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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

ponraul It's 2014. (321 comments)

Why is this still happening like it's 2005.

about 2 months ago
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Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

ponraul Re:3 cars plus one techie w/a persecution complex (371 comments)

No. They're cars with petrol engines that get about 6 l/100km. Merces-Benz owns Smart and sells Smart Cars in the US market to offset all the E- and M- class cars which get around 9 l/100km in the CAFE. Personally, I'd feel safer driving in a Trabant 601 than one of these pieces of shit.

about 4 months ago
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How would you use science to innovate upon sports?

ponraul Re:Breed out the need for sports (253 comments)

It's time to get over the nerd-jock dichotomy from high school and from all the sitcoms you watched. There are a lot of adults who play and train for sports who aren't at a professional level. They have long term goals for self-improvement and work everyday toward them. What happens in professional sports sets benchmarks for what they want to achieve.

Also, people need to be entertained. Even the hardline communists realised this. They invested in sport, entertainment movies, and music for exactly that reason in a system where they could have chosen to use all of those resources to establish a moon colony.

about 6 months ago
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Google Co-Opts Whale-Watching Boat To Ferry Employees

ponraul Greenpeace (373 comments)

Maybe Greenpeace can pick up the slack and blockade them.

about 7 months ago
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FDA Tells Google-Backed 23andMe To Halt DNA Test Service

ponraul Re:Upsetting the Apple Cart (371 comments)

Yes. You can download the raw data as an ascii file. People have written their own scripts that generate their own genealogical reports from that file.

about 8 months ago
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FDA Tells Google-Backed 23andMe To Halt DNA Test Service

ponraul Re:Upsetting the Apple Cart (371 comments)

Yeah, you will run into the case where a condition is so rare that an imprecise test will give you more false positives that the population size of what you're testing for. I don't see that as a failure of the test, just a consequence of probability.

about 8 months ago
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FDA Tells Google-Backed 23andMe To Halt DNA Test Service

ponraul Re:Upsetting the Apple Cart (371 comments)

It confirmed things I knew about my health and ancestry. It's not like they're running a faith healing operation here. All they had to go on was a vial of spit and a barcode.

about 8 months ago
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FDA Tells Google-Backed 23andMe To Halt DNA Test Service

ponraul Upsetting the Apple Cart (371 comments)

I can see why cheap and reliable genetic testing you can do without the intervention of medical industry is frightening. For one hundred dollars you can find out if you have markers that put you at elevated odds of hundreds of conditions. If this came from the traditional medical, you would have to go to a doctor who would release the results to your insurance company, it would cost about $1000, and you wouldn't even get to see the results yourself unless the doctor wanted to show you something.

I've done the 23andMe testing and it has been of value. I'm not in close contact with much of my extended family and have almost no contact with the family on my father's side. It doesn't claim to diagnose or treat diseases or traits. What it does do is tell you if you're at elevated odds for a few select conditions, along with heritable traits. This is can be invaluable if you don't know that much about the medical history of your family.

about 8 months ago
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Tesla Model S Can Hit (At Least) 132 MPH On the Autobahn

ponraul Re:132mph = 416hp? What? (410 comments)

HP (kW) is power. There are other factors which determine top speed. The 0-100 k/hr time of 5 seconds means it's probably more a limitation of the suspension and weight distribution than the gearbox or engine. Your POS 94 V6 mustang probably feels like it's going to explode at that speed if you go around a curve of more than a 1 degree.

about 9 months ago
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Limo Company Hack Exposes Juicy Targets, 850k Credit Card Numbers

ponraul A-List Spear Phishing (43 comments)

That's hot.

about 9 months ago
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Inmates Program Logistics App For Prison

ponraul Re:popularity? (98 comments)

I hope you get jailed for your CFAA abuses and have to eat gruel from communal bucket.

about 9 months ago
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Atlanta Man Shatters Coast-to-Coast Driving Record, Averaging 98MPH

ponraul Re:Wait a minute.... (666 comments)

He hired a GPS tracking firm to independently document his time. They can get subpoenaed. Assuming, they could get a grand jury to indict him and they are willing to extradite him for a moving vehicle violation.

about 9 months ago
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Atlanta Man Shatters Coast-to-Coast Driving Record, Averaging 98MPH

ponraul Re:Americans CAN NOT DRIVE!! (666 comments)

Calling someone a nazi for telling the truth. lol never change america.

about 9 months ago
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Atlanta Man Shatters Coast-to-Coast Driving Record, Averaging 98MPH

ponraul Re:Americans CAN NOT DRIVE!! (666 comments)

American drivers are unsafe at any speed. They don't understand concepts like the passing lane, only passing on the left, traffic flow speed, shoulder checks and turn signals. They also have unsafe cars; safety inspection is up to the state and it's not mandatory.

about 9 months ago
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Toyota's Killer Firmware

ponraul Standards? (610 comments)

I thought there were standards for C in automotive and aerospace applications which disallowed the use of pointer arithmetic.

about 9 months ago

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Satirist Gets Three Months; the Judge, Likely More

ponraul ponraul writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ponraul (1233704) writes "When Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr., 58, sentenced Hillary Transue, 17, on a harassment charge stemming from a MySpace parody of her high school's assistant principal, Hillary expected to be let off with a stern lecture; instead, the Wilkes-Barre, PA area teen got three months in a commercially operated juvenile detention center. In a reversal of fortune, Ciavarella and, his colleague, Judge Conahan, 56, find themselves trying to plea-bargain a 87 month sentence in Federal correctional facilities relating to a kick-back scheme that netted the pair $2.6 Million and PA Child Care 5000 inmates."
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