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Will Speed Limits Inhibit Autonomous Car Adoption?

hackstraw Re:Laws will need to be adjusted (650 comments)

Wow, am I unique in my views of automated driving? First, I think it will completely change things as we know it. 1) Wouldn't all cars go to be the same or even provided by the state? What incentive would there be to have a nice car if all have to drive the same? Maybe nice interior, but handling, performance, and the notion of "youness" in the car is gone if you are not driving it. Its just a box. 2) I would expect car pooling to increase. Why would the 1 person per car be needed if they can go around and pick up neighbors and pick up your kids for you and so on. Right now a husband and wife work at the same place and drive separate (gas guzzling) cars where I work. This silliness will end with automatic cars. 3) Kids. No driving licensense or anything anymore. No DUI, no checkpoints. None of the "routine traffic stops" gone bad. 4) Odds are better speeds and throughput. Traffic lights will be better optimized. Tailgating will be normal.

I look forward to this. The changes will be immense, and the transition will be interesting. I would love to not drive and do other things while commute in safety and not have to worry about my car and just have a car.

more than 2 years ago

For work, I communicate mainly through...

hackstraw Email (221 comments)

And I like it that way. Email can involve other people. Its offline communication and works in multiple timezones and odd hours. It can be referenced later. It is clear because it is written. I think email is the best thing ever invented. I've never worked without it, and I could not imagine work without it. You could throw away my phone, and I would hardly notice. Take email away, and I honestly could not function. I don't know how work worked before email. Could not imagine. The only thing negative about email is when you need constant back and forth, and then I switch to IM or phone, but email is and will always be #1 in my book.

more than 2 years ago

Controlling Linux Using an Android Phone As Mouse, Keyboard, and Gamepad

hackstraw progress (93 comments)

Taking the best thing from a normal computer and using the worst things about android and what do you get???? hopefully they are not using swipe and having it crash all the time.

more than 2 years ago

Why Young Males Are No Longer the Most Important Tech Demographic

hackstraw Biology has changed (240 comments)

news at 12

more than 2 years ago

Is Humanity Still Evolving?

hackstraw Re:Not always for the better (374 comments)

Preface: I'm a white dude, arguably a pig.

Yes, I've found it strange that the lower intelligence/class people breed more than those in the opposite stance. But, doesn't it work out? Its almost like the latter group are a sub-species. To support my lifestyle, I have people in China and all over the world making stuff for me. Convenience store people, gas attendants, people that built my house, etc, etc. I need these people to continue breeding to keep my lifestyle going.

As an aside and on topic, I find the recent rise in things like autism to be interesting. I would say its more environment than genetics because evolution is usually a pretty slow process.

more than 2 years ago

Tesla Reveals Its Model X Gullwing SUV

hackstraw well (306 comments)

Its ugly enough and almost big enough that the wealthy Americans might buy it.

more than 2 years ago

What's the Damage? Measuring fsck Under XFS and Ext4 On Big Storage

hackstraw Re:fsck speed, want safety (196 comments)

The largest filesystem I admin is just shy of 1/2 petabyte. And its one in number. Backing up everything on that filesystem is simply not feasible. To put it in perspective 1 stream @ 200 MiB/s would take almost 28 days to backup the whole thing. I would imagine a restore would take about the same order. Telling hundreds of users their files are unavailable for reading or writing for 30 days is not really an option, so I run fsck.

Backups simply are not really an option past 20+ terabytes of storage, and simply not feasible if the storage is volatile in nature. AFAIK everyone has gone to redundancy over backups at scale.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Can You Do About SOPA and PIPA?

hackstraw Re:It hit me this morning (1002 comments)

My point was that I didn't vote for Facebook, Google or Wikipedia nor for the MPIAA, et al that proposed such a thing. Who can I vote for? US government is not about the people. I have no problem with the opposition, but the position was not posited by a government official, but rather private enterprise, and this is not how I learned that the US government worked.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Can You Do About SOPA and PIPA?

hackstraw It hit me this morning (1002 comments)

That when the radio was talking about companies like Facebook, Google, and Wikipedia protesting legislation put to Congress by the Motion Picture Industry that there is nothing that I can do. US government isn't much about people anymore. I have no clue how SOPA got this far.

more than 2 years ago

Windows Admins Need To Prepare For GUI-Less Server

hackstraw Re:It would be good to have optional GUI (780 comments)

I wonder if Microsoft intends this type of switchability in Windows 8..

Those who don't understand UNIX are condemned to reinvent it, poorly.

more than 2 years ago

How Does the CIA Keep Its IT Staff Honest?

hackstraw Re:WTF? (238 comments)

I believe I read on the antipolygraph site about a guy that got a job at the CIA by lying. In fact, since they ask questions like "have you every done X" where X is something that everyone has done to some degree in one's life, then the only way to "pass" these tests is to lie and like well. Nobody in science believes that polygraphs are reliable or valid. But will certainly scare off certain people.

more than 2 years ago

The Painkiller That Saves Money But Costs Lives

hackstraw Re:Bring on the doctor blame.... (385 comments)

Can we please stop this shit? Blaming doctors doesn't help you, and they are generally not overpaid. For the length and stress of their training, the debt they incur, and the difficult lifestyle many specialties must endure permanently, most doctors are actually underpaid - in overall salary, in compensation per hour, or both.

They are overpaid. Its by design. Its not a free market like programmers, engineers, etc.

I also know surgeons, many of whom do make $300,000 a year, and I've never seen one of them sit still for more than 15 minutes, to watch a movie or lecture, without passing out. They work a minimum of 60 hours a week and constantly get paged for surgery in the middle of the night, whether or not they're actually 'on call'.

Again, this is because doctors are not a free market. The AMA controls how many doctors are produced each year and which schools can make doctors. No other field in the USA is controlled this way. There is no inherent need for the cost of training to be a doctor to be so high, and no reason they are so scarce that they have to work 60 hours a week. In a repressed job market like there is today, I'm sure many, many people would be fine doctors if given the opportunity. Being a doctor is not significantly different than getting a PhD. On average, I would guess that MDs make 2x that of a PhD. That is overpaid.

For example, in China doctors don't make that much. And there are 4 year medical degrees where people work in pharmacies and dispense OTC medication where many of the meds are only by doctor's prescription in the US. Seems like a better system to me.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Open Vs. Closed-Source For a Start-Up

hackstraw Re:Open Source (Almost) Everything (325 comments)

I'll chime in and say that if open source isn't a core part of your business plan, then why expend the time and money making your project open source? It costs you more to open source something than keeping the code to yourself _unless_ you have something compelling enough that people will want to help you with the code, which is very unlikely. Keep in mind that you can open source the code at any time, so the question is what is it compelling to you now to have it open source?

more than 2 years ago

TV Isn't Broken, So Why Fix It?

hackstraw Re:The only thing broken is almost everything (839 comments)

I would think this would be accurate, but everyone in this thread seems to be missing that TV has a 98-99% penetration in at least American homes. I gave up on it, and everyone thinks I'm nuts. Aside from the paper tv guide (WTF?), I agree with every point AC has put up there. Personally, I found TV an expensive and laborious task. And the content is not even worth just torrenting and watching. I just gave up, and don't miss it. I can't separate the content from the ads. Skipping through them with the PVR remote was just a chore. Most of what I watched was PBS that had no ads anyway, so I guess I could do that again, but why bother?

Oh, some more reasons to add to the pretty complete list:

- content never seems to fit my screen's resolution. Content always fit my screen before widescreen tvs came out, and now my tv is either too wide or too tall for the content.
- picture quality sucks. HDTV is a misnomer. Picture quality peaked when cable HD was new, and degraded after that.
- sound is inconsistent between channels and within a channel
- Annual or multi-annual contracts. I thought this was only designed for cellphones, but TV too? What is next? All of my monthly services having multi-year contracts that only potentially hurt me? No thanks.
- Its a time killer. And can be pretty expensive.
- Many of the ads actually make me embarrassed even when I am alone.
- To get "premium content" you have to pay out the nose with all the non-premium content as well.

thats all I can think of now

more than 2 years ago

China Builds 1-Petaflop Homegrown Supercomputer

hackstraw Re:"Homegrown"? (185 comments)

There is no way anybody can design a modern processor from scratch without reverse engineering. Think of how many man years is in a processor. Even with the reverse engineering they were only able to obtain 45nm technology which is a few years old. If china started today, it would take them 10-20 years to make a processor 10-20 years out of date. What good is that?

This machine is impressive nonetheless. It uses good power 1MW. Only uses off-the-shelf networking (Infiniband). Only uses 9 racks of space. If they put those on the market, they would sell quite well (at the right price).

more than 2 years ago

I tend to keep random notes most often ...

hackstraw Re:Evernote (314 comments)

Anyone not using evernote is missing out. One of the best software products/services in 20 years.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Has Lost $5.5 Billion On Bing Since 2009

hackstraw Re:Microsoft & its Shareholders (217 comments)

MSFT hasn't kept up with inflation or bank rates. I don't know why they have stockholders.

more than 2 years ago

Smartphones Can't Cure Acne, FTC Rules

hackstraw Re:You know what? (205 comments)

There's an app for that.

about 3 years ago

Oracle Shuts Older Servers Out of Solaris 11

hackstraw Re:Sounds like good news (203 comments)

The reason that Sun failed is because they failed as at being a Dell or HP and sell cheaper x86 linux based stuff like Dell and HP does. Almost nobody needs an E10k, E15k, E25k, and most of the people that think they need one are wrong. Remember that compute capacity goes up and power usage goes down, whereas the maintenance price of an E*k stays the same or goes up over time, and its relative computing power goes down.

Most everyone today does replication (optionally geographically as well) and hardware redundancy. And E*k is not going to give you geographical redundancy. I've never seen the point in having a 3-5 year server's lifetime cost more than 2x the cost of a regular server when having 2x of them is usually preferable. Sure the most expensive guy may have hot swappable CPUs and motherboards, but so does complete hardware redundancy.

more than 3 years ago



hackstraw hackstraw writes  |  about 8 years ago

hackstraw writes "A blog on states:
A federal judge has ruled (PDF link) that a U.S. National Security Agency program to wiretap telephone and Internet traffic of U.S. residents is unconstitutional, illegal and must be stopped ... The program allowed the NSA to monitor communications between U.S. residents and people in other countries with suspected ties to terrorist group al Qaeda, without getting court-ordered warrants. The program, authorized by President George W. Bush in 2002 in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of freedom of speech and association and its prohibitions against unreasonable searches and seizures ... violates the separation of powers clause in the Constitution ... as well as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which set courts to issue warrants for wiretaps focused on counterintelligence.
This ruling was initiated by the ACLU and here is their take on the story. This has also been covered at Yahoo! news, Magic City News and plenty of other online and print news services. This is a big win for the privacy of every American citizen, and its great that the courts have found the unconstitutionality of President Bush's actions."


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