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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Cochonou Re:electric car driver here (820 comments)

I think the point of the poster was that the car could accelerate hard with near silence.

about two weeks ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Cochonou Re:I want silent vehicles (820 comments)

You just have to mandate a decreasing amount of noise over the years, so that you will eventually get silence, and so that people will have enough time to get used to silent cars. As you do for almost every transition.

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk Plans To Build Hyperloop Test Track

Cochonou Re:Option to carry cars (165 comments)

Personally, I would rather rent a car than have the train haul the mass of the car around. For an energy saving point of view, this does not make a lot of sense. However, the convenience does attract people, as about half of the chunnel passengers are transported in a car shuttle.

about two weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Cochonou Re:White House... (1350 comments)

I do not remember any local hero saving the day during the latest shootouts in the US.
Besides, you might want to gather more information on the police response before talking too much.

about three weeks ago
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European Researchers Develop More Accurate Full-Body Polygraph

Cochonou Re:Accuracy of traditional lie-detector polygraphs (106 comments)

I would also like to know if there is really a "widespread use" of polygraphs. I understood they were almost exclusively used in the US, and that most other countries actually forbade its use as evidence in courts - which would make the use of polygraph a local idiosyncracy rather than a widespread practice.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep

Cochonou Re:What about... (179 comments)

You read technical articles and code listing at bedtime ?
In that case i'm not sure that this study really applies to you. The studied case is reading books within one hour to bedtime, for which refresh time or color do not matter at all.

about a month ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

Cochonou Re:Taxi Drivers are NOT Taxi Owners (295 comments)

In France, taxi drivers are taxi owners (more than 80% of them).

about a month and a half ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

Cochonou Re:I am wondering (295 comments)

This is not really about Uber drivers "stealing" customers from taxi cabs. This is about regulation.
The taxi drivers we are talking about are independant workers who paid in the 100k€ - 300k€ range to get a state-regulated taxi licence plate. These plates are resellable, and their number increase very slowly: this means that their price is driven by supply and demand. If new players such as Uber can enter the market, operating under legal loopholes (considered as car sharing and not transportation), the price of the taxi plates will drop because of less demand. This may be good for the customers (increase of the number of cabs, increased competition...) However, you cannot say this is fair for the taxi drivers who took out a lengthly loan to pay for their licence plate - and will not be able to resell them to recover their investment.
So, the way forward for the governement should be pretty clear: either ban Uber, or go for a deregulation of the market. In the latter case, buy back at a fair price the taxi plates from their owners. However at that time, the government has not made a clear choice, which explains the unrest.

about a month and a half ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

Cochonou Re:Why are taxi drivers all so horrible? (295 comments)

As we are talking about a strike in France, you may be interested to know that it really does not work like this in France. Actually, there are basically three different kinds of taxi drivers:
- Drivers on a payroll (3%) - working for a company who bought the taxi plates. They are paid at a percentage of income.
- Renters (11%) - they rent the car with a taxi plate. They keep all the income, but have to pay the rent of the car each month.
- Independant workers (86%) - who bought a taxi plate (from 100 000 to 200 000 €). They keep all the income.
So in France, most of the taxi drivers are independant workers who took out a loan to buy their plate - and intend to sell their plate at a high price when they retire.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

Cochonou Re:I hate electronics consumer culture (269 comments)

Would you call keeping old hardware a "counterculture" then? Because I certainly see a lot of this behaviour around.

about a month and a half ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Cochonou Re:As for the people who say "XXX kills more than. (772 comments)

Yet, you have surely seen a lot of insects, leaves or rain drops splashing on the windshield. Now compare that to the fight against terrorism...

about 2 months ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Cochonou Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

It's a convenient shortcut you make here. One of the main justifications of the invasion was that there was a massive and secret program of WMD production conducted by the regime. mobile weapons laboratories, new chemicals being produced and moved around, et caetera. And now we know there was nothing of this - just some degraded remnants of the old stockpiles that were largely destroyed.

about 5 months ago
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Australia Rebooting Search For MH370

Cochonou Re:Why the Australians? (92 comments)

Yes, but you should read the investigation report which is publicly available instead of second sources on the internet.
You would see that both the pilot flying (junior) and the pilot non flying (senior) successively had the controls. You would also see that they had the same reaction: pull back on the stick.
The point is at no time, any of the 3 pilots were aware that they were in a stall, despite the stall warning sounding repeatedly. They were just puzzled at what was happening. And one of the main reasons for this is that they were inadequately trained to recognize this situation.
Finally, you would see that the investigation authority made numerous recommendations about pilot training, about the display of the cockpit instruments (behavior of the stall warning, behavior of the flight directors, etc..), and none about the control inputs.

about 6 months ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

Cochonou Re:my ipad 2 still works (281 comments)

You can't really say the same about the iPad 1. It's much slower on iOS 5.1 than on iOS 3.2. Of course, these operating system revisions don't have the same features...

about 6 months ago
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Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

Cochonou Re:"Compatible" (94 comments)

Along with libaacs, the libbdplus library can decrypt commercial discs to play them. Of course the situation is not ideal, and you still need stuff like a database of aacs keys, but it works.

about 6 months ago
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Norway Scraps Online Voting

Cochonou Re:What logic! (139 comments)

I don't know how they do it in Norway, but I can tell you how they do it in France: you cannot mail a ballot. You need to designate a proxy to vote for you on election day. This proxy can only collect a very limited number of mandates. This prevents vote buying on any significant scale...

about 7 months ago
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Google Has Received Over 41,000 Requests To "Forget" Personal Information

Cochonou Re:Actually, it happens all the time (138 comments)

For sure the internet makes the information flow easily, but it also makes disinformation flow easily. It seems to me that from what we have seen in recent history, the internet also makes much easier to deny the truth or to cling on on fringe theories. I am sure that people denying the Holocaust find plenty of websites and forums on which they can learn about the "hidden truth" and reinforce their beliefs. I am also sure that you will find much more rewriting of history happening on websites rather than on japanese schoolbooks.
So in this regard, the situation is not that clear cut.

about 8 months ago
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Is It Really GPS If It Doesn't Use Satellites?

Cochonou Re:Well ... (298 comments)

Those systems basically consist in a very advanced inertial measurement unit coupled with daytime star trackers - which limit the drift of the inertial measurement unit. They cannot find where you are if your initial position is unknown. They can therefore be hardly be compared to GPS... even if they are very useful in stratospheric bombers or ballistic missiles.

about 8 months ago

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Google reportedly asked for 1 billion euros for tax evasion in France

Cochonou Cochonou writes  |  about a year ago

Cochonou (576531) writes "French tax authorities have reportedly submitted a record-setting tax claim of 1 billion euros to Google. The company is accused to have channeled most of its French revenue through a Dutch intermediary and then to a Bermuda-registered holding, before finally reporting it in Ireland in order to avoid French taxes.
This claim follows a two year-long probe during which Google offices in Paris were searched, and evidence of abusive tax optimization techniques were discovered. On its side, Google maintains that it is in compliance with French national legislation.
Other internet giants keep a close eye on the development of this situation."
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Chinese Icebreaker is Stuck in Ice After Antartic Research Vessel Rescue

Cochonou Cochonou writes  |  1 year,28 days

Cochonou (576531) writes "In an unforeseen turn of events, the Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long is now stuck in heavy antartic pack ice, just a day after its helicopter was used for the rescue of the passengers onboard the ice-trapped MV Akademik Shokalskiy. The Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis, which is now carrying the passengers of the Shokalskiy, has been placed on standby to assist."
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Microsoft releases h264 extension for Firefox

Cochonou Cochonou writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Cochonou (576531) writes "After waiting for Wild Fox Project to deliver a way to play HTML5 video encoded with h264 in Firefox, it is finally Microsoft that has released an extension with such functionality. It is currently a bit of a kludge, replacing the HTML5 video tags by calls to the Windows Media Player plugin. As could be expected from the company, the extension is only available for Windows 7 users."
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