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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

drinkypoo Re:Drug charges (239 comments)

But I see no way to allow certain substances to be used for recreational purposes.

And because you don't see it (possibly because the responsible users have been driven underground alike with the irresponsible ones, but the irresponsible ones are the ones who act out, and thus are seen) it doesn't exist!

We can argue about exactly where that line should be drawn but there is and should be a line.

And it should be drawn before alcohol, by gum! It's the devil's spirit!

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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

drinkypoo Re:Before you even start (239 comments)

I wouldn't buy a WRX used anyway unless I knew the owner personally.

I bought my Impreza GC5 LS from a little old lady. If I were looking for a WRX, I'd be looking to buy one from a middle-aged woman. If she ever used it in anger, it would likely only have been while merging; but she might be likely enough to have actually done that occasionally to have kept massive carbon deposits from building up on the exhaust valves.

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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

drinkypoo Re:Scion marketed to, trimmed for younger, less ca (239 comments)

Unfortunately, the flat 4 boxers that Subaru produce have always been lacklustre without a turbocharger.

The whole point of the car was to give affordable, usable power. You can drive the car at 9/10 on the street at legal speeds, on twisty roads anyway. Turbo kits are already around, couple them with a bit more damping (for anti-squat) and some more rubber and you're off! And the door is open to throw some more powerful engines in there later. Or, perhaps now. I'd very much like to see Subaru and Toyota each roll their own turbo kits, and each bring out their own hot version. They would differentiate the vehicles from one another, in addition to bringing in the people like yourself who feel the car requires more power.

Incidentally, those Subaru engines might be "lacklustre" but they have amazingly flat curves and they have a massive assload of headroom left in them. A lot of them can be wrung out another 1,000 RPM or more, so there's loads of room for tuning. But they're designed to take a lot of abuse. If you maintain a Subaru with a manual transmission well, you can expect it to really hold up. But they're not amazingly well-protected against corrosion, so part of that is underbody maintenance if you live someplace where that's a significant issue. That's fairly unfortunate for a brand known for all-terrain, all-weather performance.

11 minutes ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

drinkypoo Re:Study is quite incomplete (239 comments)

always figured, going 75 in a 65 will maybe shave off 10 minutes... maybe

On a one-hour trip, there's no point. On a four-hour trip (or a three-hour tour) you'll save enough time to actually do something with.

also, for some reason i'm under the impression that the closer i can get to 50 the better my fuel mileage will be.

The more aerodynamic your car is, the less true that is. My '82 300SD gets its best mileage around 75, I think it has something to do with it being very aero (for its day, especially, but pretty good even by modern standards) and maybe something to do with the non-lockup torque converter. AFAICT those are most efficient at the highest RPMs, and that car cruises at pretty high RPM. My '89 240SX was the same, though it had a stick; it was an even more aerodynamic car. And though I don't have personal experience of getting it up over 26 mpg yet, the 1997 A8 Quattro is reputed to get better mileage at 90 than at 75. I don't personally dare go over about 80 in most scenarios, since I don't have all that fancy laser and radar bullshit. It too has a slush box, but it has a lockup TC. It is however more aero than either of the prior examples.

incidentally, when i drive i don't really look at my odometer anymore, i just tend to be extremely comfortable at posted to +5 of posted speeds.

The safest and most efficient thing is to drive with the flow of traffic, but without being worried about maintaining your place in the race, since you're not racing. Most people are most comfortable in such a situation, which is why you typically see long lines of relatively static traffic. I find myself most comfortable when I don't have stuff coming up behind me...

16 minutes ago
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Study: Compound Found In Beer Boosts Brain Function

drinkypoo Re:Drink IPA (60 comments)

Name 10 pubs with Pliny on tap. List them. here. list them now.

Choke on me. Choke. Now. Choke on me now.

You just claim to like beer with 200 IBU or Dogfish overkill, and people want something a bit more subtle.

Hopfather has less IBUs than Pliny, ignoranus. You're only pretending to know anything about beer.

about half an hour ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

drinkypoo Re:the solution: (470 comments)

I am kinda curious where this 'the 2nd amendment is so we can keep the government in check' idea came from.

It's from reading the writings of the founding fathers on the subject. A quick google search will produce more material than you can possibly choke on.

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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

drinkypoo Re:Honestly, rifles are not the problem (470 comments)

The best thing about dogs is their uncanny friend-or-foe instinct. [...] I've even noticed him reacting when our son is playing in the back yard and gets tackled or ends up being "it" in some game and yells out.

Oh, you mean that uncanny complete lack of friend-or-foe instinct? Yeah, I've seen that before.

2 hours ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

drinkypoo Re:Honestly, rifles are not the problem (470 comments)

But studies show that most people that commit suicide do not 'really want to commit suicide'.

Right. These are the people who commit suicide by exhaust, or by oven, or by other slow methods. They really want to be discovered. The people who commit suicide by gun will instead use a train, or a bridge.

2 hours ago
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Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary

drinkypoo Re:oh, for another golden era of public transport (85 comments)

But still, you come back home to the US and wonder how we are still #1

What precisely is it that we're still #1 in, besides arms exports?

2 hours ago
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Study: Compound Found In Beer Boosts Brain Function

drinkypoo Re:Drink IPA (60 comments)

Pliny is nice. Its balanced, lots of hops, IPA classic, only good fresh, and its smooth

9 out of 10 times I drink it at the brewery, I am left wondering where the lovely floral character has gone. Well, it went to Hopfather. Pliny is now their mass market beer.

2 hours ago
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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

drinkypoo Re:The last sentence in the summary... (206 comments)

actually weather forecasters have pretty good accuracy, >90%, out to abot four days.

For who? For how much of the land? In any case, that's not even possible, because if I check three sources for my area, they will say three different things at least two days out of three.

6 hours ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

drinkypoo Re:Drug charges (239 comments)

We restrict access to certain drugs for (mostly) very good reasons.

All the evidence shows that this is nonsense, that you always cause more problems than you solve because you drive addiction underground and people wind up taking drugs of varying quality because of their illegal nature.

If you can explain to me the upside to society of someone having a cocaine or heroin addiction then I'll concede the point.

If prohibition prevented use, you would have a point.

10 hours ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

drinkypoo Re:Moire expensive car, richer driver, that's FINE (239 comments)

I *know* they wouldn't have done that had I been driving a BMW 745i - drastically different experiences, all based on the make/model of the car.

And this is why I shifted to driving top-of-the-line Kraut Kans. Even an old one still commands respect. I can fly by at 80 in my 300SD, nothing. But go by at 70 in the Astro and they squint hard to see how Mexican you are. I'm working on prepping an A8 now, which should make me even more invisible. Paint's much better than my 300SD.

12 hours ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

drinkypoo Re:Who drives $2,500 used sports cars? Teen boys (239 comments)

> TFA was bullshit when I saw the Supra on the list ranked at #4 (and the 3000 GT at #17).
> They stopped making both of those cars well over 10 years ago

So they are sporty cars that are ten years old and now worth about $2,500.

HAHAHAHA. If you buy a Supra or a 3000GT for $2,500, you'll be lucky if you can get it up to law-violating speed.

12 hours ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

drinkypoo Re:WRX (239 comments)

How is it a BS charge if they find drugs in your car?

Because all drug charges are BS, except perhaps for driving under the influence.

12 hours ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

drinkypoo Re:Study is quite incomplete (239 comments)

In what direction does that bias work, and why?

It works against younger drivers, who are more likely to still have the points on their record. Once the accidents drop off your record, you don't tell the insurance companies about them, for fear that they will move you to a higher-risk group. Deny, deny, deny!

12 hours ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

drinkypoo Re:Study is quite incomplete (239 comments)

The Camaro is frequently driven by older drivers looking for a cheap Corvette substitute (some of the same engines have been there off and on.) Wrangler is slow. Focus is only fun at low speeds. Civic, same.

12 hours ago
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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

drinkypoo Re:The last sentence in the summary... (206 comments)

3) It is not believed that Egyptians used slaves to construct the pyramids.

I've been bothered by this claim each time I see it. If you're willing to move big rocks for nothing but beer, are you any better than a slave? See also: Illegal immigrants picking lettuce.

12 hours ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

drinkypoo Re: Simple answer (799 comments)

A change of 2 degrees fahrenheit is approximately 1.1 degree change in centigrade.

So why would you ever use a decimal? Yet, that is how it's done.

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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

drinkypoo Re:Which users? (263 comments)

A lot of people said the same thing about XP. Then Microsoft forced them to upgrade. They will do the same to you.

But, I won't. I haven't bought any Windows software in a long time, and I'm continuing that trend. I play games on it, and it will continue to run my old games well after EOL so that's fine. I also have some automotive service software, but that will do fine in a VM.

Windows 7 is really fantastic to use in a lot of ways, and I've enjoyed it. I'm enjoying it right now. But Microsoft has gone full asshole. They were always pretty damned bad, of course — I've ranted and railed about them time and again, as mentioned nearby. But they always sort of pretended they cared about the user experience until recently.

yesterday

Submissions

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Supermicro fails at IPMI, leaks admin passwords

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 3 months ago

drinkypoo (153816) writes "Zachary Wikholm of Security Incident Response Team (CARISIRT) has publicly announced a serious failure in IPMI BMC (management controller) security on at least 31,964 public-facing systems with motherboards made by SuperMicro: "Supermicro had created the password file PSBlock in plain text and left it open to the world on port 49152." These BMCs are running Linux 2.6.17 on a Nuvoton WPCM450 chip. An exploit will be rolled into metasploit shortly. There is already a patch available for the affected hardware."
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UK court sanctions Apple for non-compliance

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

drinkypoo writes "Per PJ over on Groklaw as always, "Since Apple did not comply with the order in its estimation, adding materials that were not ordered and in addition were "false", the judges ordered Apple to pay Samsung's lawyers' fees on an indemnity basis, and they add some public humiliation". And per the judge, "what Apple added was false and misleading". Your move, Apple."
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Empirical evidence of anthropogenic global warming

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

drinkypoo writes ""an analysis of high resolution spectral data allowed scientists to quantitatively attribute the increase in downward radiation to each of several greenhouse gases (Evans 2006). The results lead the authors to conclude that "this experimental data should effectively end the argument by skeptics that no experimental evidence exists for the connection between greenhouse gas increases in the atmosphere and global warming.""
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Scientology proven false... by their counsel

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

drinkypoo (153816) writes ""In one very interesting moment, Davis said, 'Of course, if it's true that Mr. Hubbard was never injured during the war, then he never did heal himself using Dianetics principles, then Dianetics is based on a lie, and then Scientology is based on a lie. The truth is that Mr. Hubbard was a war hero.' And the way he phrased that, that everything depended on whether Hubbard had sustained these injuries and healed himself was like a wager on the table." And to drive the point home, "And [a researcher] had inquired about Howard D. Thompson, this lieutenant commander that supposedly signed this notice of separation. And the archivist at the time said they had thoroughly researched the roles of Navy officers at the time, and there was no such person.""
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Journals

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OMFG it's "rein in" seriously WTFBBQ

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 3 months ago

Lately, I'm seeing more and more "reign in" on Slashdot and I've got to say, I'm disappointed.

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2+ port router+asterisk server?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 4 months ago

I need a new system on which to run asterisk, bonus points if I don't have to configure it from scratch. I'd like to spend less than $200 (ideally I'd pick up something used if necessary for $100) but I have storage devices available, whether CF, SD, USB, or what have you. It can have wireless, but it doesn't have to because I have a routerboard for that. I have found my pogoplugs to be unreliable at best.

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nosupportlinuxhosting fail

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

I decided to try out nosupportlinuxhosting but they appear to have suspended hyperlogos.org without notice or explanation. I sure hope I don't have to issue a chargeback, that would be stupid. I'm already waiting for Amazon to process two returns that have been sitting around at their facilities for weeks.

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This website has gone to shit

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

I'm not talking about the content, that has always been shit
I'm talking about what happens when I try to modify my relationships.

OK

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, admin@slashdot.org and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.
Apache/2.2.3 (CentOS) Server at slashdot.org Port 80

Of course I reported the error. Of course I never heard back. Now I'm seeing it again.
Slashdot is basically unusable without friends/foes lists.

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If you require Javascript, you are incompetent or evil

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Subject says it all. If I can't read your content without javascript, either you are an idiot, or you're evil, or you're an evil idiot.

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Users opt in, but they don't opt out

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Google will tell you that their collection of "anonymous" location statistics is opt-in. That is, technically, true. However, on Gingerbread it is not opt-out. Once turned on, there is no option to disable it, that was added later. That, or I have forgotten all I once knew about google-fu. I can find how to change your mind about this on ICS, but not on GB.

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Slashdot Achievements Leaderboards?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

I became curious (about Slashdot achievements, silly) and searched to no avail. Anyone have any clue?

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Keep it coming, mod trolls

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3436185&cid=42803807
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3436175&cid=42803841
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3430839&cid=42803897
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3436185&cid=42804399

I can afford it.

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I'm sorry, did I break your concentration?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Modtrolls troll mod. Film at eleven.

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3428941&cid=42771455
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3428941&cid=42771437
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3426877&cid=42770781
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3427061&cid=42770777
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3427083&cid=42770769

Pretty sure this time I offended an iFanboi.

Too bad you can't tag things "slashdot"

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Bring it on, bitches

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Every time I get a modtroll I get validation. Here are the five comments in question, all downmodded in a row by someone too lazy to even spread out their punitive moderation.

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3411745&cid=42715053
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412111&cid=42714885
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412141&cid=42714871
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412263&cid=42714843
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412263&cid=42714801

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Internet Bravery

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

I should very much like to demand satisfaction from people who are badly in need of correction. Namely, those who use insults against me in lieu of argument. (I am not above answering insult with insult, of course.) When are we going to get internet VR boxing, so that I can realistically challenge some random dipshit who talks a lot of shit to a boxing match and announce his cowardice should he decline?

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Moderation works?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Well, some mod douchewaffle spent all his points on me because I'm anti gun control. I heart slashdot.

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Android for Raspberry Pi

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

More or less every day I visit the Raspberry Pi home page to see if there is any new information on when the allegedly-mostly-working Android 4 will be released, and every day there isn't. As far as I know, Broadcom is the holdup. This does not give me confidence in Broadcom...

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What can be done about the Microsoft astroturfers?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Is there indeed anything we can do about the new cadre of Microsoft astroturfers with modpoints? Is it just time to finally give up. I can't imagine that they haven't actually paid their way in.

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Good large-format inkjet with continuous inking?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I am looking for a large-format inkjet with continuous inking that is suitable for printing poster prints and the like. Ideally it would have both Linux and Windows support, preferably through a standard protocol, but this is not an absolute necessity. What IS a necessity is the ability to install a continuous inking system for making these large prints, and being able to change inks. I am biased towards Epson or Canon but I want good advice, not just biased.

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Copyright

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Copyright is not a natural right, and if it had been instituted in its current form (denial of copying, as opposed to forced copying) two thousand years earlier we'd probably be at least a thousand years behind where we are now.

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Strategy games that don't cheat?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

OK, I know AI is hard (no pun intended) but are there any strategy games out there that don't cheat on any but the lowest levels? Haven't tried Civ V yet, but IV is just another case of easy easy easy IMPOSSIBLE to me... I just can't muster the interest to outsmart a computer program written to cheat against me.

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Continuous servos?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I want some continuous servos. Should I buy or hack? What's good to buy if I just want to do that? Double-BB and metal gear would both be nice.

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