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Car Glass Rules Could Impair Cell, GPS and Radio Signals In CA

deraj123 Re:! surprising (762 comments)

We then also have to pay for all of those idiots hospital bills if they survive, and their funerals if they don't.

No, we don't. We choose to.

We have to pay for the cleanup of those crashes, the police to cordon off the area, the firefighters to put out the burning wreck, and we all have a longer commute to work because their brain takes longer to pick up from the roadway.

I'd be curious to see how much more effort it takes to cleanup a wreck, of the same magnitude, when the driver doesn't wear his seatbelt. I suspect it's not that much, but...I'd like to see the numbers. Do you have any links?

more than 4 years ago
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Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads

deraj123 Re:Experience from academia (1259 comments)

I'm glad somebody finally said this. You're talking about loaning a large amount of money to someone with no collateral, often very little credit, and no income. Sounds risky as hell. Hence higher interest rates...

more than 4 years ago
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Manager's Schedule vs. Maker's Schedule

deraj123 Re:What is it with meetings? (274 comments)

Or when you setup that meeting with the small team of technical people and some genius decides to invite the manager. Usually results in a wasted hour or two.

more than 5 years ago
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Comcast DNS Redirection Launched In Trial Markets

deraj123 Re:So should... (362 comments)

As is often the case here, ISPs must have different configurations in different areas. I currently use uverse, and only recently switched from at&t's dsl service. I have not had any trouble using open dns with either service.

more than 5 years ago
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Comcast DNS Redirection Launched In Trial Markets

deraj123 Re:malware (362 comments)

Try looking at the entire service. So far as I have been able to tell, you can turn off every single one of their "features", giving you a simple, straightforward dns service.

And for those replying to you confused about the google thing - they don't

redirect requests to google.com to their own servers

. What they do is provide a dns entry for www.google.com that points to their own servers. These servers proxy the real www.google.com to strip out some functionality that opendns found particularly offensive (I have not experienced the functionality, and can't say whether I agree or disagree with their views). However, like every other "feature" I've found at OpenDNS, you can turn this off. Yes, at first you couldn't. I stopped using OpenDNS for awhile. Now you can.

more than 5 years ago
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Cows That Burp Less Methane to Be Bred

deraj123 Re:Grass (366 comments)

The problem is that they each need an acre, so production for the same piece of land falls dramatically.

So....they cost more to feed?

more than 5 years ago
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Cows That Burp Less Methane to Be Bred

deraj123 Re:Easy alternative (366 comments)

Natural != Good, Unnatural != Evil. Milk tastes good, it's a good source of calcium. I'm not going to stop drinking it just because no other adult animal drinks milk. Humans do a lot of things that no other animals do.

More importantly, cheese is like heaven...I suspect the only reason other animals don't eat it is because they haven't figured out how to produce it.

more than 5 years ago
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Indian CEO Says Most US Tech Grads "Unemployable"

deraj123 Re:Move Microsoft to India (1144 comments)

If Americans felt that having stuff done right rather than cheaply was important, companies wouldn't have found selling crappily made products on the cheap such a profitable business model.

more than 5 years ago
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ACLU Sues DHS Over Unlawful Searches and Detention

deraj123 Re:What took them so long? (460 comments)

99.9% of the people complaining would be happy if the ACLU would say "Yes, it's a right, but the NRA does such a great job, we think our resources are better spent on the others."

And were they to do this, they would alienate a large portion of their current donor base. As nonsensical as it is, there seem to be a lot of people in this country that support what the ACLU does, and yet are absolutely against any form of private gun ownership. So, they alienate a large portion of their donor base. What happens? They lose money. Which means they can fight less cases. Not only has this not helped defense the Second Amendment at all, but it's harmed defense of the First, Fourth, Fifth, etc...

It's also important to note that, while the ACLU's position on the Second Amendment is offensive, they don't take any action on that position. Which makes supporting them fairly innocuous

more than 5 years ago
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ACLU Sues DHS Over Unlawful Searches and Detention

deraj123 Re:What took them so long? (460 comments)

The ACLU doesn't take 2nd amendment cases because it would alienate the majority of their donor base.

I support them because I am in fairly close agreement with them on the things that they DO support. Just because they don't support everything that I believe in doesn't mean they aren't worthwhile. Because I care about my second amendment rights, and the ACLU isn't interested in defending them, I also support the NRA.

more than 5 years ago
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Java Gets New Garbage Collector, But Only If You Buy Support

deraj123 Re:It's "experimental" (587 comments)

I don't know...the release notes specifically say:

Although G1 is available for use in this release, note that production use of G1 is only permitted where a Java support contract has been purchased.

On the other hand, I was unable to find any specific mention of G1 anywhere in the licensing agreement. However, I did find this:

Sun grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, limited license without license fees to reproduce and use internally Software complete and unmodified for the sole purpose of running Programs.

If anyone is able to point out in the actual licensing where the quote from the release notes is backed up, I'd be interested. (text near the second quote there did allow for "exceptions" and "supplemental terms" - but I wasn't able to find any pertaining to G1)

more than 4 years ago
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Google Earth Raises Discrimination Issue In Japan

deraj123 Re:Reasons (457 comments)

Just out of curiosity, how do you call a person who has three white and one black grand parent?

Depends...what's his name?

more than 5 years ago
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The 10-Year Satellite Forecast

deraj123 Re:Congestion (73 comments)

I'm confused as to how they stay up there without orbiting...perhaps you could explain a bit better?

more than 5 years ago
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Cola Consumption Can Lead To Muscle Problems

deraj123 Re:Cool story bro (420 comments)

You'll find that the GP made no mention of whether things were "good" or "bad" for you. He simply discusses whether or not certain substances are "natural".

more than 5 years ago
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Right-to-Repair Law To Get DRM Out of Your Car

deraj123 Re:Jeep Oil Change indicator (403 comments)

I find a piece of black electrical tape does the trick quite nicely. Fixes that damned "shift" light too.

more than 5 years ago
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Right-to-Repair Law To Get DRM Out of Your Car

deraj123 Re:Good. (403 comments)

Any car with a decent warranty would've given you the option of calling their corporate help line to send a flatbed from the nearest dealer. It's pretty standard these days.

This, while being a nice feature, feels a lot less helpful when the closest dealers is 300 miles and you live 500 miles in the other direction. Sure, they'll get your car to the dealership, but your trip is shot, you need transportation, and then you have to figure out how to get your car back after it's fixed. When this happens because of some minor, easily repaired part, and you have no way of knowing that, it is still pretty damned frustrating.

more than 5 years ago
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Freshman Representative Opposes "TSA Porn"

deraj123 Re:This is a first (620 comments)

Except it wasn't a comparison. It was explicitly stated, "the esteemed young republican from the deep south".

more than 5 years ago
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Cory Doctorow Draws the Line On Net Neutrality

deraj123 Re:Fuck Republicans (381 comments)

The only solution is to take all private money out of the election process.

I disagree. There are other solutions. My preferred one is to strip the government's power to give handouts, aid, favor, etc to corporations. Matter of fact, limit the government's power to little more than the ability to protect our rights. I think you'll find that, when the government's power is limited, there is much less incentive for corporations to spend money to control it.

There needs to be iron-clad, enforced limitations on campaign finance, with a Justice Department squad whose only job is to make sure that a brand new set of campaign finance laws are enforced without exception.

So you're suggesting that we create a new arm of an already corrupt government that has the power to decide how campaigns can be run? An arm whose sole purpose is to make subjective decisions on what does and does not constitute political speech, and, effectively decide who gets to win an election? I'll pass.

more than 5 years ago
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Do We Want ISPs Penalizing Music Fans?

deraj123 Re:Court first then cut. (263 comments)

I would say that my right to enter into and maintain a voluntary, contractual agreement with an ISP falls under "liberty". Proposed law (as it has been presented in the summary) would remove that right from both me and the ISP, without due process.

more than 5 years ago
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More Fake Journals From Elsevier

deraj123 Re:Wrong (249 comments)

If the doctor does this without explaining to me what he's trying and why, there's a problem. Mine's pretty forthcoming when asked questions - if yours isn't, perhaps you should find a new doctor.

more than 5 years ago

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