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  • Mar 11th, 2014 @ 8:39am

    She lies

    I recently got a letter from Feinstein informing me that the NSA does not spy on US citizens.

    "...please be assured that the NSA does not conduct mass surveillance on U.S. citizens."

    So all those giant Prism taps at ISP's around the country are there to improve network performance?

    I give up.

  • Feb 4th, 2014 @ 10:28am

    I might be the publisher's fault

    It might be the case that the publishers refuse to license books to a platform that doesn't have a working DRM in place. So Adobe had to whip up a new one, just good enough to meet the demands of the publishers, existing customers be dammed.

  • Dec 19th, 2013 @ 11:40am

    Make safer intersections!

    A lot of this red light camera stuff is moot. The same idiots that run red lights can just as easily run a stop sign.

    If public safety is the justification for the cameras, then a better solution would be roundabouts. Collisions in roundabouts are usually side-to-side, not T-Bones. You can even engineer a roundabout with a light. Roundabouts are also much more efficient and less polluting too.

    But most drivers in the US are too stupid to use them. In my hometown (Santa Barbara) they installed a large roundabout (Large for California) at a 5-way intersection (Milpas, Hwy 101 ramps, and Carp. St. I've driven all over the world. Not a problem. But that intersection scares the hell out of me. People either come to a screeching halt and freeze with paralysis. Or they just blow through it not yielding to anything. Except for me, I've never seen anyone signal going out, which I think is a nice courtesy to others.

    If you want a good laugh: In Long Beach on Highway 1 there is a large roundabout (The Los Alamitos Circle). Stand there and watch the cars navigate it. You will either want to weep in shame, or laugh. or shoot all of the other drivers. I really wish the DMV would recall all Cal. driver's licenses and only reissue after you learned how to safely transverse a traffic circle.

  • Nov 21st, 2013 @ 10:57am

    Re: Realistic Pricing of First Class Postage

    I agree. I think I mail 6 letters a year now. So I think it is fine if I pay $1 a stamp.

    I also wish the USPS would drop Saturday service. This is left over from the days when phone calls were expensive and there was no email, etc.

    However, I think they should have a 7 day a week parcel delivery service. That makes more sense.

  • Nov 15th, 2013 @ 12:16pm

    Wait.. I pay for the cops

    As a tax payer, I don't want my police wasting their time examining every teenager with a mobile phone in my local megaplex cinema. Especially on behalf of asshats like the MPAA. The fact that they insist that the theater call the police is outrageous.

  • Nov 14th, 2013 @ 11:28am

    But it is THEIR content

    I don't understand the hub bub.

    This is a website that belongs to a political party. They can do with it what they wish... right? Is there a law in the UK that requires a party to maintain an online history of every utterance made?

    Perhaps they looks at their stats and noticed that no one, or very few people, was retrieving their archive pages. So they decided to cull them from the site rather than paying for the hosting of that much data.

    Maybe the robots.txt entries was a just a lazy way of preventing a bunch of 404's from being logged by an SE spider trying to get to content that is no longer there. I suspect that they didn't even realize that this also purges content from an internet archive service.

    It is the public interest to save political speeches. I'm sure there is some sort of .gov.uk site, such as a national library, that is a better suited as the custodian of the UK's political history. One that would curate content from all political parties and activist.

  • Apr 6th, 2010 @ 10:07pm

    Re: Legislation needed

    A better analogy would be:

    The phone company is paid by Dominoes to degrade, or even prohibit phone calls to Pizza Hut. To make matters worse, they don't disclose this fact to the consumers. The consumer just thinks that Pizza doesn't answer their phone.