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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

neonKow Re:Remote Kill Switch. (443 comments)

The owner knew it was stolen from a service shop? I doubt it.

about two weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

neonKow Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (443 comments)

You don't get the death penalty for robery either. And no one is trying to justify it by saying someone robbed their soul.

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

neonKow Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

Your problem appears to be the vendor, rather than the entirety of the web.

Don't get me wrong: the web is definitely kludgy. It's just not quite as kludgy as this.

about two weeks ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

neonKow Re:Where the fault lies? (231 comments)

What the hell is wrong with you?! No one is telling you to buy anything, but saying that one phone encrypts data and another phone doesn't is a perfectly valid point. Stop your ridiculous religious war and realize that there are things my old brick phone could do that my smartphone can't as well.

about two weeks ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

neonKow Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (497 comments)

Not really. A single powerful entity using (abusing?) power isn't a conspiracy; it's basically all of human history.

A conspiracy would involve multiple people collaborating that would not do so under normal circumstances. Because that would involve too many coincidences to be likely, conspiracy theories tend to be dismissed. There really isn't any good reason for scientists all over the world to form a conspiracy in order to get everyone to switch from coal to solar power.

about two weeks ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

neonKow Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (497 comments)

Certain comments they make DO deserve to be downvoted to hell. If a round-earth skeptic made a comment claiming the world MIGHT be flat, they would likewise be downvoted to hell.

The fact is that there will always be some people left clinging to old beliefs that have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the modern age by the rest of society that has passed them decades ago, whether it's that AGW is happening, legal gay marriage is going to happen, equal rights under the constitution for everyone regardless or race or gender is happening, eugenics is bullshit, or that you can't use leaches to cure a cold.

To these people, they will always be unconscious of the fact that they think beliefs are the same as truths, and no new truths are allowed to appear. These are also the people who impede the progress of medicine, biology, social rights, and other sciences because when the consensus goes against them, instead of reexamining their beliefs critically, they feel like they're being attacked and respond by holding on even more tightly to their beliefs.

Here is a recent widely circulated article about why such skeptics continue to exist:
http://www.newyorker.com/onlin...

about two weeks ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

neonKow Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (497 comments)

Not a heretic. Burned as someone willfully ignoring the science to cling to their beliefs. This is slashdot, after all, and the way AGW skeptics present arguments often stinks of conspiracy theories.

about two weeks ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

neonKow Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (497 comments)

That's a stupid way to look at things. Nobody flew to the moon either before we got there, but throwing math at things (even in the form of supercomputers) when we have a pretty good idea of how they work is a perfectly valid way of predicting things.

Anyway, there's plenty of indicators of climate change happening on a scale that will negatively affect what natural resources human beings can exploit. No, climate change won't wipe us off the face of the earth, but if the acidity of the ocean continues to rise and kills off large populations of fish, that's obviously going to bad economically for fishing industries all over the world.

about two weeks ago
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Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

neonKow Re:gee so weird (190 comments)

Like New York, where cost of living magically levelled out and rents stopped skyrocketting by themselves....oh wait.

about 2 months ago
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Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

neonKow Re:Sacramento Special Features (190 comments)

You shouldn't be measuring the traffic to SF. You should be measuring the traffic to the SF penninsula, which is places like Mountain View. Keep in mind that Silicon Valley is the SOUTH bay. Any commute to/from Sac would be impossible.

about 2 months ago
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Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

neonKow Re:has this ever worked? (190 comments)

Sac also gets all the pollution from the Bay Area due to the wind patterns, so the more successful the Bay Area gets (or at least the more cars people drive), the shittier the air gets in Sac. It's depressing, but hilarious.

about 2 months ago
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Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

neonKow Re:3rd world (190 comments)

Why are you picking a random town? That doesn't seem to be close to good weather, other tech companies, or start up capital. I'm sure there's a good school or two nearby, but there's clearly a higher concentration of tech focused school in northern California than near Nashville.

If you're choosing a location simply based off of cost of living, you might as well start wishing for a pony. Every major metro region in the country has a tech area, or even a booming technology sector, but that's very different from being a "startup hub."

about 2 months ago
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How Concrete Contributed To the Downfall of the Roman Empire

neonKow Re:Economic reasons (384 comments)

Even if we disregard the fact that you're pulling numbers out of your ass, you're off by nearly 30% in your calculations based on your made up numbers!

You can't just use minimum wage like that because it isn't directly tied to inflation, or to the more appropriate Consumer Price Index. http://www.usinflationcalculat...

And that doesn't isn't even that tied to the durability of the car, which would include repair and upkeep costs as well as life expectancy!

And besides all that, your math is horribly inaccurate!
$15,080/$4,160 * 2500 = $9062.5 for a minimum wage job according to your math.

about 3 months ago
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

neonKow Re:Article is empty (305 comments)

It's coming in Goat Simulator 2.0

about 3 months ago
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

neonKow Re:Will the door have windows? (305 comments)

I think stuff like that has to be solved by things like physics engines. The difficulty of making a deep game that allows all interactions of the real world is that you need either a programmer to think of all these possibilities, or an engine sophisticated enough to deal with them. Since the first one gets impractical very quickly, you usually rely on the engine instead.

I would also like to point out that most games, even in real life, are pretty simple, as far as natural language descriptions go. Sports tend to boil down to "make ball fly in direction x using tool y" or "run/walk/climb faster than your opponent." Solutions to real life challenges tend to be very hard to input into a computer.

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

neonKow Re:That wasn't the question (461 comments)

Wow. So much fear-mongering.

More than that though.... if there is no need to go back and verify the original tip, if it can be anonymous....then the police can phone in their own tips!

That's silly. If you have cops willing to lie, they could just pull you over for speeding, driving erratically, or not wearing your seatbelt. This is about the 4th Amendment, not about corrupt cops.

This is yet more parallell construction bullshit. How do we even know there was such a woman? For all we really know it was a cop, or the wife of a cop, making a call to cover up the real source of the information....ie a criminal conspiracy to deny the driver the right to a fair trial.

Again, a complete a non-issue. The driver isn't getting denied any sort of a fair trail. The defense wanted to throw out that fact that they were carrying 30 lbs of weed on a (admittedly very important) technicality. His right to a trial is in no way threatened.

The Justices were split 5-4 because it's a difficult question to ask, but not for any of the nonsense you brought up.

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

neonKow Re:That wasn't the question (461 comments)

I don't know which side of the fence I am on this, but I believe that misrepresenting facts is harmful to the debate.

We know a lot more than that about the "anonymous" tip. The prosecution didn't bring in the 911 operator or the caller (who provided her name) and just treated the call as anonymous for the trial. TFA also points out that there are heavy legal penalties for abusing 911 as well as technological measures in place to locate false callers.

I'd argue that the police can reasonable dismiss that it might be an upset ex, and if it turns out it was just an angry ex, just getting pulled over once is not that big of a deal. I'd also argue that the title on /. is incorrect. The Supreme court only ruled that it's OK to perform a traffic stop based on anonymous 911 tips.

about 3 months ago
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New Service Lets You Hitch a Ride With Private Planes For Cost of Tank of Gas

neonKow Re:Having a private pilots license (269 comments)

That's is because the drivers didn't stop driving and pull over when the weather got bad. While that delays your trip, the maneuver is perfectly safe and takes just a few seconds (or minutes if you need to find a motel).

Now try deciding that you underestimated the weather and you want to land your plane. It's much harder and takes much longer and you can't just land anywhere you please. Your safety margin is greatly decreased. Anyone who doesn't respect that fact that driving is not like flying hasn't been in a situation where you don't have the option to bail at a moment's notice.

about 3 months ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

neonKow Re:Linux needs to step up (650 comments)

What do you have on XP that doesn't run on Linux these days?

about 3 months ago

Submissions

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The Most Harmful Foods For The Environment

neonKow neonKow writes  |  more than 2 years ago

neonKow (1239288) writes "

In the past, environmentalists have cited "food miles" as the unit by which to measure a food's impact on the environment. Their argument was the further a piece of food travelled, the more its harm to the environment. But the concept has come under scrutiny, with others nothing it's how the food is made, not how far it travels that contributes to its carbon footprint.

It's becoming trendy to eat locally and shop green, but it's easy to lose track of the ultimate goal--reducing greenhouse gasses emissions--when we get caught up in the fervor of eating local."
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SOPA-Loving Congress Also Loves Downloading Pirate

neonKow neonKow writes  |  more than 2 years ago

neonKow (1239288) writes "

The folks over at TorrentFreak have been mining the database of IP addresses in the archives at YouHaveDownloaded.com for evidence of file-sharing over at the House of Representatives. There's no way of knowing whether any of the addresses belong to specific Representatives who support the bill, but at the very least it seems possible from their search to reasonably conclude, "Congress is stacked silly with Internet pirates."

At least if SOPA passes, we'll get a bit of a laugh."
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Journals

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Day 1

neonKow neonKow writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I wake up on a beach with a sun beating down on me. My whole body hurts. There is no one else around. In the distance are desolate ruins, long abandoned by any sort of civilized society, but some sort of primative human ancestors seem to be communicating in grunts and wheezes. How in the hell did I end up in New Jersey?

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