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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

barc0001 Re:And this is why there's traffic... (594 comments)

Yes but the nice PR lady was complaining about her side street commute suddenly becoming full of all those filthy people from OTHER sections of the city, which I would presume probably has both sidewalks and is not verboten for mopeds.

about a week ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

barc0001 And this is why there's traffic... (594 comments)

"If they have, they've obviously failed. Killeen said her four-mile commute to UCLA, where she teaches a public relations class, can take two hours during rush hour."

It takes her 2 hours to go 4 miles. That's her driving a car at 2 mph for 2 miles. You know what else is faster than that? EVERYTHING. That's slower than walking speed, definitely slower than biking, jogging, rollerblading, skating, skateboarding and anything else I can think of. I would *love* to have only a 4 mile commute in LA's climate. I'd never drive my car to the office again.

about a week ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

barc0001 Re:Why are medallions sold and not leased? (329 comments)

A slideway is like a escalator but horizontal. Mostly you see them in airports and between hotels on the Strip in Vegas.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moving_walkway

about three weeks ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

barc0001 Re:Why are medallions sold and not leased? (329 comments)

No it wasn't. He's asking why tax medallions are sold between 3rd parties, instead of being an annual license/purchase from the city. If someone's willing to buy a medallion for half a million dollars, I am amazed the city hasn't figured out how to get their hands on most/all of that. Pass a law. All taxi medallions expire at the end of 2015, and you're welcome to put in a $10000 fee to apply for the 2016 medallions now. First come, first serve. Rinse, repeat every year.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

barc0001 Re:Don't fight it (720 comments)

If you married someone who wants you to give up a hobby, you married the wrong person. The MAJORITY of video game players are adults these days.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

barc0001 Re:Don't fight it (720 comments)

So you have to constantly defer to someone to have an acceptable life? Doesn't sound like a happy life to me. Imagine the shitstorm if you simply changed that statement to "Happy husband, happy life". If one is acceptable and the other isn't, why are either?

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Makes Office Mobile Editing Free As in Freemium

barc0001 Re:I am impressed (98 comments)

I think OP meant "new for Microsoft"

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

barc0001 Re:This is great news! (485 comments)

> When Bush took office, living in Iraq was a 3 on a 1-10 scale. When Bush left office, it was a 7.

I think you mean it was a -7. What color *is* the sky in your version of reality?

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

barc0001 Re:This is great news! (485 comments)

>Bush made Iraq a better place than it was when he took office.

Oh go away troll. You honestly think Iraq circa 2008 was a better place to live than Iraq circa 1999? In 1999 the electricity worked 24 hours a day, hospitals had supplies, there was order in the streets, there weren't random death squads killing people, there weren't IEDs blowing shit up everywhere, and last but not least, there weren't hundreds of thousands of dead civilians.

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

barc0001 Re:This is great news! (485 comments)

> "Iraq is on fire with women and children being sold into slavery or have their heads cut off and placed on stakes like the men."

Hmmm. I wonder how that came to be. I think someone went and invaded the country and totally trashed its infrastructure and and political power structure. Any guesses who that might have been? I mean Saddam was an asshole and a murderer too, but at least the average Iraqi didn't have to worry about being blown up by a car bomb or beheaded by the thousands by ISIS, right? They're both bad, no doubt about it, but one is definitely worse. Like Saddam in charge was like having HIV, and ISIS in your country is like having ebola. All things being equal most people would go for the HIV if it was an either/or choice.

If I'm reading the intent of your point correctly you look to absolve Bush and co of all blame for the mess Iraq is currently in, and blame Obama for not cleaning Bush's mess up properly despite massive public calls to bring everyone home from Iraq.

about a month and a half ago
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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

barc0001 Re:She's.. (235 comments)

Absolutely. Remember Back Orifice? A roommate's hosebeast of a girlfriend would come over and sit on the spare computer in the living room muttering under her breath and making random sounds while chatting on ICQ (Yeah, that long ago...). I installed BO on it and then would use my laptop to send deletes, backspaces and when I got really bored, send program closes to it until she would get fed up and leave to go smoke on the deck and complain to her bf about the "possessed" computer.

about 2 months ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

barc0001 Re:So.... (583 comments)

And by him, you mean practically everyone who sits in front of a computer, or controls a machine or a huuuge chunk of the workforce. When AI can do telephone customer service jobs, programming, systems admin work, troubleshooting, IT work, heavy equipment operation, driving, piloting, warfare and a million other tasks there is going to be an enormous number of people without gainful employment.

THAT is the biggest problem with AI outside of the Skynet scenario. We will need a Federation-style post scarcity economy to come into being, but based on the knee-jerk reaction to anything that looks like Socialism in the US, I doubt that will happen before an awful lot of suffering.

about 2 months ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

barc0001 Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

Then I demand equal time for my group that insists the world outside of our perceptive dimensions is actually a disc and floats through space on the back of an etherial turtle. Furthermore, I demand policy changes to carbon emissions as the CO in the atmosphere that is dropping off the edge of the disc may be poisoning our great Turtle.

about 2 months ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

barc0001 Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

Tolerance of ignorance? This is no different than the anti-vaxxer crowd. These people if given a chance would have their fairy tales shape government policy, so no, no tolerance of their backwards ignorance.

about 2 months ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

barc0001 Re:Ho-lee-crap (275 comments)

> But wouldn't that have been harmful to South Korea? You seem to be valuing the interests of Denmark over the interests of South Korea. Do you have a rational basis for doing so?

Are you trying to be deliberately disingenuous? You're asking a Danish national why a Danish company shoudn't source work in Denmark if it means less money for a country 1/3 of the way around the globe?

Have you ever given a family member money? If so, why? That would seem to be valuing the interests of your family over the neighbors you've never met. Do you have a rational basis for doing so?

about 2 months ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

barc0001 Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (328 comments)

"my Mac can kick your PC's ass in most ways"

Except upgrades. Try updating your video card after a year and let me know how that works out for you. One of the strengths of my PC is that I replace a couple hundred dollars worth of parts couple of years and remain modern. The Apple upgrade cycle is a tad more costly. Step 1. Time machine everything. Step 2. Take paycheck(s) to Apple vendor. Step 3. Restore backup from Time Machine to new Apple machine. Step 4. Craigslist/Ebay old machine after wiping to recoup a percentage of your outlay on new Mac.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

barc0001 Re:Confucius say: (355 comments)

You bought a Dell laptop. Might as well have just taken that money out in ones and lit them on fire in your back yard. Would have been entertaining in a horrific way and at least you wouldn't have had any expectations crushed afterward. Dell makes OK servers and workstations, but their laptops are hit or miss to the point that we haven't bought them in years.

Buy a decent Lenovo or Asus laptop and you'll be far more satisfied.

about 2 months ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

barc0001 Re:It's sad (427 comments)

"popular" is a relative term. If 0.001% of all Android devices out there had Cyanogen running on them at this moment I would be floored.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

barc0001 Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (460 comments)

>Right now if they ground up the waste and vented it into the atmosphere it would be less damaging than that caused by coal mining, megawatt for megawatt.

The Fukushima and Chernobyl exclusion zones would show that to be extreme hyperbole. Grab a tent and go live for a month a mile from a coal burning plant in a field, and then try the same thing a mile from Pripyat and let me know how that goes for you.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

barc0001 Re:Fox News? (460 comments)

Reality has a well known liberal bias. That's why Fox News is out to destroy it.

about 3 months ago

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