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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

Lumpy Re:Pre-mapped environments are a dead end (286 comments)

Programming a race car to drive a perfectly mapped track is brain dead easy for even a 2nd year CS student.

Let cattle roam the track randomly, and the car drives at racing speed avoiding cows, goats, etc randomly darting in front of the car, then I'll be impressed.

2 days ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

Lumpy Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (286 comments)

"Imagine a wage worker making $20/hr produces the factory sensor part, at a rate of 100 per hour through the operation of a machine."

Will never happen. Reality is very different...

Imagine a wage worker making $8/hr produces the factory sensor part, at a rate of 100 per hour through the operation of a machine.

Executives do NOT want to pay living wages. It will be an $8 an hour job or outsourced to China where they pay $3.25 an hour.

2 days ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

Lumpy Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (286 comments)

magnets in the lanes will also solve a LOT of the problems. It would take minimal cost do retrofit and significantly help ALL cars as lane departure would be trivial, etc...

2 days ago
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Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud

Lumpy Yet it's still unplayable.... (91 comments)

The game is still a steaming pile of crap, I still warn people away from it and anything else that comes from that franchise ever again.

3 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Lumpy Re:Dear Canada.... (522 comments)

So it's time to go all ape-shit like we have in the USA and have military in the streets? Our cops are driving assault vehicles, carrying M16 machine guns and waterboarding people for jay-walking.

I though canadians were level headed people.

3 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Lumpy Dear Canada.... (522 comments)

Dont let your idiots in parliment go all panic mode like the Raving Morons we have running this place in Washington DC.

This was a rare incident by a insane person, nothing more. Put more money into public mental health.

3 days ago
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Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

Lumpy Failure started at the Administrative level.... (115 comments)

It's the fault of the administrators to begin with. I am friends with one of the technical advisors for the midwest EOC and the problem is that the administrators dont know their ass from a hole in the ground and ignore their tech guys and listen to the vendors.

He has been screaming for all call centers to have analog failover, but the administrators refuse to hear it.

So who is to blame for the failures? That top moron of Homeland security. IT would have been in place if he would realize that he is not an expert and to actually LISTEN to the experts in the field.

3 days ago
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Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

Lumpy Better solution... (99 comments)

Force the CableTV companies and telcos to run Fiber and then fix the last mile mess.

Dammit, these companies are making record profits. They can get off their asses and run fiber and fix the last mile Bullshit.

3 days ago
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Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

Lumpy Re:TPB isn't just cheaper. (126 comments)

TPB? No thanks.

eztv.it is where it's at. TPB is crap for searching and subscribing to specific shows and having a nice RSS feed filtered already for you.

4 days ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Lumpy Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (397 comments)

Easy solution, STOP letting for profit companies run these things. If a community wants red light cameras, they can buy them, install them, and manage them all under heavy citizen oversight.

4 days ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

Lumpy Re:Eliminate the middle man (341 comments)

At the ice truck? ARE YOU INSANE?

That path leads to MADNESS!

5 days ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

Lumpy Typical Burning Man... (341 comments)

A lot of people that show up are not prepared and mooch off of everyone in the name of "community"

We would hide our resources and tell others "nope dont have any" on a lot of occasions and those we could tell were in real need and not just lazy potheads we would share.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Lumpy Re:The Windows Phone failed. (172 comments)

When poor people buy phones, they choose the free model. and all the windows phones are the free model as nobody in their right mind would intentionally pay the $399 premium phone price for one.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Lumpy Re:The Windows Phone failed. (172 comments)

IT will be, it will probably be as horrific as the LG, Motorola and Samsung crap.

If the Watch can not do 2-3 days on a charge , it is a complete and utter fail.
If the watch does not have an open API so apps can easily be written for it, it is a complete and utter fail.
And honestly, from what we have seen from Microsoft for mobile devices over the past 3 years, it will be a complete and utter fail.

5 days ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

Lumpy Re:Value (158 comments)

Like GM.. Add shiny plastic, crap leather and call it the "premium" version.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Lumpy Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

Flat tax simplifies it greatly.

10% with zero deductions or credits. You dont even need to file taxes unless you are self employed and you should have been doing it quarterly like you have to now.

April 15th becomes nothing but another day in april as nobody has to file anything except for the rich that also pay 10% on all dividend income, all stock income, etc....

about two weeks ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

Lumpy Re:Simple solution (304 comments)

You are correct, People that are hell bent on Monogomy are selfish and childish.

They are the same horrible sociopathic scumbags that demonize homosexuals that want to marry.

about two weeks ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

Lumpy Re:In short... (232 comments)

City manager can be fired by the city council. Problem is most councils dont have the balls to do it.
City managers are low skill people that cant make it in the Corporate world. They are a dime a dozen.

about two weeks ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

Lumpy Re:Simple solution (304 comments)

Humans do better in a Poly when they are mature and evolved.

Kudos to you!

about two weeks ago

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Steve Jackson Games to Re Release OGRE by using kickstarter.

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lumpy (12016) writes "IT seems that many geeks late night prayers have been answered. Steve Jackson Games is going to re release O.G.R.E. as a super deluxe verswion and he is using Kickstarter as a way to get the ball rolling.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/847271320/ogre-designers-edition

I for one remember a lot of time spent playing OGRE with friends at school, on the bus, etc.. IT was a dirt cheap paper game back then but was unlike anything else ever released."

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Linux and Windows H.323 Videoconferencing apps?

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Lumpy (12016) writes "I work with businesses that have Tandberg and Polycom H.323 Videoconferencing gear every day. Many of them are medical companies or research companies here in the USA that communicate with doctors in 3rd world countries that don't have the resources we do here and have asked me if there are any free or open source H.323 video conferencing apps available for linux and Windows. I was able to find one for Mac OSX, xmeeting but It seems that the offerings for Windows and Linux are either nonexistent or hiding.

What do you use for real videoconferencing?"
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Satellite collision might cause problems in space.

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Lumpy writes "reading my morning RSS feeds I saw this article at http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090212/ap_on_sc/satellite_collision about a Russian and American satellite collision in space that has debris that is worrying the ESA and NASA. From the Article — "Scientists are keeping a close eye on orbital debris created when two communications satellites — one American, the other Russian — smashed into each other hundreds of miles above the Earth. NASA said it will take weeks to determine the full magnitude of the unprecedented crash and whether any other satellites or even the Hubble Space Telescope are threatened. The collision, which occurred nearly 500 miles over Siberia on Tuesday, was the first high-speed impact between two intact spacecraft, NASA officials said." Is this a precursor of the fabled "cascade" that everyone has been worrying about might happen in orbit? Granted it was in higher orbit than the ISS and where the shuttle operates, but it may have a HUGE impact on communications if the debris cloud rips apart other satellites."
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Great games to put on a Free PC.

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Lumpy (12016) writes "I am giving several new Pc's to a local charity that will be giving them to needy kids this Xmas. They are not powerful, basically baseline Dells that have intel graphics and Celeron, but more than enough to do homework and other studies on. They are going out with XP on them, and a Ubuntu CD. as well as a bunch of OSS software like OO.o and the others.. But I would like to include some games for the kids. Strategy, fun, etc... Great freeware games that are fun to play. Anyone have a list of the best games that a 13-16 year old will like to play that are free and legal to give away?"
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Comcast loses lawsuit over moving analog channels

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lumpy (12016) writes "Comcast Lost their lawsuit to move analog channels to the digital tier. http://blog.mlive.com/chronicle/2008/01/lawsuit_seeks_to_block_comcast.html#preview Comcast has been trying to move channels around in Michigan claiming they need to move analog channels to the Encrypted digital channels. Their latest attempt was to move the community access channels in the detroit area. Comcast keeps claiming they NEED to do this, but in fact can simply move channels to Unencrypted QAM channels giving them the space they need while eliminating the required Comcast cable box. Almost all TV's sold in the past 5 years can receive unencrypted QAM channels over cable-tv."
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Best USB thumb drive for keychain

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lumpy writes "After having to replace my 8th USB thumbdrive I have had attached to my key chain in 2 years because of failures I was starting to wonder,What have other slashdotters found as their best choice in a USB thumb drive?

I love having one on my key chain, but 95% of these things have a port cover that gets lost in the first 10 minutes, have a really bad design for attaching to the key chain so you lose the drive completely, or are incredibly bad quality, my last designer leather on with leather cover strap comes to mind.

What do you use for your always with you most important usb thumb drive? What is the most durable that will take getting dropped in a puddle or survive living on a key chain?"
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Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lumpy writes "Lately there has been a HUGE push by Certified Microsoft Professionals and their companies to call clients and warn them of the dangers of open source. This week I received calls from 4 different customers that they were warned that they are dangerously insecure because they run Open Source Operating systems or Software because "anyone can read the code and hack you with ease" they are being told. Other colleagues in the area also have noticed this about 3 Microsoft Partners or so they claim have been going out of their way to strike fear of OSS in companies that respond with "yes we use Open source or Linux" when the sales call comes in. I know this is simply a sales tactic by these companies that will remain nameless, but how do I fix the damage caused by these sales tactics? I have several customers that now want more than my word about the security of the systems that have worked for them flawlessly for over 5-6 years now with minimal expense outside of upgrades and patching for security. Does anyone have a good plan or sources of reliable information that can be used to inform the customer?"

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