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It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)

badboy_tw2002 Re:Déjà vu? (218 comments)

I'm pretty sure Cousin It drove one in the Adam's Family movie.

about a month and a half ago
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Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft

badboy_tw2002 Re:does this need refactoring (260 comments)

Most taxi services have an "anti-serial killer" clause in their contracts. If you are a serial killer, they won't hire you. This is accomplished by swearing on the job application form that you are, in fact, NOT a serial killer. If they find out later on that you ARE a serial killer, they will terminate the contract and you will no longer be able to drive the cab, thus keeping the taxi industry 100% serial killer free. As far as I know, niether Lyft nor Uber have taken any steps whatsoever to prevent serial killers from working for them, which means that as a rider you have no idea if your driver is going to murder you, after having already murdered someone else. (It takes more than one murder to be a serial killer).

So yeah, this is a good thing.

about 2 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

badboy_tw2002 Re:As Jim Morrison said... (1198 comments)

I have a feeling your sample set is pretty small.

about 2 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

badboy_tw2002 Re:Kind of a problem ... (626 comments)

I love the thought as much as the next guy, but there's some serious stuff we'll have to get used to. Like not being able to control when our car gets maintenance. Otherwise if you ignore that break warning and your car smashes in to the back of someone else on the way to the airport you're still got responsibility. Liability laws aren't going to go away just because the cars are autonomous. My furnace is "autonomous" because it exists while I'm not there, but I'm still liable if it explodes and catches the neighbors house on fire. Liability insurance is going nowhere with this stuff.

about 2 months ago
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US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

badboy_tw2002 Re:Security through Antiquity? (481 comments)

LOL don't forget Clippy! "I see you're attempting to launch a thermonuclear warhead. Would you like me to check those coordinates?"

about 3 months ago
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US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

badboy_tw2002 Re:Security through Antiquity? (481 comments)

Its not security via obscurity because the real security doesn't rely on the lack of 8" floppies. The real protection is a) not being hooked up to the internet, b) lots of doors & guys with weapons standing between you and the control station. But I guess if some airforce commander throws a few bones to a dumb journalist and has a laugh about it back at the club with the boys, is that obscuring the real security?

about 3 months ago
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Titanfall Dev Claims Xbox One Doesn't Need DX12 To Improve Performance

badboy_tw2002 Re:Titanfall's pros and cons (117 comments)

I've played both and I'm actually partial to the XOne version. The game "feels" better designed for a game pad vs mouse/keyboard, and it has the pacing that's better suited to relaxing on the couch. WIth the titans, the fast twitch you get with the mouse isn't as big a deal, and the wall running stuff lend's itself better to a controller situation. I think a lot of FPS stuff fails to translate to console, but some of them can be quite good if the dev's think about it beyond "right stick == mouse look".

about 4 months ago
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Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

badboy_tw2002 Re:How does this impact price? (314 comments)

If you have to ask, you weren't going to buy one anyways.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

badboy_tw2002 Re:I have your conversion right here... (860 comments)

You're talking like half of that is a manual process (authenticate against the server? You mean click "I accept the ToS"?). The most folks ever do is download a newer graphics driver. That's a maybe, and the game will probably still run even if you don't do that. And most of the time the driver just downloads when you plug in the USB port. Your one button joystick may not have needed a driver, but your sound card certainly did. Forget about adding that throttle.

Uninstall those rose colored glasses bro, clicking "launch" on steam is far far easier than gaming in the DOS era ever was.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

badboy_tw2002 Re:I have your conversion right here... (860 comments)

Totally. I know most of the games today require you to edit a special autoexec.bat, install drivers, himem, etc. just to get to the damn title screen. Not like the old days when you just installed them and ran.

Wait, I'm confused. Are you talking about gameplay?

about 5 months ago
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Why Your Phone Gets OTA Updates But Your Car Doesn't

badboy_tw2002 Re:Electric vs. Gas Powered (305 comments)

Guess what, even your gas powered car is still drawing battery power when "off".

about 5 months ago
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How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

badboy_tw2002 Re:SF is easier to hack than that (240 comments)

Not sure why you got modded troll, you speaketh the truth, and from a place of honesty at least. I had a buddy that came into town and crashed with me that rode to work every day. He legitimately thought you didn't pay going downtown, only back when had to go through a turnstile. That's how lax the enforcement is/was.

Of course, in the past two years (more?) they now have the "enforcement mob" of twenty or so dudes in orange vests waiting with a cop to hand out tickets. They go to different stops every day so a 100% evade rate is probably more unlikely now.

about 6 months ago
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How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

badboy_tw2002 Re:Go for it (240 comments)

No they don't, but you can use it within SF in conjunction with the local pass. They do have a bulk discount ticket at 6.25% and that in turn can be paid for with a pre-tax account, so if you're a frequent rider any edge (20% _might_ be ok) is erased. That and you're likely to be using a card, not a ticket, with an attached value. I guess if you wanted to wait at a machine every day to get the ticket, then find someone to swap with you could make something happen and save a few percent, which maybe gets you to a few tens of dollars a year.

This is a cool exercise in theory, but I don't think anyone is about to start doing this.

about 6 months ago
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Simple Emergency Generators and Radio Receivers (Video)

badboy_tw2002 Re:Sucks to your ass-mar! (93 comments)

Hear hear!

And correct me if I'm wrong, didn't the UI go through a major revision 6-7 years ago - what we're now calling /. classic? An lo there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth! But now its apparently perfect and has ALWAYS been the UI. Fantastic.

But please, continue with the 'revolt' - everyone is leaving to go to Kuro5hin anyways!

about 6 months ago
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Tesla Touts Cross-Country Trip, Aims For World Record

badboy_tw2002 Re:Range anxiety isn't really rational (357 comments)

Why does it have to be gas stations? If they're really serious, have every McDonalds & Walmart install 3-4 charging stations at their stores. Then you at least have a place to sit or something to do for the half hour the super charger takes. Its not like you specifically have to be a gas station with all the associated hardware to install these things, its much much simpler than burying a giant tank and coming up to code and all that.

about 6 months ago
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Engineers Invent Acoustic Equivalent of One-Way Glass

badboy_tw2002 Re:Applications? (114 comments)

No I understand it I assure you. Again, why would you want to block the airplane sound coming in but not going out? Is there a specific reason you'd need to not hear the engines but hear what's going on outside form within the engine? Or from outside the cockpit but not vice versa? Neither of those are a good reason. And there's no way a sound damper wall or insulating material is more expensive than something filled with tiny fans.

about 6 months ago
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Engineers Invent Acoustic Equivalent of One-Way Glass

badboy_tw2002 Applications? (114 comments)

Music studios yes, but why would airplanes want to transmit sound from inside to outside, or vice-versa? Same with motorways. You definitely want to block traffic noise from adjacent buildings, but why would you care that folks in the cars can hear whats coming from the buildings? Just block it all.

about 6 months ago
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Facebook Is a Plague That'll Burn Out In a Few Years, Says Study

badboy_tw2002 Put your money where your mouth is (338 comments)

I wish these types of projections were accompanied with a verification that the authors shorted the stock.

about 6 months ago

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