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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

dkman Re:Study is quite incomplete (240 comments)

522 DODGE VIPER 5.3%

I guess the cops are too busy complementing the guy on his car to be bothered writing up that ticket.

Corvette was also pretty low.

420 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 15.2%

Although someone else did make that point that drivers of these vehicles know when to let loose and when to hold back.

8 hours ago
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Earth Gets Another Quasi-Moon

dkman Re:That's no Moon (48 comments)

That is an odd quote. 238 Celsius in 511 Kelvin. 35 Kelvin is -238 Celsius. I know parenthesis are used to represent negatives in excel, but I don't think that was the intention here, nor does that get communicated.

8 hours ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

dkman Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (460 comments)

Saying something sexual, is NOT sexual assault.

That was before the PC revolution, and I'm not talking about computers here.

about two weeks ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

dkman Re:Expert. (358 comments)

I remember the days when I would put one radio recording a cassette tape in front of another radio playing a cassette tape and whalla - instant duplicate. No it may not be the same thing as a digitally equivalent copy of an mp3, but it certainly could be pirated.

My feeling on the subject is the same as Mike's - if I can hear it, there's not a damn thing you can do to stop me from recording it if I were so inclined.

To say that the format is unpirateable, who the fck cares once I've got the music? The rest is fluff, it might be nice fluff, but let's not call it something it's not.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

dkman LUbuntu (334 comments)

Take a look a LUbuntu. Load it into a VM and play around with it. It's familiar enough that Windows users can function well enough. It's based on Ubuntu (obviously) so it runs .deb files. You can harden it to suit your needs. You can google for what you don't know. If you do go the LiveCD route that works as well. If you choose not to have it do updates due to the slow connection, you could just wait until the next release and send a new disc.

about two weeks ago
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London's Crime Hot Spots Predicted Using Mobile Phone Data

dkman Re:The act of detecting changes your results (64 comments)

As far as the 8% being insignificant, if the 8% is cheap to gain then I view that as significant.

As for public data being collectively aggregated without permission - that's another story.

Hell, they should be handing out cell phones for free they use your data for so much nowadays.

about two weeks ago
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London's Crime Hot Spots Predicted Using Mobile Phone Data

dkman The act of detecting changes your results (64 comments)

If I determine that this area is more likely to have a crime and increase police presence, then the crime doesn't happen because there's too much "heat" then haven't I skewed my results?

Or do you intend to have the cops lay low so they can "catch them in the act" or at least catch them quicker "after the fact"?

about two weeks ago
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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

dkman Re:sorry (198 comments)

They should use plastics, that stuff floats around out there for years.

about two weeks ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

dkman Re:Make the server version look like a server. (545 comments)

I absolutely agree with this. I added a handful of useful folders to the "Libraries" in 7. When I moved to 8 + Classic Shell (wouldn't even have thought about it without that) I was befuddled by the lack of ability to add meaningful libraries. I was able to add a few, but show in so few places as to make that process useless.

I am of the opinion that your data should be central. You should double click your data file to launch the program to view it. Such as double clicking a doc file to open Word, rather than launching Word, then selecting File - Open, then browsing to your file and selecting it. Adding meaningful libraries that showed in Explorer and almost all dialog boxes made that process flow work well.

In 8 I made a shortcut in My Documents to my main data folder and have to click through it. The other data is under My Documents, so it's not too tough to get into from there. It's just annoying when features go away for what appears to be no reason.

about two weeks ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

dkman Re:Make the server version look like a server. (545 comments)

3a. The inability to highlight and copy from an error pop-up is one of the most retarded things I run into. This was a problem in 95, it really needs someone to take an hour and fix it already. (This is made worse by URLs posted, but even if they weren't clickable being able to copy/paste it into a browser would take a lot of the pain away.)

about two weeks ago
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Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

dkman Re:Not really a lie (191 comments)

I was wondering about that, because it's nearly impossible to run a mail host and not be able to read the mail. I believe it is impossible when the mail isn't encrypted end-to-end.
It would also be impossible to offer any kind of spam, junk, antivirus service if you couldn't read the mail.

Since Apple isn't providing mail service, and doesn't proxy everything through it, your iDevice is configured to talk to your mail host. So if Apple could read your email they'd have to be doing something very wrong indeed. So he's essentially saying the same thing as if Google said they couldn't read your work email. Well no s#!t Sherlock, you don't have access to it.

I'm not saying that to Tim Cook, but the way it was reported was stupid.

about two weeks ago
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Browser To Facilitate Text Browsing In Emergencies

dkman Just because you can doesn't mean you should (40 comments)

The Cosmos browser is intended to facilitate using SMS text messages, which often still get through in such circumstances.

But now that we're crowding SMS, people in need can't get those through either. Good going. This is a case of "Just because you can doesn't mean you should".
Having a text browser option is interesting, but if you can text, then why browse instead of texting? It seems inefficient. That said, IF (and that's a big if) people knew to go to some site to get information or updates and everybody could go to the site rather than individually texting the world - then that would be an improvement. While it would be nice to get people organized - and I wish you luck - it's like herding cats.

Everybody is busy busy busy in their own little world, no time to organize - just the way the people pulling the strings want it. Just had to put that sinister bit in there.

about two weeks ago
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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

dkman Re:why? (182 comments)

I was wondering if you could tell your virtual eyes to look like you're looking at her eyes while you're really looking lower than that. Something you can only get away with when wearing sunglasses in real life, and then the frames can get in the way.
I'm putting too much effort into this.

about two weeks ago
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Malware Distributed Through Twitch Chat Is Hijacking Steam Accounts

dkman market, wallet, what (53 comments)

Steam Community Market, Steam Wallet?
I've been using Steam for a while, but I don't know how to look at either of these things. I guess I'll have to poke around when I get home.

I just buy and play games. As far as I'm concerned it's a game launcher.

I remember a lawsuit a while back about being able to resell games, but didn't realize there was a "marketplace" to do that within steam. I knew there were coupons or promo codes, but didn't realize there was a wallet.

So I learned something new about a piece of software I use. Always cool.

And what the hell is a twitch chat? Sounds like it should be a first person shooter thing.

about two weeks ago
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European Space Agency Picks Site For First Comet Landing In November

dkman Spider legs (35 comments)

So apparently what we need to develop is a better landing leg configuration that doesn't care about a flat surface. Something like spider legs that could have a rough surface underneath, but with each leg bent differently so that the cargo body is level. Granted, on Earth's surface "level" means something, on a 4 kilometer comet that may be more difficult to determine.

I feel that legs could also absorb some impact from the landing as well. Think along the lines of bending your knees as you land from a jump.

I understand that there a plenty of complexities in getting your robotic spider overlord into space, but you've gotta admit it would look pretty bad-ass walking around on an ice comet. Making the joints tolerant of the temperatures might be another thing to worry about, but if we've got the wheel joints figured out it's probably not a big leap from there.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Working On Crystallizing Light

dkman Re:Sounds like technobabble (129 comments)

I agree.

From the article:

To build their machine, the researchers created a structure made of superconducting materials that contains 100 billion atoms engineered to act as a single “artificial atom.” They placed the artificial atom close to a superconducting wire containing photons. By the rules of quantum mechanics, the photons on the wire inherit some of the properties of the artificial atom – in a sense linking them.

They use a lot of "artificially" in the article. And I like the big jump of "By the rules of quantum mechanics".

about three weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

dkman Technical limitations (364 comments)

I didn't see anyone address the technical limitations of trying to disable texting while driving.

If the legislative arm forces me to install Text Nanny I will promptly root the device and uninstall it. Failing that I'll just factory reset the device. Unless the service provider won't accept my phone unless Text Nanny is installed on it, there's not much the gov't is going to do about that.

Slapping a 2 week suspension on my license doesn't physically stop me from driving, but it sure does raise the penalty if I'm caught doing it.

Of course, (I forget the term) the police "choosing" when to enforce the law is going to be a problem.

about three weeks ago
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Architecture That Changes Shape In Response To Heat

dkman Passive heating and cooling (34 comments)

I was thinking having expanding shades for windows, or window overhangs. In the summer they would heat up, expand, and block the sun from directly entering the window - helping the inside stay cool. In the winter they wouldn't expand, allowing the sun to enter and keeping the inside warmer. Passive heating and cooling, if you will.

about three weeks ago
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Apparent Meteorite Hits Managua, Nicaragua, Leaving Crater But No Injuries

dkman Re:Imperial (107 comments)

The Republicans will never let us stop using the imperial system.

As long as the Republicans are allowed to gerrymander their seats in Congress we won't be able to get rid of them.

Congress will never pass a gerrymandering law because they are the ones who would need to vote on it.

Therefore we will ,unfortunately, never get rid of our egregious amount of BS.

What I would like to see:
Step 1: Stop gerrymandering
Step 2: Vote for someone with a clue
Step 3: Make speed limits and other products have both forms (imperial and metric)
Step 4: Phase out imperial
I'm fine with the process taking 40 or 50 years, but let's stop doing nothing.

about three weeks ago

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