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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

rock_climbing_guy Re:As an American, rather recently i believe. (469 comments)

You had me until you said "shut down the government for the third time" because the "government shutdown" was nothing more than a circus act. No essential function of the government actually shut down, altho they did make a huge show out of closing national parks. According to one report, patrons at a hotel in a national park were prohibited from taking pictures outside the hotel during the "shutdown". What a farce.

2 days ago
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EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

rock_climbing_guy Re:How do you sell this to the population as a who (282 comments)

When the Bill Clinton administration pushed the idea of banning encryption, his Attorney General Janet Reno made a statement that it needs to be banned because of paedophiles. History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme!

4 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

rock_climbing_guy Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (820 comments)

I guess you don't mind when a garbage truck backs up in your neighborhood at 5 AM with that fucking annoying safety beeper that wakes up the whole neighborhood, because... safety!

about two weeks ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

rock_climbing_guy Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (820 comments)

Yeah, I was dining with a friend on the deck of a local eatery when some idiot stopped in and started revving his high-pitched POS Chinese 49cc "moped" (as it is called under state regulations)

My friend shouted curses at him as he left. I just remarked that it was a "Soprano Harley Davidson". How annoying!

about two weeks ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

rock_climbing_guy Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (820 comments)

Interesting...

I purchased a new Nissan Versa a few years ago with their continuously variable transmission. It runs awesome. From an engineering point of view, it amazes me that they can build a car with such a small engine and make it perform at highway speeds.

However, I did read that when the CVT was new, some people in their focus groups didn't like it because it *sounds* different. The first time I drove it, I thought there was something wrong with it because of the sound, but it didn't bother me once I knew it was supposed to sound different. If I'm not mistaken, they changed the CVT to make it sound more like a conventional automatic transmission.

It seems awfully dumb to me that a piece of equipment that was so carefully engineered should be modified simply to make it sound like the equipment it replaces!

about two weeks ago
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Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

rock_climbing_guy Re:Data about where and how people drive? (238 comments)

The app is supposed to collect real-time data from drivers going around. If everyone using Waze sits in stop-and-go traffic for an hour before finally exiting I-87 where it is closed, they ought to be able to figure out that I-87 isn't a good route to use right now. Remember that Waze's selling point is that it uses information about traffic to find the fastest route.

about two weeks ago
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Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

rock_climbing_guy Re:Data about where and how people drive? (238 comments)

I deleted Waze because it gave bad directions.

Once, it directed me to turn left go a block on another street, and then turn right and then left again back onto the same road! No, there wasn't any traffic.

The straw that broke the camels back was when I went out on a day after very heavy rain. Waze directed me to drive on a road that was closed.

about two weeks ago
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Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

rock_climbing_guy Re:Health Insurance (238 comments)

Blue Cross does suck from my experience, but I don't think they are the primary culprit behind the high cost of health care. See, the PPACA regulates health insurance, but it does very little about the cost of the health care that the insurance must pay for.

Let me give you two good examples that show how fucked up our health care is in this country. I believe that most doctors are honest, hard-working people, but there are some really sleazy douchebags in the industry.

Example 1: Look up how much it costs to buy donated breast milk. If you need it, it can cost over $1000 per month, but don't worry, Blue Cross will pay for it!

Example 2: Long story, but there is an expensive drug out there by the name of Xyrem. It remains illegal in many countries due to its reputation as a date-rape drug, but many patients who are legitimately prescribed the drug swear by it. (I do not use Xyrem, but I know people who do.)

Xyrem used to be available over the counter for cheap ( I really despise these cocksuckers because I know that sick people are going without needed medication because of the cost and the company charging these stratospheric prices didn't even invent the fucking drug! May their executives roast in Hell.

Over a billion dollars goes to this one company every year for just this drug, that used to be freely available and cheap!

Now that you know something about why our health care is so expensive, we now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

about two weeks ago
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Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

rock_climbing_guy Re:The next battle has started (238 comments)

I once interviewed for a job at a company that buys unwanted life insurance policies. It is called the "secondary life insurance market". I have no idea how they get past the rules that the person who buys life insurance is supposed to have an interest in the person insured.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

rock_climbing_guy Re:The Dangers of the World (784 comments)

I suppose my comment was probably read as confrontational. I am alarmed by all these stories about CPS that keep popping up like herpes sores. Just when you forget about the last one you saw...

I just wish there was something more constructive we could do about the situation than bitch about it on an internet forum. Chest-puffing about cop-killing will get us nowhere. Just ask the people in Ferguson about that one.

I'll tell you a little anecdote. I spoke with my great-aunt on the phone regarding the recent birth of my first child. I mentioned to her that I'm afraid of these CPS punks who would take away my child on the slightest prefix and the idiots who call CPS because the neighbor's kid is walking to school along. When I hung up the phone, I had the distinct impression that she is the sort of person who would have made that call to CPS!

We have met the enemy, and he is us!

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

rock_climbing_guy Re:Not an isolated incident (784 comments)

FYI, in case you don't live here in the USA, it is not unseen for parents to walk their children on leashes in public. Really, I'm not making this up. I told my wife that we will never do this with our children.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

rock_climbing_guy Re:nanny state (784 comments)

AC, I am in favor of net neutrality because of the blatant unethical behavior of some ISPs, such as throttling and "permacookies" added to HTTP requests.

However, I fear that this will be used as an excuse to seize far-reaching authority that will quickly be abused in ways we have yet to anticipate.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

rock_climbing_guy Re:The Dangers of the World (784 comments)

You are not putting a bullet in any CPS agent's head because you would immediately lose your children for the rest of your life, and CPS knows this!

Enough with the chest-puffing.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

rock_climbing_guy Re: Obama: please stop helping us! (417 comments)

They never should have spent the money on the State/Provincial Park system in your area. All it's good for is people frivolously passing the time sitting or walking around.

about two weeks ago
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United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

rock_climbing_guy Re:Cheaper (349 comments)

Weird Al said, "I'll sue American Airlines because they sold me a ticket to New Jersey. I went there, and it sucked!"

about a month ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

rock_climbing_guy Re:Maths (525 comments)

Hey Winter,

I've been studying your esoteric .sig.

It looks sort of like a C or Java program and I know that putchar is part of the C standard library. However, it isn't a valid C program because the type of i isn't declared and there is no return statement, thus it makes no sense for the function main to recursively call itself.

I can do a little math to see that if 0 is passed to main, putchar will receive 0, terminating the function after main recurses six times, outputting a single character each time. Making a few small changes, I can get it to compile and output "BRune", but what is that supposed to mean?

about 2 months ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

rock_climbing_guy Re:This is so stupid. (698 comments)

Where are my mod points when I need them?

about 3 months ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

rock_climbing_guy Re:But DC is different,no? (588 comments)

As the article you linked points out, the case is currently being appealed to the Colorado Supreme Court. It isn't a done deal, yet.

about 3 months ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

rock_climbing_guy Re:But DC is different,no? (588 comments)

If I were President and wanted to stop this, I think I could do it easily. I think it would make a lot of people mad, but I could do it, just like I could go start a big war in Syria if I wanted to.

If I were President and wanted to do this, I might do the following:

I could direct the DOJ to subpoena the records from every state of who is licensed to sell cannabis in that state. I might not have enough resources to prosecute them all at once, but I could direct the DOJ to raid and prosecute them one-by-one in no particular order. I could direct them to use late-night no-knock raids and (with plausible deniability) suggest that agents could shoot pets and cause extensive property damage with impunity. I could direct the DOJ to seize their assets under civil asset forfeiture, levy large fines, and imprison them for years, leaving their families destitute. I don't know if I would prosecute customers, but even if just a handful were prosecuted, it could have a huge chilling effect on legalization advocates. Finally, I could arrest and prosecute *all* state officials (whether elected or not) who had any part of administering the program.

By doing the above, I could intimidate both business and local government out of ever trying to legalize cannabis for decades to come.

I'm certain that the powers that be have thought about this, too.

about 3 months ago

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Bob Barr Announces Run for President

rock_climbing_guy rock_climbing_guy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rock_climbing_guy (630276) writes "Bob Barr has announced his bid to succeed President George W Bush as President of the United States of America. This is most definitely News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters because Bob Barr has been very clear about his intention to limit the power of the federal government. As the former Congressman responsible for getting the sunset clause into the USA PATRIOT Act and a harsh critic warrantless wiretaps, Bob Barr has demonstrated his commitment to the principles of personal liberty that many Slashdotters have watched slip away in recent years. Barr stands to bring to the forefront the issues that have languished in the darkness of obscurity.

Bob Barr has brought on board his campaign the former manager of the Ross Perot for President campaign. Barr's first goal is going to be gaining the necessary base of support to be included at the prominent Presidential debates.

With recent appearances on Fox News, CNN, and even Comedy Central, Barr is determined to get out his message in spite of his campaigns late start."

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rock_climbing_guy rock_climbing_guy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rock_climbing_guy writes "Recently, the state of Texas became the first state to require vaccination against HPV, a set of strains of viruses that cause warts and cancer, for all girls entering the sixth grade, beginning in September 2006. Texas Governor Rick Perry, as reported by Fox News, is being pressured by the state senate to rescind the order. Many critics of the order say that requiring such a vaccination will encourage premarital sex. Under Texas law, some parents may opt-out of the requirement for their children for religious or philosophical reasons.

How do we balance the need to provide citizens with protection against dangerous diseases with individual autonomy and freedom? Do such mandatory vaccinations violate our civil rights?"

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Computer Games and Hardware

rock_climbing_guy rock_climbing_guy writes  |  more than 11 years ago Alright everyone, this is my very first /. journal entry. I don't imagine many people are going to read this, but oh, well; here goes.

I am sick and tired of the continuous upgrade, obsolescence of PC gaming hardware. Don't get me wrong; I understand that hardware is improving with time, but I have become totally removed from modern computer games because they run like slideshows on my machine.

Damn, I got Unreal Tournament 2003 for Christmas last year, I bought a new PC this year, and it still runs like crap. I got a new GeForce FX 5200 whatchawannacallitthingamajig and got a new motherboard, new DDR RAM, and an AMD 2600+ CPU. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO TO GET GAMES TO RUN ON A PC THESE DAYS? How much money do I have to spend? I spent over $500 upgrading my machine and it still sucks. Even the demos that came with the GeForce card run choppy. I've been through everything with technical support. I just don't care any more. I regret wasting my money on this project. I'll stick to Half-Life and Quake 3; they're just as much fun to play now as they were when they came out.

While I'm ranting, let me ask one more thing: What ever happened to Quake Spy? At first, it was this nifty little utility that you could use to look up the status of Quake servers on the internet. Now, it's turned into a gigantic piece of adware!

Arrrrrggghhh! What is the world coming to?

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