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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

bobbied Re:F the police (215 comments)

Yea, always a good policy to disrespect the people who are charged with protecting you and your stuff... There are a few officers who abuse their authority, but most really are out to protect and serve. May I suggest you think about being grateful? We really don't pay them all that much considering the risks they take everyday.

2 hours ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

bobbied Re:Waze is just people talking to each other. (215 comments)

I wouldn't call it a law but more of a foundational legal principle. But I'm sure the distinction is lost on the majority of /. readers....

3 hours ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

bobbied Re:No fuck off (215 comments)

Oh I don't know....

I had every cop on duty in the small town I live in show up at my home once. What where they looking for? Some kids playing with guns during school...

It turned out to be some neighbor who called to complain about my kid playing with the kids across the street (both home schooled) and their arsenal of bright blue and orange nurff guns that shot orange foam darts about 15 feet, the day before.

They showed up with all three squad cars and 5 officers, right after lunch to let us know we where violating a non-existent curfew law.. What a waste of time and resources.

3 hours ago
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Germany Plans Highway Test Track For Self-Driving Cars

bobbied Re:what about liability? and maybe even criminal l (71 comments)

LOL.. I can assure you, most places have reasonable traffic laws, Germany is not unique in that regard... What may be different is the understanding of and obedience to the existing laws. If my experiences in Texas are any indicator, there is LOTS of room for improvement in that area around here, but I'm guessing the Germans have their share of less than ideal drivers.

9 hours ago
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Scientists Determine New Way To Untangle Proteins By Unboiling an Egg

bobbied Re:Wow .... (134 comments)

I can see some of the molecular gastronomy folks doing some odd things.

Perhaps, but given the possible sources of the acid used, I'm going to avoid eating an egg treated with it.

10 hours ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

bobbied Re:Respect yourself (368 comments)

LOL

I think I can speak for her when I say, "bugger off scumbag!"

If that doesn't work for you, the 12 Ga shotgun in the gun safe should suffice to hold you at bay until the police arrive.

12 hours ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

bobbied Re:Respect yourself (368 comments)

I'm glad you live in a world without fear where all people can stand up and make a stand for what's right and doing so makes all the evil that humans do go away. I do not live in that world. I live in the real world.

Where did I say evil goes away when you assert yourself? What I did say is that many evil men will seek other prey that is easier to catch and you will spare yourself such troubles as this article describes. Or are you supposing that women should be doormats for men to wipe their feet on?

Evil can and will find you regardless of who you are, but you can make yourself less of a target and avoid much trouble if you think about the situation and prepare for the likely problems you may encounter. Might you still end up in a no-win series of events? Perhaps, but if you have done everything you can to avoid it, you will have no blame in being a part of it.

I'm just saying that you should do what you can to avoid being a target and in this case a bit of self respect would have certainly helped.

12 hours ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

bobbied Re:Not trying to excuse what he did (368 comments)

Oh for crying out loud. I have to explain how a mugging and getting somebody to send you naked pictures over the internet are different? Next you will tell me I'm blaming the woman for being raped when nothing is further from the truth.

12 hours ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

bobbied Re:Respect yourself (368 comments)

I see your point and I'd like to add one. Unless this was done in private, this kind of behavior is going to be pretty obvious to anybody looking on. If you see something like this underway, even if it's not something you are involved in, you do have a responsibility to say something. All to often the helpless are left that way because people around them didn't care enough to give them a hand. I've seen it in the school yard with children and as an adult...

3 days ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

bobbied Re:Blah blah blah (368 comments)

No one's talling[SIC] you [SIC]should be ashamed of yourself for harassing women.

Now, my question is, why do we get inundated with stories about women being harassed by men, but never stories about the many men who are harassed by women?

Why do you think? It's the same reason we hear about a white cop shooting a black kid but never about a black cop shooting a white one. What fits the PC narrative?

3 days ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

bobbied Re:If Only the Article Addressed That ... (368 comments)

So you didn't watch how the bullies worked all this out on the playground as a kid? Or better yet, when you where an adult, watch your kids playing with a group of kids?

Seemed pretty straight forward to me how the abusers identify likely targets and how the suitable targets would react to situations. Even as adults, the behaviors are similar, even if the fine details of how it's done are a bit more nuanced.

3 days ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

bobbied Re:If Only the Article Addressed That ... (368 comments)

So what you're saying is women are weaker and more manipulable than men?

No, only that THESE women where without the necessary self respect to RESIST this dirt bag and tell him to get lost. This lack of self respect is not related to gender, even though their gender was apparently part of the reason they where targets.

3 days ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

bobbied Re:Not trying to excuse what he did (368 comments)

Oh man... This whole "They where manipulated into doing this by some guy" is just plain SAD. I have no doubt this guy did some pretty despicable things and violated the rules he agreed too. I also have no doubt that these women where at least partially responsible for what happened because they didn't say "NO!" to the guy in authority for what ever reason.

Clearly Lewin gets punished for violating the code of conduct, but it's just as clear that he was taking advantage of a set of women who where ill prepared to tell him to bugger off. I know it's not PC to ascribe blame, but these poor women do need to realize that they do have control and are not powerless to say no and they need to respect themselves enough to give the abuser the boot, and thus have some level of responsibility for what happened to them.

3 days ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

bobbied Respect yourself (368 comments)

Look ladies, yea I'm a middle aged white male, but why do some of you let these things happen to you?

Now I'm not saying this guy doesn't deserve to be castigated for demeaning women, but shesh ladies, you need to have some self respect. I'm not saying this wasn't harassment, but don't let some scumbag do this kind of thing to you. Where is the outcry for the way this woman was raised? Where is the outcry for the mentalities that lead to a woman who cannot or will not stand up for herself? Who thinks that this kind of behavior is OK? That asking for and expecting racy pictures over the internet is something you can do? Why do we see situations where women are OBVIOUSLY bullied into doing things they wouldn't or didn't really want to do?

I raised my daughter to not be afraid to say no and mean it. To tell these abusers to take a hike, don't be manipulated into doing things you don't want to. If they don't respect you, they are not worth dealing with. Don't suffer fools who disrespect you and above all, respect yourself enough to say "NO WAY scumbag!" and mean it regardless who's asking or what position they hold.

3 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

bobbied Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (795 comments)

I'm not discounting that modern technology hasn't drastically improved efficiency in automatic transmissions. I'm sure it has. I'm just saying that manuals have the ability of being more efficient by virtue of being simpler and lighter.

The added weight of the actuating devices in an automatic will lower your efficiency if nothing else. I understand that they've come a long way, but there are *still* losses when automating things. All things being equal, the manual transmission simply has to be more efficient, if for no other reason than it weighs less, so for a highway trip with the same payload over the same road, manual will win, even if by a very little bit.

Now if you don't drive the manual correctly and don't choose perfect shift points, you might induce more inefficiency than an automatic, but that's about driving habits and skill and not the efficiency of the transmission. Plus it may be that for city driving, no human can be accurate enough with the shift points to stay within an automatic computer controlled modern automatic, but again that's about the ability of the operator, but on the highway with the cruse control set, a manual will be better.

3 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

bobbied Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (795 comments)

If driving efficiency is your goal, step #1 is ditching the manual shifter. You don't have the remotest hope of beating the computer at that game anymore.

There is no way a manual transmission isn't more efficient in most cases, providing you drive them correctly. Manual transmissions are lighter, cheaper to build, and have lower operating losses (no torque converter and hydraulic pumps to run). Now if you drive a manual wrong and don't shift at the right times, MPG could be bad, but on the highway where shifting isn't done, you are going to literally drive away from an automatic efficiency wise.. Oh, and a manual transmission will last a LOT longer and cost you a lot less to maintain than that automatic.

Also #1 rule in driving efficiency isn't ditching the manual shift.... The #1 is managing your driving to minimize how hard you press either the gas or break. The less you press the peddles, the more MPG you will get and the less wear and tear you will do to your car. Don't be aggressive, drive smooth and calm. I find that I use more efficient shift points too, when I'm not trying to eek out that last ounce of performance... Well, that and keeping your tires inflated...

4 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

bobbied Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (795 comments)

Yes, all those blind drivers need tactile feedback on the turn signal.

I see what you did there....

4 days ago
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A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

bobbied Re:building municipal broadband is prohibited (160 comments)

Hmmm.. So your argument is that because the internet crosses state and international boundaries the Fed is free to regulate it. The problem with this is that the commerce clause is about regulating TRADE as it crosses the boundaries between the states and other countries. The Fed can regulate, tax and otherwise control things that cross the state's border, but what happens within the state is the business of the state. The Fed has been justifying a LOT of things using the Commerce Clause, which are really pushing us into some very grey areas.

So, my reading says that the Fed can regulate buying/selling (commerce) that crosses the state line over the internet, but if the state wants to regulate ISP's within it's borders, it is free to do so w/o Federal involvement as long as the state doesn't stray beyond it's constitutional power. A state can force the collection of Sales Taxes on internet sales, they can asses fees and taxes on internet service, and if they want they can prohibit public entities from being ISP's.

The Federal government has slowly been increasing it's reach using the commerce clause as justification. THIS is what needs to stop.

Oh, and your Interstate Highway system example wasn't exactly the same as this. Interstates where built using Federal funds in cooperation with the states for the expressed purpose of interstate commerce. I don't see the Federal government doing the same with the internet, which is nearly 100% privately funded infrastructure with very little continued Federal involvement in it's design, construction or operation. Plus, if a state wanted to weigh commercial trucks as they entered and left and levy fines for being overweight, they are free to do that. Just like they are free to say to 18 wheelers "You cannot drive down this public road" and "You can only go this fast."

about a week ago
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A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

bobbied Re:building municipal broadband is prohibited (160 comments)

You want to give a stab at my question? OR Are you saying the 10th amendment doesn't apply here? Do feel free to enlighten me with your take on history.

about a week ago

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Why we will never run out of Oil

bobbied bobbied writes  |  about 2 months ago

bobbied (2522392) writes "

Nearly every warning about an impending energy crisis over the past 30 to 40 years has turned out to be wrong. And none of them are more wrong than the idea that we’re running out of oil.

The natural rise and fall of energy prices is responsible for the wax and wane cycle of energy production technology. Over the last decade, in the face of ever rising energy prices, the resulting advancement in technology has boosted production and encouraged efficiency. Now we are faced with a huge surplus of oil and natural gas as a result of things like "fracking" and related technologies.

We will never really run out of oil, not that the supply isn't finite, but as prices rise and technology improves there will be more supply that can economically developed. Rising prices will also drive innovation in efficiency, reducing demand. For now, the development of technology has been finding new reserves faster than the depletion of known reserves."

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Former NSA Chief says "Isis are using Snowden leaks to evade intellegence"

bobbied bobbied writes  |  about 5 months ago

bobbied (2522392) writes "Former NSA Deputy Chief Chris Ingles claims that the information that Snowden leaked is being used by ISIS to evade intelligence gathering by the NSA. He also said "militants in Iraq and Syria are 'clearly' harder to track down since the rogue agent made freely available a wealth of top-secret information about how the U.S. government hunts its enemies online."

The Ex NSA Deputy Chief is claiming that what was leaked by Snowden goes way beyond what was necessary to expose Snowden's privacy concerns and has severely damaged the NSA's ability to collect intelligence by exposing their methods so they can be evaded."

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NASA to perform reformat of Mars Rover Opportunity flash storage

bobbied bobbied writes  |  about 5 months ago

bobbied (2522392) writes "After a ten years of survival on the Martian surface, Opportunity continues to show that it is getting older. Recently the computer has been resetting itself more and more often. Controllers believe that the flash memory where the rover stores it's variable instructions has a number of bad cells which have simply worn out and stopped working. Doing a reformat operation will find these cells and remove them from use, hopefully eliminating the problematic reboots.

So, "Have you tried to re flash the firmware and power cycle it?" really IS rocket science."

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Edward Snowden is not alone!

bobbied bobbied writes  |  about 6 months ago

bobbied (2522392) writes "Apparently Edward Snowden is not alone. CNN is reporting http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/05/... that recent leaked documents published by "the Intercept" (a website that has been publishing Snowden's leaked documents) could not have been leaked by Snowden because they didn't exist prior to his fleeing the USA and he couldn't possibly have accessed them. Authorities are said to be looking for a new leaker."
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Earthquake warning issued for central Oklahoma

bobbied bobbied writes  |  about 9 months ago

bobbied (2522392) writes "A rare warning has been issued by the US Geological survey today, warning of an increased risk of a damaging earthquake (magnitude 5.0 or greater) in central Oklahoma. There have been more earthquakes in Oklahoma (per mile) than California this year, prompting the USGS to issue their warning today (May 5, 2014).

This warning is the FIRST such warning to be issued for a state east of the Rockies."

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DHS destroyed computers, keyboards, mice over malware

bobbied bobbied writes  |  about a year and a half ago

bobbied (2522392) writes "Irrational fear and lack of understanding leads to the destruction of HHS computing equipment which had been possibly infected with malware. "The agency spent $1.06 million on “building a temporary infrastructure, pending long-term IT solution;” $823,000 on hiring the cybersecurity contractor; $688,000 on “contractor assistance for a long-term recovery solution;" and $4,300 to destroy $170,000 worth of tech equipment." They destroyed computers, TVs, keyboards, mice, printers and cameras to rid themselves of dreaded malware. Seems it worked.

In true government fashion, seems they just spent a boat load of taxpayer money on nothing. Next time just reload the operating system if push comes to shove (or you simply have to be 100% sure it is gone).

Which one of you slashdot readers cashed that $823,000 check? Well done sir or madam.. Well done!

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/10/us-agency-destroys-computers/"

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