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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

TubeSteak Re:Left or Right? (397 comments)

It is entirely plausible that speed limit is 70, speedometer reads 70, car is actually going 72, and radar reads 73.

It's my understanding that speedometers are not allowed to under report your speed.
The manufacturing tolerances are such that the speed can show you going faster than you are, but never slower.

6 hours ago

Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

TubeSteak Re:Photographic law precedence (170 comments)

OTOH I'm not sure how you can reasonably legislate pics taken from drones. Do you now define a private location to include the airspace above it? But what if I am in public airspace, yet high enough to see over a wall?

Instead of playing with theoretical situations, it's easier to focus on the basic tenets of the law:

If you can see it from a "normal" location, it's not an invasion of privacy.
If you use a R/C to look over a fence, it's like using a ladder to look over the fence.
It's not a viewpoint the average person has, therefore you're invading their privacy.

TFA talks about how they propose to "reasonably legislate"
I'd encourage you to read it.

6 hours ago

News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

TubeSteak Re:Sigh (623 comments)

You just proved my point in its entirety. You think one is wrong and the other isn't. Others believe both are wrong. You even use the same language as homophobes. They think that homosexuality is not normal, healthy or acceptable.

You can't compare pedophilia and homosexuality because ONE OF THEM INVOLVES MINORS WHO ARE UNABLE TO LEGALLY CONSENT.

Sure, the age of consent is arbitrary and varies from state to state, but that's the fundamental difference.
And I don't see the slippery slope argument that leads from consenting adults to children to animals.
It's just not there.

12 hours ago

News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

TubeSteak Re:Sigh (623 comments)

Gays are human, too, thus they can be just as intolerant as any other human.

"Tolerate my intolerance" is a failed argument when it comes to civil rights.

12 hours ago

Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

TubeSteak Re:MUCH easier. (235 comments)

Senator Somebody has filed "lawsuit" against your company. It is super-effective. All your assets are belong to him.

Ideally you would have a shell company that owns the vehicles and leases them to you.
It's how a lot of companies avoid liability.

If anything happens, the shell company declares bankruptcy and moves the assets to another shell.


Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

TubeSteak Re:Insurance rates (235 comments)

I fucking loathe insurance companies, and deeply resent the government forcing me to pay them in order to drive.

In some states you can self insure by posting cash or a bond.
But if anything happens, you have unlimited personal liability.

Insurance isn't about you, it's about the people you might hurt.
It's a necessary evil, though I'd support an Obamacare style mandate for auto insurance companies to pay out a minimum of premiums or rebate the balance back to their customers.


Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

TubeSteak Re:Very subjective (376 comments)

A forum with real-names policy is basically worthless, which is precisely why the Powers that Be try to push them. Stripping people of the shield of anonymity makes dissenting opinions easier to silence through chilling effects.

If you've ever seen the kind of awfulness people willingly post through their facebook logins, I don't think you can reasonably claim that no anonymity = chilled speech.

2 days ago

ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions

TubeSteak Re:Not much of a fix (100 comments)

What the hell kind of setup does this actually affect anyway? So you lookup an internal name only after you get an NXDOMAIN from a root server or something? I've not been a sysadmin/netadmin by profession in a few years, [...]

Oh, that's the problem right there.
You've assumed that because you know how to set things up correctly, everyone will set their DNS correctly.

2 days ago

Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

TubeSteak Re:Why the ridicule? (131 comments)

Sometimes satire is obvious, sometimes it isn't.

Why Doesn't America Read Anymore?
April 01, 2014

Congratulations, genuine readers, and happy April Fools' Day!

We sometimes get the sense that some people are commenting on NPR stories that they haven't actually read. If you are reading this, please like this post and do not comment on it. Then let's see what people have to say about this "story."

Best wishes and have an enjoyable day,

Your friends at NPR

As you might expect, a lot of people commented on that without clicking through.

I consider satire to be something of a public service.
If you don't bother to check the source of your information,
you deserve the embarrassment (or misinformation) that follows.

TLDR: Credulity is not a virtue.

2 days ago

Broadband Subscribers Eclipsing Cable TV Subscribers

TubeSteak Re:Split (85 comments)

But I have toyed with the idea of testing T-Mobile's unlimited data plan in its place - if the Comcast price creep continues unabated, I might actually do it.

You might have a fixed wireless broadband provider in your area.
That would be the best and cheapest option.

T-Mobile's "unlimited" is actually unlimited 2G + 1/3/5 GB of tethered 4G.
The hotspot/table plans are unlimited 2G + 1/3/5/7/9/11 GB of tethered 4G.

/I happen to live too far away for DSL and in a fixed wireless coverage gap, so I'm stuck with Cable.

3 days ago

Broadband Subscribers Eclipsing Cable TV Subscribers

TubeSteak Unfortunately (85 comments)

Unless you live in a city, in a major market, the odds of there being any competition are almost nil.

3 days ago

How California's Carbon Market Actually Works

TubeSteak Re:Is it really a problem? (97 comments)

Developing a domestic PV panel industry, fueled by domestic rare earth minerals, would help a lot here.

You'd still need to process those rare earth metals.
And (for now) you can't do that without the ore passing through a Chinese owned refinery.

4 days ago

How California's Carbon Market Actually Works

TubeSteak Re:Is it really a problem? (97 comments)

As other states follow California's lead, it will become more and more difficult for coal plants to stay in operation.

The Clean Air Act was passed in 1970.
Existing coal plants were grandfathered in, with the assumption that they'd eventually be upgraded or replaced.
Instead, the coal industry has been operating the same dirty plants for >40 years.

The only reason "it will become more and more difficult for coal plants to stay in operation" is because the EPA has set a date for the closure of this loophole.

Related reading: The Coal Industry Has Been Fear-Mongering for 40 Years Now

4 days ago

How California's Carbon Market Actually Works

TubeSteak Re:California At It Again (97 comments)

In the months leading up to the beginning of the market's first compliance period, several stakeholders objected to the resource shuffling rules and began agitating for reforms.

An effective law was passed and the regulated companies neutered the law through lobbying.

4 days ago

Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

TubeSteak Re:The drugs are terrible (196 comments)

I have always had delayed sleep phase disorder (self-diagnosis)

Melatonin no longer works: after some occasional use, it now only works in high doses;

Melatonin isn't a sleeping pill* and you're probably not using it correctly.

The correct** way to use melatonin is in low doses 5~8 hours before bed time.
Melatonin is your brain's way of saying "hey, it's dark out, let's push over the chemical dominoes that will lead to sleep."

On the other end, when you wake up, you either need a light box or some sunshine.
(Ideally you want a light source of at least 10,000 lumens at 480nm (IIRC))
This sets off another chain of chemical reactions that let your brain know that it's time to wake up.
As a result, it prevents your sleep phase from shifting forward by however much your delay is.

*Most of the usage directions you find online are wrong.
**I'm not a sleep doctor but I talked to one recently, you should too.

4 days ago

Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

TubeSteak Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (417 comments)

Much more practical: send elected representatives on those trips.

Elected representatives are already visiting Israel.
Destination by Country: Israel

The trips are almost exclusively paid for by Israeli interest/lobbying groups,
so you can imagine that the agenda isn't the most neutral or nuanced.

4 days ago

Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

TubeSteak Permissions (249 comments)

I would aggressively punish apps that demand overly broad access to your data.

5 days ago

How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

TubeSteak Re:Haven't they read The Stand??? (213 comments)

Most countries that ratified the Bioweapons Convention just moved all their offensive research under the umbrella of defensive programs.

The difference between "we're making this stuff to kill people" and "we're making this stuff to design defenses against killing people" is one of semantics.

5 days ago



Update: Comcast Doesn't Block Web Browsing

TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TubeSteak (669689) writes "It turns out the results from the previous /. story Comcast Blocks Web Browsing were the result of the researcher's NAT hardware being overloaded.

A note regarding our findings: Further experiments have led us to believe that our initial conclusions that indicated Comcast's responsibility for dropping TCP SYN packets and forging TCP SYN, ACK and RST (reset) packets was incorrect. Our experiments were conducted from behind a network address translator (NAT). The anomalous packets were generated when the outbound TCP SYN packets exceeded the NAT's resources available in it's state table. In this case, TCP SYN, ACK and RST packets were sent. We would like to thank Don Bowman, Robb Topolski, Neal Krawetz, and Comcast engineers for bringing this to our attention. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this posting may have caused.



TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  about 6 months ago

MOVIN' ON UP. You are on Slashdot Classic. We are starting to move into new digs in February by automatically redirecting greater numbers of you. The new site is a work in progress so Classic Slashdot will be available from the footer for several more months. As we migrate our audience, we want to hear from you to make sure that the redesigned page has all the features you expect. Find out more.

No thanks. And since when did the journal lose its classic /. layout?


TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 4 years ago

The Economist Weighs In For Shorter Copyright Terms
I suggest we drop by the house of everyone that doesn't understand IF YOU DONT LIKE IT DON'T WATCH/READ/LISTEN TO IT, and slap them in the side of the head.
-This is the best presentation of an argument I've heard in weeks. I can't imagine why you've never run for public office.
--It would be far too exhausting. Can you imagine how many voters would need their heads slapped during the campaign?

Wanted: Campaign volunteers
Requirements: At least one hand and a desire to change the country

Campaign slogans:
"Hit the IP industry where it hurts: Upside their heads."
"How can she slap? She slaps for copyright reform."
"Communicate with today's voters the way their parents once did: with a slap."
"Would you rather have 14 slaps or 95 slaps? We feel the same way about the length of copyright."
"How many slaps does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?"

-This message sponsored by Students Litigating Against Pratty Publishers


TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I'm going to quote an old post from the "DMCA Abuse Widespread" article:

Whenever a controversial law is proposed, and its supporters, when confronted with an egregious abuse it would permit, use a phrase along the lines of 'Perhaps in theory, but the law would never be applied in that way' - they're lying . They intend to use the law that way as early and as often as possible.

I'm sticking this here so that next time i want to quote these words, I won't have to go looking.


MoG Trolls

TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 9 years ago Every now and then, something comes along and makes you laugh till your sides hurt. The following is one such "thing".

MoG Trolls

I tried to flush one down the toilet. It didn't work. It's still there. Then I had one wet gibbering MoGTroll, 1 acid-stained MoGTroll, and 248 dry MoGTrolls, and one blocked toilet. The MoGTroll won't come out of the toilet. I don't mean its stuck in it - it REFUSES to come out


TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Evil Overlord

If I ever become an Evil Overlord:

1. My legions of terror will have helmets with clear
plexiglass visors, not face-concealing ones.

2. My ventilation ducts will be too small to crawl through.

3. My noble half-brother whose throne I usurped will
be killed, not kept anonymously imprisoned in a forgotten
cell of my dungeon.

4. Shooting is not too good for my enemies.

5. The artifact which is the source of my power will
not be kept on the Mountain of Despair beyond the River
of Fire guarded by the Dragons of Eternity. It will
be in my safe-deposit box.

6. I will not gloat over my enemies' predicament before
killing them.

7. When the rebel leader challenges me to fight one-
on-one and asks, "Or are you afraid without your armies
to back you up?" My reply will be, "No, just sensible."

8. When I've captured my adversary and he says, "Look,
before you kill me, will you at least tell me what this
is all about?" I'll say, "Nope" and shoot him.

9. After I kidnap the beautiful princess, we will be
married immediately in a quiet civil ceremony, not a
lavish spectacle in three weeks time during which the
final phase of my plan will be carried out.

10. I will not include a self-destruct mechanism unless
absolutely necessary. If it is necessary, it will not
be a large red button labeled "Danger: Do Not Push".

11. I will not order my trusted lieutenant to kill the
infant who is destined to overthrow me -- I'll do it

12. I will not interrogate my enemies in the inner sanctum
-- a small hotel well outside my borders will work just
as well.

13. I will be secure in my superiority. Therefore,
I will feel no need to prove it by leaving clues in
the form of riddles or leaving my weaker enemies alive
to show they pose no threat.

14. I will not waste time making my enemy's death look
like an accident: I'm not accountable to anyone and
my other enemies wouldn't believe it.

15. I will make it clear that I _do_ know the meaning
of the word "mercy"; I simply choose not show them any.

16. One of my advisors will be an average five-year-
old child. Any flaws in my plan that he is able to
spot will be corrected before its implementation.

17. All slain enemies will be cremated, not left for
dead at the bottom of the cliff. The announcement of
their deaths, as well as any accompanying celebration,
will be deferred until after the aforementioned disposal.

18. My undercover agents will not have tattoos identifying
them as members of my organization, nor will they be
required to wear military boots or adhere to any other
dress codes.

19. The hero is not entitled to a last kiss, a last
cigarette, or any other form of last request.

20. I will never employ any device with a digital countdown.
If I find that such a device is absolutely unavoidable,
I will set it to activate when the counter reaches 117
and the hero is just putting his plan into operation.

21. I will design all doomsday machines myself. If
I must hire a mad scientist to assist me, I will make
sure that he is sufficiently twisted to never regret
his evil ways and seek to undo the damage he's caused.

22. I will never utter the sentence "But before I kill
you, there's just one thing I want to know."

23. When I employ people as advisors, I will occasionally
listen to their advice.

I for one welcome our new *_____* Evil Overlords


TubeSteak TubeSteak writes  |  more than 10 years ago I like "In Soviet Russia" jokes. I think it's a shame that they've faded away... kinda like the Cowboy Neal option on polls.

Q: How can you tell an extroverted computer geek from an introverted computer geek?
A: The introverted computer geek will look at his shoes while he talks to you. The extroverted computer geek will look at your shoes while he talks to you.

Q: How do you tell if an Extroverted computer geek is Russian?
A: His shoes look at you while he is talking.

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