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New Car Heads-Up Display To Be Controlled By Hand Gestures, Voice Commands

BobMcD Re:Any bets on how long before the plug is pulled? (142 comments)

Nobody is perfect, nobody will have their eyes on the road 100% of the time while driving... but they should be trying to! . That is how you do your best at something, you try to do it correctly, to minimize your mistakes.

Utter bullshit.

Plan for drivers to be distracted, because they will be. Never, ever, ever expect anyone to be trying to look at the road 100% of the time, because we absolutely know this will never be the case.

Your position is equivalent to making an abstinence argument against birth control - and you're trying to push that on others. It is absurd and harmful.

about 2 months ago
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New Car Heads-Up Display To Be Controlled By Hand Gestures, Voice Commands

BobMcD Re:Any bets on how long before the plug is pulled? (142 comments)

Did I leave you with the impression that my post was anything other than rhetorical?

Also, you left out sneezing. Where's your advocacy for a ban on sneezing?

Point is simple, but I'll spell it out for you - no one (and no I don't believe your claims) is capable of never taking their eyes off the road.

But even if that were a possibility, and it absolutely is not, it is already totally and completely fine that we take our eyes off the road. The government posts billboards themselves, do they not?

Again, rhetorical. You're clearly full of crap, so no need to bother responding.

about 2 months ago
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New Car Heads-Up Display To Be Controlled By Hand Gestures, Voice Commands

BobMcD Re:Any bets on how long before the plug is pulled? (142 comments)

You keep posting this link. Have you actually read it?

I just checked every state on the site and exactly three things are normally illegal:

1) Minors using it (as if minors can afford it in the first place...)
2) Watching TV on it (not a feature)
3) Using it with your hands, specifically typing on it (the opposite of what it does)

Of the 51 places on your link, ONLY FIFTEEN deviate from this, and typically only because their laws don't go down to the 'type on it' level. If we had the full statutes, instead of the summaries we'd know even more.

Here's the breakdown by state, in terms of 'is this a risk in my state':

Alabama, no
Alaska, no
Arizona, no
Arkansas, no
California, yes/probably
Colorado, no
Connecticut, no
Delaware, no
District of Columbia, no
Florida, no
Georgia, yes/probably
Hawaii, no
Idaho, no
Illinois, yes/probably
Indiana, yes/probably
Iowa, yes/probably
Kansas, yes/probably
Kentucky, yes/probably
Louisiana, yes/probably
Maine, yes/probably
Maryland, yes/probably
Massachusetts, no
Michigan, no
Minnesota, no
Mississippi, no
Missouri, no
Montana, no
Nebraska, no
Nevada, no
New Hampshire, no
New Jersey, no
New Mexico, no
New York, no
North Carolina, yes/probably
North Dakota, yes/probably
Ohio, no
Oklahoma, no
Oregon, no
Pennsylvania, no
Rhode Island, yes/probably
South Carolina, no
South Dakota, no
Tennessee, no
Texas, no
Utah, no
Vermont, no
Virginia, no
Washington, no
West Virginia, no
Wisconsin, yes/probably
Wyoming, yes/probably

about 2 months ago
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Senior RIKEN Scientist Involved In Stem Cell Scandal Commits Suicide

BobMcD Re:Case closed (127 comments)

Oh noez, insults on the internet? Whatever shall I do?

Oh that's right, ignore them.

Carry on, then...

about 2 months ago
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Senior RIKEN Scientist Involved In Stem Cell Scandal Commits Suicide

BobMcD Re:Case closed (127 comments)

When you have billions of dollars on the line, I don't see why anyone would be surprised that there might be people willing to do some very nasty things, up to and including murder. People will kill over a pair of sneakers, I'm pretty sure they'd kill over billions.

I assume the people who deny this fall into three groups:

1) The naive/stupid/hopelessly optimistic
2) Those too afraid to imagine a world where this is a possibility
3) Those who'd rather not awaken groups 1 and 2

Again, in this particular case I have no information to add. Only vague questions. But there probably should be questions due, if not for the general loss of human life, to the billions at stake.

about 2 months ago
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Senior RIKEN Scientist Involved In Stem Cell Scandal Commits Suicide

BobMcD Re:Case closed (127 comments)

lol ...or, that makes a fine and handy cover story, doesn't it? :D

about 2 months ago
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Senior RIKEN Scientist Involved In Stem Cell Scandal Commits Suicide

BobMcD Re:Case closed (127 comments)

Did the disgrace shut him up?

Not rhetorical, I genuinely don't know.

But it stands to reason, in a truth stranger than fiction way, that first you'd discredit, then you'd eliminate. Sort of like how you don't mix bleach and ammonia, but you clean, rinse, clean, rinse until you get it all gone.

about 2 months ago
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Senior RIKEN Scientist Involved In Stem Cell Scandal Commits Suicide

BobMcD Re:Case closed (127 comments)

0) Labs around the world are researching patentable stem-cell cures at their own expense.
1) Group finds (comparatively) trivial way to produce them and releases said on the internet, encouraging others to try.
2) [Insert unknown]
3) Research is discredited, careers ruined, and dude is dead.

Is '2' something like "research is totally false and harms science itself by its very existence so the villains must be crushed" or more like "research is close enough to scare the shit out of some heavily-invested peers"?

Whichever one it winds up being, the response to 'crappy scientific paper' is NOT typically burning at the stake, so some unknown must be at work here.

about 2 months ago
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Senior RIKEN Scientist Involved In Stem Cell Scandal Commits Suicide

BobMcD Re:Case closed (127 comments)

I was thinking competitors in the global medical service industry myself.

about 2 months ago
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Senior RIKEN Scientist Involved In Stem Cell Scandal Commits Suicide

BobMcD Case closed (127 comments)

Because nobody could have possibly wanted this guy dead. Right? Guys?

about 2 months ago
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Ushahidi Helps Track Everything From Election Violence to Oil Spills (Video)

BobMcD Gaza? (18 comments)

I wonder if there's a map of the devastation to structures in Gaza? The news makes it look pretty extensive, but is it really? I wonder...

about 2 months ago
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Passport Database Outage Leaves Thousands Stranded

BobMcD Re:Change management fail (162 comments)

I do find it interesting how the onus is on the native to adapt to the foreigner ONLY in your outsourcing situation.

Or would you likewise expect Chinese natives buying services from an American company to adapt?

about 3 months ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

BobMcD Re:It's almost sane(really) (502 comments)

Those warrants and subpoenas have the value of toilet tissue as soon as you try to execute them off-shore.

So, Microsoft is moving off-shore, then?

Because if for some reason they decide to remain in the jurisdiction, it might reveal a flaw in the analogy. Namely, a person has less at stake in expatriating to Amsterdam than a massive corporation.

about 3 months ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

BobMcD Re:It's almost sane(really) (502 comments)

Then let the Russian people either praise Putin twice a day or fix their law.

They are adults, too, you know. Perfectly capable of running their own affairs.

about 3 months ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

BobMcD Re:Great... (582 comments)

The most likely thing to lead us to 'global war' is comparing Putin to Hitler without any sane reason to do so.

about 3 months ago
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FTC Files Suit Against Amazon For In-App Purchases

BobMcD Re:Interesting... (47 comments)

I can see every app requiring a password and approval for all purchases.

That alone will hurt the model.

about 3 months ago
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FTC Files Suit Against Amazon For In-App Purchases

BobMcD Interesting... (47 comments)

This seems to have implications in that whole free-to-play space. I wonder if anyone is worried about that angle?

about 3 months ago

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What would you teach end-users about SPAM?

BobMcD BobMcD writes  |  more than 7 years ago

BobMcD (601576) writes "Implementing our new SPAM filter has presented a unique opportunity: I get to train all the end users on how to handle Spam.

My head is full of ideas, some good and some bad, but I need input. The question I put to you, good Slashdotters, is...

If you had one chance to train the world on Spam, what would YOU teach them?"
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Will Political FUD Motivate America?

BobMcD BobMcD writes  |  more than 7 years ago

BobMcD (601576) writes "While we in the tech industry are used to recognizing FUD, will it work with the general public? For example, Michael Chertoff cites a 'gut feeling' that Al Qaeda could strike.

Chertoff said there were not enough indications of an imminent plot to raise the threat levels nationwide. He indicated that his remarks were based on "a gut feeling" formed by previous patterns of terrorist attacks, recent Al Qaeda statements and intelligence he did not disclose.
The motivation?

Chertoff predicts dire consequences if border crossings are not tightened with stricter document regulations because of opposition from business interests. ... He said there would be security repercussions from Congress' failure to pass immigration reform. Chertoff had hoped that granting a path to citizenship to illegal immigrants would cut away "the tall grass" hiding criminal elements among the undocumented workers.
Will it work? Are we to expect more of it in the future?"

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BobMcD BobMcD writes  |  more than 7 years ago

A Concerned Citizen (601576) writes "After felony charges were pressed for a Florida teen's email to a friend claiming he could top the body count, a Colorado University student's arrest for making sympathetic comments after the attack, and a Community College professor facing terrorism charges for an admittedly bad joke, can we really claim to have free speech in this country? Being prudent is important, but were any of these incidents worthy of police action? Are any of them even close to credible 'threats'? Have you heard of other such actions in your own neck of the woods?"

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