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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Whorhay Re:No, it wasn't. (395 comments)

Ummm bullshit. Typically Police are actually not exempt from laws like speed limits. However since a police officer is unlikely to ticket himself or another cop it just doesn't come up. I've never actually seen a law that exempted law officers from being at fault in accidents caused by their breaking traffic laws, in fact I have seen exactly the opposite when I studied to be an officer myself. Even if the laws for electronics usage explicitly permits police officers to use them it does not exempt them from the laws about maintaining proper control of their vehicle and killing people out of negligence. I wouldn't give a damn whether or not the Deputy is ticketed for using an electronic device while operating a motor vehicle. I do however care that the Deputy negligently operated a motor vehicle in such a way that he committed vehicular manslaughter, that is a criminal charge that absolutely fits.

10 hours ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Whorhay Re:customer-centric (398 comments)

... And nobody gave a flying monkeys uncle. If a corporation decides to conduct business and expend capital buying assets, or bringing assets into any country that crap is then subject to the laws of that country. It isn't up to individual countries to make sure that their laws all coincide nicely for the pleasure of some corporation. I don't have any pity for companies that start here in the USA and then go to other countires and expect special treatment from either country.

2 days ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Whorhay Re:@Solandri - Re:Baby steps (278 comments)

Honestly letting a person control the vehicle because a wild animal shows up in the road way is stupid. I've seen my mother nearly drive off the road and hit trees any number of times to avoid a stupid squirrel, dog or cat. The correct answer is to slow down to avoid the collision if possible and reduce damage and injuries regardless. If there is room to avoid the animal while staying on the pavement then the automated car will no doubt be able to handle that manuever infinitely better than a human driver, as it will be able to respond and analyze the situation impossibly faster than a human can even react, let alone think.

So far as what areas should be authorized first. I would think that the interstates and free ways would make the most sense. They represent the simplest of environments for automated cars and the safest of conditions. That also makes the most monotonous part of long drives easier to handle, and hence safer. When they can handle unmapped roadways at some reasonable fraction of the speed limit you let them go there.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Whorhay My Mothers paring knife (610 comments)

I'm still using a wood handled paring knife my Mother was using before I was born. It went through a rough patch when one of my brothers used it to cut a live power cord. But my Father ground the notch out of the blade and put a new edge on it, good as new.

2 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Whorhay Re:Her Videos Are Shit (1223 comments)

I haven't played any of the Battlefield games so I can't say for sure. But if it's like Wolfenstein was I can understand not having any character customization choices in the single player story mode as the story was written with a particular character in mind. However when you start talking about multiplayer where you are just pitting generic player vs generic player then I agree that there isn't much reason to not allow all sorts of customization.

I don't object to games offering custimization options regardless of it's genre and method of story telling, or even lack of story. I would just rather see a developer put more time into actually making a game that is fun to play in a mechanics fashion than making it into a dress up simulator. But I recognize that a dress up simulator is all or part of what some people want in a game, that is their choice and I've got no cause to tell them what they can and can't have in a game I didn't write. I just think it's silly to expect developers to build games that always take a specific set of players preferences into consideration over another.

3 days ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

Whorhay Re:Executive Orders Need to Expire, and Quickly (180 comments)

The solution is to use and enforce EO's like they are supposed to be. Orders to the various federal troops, which are still bound and restricted by the laws of the land. Interpreting them as law should definitely be stopped. Removing them entirely though would mean that the President would not be able to formally control his branch of the government.

4 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Whorhay Re:Her Videos Are Shit (1223 comments)

Full character customization only makes sense to me in a sandbox style game or where you actually have branching stories and such that let you as the player create the story. Most games however are made to be very linear and are telling a story, and it's not your story, it's the story of that character. No one complains about not being able to customize the look of a character in a movie after all.

4 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Whorhay Re:Angry mob is a no show (1223 comments)

I agree that this kind of behaviour is wrong and should be discouraged by power of law. However I can not agree with a "zero tolerance" policy as that kind of thing always ends up being a disaster one way or another. So far as this case goes it does seem a little silly to abandon your home if it was only a single death threat, although the inclusion of a home adress puts it up a notch.

I'd really like to see more troll exposing shows on TV and such. I've seen some clips where reporters have gone after people who posted what they thought were anonymous insults and threats. I think it'd make a good Cops type show.

4 days ago
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The Evolution of Diet

Whorhay Re:Pandora's Seed (281 comments)

I haven't read anything about that book but there has been some archaelogical evidence for civilization resulting in lower life expectancies. The one example I can think of is Native American cultures just a few hundred years ago before European contact. There was a major shift from a hunter gather lifestyle to large villages and cities in the Missipian culture. By analyzing skeletal remains archaeologists were able to show that townies lived shorter lives. A huge part of that was probably due to the lack of sanitation and effective medicine.

about a week ago
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The Evolution of Diet

Whorhay Re:Erh... do not want! (281 comments)

If your culture started breeeding between 12-14 you could easily be a grand parent by the time you were 28, a great grand parent at 42, and great great grand parent at 56.

Contrast that with modern society. I knew one great grand parent and she made it to 100. I started with four grand parents but am down to just one now in his 80's. Meanwhile my own family is just getting started.

I would expect that in ancient cultures where the older generations were still fertile they probably never actually stopped having children. There wasn't much in the way of birth control and given the mortality rates of even relatively modern societies it was probably necessary for survival.

about a week ago
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The Evolution of Diet

Whorhay Re:Correlation Does Not Imply Causation (281 comments)

The problem is that this kind of activity was part of your regular work life. You had to walk to work, your job probably required a non trivial amount of mobility and effort. Today if you want to fit in that hour of brisk walking it means carving it out of your free time, and it probably means more than just that hour because you need to cleanup afterwards, and possibly travel to and from wherever you do that activity.

Honestly the work I do may not be physically demanding but by the time I clock out I am through with pretty much anything regarding large exenditures of will power. One of these days I might put together a recumbent stationary cycle desk or something so I can do some moderate activity over the course of a few hours. But going out and deliberately working out for an hour just isn't going to happen. And if it means checking out ten years early I'm fine with that, it's better than being miserable for several hours extra every week for 60 years.

about a week ago
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The Evolution of Diet

Whorhay Re:Correlation Does Not Imply Causation (281 comments)

This is of course assuming a baked potato which has not been augmented with a cup of sour cream, half a cup of butter, half a pound of bacon, and a pound of shredded cheese.

about a week ago
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How Game Developers Turn Kickstarter Failure Into Success

Whorhay Re:Gimme money! (30 comments)

I'll grant you that the pool of people with spare income was smaller and that getting their attention was much harder but patronage of the arts is how much of the worlds great art came into being. Kickstarter is a variation on that.

Yes, people could possibly starve themselves a bit more and save up the money they need for a big project over the course of twenty years. By then though the time for their idea could have passed completely. Or they may have lost the ability to follow through on the project. Kickstarter is also a good way to guage whether there is any share market for your idea, a project that fails to fund still gives a lot of useful feedback.

There will always be scammers out to grab a quick buck. But that isn't a problem that is exclusive to kickstarter, and from what I've seen isn't even all that rampant. Hell I have much higher confidence in the honesty of any random project on Kickstarter than I do of most any beggar asking for money on the sidewalk.

about two weeks ago
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Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

Whorhay Re:BooksKindleAudiobooks (105 comments)

I would definitely like to see better bookmark option and the ability to turn by chapters. Chapter or section flipping would be very nice and I miss it most when reading stuff like anthologies of short stories and such.

about two weeks ago
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How Game Developers Turn Kickstarter Failure Into Success

Whorhay Re:How many delivered? (30 comments)

I've backed around a dozen projects so far, mostly games. And I don't think a single one has outright failed yet. A few have delivered in full or part already; Planetary Anihilation, Stonehearth, CastleStory, Delvers Drop, Shadowrun, Ring Runner.

about two weeks ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

Whorhay Re:The Real question then is... (233 comments)

Detroit also benefitted after WW2 by virtue of being an industrial city in a nation that hadn't been bombed out during the war. That is a very considerable competitive advantage to start with.

about two weeks ago
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Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

Whorhay Re:BooksKindleAudiobooks (105 comments)

I get what you are talking about but I've also read a number of books that fooled me with the amount of paper that was left. Usually those were books that had 10's of pages or more of non-story stuff at the end. Appendix's in works of fiction annoy the crap out of me.

about two weeks ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Whorhay Re:A little bashing (200 comments)

Those are all reasons that I really liked Shadowrun when I was role playing in the 90's. It had its own flaws but at least they weren't so balance destroying.

about two weeks ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

Whorhay Re:Funny thing about email (232 comments)

Yes, because I can rapidly analyze each one as it comes in while continuing to work on whatever work actually needs done. It represents a few seconds of distraction here and there at worst. When you come back from vacation though you know that somewhere in that heap is work that is important and you need to find it now. So you have to devote your time to sorting the huge pile of trash, and not getting something more productive done.

Part of the problem is probably the email client we use which doesn't allow for sorting of conversations and such. It does have a system for flagging high importance messages and such, but people use that all the time for stuff that isn't actually important and don't use it when it would be warranted. Of course the correct solution would be to eliminate the chaff in the first place but that front is rather hopeless.

about two weeks ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

Whorhay Re:Funny thing about email (232 comments)

I've actually contemplated taking the delete approach when returning from a week of vacation. The reason for doing so is that we get an inordinate amount of crap email that isn't easily reducable by automated rules. I frequently come back from a week out of the office and have several thousand unread emails. Keeping up with that amount of crap as it comes in is a tolerable waste of time, but being forced to spend most of my first day back trying to sort through all that junk to find the one or two important items is a huge waste. Even when I'm only gone for a couple days it can result in several hours of fruitless email catchup.

about two weeks ago

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Ask Slashdot: VPN reviews and the new ISP six strikes Agreement

Whorhay Whorhay writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Whorhay (1319089) writes "In view of the news that many of the major ISPs in the USA are enacting a six strike agreement this week, I have developed a keen interest in using a VPN for my home internet connection. My google foo skills though are apparently lacking as I was not able to find much in the way of reviews for VPN services that didn't appear to be marketing chaff. So I'm turning to Slashdot to ask: What VPN services do you recommend and why?"
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DoJ asks Supreme Court to take up GPS tracking

Whorhay Whorhay writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Whorhay (1319089) writes "The DOJ has been directed by the Obama Administration to push the Supreme Court to take up the legality of Warrantless GPS Tracking. This on the heels of the a federal appeals court in Washington overturning the conviction of a man citing warrantless GPS tracking as violating his fourth ammendmant rights."
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