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3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

turp182 Re:it's means it is (132 comments)

My dashcam can be triggered on motion. I don't use this feature, I just let it record all of my driving.

That should dramatically cut the power used by the camera when it isn't recording.

I'm about to get a 2nd one that will be rear facing (and then maybe left/right facing, I need to find a model that doesn't come with a screen, so it would be smaller).

I've already used the threat of the dash cam to get some guy and a cop off my ass (he said I hit his car with my door, but I hadn't even been on the parking level where it happened, I told the cop I would gladly pull up my dashcam videos if the guy would like, the cop came back a couple of minutes later and said that wouldn't be necessary...).

about a week ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

turp182 Re:Oh, but it does. You can't make a backup (222 comments)

A couple of years ago a friend of mine plugged into my laptop to charge her iPhone, she clicked something with regards to the iTunes prompt (I had an iPhone so it was installed), and next thing we know 800 photos on her phone had been deleted but not backed up to my computer. I never figured out what she did, and she wouldn't connect to any computer but hers after that (she didn't synch/backup to iTunes on her computer, the phone was stand alone).

I really enjoyed the iPhone experience (through iPhone 4). But I like to develop for Android, so that's where I'm at now. Nexus 5 owner. Battery life isn't that good, but I have wireless chargers at work, in my living room, my bedroom, and my kitchen. I just put it down wherever I'm at and it stays charged. There's are two more in my travel bag, ready to go (one for the hotel, one for the office).

about a week ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

turp182 Re:I just want the new Nexus. (222 comments)

Nexus 5 is the boss. Cheap comparatively. My wife left iPhone's behind because she wanted my phone. Needs a case for sure, but I wouldn't carry a phone without a case.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

turp182 Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

This has been the most well thought-out and reasoned rape and murder discussion I have ever been a witness to.

Well done everyone.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

turp182 Re:+ operator for string concat? (729 comments)

Holy shit, you are correct. In fact there's more to it than what you described.

Here's some C# code, the last examples (z, z2) really bother me (in those cases the string was cast to a number):

                        int i = 1;
                        string j = "1";
                        double k = 1.15;

                        var x = "1" + 1; // string "11"
                        var y = i + j; // string "11"
                        var x2 = j + i; // string "11"
                        var z = k + i; // double 2.15
                        var z2 = i + k; // double 2.15

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

turp182 Re:The idea of variant (var) (729 comments)

Regarding "var": Our C# standard (which is part of a couple of actual standards, iDesign's is one off the top of my head) is as follows:

Var is only used if it is explicitly clear what the data type is when the variable is defined.

So these are fine:
var aString = String.Empty;
var someVariable = new TypeOfSomeSort();

The variable should be explicitly declared otherwise:
string aString = SomeMethodThatReturnsAString();

Of course I ignore the standard and just explicitly state the type, it's how I've always done it...

var is handy for non-fetched Linq queries as well. Do a ToString() on it (if it is for a database operation) and you get the SQL that will execute.

about two weeks ago
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Out of the Warehouse: Climate Researchers Rescue Long-Lost Satellite Images

turp182 Re:Straight to the pointless debate (136 comments)

Why would one correct for the heat island effect? It is in fact the truth; the climate in cities can be quite different from the suburban areas (same with weather, if the heat island is dry it ends up diminishing or even killing off a lot of rainfall, or it can feed a system if the ground is saturated and it's hot, adding a lot of additional humidity in a localized area).

The heat island is a true localized climate (sometimes temps are over 10F lower only 10 miles from the city of St. Louis), like some desert/tropical forest areas in the Galapagos Islands where the environment transforms after a couple of minutes of elevation change when driving (on the main island, the name escapes me).

I would seem to me that you shouldn't adjust any individual values, and that the average for a larger region should be the basis for science.

I would agree that adjustments would be needed if you know that the data is inaccurate to begin with. Determining why the data isn't accurate and how to adjust is the devil in the details. And great fodder for deniers.

For the record I believe in man-caused climate change on a global scale. We're dumping considerable amounts of CO2 stored for millions of years back into the environment (which can and is leading to larger methane releases that only exacerbate the problem). Coral is dying, we are destroying ocean ecosystems via over fishing; but at least we realize and recognize these things now. The 1960s/70s were bonanzas of "because we can" with little or no consideration of systemic effects (especially with regards to food, "let's put these chemicals in the food, it will be better"). We're better on that front, except for India and China (and Africa), or half the population of the Earth.

about three weeks ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

turp182 Re:In other news.... (199 comments)

You appear to be correct, there was likely a draft and it was on the books about 6 weeks after 9/11.

9/11/2001 was the hijackings. The USA PATRIOT Act was introduced on October 23rd, 2001, passed the House on the 24th, passed the Senate on the 25th, and was signed by George W. Bush on the 26th. So about 6 weeks from the event.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

The bill was 131 pages, creating or amending some 100 laws/sections.

Text (and original bill PDF): https://www.govtrack.us/congre...

Someone had to have a draft prepared ahead of 9/11. I would bet it was probably drawn up from the neo-con PNAC report "Rebuilding America's Defenses", which was released in September 2000. The document even referred to "a new Pearl Harbor": Section V of Rebuilding America's Defenses, entitled "Creating Tomorrow's Dominant Force", includes the sentence: "Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event––like a new Pearl Harbor". PNAC was a pretty scary and very powerful group (Bush appointed about 20 people from the group to positions in his administration).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

about three weeks ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

turp182 Re:Why? Nobody uses NFC payments (187 comments)

With KitKat (Android 4.4 on a Nexus 5), you press the button to wake the phone, tap on the payment thing (starts Google Wallet, no interaction other than the tap), then enter a PIN number for Google Wallet (the user interaction/verification). There's another tap to verify the total and you are done. There is no scenario that doesn't require the PIN.

I wish my local grocery stores supported it.

about three weeks ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

turp182 Re:Loose Lips Sinik Ships (248 comments)

Sort of sarcasm, but maybe the government should double down on the no-fly list to attempt to obtain evidence that it is effective.

First, they need to report the number of people denied the ability to travel due to the no-fly list.

Then, they need to start detaining and comprehensively searching anyone denied the ability to fly due to the no-fly list. This allows for the collection of ACTUAL evidence that the list is effective at stopping potential criminal activity on a flight. Anyone found with weapons or explosives should obviously be arrested, and that is the evidence.

Thus we would have statistics, how many people have been detained and how many have been arrested for weapons or explosives when trying to fly.

Of course it's all security theater, designed to both install fear in us and at the same time assuage that fear because the government is doing something about it.

For the record, my bag gets hand searched every time I fly. Having a container of baby powder will result in this every time - takes about 10 minutes to search my bag and then drug test my butt powder. And I always ask for a pat down rather than going through a machine. I've been temped to strip down to my underwear before (almost pulled the trigger on that idea when they were yelling at people to take their shoes and jackets off a few years ago). I hate flying these days (it was awesome fun in the late 1990s though).

about three weeks ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

turp182 Re:Executive Orders Need to Expire, and Quickly (180 comments)

Per your sig, which I love more than any other song to play on guitar (excepting Follow You Into the Dark, which my 4 year old daughter requests at bedtime, my son requests Jack and Diane...), we are all in a cage if there is an emperor. I thought, via Civics in high school, that we didn't have an emperor.

Apparently, I have been wrong in my assumptions.

about three weeks ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

turp182 Re:Executive Orders Need to Expire, and Quickly (180 comments)

So be it. I would take nothing over the Executive Orders. Congress passed the Patriot Act (terrible, terrible legislation), they would support some things.

No action is better than enforced action "requested" by a very small group (or a single person). Regardless of the implications (freedom an liberty before "risk" type stuff).

Checks and balances appear to be nothing more than bank notes and the ability to stand upright.

about three weeks ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

turp182 Executive Orders Need to Expire, and Quickly (180 comments)

This is crazy. It seems Executive Orders are non-legislation afforded the impact of law.

Executive Orders should expire after a couple of years, or when a Presidential inauguration occurs, whichever comes first. Continuation should require Congress to pass it as ACTUAL law. And changes outside of that period MUST be ACTUAL LAW!!!!!

WTF!?!?!?!?

Sorry for the caps, I RTFA and it pissed me off.

I would suggest Executive Orders be done away with completely, they are an "I am the King" method of ruling. Not leading, ruling, controlling.

about three weeks ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

turp182 Re:straight from the OMFG NO dept (364 comments)

Has to be budget. Seeing as most comments here said the earlier seasons were better (I haven't watched in a couple of years as well), ratings are probably dropping. And with that comes reductions in ad revenue. And with that comes cost reduction.

In fact, IMDB ratings of the show, have fallen from 7.5 to 6.5 over the course of the show (turn on the Series Trendline):
http://graphtv.kevinformatics....

Why all three? Who knows? But they each have a kick ass resume, that's for sure.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

turp182 Get one that Amazon Sells, not Fulfills (131 comments)

Amazon offers 30 day returns. If it fails fast they will take it back. Be wary of items they just fulfill, return policies vary (and Amazon has great service). Compare the manufacturers warranties, ask a question on the Amazon item pages.

Read the most recent reviews. I've seen several "different item/different serial #" issues with Dell batteries. Items presented can change over time, they are mutable.

Don't rush. You've been putting up with the performance you are seeing, you can take it another week or two.

Anyway, that's how I buy batteries...

about a month ago
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

turp182 Re:Ten frickin' dollars per month fo music? (71 comments)

The library is probably substantial, and that involves a lot of licensing expenses. Netflix is probably paying less for licensing, and offering a much more narrow selection.

about a month ago
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Software Combines Thousands of Online Images Into One That Represents Them All

turp182 Re:it works! (66 comments)

True douchebaggery doesn't start until the Audi A5 in my opinion. One should also consider BMW 5 or higher and anything Mercedes in the 500/600 classes.

about a month ago
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Software Combines Thousands of Online Images Into One That Represents Them All

turp182 Re:You'll be impressed (66 comments)

I was also going to point that out. Any graphics program can blur and image with very similar results.

I could see a benefit to this for pattern recognition, such as determining people's ancestral makeup or what breeds a particular dog is composed of.

The key would be well defined inputs. A large sample of each possible output value would be needed, along with details about a particular value. This would be the training (200 Labradors, 200 Beagles, etc.).

But the next step, testing/usage, requires different software (as far as I know), but their algorithms could probably be re-purposed for it. It would take the new input and compare it against a library of averaged specific samples, somehow determining a % match for each. Then it could provide an estimate of a multi-source makeup (mixed dogs, mixed humans, etc.).

Something of this nature, might be able to identify mixed genetics visually, or to help identify minute genetic differences in a given population (without a ton of tedious study/measurements). I'm thinking of the finches in the Galapagos Islands, that sort of thing. The "purity" of the inputs would be critical. Multiple angles would probably be necessary for animals.

Easy to see negative eugenics type uses (and I think useful applications would be of limited value, maybe).

about a month ago
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Switching Game Engines Halfway Through Development

turp182 Re:Reasons not to switch? One word: (127 comments)

Not applicable, Duke Nuken Forever is what happens if you swap out the game engine half a dozen times during development.

about a month ago

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NASA is Ending Most Activites With Russia Over Ukraine/Crimea

turp182 turp182 writes  |  about 6 months ago

turp182 (1020263) writes "NASA is suspending much of its work with Russia in light of its actions in Ukraine but said it will continue to collaborate with Russia's space agency on International Space Station operations.

A statement sent out by NASA on Wednesday said the U.S. space agency was acting "given Russia's ongoing violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.""

Link to Original Source
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NSA Still Funded to Spy On US Phone Records,Vote Fails

turp182 turp182 writes  |  about a year ago

turp182 (1020263) writes "The Amash Amendment (#100) to HR 2397 (DOD appropriations bill) failed to pass the House of Representatives (this link will change tomorrow, it is the current day activity of the House) at 6:54PM EST today, meaning it will not be added to the appropriations bill. The amendment would have specifically defunded the bulk collection of American phone records.

Roll call may not be available until tomorrow.

Subjective: Let freedom be reigned."

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Analysis - Oklahoma, the Ten Commandments, and Satan

turp182 turp182 writes  |  about 8 months ago

In 2012 a Ten Commandments monument was placed outside the Capitol building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Since then Temple of Satan has proposed another monument to complement the Ten Commandmentâ(TM)s one.

In response to the Satanists, some Oklahoma state Representatives have come forward to comment on the situation.

From the above linked CNN article:
* Oklahoma state Rep. Paul Wesselhoft told CNN that he doesn't think the Satanists' statue will be approved. âoeWhat will disqualify them has really nothing to do with Satan as such; it's that it has no historical significance for the state of Oklahoma,â he said.
* An Oklahoma lawmaker told CNN that the Satanists' message wouldn't fly in the Bible Belt state, where nearly two-thirds of the population is Christian. "Any monument displayed on state property should reflect the values of Oklahoma or memorialize those who built or defended our freedom," Rep. Bob Cleveland said Tuesday. "In my opinion, this Satanist monument does not meet with the values of Oklahomans."

In a roundabout way, they are positing that the State of Oklahoma adheres in some manner to the Ten Commandments.

What follows is a lightweight analysis of Oklahomaâ(TM)s consistency and adherence to the Ten Commandments.

First, letâ(TM)s decide which of the Ten Commandments should be reviewed.

Iâ(TM)m not concerned about honoring moms and dads, nor having to work on Sunday, or the name of the lord being taken in vain, or false images or other gods. These are minor Commandments in my opinion.

Letâ(TM)s focus on the big ones.

Commandment Fail - Thou shalt not kill

Oklahoma uses capital punishment to kill prisoners. They last did so, brining in the New Year, on January 9, 2014. They have killed 109 prisoners since 1976.

So Oklahoma fails at what I consider to be the most important Commandment on the list.

Multiple Commandment Fail - Thou shalt not steal; Thou shalt not covet your neighborâ(TM)s house; Thou shalt not covet your neighborâ(TM)s male servant, or his female servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighborâ(TM)s

Oklahoma is a big fan of âoecivil forfeitureâ (they are among the âoeworst abusers in the nationâ), and property can be taken without charges, much less a conviction, and then retained or sold for profit.

Thatâ(TM)s stealing, so another Commandment broken.

Commandment Fail - Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor

âoeBearing false witnessâ is effectively lying, and in the realm of State/Local officials and staff the key things to look for are corruption and a lack of transparency.

Oklahoma, as a State, ranks 38th out of 50 with regards to their Corruption Risk per the website StateIntegrity.org.

In 2010 The Daily Beast ranked Oklahoma 10th in their list of The Most Corrupt States, citing many cases of corruption, extortion, fraud, etc.

So we have another Commandment breached.

Conclusion

I see a minimum of Five Failed Commandments that Oklahoma doesnâ(TM)t live up to.

So, it appears Rep. Paul Wesselhoft was incorrect in citing the âoehistorical significanceâ for Oklahoma with regards to the Ten Commandments. Significance would mean compliance in this situation, and that certainly isnâ(TM)t the case.

Rep. Bob Cleveland stated that âoemonuments displayed on state property should reflect the values of Oklahomaâ. Given that statement alone it makes sense that the Ten Commandments should NOT be on display at the Capitol building.

Iâ(TM)m not sure what type of monument would truly reflect the âoehistorical significanceâ and the âoevaluesâ of Oklahoma, but it is pretty clear to me that the Ten Commandments is not an appropriate choice.

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