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The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

superdave80 Re:my how self important (236 comments)

I don't even understand your statement, or how it relates to my post.

about three weeks ago
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The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

superdave80 Re:Thank you, Presidents Reagan and Clinton. (236 comments)

Voluntarily working for government is the same as being a slave? I think not.

They can leave at any time that they like for a better job.

I don't mind public worker unions until they start striking and shutting down billions of dollars worth of public infrastructure that we all paid for to use.

about three weeks ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

superdave80 Tim Cook Steve Jobs (430 comments)

Did anybody in Russia notice that Steve Jobs and Tim Cook are not the same person? I'm afraid even trying to think like a looney, anti-gay zealot, I can't figure out the line of reasoning that led to this decision...

about three weeks ago
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The Future of Stamps

superdave80 Simpler? (131 comments)

Currently to send a letter I:

1. Put a stamp on the corner.

2. Write down the address where I want it to go.

3. (Optional) put one of my return address labels on it.

Their method

1. Have one of their laser burners put a 'stamp' on the envelope.

2. Pull up an app and scan my 'stamp'

3. Tell it where to go (either through my contacts or by manually inputting it).

I don't see how this is 'simpler'...

about a month ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

superdave80 Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (398 comments)

So if you are twenty feet from the intersection doing 50 MPH, and the light turns yellow, you are suppose to slam on your brakes to avoid running through the intersection while it is yellow'? Remind me to never drive anywhere near you...

about a month ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

superdave80 Write much? (220 comments)

...it makes the software a minimum of 10 and a maximum of about 300 times harder to brute force."

What an odd sentence. Did you mean "...it makes the software 10 to 300 times harder to brute force"?

about a month and a half ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

superdave80 Not blaming... (622 comments)

...but rather talking about taking foolish risks and then bitching about the outcome. If I leave my car running in a bad neighborhood and come back an hour later to find it gone, is it my fault? In a way, it is, because I should have known with nearly 100% certainty that my car was going to be gone. Same with the nude photos. The internet is not a great place to store sensitive documents. It's not a 100% certainty that the photos were going to be found and distributed, but since the point of the internet is to distribute information, you could have seen it as a likely outcome.

I feel bad for these people that their photos were stolen, but when Jennifer Lawrence calls it a 'sex crime', I think she sounds stupid.

about a month and a half ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

superdave80 PETA = The Onion (367 comments)

Seriously, PETA sounds stupider and stupider every time I see them mentioned in the news. They are actually upset that A CAMEL WAS ALLOWED TO WALK IN THE DESERT! The Onion couldn't have come up with a better headline to make fun of PETA with. Does anybody actually take PETA seriously anymore?

about a month and a half ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

superdave80 Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (602 comments)

I have yet to see a CFL lamp reach ROI. Ever.

Then you didn't look very well. I still have most of the CFLs in my first house that I put in during the California power crisis over ten years ago. So let's say that they only last even half of that. Power costs for an incandescent vs. CFL over five years:

$0.15/kwh

3 hrs/day run time

Incandescent: 100 watt- $82

CFL: 33 watts - $27

Are you really going to sit there and tell me that you are paying $50 for a CFL?

about 2 months ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

superdave80 It's your own fault... (354 comments)

"I like and believe very much that we should have to obtain a warrant from an independent judge to be able to take the contents," FBI Director James Comey told reporters. "What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law."

Well, too bad that isn't what actually happens. You guys just take whatever the hell you want, using things like 'National Security Letters', gag orders, and scooping up anything and everything into giant server farms. We don't trust any of you one bit to not invade our privacy. You brought this on yourself.

about 2 months ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

superdave80 This is why I am avoiding LED for now. (602 comments)

already reports of CFLs and LED lamps burning out long before their rated lifetimes are reached.

When I am shelling out a big up front cost, I am going to be pissed if one of these things burns out in a year or two. Sure it is probably covered under warranty, but then I have to make sure I keep the receipt, which receipt goes with which bulb, etc. I use CFLs because I won't mind as much if one burns out early because the cost for them is relatively low.

about 2 months ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

superdave80 Government at it's finest... (299 comments)

Permits cost up to $1,500, says Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers, and reporters who don't get a permit could face fines up to $1,000.

Hmmmm... should I pay the $1,500 up front, or risk the $1,000 fine? Decisions, decisions...

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

superdave80 Re:Funny how this works ... (184 comments)

The problem here is that the CRTC can stop all payment via Canadian credit cards to Netflix

Really? A radio and TV communications commission can block legal credit card transactions?

about 2 months ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

superdave80 Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

The problem with broadcast vs. internet streaming is that the streaming companies don't have a set amount of broadcast time. Netflix is on demand, so it only streams what a customer asks. The networks can set x% of their broadcast time to Canadian content, but that won't fly with a service like Netflix.

about 2 months ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

superdave80 Re:Africa (326 comments)

Anyways, build a modern healthcare infrastructure, modern farms with GMO crops, stop all the pointless wars and rein industry in a bit, and Africa will be fine.

Are you running for Miss America?

about 2 months ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

superdave80 Africa (326 comments)

Most of the anticipated growth is in Africa, where population is projected to quadruple from around 1 billion today to 4 billion by the end of the century.

You mean, the continent that can barely feed itself and is the source of deadly plagues (Ebola, etc.) is somehow going to support four times it's current population? I'd like to see how that is feasible...

about 2 months ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

superdave80 Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (981 comments)

For decades, we have moved away from producing goods to a service providing nation.

Huh? We are still the #2 manufacturing nation in the world, and still a good deal ahead of the #3 producing nation. The only reason we dropped behind China recently is because they ramped up their manufacturing so much.

about 2 months ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

superdave80 Whiner (253 comments)

I can't even believe this stupid rant made it onto /. You can't wait ONE WHOLE DAY for your replacement phone? That, and he didn't even think through the logistics of his 'plan':

They would only have to have one replacement model of each phone that had been sold recently enough to consumers to still be covered under a replacement insurance plan. That still probably wouldn't take up more space than what you could fit into a medium cardboard box

I don't think you realize how many stores there are. Instead of keeping a single large box of replacement phones at one distribution center, you would need to ship out at least one phone to every single area that you cover. The number of phones you have to have stocked at locations could easily exceed what you have at the single location. And to top it all off, you now have to keep track of all these phones, and keep shipping out newer models to hundreds of locations all the time.

And your story is made up, since you contradicted yourself within the same paragraph:

I had it sealed in a zippable plastic bag. .... As I dug the soaked phone out of my pocket once we were all on board the yacht,..

So, was your phone in a sealed bag or in your pocket unsealed? You can't seem to make up your mind.

... the jerks were trying to get the three women in bikinis on board their boat.

You post to /. and expect us to believe you were hanging out with three hot women in bikinis? Nice try ;-)

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

superdave80 Another asshole in Washington... (643 comments)

And police officers are now at a disadvantage, because someone can tape the last part of an encounter and not tape the first part of the encounter.

Then how about you pass some federal legislation to make it fully legal to record police in public? You know how many people are told to stop recording and arrested for refusing to do so? Cops aren't at a 'disadvantage'. They don't want cameras, because they know right now it is their word over the word of criminals, suspected criminals, random people on the street, or dead guys. Guess who they think are going to be believed. They are just happy to have no recordings in case they screw up.

"I would like to see us say, 'If you want federal funding in your community, you've got to have body cams on your officers. And I think that would go a long way towards solving some of these problems, and it would be a great legacy over this tragedy that's occurred in Ferguson, regardless of what the facts say at the end as to whether or not anyone is criminally culpable."

First, this is just another example of how the federal government takes our tax money, and then 'requires' things that are completely outside the scope of their constitutional authority to get said money back (in some form). The federal government has absolutely no power to require a local municipality to buy a camera and require their cops to wear them. Stick to your constitutional duties, because you guys are simply spreading out into areas you have no business being in.

Second, he is another jerk that believes in the old saying, "Never let a good crisis go to waste". Are you for gun control? Just have your legislation tucked away ready to go after the next school shooting, regardless of weather or not your pre-written legislation would have done any good in the latest crisis. Would a camera have done anything to prevent this shooting? Or determine who was at fault? Who knows, pass the legislation while the people are pissed!

Third, I actually think cameras are a good idea, but let states and municipalities determine if they are necessary. There are plenty of towns in this country that simply have no need for cameras because the odds of them really being needed are so small that it would be a poor use of resources. There are something like half a million cops in this country, and even at $1,000 apiece (camera, storage, support, etc.), you are looking at a price tag of half a billion dollars, from a federal budget that already bleeds red like crazy.

about 2 months ago
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California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

superdave80 Perfect timing (233 comments)

I'm about ready to upgrade my iPhone 4, so I guess I will be in the market for a new phone around June 2015.

about 3 months ago

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