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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

farble1670 Re:Move to a gated community (593 comments)

i suggest you try out that methodology then get back to me.

"office, i didn't notice i was going 85mph in a 45mph. i realize now i was, sorry."
"officer, i don't know anything about this meth in my backpack. i'll throw it out as soon as i get home. i promise."
"officer, i thought this was my house and my laptop, i realize now i'm in the wrong house."

if the cop was dumb enough to fall for that once, how many more times do you think it'd work on them?

3 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

farble1670 Re:Easy solution... (593 comments)

The easy solution is to make highrise apartment and office buildings illegal through zoning. Grand father existing structures of course... but when new construction happens, make it clear that it cannot exceed a certain height. Do that and the density is capped. And if you keep the density capped then you won't need to build subway systems etc to handle over development.

that's absolutely the WRONG thing to do. transit only works in densely packed cities / communities because that's when it's cost effective. if you cap density you get urban sprawl which makes everything more expensive ... utilities, law enforcement, fire, garbage, and so on. not to mention, all of those people that are forced to live in the boondocks because of the capped density still need to commute into the city for their job.

3 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

farble1670 Re:Move to a gated community (593 comments)

"Except Local Traffic" doesn't work because to enforce, an officer would have to follow the driver from the moment they entered the neighborhood until they left,

check your license. it has your address on it.

3 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

farble1670 Re:Move to a gated community (593 comments)

Perhaps it's related to laying out the roads so that people that have no legitimate business in the neighborhood have no incentive to drive through it either

i have legitimate business driving on any public street i choose.

3 days ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

farble1670 Re:No (416 comments)

Lawyers do not make the law or even make a company follow the law. Lawyers determine whether the risk is worth the action.

i agree and never said differently.

You are simply deluded and believe everything people tell you, as long as they are a person of authority. Works fine until you are hit with a sexual harassment charge and have your life ruined.

all i ever said was that in at-will states, an employer can terminate their relationship with an employee at any time, without any reason. that's so obvious my only conclusion is that you are 12 years old and have never been employed and don't speak with your parents much.

i realize that the imaginary conversation you are having with me is much more complex, but you'll also have to imagine my responses from now on since i'm only able to converse with you in the realm of reality.

about a week ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

farble1670 Re:No (416 comments)

Oh, like the fact that you have no idea if he even had a contract?

in the face of a lack of information, the right thing to do is go on what you do know and fill in the rest with common sense ... not speculate on every silly possibility in the universe. you want to know how i know he didn't have a contract? i know that because MIT has many, many lawyers at it's disposal. do you really think this matter wasn't discussed with their legal counsel?

How about the fact that he could not be "fired" because he was not employed as a professor so this removal seems to be purely vindictive?

the fact that he wasn't employed makes it much simpler. do you really think that a private organization isn't allowed legally to terminate it's relationship with an individual that it doesn't even employ?!?

about a week ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

farble1670 Re:No (416 comments)

At will employment laws vary from State to State

yes well we're talking about Massachusetts, so no need to speculate on what might be the case in other states eh?

The professor may or not have a contract that negates this theory.

also, he may or may not have magical powers that allow him to set his enemies on fire. how about focusing on the facts we know?

Further, even with the "right to work" laws Companies can not stomp on a persons rights under the Law of the Land (US Constitution) without repercussion.

terminating an employee doesn't equate to "stomping on their rights". see below.

Can an employee be fired for no reason? , Archived from Boston Globe, 2005
"Although it seems almost impossible to believe, employers in Massachusetts, or in any other employee-at-will state, can fire any employee at any time for any reason — or even for no reason at all. An employer can terminate any employee, with or without notice."
http://www.mass.gov/courts/cas...

now are we done?

about a week ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

farble1670 Re:Even more important questions exist! (416 comments)

A company can not take legal action against an employee or person based solely on accusation or allegation

MIT didn't take legal action. they just disassociated themselves from him and his work.

The purpose of the Government is to protect people's Constitutional rights. In this case, with no facts or trial MIT acted against the professors rights and should face full prosecution for their actions.

the govt isn't involved (unless they decide to prosecute criminally). it's a relationship between an employer and an employee. and as i stated, nothing needs to be proven. you might not like it, but that's how it is (in the US).

and putting all that aside, you can trust in this: MIT knows exactly what they can and cannot do. they've been here before 1000x. they have staff lawyers. trust me they are doing exactly what they have the right to do.

about a week ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

farble1670 Re:P.C. hurts society and this is just an example (416 comments)

I don't care if he was a rapist or serial killer! Where is the philosophy department when you need it?? (The only practical thing they are good for is defending freedom; aside from teaching.) Lets throw out everything NASA ever did under Wernher von Braun because he was a Nazi!

dude, he lectures are still online, it's just that MIT doesn't want an association with him or his lectures. it's their right not associate with him. it's your right to think they stink for doing so (or whatever your point is).

about a week ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

farble1670 Re:Even more important questions exist! (416 comments)

What ever happened to being innocent until proven guilty?

you are thinking about certain legal systems, not employer-employee relationships.

an employer doesn't have to prove anything to terminate an employee. almost all employment (in the US) it at-will meaning either party can terminate the relationship at any time for most any reason (excluding sexual and racial discrimination, and probably a few other things i'm not smart enough to think of right now).

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

farble1670 Re:programming (414 comments)

There is no reason to expect an AI to have self-interest, or even a will to survive, unless it is programmed to have it.

there's also no reason that AI will brew better beer, unless you program it to do so. if coding for self-interest has come up 100x in this thread, i'm pretty sure someone will attempt it.

does a mouse that avoids a cat, and breeds as much and fast as it's facilities will allow have self interest? does a virus that replicates as fast as it's programming allows have self interest? does a computer virus that is coded to spread between systems have self interest?

self interest doesn't need to be a complicated notion. self interest is programming, biological or otherwise, to increase your numbers (your family, your species, or whatever). we often think a self interest as the will to survive, but biologically speaking, the only purpose of a longer life is to reproduce (more).

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

farble1670 Re:AI is not just a look-up program. (414 comments)

"Ask the human in the street what 'Artificial Intelligence' means, and they won't say 'a chess computer' or 'something that answers questions on a TV quiz show'."

fortunately, we don't base our definitions on popular ignorance. this is from wikipedia,

"the study and design of intelligent agents",[1] where an intelligent agent is a system that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chances of success."

which sounds about right, and clearly encompasses things lesser than self-awareness.

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

farble1670 Re:AI is not just a look-up program. (414 comments)

"If it isn't self-aware, it isn't AI. It's just a useful application."

did you learn that from hollywood?

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

farble1670 Re:programming (414 comments)

AI will do what it is programming to do and follow the rules we lay out for it to follow.

humans have been known to introduce destructive elements into the environment of other humans. it's almost certain that AI if and when it exists will be used as a weapon, and given specific "programming" and "rules" to do harm.

about a week ago
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Google Releases Android Studio 1.0, the First Stable Version of Its IDE

farble1670 Re:What's wrong with emacs and make ? (114 comments)

more questions, like what you'd get if you gave someone make and emacs and told them to go for it?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

farble1670 Re:America, land of the free... (717 comments)

Not to mention the forced prison labor market. Felons get to learn "valuable skills" (for third world countries) and make products to sell at full value while getting paid a pittance. Refuse to work? No problem, 3 months in solitary will cure that, or you'll just go nuts. Really, the prison system is just slavery by another name.

you know, they are in prison, right? they already have TV, books, internet in some cases, gyms, organized sports, vocational programs, college degree programs, consensual sex, conjugal visits in some cases, access to illegal drugs. they shouldn't get paid anything, and they shouldn't have most of those freedoms. let them have a mentally-scarring experience in prison. it's supposed to be a deterrent.

yeah you'll probably bring up the injustices in the legal system, for-profit prisons, unfair sentencing, and so on. the solution to those things isn't to make prison a country club. 49% of convicts are violent offenders. you think those people should have a comfortable stay? you don't think they should be put to work to repay their crimes? if someone raped your daughter, do you think they should get to watch cable TV and smoke marijuana in their cell?

about two weeks ago
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Google Releases Android Studio 1.0, the First Stable Version of Its IDE

farble1670 Re:What's wrong with emacs and make ? (114 comments)

Try using an IDE and learning the features. You'll answer your own question.

about two weeks ago
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Google Releases Android Studio 1.0, the First Stable Version of Its IDE

farble1670 Re:Everything's broken, as usual. (114 comments)

It still won't update from a 0.9 to a 1.0 version with a regular patch, prepare for all kinds of sorrow while you try to upgrade. Dependencies, good luck. Back up everything you have, twice, before you attempt updating through the SDK Manager.

that's why up until now, Eclipse / ADT was the blessed IDE. it's the difference between a beta and a stable release. if they keep breaking compatibility after 1.0, then that's a problem. and if you didn't like it, you should have been using ADT, or Intellij as it has all the same features (and more) of AS, but is on a regular stable release cycle.

Google suddenly closed 11,000 bugs

Invalid / won't fix bugs do get field you know?

Gradle also hit 1.0, what a coincidence

Gradle has been on version 2.0 for months.

about two weeks ago

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Google Maps Navigation now on all Android Devices

farble1670 farble1670 writes  |  about 5 years ago

farble1670 (803356) writes "Google has rolled Google Maps Navigation for all Android 1.6+ devices, even the lowly HTC Dream (aka T-Mobile G1). Features include traffic, satellite, and street view overlaid with your route. PC World has a nice feature overview. What does this mean for dedicated GPS device makers, now that a free, "good enough" turn by turn GPS is available to the ever-increasing number of Android users? What does it mean for the iPhone, where Google has yet to port this application? Google says it will port, if Apple approves.

After using it for a few days now, I agree with the "good enough" verdict."
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farble1670 farble1670 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

farble1670 writes "The European Commission on FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) has made it official — Sun contributes to and participates in more open source projects than any other commercial company, including IBM, Red Hat, Novell and HP. See the Economic impact of FLOSS on innovation and competitiveness (page 51) for the breakdown. In person months, Sun contributes over 3x more than the second place company, IBM.

This was concluded prior to the OpenJDK announcement, so we will see Sun's contributions grow significantly in the near future."

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