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Atlanta Man Shatters Coast-to-Coast Driving Record, Averaging 98MPH

tutufan It's a Hoax. (666 comments)

A more parsimonious explanation would be that these guys simply made the whole thing up. Someone willing to break the law to that degree certainly wouldn't have any qualms about lying.

1 year,22 days
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Gunman Opens Fire At LAX

tutufan Re:Great... (520 comments)

Depends on how they define winning. In budgetary terms, they're doing great...

1 year,22 days
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Atlanta Man Shatters Coast-to-Coast Driving Record, Averaging 98MPH

tutufan Re:When will he be arrested? (666 comments)

In addition, and perhaps as important, why are his friends, relatives, and neighbors not shunning this guy? If his mission was to have unprotected sex in each state, spit in salad bars in each state, or slash tires in each state, I suspect we'd see some uproar. But for this much-more-dangerous lawbreaking, nothing. (And I *really* want to hear from the anti-immigration lobby here, who are constantly beating their drums about obeying laws...)

1 year,22 days
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The Case Against Gmail

tutufan Keep Gmail, but drop the other Google stuff (?) (435 comments)

I recently needed to change my Gmail account, which basically involves creating a new one and trying to migrate one's stuff across. While doing this, I realized that they other non-Google stuff (e.g., Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) was extremely easy to move: Switch email address and you're done. For Google stuff (e.g., Google+, Drive, etc.) the story is a lot more complicated, since each of these services is integrated into the Google universe, and in its own special way. For some, it's not clear that migration is practical, so I'll probably be spread across two accounts indefinitely. Word to the wise.

1 year,24 days
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210 Degrees of Heads-Up Display: Hands-On With the InfinitEye

tutufan When Can I Code With a HUD? (80 comments)

Everyone wants these for VR, but I want something I can code with. Anytime, anyplace. Maybe even laying in bed with a feeding tube snaked down my nose. :-) How close are these to being a replacement for a reasonable monitor? (Absolute minimum would be 24x80 text that's usable without headaches/etc for several hours at a stretch.)

1 year,25 days
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The Boss Is Remotely Monitoring Blue-Collar Workers

tutufan Tailgating (228 comments)

There are a number of behaviors like tailgating and not washing your hands after using the restroom (esp in food service or medicine) that are simply not acceptable behavior. Surreptitious monitoring to catch and correct these transgressions isn't wrong in itself--it's a good thing. Might it be used as a pretext for more sinister behavior? Yes. So we will have to remain vigilant, but it was ever thus. This is no reason not to use these tools for good. Certainly there is no right to do wrong, just because we used to be able.

about a year ago
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How Safe Is Cycling?

tutufan Cyclist Casualties are Freebies (947 comments)

In the US at least, cyclists (and pedestrians) killed by motor vehicle operators are generally treated as freebies. To the degree that drivers avoid running over them, they're probably motivated more by an innate sense of decency and/or the annoyance value of having to stop for an hour or two until the police sweep up the bodies and then tell you not to do it again and send you on your way. Until this changes, cycling will not be a particularly safe activity here.

about a year ago
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How PR Subverts Wikipedia

tutufan Re:Same as it ever was (219 comments)

Fanboys, basically. People who see competition between languages as some sort of sport, want to root for their team, and who in other times and places might be setting cars on fire to vent their rage at not "winning". I have my favorite languages, but I can make long lists of the deficits of each, and I believe they should appear on the Wikipedia pages in question.

about a year ago
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How PR Subverts Wikipedia

tutufan Re:Same as it ever was (219 comments)

The mechanism may be different, but the result is just as pernicious. An encyclopedia article is a wholly appropriate place to list and briefly discuss the benefits of a computer language. And most of the drawbacks of C++ are not really controversial, except in the minds of fanboys. This is not mere pedantry. It really is useful for newbies to be able to go to a Wikipedia article and get a basic sense of the pluses and minuses of a language, versus other languages.

about a year ago
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How PR Subverts Wikipedia

tutufan Same as it ever was (219 comments)

Not sure that this is really new. The page for C++, for example, is regularly scrubbed of any critical material. At the moment, there is just one negative sentence, indicating that "C++ is sometimes compared unfavorably to [some other languages]". Whether that is an unbiased and appropriately detailed statement of the totality of current objective C++ criticism is left as an exercise for the reader.

about a year ago
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Barbarians At the Gateways

tutufan Re:What purpose does HFT serve? (321 comments)

Without commenting on whether or not HFT is socially useful, I'll just point out that many (if not most) economic activities in the modern world have little obvious social value. I can assure you, however, that the direct customers/counterparts of HFTs very much want the service that HFTs provide. If they go dark for even a day, their customers get very, very unhappy. It's kind of like Facebook: Do we need it? Not really. Shall we shut them down? You first...

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

tutufan Re:PCLoad Letter? WTF does that mean? (473 comments)

This might sound like a wisecrack, but it is in fact the answer. You can be a Michaelangelo of programming, but if your boss comes in and tells you that from now on everyone will be using six-letter variables names, programming in Visual Basic, and using nothing but Perforce for version control, the quality and power of your results will be so-limited. Some people imagine that a really good programmer can overcome any set of such constraints, but it's easy to see that that's not the case.

about a year ago
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RMS: How Much Surveillance Can Democracy Withstand?

tutufan Awesome Concern Trolling (264 comments)

That was a truly awesome concern troll, but it worries me that people might not appreciate it if they discover that old BenEnglish still programs in COBOL and stores his excrement in baby food jars in his cellar...

about a year ago
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Boston Dynamics Wildcat Can Gallop — No Strings Attached

tutufan Re:Government waste (257 comments)

Because horses can't be programmed to subdue (and maybe mulch) protesters.

about a year ago
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Social Networks Force Barilla Chairman To Apologize For His Anti-gay Remarks

tutufan I'm sorry I was quoted... (456 comments)

...and that the Internet exists, and that gay people are not the pariahs they once were, and that I'm not quite rich enough to buy you all off. I will work harder in the future to address these faults. A boycott can only delay the day when I will succeed in doing so. Thank you for paying attention, but please stop.

about a year ago
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Work Halted On Neal Stephenson's Kickstarted Swordfighting Video Game

tutufan There's always GCC (124 comments)

Sorry to hear it, but luckily we still have GCC...

about a year ago
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Student Arrested For Using Phone App To 'Shoot' Classmates

tutufan Re:actually.... (706 comments)

Unfortunately, it's far from clear that the defendant would prevail, and he would be seriously harmed even if he did. I personally know of a kid that now has a juvenile record for something even more innocuous than this incident, but that was also twisted into something terror-y by some seriously vicious adults. It's kind of like the whole Satanic Ritual Abuse thing (remember that?). It'll keep going until we finally decide as a society to call bullshit.

about a year ago
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Wireless Charging Start-Up Claims 30-Foot Radius

tutufan Bake a Cake Wirelessly from Any Room in your House (242 comments)

This is pretty awesome, but do I really need it? Yeah, the generic charging pad is a great idea, but I'm not that crazy about "spooky energy at a distance"...

about a year ago
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Survey: Most IT Staff Don't Communicate Security Risks

tutufan Choose your poison (227 comments)

In the bureaucratic world, I've only seen two kinds of security: nonsensical and nonexistent. On the whole, I prefer the latter.

about a year ago

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