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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

rahvin112 Re:Neither (83 comments)

The world is not binary. What you want and what everyone else will accept are different. Plenty of people in this world are happy to have ads if it means no money out of their own pocket.

Your entitled to your opinion but that doesn't mean your not an idiot.

about an hour ago

A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

rahvin112 Re:shift of blame. (324 comments)

Given that the claim is they defrauded Apple my guess is the bank told Apple they were going to eat the charge for not following procedures. Apple called the police because they've been defrauded.

Because Genius here used his own name in the transaction it becomes rather trivial for the police to put the guy in prison. Here's a secret, the easiest way to get the police involved in some crime is to make it incredibly easy for them to investigate and get a conviction, particularly with some victim that will draw big press. This case was handed to them on a silver platter (I'm sure Apple handed them enough to get a conviction) by a company that is sure to get lots of press attention, the chances that this guy wouldn't be prosecuted for fraud is non-existent.

8 hours ago

Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

rahvin112 Re:Every month a new battery breakthrough, but.. (117 comments)


When was the last time you weighed your L-ion battery and compared it's weight to it's energy storage rating? And have you been doing this every year? Battery technology has doubled capacity in the last 5 years and continues to accelerate. This lab breakthrough will likely be seen as quickly as they can engineer it and this is true of all the previous breakthroughs you've read about that have already made it into the batteries you use every day. You are ignorant and choose to display that ignorance for everyone to see. Congratz.

This particular breakthrough is a research breakthrough, these take the longest to engineer into the production methods used today. It will take some time to work down into the supply chain, but rest assured if the research can be duplicated and the process is reasonable it will work it's way into production once they can figure out the engineering of it.


Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

rahvin112 Re:My experience with hydrocodone... (476 comments)

There is some preliminary research backing the idea that those taking the medications for real pain never get addicted.


The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

rahvin112 Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

You probably lost of lot of Americans with that Joke because they don't understand the Irish speak Gaelic.

4 days ago

Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

rahvin112 Re:Lumping everyone together.... (372 comments)

We're fairly green because we've spent billions building reservoirs in our mountain ranges to catch the rather abundant winter snowfall and extend the runoff from one big purge in April to an extended even flow all summer/fall. For most of the state the discharge point is the salt lake, which is devoid of almost all life and essentially a big evaporating pond, and much of the rest flows to one of the "temporary" lakes that simply evaporate the water. Because almost all our water evaporates anyway we don't have a problem using it all in a more effective manner.

We had an 11 year drought where annual rain/snow was significantly below average for 11 years. We drained most of the reservoirs by the end of the 11 years. But because of that the urban areas implemented water conservation programs that cut urban use by almost 20% and we could if need be cut it even more. But as long as we are maintaining our summer water flows with impounded water in the reservoirs there's little reason to conserve as it all just evaporates anyway. I've seen the Vegas water authority lady on TV several times talking about how Utah wastes all it's water with green lawns, which makes her think she's entitled to steal water from the driest basin in the country. Something that will likely create the biggest dust bowl ever created that will be an environmental disaster because of the contaminants and alkaline soil which will be blown all over Nevada, Utah and Colorado. Such is her ignorance, if we don't use the water it just evaporates anyway.

4 days ago

Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

rahvin112 Re:we are experiencing something similar (372 comments)

Sounds like it's time to sacrifice some virgins to the rain god. There are plenty on slashdot if you are recruiting.

5 days ago

Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

rahvin112 Lumping everyone together.... (372 comments)

I really hate when they lump everyone together. The fastest draining aquifer is the Ogallala, which is in the middle of the country, not the west. What this article claims is absolutely not true in 99% of the areas included in that list of states. My state, Utah has one of the most highly regulated water systems in probably the world. We have strict regulations on wells and draw rates that are reviewed and approved by state regulators that will halt all pumping if they detect subsidence in the aquifer. The aquifers are almost uniformly carefully monitored to ensure water levels don't drop, and in some areas near the salt lake they monitor to ensure positive pressure into the lake is maintained so salt water isn't sucked back into the fresh water.

Yes there are bad situations out there, Las Vegas and Phoenix are terribly managed water systems IMO, favoring growth over conservation. We shouldn't have 6 million people living in a desert that can barely naturally support 1/10 that many. And pumping several hundred thousand acre feet of water over a mountain range for Phoenix is a terrible waste of water, not to mention the water lost to evaporation in the process and the power used.

But this blanket inclusion of all the western states in this indictment is stupid. Those of us with scarce water resources have carefully managed them for the most part. Utah's been managing water use far longer than most states because it's a scarce commodity and always has been. There is a river in Utah where every single drop is used 7 times before discharge into the Salt Lake and the river isn't very long.

If you want to talk about water misuse, talk about the areas misusing water and stop lumping the rest of us in with them.

5 days ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

rahvin112 Re:The "Your mileage may vary" problem (539 comments)

Are you seriously trying to compare a blood draw bruise to Lasik?

If you've had a dozen blood draws and only had one bruise you're the luckiest son of a bitch ever. Bruising from blood draws is incredibly common, something like 50% or more of blood draws result in bruising. I'm on blood thinners and have to get routine blood tests, I've had more needles in my arm in the 14 years I've been on blood thinners than probably a dozen people have in their lifetime. On top of this I have very small veins, and a genetic conditions that makes me produce blood clots much quicker than normal, before I went on blood thinners you couldn't bruise me unless you hit me with an aluminum baseball bat multiple times. Even on blood thinners I almost never bruise. I'm routinely given bruises from blood draws. That's what happens when you stick sharp metal objects into pressurized vessels of fluid, you get leaks which is what causes bruises.

There is no comparison in risk, nor is it even a good analogy. Lasik has risks, but those risks are very small, even the most common of risks is typically in the range of 1 in 10,000 and those are the mild risks like needing eye drops. The really bad stuff has even lower odds, some as low as 1 in 100,000 or even one in a million. The thing is the technology keeps getting better, the computers keep getting more precise and they keep narrowing down what causes the side effects and screening for it. Lasik by experienced doctors is incredibly safe. I wouldn't be surprised if it has less risks than a blood draw (which you can die from).

5 days ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

rahvin112 Re:Fear (539 comments)

Lasik is an advancement of a procedure they've been doing since the 80's with scalpels by hand. The laser speeds the procedure, makes it less invasive and more precise, but other than it's essentially the same procedure performed in the early 80's simply done with more advanced and accurate tools. Find someone that had those early procedures, they're likely in their 60's now. You can even talk to the people that had the Lasik Precursor procedure PRK, it's been around since the late 80's.

There are no recognized long term issues in the 30 years its' been happening. All it does is reshape the eyeball to fix the irregular shape of the retina which causes the focal issues. It's quick, painless and permanent and there is an incredibly small chance of an issue which could have unpleasant results. But any surgery, even the most routine has risks, including death.

5 days ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

rahvin112 Re:My reason (539 comments)

Age related myopia is a fact of life. It affects your reading ability and pretty much everyone gets it. There is no trade off with Lasik that makes the age related issues set in quicker or last longer or be more severe. My wife had lasik in her mid-20's and still thinks it was the best money ever spent. At 40 she's got 20/15 vision and is just starting with age related issues but because she's starting at 20/15 it's going to be longer before she needs corrective lenses.

Age related eye changes happen either way, Lasik fixes your most important distance vision for the remainder of your life but you will still experience the need for reading glasses as an effect of aging.

I think it's completely irresponsible to suggest that just because you are older that the Lasik is less valuable because it's not, I've met 50 year olds that had the procedure and lost their full time glasses with bifocals in exchange for just bifocal reading glasses. Personally I'd rather wear glasses 20% of the time rather than full time along with being damn near blind without them. There is a tremendous difference between needing bifocals to read and being unable to drive a car or see the alarm clock in the morning without putting your glasses on.

5 days ago

Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

rahvin112 Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

Thank you for that visual image of Emperor Putin cackling away as lighting bolts come out his fingers. It gave me a giggle this afternoon.

about a week ago

Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets

rahvin112 Re:State sponsors of corruption (229 comments)

You are incorrect. The camera's were conceived as an FHWA program for specific intersections to reduce fatalities.

Now that we are finally bringing most of the nations roads to standards past 1970 the number of fatalities on our nations roads have been dropping at a considerable rate for quite a while. The result is that now intersection related fatalities now outpace roadway design related fatalities. After a lot of research the FWHA determined that many many of these fatalities are occurring in the same intersections and that a significant number of these accidents were being caused by drivers running red lights. Other research pointed out that this is being exacerbated by the fact that as congestion increases more drivers are deliberately running red lights out of frustration.

The FHWA red light campaign was created, it encouraged and provided money for local governments to install red light cameras at these high fatality intersections to try to decrease the number of deaths through enforcement. Unfortunately the program was grabbed by a bunch of private companies that offered to provide and maintain the cameras for a share of the revenue. Once the private company's salesmen were hooked in with the top city officials it went down hill from there. Some cities began tweaking signal timing to cause more ticket revenue which caused dramatic spikes in the number of rear ending accidents. Others put the cameras at intersections that didn't need it. The program spiraled out of control at the local level because of these private companies and their sales forces and it got even worse as the economy tanked and the revenue became even more important to the city.

The camera's actually did reduce fatalities at some of those high fatality intersections. The FHWA program was a success in that regard, but the FHWA naively didn't see the damage these private companies would do in encouraging the cities to treat the tickets as a revenue source. Had these cameras remained as ONLY a safety device they would have continued to work. We've still got the problem that red light fatalities are increasing nearly exponentially and we're going to have to deal with it. Fatalities per mile driven have been dropping precipitously for the last 30 years or so, red light fatalities may very well halt or even reverse that trend. This is a very hard problem to solve.

about two weeks ago

Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

rahvin112 Re:"treating it as an accident" (503 comments)

In addition to admitting fault and paying restitution, the US punished the guy in charge of the boat (it ended his career), changed policy on shoot first and installed civilian radios in all anti-aircraft systems.

about two weeks ago

Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

rahvin112 Re:meanwhile overnight... (503 comments)

That's why the Russians are trucking the BUK system back into Russia so they can destroy it. No launcher, no inspection of the launcher and they can claim they know nothing about it. That BUK launcher is going to be scrap metal by the end of today.

about two weeks ago

Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

rahvin112 Re:Wait for it... (752 comments)

They are either Terrorists or Criminals. These insurgents robbed dozens of businesses at gunpoint including car jacking people in broad daylight. I don't like calling them terrorists either, but they are certainly criminal scum. This is what happens when the leader next door has made deals with the Russian Mafia. I'd be willing to bet that when you subtract the Russian Spetznaz officers from the insurgents you are left with a core of people that are Russian Mafia and probably less than 10% that are genuine civilians with Russian Nationalist inclinations that want to see their cities integrated into Russia (course they would be very surprised to find out that Russia doesn't want them).

The guy that replaced the Crimea parliament at gun point and then named himself governor so he could call for a referendum on joining Russia was nicknamed "the Goblin" and was the local Russian Mafia leader. Why do you think no one stood up to him? People that stood up to him ended up dead. Putin choose to use the same strategy in Eastern Ukraine but he wanted a smoother fight so he appointed an Intelligence operative to move in and take control.

With the Russian intelligence officer in coordinating actions and the Russian mob providing the muscle Putin got his little war to stir up a pile of shit so he could force the Ukrainian's to do what he wanted. This is why the referendum never said anything about joining Russia because he doesn't want them to join Russia. Putin want's a federal type government in Ukraine that he can use to control the entire government. He realizes he can't control the western side anymore so he's using the British divide and conquer strategy. He'll put the Mob in control in the east (they get financial benefit out of it) and because there are more people in the east he'll have control over the whole country.

I've always wondered why Ukraine didn't call Putin's bluff and tell the eastern provinces to join Russia while handing them the bulk of all the debt. Putin doesn't want to take on all that outdated industry and energy demand or the debt he caused so he could use it as leverage to control them. If they'd called his bluff he would have been put in the position of refusing to annex the eastern provinces which would have cost him dearly.

about two weeks ago

X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

rahvin112 Re:Systemd? Not on my system... (225 comments)

I get your intent but you really messed up the delivery. The Mormons do believe Jesus is their lord and savior, so arguing that someone doesn't care whatever wacky thing they believe if they support that statement would be exactly the opposite of your intended meaning because it's in fact true.

My point is that the anti-systemD propaganda out there runs from it's all a redhat conspiracy to personal attacks on the author. Some talk about systemD violating Unix philosophy, very few talk about implementation and I've seen almost no comment what it actually does. Most of the attackers have never actually used it, only read blog posts about philosophy and redhat conspiracies.

Which is all relatively silly because no one is forcing you to use it. (of course other than the conspiracy theorists who claim this is a redhat plot to force everyone to do everything the redhat way). Let me say that again, even if your favorite distribution uses it and it become popular in the Linux community such that it's support is incorporated into numerous packages you are never going to be forced to use it. There is ALWAYS going to be a distribution that doesn't use it. And even if there isn't and it takes over Linux completely there is always one of the BSD's.

That is what is so bloody stupid about this whole I hate pottering and systemD BS. Pottering and RedHat are not trying to destroy Linux, they aren't going to hold you down and force you to use SystemD. You don't like it? Don't use it. If it gets so popular other packages depend on it, stop using those too. This is argument is beyond stupid. It's free software for gods sake, if you hate it that much you can always pay someone else to make software that works around it.

about two weeks ago

Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

rahvin112 Re:Well, they certainly DID in the past (752 comments)

There is an argument to be made that one the soviets and the Russians are not the same thing (even if they are the same people). And as you noted the airliner had crossed (accidentally) into hostile soviet airspace. That situation and what happened today are not the same thing.

This was a commercial airliner in a designated commercial air corridor with a broadcasting transponder. This is far more similar to the Iranian flight shot down by the US Navy. The commander of that ship was punished for his actions and the US apologized for a clear transgression of international norms on civilian flights.

about two weeks ago


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