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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

flink Re:Simple solution (462 comments)

You don't need to be greedy. Simply requiring the law enforcement to pay interest and to pay attorney fees should be sufficient.

Plus lost wages to go to court, plus inconvenience charge, plus opportunity costs.

about two weeks ago

Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

flink Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

Frankly, I'm more concerned with hackers or script kiddies bricking thousands of phones for lol's, than I am about hypothetical law enforcement abuse of it, but it remains a possibility.

a PC packed with FPGAs and a microcell could work as a rolling nuke that cracked and bricked every cell phone in a 2 klick radius

I think any sane implementation of this would require the brick command to be signed by the carrier's PKI or some other fail safe to prevent brick commands from being spammed or spoofed.

about a month ago

Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs

flink Re:FCC doesn't have a mandate to answer to the pub (140 comments)

The FCC is supposed to answer to Congress. Congress makes the laws that define the scope of FCC responsibilities. The FCC should only listen to the public as it pertains to regulated entities doing something wrong or the FCC not doing its job.

The FCC is an independent agency. Congress defines the scope of it's powers and the president appoints it's chairman and members of the board. However, when exercising those powers within the scope of it's statutory authority the FCC is answerable to no one, not even the president. If the FCC pisses off congress they have the power to redefine the scope of it's statutory authority, but that's about it.

I do agree that the FCC head should never be a shill for the regulated industries.

Agreed. If congress had any backbone they would place ISPs under Title II by statute and take the decision out of the FCC's hands.

about 2 months ago

Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

flink Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (533 comments)

It's almost like there's this sort of happy medium built into the system where the Federal government represents the small government that doesn't intrude while more local governments (States and Municipalities) which offer more representation to their constituents can serve the role of the larger government.

The problem is that large corporations wield even more undemocratic power at the state level. A big company (or even just a small one that employs a lot of people locally) doesn't even have to spend much to gain influence. They just have to make noises about moving operations to another state and they can get all sorts of concessions out of state and local governments. So a lot of reforms, particular things that relate to labor or benefits, are harder to enact at a state-by-state level.

about 2 months ago

Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

flink Re:Profit before subsidy? (247 comments)

Ha, well 40mpg is highway. My commute is 16 city miles round trip, all of then city miles, where I get substantially less than 40mpg. What it boils down to is I'm paying $200/mo car payment + $120/mo for gas. If I could trade that for $300/mo for the car + cost of electricity, I think it would come out basically even, especially if maintenance cost are lower or the car lasts longer than a comparable gas vehicle.

about 3 months ago

Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

flink Re:Profit before subsidy? (247 comments)

I just did the calculation for myself, and compared to my $15k 40mpg Hyundai, and given the amount of gas I go through on a weekly basis, if I pay sticker price for the model E it will be just about at the break even point. Any subsidy is just gravy. My current car is only 2 years old, so I won't be in the market for a while, but I'll definitely take a long hard look at a Tesla when I am.

I can't be that unique. Hopefully this car will find it's niche.

about 3 months ago

Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

flink Human Subject Review (160 comments)

I haven't seen a human subject review or impact statement mentioned in any of these /. articles. Did Facebook even do one before proceeding with this research? If so was it reviewed by an ethics panel before they proceeded with the experiment? If not, then they should definitely be held responsible for any negative outcomes.

about 3 months ago

Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

flink Re:Similar bug in iOS (349 comments)

It probably creates a backup image of the current working firmware in the 4GB so if the update fails it can roll back instead of requiring a complete restore or bricking your device.

about 3 months ago

New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

flink Re: waste of time (380 comments)

And on the other side of things is the "no central planning at all, ever" which gave us the streets of the Metro Boston area.

1 hour to travel 25 miles. Realize the joy. Live it. Join my commute.

I fell your pain. JP to Cambridge/Watertown, surface roads all the way.

about 3 months ago

US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

flink Re:Overreach much? (216 comments)

My 2006 buick detects if someone is not wearing a seatbelt and turns off the passenger side airbag if no one is in the passenger seat

.....WHY??? Sure, it might be unnecessary if no one is sitting there, but what possible benefit is conferred by disabling an airbag?

It might be a child safety thing. An airbag can kill someone below a certain size, especially if they are not wearing a seat belt, so it's likely programmed to disable itself if there is less than e.g. 80 lbs in the passenger seat, or if the belt is not buckled. In those scenarios an airbag deploying would do more harm than good by turning an otherwise low risk slow speed crash into potentially fatal one.

about 3 months ago

"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

flink Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

to be honest, I'm really surprised by the absolutist nature of gun nuts. Many people are uncomfortable with guns in their communities. instead of rallying against any moderation or worse like in the summary threatening people, find ways to compromise and come to consensus. it doesn't have to be black or white.

I'm someone who would like to see a whole lot less weaponry in our society, but I'm still on the side of the "gun nuts" because as much as I am not a fan of the proliferation of firearms, I'm even less of a fan of abridging the constitution. If people are serious about gun control, lobby to have the 2nd amendment stricken or altered, but don't try to weasel around it legislatively.

I personally feel that the 2nd amendment is somewhat of an anachronism, but part of living in a democratic society means putting up with laws you don't agree with. If we don't defend the 2nd so long as it is the law of the land, we can hardly complain when the 1st or 4th amendments are weakened as well.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

flink Re:Bullet, meet foot (575 comments)

The graphics drivers for OSX are crap, at least for ATI. I get about double the framerate for the same game if I boot into Windows using the vendor's drivers vs running it in OSX where I'm stuck with Apple's.

about 5 months ago

Walmart Unveils Turbine-Powered WAVE Concept Truck

flink Re:Why so many trucks? Why not railroads (242 comments)

Also consider that while a large truck does carry a significant amount of weight, they also distribute it over a significantly larger contact patch. While I will grant you that load on the asphalt is still higher than most cars, it's not nearly as straight forward as one might think. If someone with more time could google a comparison, that would be very enlightening.

Damage done to the road rises exponentially with the load. The rule of thumb is damage to the road is proportional to (gross weight / # axles)^4. A single fully loaded tractor trailer can do as much damage to a road as 1000 passenger cars. So I don't know if the higher fuel tax trucks pay completely offsets the additional wear they put on the roads.

See http://www.pavementinteractive...

about 7 months ago

Researcher Allows Sand Flea To Grow Inside Her Foot To Study It

flink Re:Just a note to confused people... (63 comments)

I'm from Massachusetts and we call those things sand fleas as we'll. the ones we have are pretty small though, maybe pinkie nail size.

about 10 months ago

MIT Researchers Unveil Self-Assembling Robot Swarm

flink Re:Proposed name: (55 comments)

Self assembling alien nano-robots. I did a book report on it in middle school in 1989.

about a year ago

Toronto Family Bans All Technology In Their Home Made After 1986

flink Re:Not too bad... (534 comments)

but for fucks sake the other kid IS FUCKING TWO YEARS OLD and the other one is FIVE - . and they go on an ultra ban on everything because they can't put the ipad on the top shelf - hell, I'd be proud if they could operate them, even iOS involves quite a bit of reading and even with familiar icons I bet the dad had to start the angry birds for the two year old one. they could have just bought them a ball.

You are severely underestimating 2 year olds. My daughter figured out how to unlock the iPad, page around until she found netflicks, open it, find Curios George in the recently watched list, and start it playing. And this was when she was 18 months old. And yes we had to sharply curtail her iPad time. She's supposed to be learning to explore her world physically at this age, not zone out in front of a screen.

We do still let her play for a few minutes a day because it is good for her to learn the tech, but too much screen time is IMHO counterproductive at her age. Besides after an iPad session she's always a huge grump.

1 year,7 days

At Current Rates, Tesla Could Soon Suck Up Worldwide Supply of Li-Ion Cells

flink Re:li-ion batteries suck (351 comments)

The first vehicle (daily commuter) of almost every household could easily be electric with current tech (with range less than a Tesla). Single vehicle households can supplement with rental vehicles on rare occasions where long distance travel is necessary.

That's great if you live in the suburbs and have a garage where you can plug the car in in overnight. Until municipalities start installing metered outlets in on-street overnight parking spaces, electric is unfortunately impractical for millions of people.

That and the fact that the model S was 4x the price of my bottom-of-the-line Hyundai made it a non-starter for me.

1 year,19 days

How Gen Y Should Talk To Old People At Work

flink Re:How Gen Y Should Talk To Old People At Work (459 comments)


(Yes, Mr. Filter, I know that using too many caps is like yelling.)

They call it dub step now, gramps.

1 year,19 days

One Strike Against No Fly List; More Scrutiny To Come

flink Re:Anyone should be able to fly (213 comments)

" If they have been charged with committing a crime that warrants limiting their travel ... If they haven't be charged with a crime in a open court of law then there is nothing to discuss and they are free to travel however they choose."

Please tell me that you keep using the word charged when you mean convicted.

People charged with a crime often have a their movements restricted as a condition of their bail.

1 year,23 days


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