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The Laws of Physics Trump Traffic Laws

wolfgang_spangler Re:Partially Blocked View (378 comments)

I didn't actually expect to win. I understand your points and researched enough before I went before the judge to understand the situation was exactly what you described. He did reduce the fine, but I went mostly for the experience. Oh, and I was hoping the officer would be too busy to show up, which I knew was a long shot, but hey...

  It was very interesting.

more than 2 years ago

The Laws of Physics Trump Traffic Laws

wolfgang_spangler Re:Partially Blocked View (378 comments)

I tried to use math to defend myself recently when ticketed for using a cel phone in a school zone. As an aside, I was using it legally (hands free) and picked it up after I exited the school zone, the officer said, "you picked it up about 5 feet before the end of the zone."

It was a very, very interesting experience and I pretty much learned the point you just made AC. At the end of the day, in which I defended myself with math/physics the judge said, "I feel like I just had a college physics class. You know, there are two school zones on that street. You may have been in the zone, you may not have. I don't care, you have no business being on your phone on that street. You are free to appeal my decision.

The fine was an annoyance (like 150) but I found it a very interesting experience in how small suburbs within cities make money and how a person going in there to defend themselves has basically no chance.

more than 2 years ago

Criminal Charges Filed Against AT&T iPad Attacker

wolfgang_spangler web browsing is illegal now? (122 comments)

From the article:
In a blog post earlier today, Auernheimer spelled out Goatse's case. "All data was gathered from a public webserver with no password, accessible by anyone on the Internet," he wrote. "There was no breach, intrusion, or penetration, by any means of the word."

How did he do anything illegal?

more than 3 years ago

Criminal Charges Filed Against AT&T iPad Attacker

wolfgang_spangler he is the one in trouble? (122 comments)

Perhaps I misread the story, but this "hacker" wrote a script to gather information that AT&T made public on their website, and HE is the one in trouble?

more than 3 years ago

Seagate To Pay Former Worker $1.9M For Phantom Job

wolfgang_spangler Re:talking down... (354 comments)

that is what I read too.

more than 3 years ago

Zeus Attackers Turned the Tables On Researchers

wolfgang_spangler Re:Why can't we have commercial software like this (119 comments)

You have clearly not reverse engineered malware before.

There is good, well written, well thought out stuff out there. But it is not the norm.

more than 3 years ago

TSA To Make Pat-Downs More Embarrassing To Encourage Scanner Use

wolfgang_spangler Re:doesn't make sense (642 comments)

His numbers are clearly way off. I just made a trip from San Antonio, TX to Glennie MI which is a little over 1600 miles in 25 hours. And I never broke 70 because I was hauling a trailer.

more than 3 years ago

Verizon Confirms Plan To Switch Away From Unlimited Data Plans

wolfgang_spangler Re:You know the consumer my actually win (207 comments)

I use the most data while I'm driving. Pandora connected via bluetooth to the audio system of the truck. I'm sure I'm not the only one doing that, I think most average users would do that.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Exec Stashed $150,000 In Shoe Boxes

wolfgang_spangler Re:No app for that? (345 comments)

Why would you throw out the meat?

about 4 years ago

Windows 95 Turns 15

wolfgang_spangler Re:Archaic file manager? (461 comments)

winfile.exe, it ran fast and light and I was bummed when they took it out. It worked a lot better than explorer.exe for a lot of tasks.

about 4 years ago

'Wi-Fi Illness' Spreads To Ontario Public Schools

wolfgang_spangler Re:Mod the summary funny (663 comments)

I was fine all throughout primary and secondary school, but since coming to college I've noticed that I feel physically sick in the lectures, it was enough to make me stop attending lectures almost entirely (maybe I'll do better next year).

Those are called hangovers. I suggest scheduling later classes.

more than 4 years ago

Cyberwarrior Shortage Threatens US Security

wolfgang_spangler Re:well stop arresting hackers for BS then (394 comments)

1 most good hackers will have some sort of criminal record
2 hackers may or may not like a normal uniform and the hair thing may be an issue
3 when you have a group setup DO NOT VISIT DO NOT ASK "HOW" (plausible deneyability is a good thing)
4 psych evals may be another issue

As someone who has worked in this field for years, I'd like to set you straight.
You are full of shit.

That is a movie/TV idea and has nothing to do with reality. My co-workers are very damn good, and you couldn't look at any of us on the street and say we conform to any of your lame sterotypes.

You don't have a clue.

more than 4 years ago

A delicious steak should be ...

wolfgang_spangler Re:I don't really think that cows are noble creatu (763 comments)

Goddammit! I'm a vegetarian and I grill whatever my guests and family want. All you generalizers are assholes!

My sister is the same way. And if she is a guest at a gathering she will generally bring her own main dish if a veggie one isn't available instead of bitching about it or making people do special things for her.


more than 4 years ago

A delicious steak should be ...

wolfgang_spangler Re:Still alive (763 comments)

I watched the Good Eats episode the wiki article references. And while everything on TV certainty isn't true, he made a pretty damn good scientific argument/experiment.

I've noticed your name posting a lot lately...normally slashdot is the kind of place where I don't notice one particular troll.

You are a special kind of troll though, a huge contrarian. No matter what anyone says, they are wrong and don't know as much as you. It is funny to have arguments with people like you because it is easy to get them to start off with one point, and work them around till they end up supporting the opposite view just as vehemently, because no matter what someone else says, you have to say something to the contrary to show your superior knowledge.

more than 4 years ago

A delicious steak should be ...

wolfgang_spangler Re:Grilling in Winter (763 comments)

that is why God made shovels. I am from that area and frequently shoveled out my grill and used it all winter long. charcoal. Why would it being a gas grill matter given those conditions?

more than 4 years ago

Of these options, I'd call the place I live ...

wolfgang_spangler Re:1 acre plus (515 comments)

Pretty easily, actually. Rather than producing all our own requirements, we specialise in a particular profession, and trade for our needs in a market. That way we can get our food without having to grow it ourselves, and so we can live on far less land.

I think it's called 'civilisation'.

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

-Robert A. Heinlein

I'd add "do a full squat of twice his body weight" to that list.

Specialization is for insects. It isn't 'civilisation'

more than 4 years ago

McCain Backs Nuclear Power

wolfgang_spangler Re:$5 a gallon? (1563 comments)

Not all Europeans live in cities with convenient public transport, so we have to drive too. Okay so we are not going to drive hundreds of miles very often, but how many folk in the US do that regularly?
Many, many, many do.

I personally know many people that drive over 100 miles a day just commuting back/forth to work.

When we go to visit relatives or friends, people drive, sometimes thousands of miles.

My wife is currently driving 600 miles each way from our home to visit me where I'm working right now.

more than 6 years ago


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