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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Re: They couldof course...
At Lost All Faith:
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.
Re: The Brexiteers were
Maybe he is brave Sir Robin?
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.
Sorry can't find a link just now but supposedly one of the TOR principles said they broke Riffle shortly after it was announced.
See note at bottom of article - links to a tweet.
Re: Sounds like a whole lot of crazy
Beat me to this comment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks to Lester for all of the entertainment and education I got from his contributions to the Reg.
I wish I would have gotten to meet you.
Rest in Peace.
Bob you are missing an important point. It doesn't matter which way Americans turn, one party has us by the ears and the other has us by the hips. They just trade places when we spin.
But you did notice that the original bill that safeguarded privacy was bipartisan and had a Republican and a Democrat as co-authors? One d*ckhead that happens to be a Republican trainwrecked it. If he hadn't taken one for the team I'm sure one of his buddies in the Senate would have (D or R) though.
Re: My first thought...
You've been getting yours for free? I must be doing something wrong... :)
On your mark!
It is not a good start, but at least the runners are in the blocks.
Like most civil crimes there should be a tiered response to perpetrators. Warning, fine, big fine, jail, serious prison.
@NotBob "That phrase is probably a firing offense"
Yeah, firing squad offense.
"If I had to err on the side of one side versus the other, I would err on the side of the Constitution," Loveless said. "And I think that's what we need to do." said OK Senator.
I contend that basing a decision on the Constitution instead of kneejerk emotional reaction is not an error.
Never happen here.
Well, it might get done. Eventually. Over budget, over time and come out in the wrong spot.
Plus it would only be half as long and would collapse, naturally just AFTER the dignitaries had left and the glowing news articles had been published.
Most of the overage in cost would be in attorneys fighting to get permission to dig to start with. I'm sure at least 20 years would be eaten up making sure that some worm (who can not be genetically differentiated from many other worms but does have a slightly different coloration) that only lives in one cave could be saved from the trauma of a tunnel being blasted within a few meters. The only way to prevent that trauma would be to give lots of money in fees to "Friends of the slightly discolored cave worm".
Re: All the banter aside..
And to the workers!
MPAA running the show?
What could possibly go wrong?
Well, nothing they'll ever lose in court over. Not that they shouldn't, mind you.
This is a systemic issue with the Android ecosystem (well Android is the most visible anyway due to sheer numbers) and just about everyone involved has a little guilt to share. Carriers, Google, FTC, FCC, manufacturers and consumers (not necessarily in that order) all have neglected to do their duty.
As consumers we haven't voted with our wallets, the manufacturers have consistently orphaned products way too early, carriers have actively blocked consumers from updating their devices/failed to push updates, Google isn't using their quite considerable influence to get manufacturers and carriers to help, and the .gov hasn't used a big stick to get everyone's attention (up until now perhaps).
*This is from a US perspective. YMMV.
Are you saying the bad guys are on a streak?
Not knowing what you are doing has never stopped an American regulatory agency from action. History is replete with bungled programs, over-extended reach of regulation and wasted resources all courtesy of various agencies. Repeat after me: TSA.
Many times an agency is started in good faith with a clear mission and then the bureaucrats invade and pretty soon you have the EPA. Or worse yet, CARB (California specific). Now the Army Corps of Engineers is getting in the game. All agencies that were needed at the time of conception and still serve a useful purpose in a minority of their programs but are on the whole past their prime.
Egos, political maneuvering, evangelism of various strongly held beliefs, etc all play a role in the rise and rot of these entities.
I think if you add up everything tax you pay you would be astonished.
This is for the State of Montana, USA.
taxes and fees on electric, natural gas, phone, internet, cable...
We don't have a state sales tax, but we do have "resort" taxes.
My town is trying to push through their application as a resort town and pass an additional gas tax.
Taxes (registration fees and property tax) on automobiles
property taxes (city and state)
Hotel "bed" tax
Special Road Improvement Districts, park taxes, sidewalk fees, tree fees (you have trees? here's a tax. We won't do anything to them or help you trim them but pay up. Oh, you don't have trees? Here's a tax for not having them!) These are in addition to tax money set aside in the budget from the property taxes.
This is for Joe Blow citizen that doesn't have taxable investment income, secondary sources of income, etc.
Other states have sales taxes from the state, county, city, and even neighborhood in some cases (generally a leftover from a town tax when the town got annexed into a bigger city).
I know there is quite a bit more that I'm missing - but you get the drift.
Taxes are part and parcel of civilization. We have to have them to fund things for the public good.
My contention is that all of these chips at the stone are wearing it down to gravel. Waste, corruption, abuse, unnecessary services...
I hadn't heard of the BEPS guidelines but I'll have to read up on them.
While you are spewing cash...
Hand me $5k and I'll let you in on a secret. Let sleeping dogs lie.
The original source of Pike pepper-spraying "activists" was largely fading into the background before this latest round of misbegotten thinking was aired. It had turned into a humorous anecdote for the mainstream and the hard core believers won't be swayed by anything you can come up with so the best thing to do was let a few layers of time and the next latest crisis divert attention.
So the structurally sound (looking anyway) wooden box in a building that presumably meets fire codes is not allowed, but a cardboard creation in an abandoned building next to an open burn barrel is A-OK?
I think we might have found one of the causes of the SF housing market.
I thought they DIScharged with GBH? :)
Reminds me of when MPC bought the corporate side of Gateway. IIRC it took ~18 months to go from 2 revenue generating divisions to liquidation.
Re: That reminds me . .
My Dad was asked how he felt about having to identify the body of my brother. Even though it was a television reporter on camera and a local sheriff was right there no evidence was ever presented that my Dad really did hit said reporter - breaking his nose. Good job on Sheriff and camera guy.
I would love to have a copy of the incident though - just to remember Dad.
I swear that this isn't some long game payback for inflicting us with Steve Irwin. Really.
*(I actually liked Steve's shows - over the top but the kids got interested in outdoors and critters in a way I couldn't get them to.)
Re: Beat me to it...
I would give you an upvote also, but you are at a perfect 42.
EDIT: And then somebody screwed that up.
Re: designed to slurp less power..
Since you are using Linux, shouldn't that be Lin/Lin? ;)
Re: On the one hand...
At Martin an gof:
Are you me?
Re: Familiar name?
Nope, not at all.
Re: You bastard!
"Yes, it wasn't "game in one". Still, he should realize that even if he wins the right to go on the junket, it will not end as well as he might have hoped or imagined. That much is predictable."
Yes, the last time he "won" he had a rather memorable adventure with the Heathrow security bods as I recall.
Re: Sounds familiar
Sorry I didn't get back to this earlier.
The reason the forms "aren't on the web" is that we already have digital forms internally, for the state, for the IRS, for Medicare, for Medicaid, for the various insurers, and now for a multitude of ACA mandated programs. Few of which are compatible, by design apparently. Medicaid reporting for our state still requires a modem to dial into their system. Really. Even though technically we are a component of the state (county facility).
We use a vertical market product that is pretty common for facilities our size. Their dbase structure was based on good programming techniques as far as I can tell. We had them do data conversion from our previous product and import it to theirs so we wouldn't have to pay humans to manually input. We then inquired about doing what you suggest and they laughed. They said we literally could not pay them enough to do so. I'm not a programmer or database pro so maybe I'm wrong but I would think that a for-profit company would be willing to set up something like that for cold hard cash if they could. Shrug.
The ACA was supposed to be the beginning of rounding up all these separate systems for efficiency and cost reduction. Instead it made it much worse - which is a direct result of all of the backroom deals that had to be done to pass it. It is a pig's breakfast and the only people who benefitted are those taking advantage of the subsidies and some companies that donated to the correct pockets during the 2008 and 2012 election cycles. Everyone else is paying more for less.
I seriously doubt the mental competence of anyone that claims the ACA was in any way a win for the average American insurance consumer or for entities that are having to take payments. Costs and complexities are up across the board and coverages are down. There are hundreds of additional taxes buried in the ACA, many of which have trigger dates that are just now coming into effect.
My personal conspiracy theory is that Pres. Obama wanted to finish breaking the system so that the American public would swallow an NHS-style system. If I wanted that I would have moved to Canada or the UK. I've always paid my insurance and when I needed it used it. I've never had a big issue until my coverage was gutted (and my premiums went up 30% in two years with another 18-20% slated for this year) and I needed some Chiro care. More anecdotal evidence: A married couple I know own a small business. They used to pay a portion of the employees insurance premium (for those that wanted insurance). Now they either have to pay it all or nothing or face penalties. Their personal insurance went from $800/month for their family with decent (not great) coverage to $1000 for crap coverage for just them. They are both over 50 so their rates are higher. They gave all their employees a raise and told them they were on their own.
This is just as bad as our new Affordable Care Act. The website alone is $1B in and isn't complete. The user interface leaves something to be desired also. (To be fair, have one hundred people try a website and a significant percentage won't like the interface no matter how "good" it is.) Prices/costs have gone up across the board.
Real world example: Our local rest home (long term care for aged, mentally infirm, and fully handicapped persons) used to require 7 pages of entry paperwork to admit someone. After ACA was implemented it now requires 43 pages just to account for the extra mandates. They had to put on 2 more full time entry clerks and a part time position. The real kicker is that none of the mandated paperwork is digitally compatible with pre-existing Federal medical reporting. Everything has to be entered multiple times, which of course leads to multiple errors during input.
I sincerely hope your system ends up being better or just killed outright.
Re: I have a question
"Are we being stacked neatly into the pools or are we being liquefied first?"
Both. The early birds get stacked in. If you are late you get run through the Soylent processor and sprayed into the pool to fill in the gaps.
IF this comes to market anyway.
Re: some EPA hate -what gives
And if an industry-contracted entity had done the same there would have been massive fines and quite possibly jail time for the offender.
Since it was a government contractor/employee - no harm no foul.
The Environmental Protection ACT was a noble idea that was subverted by bureaucracy. The Environmental Protection Agency is a bunch of hacks and idealists with no oversight and very little expertise/experience outside of an /indoctrination/ educational ivory tower.
I like competitive shooting. I don't kill much other than recycled paper. But you are correct that firearms are a tool whose ultimate purpose is to put a lot of force into a small area very quickly. If a living organism is in the way...
Forced training? Do you also advocate yearly driving tests?
And you have just completely undermined your whole argument in one half of one sentence. Criminals are just that and I don't see why lawful citizens' rights should be infringed to not stop criminal activity. And I don't trust a "loony" check by a doctor who is getting forced by the Feds to meet quotas.
I do believe in firearms proficiency. I believe it is every gun owner's responsibility to be properly trained in the use and care of any firearm they own. But it is their responsibility, not the government's. The owner should pay the price for not being proficient and safe also.
I'm getting a little sick and tired of the massive restrictions placed on the public because of the actions of a relative few. My new truck has stability control that can't be disabled because some people can't be arsed to DRIVE, not just ride behind the wheel of their multi-ton death machine. I can't own a decent sized drone (not that I personally want one but that is beside the point) without registering it with the Feds because of a few dipshits. My new ladder cost multiples more because of multiple lawsuits finding manufacturers of ladders liable for the users standing on the top rung and dancing a jig. Surprise! If you fall from 6' above the ground because you didn't use any common sense it just might hurt. Ect, ect.
Sorry about the rant but it is time to take the warning labels off and let nature take its course.
@ASDF "I bet a majority of android devices are still vulnerable even to this day."
Since my provider isn't pushing updates to my Android phones, you would be right. I'll have to root or upgrade soon just to update my phone. I won't be getting another Android based phone, not because they aren't fit for purpose, but because providers won't push updates to phones they sold.
Re: Move along...
Sarcasm? Maybe, IDK.
What some people forget is that in the Western US we have a LOT of Congressionally assigned Wilderness (and our wilderness areas are different than what you might think - they are managed as pre-Columbian - you can't take a bicycle in there, foot or horse (yeah I know) only) Federal Parks, and federal public lands managed as Wilderness that can't have wires strung across them. That makes it even more difficult to get point to point. The electric grid has worked around these areas, but in general those are privately owned towers and they don't have to lease space on them to anyone else. Combine that with low population densities and pay back terms longer than the infrastructure is designed to last and you have a problem. And lets face it, it is a lot easier to screw people than it is to install fiber everywhere. :)