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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

TheGavster One of these is easy ... (418 comments)

Add the convenience of no boarding issues, and city-centre to city-centre travel, and the case for trains as mass-transport begins to look stronger.

This one seems REALLY easy to fix. Abolish the TSA, save billions in government expenditure and more billions in lost time and goodwill.

about a week ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

TheGavster Re:The UK doesn't have freedom of speech (316 comments)

That treads the iffy line between money and speech, and between corporations and people. While what the IRS did was highly questionable, it had to do with the tax status of money given to 501(c)(4) corporations, not the speech of private citizens.

about two weeks ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

TheGavster Re: Marked Paper Ballots FTW (388 comments)

I attended schools with both the line and bubble scan systems. At the time,I assumed it was just a brand differentiation thing. Since using a bubble system with rather large bubbles,I think I would prefer the line since it leaves less ambiguity as to where the mark will actually be scanned.

about three weeks ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

TheGavster Re: This was no AP. (339 comments)

I think Leo McGarry had a few things to say about the correct spelling of the former Libyan dictator's name. And he's ordered airstrikes against the man's house, so he knows!

about a month ago
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Preferred smartphone screen size?

TheGavster Re:try real measurements (258 comments)

Yeah, in that listing where everything was length and we weren't dealing with water at room temperature by the sea, those Imperial units sure were confusing!

about 1 month ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

TheGavster Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (287 comments)

I think the real goal would be to have all vehicles self-drive; then they can be coordinated to interlace at intersections, removing the need for stop lights and saving a ton of fuel!

about a month ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

TheGavster Re:TL;DR (350 comments)

He actually doesn't even get to the part about WHY cold fusion is bollocks. He explains the criteria for a reproducible experiment, states that no cold fusion experiment to date has succeeded in meeting these criteria, and then launches into a couple of ideas about how cold fusion might work before the article just kind of ... stops.

about a month ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

TheGavster Re:Let me FTFY (294 comments)

Um, well, this isn't the free market at work. Regulation like this, where powerful officials make laws that clearly select winners and losers are exactly the kind of evil that small government libertarians fear from communism. In a free market, the government wouldn't have some weird power to dictate that a particular consumer good be sold in a special way ...

about a month ago
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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

TheGavster Re: If I were president... (111 comments)

Could you enlighten the idealists among us as to the "real world" circumstances which necessitate an administration modifying press reports? While there certainly are times when temporary secrecy is needed, the current practice of no disclosure, no explanation, never, steps over the line.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

TheGavster Re:Are you patenting software? (224 comments)

On the other hand, I want to avoid a situation where for-profit companies co-opt the idea and charge people for it.

If the idea requires a level of effort to implement that only those large companies can provide, then it's probably something deserving of getting paid for. That implementation is protected by copyright. If, on the other hand, it's simple enough that other people can implement it without a great deal of work, then eventually a free (gratis) implementation will rise up. Software patents are what allow ideas to be co-opted by for-profit companies.

about a month ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

TheGavster Re:Bad news for ESPN (139 comments)

HBO's a-little-after-second-run movie lineup isn't why most people have it; it's the original programming. I think there's a big market for companies like HBO, AMC, etc to develop reputations based on a small number of high-quality shows. Online distribution makes it so they don't need to license a ton of filler, like AMC, or fill out a lineup with low-quality shows, like the big networks do.

about a month ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

TheGavster Re: For those who said "No need to panic" (421 comments)

I'm sure that there's a protocol you could follow to prevent catching the flu from flu patients, too, but I doubt it would be practical to practice medicine at the same time. I think that as Western medical personnel are beginning to be infected, it becomes less easy to just say "the training/equipment/conditions were the problem". At some point, we need to look at how the containment protocol interacts with the treatment protocol, and see if it actually works.

Remember, correctly executed withdrawl is just as effective a form of birth control as a correctly applied condom, but a greater share of condom users use them correctly than those who attempt pulling out.

about a month and a half ago
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

TheGavster Re: Nothing to do with language (329 comments)

Interpolated is correct; it means to expand specially marked parts of a string. For example, in a double quoted string, Perl will replace a word preceded by a dollar sign with the contents of the variable with that name. This operation is to "interpolate" the variable.

about 2 months ago
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Nixie Wearable Drone Camera Flies Off Your Wrist

TheGavster Re:I would use this almost never (63 comments)

The example video shows several hypothetical scenarios, and half could indeed be done by tripod. But the demo riding down an off-road trail with video trailing behind would be hard to capture even if you had a live cameraman.

about 2 months ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

TheGavster Re: they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

The goat herder shall receive payment for his goats as Allah decrees.

about 2 months ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

TheGavster Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (155 comments)

Tesla points out that new car companies in the US tend to fail and they blame the dealership system for this because they say they're invested in existing auto companies and brands.

I blame the dealerships too. The last time I went shopping for a car, I told the salesman I was looking to replace my Chevy Malibu, and wanted something small to midize that was good in the snow. Despite the bevy of options on the lot, he walked me over to a Challenger SRT ... a rear-wheel drive boat that most likely isn't even particularly good in the rain. Looking around, though, the dealer had invested in a lot of special edition models of sports cars (2 Mustang Roushes, a GT500, the Challenger, etc) and that was what he needed to sell that day. If I was the guy making midsize sedans, I wouldn't want that guy involved in selling my cars either.

about 2 months ago
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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

TheGavster Re: Pet Peeve (147 comments)

Casualties from modern, western nuclear designs are easy: zero. You get more exposure from a banana than standing next to TMI during the event. And yes, the nimby folks are the source of most of the problems. We wouldn't have plants decades past their intended life using obsolete designs, and we'd be storing nuclear waste in geologically sound facilities rather than temporary storage pools.

As for scalability, you can add a reactor to a nuclear site much more easily than you can add a dam to a hydro site.

about 2 months ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

TheGavster Re: "Time" won Best Graphic Story? (180 comments)

It's actually several thousand frames that play out a sequence of events. It was notable both because of the unique presentation (most frames, particularly the early ones, change only subtly) and because of the details that go into establishing the otherwise unexplained setting.

about 3 months ago
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Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

TheGavster Re: This is ridiculous. (146 comments)

What activity would the TSA need to install body scanners at to cross the line for you? The train? Subway? City bus? Terrorists have blown up far more cafes than airplanes, so logically you should need to be scanned to buy coffee. And it wouldn't be an imposition, since you're there voluntarily!

about 3 months ago

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