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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

pupsocket Re:Railroads killed by the government... (195 comments)

I'm not against trucks. I just think that trains that can carry 600 people downtown to downtown at 300 kph shouldn't be something citizens of the United States can experience only overseas.

P.S. If I wanted to hide, I'd head to the old farm. It's pretty hard to hide in a subway.

about two weeks ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

pupsocket Re:Railroads killed by the government... (195 comments)

The Nordic report cited above indicates that deterioration from environmental effects is not significant. Doesn't sound right, but then none of this matches intuition.

Speculation based on cursory reading: Since trucks do their worst where pavement is rough, the freeze-thaw cycle doesn't get a chance to do its worst because the trucks are too quick at expanding fissures and pounding the edges of cracks. Once trucks start tearing up a roadway, the destruction accelerates because tires bang asphalt at all angles and concentrate their load on a smaller area with shuddering stress.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

pupsocket Re:The car will need a license. (435 comments)

... the least you could do is wait until someone is confirmed to be doing something 'bad' before you punish them ...

We are sympathetic to your point of view, Citizen, but the approach you advocate would delay the expansion of government control over your life. We trust you are not hostile to the radiant future where cars have more autonomy than you do.

about two weeks ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

pupsocket Re:Railroads killed by the government... (195 comments)

What you list are economic activities. Those are what humans intend to subsidize. We do not intend to favor specific businesses or to kill off businesses that would otherwise thrive.

The trucking industry operates with large enough organizations to influence policy in its favor. That industry is as large as it is because it has an unfair cost advantage over other modes of transport and because it has successfully hidden its subsidies while ensuring the failure of rail transportation.

Well, that's business. The fundamental corruption is in the legislature.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

pupsocket Re:The car will need a license. (435 comments)

True, but not absolute. Giving other people or organizations an unlimited right to endanger me isn't really freedom.

Trucks should have good brakes and restaurants need sanitary kitchens and surgeons need to know what they're doing.

about two weeks ago
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Point-of-Sale System Bought On eBay Yields Treasure Trove of Private Data

pupsocket Re:Small business owners (68 comments)

The research was not about the scandal of data left behind. That data proved to be an excellent fossil showing a business running an insecure system without basic protections, failing even to install security updates for seven years.

This, though, only confirms your own account and probably falls well within the known range of shortcomings.

So ...

Doesn't HP, for whom the author of this report works, compete with sellers of point-of-sale systems, which have become default inventory and accounting systems for many small businesses?

After all, this is not a story about how data was actually used in a crime. The article: "Even second-hand POS systems aren't cheap, so it's unlikely that cybercriminals would spend hundreds of dollars on a chance that a few contain personal data." The businesses who use the system are not directly harmed, are probably defunct, and don't have IT expertise in house.

If there were headlines about this method being used or complaints from banks and law enforcement, it would not be necessary to issue this report.

Just a guess, but I'd say that only insurance companies, card clearance companies, and governments have a stake here, and they are the intended audience. They have the clout to ban resales, or at least to erect high barriers to resale involving certified wiping and refurbishment, which would help sales of new systems and create new opportunities for service charges.

about two weeks ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

pupsocket Re:Railroads killed by the government... (195 comments)

a pretty good case of 'user pays'.

More than 99% of road wear is caused by heavy trucks. Once again, humans subsidize businesses.

about two weeks ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

pupsocket Re:Railroads killed by the government... (195 comments)

The long-distance railroads in the U.S. were built by giving away land stolen from other peoples. Not just land to build the lines on, but a checkerboard of land for miles on both sides of the track, land that the railroads could sell to recoup their capital.

Many of these railroads were later bought out by John D. Rockefeller so that he could kill his competitors in the oil business by making it unprofitable for anyone else to transport petroleum.

Subsidy and monopoly are the parents of American railroads. Only businesses benefit. Humans can take the highway.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

pupsocket The car will need a license. (435 comments)

This is where the FBI is heading: expensive licenses with high compliance requirements, including data-sharing on demand with law enforcement agencies.

The licenses will be feasible for larger organizations with no particular fealty to one individual, unless that individual is the controlling shareholder of a closely held corporation. Individual licenses will be as rare as private jets.

There are sound reasons for this approach, and any suggestions how it can be executed without expanding police power or corporate control over daily life will be eagerly registered.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

pupsocket Re:Less. (435 comments)

Ex. we could allow cars to drive themselves on the highway, but require a human to get the car to the highway.

With some exceptions.

Where a city sits at the hub of a suburban train system, parking problems and congestion resurface in the communities closest to the feeder stations. A system of circulating, self-navigating vehicles, shuttling between home and train station, would reduce the monetary and psychic costs of commuting and the land asphalted for train-station parking.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

pupsocket Pooled car fleets (435 comments)

Auto-navigating fleets could displace street parking and taxis in dense areas, as membership in a five-thousand vehicle self-driving car pool will be less expensive and more convenient. Valet parking everywhere, with a robotic valet. Lower cost of ownership from better use of capital & negligible parking costs.

about two weeks ago
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Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

pupsocket Re:The world... (236 comments)

Thank you for sharing your expertise with such clarity.

about a month ago
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Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

pupsocket Re:The world... (236 comments)

Analog is the accepted spelling in the computer industry.

Even worse, analogue is a model of the real. The real and continuous world is not an analogue of binary logic. An analogue is a figurative model of the real, something analogous to something else. Among the binary, however, logic is primary and real is analog. So let's preserve the proper spelling for the proper use and cede the streamlined variant to the Forces of Progress.

These travesties may be quite upsetting, but even the word "quite" once meant "hardly at all." It was used facetiously so often that came to mean "very".

about a month and a half ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

pupsocket Preserving the disinformation infrastructure. (364 comments)

Verizon leads the campaign to preserve the television industry in the United States.

As broadcast television and real-time cable approach irrelevancy, the incumbents in the video-distribution business seek control over cached video programming.

The right to charge extra would affirm Verizon FiOS as a cable television operator with the right to charge to carry even cached content.

Not coincidentally, real-time one-to-many propaganda operations like Fox News depend on this campaign to turn Internet providers into a small subset of the digital data transport industry.

about 1 month ago
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After the Belfast Project Fiasco, Time For Another Look At Time Capsule Crypto?

pupsocket Re:"Lawyer up" doesn't work at all (170 comments)

Except you can have said lawyer disbarred if you can prove they violated client confidence for unethical purposes. Contact your state bar association (for the US).

There's a simple solution everyone is ignoring. Hire lawyers in competing countries. For example. US, Switzerland, Russia and China. Split the key, send a piece to all four. Good luck getting the legal systems of all four locations to concur.

It would be a full-time job disbarring every attorney who violated client confidentiality in my presence. Moreover, when I'm there, it's not my confidentiality they are violating.

Lawyers do what they do because they know they can get away with it.

I gather you haven't yet sampled the trustwothiness of lawyers in China and Russia.

about 1 month ago
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After the Belfast Project Fiasco, Time For Another Look At Time Capsule Crypto?

pupsocket Re:"Lawyer up" doesn't work at all (170 comments)

Lawyers violate client confidentiality every day. They can't be compelled to do so -- except by their larger clients. There has to be something in it for the attorney. I've seen ample numbers of confidential documents from an attorney soliciting business from me. I think that showing off and acting like an industry kingmaker is the predominant motive, but I don't get to see the horse-trading among legal professionals.

about 2 months ago
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After the Belfast Project Fiasco, Time For Another Look At Time Capsule Crypto?

pupsocket Re:Not like DRM (170 comments)

Alas, there will customers keen on destroying any hope of retrieving the historical record. Most of these will be government agencies.

Subpoena would lead to impounding the key-protection device. Then the "investigators" will either engage a lax hacker stooge to trigger the self-destruct or they will pretend to misplace it.

about 2 months ago
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Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production

pupsocket Re:Thermodynamically Impossible (311 comments)

Yeah, they're as loony as the idiots who tried to introduce portable computers.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?

pupsocket Everyone dwells in time. (274 comments)

The firm, now large and organized, can no longer be a roving band of inspired friends. It has to dock onto the household world.

Just admire your co-workers and invite a few to dinner now and then. They've already decided they like you.

about 3 months ago

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NSA Declares War on President

pupsocket pupsocket writes  |  about 9 months ago

pupsocket (2853647) writes "U. S. citizens can stop pretending that their secret agencies exist to provide deniability to the President. Yesterday the German newspaper of record, Frankfurter Allgemeine, reported that the President told German Chancellor Merkel that he would have stopped the tap on her phone had he known about it. Today, another German paper, Bild am Sonntag, quoted U. S. Intelligence sources that the President had been briefed in 2010. This violation of secrecy should end the myth that the White House tells the secret agencies what they can and cannot do. Sounds like blackmail, the endgame."
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House GOP Asks McAfee to Critique HealthCare.Gov -- But Stay Away from Them

pupsocket pupsocket writes  |  about 9 months ago

pupsocket (2853647) writes "The House Energy and Commerce Committee invited John McAfee to guide them in investigating the flaws of the new government online facility for obtaining health insurance, HealthCare.Gov. If they were hoping for a like-minded maniac who left treasure and unsolved murders in the Caribbean to now monopolize the cameras with rants against the hopelessness of ever succeeding with ObamaCare, they must have been disappointed to discover a guy with an eye for the main chance, confident of his ability to recommend a successful rebuild. It turned out they didn't have the funds to let him report in person and therefore he decided they weren't serious and declined."
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