in order to pay the bills.

about a year and a half ago
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Machine Gun Fire From Military Helicopters Flying Over Downtown Miami

RearNakedChoke Re:Provoking (1130 comments)

"Basically tanks can't see very well, can only shoot in one direction (and slowly) and are remarkably fragile other than frontal armor hits"

As a former Airborne Rifle Squad Leader in the 82nd, and former Bradley Master Gunner in the 1st CAV, I can assure you that this hasn't been the case in the last 30 or more years.

1. American tanks have an advantage in weapon range (commonly called standoff) over Infantry units. It's difficult to kill a tank if it can park and take potshots at you beyond your ability to effectively return fire.

2. They each have a TTS (tank thermal sight) that can display images based on a single degree of temperature difference, and combat as an infantrymen has a tendency to dramatically raise body temperature so that you literally glow in their sights.

3. The tank commander and gunner each have an independently operated sight, and the commander can shift and designate a new target while the gunner is still engaging the old target.

4. They can travel easily over moderate (not pristine) terrain at speeds greater than 45 MPH.

"Combined arms only works if... its combined... "

Yes. That also applies to the infantry.

So here's a thought. Go spend two or three hours walking around your local hardware store collecting the items you will need to kill (or at least render ineffective) an M1 Abrahms. Then figure out how you'll kill the other 100+ M1's that are right behind it.

Good luck, pal.

Nobody in their right mind would attack a tank head-on. The M1 has TERRIBLE fuel efficiency. It eats 1.7 gallons per mile, 10 gallons to start up and 10 gallons per hour idling. You attack the logistics of the tank - its supply convoys.

100 abrams? The US is a big country, with thousands of cities. We don't have enough M1s to put 100 M1s in every city and every point of conflict. On major battle fronts, sure. But we're not talking about a war between nations, we're talking about civil war. And you'd be naive to think that every tank platoon, with families and friends are going to all fight for the same side.

about a year and a half ago
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New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

RearNakedChoke Re:We need gas control! (1591 comments)

if you outlaw guns, crazy people will still find ways to kill other people, and in mass numbers.

That would explain the improvised bomb attacks that happen almost monthly in the UK, Canada, Australia, Germany...

Don't forget Israel. No improvised bomb attacks there.

Violence is largely an socio-economic symptom. The more poor and oppressed a society, the more violence will occur. The US has far worse income inequality than the UK, Canada, Australia and Germany. The US has more violent EVERYTHING, not just guns, than those countries, because there is simply more poverty here.

All those COP reality shows don't happen in the Hamptons. They happen in Compton.

about a year and a half ago
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New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

RearNakedChoke Re:We need gas control! (1591 comments)

You walk around terrified of being attacked and justify gun ownership on the 0.00001% chance that it might actually protect you some day.

Do you know what would make you much, much safer? Wearing a helmet every waking minute. You're risk of a head injury far, far outweighs your risk of being a victim of random violence (by humans or by... errrr... bobcats). So why don't you? That's right, because it doesn't compensate for your small dick (both metaphorical and, likely, actual). The solution, coward, is not to prepare yourself for the minute chance that you'll be the victim of random violence - it's to walk through life like a fucking man, unafraid. And guess what, then there'll be one more person in this world civilized enough not to turn to violence and weapons as a solution, and you just made the world a better fucking place.

You're a coward... so you'll never get it though.

Anonymous Coward calls someone a coward.

about a year and a half ago
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New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

RearNakedChoke Re:We need gas control! (1591 comments)

Of course there are other factors. But regulation of gun ownership is one of them, and regulation of gun types allowed for private use is another.

Most countries with high gun ownership rates and low murder rates tend to have hunting rifles, not assault weapons. They also have extensive systems that work to prevent guns from coming into the wrong hands.

And yet assault rifles constitute a tiny portion of gun violence. Even in the US, arguably the highest ownership of assault rifles in the world, has less than 1% of gun violence committed with assault rifles.

I have yet to hear a credible counter-argument to MY reason for owning one: LA Riots. During the LA riots, the police force abandoned entire neighborhoods, particularly Koreatown, among many others. Korean homeowners and storeowners were forced to defend their property and lives on their own...many using assault rifles. I hope that never happens to me, but it CAN. And if it does, yeah, I want the most efficient killing weapon available to defend myself against a much more populous, lawless, armed mob.

If you can magically guarantee that civil unrest + police abandonment can never, ever happen again in the US, then I'll turn in my ar-15 right now. Otherwise, please don't ban something that has no effect on actual gun violence just to make YOURSELF feel better.

about a year and a half ago
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Chinese Smartphone Invasion Begins

RearNakedChoke Re:Nope (181 comments)

Forget cheap. Given chinese tendency to install malware on hardware, I wouldn't use a chinese phone to dial 911, much less a smartphone with all my data.

about a year and a half ago
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Boston Declares Health Emergency Due To Massive Flu Outbreak

RearNakedChoke Re:Good Advice (316 comments)

Even places that do have paid sick leave, its rationed. So I will make a decision, each time I'm sort of sick, whether or not its worth it to use one of my 5 sick days, or whether I think I'll get REALLY sick in the future and should save for that day.

Employers need to actively encourage/have contingency plans for sick people. Especially for office workers, to have a working telecommuting policy/system in place so that a person can not only easily work from home on a mildly sick day, but be encouraged to work from home and still be productive without infecting others.

about a year and a half ago
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Man Charged With HIPAA Violations For Video Taping Police

RearNakedChoke Re:sigh (620 comments)

The police have been terrified ever since Rodney King was filmed getting his beating.

Let's not forget, today's police are not Andy Griffith. Their job can be dangerous, and they're only human. That doesn't mean they have a right to privacy in their work. It doesn't mean they can violate their use of force policies because no one is watching. People are watching. That just means they need to follow the rules too. Understood they're not happy about it.

To quote the police, "if the police are doing nothing illegal, they have nothing to fear from being recorded"

about a year and a half ago

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