* Posts by Nunyabiznes

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Netflix and fill – our coffers: Canada mulls taxing vid streaming giant 5% of subs cash

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Re: Nunyabiznes - @ Haefen - Canada and China not so different

AC,

I said *I* didn't know of anybody. Has it happened? Probably. But there were many avenues to health care available before ACA and you might have to get off your ass and look for help.

Our system worked fine for many years until the freeloaders overwhelmed the system by refusing to have health insurance and then multiplying the problem by not taking care of themselves. Now we have doctors retiring early because it just isn't worth the hassle dealing with all of the government bs. I'm not talking about the specialty care docs that make enough per hour that they only have to see a few patients and they can afford to have someone to do the paperwork. I'm talking about primary care physicians that used to work with people who couldn't afford full charges, who volunteered at clinics, had reasonable rates, etc. Many have decided to either specialize or quit and go teach or in one case *I* know of retrain as a technician on medical equipment because the take home pay was better per hour. Work less take home the same.

If you don't think our system has gotten significantly worse you are not paying attention. Since apparently you don't live here that is reasonable.

It does astound me that so many people who don't live here and have never experienced the level of care available are so vociferous about our system. Hey, if you like your system more power to you. Just don't make us ruin ours by trying to poorly imitate yours.

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quarter of the content?

I didn't realize this.

Why does it work that way?

I guess that is alright if you also only get 25% of the crap. Just your luck you probably get all of the Honey Boo Boo reruns but none of the National Geo. specials.

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Re: @ Haefen - Canada and China not so different

@AC - or like Canada's system where everyone pays and your child dies anyway? :troll:

Both systems have their advantages, but now that the US has a hybrid clusterf*ck it really doesn't work at all. Prices have skyrocketed and the only people that aren't being hammered are the truly destitute - who were getting free healthcare anyway because the hospitals were writing off those bills eventually. I honestly don't personally know of anyone that was turned away because of lack of ability to pay. They might have had to go to the ER instead of a private doctor's office, but they got taken care of.

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Whiffy kitchen after last night's chips? Clear the air with SPACE PLASMA

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more lateral thinking

Think of all the home kitchens that wouldn't need an outlet for the kitchen hood. That would save a significant amount of cupboard space. I guess that is true for commercial kitchens also.

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Imagine every mistake you can make with a new software rollout...

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Court software and Tyler

We have several Tyler modules in our county, and they usually work pretty well. The only limitation is the users generally (either through lack of training or lack of training retention). I doubt the blame for this can be placed on Tyler, at least not the majority of it anyway. We don't use the court module though so maybe I'm completely wrong. :shrug:

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Facebook Fake News won it for Trump? That's a Zombie theory

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Objectivity

Did you not see the cheerleading from NYT, et al? If you are going to paint Fox as biased (and it is) then be honest and get a big sprayer and paint all of them.

The anointing of Hillary by the MSM (- Fox obviously) over Bernie in the primaries and then Trump in the election directly led to a revolt by the plebes against them. It is at least partially the fault of the MSM and the echo chamber thinking of the other "liberal elites" that put Trump over the top.

FB and other social media "fake news" is a direct, albeit amplified, reflection of traditional news and their failure to remain objective. Some of the stuff printed about Trump in the traditional media was so overblown as to be complete fabrication. Very little was not spun into the worst possible light, and at no time did they give credit where it was due in his charitable contributions and past political stances.

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

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Sarcasm?

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Coding will win you the election, narcissistic techies boasted to Hillary

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Coding doesn't win elections

Sure it does. Look at the issues some of the electronic voting machines are having. There are several videos showing votes getting changed automatically.

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Divide the internet into compartments to save us from the IoT fail whale

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Re: Or you could just...

Gave you an upvote - but that doesn't do anything for the existing billions of <useless punter crap> <pwned> devices that are out there.

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Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog

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Re: Beauty is really in the eye of the beholder

Right you are.

If I were to become fabulously wealthy I would try to buy a de-weaponized A-10 for a personal toy. I love the look and really for a mediocre pilot what could be better? Other than something permanently ground based of course.

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I've arrived on Mars. Argggh, my back!

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Handicapped

Sounds like the perfect scenario for previously handicapped persons to excel - at least those with lower spinal cord injuries.

Or perhaps some of our soldiers that are lower extremity amputees now thanks to a certain ongoing conflict.

? I'm not a doctor or an expert on the effects of space on human biology so I could be completely off.

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Exit through the Gift Shop? US copyright chief was assigned to shop till, tweeting

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Re: Commentards

Progress to where is the question. Well, not really. We know where.

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Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

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This

This is how you update a Mini.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txtMy7N1Fw0&list=PLGSOZAHg1yQEatqhWza_ae83e313-GLTO

As an American motor head I really appreciate the craft and humor of these guys.

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IoT insecurity: US govt summons tech bosses, bashes heads together

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Re: Neo-luddite

Exactly. I want energy efficient, easy to use, and robust devices.

I can open the fridge door and see what I need to pick up at the store. I can set my thermostat down when I leave. I remember to turn off lights/lock doors/close the garage door.

A bunch of marketing numpties have managed to convince a bunch of punters that IOT is a great idea. Well and a decent sized subset of geekdom has bought them out of the need to have the latest tech tat, to be fair. Let's not forget to kick the corporate world for slinging this crap out there knowing the consequences as they certainly did.

Ark B for the lot of them I say.

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Mercedes answers autonomous car moral dilemma: Yeah, we'll just run over pedestrians

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Joke

User selection

Just put a dial in the car that allows the driver to select a range of autonomous actions based on:

1. Meh, fuck'em. (I ain't swerving for no jerk-off cyclist)

to

5. Martyr yourself (save the bunny by killing the tree)

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Sage advice: Avoid the Windows 10 Anniversary Update – it knackers our accounting app

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Re: please clarify

NEIN! Windows 1.D'OH

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Our Windows windows will be resizable, soooon, vows Microsoft

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George Santayana

That's all I have to say about that.

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‘Inflexion point’ BlackBerry washes hands of hardware biz

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The day finally came.

We all knew it was coming. Blackberry had some brilliant moments and I personally welcomed the idea (if not always perfect execution) of security THEN fashion.

However their business decisions all too often resembled someone stepping (even tap dancing) on their crank with golf shoes.

We were going to buy into the BB ecosystem 10+ years ago but we were denied because they didn't have some shiny feature or other. I guess the C suite was correct.

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Moron is late for flight, calls in bomb threat

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Re: FFS!

And it's not like there are payphones on every street corner like there used to be. I can think of only one in all of my little town.

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Brave telco giants kill threat of decent internet service in rural North Carolina

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Bozeman

The local community is getting around this by installing fiber trunks throughout this rural town but not actually providing the internet access. They are inviting ISPs to use the fiber (at a nominal cost) to connect households. Hopefully this will eventually provide some competition to the local telco and cable company.

This doesn't help anybody in the sticks however.

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Oligarchy

Well, at least we aren't Canada.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/06/29/canada_openmeida_digital_rights/

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Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' – researchers

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Re: Nicotine addiction?

I don't have links to studies handy, but I have a ton of anecdotal evidence that suggests that "nicotine only being addictive in tobacco smoke" is hokum.

I grew up in a culture of smokeless tobacco use. I started young as did one of my brothers and several friends. I know in passing upwards of 1000 people who use smokeless tobacco. Of those of us who have successfully quit, the nicotine was the hardest part to kick in the first 3 months approximately and then it was the sensation of a "chew" or "dip" for the rest of a calendar year or so. Those numbers vary fairly widely dependent on the individual. Most of those who failed did so within the 3 month period (as I did twice before being successful).

I had periodic nicotine urges, separate from the sensation urge of a dip, up to 5 years after quitting. Others have reported similar but that information is much less reliable and consistent. I wouldn't submit that as evidence of any kind, only my personal experience.

Several comments have suggested that the nicotine liquids available have been instrumental in helping the commenters quit real smoking (and good for them!) which suggests that nicotine in non-smoke form is a substitute for smoked nicotine.

I'm not suggesting that the 1988 study is not flawed, because it appears to be and it was a product of some pretty virulent pushback against Big Tobacco's "studies". I am suggesting that there is probably a middle ground where nicotine is addictive but on a scale of alcohol rather than heroin.

I'm still waiting for a decent long term study of the effects of nicotine separate from smoke tobacco. We probably won't have that for another 20 years and by that time it will be too late for the current generation *if* there are long term negative side effects of nicotine itself.

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Google-funded group mad that US Copyright Office hasn't abolished copyright yet

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Color me surprised.

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Read the damning dossier on the security stupidity that let China ransack OPM's systems

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Re: What on earth was going on over there?

Benghazi wasn't a ludicrous witch hunt. It was an abject failure on HRC's part personally. There are other endemic issues with US embassy security that stretch back well before this administration, but that specific attack's eventual success was a direct result of HRC's leadership. Part of her remit was embassy security worldwide. There were too many issues for any one SOS to fix, but she could have at least started.

HRC's email server issues will never be fully known. There could well have been hackers running rampant on it (and the available evidence suggests there were) but her staff did their best to dispose of anything incriminating - which is incriminating in itself.

Also, OPM was warned well before Pres. Obama took office and he knew of at least some of the issues when he appointed Katherine Archuleta (after other directors had failed). I won't lay the blame on Pres. Obama because he at least tried to appoint someone to houseclean. He might have been a little naïve about the bureaucracy in OPM however. Now would be a good time to sack the whole lot of OPM leadership including the head of IT. It won't be done because the bureaucracy controls DC and even an administration that reflects the values of the majority of the members of said bureaucracy can't fix it.

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Baltimore cops: We flew high-res camera planes to film your every move

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Michael Brown

"The mounting tensions and suspicions between the two sides have only gotten worse with the introduction of military equipment and technology that has further separated communities from police – the most famous example being the extraordinary images of police dressed like an occupying army in Ferguson following riots sparked by the death of an unarmed black man, shot by a white policeman with seemingly little justification."

You might want to review all the footage available and even possibly listen to the recantations of the witnesses who originally claimed MB was just strolling along the street.

Contrary to the message being spewed by most media outlets, MB was not an angelic pillar of the community out to get groceries for his disabled neighbor. He was a thug running from a robbery and there were reports (later proven to be inaccurate) that he was armed during the robbery. He had a long and violent history with numerous contacts with the police.

That being said, everyone involved went way overboard with their reactions. From the police on the ground to BLM to our elected leaders there was hyperbolic messaging galore. Everyone involved carries some guilt for the aftershocks of MB's death.

BTW, I am a staunch opponent of this movement to militarize the police. We (the US anyway) have specific laws about that that are being run roughshod over.

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US Patent Office sued after it declared a power outage a 'national holiday'

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Re: Lemme see if I read this right

Yep, Director Lee used poor terminology, which is a lawyer's wet dream.

I wonder if she did that because she had declined to budget for a replacement generator system to keep the office running? Tried to weasel out of being blamed for not having a business continuity system in place and got sued instead. Good one. IF that is what happened. Gotta have something to daydream about on a Friday morning.

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Google had Obama's ear during antitrust probe

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Re: Meh

And your attitude is exactly why the problem exists. I'm sick and tired of any side getting a pass because "the end justifies the means". Either it is good for the goose and gander or not at all.

This kind of dealing got a heck of a lot of mileage in the press during the latter parts of Bush II's term and it should get the same now.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

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upvote

Wish I could give you more.

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Thieves can wirelessly unlock up to 100 million Volkswagens, each at the press of a button

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Joke

From the Department of Redundancy Department

I'm glad they didn't have to wired unlock a wireless unlock.

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AT&T dinged for $7.75m after letting scammers gouge customers (again)

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Re: Unfortunately this means fek-all...

This type of action won't stop until senior management is held personably responsible. If they are going to be paid the big bucks (oh and they are) they should shoulder the big responsibility also.

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California to put all your power-hungry PCs on a low carb(on) diet

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Re: Hair dryers and vacuum cleaners next?

"It would be interesting to know how the CEC did their sums."

Generally this involves some combination of black magic and nether regions. They invariably overstate savings and green house gases emitted.

If their numbers were real we would either have a diamond crust on the earth from all the carbon that has spewed, settled and then been compressed into crystal or we would have negative carbon emissions from all of their "savings".

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Outsourcery burned through more than £20 MEEEELLION in cash before it crashed

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Joke

Must Resist

Must resist Terry Pratchett reference...

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Ex-Citibank IT bloke wiped bank's core routers, will now spend 21 months in the clink

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Martyr

You guys are missing his pathological need to "show them". He probably did have a real bunch of wankers for bosses but the real issue was his self importance.

It is an easy trap to fall into.

Document what they tell you to do, then do it. And polish the resume.

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NASA peers through its SpeX: Aha! Jupiter's globe-warming hotspot

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Nah, that is just localized AGW caused by a dairy farm run by a bunch of rednecks driving oversized diesel pickups.

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VW's first US settlement nearly settled

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EPA/CARB

Much of this tempest seems to stem from the EPA/CARB (Environmental Protection Agency/California Air Resources Board) inclination to remove diesel engines completely from US soil. The evidence might be anecdotal but it seems that way to me. While Europe has actively embraced diesel for its efficiency the US has gone petrol. Some of this is marketing (or lack thereof) on the part of diesel manufacturers to be sure, and some of it is our manufacturers not investing in diesel technology earlier. If the light truck manufacturers had turbo'd the early diesel offerings (like the heavy trucks did) the whole market might have taken off. Instead they just upped the size of the engines and let them belch. That turned away interest in small car diesel. That and the abysmal performance of the early economy car diesel offerings in the US. Example: I test drove a new diesel VW Rabbit in 1984(?) that got great mileage but its 0-60mph time was well into the double digits. It was dangerous to try to merge onto highways with the thing. I ended up buying a petrol Nissan that got 80%+ of the economy and was twice as fast to 60. And didn't leave a black trail of smoke for blocks.

TLDR: There is lots of blame to spread around but VW is fixing to pay the bill for everyone's actions that led to an overly aggressive time schedule for reducing diesel emissions in the States.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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Joke

Re: Windows8.2=10 is a fraud and a scam!

@ Frank N. Stein (or steen?)

Are you sure you want your computer supported for your life? MS might abruptly pull the plug.

:)

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Alleged hacker Lauri Love will learn his fate in September, says judge

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To be fair

The USA does try to get their citizens who have committed crimes in other jurisdictions back to home soil for trial (when alleged perpetrators were in another jurisdiction during the criminal act) so we should be willing to try people accused of crimes against US law in their home countries (assuming the host country has some kind of legal system amenable to such) when at all possible. UK and US law are compatible in many cases so this shouldn't be a big issue in this case.

That being said - in today's digital no borders world you shouldn't be surprised if you get extradited to another country for trial if you abuse the laws of said country.

I also strongly suspect that the defense and their compatriots are seriously overstating the lack of medical and mental health available in US prison institutions. In our local (and it varies, I'm aware of that) lockup we have exercise space, decent food, multiple security zones (for separating different classifications of offenders), mental and medical health on site as well as contracted with the local hospital, and video and personal visitation. And cable TV. Not exactly a 1970's Turkish prison.

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Correction: There was no hangman's noose, claims Hyperloop countersuit ... it was a cowboy's lasso

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Popcorn!

Well except for the ridiculous amounts of tax dollars that are being wasted in conjunction with this. The (US - and I'm sure other) military has some colorful wording for situations such as this.

And the pic of the rope shows is that they don't know how to tie a noose or a Honda knot. Which only adds to the depth of their lack of knowledge.

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Governments Googling Google about you more than ever says Google

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Re: They couldof course...

At Lost All Faith:

Hear Hear!

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ASUS first Asian PC maker to warn of price hikes... in 2.5 months

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Re: Can anyone tell me of ONE event, ever ..

Well not so much one event as much as a whole market tanking.

1991-1993 or so I could build and sell a pc with licensed software for $1500 (US) and beat the retail stores by $1000 with equivalent equipment and warranties - just no name. The bottom fell out and now that same level of pc is $500 even though the true value of a dollar is nearly half what it was then.

But yes, lately it doesn't take much for prices of anything to fluctuate because the stock market (as it works today) demands it by people panic selling and buying trying not to lose their shirts.

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Re: The Brexiteers were

Maybe he is brave Sir Robin?

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Kepler's K2 mission confirms 104 Earth-like planets

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hyper drive

Ok, now that we know there are lots of possibilities for Earth-like planets out there (even if we haven't nailed one down definitively) we need to get cracking on hyper drives or wormholes or ... so we can send a B ark.

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Tor veteran Lucky Green exits, torpedos critical 'Tonga' node and relays

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Re: hmm

Sorry can't find a link just now but supposedly one of the TOR principles said they broke Riffle shortly after it was announced.

Edit: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/07/13/riffle_next_gen_anonymity/

See note at bottom of article - links to a tweet.

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Hyperloop One lynched in hangman lawsuit

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Re: Sounds like a whole lot of crazy

Beat me to this comment.

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Tesla whacks guardrail in Montana, driver blames autopilot

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Actual location

This road is more of a local access road next to the interstate. It has no shoulders in the area of the accident and the "wooden stakes in the road" were guard rail supports at a culvert. Generally those stakes are 8" square or so and the guard rail has a total height of about 3 feet. The steel barrier supported by the stakes is ~18" tall. The whole system is designed to keep you from falling into a water obstacle or off a cliff. The road in this location has a total right of way of 60' consisting of two 12' lanes, a 2ft gap to the guard rail and the rest in unimproved ditches up to the private property boundary.

It is a much more scenic and interesting drive than the interstate even though it is within sight of it for the most part. At night however the animals tend to be on this road more and the limited sight lines give you less time to react to them or to other unexpected obstacles. Falling rock, downed trees, parts of other vehicles that have run over aforementioned wildlife, etc.

Generally these roads have a 70mph daytime speed limit and a 65mph night limit. Since this section is limited to 55mph it is a good indication that there are more hazardous conditions than normally encountered. It has more encroachments (driveways) than usual, more contours, and has a history of animal strikes and other accidents that have convinced the State to limit speed.

TLDR: Not a good place to use a feature that is realistically still in beta. Thanks for giving us another data point though.

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SCADA malware caught infecting European energy company

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Re: Never as easy as it seems from an armchair

"They can't see anything wrong with this or why I'm twitching like a tasered catfish"

Thanks for the laugh!

Glad I'm not the only one.

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Even Silicon Valley rolls its eyes as controversial Zenefits ex-CEO reveals he's back in business

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The morals and ethics of Silicon Valley (and to some extent any publically traded business) can be summed up with a profit/loss statement. You are only damned if you lose investors money.

*Almost all privately owned businesses I have knowledge of are significantly more honest than the average publically traded business per my experience.

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BOFH: Follow the paper trail

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Re: I see the PFY

Perhaps you should anonymously submit a link to this weeks BOFH to the presenter. Or just print it out and slip it onto their podium while a conspirator keeps them looking the other way.

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Prenda Law's copyright-trolling shakedown scam slammed AGAIN

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You know the old joke:

I told my Mom that I was a piano player in a whorehouse so she wouldn't know I had become a tort lawyer.

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Password reset: 45 million creds leak from popular .com forums

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One of the forums I'm active on was breached. The company (Verticle Scope if you are interested) controls multiple forums (they went on a buying splurge starting a few years ago) and they have not contacted any of their forum users with the breach news (and they've known for quite awhile now) and they are not resolving the base issue of poorly secured registration db's. Fail.

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