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Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

bigtrike Re:Animal supplements (122 comments)

They get the money to buy off congress from their customers. This is as much the fault of the consumer as it is the fault of the factory farms.

5 days ago

New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

bigtrike Re:Derp (168 comments)

Isn't this normally a bad idea as a non-root account can listen on those non-reserved ports should yourprimary daemon die or get restarted?

about 2 months ago

New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

bigtrike they'll just make bigger profits (380 comments)

They'll sell ammonia for only slightly less than the equivalent amount of gasoline and increase their profits. The oil industry has been known in the past to fix prices through cabals.

about 3 months ago

EU High Court To Review US-EU Data Safe Harbor Agreement

bigtrike Re:At what point (60 comments)

When the revenue of such a decision is greater than the expenses, they will do it.

about 3 months ago

Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

bigtrike Re:Application and driver compatibility (245 comments)

What was the plan for fixing the Mac from the 80s if it broke? I wouldn't want to risk a multi-million dollar operation on being able to find an old mac for sale on ebay. You'd have to really hope that the installer floppies were sufficiently backed up and that you could find a floppy drive from that era that didn't have too much dust in it to function.

about 6 months ago

Colorado Company Says It Plans To Test Hyperloop Transport System

bigtrike It's a fully subsidized system (258 comments)

Gas taxes, license fees, tolls, etc. only pay for 51% of what the federal government spends on the roads that your car is on, with general tax dollars filling in the rest. Why stop at just subsidizing the roads themselves?

about a year ago

Jetstream Retrofit Illustrates How Close Modern Planes Are To UAVs

bigtrike Re:Computers (205 comments)

The fully automatic modes have to be much better than humans before people will accept them. If you ride in the front train of a Chicago CTA train, you can hear the overspeed warning beeping from the operator cabin about every 10 seconds. If the operator ignores it, the train will automatically shut down to prevent the train from derailing.

about a year ago

Green Lantern Writer To Pen Blade Runner Sequel

bigtrike Re:BLEH (326 comments)

Or his wife...

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?

bigtrike Re:Think About It This Way (656 comments)

If need that 20ms transaction to be done in 2ms, it really helps to have the analytical thinking skills developed from taking advanced math in order to understand how your database executes the query.

about a year ago

House Bill Would Mandate Smart Gun Tech By U.S. Manufacturers

bigtrike Re:Just wow (750 comments)

Do you interview all of the parents of your children's friends to make sure they don't have a gun in their home?

about a year ago

House Bill Would Mandate Smart Gun Tech By U.S. Manufacturers

bigtrike Re:Flawed "Think of the Children" as usual (750 comments)

I consider myself to be pretty liberal, and while I'm not an advocate of gun control (aside from the fact that it's a guaranteed right, gun control wouldn't work), I would welcome education. According to the numbers, most people are far more likely to hurt themselves by having the gun in their beside table than they are be able to prevent personal harm from an intruder. The intruders are far more likely to wait until you're gone, and if you're a total idiot that does not properly secure your weapons, they'll steal your gun from your bedside table and use it for crimes or gang violence.

about a year ago

Internet Explorer 0-day Attacks On US Nuke Workers Hit 9 Other Sites

bigtrike MPG is low based on more than just safety reqs (157 comments)

You know what else keeps fuel efficiency low? Big engines. Consumers have demanded them instead of efficient vehicles in part because we make driving artificially cheap by subsidizing road construction with more funds than we take in from gas taxes. Consumers are typically horrible at acting rationally in their own self interest and are far more likely to act on emotion and misinformation, although I don't think the government should necessarily take the nanny role in those situations.

about a year ago

A Tale of Two Tests: Why Energy Star LED Light Bulbs Are a Rare Breed

bigtrike Look at the CRI of the bulb (314 comments)

You'll want to pay attention to color temperature and CRI. Warm white is about 2700K. A CRI closer to 100 gives you a better light quality.

about a year and a half ago

Is the DEA Lying About iMessage Security?

bigtrike Re: Who cares (195 comments)

Nope, God still gives us our rulers through divine right. Voting is simply a test of faith.

about a year and a half ago

Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System

bigtrike TOSLink is only 2 channels (80 comments)

You'd be better off with high quality analog outputs. TOSLink is limited 2 channels, so any conversion with more channels (assuming the Roku even supports that) requires some sort of encoding scheme and a loss of quality.

about a year and a half ago

Tax Peculiarities Mean Facebook Paid No Net Taxes For 2012

bigtrike Would you prefer private roads? (307 comments)

Without any income, there could be no government and no shared resources. While I certainly see benefits to reducing government in some areas, it sounds like you're advocating no government. I'm genuinely curious, would you prefer the times when there was no tax, no public resources, and each individual was responsible for negotiating rates for each bridge and road they traveled? Would you prefer to drink only well water, which could not be evaluated for safety because no testing body existed to validate the marketing claims of the water testing products you traded your precious metals for? How would this be different from the lawless days of the wild west or a failed state such as Somalia?

about a year and a half ago

NY Times' Broder Responds To Tesla's Elon Musk

bigtrike If you can't telecommute, live closer to work (609 comments)

Not everyone can telecommute, but traditionally people have lived much closer to work, whether it be on a farm, above their shop or in row homes near a factory. I've lived within a mile of my job for the past 12 years and it has saved me quite a bit of money. Public transit and zipcar work for when I need to go a little farther. With the average cost of car ownership around here being $8,000 a year, it's more than enough to pay for the higher cost of living. Yes, there are many jobs this doesn't work for, but if the average office worker didn't have to clog up miles of roads to get to work, the occupations that do need to travel would have a much easier time commuting between job sites.

about a year and a half ago


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