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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Herve5 Re:Baby steps (289 comments)

While I'm concerned about everything Google (and concerned I'm, deeply), I fear during all your years of study you just didn't allow yourself to consider the level and kind of sensors Google has thrown in: they currently restitute no less than the entire surrounding, in 3D and real-time.
I'd dare say all other automotive OEMs preferred baselining much, much simpler sensors, à la magnetic detector following buried mag loops, or radars to follow the previous vehicle, all things giving monodimentional, extremely minimal input.
Which is why they end in considering only dedicated expressways, etc.
Google's bet is they'll just skip these steps.
And, maybe you don't see it, but the mere fact Google car exists now, *prevents* them to happen. Which mayor would invest in a complex dedicated driveway when 80% of his electorate will *believe* Google cars would be better? (I intentionally stressed 'believe', because it's enough for an election)

about three weeks ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

Herve5 Re:but... my face is smaller than 25 cm? (140 comments)

Not specially. It depends on the satellite altitude. For low orbits, a 1-m telescope is vastly sufficient for 25-cm resolutions.
Maybe you are confused with Geostationary orbits, where indeed enormous mirrors would be required to get hi-res (GEO stays interesting because of its permanence : only from tyere you can get a "movie"; from low orbits it's images "on the fly")

about a month ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

Herve5 Meanwhile in China... (327 comments)

I work in Europe and we happen to apply patents, the most important of which are extended in the US, China and various countries according to our competition.
Earlier this year, I had an issue with extending one of my patents to China.
I got a formal letter in perfect english (not in Chinese mind you), raising an issue within the submitted text that indeed rendered it not really patentable.
With the approbation of our IP expert I proposed a redacted text, recognizing the issue and suggesting our new redaction would solve it.
Just two weeks after I got a second, more elaborate reply, still in an english better than mine, that commented my text more in detail and still pointed up a non-patentable point. We prepared a second comment. (at that point, in China like in most other places, if the patent is still rejected there is no more appeal)
One week later, our patent was accepted in China —with a wording much better than in any of the other countries we applied for, including the original language.

I don't wish to conclude on the Chinese potential, on Communist government handling of things vs ours, or whatever.

But some comparisons are telling...

about a month ago
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Researchers Develop New Way To Steal Passwords Using Google Glass

Herve5 Re:I've always thought (116 comments)

not always just in highly secure facilities.
In France the bank associated to the national post office -one you wouldn't expect recruiting geniuses- does present such a variable keypad when you want to access your account, and even more: you must move the mouse over each digit without clicking, basically following a path (a bit like on some phone unlock interfaces) but one that is different each time...

about 2 months ago
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

Herve5 Re:Maybe Swedes would *prefer* it a bit hotter ind (567 comments)

Very well replied. Now I think imminent changes in the Gulf Stream are more difficult to actually check Comparing this to the remark above (some more warm days will make or kill the growing season), we are facing a hard time...

about 3 months ago
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

Herve5 Maybe Swedes would *prefer* it a bit hotter indeed (567 comments)

A couple of years ago I talked with a swedish meteorologist that explained me it's quite difficult to shame people in his country about their impact on global warming, because definitely when you spend a very large part of the year with few sunny hours and one meter of snow at your door stop, "a bit warmer" definitely doesn't sound this bad.
I expect this applies to Swedish farmers as well...

about 3 months ago
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Bunnie Huang Shows Off His Open Source Laptop (Video)

Herve5 Re:Who is Bunnie Huang (24 comments)

Simple. He got an idea, and developed it into convincing customers to give him $ 750 000 in less than two years.
Some consequences are
- it may be that his idea is interesting
- he certainly is more geek than you and me
- he also is most probably better organized.
I for one have tried to follow him for one year, but I completely missed the crowdfunding campaign, which incidentally tells a lot about my inconsistancy...

about 4 months ago
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German Wikipedia Has Problems With Paid Editing — and Threats of Violence

Herve5 mod parent up! (55 comments)

This quote is more than an overgeneralisation. To me it's definitely on the verge of open racism.
You doubt? Just replace "Germans" with "Arabs"...

about 5 months ago
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Replicant Hackers Find and Close Samsung Galaxy Back-door

Herve5 then Sailfish on Jolla phones? (81 comments)

But last I searched details on this, the actual progress and software availability was close to pathetic...

about 6 months ago
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NASA Wants To Go To Europa

Herve5 US broke? Do it with Europeans! (216 comments)

Initially, going to Europa indeed was a joint project between NASA and Europe's ESA, named EJSM ( Europa Jupiter System Mission):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

Then a couple of years ago ESA announced that any talks with NASA being unconclusive (not bringing commitment), Europe would move alone; the mission was simplified, now called Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer (JUICE), fully European-funded, and scheduled for 2020.
It *is* developing right now.

IMHO there is still room for cooperating here.

about 6 months ago
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Military Electronics That Shatter Into Dust On Command

Herve5 Re:News: BETA sucks (221 comments)

The classic version is to be shut down. That is one issue.
The original issue, though, is the new interface has forgotten all our efficiency at filtering comments and getting compact, long threads, and when contacted on this the new owners seem to depend on an existing system that won't, and can't, evolve this way.

As for me, if I lose the capability to filter my way, the very essence of /. disappears.
It's not even that I'll decide to come back or not: there will be no place to come back...

I fully understand the aim for the new owners: getting more readers for the ads to pay more, via a nicer, cleaner interface. They will get this. But there will be no more posters.
At this moment they are betting that a viable part of us will continue posting. I won't belong to this part, simply because it doesn't bring anything more to me. They may win the bet anyhow. They will just step out of my world, and to me it's a dire loss.

about 7 months ago
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A New Use For Drones: Traffic Scouting

Herve5 Re:Dangerous if two or more at once (144 comments)

mod parent up.
How shall we handle many automated drones above a highway in a way that guarantees I won't get one into my windscreen?
This not to talk about responsibility share in the event of such an accident, nor about the related laws that remain to be crafted...

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

Herve5 Owncloud on your shared hosting! (168 comments)

Why restricting OwnCloud to an Amazon hosting?
Any shared hosting, preferably via an association that you can become part of (and control, and check its costs), will run OwnCloud perfectly well!
Here in Europe I'm running OwnCloud on All2All in Belgium; I'm pretty sure there are many such services in the US
(all2all.org)

about 7 months ago
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Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked

Herve5 Re:I love Samsung's smartphones, but... (153 comments)

Android locks me with Google. It baffles me there are people *here on /.* that can't see it.
Seriously -to me this is a sign /. is evolving, but not to the better...

about 8 months ago
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The Human Body May Not Be Cut Out For Space

Herve5 Re:Roll on! -even simpler : a rope ;-) (267 comments)

On the very earliest Apollo missions, experiments were done with a rather basic rope linking the reentry capsule and the LEM, or the supporting module section, I don't remember. The whole was spun *manually* and with analog devices of course.

It should be simple to plan such a move even with small interplanetary devices, rather than starting with ambitious internal spinwheels.

The only issue in such a case is maintaining a location where an Earth-facing antenna wouldn't move, but rotating around the Earth direction allows such points...

about 8 months ago
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Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked

Herve5 Re:I love Samsung's smartphones, but... (153 comments)

Just some weeks ago I was ready to pay a premium to get a Jolla phone (with Sailfish); I went up to registering into Sailfish newsgroups etc.
Honestly, and it's sad to say: the OS looks cool but there are just no applications at all. Not even a decent email, not even an ad-filter.

I sincerely hope Jolla succeeds, but I cannot invest now hoping next year the phone will work.
In contrast the enormous size of Samsung (an issue of its own) may at least bring a machine that works upon switchon...
But I'll definitely keep an eye on both :-)

about 8 months ago
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Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked

Herve5 Re:I love Samsung's smartphones, but... (153 comments)

What for?
For not being locked in a single App market. Like Apple's. Like Google's.
In a word : to avoid monopolies.
That's very stubborn, I know. But I suffered a lot from this, in many areas, so now I can see them very well...

about 8 months ago
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Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked

Herve5 Re:I love Samsung's smartphones, but... (153 comments)

Well, for me seeing an operational open-source OS on a phone would indeed *trigger* my first buying of a Samsung phone.
I own an Openmoko, have carefully reviewed the Jolla phone recently (alas: not operational, IMHO) and believe Samsung indeed is capable to succeed here.

about 8 months ago

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Italy initiates Time Travel in Torino city

Herve5 Herve5 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Herve5 (879674) writes "Commonly organized by Torino Astrophysics Observatory, the Italian national institute for Metrology and the Polytechnics Institute in Torino, a five-day conference intends to provide a 'transdisciplinary vision' on 'The Time Machine Factory' .
The 24-pages programme sports an impressive amount of abstracts, most of them coming from definitely distinguished international universities.
Will the solutions to our cloudy future (or past) come from Italy? -answer on Oct. 20."

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