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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Falos Too soon? (451 comments)

If this is an infancy thing, fine, but I don't think we need to reach Ultimate Endgame for these things to be ride'able (NOT "operable") by a child, or even unmanned for deliveries. It'll be the better choice long before we reach superduper polished and perfected.

Mind, I still expect them to come with some tucked away form of control access, even a clunky digital-only one. There's an endless number of possible edge cases that can't be scripted.

I assume code will mostly fail-safe into "Stop the car." for unexpected encounters, so that someone (incl remotely, ie support center or the owner) can help manually guide the derping sensors back to the clean, plainly marked road and resume automated driving, or summon a tow for really locked up/physical damage situations.


Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

Falos lol titles (273 comments)

>The reality is that anyone who has played a piano, regardless of the quality, is a pianist.
>The reality is that anyone who has used waterbrushes, regardless of the quality, is an artist.
>The reality is that anyone who has cooked food, regardless of the quality, is a chef.

2 days ago

When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Falos Old shit, shit article (256 comments)

TFA is just (1) relating generic "corporations skimp on trying for perfectly happy customers", with no data suggesting it's a more profitable model; and (2) some blog post whining about A/B data, which is really just observation of users in A/B situations then hypothesizing the effects of A/B.

So yeah, another "FACEBOOK FORCED ME TO BE HAPPY/SAD" post. Feel free to accuse me too, reading my post surely forced you to feel X.

4 days ago

33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Falos Not this shit again (455 comments)

While I think the idea of imaginary property is in need of complete rehaul, camrips won't help bring about enlightenment. Bad idea, sir. Also, you're an idiot for persisting. Now...

>> 700,000 downloads, costing Universal Pictures and the wider industry millions of pounds in losses
Oh no you don't. OH NO YOU FUCKING DON'T. Do not claim that equivocation. Do NOT equate those. I will not tolerate that bullshit. Shame on editors/journalists that indulge it, shame on all of you for letting it fly. Shame on your honor, shame on your family, shame on your horse.

4 days ago

Is Remote Instruction the Future of College?

Falos Time allocation (81 comments)

> eight students
> one-on-one advice
If THIS is the future of college, then yeah, it totally is. I'll have high hopes for the results, and expect the feedback to blaze inquiry-based learning, the most productive kind by far.

If it's just a stream of someone talking with time maybe for a lucky winner or two (questions), they're posturing for spotlight using old "tech" that ain't shit.
If it's video recordings, they can fuck themselves with a rake.

about two weeks ago

Edward Snowden Is Not Alone: US Gov't Seeks Another Leaker

Falos Re:tin-foil tempest in a teapot (204 comments)

He built a website for that while Literally is right over there pleading for help and begging for mercy.

about three weeks ago

OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

Falos Re:people are shallow (161 comments)

Either you're lamenting in monologue or you're trying to shoehorn in some kind of distance to keep yourself safely apart and hopefully polar from a stereotype you're assembling ad hoc. Need to stay distinct to protect that fragile ego.

Happens during vilifying too.

about a month ago

Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Falos Not so breakable (544 comments)

I won't refute that the addition of more (moving) parts is the addition of a point of physical failure, but I should chip in with my experience using a slide-out for three years without incident. I aged out the battery, put it through standard klutz drops, probably got it wet a couple times, the camera is smeary/dusty to the point of oblivion, the OS (froyo) started acting weird and hiccuping with microSD content, and I painted the whole thing because I hated the original color (great deal on price though). No problems with the slideout or the keys, and I played the ever-loving fuck out of them using emulators and a simfile rhythm'er (Beats). OTOH, the side buttons aged, notably the volumes were getting barely responsive. Took it apart towards the end of life, no dice, guess the fittings were wearing out past tolerance.

about a month ago

Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

Falos Re:But what if... (78 comments)

> is that copyright infringement?
Copyright lawyers have prepared the below flowchart to help identify what they will consider unauthorized copies or infringement that are potentially actionable:

Is it a day that ends in 'y'?
Then yes.

Is it a day that doesn't end in 'y'?
Then super yes.

about a month ago

Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

Falos Game theory (190 comments)

It's an inferior move to reduce your options and throw away something irreversibly. You don't delete documents when you have abundant storage, you don't discard items in a video game with endless inventory.

I'll accept that having poorly tracked, poorly secured, poorly vetted, poorly restricted, and/or poorly located samples keeps them from being a benign non-factor as above.

I don't accept that throwing them away (the ones we know about) is the only counter. Hell, we can spare a few grams of payload and put one in space.

about a month ago

Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Falos Re:Correlation is not causation (619 comments)

This. They want to label the subjects? They can barely group them as isolated "East German" "West German" properties, to say nothing of the endless properties (GP suggests poverty) that result if so.

I only have an ordinary understanding of the scientific process, but I'm pretty sure you can't take "Group 1 cheated more than Group 2" and shoehorn in the identifier cause.

about a month ago

Method Rapidly Reconstructs Animal's Development Cell By Cell

Falos Wow (39 comments)

When they can track everything every individual cell has ever done, you know it's time to rein in the surveillance state.

Seriously though, promising tech.

about a month ago

White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

Falos Re:Hoping this is not as bad as it sounds (272 comments)

JMJimmy July 20, 2014 @03:42PM (#47495819)

>The proposal does call for a "ramp up" period where the sounds get louder and louder.

I'm thinking you were hasty on knocking down the idea and assumed the one-off.

about a month ago

New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

Falos Re:Warrants are supposed to be narrow (150 comments)

Doesn't need to be interesting. The average ("Three felonies per day") isn't interesting if only by definition. If anything, someone who absolutely couldn't be implicated would be the interesting outlier.

But I'm guessing you had "real" concerns in mind. "Maybe one day law enforcement will scale back and only hunt those," he failed to say with a straight face.

about a month ago

ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

Falos Re:Where's BroTech? (158 comments)

I bet you think you're funny, huh? You a comedian or something, dork? Here's a nerd joke for ya: Why don't you make like a tree and GTFO?

about a month ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

Falos Re:Why is it silly? (435 comments)

Are you implying that a bunch of code written for carefully and precisely observing traffic law (driverless cars move like a bus driver shuttling a pope made of glass) with the assumption that the usage environment is simplified by said law (moving in simple lines, road markers, etc), is [a bunch of code which is] going to perform superior to humans in the unpredictable and dynamic environment of a getaway?

I'm willing to accept that this technology could be exploitable or unsafe. It could, just maybe, have a marginally useful application in crime. But I'm not seeing it here, and I'm not expecting it tomorrow.

If anything, LE should be delighted at the idea of remote control, surveillance, etc. when cars are on TIOT.

about a month ago

Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

Falos Re:mnemonics (280 comments)

Strong passwords are healthy, and acronyms (which I strongly advocate) deliver extremely high defensive complexity with little increase (now passphrase) in user's complexity; so little they might actually do it.

However, password reuse kills a user whether it's strong or not. If I hack into some photosharing socnet crap and get your password, chances are I now have access to a lot of your services. Even if I don't use the loot directly, I'll sell off the credentials or data (SSN) to others.

about a month ago

Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

Falos Think outside the ivory tower (280 comments)

A throwaway password tier is something that legitimately increases the casual's security against the obvious ( and might actually catch on. Something like "grandma1!" is perfectly fine if she leaves it down at the facetweets and socnets while using something different (hopefully stronger) for her bank account.

But hey, if you think soccer moms and surfers are just as likely to indulge a "Sandbox-contained PW manager in a secure virtual OS" tutorial as the five seconds it takes to tell them "Hey, use a special password for those super important sites, 'kay?" then knock yourself out.

Good luck fitting it on a billboard, though.

about a month ago

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Falos Re:Congratulations? (590 comments)


But I guess it's okay; "this Thor isn't that Thor" or maybe even "No relation, never heard of him." if that's the case.

More than historical accuracy, what gets me is the parading. It's not even self-righteous parading, it's more like astroturf. If I was one of those social justice zealots, I'd have to ask myself whether I was being pandered to and exploited.

I don't agree with refuting OR supporting a product or media or art because of the creator or other unrelated details. I don't check if my oil change mechanic donates blood, I don't check if my waiter was a (convicted?) sex offender, I don't ask about my barber's stance on gun control - I ask what a haircut costs.

This is all tangential though; Thor's a chick superhero and I take the "Okay - so?" stance. A healthy one IMO.

about a month and a half ago


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