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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

silas_moeckel Re:your assuming a lot (326 comments)

Moving the truck closer etc etc. Would seem most expedient to hand the ice off at the truck.

The state health dept will not but the local inspector might. That inspector who has the power to close it down at his whim is not a good one to argue with unnecessarily.

So you have an artificial scarcity as the event only allows specific vendors. Do they have any motivation to improve? Lack of competition tends to stagnate things.

yesterday
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

silas_moeckel your assuming a lot (326 comments)

Your assuming that the Nevada health and safety are the local health inspector(s). A group of people who may well hate burning man and have no downside to misinterpreting the regs.

Your assuming the volunteers scale in a linear fashion while accessing the same truck.

Perhaps the altruistic vendor wants to inflate their ego by having people wait for hours for their product?

This is a scenario where if you think you can do it better rent a freezer truck and buy some ice see how well you do.

2 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

silas_moeckel Re:Much as I despise trolls (484 comments)

You do realize that all laws are ultimately enforced via force? Anyways it's perceived possibility that keeps things civil not the employment of them. Lets remember that trolls tend to be social inept misanthropes, a simple glower IRL often sends them looking for an easier target.

2 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

silas_moeckel Re:Much as I despise trolls (484 comments)

It's not but the possibility tends to mitigate trolls IRL. They thrive where they feel safe from any repercussion often via the anonymous nature of the internet and the ease of which it can be done. So it's more the possibility of getting punched in the face than then actually getting punched that mitigated the behavior.

Polite society took this to extreams via various honor dueling and similar. So yes you lost honor reputation and face or risked your life for being a troll of the time.

2 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

silas_moeckel Re:Much as I despise trolls (484 comments)

In real life you get punched in the face. While it's not legal it's part of what keeps polite society polite.

2 days ago
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Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

silas_moeckel Re:Yeah yeah (112 comments)

Not obviously a crime?? Do the FL police not have a copy of the constitution handy? You know that thing they promise to uphold. Frankly the judges that were lied to should be charging these people with criminal contempt of court since it's something within their power. Yes that means less bad cops and lawyers.

We need the cops to be told parallel construction etc etc is never OK. If they can not reveal the means then they can not use the means is pretty simple. If they fear people finding about what/how they are doing something then they should not be doing it. It is not war the means police use need to be fully transparent to the people they claim to protect and serve.

3 days ago
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A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

silas_moeckel Re:"Roadable aircraft" (203 comments)

Friend did about the same with a Cessna put a couple ultra portable mopeds in the cargo, drove there few and drove the last bit. Not like you need much more when you can get within 10-15 miles of where you going in the northeast and have a small airport.

about two weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

silas_moeckel Re:Communism Inspired Tyranny (652 comments)

Highways are paid for and planned by the states and feds working together that's pretty central to my mind. It's go nothing to do with zoning.

about two weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

silas_moeckel Re:5 things to consider (652 comments)

1 Sounds good.
2 I'll live where I want to thank you.
3 Nuke deed restrictions from orbit it's the only way to be sure. Screw you on peek rate pricing for solar your just screwing over anybody that has not put it in place/does not have that option. Pretty much apartment dwellers and people that live to far north. I'm ok with buyback but only at the average baseload rate.
4 Good plan for many things there is no other option.
5 The problem is that consumer mandates jack up prices. Mandates at producers get fought tooth and nail as it increases their cost of goods but their sale prices are not fungible.

about two weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

silas_moeckel Re:Communism Inspired Tyranny (652 comments)

Look at amtrack, we have high speed rail through RI because it gets them 3 people on the hill. Making it faster to fly than take high speed rail for the NYC to Boston leg and skipping 2 large city's on the route. That is US central planning. We have cities without beltways because mayors though it would kill the city. Instead the gridlock did just that. Central planning got us the TSA.

We do not have central planning we have central pork.

about two weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

silas_moeckel Re:Haves and Have-Nots (652 comments)

Resources are finite so yes we will have haves and have nots it's a fact of life. Environmental justice? The third world has been burning it's way up the ladder it's easiest short term.

about two weeks ago
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Xen Cloud Fix Shows the Right Way To Patch Open-Source Flaws

silas_moeckel Your assuming their is only one mitigation method (81 comments)

Defense is depth matters, many network exploitable vulnerabilities can be mitigated before they ever get to the server gear. In case of bash only some cases/methods can be blocked. This does mean in many cases it's more than just the authors that need to know.

about three weeks ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

silas_moeckel Re:Will religion suvive tens of generations in spa (534 comments)

Hopefully religion will die off and/or they will all stay earthbound. Father figures that are figments of your imagination demand you say on earth thats it.

about three weeks ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

silas_moeckel Re:If I own the car (269 comments)

It's your room while your renting it. Just like the hotel can not allow the police access to your hotel room until you have checked out without court order or probable cause.

about three weeks ago
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South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

silas_moeckel Re:Works particularly well in SA/Victoria (169 comments)

Nothing but people get in the way of more fission power plants. Hell would love small scale fission a simple RTG buried under my house would be lovely.

about a month ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

silas_moeckel Waste of time go single stream (385 comments)

Single stream is more efficient. Dump most stuff and split it up at the far end.

about a month ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

silas_moeckel Re:Before you hate systemd (221 comments)

The linked article alone is reason to hate systemd a GUI admin tool. It goes on about .desktop file format again GUI garbage. I've never seen a server do anything with automount, it's frankly a security issue all mounts should be explicit and done by a sysadmin with root privs. Maybe some cheesy backup script? Servers do not need nor should they have a GUI, a VGA port is overkill but windows needs it. VM's again never need a VGA port it's just a waste of ram a serial port works fine for either. The base logic is all things need to be done via CLI first and done well (far to many CLI's were an afterthought to a GUI and it shows). D-Bus again it's mostly a GUI thing, it need not be on a server. DHCP on a server?

I really do not care much about systemd their is nothing not using it in a professional linux right now (something with all the big third party app support) and frankly it's not bothered me enough but I do see anything useful in it either.

about a month ago
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Before Using StingRays, Police Must Sign NDA With FBI

silas_moeckel Forget the NDA how about a warrent (124 comments)

Oh yea forget they would not need them most of the time if they got one.

about a month ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

silas_moeckel Re:Please describe exactly (392 comments)

BS the new plans have HUGE deductible's and only cover what they are forced to (mostly female and child related bits). Premiums have doubled and are looking like 3x for next year. Dental is a joke if you can even find a plan that offers it. Lets compare:

Before 400 ish a month now 800 ish.
Reasonable deduct 5k but only for major stuff all the day to day excluded, now 10k and nearly everything feeds into it.
Dental and Optics built in, now just for kids and maybe a realy bad tack on.

It really matters what state your in. But from my point it looks like the rates got jacked up by whatever the max the feds would pay. This is what tends to happen whenever the feds throw money at something, economics kicks in and the cost of goods goes up by whatever the feds tacked on.

about a month ago

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