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New Compilation of Banned Chinese Search-Terms Reveals Curiosities

sabt-pestnu Re:Like why is feline on the menu? (43 comments)

... so what you're saying is that in China, baby chickens eat cats? Aren't you thinking "In Soviet Russia..."

about a month and a half ago

Bank Security Software EULA Allows Spying On Users

sabt-pestnu Re:Failure in EULA (135 comments)

Might keep 17 U.S. Code  117 in mind.

Copying for purposes of backing up your software is legal. Period.

about a month and a half ago

Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

sabt-pestnu Re:Scum (253 comments)

> Several years ago, the process of almost any online application realized a 90%+ non-response rate

Ah, youth.

Back when I was trying to land my first job, I replied to help wanted ads in the newspaper. (Yes, it's been a while.) What I remember of that was that the response rate was not much better in those days. ... and each application submitted required postage.

That's not to say that it's any less frustrating today than it was then, but the cost of the search (in actual out-of-pocket expenses) has decreased a good bit.

about 3 months ago

FBI Completes New Face Recognition System

sabt-pestnu Drivers license photos (129 comments)

State DMVs have for some time been compiling digital photo databases. I know Oregon has because they had to bring "someone more familiar with the software" in when they took my license photo. I have a sizable beard and mustache, and I believe the software had difficulty finding my mouth. ... I didn't offer to help.

If cars are going to have some "if you aren't facing the road, we're going to shut the car off" routine, I may be somewhat restricted in my choice of automobile, or at least options packages...

about 4 months ago

A Thousand Kilobots Self-Assemble Into Complex Shapes

sabt-pestnu Why is this better than simulation? (56 comments)

The difference between theory and practice is
- in theory, there is no difference
- in practice, there is.

A simulation of self-assembling robots is theory.
An actual pile of 1,024 self-assembling robots is practice.

Less tritely, you have zero information about flaws in your simulation until you try to apply it to/in the real world. Your simulation is excellent at helping you identify logical flaws in your design. But if you fail to account for something (crosswinds, say), then your simulation simply won't help you find it.

It's that whole "unknown unknowns" thing, man.

about 6 months ago

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

sabt-pestnu Re:Death bell tolling for thee.... (322 comments)

Running with your bad car analogy, they also package that engine for the subcompact and electric SUV models. It's just that you can't reach the steering wheel on the one, and it's entirely counter to why you would buy the vehicle for the other.

Some chassis/body limitations may apply...

about 6 months ago

Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

sabt-pestnu Re:So? (281 comments)


The profile for the twitter account doesn't look (to my uneducated glance) to be a corporate account, but rather his personal account.

And so people who feel harmed by the MtGox collapse are complaining that he isn't showing them contrition?

Isn't that ... self-centered? So who is the wired story really about? The MtGox personage, or the Entitled Masses seeking opportunties to excoriate him?

about 7 months ago

'Selfie' Helps Doctors Diagnose Mini-Stroke

sabt-pestnu Standard response for TIA does not apply (47 comments)

... because the doctors at the ER had already decided that it was not a TIA.

... because so many other possibilities seem more likely.

  "I don't need any more facts because my mind is made up" doesn't just apply to the political world.

about 7 months ago

Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades

sabt-pestnu Properly sized internet connections (286 comments)

The internet connection to the place I used to live in did have a properly sized internet connection from day one:


Yep. no internet connection. Built in 1930.

The internet connection to my apartment complex was properly sized when the complex was constructed.

1970. Copper wire phone lines. They were suitable up to about 1995 too, covering 19.2k modems.

Think about how much your data consumption has increased in even the last 10 years. Comparing water usage to broadband usage is not apropos. Compare your broadband usage to the 1930's electrification projects instead.

about 9 months ago

In Israel, Class-Action Plaintiff Requests Waze Source Code Under GPL

sabt-pestnu Re:What basis for this case? (75 comments)

> You could say "give me the source code or I'll sue you for beeeelions" and they can say "Ok, sue us", lose the case, pay billions and keep their source code.

... and be charged with contempt if they continue to distribute without a license.

And aside, it seems likely that part of the judgement would include "cough up the source code, mac."

about 10 months ago

Lawrence Lessig Wins Fair Use Case

sabt-pestnu Re:Is this really a victory though? (89 comments)

A different article on this story (think it was techdirt) describes the situation:

If a party basically offers to settle for terms that match what it would likely get in a final court ruling, and the other party doesn't accept, courts tend to look very negatively on that situation.

That is "you won, what the heck are you still doing in my courtroom?"

about 10 months ago

Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

sabt-pestnu Rome-0 and Julie-8 (745 comments)

... but sadly, Rome-0 lived in Everquest and Julie-8 lived in World of Warcraft.

Forces larger than those between television networks kept them apart...

about a year ago

Federal Court Kills Net Neutrality, Says FCC Lacks Authority.

sabt-pestnu Re:Net Neutrality was BAD. Full stop. (383 comments)

- when the NSA coopted Google and AT&T and Verizon and a bunch of other major corporations to spy on everybody..

FTFY... When some goon with a gun (even if it is a gun shaped like a law) points it at you and says "hand over the goods", you've only got two choices: obey or not. Your prospects for an immediate future are severely limited with one of those choices.

And if you obey often enough, it becomes habit.

1 year,17 days

Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

sabt-pestnu Re:Efficiency. (937 comments)

Read the posts above. Gearing makes a difference.

Once the speed limit was set at 55, most cars being produced for the American market were geared for 55 being the typical cruising speed, and higher gears were stripped out, perhaps for weight reduction, perhaps for cost reduction.

Either way, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy: gear a car to drive optimally at speed X, and it will do so.

Note that you can get cheap back-pats pointing out "this car's mileage starts dropping off at (speed X) instead of (speed Y)", where a better picture comes from comparing mileage for both vehicles over the range of speeds.

1 year,22 days

Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

sabt-pestnu Not like us old timers... (684 comments)

You young whippersnappers don't know cold.

Why, I remember back when I was young and my dad would send me outside for a pail of air. Now THAT was cold!

1 year,24 days

CBS 60 Minutes: NSA Speaks Out On Snowden, Spying

sabt-pestnu Re:Oh NSA (504 comments)

By that definition, they could identify a phone number of interest, then target every non-american who contacts that phone number, and "incidentally" collect every call involving that phone number ... and never have 'targetted' the number itself.

about a year ago

Six Electric Cars Can Power an Office Building

sabt-pestnu Re:Externalizing the cost of maintenance (296 comments)

> Anyone in charge of a medium sized corporate server room can attest to that.

So don't promote it as a building power plan.
Promote it as an Extreme UPS.

about a year ago

RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse

sabt-pestnu Re:couple of thoughts (549 comments)

Just a couple of things:

If you're HERF gun is extremely directional, you're golden.

If not, you've got two options...
1) you fire it, and suddenly BOTH of you are coasting to a stop (or crash)
2) you get your buddies to fire it from the roadside, in which case the police coast to a stop right near your buddies.

Of course, a remote control could cover for your buddies, especially if there's a camera or spotter set up.

(Yeah, we've seen remote control munitions for HOW LONG now?)

about a year ago

NY Police Get Tall SUVs To Combat Texting While Driving

sabt-pestnu Re:Cost-benefit analysis (319 comments)

There are minimum legal vehicle standards. And behavior standards. Your reasons do not well distinguish between falling within and without of them; your gripes are analog.

By the same logic, you would be offended because...
- I drive a lighter vehicle, being more at risk of injury.
- I drive a vehicle with poorer handling, increasing the likelihood of an accident, or reducing my ability to dodge an accident.
- I drive a vehicle more prone to mechanical failures (older, less reliable, other), increasing the likelihood of closing the road.
- I have some other medical condition that causes problems and/or expense when I'm to be pulled from a vehicle. Say, hemophilia, obesity, or age.

Each of the costs you have described apply as well to one more of the scenarios above. And yet, the vehicle and driver may well fall within acceptable standards for driving (and being driven).

As for your health care premium worries, the insurance companies do account for seat belt use (or lack of it). I'll leave that as an exercise for the reader.

about a year ago

A Makerbot In Every Classroom

sabt-pestnu Re:The "hype" of 3D printing? (152 comments)

Hate to say it, but composting 3d printed materials is every bit as likely as biodegrading biodegradable plastic bags. Not every home (or apartment complex) has a composing unit, nor a use for the final product.

This leaves two options: ship the 3d printed refuse where it can be used, or throw it in the general trash cycle. Until it becomes ubiquitous, it won't get shipped commercially (IE with "recyclable" items.

If you can't get folks to "properly dispose" of batteries or fluorescent bulbs or electronics, you won't get folks to compost 3d printed refuse.

about a year ago



Subversives in South Carolina mostly safe

sabt-pestnu sabt-pestnu writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sabt-pestnu (967671) writes "According to Eugene Volokh, the Raw Story article has got it backwards. According to Westlaw, the cited statute dates back to 1951, when a lot of anti-Communist statutes were being enacted nationwide. What brought Raw Story's attention to it may be that South Carolina is once again trying to repeal it.

For those that got lathered about the original slashdot article, an archaic case (Yates vs United States, 354 U.S. 298 (1957) took most of the teeth out of such laws."

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