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Google Maps Crunches Data, Tells You When To Drive On Thanksgiving

jmcvetta I like GOOG Maps and use it daily, but... (61 comments)

...it can't even give efficient driving directions for light traffic in the suburbs. In the city with real traffic it almost always gives "bad" (worse than you'd get from knowing the streets) directions.

13 hours ago
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The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

jmcvetta Re:Great! More hipster hate. (176 comments)

But who would possibly need multiple gears, much less brakes, in one of the hilliest cities in America?

about two weeks ago
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The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

jmcvetta Re:Great! More hipster hate. (176 comments)

In SF's climate, most days one doesn't really get sweaty from biking. (Please do not take this as an endorsement of craft beers and/or mustaches.)

about two weeks ago
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The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

jmcvetta Re:Great! More hipster hate. (176 comments)

Quick, get on board the hipster-hate train, before it becomes uncool!

Man, I think it's already been uncool for like 6 months. Get with the times already!

about two weeks ago
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China Plans To Build a Domestic Robotics Industry

jmcvetta Re:Who cares (67 comments)

rule of law = rule of lawyers

about three weeks ago
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China Plans To Build a Domestic Robotics Industry

jmcvetta Re:Incorrect headline. (67 comments)

Which of these represent something the US couldn't have done a half century ago?

A perhaps more interesting question is, which of these represent something the US could still do today? Sadly, I believe the answer to that question would be 5) None of the above.

A calamitous failure of the Colorado river dam system would probably cause the collapse of the United States as a single country. The entire western US is dependent on them for both water and power. Yet I'm fairly certain that we Americans couldn't currently muster the political will to replace (or even do major repairs on) just one of them, much less the entire system.

about three weeks ago
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OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

jmcvetta Re:If they're doing it, it's correct. (162 comments)

OpenBSD tends to take some very conservative security choices (see OpenSSH) but then turns around and does stuff like LibreSSL forks of OpenSSL, instead of fixing the problem, they make their own version of the problem.

Maybe (pure speculation) the OpenBSD team considered the human processes around the OpenSSL code to be the real security problem. Heartbleed did seem a tad bit too convenient to be an accidental bug...

about three weeks ago
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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

jmcvetta Re:Prison time (275 comments)

Interesting.. the moderation dropdown is missing from this comment, and only from this comment. It must be subject to some type of special censorship downmod from site operators.

about three weeks ago
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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

jmcvetta Re:Prison time (275 comments)

The only way to stop a bad cop is a bunch of good cops.

Or the National Guard...

about three weeks ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

jmcvetta Re: Yay :D (313 comments)

Unity is awesome. It's the main reason I stay with Ubuntu.

about three weeks ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

jmcvetta Re:Russia - you know it's true (445 comments)

Two spaceship crashes in one week does seem awful suspicious, so sabotage seems like a plausible explanation. Likewise Russia seems like a plausible culprit given the ongoing proxy war in Ukraine. But I'm not aware of any actual evidence to support these reasonable guesses.

I kinda doubt the Chinese would be involved. Current relations between Bushbama regime and CCP are, outwardly, pretty cordial.

about three weeks ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

jmcvetta Re:really (339 comments)

Remember the first World Trade Center attack, where the terrorist was arrested when he tried to get his $400 deposit back on the truck he used?

That part of the Official Mythology has always seemed a wee bit implausible to me...

about three weeks ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

jmcvetta Re:A Pox on Both Your Houses (339 comments)

Should I live in terror of an anvil spontaneously falling thru my ceiling and crushing me? 'Cuz there's no real chance of that happening either.

about three weeks ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

jmcvetta Re:A Pox on Both Your Houses (339 comments)

Really dumb SSID name choice? Yes.

NO. It's NOT a dumb SSID name. It's a FUNNY name. When most people see an SSID with a funny name, it makes them chuckle. It takes a special kind of fucktardedness to call in the Gestapo because of someone's mildly amusing joke.

about three weeks ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

jmcvetta Re:This was no AP. (339 comments)

How about we fine the dunce in charge, who decided a humorous wifi name was a good reason to go into ape-shit public panic mode.

about three weeks ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

jmcvetta Re:This was no AP. (339 comments)

Personally, I am terrified of my wrists...

about three weeks ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

jmcvetta Re:This was no AP. (339 comments)

Mine's 'Big brother is watching'.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

jmcvetta Re:gtfo (724 comments)

It's never Martin Luther King, Jr, walking up to the stand; it's always the Black Panthers, the Trayvon rioters, Jessie Jackson, hood drug dealers, and hood gang members coming to complain about "The Man" because they need something to complain about.

In fairness I don't think the Panthers belong with the others in this list. When a movement for social change ends with its leaders being killed in a hail of FBI bullets, that's at least a good hint they were doing something positive for the common people.

That's what progressives do: They make real issues illegitimate by associating a group of people with a bunch of whiny babies.

Progressives don't actually want to change the problems they whine about. Rather, they want cushy gubmint-funded non-profiteer jobs "managing" the ill effects thereof.

about 2 months ago

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