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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

dacaldar Re:The wrong solutions (579 comments)

Why do I not have mod points when I see a late comment like this that deserves to be seen!

about 3 months ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

dacaldar Are you joking? (579 comments)

First of all, anyone who didn't realize that drivers will make use of this information, is not worthy to be working on, or studying, this project.

Secondly, this information is USEFUL to drivers and should be INTENTIONALLY given to them. I personally slow down for a lot more intersections than I used to because I can see in advance that I won't be able to make it. Yes, in a minority of situations, I speed up , so that I get through the intersection rather than miss it by a second or two, but I don't do this at the expense of safety, why would I? Oh right, I forgot, many drivers do not have a clue as to how to pay attention to all aspects of their on-road environment, but we let them drive anyway because driving is important to North American society on the whole.

The solution is not to remove information from competent drivers. Remove the incompetent drivers!

P.S. It also wouldn't kill cities to have better light timing (I'm looking at you, @citywaterloo) so that drivers don't feel so frustrated at being constantly robbed of time and momentum for poor reasons, and then maybe you'd have fewer people making bad judgement calls and choosing to race a light counter when they are too far back to safely do so.

about 3 months ago
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

dacaldar Who stands to gain the most from denying? (567 comments)

... farmers in cold norther climes who would benefit from longer growing seasons?

It's not that they "don't believe" in climage change, just that they want us to keep doing it!

about 3 months ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

dacaldar Re:Hacked? (378 comments)

I used to rejoice at stuff like this - like when you could get more than one chocolate bar from a vending machine because of the way they were stacked.

But in my older years I have got to wondering about the ethics of it. You wouldn't steal a pop or a chocolate bar from a convenience store, even if you were 100% sure there were no video cameras, no other customers or cops around, and you saw the only employee walk into a bathroom at the far end of the store and leave you completely unattended (and heard him doing something nasty that would surely take a long time).

So when it came to the chocolate bars, fine, I could rationalize that if I didn't take the free one that came out (maybe after an extra hip-check to the side of the machine), the next person would. But for the more obvious case of mashing buttons to intentionally get a free one, how is it different than stealing?

(BTW, I don't think I'm better than you, I've done this too - just re-visiting it mentally now)

For some reason, for myself and many others, if something is on the honour system, we would never steal from it, but the more defenses people try to put up to prevent me from getting something free, the more I want to circumvent those defenses and take something for free anyway.... it's very weird.

about 4 months ago
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Electric Stimulation Could Help You Control Your Dreams

dacaldar Re:Wait, what? (138 comments)

+1 Mod parent UP. On a "news for nerds" site, that kind of wording (underlined due to being a link, no less), cannot pass un-mocked.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?

dacaldar Re:Overly Paranoid (245 comments)

Don't you think it's smart (evil-smart)?
Thought experiment:

If you break a window on a random house, you have the following problems:
-Someone could be home (you want to steal stuff, not a fight)
-Neighbours could hear the glass shatter and investigate or call police
-You could hurt yourself on the sharp glass

If you do it this thief's way:
-You already know that the owners are busy elsewhere, and likely to be busy for at least the next hour, since it appeared we were getting ready for some kind of performance.
-In the cover of darkness, nobody who happens to be looking outside would suspect much to see their neighbour's normal car return home and a figure walk from driveway to house and enter it easily.
-You also get a free a getaway vehicle, that you ditch later, and even if you own a vehicle, nobody could get your licence plate if they did notice something.

The thief wasn't from the church, the priest was in the play and actually took note of someone unfamiliar in the basement, but when he questioned him, he answered that he was there to set up for the AA meeting.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?

dacaldar Re:Overly Paranoid (245 comments)

There's one added risk with leaving anything with your address on it in your glove box.

I was in a group of people that hung our winter jackets on a coat rack to rehearse for a play in the basement of a church. Someone came in while we were busy, reached into coat pockets until finding a set of keys, walked up and down the street clicking "unlock" until he found the right car, took the insurance papers from the glove box to get the home address. Used the car to drive there. Used the same keyring to enter the house, took TV, VCR, etc, and got out of there.

The people who were violated were just thankful they had decided to encourage their 13 year old to come with them to the rehearsal rather than leave her at home alone for a couple hours, which they have done other times (and for those who aren't parents, it's an age where it's considered normal to be able to be home alone, even in modern paranoid times).

After that, I don't keep anything with my address on it in either of our cars. We photocopy the green registration so that both my wife and I have a copy of both in our wallets, even if we switch cars. And we have the insurance company send us an extra copy of the pink proof of insurance for our wallets too.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

dacaldar Re:I think IBM is working on it (876 comments)

Sigh. Never any mod points when I really want them, so comment: +1 Insightful

about 8 months ago
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Satanists Propose Monument At Oklahoma State Capitol Next To Ten Commandments

dacaldar More like "Satanists want Headlines" (1251 comments)

Whether you are religious or not, or believe in the existence of the leaders of these religions or not, or believe that there is corruption within the human organizations that run some of these religions or not; the country was founded on values that are consistent with those espoused by "real" religions (oh yes I did), and inconsistent with values tied to the concept of "Satan".

So I'm sorry, but: Satanists, shut up.

At some point, the common values of 98% of people do matter, even while protecting a reasonable freedom of anyone who wants to identify as a minority in some aspect of life. You DO draw a line at hate and violence, for example, regardless that a small minority wants to spread that. Their freedom stops when it goes against the most fundamental rights of everyone else.

about 10 months ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

dacaldar Re:It's really dumb once you understand the purpos (462 comments)

That trashes the BS "economic" argument that the slashdot article claims. Most of the reasons in that post were wishy-washy or just plain BS.

In the modern world of auto-time-setting devices and instant information (google "time in new york"), there is no confusion caused by DST, certainly not economically harmful confusion.

The "minimal" energy savings, across a whole population, are still probably worth it on their own, but I agree with other posters that most of us would like light in the evening for a number of reasons (I hate shopping, but I strongly prefer keeping DST on all year round, if possible, even with a second hour added in the summer if you want). I'm in Southern Ontario (Canada, not California), and don't like the bright sun shining right through my curtains at 5:30am in June anyway.

about a year ago
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Redesigned Seats Let Airlines Squeeze In More Passengers

dacaldar Re:Bullshit we won't notice (466 comments)

I can sympathize - I think I'm a bit under 190 cm. (almost 6'2 - switching to imperial for largely American audience)

I just did a crude measurement of my femur with a ruler - from hip bulge to patella, it's 22.5 inches. + another 4 inches taken up by tailbone / skinny butt behind the hip ball. I have been on planes where I didn't physically fit - my knee pushed into the hard part of a seat in front of me - had to constantly sit on an angle. Very annoying.

I don't know if it's fair to equate height requirements with obesity, in terms of arguing who should pay extra. I'm skinny. I eat well (mostly) and exercise. Maybe a few obese people have medical reasons they can't control, but I believe conventional wisdom is that most such people got that way by making bad choices (yes, in large part due to marketing and the food mass-production system in North America, but they still made those choices).

There are plenty of ways tall people already have to suffer to accommodate shorter people - door handles and kitchen counters/sinks are too low, so it's literally a pain for us to navigate a building and do the dishes. If one thinks tall people should pay extra (over double) because of needing an extra inch of forward space, then fair is fair, the airlines should design variable or configurable row depths and ensure the seat in front of you is touching their short femurs, too. Save all that wasted space in front of short people!

about a year ago
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Redesigned Seats Let Airlines Squeeze In More Passengers

dacaldar Re:It not logical Captain (466 comments)

I doubt the average body weight in the US is only 164 pounds. Are you averaging all people, right down to babies?

I think a better metric would be average body weight of a US adult. Or at least pick an age range that represents most flyers.

about a year ago
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Germany: Bitcoin Is "Private Money"

dacaldar Re:Same as any other potential fraud. (223 comments)

Sigh, can't find anything good when I have mod points a few days ago, and now this.

Original sig is absolutely correct: (except possibly by a fringe standard of morality that someone might claim to have, but that would quickly not hold up to the scrutiny of just about anyone)
"You do not have a moral or legal right to do absolutely anything you want."
and it makes a good point. I rather like it.

about a year ago
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Wikileaks Releases A Massive "Insurance" File That No One Can Open

dacaldar Re:Hey look at us, we are still relevant! (394 comments)

Just a random thought (not exactly OT for this subthread, but I had to find somewhere interesting to tack this on)

The cracking time today is irrelevant. How many years until a reasonable sized quantum computer comes out that can decode it in seconds? 10? 20 at the most?

about a year ago
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Campaign To Kill CAPTCHA Kicks Off

dacaldar Re:stupid (558 comments)

+1000 !

I am an intelligent person (probably like most people here), and also extremely observant by anyone's standards, and I find that the majority of the time, at least one character of the captcha is so hard to read that I have a 50% chance at best of getting it right.

about a year ago
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Israeli Army Retweeting 1967 War As It Happened

dacaldar Re:solution to all problem (317 comments)

I agree with what you do with your kids, but surely you realize that it's overkill to "nuke it". Forcibly removing both parties would be a bit more palatable, but still, in practice, where would you put them? No, I'm sure the world powers have thought of these ideas and agreed that it's preferable to keep pushing for a more reasonable outcome, even if it has taken too long.

about a year ago
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Israeli Army Retweeting 1967 War As It Happened

dacaldar This is not "A new one". (317 comments)

@RealTimeWWII has been doing this meme for years. I like it, fairly educational in a few ways. And relatively neutral.

about a year ago
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An Exploration of BlackBerry 10's Programming API

dacaldar Re:Crack (100 comments)

Really? Do the math. How many BlackBerry users would you have to sell the app to in order to make enough money that those one or two days are worth your time. I don't know your app or its price, but surely a few hundred would easily make it worthwhile.

There are 80 million BlackBerry users and growing. You don't think you can sell even a few hundred copies out of 80 million users? Even if you make 10x more money on other platforms, it never hurts to add an extra few % to your bottom line.

about a year ago

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dacaldar dacaldar writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dacaldar (614951) writes "Arstechnica reports that Kodak has big plans to revolutionize the inkjet printer market by selling ink at bargain basement prices: $9.99 for black and $14.99 for color.

More numbers from the article:
  • Users sick of piratical ink prices (which Kodak estimates come out to $4000-$5,000 per gallon, on average) will be relieved to know that they now have a low-cost alternative.
  • Kodak says that its new ink system is cheap, costing only $.14 for each 4x6 color photo and $.03 for a black-and-white page.
  • $45 billion inkjet market
  • Three new printers will be rolled out in March at $149, $199, and $299 price points under the name "Kodak EasyShare All-in-One" (all models can scan, print, and copy)
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dacaldar dacaldar writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dacaldar (614951) writes "Big tech companies including Google, IBM, Microsoft, Cisco, Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard sat down with federal regulators earlier this month to assess the industry's thirst for power amid fears that volatile and expensive energy could hinder the growing sector.

"I think we may be at the beginning of a potential energy crisis for the IT sector," Victor Varney, a vice president for the computing business Silicon Graphics, told the regulators. "It's clearly coming."

My favourite quote from TFA is:
'To illustrate his point, Karsner hypothesized: "What happens to national productivity when Google goes down for 72 hours?"'
Umm... people stop browsing and go back to work?"

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