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First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix

0123456 Re:Yes it is a peering problem ... (184 comments)

I'm sorry, but your post is too sensible and informative for today's Slashdot, where technological knowledge takes a back seat to 'stick it to the man!' outrage.

10 hours ago
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

0123456 Re:Was pretty obvious (272 comments)

Exactly. Let's not get wrapped up in partisanship. It's wrong when either side does it, and both sides have.

Except one side claims to be on the side of the workers, and the other side... doesn't.

yesterday
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

0123456 Re:How about we hackers? (837 comments)

365 days without a security patch. Does uptime make you more money than protecting your customer data?

Most of my servers are behind firewalls with no incoming connections through the Internet. And, yes, uptime matters when we're doing something more critical than serving funny cat videos.

3 days ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

0123456 Re:What will it take? (317 comments)

If they are fully automated you could save a lot of money by sharing a car with your buddy.

We, uh, could do that today. We don't, because it's so freaking inconvenient.

I mean, it's not like me and Bob both want to go to work in different places, from different places, at the same time, right?

3 days ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

0123456 Re:For Starters (317 comments)

No-one's going to pay for a 'self-driving' car that requires them to take over at a second's notice. For it to be viable, it has to be limited to cruise control, or handle all conditions, without exception... there's no sane middle ground between them.

As we've pointed out many times before, we've seen in aviation what happens when you rely on the driver to handle cases the computer can't, when the computer does handle 99.9% of cases. It typically involves crashing into the sea and killing everyone on board.

3 days ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

0123456 Re:For Starters (317 comments)

If I remember correctly, rail was also used a lot more for cargo until the rail strikes in the 90s, which convinced many companies to move to a more reliable transport method. If the railways go on strike... your cargo is stuck. If Joe's Trucking goes on strike, you call Bob's Trucking and he collects it for you, instead.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Is Bringing WebRTC To Explorer, Eyes Plugin-Free Skype Calls

0123456 OK... (66 comments)

...and why do I want this 'feature' again?

3 days ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

0123456 Re:For Starters (317 comments)

Uh, no. If you're using adaptive cruise control, you're still in charge of the car, and should be monitoring it at all times. Clearly some people won't, and will crash, and will be responsible.

A true self-driving car won't even have a steering wheel, so how can you possibly be held responsible for what it does?

3 days ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

0123456 Re:never going to happen (317 comments)

#2: They don't need to be as good as humans are in the general case. Only in the specific domain case of: Hit the brake before you collide.

So it's OK if they go straight through red lights that aren't in the database and drive along the sidewalk because the database is wrong, so long as they stop before they hit anything?

3 days ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

0123456 Re:For Starters (317 comments)

Easy... get one of these automated cars driving into nascar... if it makes it through a season at least placing in the top 5, and no accidents, it's safe.

How often does a deer run across a NASCAR track? How often are NASCAR races run in a snow storm? How often do NASCAR tracks have randomly placed ice patches?

Racing is easy for a computer to do, compared to driivng through town in a blizzard.

3 days ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

0123456 Re:For Starters (317 comments)

Unless it becomes law, self driving cars* will be a gimmick. Kind of like heated seats, kind of nice, but not necessary for your average joe.

Let me guess: you've never had to start your car and drive home at forty below zero, have you?

Heated seats are, at least in part, a response to the increased fuel economy of modern engines, which don't produce enough waste heat to warm the cabin rapidly. I believe some diesel-engined cars even have electric elements in the heater for cold weather, because the coolant takes so long to warm up.

Back on topic, my guess is:

First we'll see decent 'hands free' cruise control for highway driving.
Then we'll see automated trucks driving between truck stops just outside cities, where a human driver will handle the few miles to their destination and back to the truck stop with a new load of cargo.
Then, some time a few decades from now, see actual self-driving cars that can drive anywhere without human assistance.

3 days ago
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SpaceX Capsule Returns To Earth With Lab Results

0123456 Re:Curious economics of private spaceflight (60 comments)

Even if they're *free*, why go through the trouble?

Are you even smart enough to have any idea how retarded that comment is?

Damn, Slashdot has gone downhill since Betageddon sent most of the smart posters elsewhere.

4 days ago
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SpaceX Capsule Returns To Earth With Lab Results

0123456 Re:Curious economics of private spaceflight (60 comments)

Contrary to what you say, many studies have found that the better educated and informed you are the more likely you are to be a liberal.

Well, yes, because 'educated' people have spent years being taught liberal dogma, and being told how wonderful they are for doing so.

'Education' has very little to do with intelligence. Quite the opposite, in most cases.

4 days ago
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SpaceX Capsule Returns To Earth With Lab Results

0123456 Re:Curious economics of private spaceflight (60 comments)

Ardent libertarian is the term used in polite society for "emotionally immature and intellectually unsophisticated".

No, you're confusing 'libertarian' with 'liberal'.

4 days ago
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SpaceX Capsule Returns To Earth With Lab Results

0123456 Re:Curious economics of private spaceflight (60 comments)

"There's literally almost nothing on this world that is both so unique as to exist singularly and so instantly-needed potentially anywhere to justify the expense of launching that one thing into a suborbital flight on a rocket for delivery."

That all depends on how much the rocket flight costs. But, yes, suborbital delivery is unlikely to ever make financial sense if you can have those parts in 24 hours on a jet. Particularly if both then spend hours in customs waiting to be cleared once they arrive.

Exactly. It's weird that the same people gushing over 1960s space propaganda also support 3D printing, without realizing they contradict each other utterly!

3D printing is also likely to be one of the technologies that lets us expand across the solar system. No-one's going to be doing overnight shipping of replacement parts to Mars any time soon... if ever.

4 days ago
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SpaceX Capsule Returns To Earth With Lab Results

0123456 Re:Curious economics of private spaceflight (60 comments)

Even if a space tourism market exists, there is no guarantee it will survive. A Concorde market existed and it went bust nonetheless.

Concorde wasn't a destination, it was a way to get there. And it was still doing OK until 9/11. AFAIR, it was finally killed when the manufacturer refused to support such old hardware any more.

The only question about space tourism is how fast we can ramp down the cost and ramp up safety. If anyone could go into space for a week for a few thousand dollars with no more risk of dying than a modern cruise liner, there'd be a vast market.

4 days ago
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British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

0123456 Re:Surely not the "largest" tank? (163 comments)

A crew of 6 for an IFV is bizzare. 3 is usually sufficient (commander, driver, gunner) but they contain room for usually 6 soldiers as well for 9 men in the vehicle.

I heard they were going to automate away two of those three crew, but the lefties complained about the loss of jobs, so they kept them and added three more.

about a week ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

0123456 Re:Can the counterfeit chip be detected? (571 comments)

Yeah, because refusing to work with a compatbile chip that's been operating critical hardware in my business for years is so much better.

about a week ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

0123456 Re:Automation and jobs (714 comments)

The GP assumes that there are plenty of openings and demand in those other areas.

Have you heard of this new-fangled thing called 'The Internet'?

about a week ago

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