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New York Turns Rest Stops Into 'Texting Zones'

cockpitcomp Re:This makes no sense. (165 comments)

Your radio should play the start tones from the old "Pole Position" arcade game when the light is turning green. Boop...Boop...Beeeeeee

about a year ago
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New York Turns Rest Stops Into 'Texting Zones'

cockpitcomp Allow texting while stopped (165 comments)

Just allow texting at redlights. Sure it's annoying, but not dangerous. People aren't going to stop texting, so encourage doing it in a safer manner rather than the less likely to get caught but more dangerous manner. It's a reasonable compromise.

about a year ago
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New York Turns Rest Stops Into 'Texting Zones'

cockpitcomp Re:This makes no sense. (165 comments)

Annoying, but not dangerous. The texting law is supposed to save lives, not as a revenue generator.

about a year ago
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Consumer Device Hacking Concerns Getting Lost In Translation

cockpitcomp Olde Tyme Hacking (100 comments)

Seems like a lot of work when you could just hack Lizzie Borden style.

about a year ago
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Obamacare Employer Mandate Delayed Until After Congressional Elections

cockpitcomp Re:What surprises me is... (600 comments)

Business owners went the ideological "socialism is bad" route rather than their own interest and lobbied against nationalization.

about a year ago
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Supreme Court Overturns Defense of Marriage Act

cockpitcomp Sacrement (1073 comments)

People who believe the government's marriage certificate is a religious sacrament are worshiping in the wrong building.

about a year ago
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Supreme Court Overturns Defense of Marriage Act

cockpitcomp Re:Funny results reporting (1073 comments)

I prefer MSNBC when not on an endless commercial break, but would be naive to believe them to be unbiased.

about a year ago
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Supreme Court Overturns Defense of Marriage Act

cockpitcomp Re:Good ... (1073 comments)

Your definition would excluded menopausal women and impotent men from getting married. Inter-family marriage is very common. Intra-family marriage and polygamy are really old-school and should probably be allowed, where no coercion is present. Pedophile marriage is indefensible.

about a year ago
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iFixit Giving Away 1,776 "iPhone Liberation Kits"

cockpitcomp Re:Problems with statutory rights (260 comments)

Just explain that replaced one screw at a time, therefore, the phone was never "open". The great thing about phone companies is they are always very understanding of their customers and willing to work with you rationally.

about a year ago
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German Parliament Tells Government To Strictly Limit Patents On Software

cockpitcomp Re:Copyright seems better than Patent. (75 comments)

In practice, ideas are patented every day. As an inventor on a few patents, I can tell you that if you can present the idea as a block diagram, you can get a patent.

about a year ago
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German Parliament Tells Government To Strictly Limit Patents On Software

cockpitcomp Re:Self-Defeating Legislation (75 comments)

But see they did something. That 's reform right? They heard you and took action. You people are never happy.

about a year ago
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German Parliament Tells Government To Strictly Limit Patents On Software

cockpitcomp Re:The only exception... (75 comments)

Like google search replacing the card catalog down at the library. Do you have the cash to argue it is not in court?

about a year ago
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German Parliament Tells Government To Strictly Limit Patents On Software

cockpitcomp Re:Patents for software will expand... (75 comments)

Replace "USA" with "Big Money" since they are the rightful owners.

about a year ago
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Another Study Confirms Hands-Free Texting While Driving Is Unsafe

cockpitcomp Re:No shit (286 comments)

Easy compromise: Allow texting while stopped. Most reasonable people get their texting done at the stoplight. It is not particularly dangerous to text while at a stoplight. Annoying to others but unlikely to cause a crash. Since you are less likely to get caught texting on the move, the law creates an incentive for the worst behavior. If you are stopped, you are not really driving in any non-legalese meaning of the word. It wasn't legally driving before the MADD folks had the laws changed to bust the guy sleeping it off in the bar parking lot.

about a year ago
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Another Study Confirms Hands-Free Texting While Driving Is Unsafe

cockpitcomp Re:No shit (286 comments)

I believe the more resilient car frame comment was with respect to it's safety aspects (roll-over, side impact etc.) rather than handling confidence but if you are going to take that clearly out of context, I will freely take it the next step point out there are only a handful of common cars in production with frames at all so obviously your expertise on the matter is suspect.

about a year ago
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Snowden's Big Truth: We Are All Less Free

cockpitcomp Re:Who watches the watchers? (583 comments)

This power was not granted, it was simply taken by stepping over democracy's dead corps.

about a year ago
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Snowden's Big Truth: We Are All Less Free

cockpitcomp Re:Not quite. (583 comments)

Perfectly legal according to the secret laws written in secret by the president in agreement with a secret group of congress and confirmed by a secret court, just like you learned in civics class. Waiting for the schoolhouse rock version come out.

about a year ago
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Linus Torvalds Promises Profanity Over Linux 3.10-rc5

cockpitcomp Re: Profanity? (334 comments)

Used appropriately, F-Bombs can be necessary and effective.

about a year ago
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Cisco and iRobot Create Sheldonbot-Like Telepresence System

cockpitcomp Gotta minute? (123 comments)

This would be a great tool. When I worked onsite and needed a key person's time, I followed the time honored tradition of camping out in their cube until my questions were answered. Working offsite I just get their voice mail. If I could jump into one of these, I could corner people the same way.

about a year ago

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