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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

TheEyes Re:So, such rules are bad for keeping people worki (327 comments)

Well, another way to look at it is Californians have calculated the real cost.

You're suggesting that dozens of European and Asian countries where semiconductor manufacturing is growing are all run by morons, while California's ridiculous cast of politicians has figured out things perfectly?

Yes, and it's obvious that they have. The Los Angeles basin has gone from one of the most polluted regions in the world to relatively clean in 30 years, saving residents billions in health care costs. This is despite the basin being probably one of the worst places to build a city in terms of air quality: LA is basically a giant bowl that gets far less wind on any given day than most other similar cities. Compare to other cities around the world where pollution is a large and growing problem. Around here the only real remaining problem is the port, because we still have to cater to every other states' and countries' dirty, inefficient, leaky ships and trucks, and the water, because water politics have 150 years of bureaucracy weighing them down, and there remains a lot of complicated, expensive work to do to keep out gigantic ag industry satisfied.

About the only reason you'd want a FAB plant in your state that wasn't willing or able to comply with California's environmental laws is if you want to be able to boast about how you 'created more jobs' in the leadup to the next election, and didn't give a shit what the real cost to the state would be over the next 30 years.

You're suggesting that California politicians are acting out of concern over the fiscal health of the state 30 years from now? I haven't heard anything more ridiculous than that in a long time.

California politicians didn't have anything to do with the law; it was voter-initiated. The politicians are still as short-sighted as ever; they're the ones who negotiated the union contracts at around the same time that back-loaded so much in retirement benefits 30 years down the line without allocating any money to pay for it that the state nearly went bankrupt a few years ago. Voter initiatives cause a lot of headaches, especially for politicians who have to live with them, but it's largely because of that initiative system that California can boast that it's doing really well for itself, despite getting screwed by our conservative national government (the state only gets back about 50 cents in benefits and funding for every dollar paid in federal taxes; if the state seceded from the US we'd pay off our debts in a few years, but then the rest of the country would go bankrupt in about the same amount of time so nobody really wants that to happen.)

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

TheEyes Re:Internet is dead, long live the Internet (427 comments)

Screw that. I have to switch ISPs all the damn time, at least once every year or two, because of some corporate BS or another. When a new company comes in with their new "wifi router" I just plug it into the internet port of my own router, turn off the ISP's wifi, and continue on my way.

Currently I'm running Cisco Linksys WRT400Ns, and I guess they work for me enough that I don't need to switch them out anytime soon, but wouldn't recommend them to others now because they tend to give me oddball problems and need to be reset fairly often, and aren't compatible with 802.11ac.

about a month ago

Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

TheEyes Bet Google is glad they got out of China years ago (110 comments)

Frankly, anyone who does business in China should come to expect this. Stories abound about how Chinese companies "compete" with foreign companies in China: you wake up one day and find out half your manufacturing and IT infrastructure is "missing", some of which returns in a few weeks, and then three months later a new, Chinese-owned factory opens up down the street, making products that look exactly like yours minus the brand names and serial numbers, which just happen to have great contacts with the Chinese government so that factory ends up with all the lucrative government and commercial contracts while your company just continues to bleed money on its "China strategy".

This is just the next step, for companies like Microsoft and Apple that rely on their brand to sell product despite having government-owned knockoffs everywhere. A foreign company managing to actually compete with an honest Chinese company? Why, they must be cheating. And we will find cheating, whether or not it exists, and take what's rightfully ours, that is, anything that ever touches Chinese soil.

about a month and a half ago

Critics Reassess Starship Troopers As a Misunderstood Masterpiece

TheEyes Re:It followed a few of the plot lines, but ... (726 comments)

"The crime rate has plummeted in recent decades, you know."

White collar and government criminals aren't being prosecuted, except for drug or sex crimes. It only LOOKS like the crime rate has plummeted.

Even if you look only at violent crime, crime rates have plummeted pretty much every year since the 1950s.

about 10 months ago

Chinese Firm Huawei In Control of UK Net Filters

TheEyes Re:At least in America (148 comments)

So which is Booz Allen? Government or citizen?

According to SCOTUS, citizen. More of a citizen than you are, actually: they have all the rights (free speech, etc) and none of the responsibilities (cannot be made to serve jury duty/drafted, etc).

about a year ago

LibreOffice 4.1 Released

TheEyes Re:Ribbon (157 comments)

The Ribbon's not so bad; it's just a tabbed toolbar that's extra-thick so it can display more information than a normal one. I just want to be able to search the menus too, like you can in LO/Ubuntu.

about a year ago

Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For Ender's Game Movie

TheEyes Oh, That's Right (1448 comments)

Frankly, I had forgotten how vocally anti-gay Orson Scott Card is these days. Good thing he reminded me; otherwise I probably wouldn't have remembered to boycott his movie.

Gotta love the Streisand effect

about a year ago

Who Will Teach U.S. Kids To Code? Rupert Murdoch

TheEyes Re:Included subjects: (138 comments)

And all the lessons will be presented out of order.

about a year ago

BART Strike Provides Stark Contrast To Tech's Non-Union World

TheEyes Re:Cue anti-union rage (467 comments)

Unions can't stop car companies from building cars that noone wants to buy. The decline in the auto industry has been a long, long time in coming. Only a very little of it came from union workers putting out a high quality product; most of it came from an entrenched, byzantine management structure that never caught on that there were other games in town other than the Big Three.

about a year ago

Immigration Bill Passes the Senate, Includes More H-1B Visas

TheEyes Re:What difference does it make? (274 comments)

To be clear, the "demand" is on the business side, and it's for IT workers that only make $8-10 an hour so the CEO can shave a few million off the personnel budget and buy himself another yacht. The evidence for that is crystal clear: wages are down, unemployment is up, and companies are still importing cheap labor because they "can't find qualified people".

about a year ago

Supreme Court Overturns Defense of Marriage Act

TheEyes Re:Good ... (1073 comments)

The right not to buy health insurance. The right not to buy some form of it I don't want.

The federal government has no business being able to tell me to buy something. That is not a power that it has been granted. It does not get to exceed the powers it's been granted.

If the states do something, or are allowed to do something, that has absolutely ZILCH to do with what is legal for the federal government.

Thus the problem of appalling civics education in America. You have idiots running around spreading idiocy that's a direct threat to the rule of law.

You are perfectly free to not buy health insurance, even under the new Affordable Care Act. The government, however, has the right to collect taxes to promote the general welfare, and having hospital emergency rooms that exist and are open to the public (and can't turn people away) is obviously promoting the general welfare, so the government has decided to assess a tax for people who act as deadbeats and don't buy insurance, yet still want to be part of a society where emergency rooms exist and are open to the public. If you don't want to be part of such a society, you are free to move to Somalia, where you can get the best health care you can buy.

about a year ago

Why Engineering Freshmen Should Take Humanities Courses

TheEyes Better idea: (564 comments)

Scientists should take courses on Rational Thinking. That's basically what you're after here, and it has the advantage of specifically targetting the problems you are trying to address, rather than taking the shotgun approach and trying to get every STEM student to become a Renaissance Man.

about a year ago

Obama Reveals Climate Change Plan

TheEyes Re:Don't believe the hysterics (577 comments)

I wouldn't trust a climatologist to do anything other than waste money writing papers about how much humans suck. When you read stories about "elite" climatologists making statements along the lines of universities shouldn't be giving out degrees related to climate studies to anyone who does not already agree that global warming is happening, is bad and is caused by humans, then you have to realize that nobody is actually doing research; they are only trying to find new ways to rewrite the same lies.

The theory behind the greenhouse effect is nearly two hundred years old at this point, having first been articulated in the 1820s by Joseph Fourier. Proof that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas is over 150 years old. That makes the principles behind anthropogenic climate change:

-older than Quantum Mechanics
-older than General and Special Relativity
-older than the theory of the electron
-older than the discovery of the DNA molecule
-older than the theory of evolution
-older, in many ways, than the germ theory of disease.

At this point, considering the enormous weight of theory and proof behind global warming, anyone claiming to be a climatologist who "doesn't believe in global warming" is essentially like an auto mechanic who "doesn't believe in internal combustion", or a doctor who "doesn't believe the brain is necessary for life." If you can't bring yourself to believe in scientific theories that have been proven by millions of people diligently applying the scientific method, then you shouldn't be a scientist. You should be something that does not require the application of the principles of rationality: you can be a priest, or a politician.

Or a radio host.

about a year ago

Obama Reveals Climate Change Plan

TheEyes Re: Don't believe the hysterics (577 comments)

Then why in the fuck are we entrusting a bunch of corrupt politicians to draft and vote on healthcare reform whom know absolutely nothing about the industry, nor why it's jacked up to begin with?! They didn't even read it which makes it all that more insulting!!!

Wrong thread; this is about the clusterfuck that is climate change regulation, not the clusterfuck that is healthcare reform.

But, to answer your "question" anyway: politicians used to be trusted because their expertise was in writing laws; the actual science behind those laws would be entrusted to expert research by the NSF and the CBO, etc. We're not getting that now because for the past thirty years or so we no longer have professional lawmakers in our legislature; we have professional fundraisers. Nobody in Congress even spends the majority of their time in the legislature anymore; they spend the majority of their time across the street, soliciting donations for their next campaign. They have to; these days, with all the anonymous money flooding the airwaves a campaigner has to spend insane amounts of money to even have a chance of controlling their own campaign messaging, let alone confronting an opponent's.

about a year ago

Obama Reveals Climate Change Plan

TheEyes Re:Don't believe the hysterics (577 comments)

Why is it out of line to expect actual expertise from someone giving an expert opinion? I wouldn't trust a climatologist to fix my car; I wouldn't trust my mechanic to treat me if I were ill; and I don't expect a professional demagogue--like this radio host of yours--to be an expert at anything but demagoguery.

about a year ago

2013 U.S. Wireless Network Tests: AT&T Fastest, Verizon Most Reliable

TheEyes Re:bad time to be testing this (131 comments)

The landscape will look very different by year's end.

This can be said at any point since the invention of the cell phone. These are the facts as of today, and those are the ones that matter in a purchasing decision.

Most years, the networks in the U.S. don't change that much. This year is HUGE, though, and basing a purchasing decision on things right now would be a gigantic mistake.

But again, the same could be said of any year, especially in recent memory. 2011-12 was when AT&T deployed most of its LTE network; any tests done then would be unfair to AT&T. 2008-09 was Verizon's time for LTE; same there. 2013-14 is T-mobile's turn, and 2015-2017 is when the real synergy effects from the T-mobile/MetroPCS merger, when the MetroPCS spectrum will be finally integrated into the T-mobile network.

about a year ago

2013 U.S. Wireless Network Tests: AT&T Fastest, Verizon Most Reliable

TheEyes Re:bad time to be testing this (131 comments)

I thought T-Mobile was putting all their eggs into the HSDPA+42[] basket.

That was in 2010, before the failed AT&T merger. Now T-mobile is flush with cash and spectrum, thanks to a billion dollar breakup fee from AT&T, and has started to rapidly deploy LTE across the country by refarming their 1700 MHz HSPA network to the 1900 band and using the freed up 1700 band for LTE (aka Band 4 LTE). Spectrum refarming, btw, is also what has given T-mobile enough 1900 MHz HSPA throughout the country to start selling the iPhone legitimately, as they can now gaurantee iPhone-compatible HSPA coverage in nearly all markets (iPhone can't communicate on the 1700 band.)

about a year ago

Judge Orders Child Porn Suspect To Decrypt His Hard Drives

TheEyes Re:FBI shits on the constitution. (802 comments)

Absent any proof there was child porn on the drives the suspect couldn't be compelled to decrypt them to provide that evidence.

The FBI however was free to try and decrypt the drives.

After proving that drives at least contained some child porn it was no longer possible.

Imagine the same scenario with a house. The police think you have a grow op. But they don't have any actual proof of a grow up. They have a power bill, show up at your door and you say 'sorry, I run a server farm, not a grow op, no you cannot come in'. The police not believing this story keep snooping around, they watch you bring in lamps and fertilizer and numerous suspicious people bringing packages out. Eventually they get some sort of valid evidence that you have at least one growing illegal plant in your house. Now they can get a warrant, and you have to let them in.

You don't have to provide the police a key to your house, unless they can convince a judge there is definitely something illegal hidden behind your front door. Then you're boned.

Better analogy: the police suspect you have a grow op. They cordon off your house, and proceed to try to pick the lock on your front door. Having done that, and gone in and found evidence of wrongdoing, they are now asking a judge to compel you to unlock all your other properties, so the FBI may conduct a further fishing expedition to see if you have anything else they can charge you for.

about a year ago

Facebook Home Flagship Phone, HTC First, May Be Discontinued

TheEyes Re:The light is on but nobody's home (192 comments)

My HTC Sensation was my first smartphone, so that may bias me a little. I've moved on to a Note 2 now, but I constantly find myself missing features from Sense 3.5, and bewildered by "features" of Touchwiz (MMS messages as slideshows that you can't zoom in on? WTF Samsung, WTF.)

about a year ago


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