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Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

pegasustonans Re:So I was sitting behind a Gbus/Fbus on 85 today (692 comments)

Ahem..
BART!?

Needs to be bigger, faster and fewer strikes.

The California High Speed Rail project has been in various phases of development for over a decade.

These things aren't built overnight. It also relies on voters getting passionate about funding it, which changes depending on how the economy's doing.

The former mayor of Palo Alto wanted to hold it up awhile ago, because he's basically afraid it'll reduce property values. The new mayor basically bragged to her constituents upon taking office about successfully holding up the project at added expense to the state. So, you have those kinds of obstructions to consider as well.

about 10 months ago
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Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

pegasustonans Re:Maniacal (692 comments)

As opposed to SF? I think this story shows that SF is not known for overly rational people..

Sure, because we should judge an entire city due to a few crazy people. That's rational.

about 10 months ago
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Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

pegasustonans Re:The problem with Google Bus (692 comments)

this is not as eco-friendly as you might think.

It easily beats having those people all driving themselves.

It also causes congestion in the city,

No, it reduces congestion in the city.

-jcr

No, it doesn't reduce congestion. It convinces employees working 40 miles away from the city that they can still live in San Francisco and don't have to worry about driving the commute.

Basically, it creates an inefficient working population living far from their place of work.

Chances are, far more would choose to live closer if they had to take public transit or drive their own car.

about 10 months ago
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Cloud Storage Comparison: Benchmarking From Afar

pegasustonans Re:Wrong benchmark (49 comments)

How about measuring how fast the NSA get a copy of all my stuff?

That depends on how fast your upload speed is.

1 year,16 hours
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WRT trans fats, the FDA should ...

pegasustonans Re:Law of Unintended Consequences (376 comments)

+1 interesting. The reasons for the widespread use of hydrogenated oils aren't going to vanish because we ban trans-fats. Without an alternative, all the cookies and other processed preserved things we love will vanish. So in that scenario either people must choose to pay more and go to the resurgent local baker's every day, or else choose to go without (I chose this years ago). A simple minded ban on one small facet of the issue isn't going to help anything. It's like putting a rock in the middle of a river, the river just flows around it. And all the people who love cookies etc. will just line up at whatever the next thing is that will take the FDA a century to ban. Businesses will find a way to meet that demand that isn't banned and enjoy operations until the wise beneficent government gets around to the next ban in another 100 years.

You don't need to deal with hypotheticals.

California implemented an all-inclusive trans-fat ban in all restaurants starting in January 2011. It replaced an earlier partial ban dating back three years earlier. And, yes, we still have cookies, doughnuts, etc...

It turns out, animal fat works great for these things. What do you think people used before Crisco started marketing trans fat 100 years ago?

1 year,12 days
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Edward Snowden Leaks Could Help Paedophiles Escape Police, Says UK Government

pegasustonans And yet more excused from the UK (510 comments)

We've heard from David Cameron that Snowden's leak "damaged national security."

Cameron made veiled threats suggesting he could take the media to court over publishing the leaks.

Government enforcers employed heavy-handed tactics to intercept, detain and threaten those even tangentially connected to the leaks.

Many were forced to destroy technical equipment in a quixotic quest to purge the unpurgeable.

Now, all of that failed. Predictably, this is the kind of horse shit they've resorted to slinging.

1 year,16 days
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

pegasustonans Re:Complete overhaul please (462 comments)

You'd end up with things like "Post Offices in former CST are open from 10-6". When you travel some place you'd have to learn all the local customs. Do people here have lunch at 19 or 20? Do stores close at 01 or 03?

As it is now, you have time zones. Those are just as confusing as local time customs with universal time.

In fact, just keep calling them time zones.

Pacific Standard Time would just mean the zone where shops close at 1:00. People would adapt within a month.

1 year,18 days
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Have eBooks Peaked?

pegasustonans Re:Disappearance of E-Ink (323 comments)

Vendors are flogging tablets over E-ink; why get a one trick pony when you can have a multi-tasker.

Truth is, the one-trick pony feels much better on the eyes after reading for any extended amount of time. Staring at a backlit LCD just burns out your retinas, and changes reading from a relaxing experience to a tolerable situation.

Exactly this.

Even the new Kindle Paperwhite is meant to be used with a backlight, increasing the likelihood of headaches and eyestrain.

Unfortunately, this is one of those cases where people just aren't informed enough as an aggregate to realize the advantages of non-backlit e-ink for reading.

The market demands tablets with outlandishly bright backlights, and companies provide them.

about a year ago
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Competition Tests Student-Built Aerial Espionage Robots

pegasustonans Re:What could go wrong? (33 comments)

Seriously. What could go wrong?

You're ten years too late.

Whatever could possibly go wrong is already definitely going wrong.

about a year ago
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NSA Surveillance May Have Dealt Major Blow To Global Internet Freedom Efforts

pegasustonans Re:NSA, are you supised we caught you? Really? (327 comments)

The NSA is a pack of dimwitted fuckers for pulling this, because the blow back when this was discovered (not if) would clearly far exceed any benefit they could possibly gain. Now, I think this might not be an entirely bad thing that they pulled this shit.

I suspect that as a result, the rest of the world is going to be deeply suspicious of the US in the future, and it is going to be much more difficult to maintain control of the Internet's key systems and keep them inside US borders as much as is possible. I also think this might kick off a new round of encryption and paranoia, which really is a good thing for consumers of tech resources in the long run. Bad for the spy types, because RSA1024 on everything will really put a damper on their ELINT gathering capabilities. They might have to go out and do some honest on the ground trade craft for a change.

Who ever is running the NSA should be sacked on the spot. Not for engaging in massive illegal wire tapping, but for being such a shallow idiot and not considering the fall out of being caught. You have to suppose that there are analysts writing papers about what will likely happen when they get caught, so the Director isn't paying attention to their own intel papers and projections. Fire him for being a fucking inept moron.

The rest of the world is barely surprised, and everyday Americans aren't educated enough to be outraged.

The recent Pew poll indicating a majority of Americans are okay with warrantless data aggregation is merely a sign of the times to come.

The supposed blowback from this revelation is barely a collective sigh, and front-page news-coverage already moved on to supposed chemical weapons in Syria and Iran's presidential election.

In other words, we're pretty much fucked.

about a year and a half ago
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Sony's PS4 To Have Less Stringent DRM Than Microsoft's Xbox One

pegasustonans Re:It is all software, really (509 comments)

They don't give a damn about a few angered /. posters who swore off Sony because they couldn't run Linux on their game consoles.

They are, however, KEENLY aware of the legions of users who stopped buying shit from their online store and basically deserted the console following their leaving the customers' credit card data right in the fucking open.

My PS3 is a standing blu-ray player that isn't allowed to have a network connection these days for good reason, and I suspect Sony realized that there's no chance in hell of my buying their box if it required a net connection knowing their track record on the subject.

I buy pre-paid PSN cards, no credit card info required.

I don't trust Sony on any issue except occasionally coming out with pretty good games. That level of trust tends to work out well.

That being said, remember when Microsft came out with a console prone to widespread hardware failure? Remember incessantly sending those consoles in for repairs and/or purchasing new ones as they failed? Yeah, I remember it too.

I'm either on my 4th or 5th 360, I lost track after the third repair or so. My PS3 running launch hardware is still going strong....

In short, while I'm not a fan of either Microsoft or Sony, there are a lot of reasons why I'll be choosing Sony and giving the big middle-finger to MS this time around.

about a year and a half ago
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British Foreign Secretary on Surveillance Worries: '"Law Abiding Citizens Have Nothing To Fear"

pegasustonans Re:TSIA (404 comments)

British Foreign Secretary on Surveillance Worries: '"Law Abiding Citizens Have N

What is N? Where can I get rid of N? Can I buy more N at the store? Should I be worried if I have N?

FFS, editors. FFS.

*head in hands*

Law abiding citizens have N.

N = e(N)suring servility despite a widening gap between the affluent and the poor via unyielding government oversight into every aspect of the life of every individual

about a year and a half ago
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NTSB Recommends Lower Drunk Driving Threshold Nationwide: 0.05 BAC

pegasustonans Re:Why not just 0? (996 comments)

In Australia we have a 0.05 limit on BAC plus a 0 limit on provisional (usually under 21) drivers. 0.08 is the point where you are obviously going to fail at driving. 0.05 is where you think you can do it but more likely than not cannot.

After seeing how friends dealt with the 0 limit on provisional drivers and in light of the fact I don't drive myself, I'd support a 0 limit - it encourages a lot of caution and forethought, particularly the morning after when you can still be drunk and might think it's just a hangover.

I don't disagree with the sentiment that people who are intoxicated should get the fuck off the road. There are other distractions drivers have to worry about, but drinking and driving is unnecessarily lowering your awareness, negatively impacting your response time and making your large heavy vehicle a hazard to everyone else.

At the same time, a 0 limit means you'd pretty much have to avoid all substances with trace amounts of alcohol, which would be difficult from a practical standpoint. Start looking at how many brands of mouthwash and similar products contain alcohol, and you'll see what I mean.

about a year and a half ago
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How Facebook Ruined Comments (at Least For One Writer)

pegasustonans Re:An Extremely Decent video on the subject (135 comments)

We get it, you don't have Facebook and feel the need to tell the world they don't need it either so that you can feel superior by being different.
I don't have cable TV, but I at least understand that some people feel that TV has value and thus subscribe to it so I'm not going to go around telling everyone that because I don't want TV they shouldn't want it either.

Clearly, people see value in communicating with friends/family in a casual environment. I understand that.

The issue for me is, to use the TV example, my TV doesn't compromise the privacy of my neighbors and acquaintances, Facebook does. I'm not on Facebook because the potential value there is outweighed by my privacy concerns with the service.

Unfortunately, my friends and family *are* on Facebook. This means, as family members share private photographs of me and talk about me on Facebook, my privacy is compromised even though I never agreed to it. This is the real issue here.

about a year and a half ago
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New Humble Bundle Is Windows Only, DRM Games

pegasustonans Re:Steam (553 comments)

Good to know. Now tell me, which is the best sexual violation? Which is the best form of murder?

Of course I'm being facetious, but the point remains; The best of a bad thing does not make it good.

I don't know, but I can say with certainty that you're the best comedian in this thread.

My vote will shift, however, as soon as someone inevitably compares DRM to Hitler and/or raping children.

about 2 years ago
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New Humble Bundle Is Windows Only, DRM Games

pegasustonans Re:Not good (553 comments)

Reply to self....

Rather than complain here. I sent them an Email:

"I have purchased several Humble Bundles over the years and also promoted it to others. I bought some where I never even
played most of the games. Why? Because I believed in what you were doing. But I think you have betrayed your mission with this THQ stuff:

* It is not multi-platform, leaving Linux and Mac users out in the cold.
* It is not direct download, eaving non-Steam users out in the cold.
* It is not from indie developers.
* It is not DRM-free.

I am very disappointed in what you did, and, to me, it severely taints your name and brand. I think you should be ashamed and hopefully you will get back on track."

Not to nit-pick, but you may come off as slightly dismissive in that e-mail.

Did you consider the cost and manpower it would take to port those games to Mac/Linux? Did you take into account the infrastructure, cost and services necessary if Humble Bundle provided direct downloads for all of those games? Did you include in your estimations the fact that THQ is on the verge of bankruptcy? What do you consider an indie developer, because you don't really make that clear, either.

Why are you against Steam as a form of DRM? Being against DRM is fine, but you should have a well-reasoned explanation if you don't want to give the impression of being a bit single-minded.

I feel you address your personal concerns and sense of effrontery very well, but you don't express your understanding of how their business works to an extent that would make your voice more likely to be heard. Just my two cents, best wishes and I hope you get a thorough response from the HB people.

about 2 years ago
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New Humble Bundle Is Windows Only, DRM Games

pegasustonans Re:Why is this bad? (553 comments)

THQ has been struggling, so they're trying something new. That's a good thing. If you don't want to buy it, don't. I did, as did many of my friends, and I'm quite happy with it.

Exactly. If this helps save THQ, it helps maintain the diversity of the marketplace, similar to how helping indie developers find success makes it possible to enjoy games we'd never experience otherwise.

Personally, I like the Saints Row series and wouldn't want someone like EA buying THQ and taking it over. This bundle is a great deal and money well-spent IMO.

about 2 years ago
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New Humble Bundle Is Windows Only, DRM Games

pegasustonans Re:On the other hand... (553 comments)

They stole that from GTA too?

No, but they did steal the emphasis on fun. Just like GTA, there are no boring missions where you drive your cousin across town to go bowling or play darts together.

Oh wait.

about 2 years ago
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Google Awarded Face-To-Unlock Patent

pegasustonans Re:What are the safeguards? (194 comments)

What's to prevent J. Random Hacker, or Ima Crookedcop from showing it a photo of my face, and thereby gaining access?

Easy, just use a type-written password.

more than 2 years ago
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Gartner Buzzword Tracker Says "Cloud Computing" Still on Hype Wave

pegasustonans Re:Hype Wave? (84 comments)

Ooooh! Now I understand! It's a paradigm shift!

I can see how you'd think that, but It's actually a discourse related to the cognitive dissonance inherent to the post-modern influx of cultural normativity.

more than 2 years ago

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