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Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

swalve Re:Discretion (276 comments)

The judge's purpose is to run a legal trial and to rule in matters of law. The jury rules in matters of fact. If there is no jury, the judge both.

about 5 months ago
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Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

swalve Re:If Comcast were Exxon (520 comments)

It's more like paying a toll to cross a bridge. I pay in one direction, Netflix pays in the other direction.

Who knows? Maybe it is cheaper to pay Comcast directly for access than it is to pay the various telcos.

about 9 months ago
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Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

swalve Re:This is a case of manual override (664 comments)

before you spout off about "all but one lane", you should probably look at a map. The whole thing was about one tiny town's tiny access road to the bridge. The mainline bridge was fine.

about 9 months ago
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Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

swalve Re:Go Amish? (664 comments)

If you can't make the code to read a sensor and write to an actuator bug free, you should not be writing code for anything.

about 9 months ago
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Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

swalve Re:Go Amish? (664 comments)

I hardly think that it would take an actual competent developer more than a day to write code to the effect of "read pedal" "write throttle". It is half as complicated as a stupid joystick.

about 9 months ago
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Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

swalve Re:Go Amish? (664 comments)

Since when can't you do anything to prevent bugs? How complicated does a throttle control have to be? Read the value from the pedal, send the value to the throttle. I would expect any high school student to be able to implement this in BASIC or LOGO.

about 9 months ago
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Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

swalve Re:Go Amish? (664 comments)

Software doesn't have to have bugs. There is no reason on god's green earth why an accelerator routine should ever be susceptible to something as stupid as a stack overflow. We should have higher expectations.

about 9 months ago
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Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

swalve Re:tl;dr (712 comments)

Perhaps. But there is also the possibility that not employing that bigshot VP would mean the company performs worse and those burger flippers would never have had a job to start with, or make even less money.

about 9 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

swalve Re:Probably the home router... (574 comments)

With IPV6, each client can have multiple addresses. You can have your global address, but you can also have internal only addresses. You can even NAT ipv6 if you really want to.

Plus, you really shouldn't be hard coding anything that has to do with public IP addresses.

about 9 months ago
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Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

swalve Re:It's a status thing (717 comments)

What kind of accommodations can you get for full time minimum wage work in your country? In the US, you can absolutely support yourself on minimum wage. You will have to live with roommates and eat inexpensive food and probably not have much left over for luxuries. Minimum wage is about $1000 a month after taxes (which you probably will get refunded anyway). $500 for your share of rent, $100 for a monthly bus pass, $100 for your cell phone, leaving $300 for food and entertainment and savings. It isn't pretty or fun, but it is certainly doable.

about 9 months ago
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Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal

swalve Re:SEC block? (303 comments)

There are only two signals you can send to your cable company: giving them money or not giving them money. When you keep giving them money, you are telling them that you approve of their behavior and wish them to continue.

Continuing to pay them for a service you don't think is worth the money is utter stupidity.

about 9 months ago
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Federal Smartphone Kill-Switch Legislation Proposed

swalve Re:The Safe Bet Here (173 comments)

That is silliness. You could use the same logic to say that the public shouldn't have the right to bear arms, because in 50 years, some future Hitler could confiscate all those guns. Not to mention that all dictator-types can circumvent any law they want, simply by disregarding it, or getting the people to happily demand the old law's repeal.

about 9 months ago
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Federal Smartphone Kill-Switch Legislation Proposed

swalve Re: The Safe Bet Here (173 comments)

Exactly. The paranoid reasoning for this is that: turn off all the proletariat's phones, leaving the network intact for the privileged civil service to perform this functions.

about 9 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

swalve Re:Untested? (357 comments)

I though Under Armor was just t-shirts and whatnot that people wear so they can feel "tactical".

about 9 months ago
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Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal

swalve Re:Antitrust lawsuit? (303 comments)

My stupid little village can't even keep the streetlights running. I'll be goddamned if I want them playing with fiber optics.

about 9 months ago
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Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal

swalve Re:SEC block? (303 comments)

Then cancel your service.

about 9 months ago
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Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal

swalve Re:ogahdno (303 comments)

How is it in jeopardy? Each consumer will still have the same amount of choice they started with. Cable, FIOS or ADSL, or satellite. If Comcast sucks, they will chose the other options. It doesn't make a shit-sack of difference whether my cable choice is Comcast or Time Warner, nor does it matter whether I have the same cable choice as someone in Portland.

about 9 months ago
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HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

swalve Re:oh well (385 comments)

If your hardware still has bugs that need to be fixed after the three years of warranty coverage, they can't be all that important.

about 10 months ago

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