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Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

reve_etrange Re:What's wrong with American drivers? (143 comments)

And when were those subways built again? The New York subway opened in 1904, the DC metro in 1974, BART (SF Bay Area) in 1972. And the latter two systems were designed for total automation* from the beginning!

And don't say Beijing's opened in 1969, it's technically true but 15/17 lines were built after 2002.

*BART has operators only because of transit union activism and an isolated, pre-opening incident known as the 'Fremont flyer.'

yesterday
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Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

reve_etrange Re:What's wrong with American drivers? (143 comments)

BART trains (in the SF Bay Area) have some peculiarities which do seem to be related to the partial automation. The trains frequently have to be 'repositioned' on the platform, but it's apparently* because the door mechanisms don't always engage. If the driver scoots forward a bit and stops again, then the doors open normally.

*I think this because some drivers make announcements implying it's so, e.g. "sorry folks, we have to reposition to get the doors open."

yesterday
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Mystery Signal Could Be Dark Matter Hint In ISS Detector

reve_etrange Re:Generally accepted (55 comments)

That's why it's "dark," (pedantic AC corrections notwithstanding), but I would say its size is something that makes most dark matter candidates hard to detect. These particles are mostly predicted to be too massive for production at current accelerators.

2 days ago
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Mystery Signal Could Be Dark Matter Hint In ISS Detector

reve_etrange Re:Huh? (55 comments)

I think they meant "annihilating in." Dark matter should have both anti- and regular variants, which would annihilate with each other, potentially producing an observable signal. Actually, the neutralino they're discussed is probably a Marjorana fermion, which is its own anti-particle.

2 days ago
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Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

reve_etrange Re:Farmers != Farm Workers (122 comments)

More so, since the livestock tends to be kept separated

Obviously you have never visited, driven past or even seen on television, one of these farms.

4 days ago
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Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

reve_etrange Re:Not surprising..they're literally disease farms (122 comments)

they're literally disease farms

And, not to mention, the single largest consumer of water and the single largest source of carbon emissions.

4 days ago
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Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

reve_etrange Re:Natural immunity (122 comments)

I've not heard of anyone being sued due to overprescribing them

I have; potentially life-threatening allergies to various classes of antibiotics (especially tetracyclines) are not all that uncommon.

4 days ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

reve_etrange Re:why are you volunteering information? (499 comments)

If you make a sexist joke (or repost one) and then investigate anyone for sexual harassment then your impartiality will be questioned.

Tautologies aside, any comments, made in jest or otherwise, which might suggest a specific and relevant prejudice are sufficient grounds on which to question someone's impartiality.

Sorry for all the italics, but the specifics are pretty important here.

about two weeks ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

reve_etrange Re:why are you volunteering information? (499 comments)

If you post such jokes on your blog shortly before going on to judge or investigate priests, you can expect your impartiality to be questioned.

about two weeks ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

reve_etrange Re:why are you volunteering information? (499 comments)

She didn't volunteer any information. The agent leading the investigation found out about her past activism and then trumped up a reason to get rid of a lesbian with liberal political leanings, something he apparently found distasteful. He even has a blog in which he reposts comics advocating violence against atheists.

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

reve_etrange Re: What the heck? (354 comments)

Because there is nothing in the GPL that forbids you from linking with propietary code like the Minecraft Server

True, but the GPL certainly does prohibit you from distributing the combination. That is why the Linux kernel uses GPL shims for binary driver blobs which are themselves distributed separately.

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

reve_etrange Re: What the heck? (354 comments)

It's right, but not quite complete. Mojang is now the developer of CraftBukkit and Bukkit. So one of the previous Bukkit developers is asserting their copyright to try and prevent Mojang (or anyone) from distributing the infringing CraftBukkit mod.

Again, the parent is also missing the important point that any individual person is still perfectly within their rights if they personally compile and use CraftBukkit. Only distribution of the GPL/incompatible combo code/binaries is prohibited.

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

reve_etrange Re: What the heck? (354 comments)

Mojang could have shut down CraftBukkit any time they wanted to. But so can any of the Bukkit developers, because it's not in compliance with the GPL either.

I guess you missed that Mojang is now the owner/distributor of both Bukkit and CraftBukkit? Of course they don't hold copyright for all of the various previous commits to Bukkit. So, indeed as you say, one of the Bukkit developers is asserting copyright to prevent Mojang from using Bukkit in CraftBukkit while the "Craft" part of that is incompatibly licensed.

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

reve_etrange Re:Mod AC parent up (354 comments)

Yes, putting his projects under GPL was not legal in the first place because it linked to non-GPL code.

False. As an accurate AC stated above:

His code is in a project which doesn't depend on the Minecraft server code. It is also, illegally, used in a mod which does depend on the server code.

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

reve_etrange Re:Mod AC parent up (354 comments)

His code is in a project which doesn't depend on the Minecraft server code. It is also, illegally, used in a mod which does depend on the server code.

The AC is accurate; your comment isn't.

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

reve_etrange Re: What the heck? (354 comments)

Or, as in this case, if your GPL code links code or (binary blobs, see Linux kernel) available only under incompatible licenses, then you need to use a GPL shim and distribute the non-GPL part separately. It's actually the GPL project which is non-compliant here.

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

reve_etrange Re: What the heck? (354 comments)

Bukkit contains parts of Minecraft server or reverse engineered parts of Minecraft server?

It's decompiled. Java is actually pretty easy to decompile well, for example here is a good decompiler which I sometimes use. Even has IDE plugins...

about two weeks ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

reve_etrange Re:Reason for replacing opiates - functionality (217 comments)

Makes sense. I made my parent comment based on the experiences of people I know, who have specifically turned down painkillers in favor of self-medication with marijuana. For most of them, I don't think they ever got far enough to find out if habituation would change their choice.

about three weeks ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

reve_etrange Reason for replacing opiates - functionality (217 comments)

I think a lot of people replace opiates with marijuana despite inferior pain relief because it's a helluva lot easier to function in a more-or-less normal way on pot than, say, percocet or whatever.

about three weeks ago

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