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Toyota Opens Patents On Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

Macdude Re:No, not practically, no. (124 comments)

Do you really think cities can hold 15 times the number of gas stations we have currently?

Considering that a charging stations can easily be installed in parking stalls at coffee shops, restaurants, strip-malls, parking structures, home garages, etc. I think it would be no problem for a city to have 15 times the current number of gas stations.

about three weeks ago

Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

Macdude Re:Leap hour (289 comments)

An even better way, wait several thousand years and the sun will come up at 7 am instead of 6 am.

about three weeks ago

How Target's Mobile App Uses Location Tech To Track You

Macdude Re:omg, a store will know where I am (61 comments)

better they track me so they put stuff i buy up front rather than me having to walk through the whole store

I don't think you understand how they think, they'll put the stuff you buy at the back so that you have to walk through the entire store. In their minds the more stuff you walk past, the more likely you are to buy something on a whim. It's why the milk is always at the back of the grocery store.

about a month ago

Canadian Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Warrantless Cellphone Searches

Macdude Password protect your phone (105 comments)

Password protect your phone, then don't give them the password until they obtain a warrant. Done.

about a month and a half ago

The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Macdude Stop using windows full screen (567 comments)

If the author of this piece was smart enough to stop using windows full-screen, he'd realise that it's very useful to be able to view (at least partially) multiple windows at the same time.

about a month and a half ago

Researchers Discover Ancient Massive Landslide

Macdude Re:UOM conversion help, please (44 comments)

Anybody know what "39 times the size of Manhattan" is in football fields?

One Manhattan is:
12,292.12 Football Fields
16,344.68 US Football Fields
10,728.82 Canadian Football Fields

So 39 Manhattans are:
479,392.68 Football Fields
637,442.52 US Football Fields
418,423.98 Canadian Football Fields

about 2 months ago

Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

Macdude Re:Being a computer scientist (175 comments)

131,072 feet would of been cooler...

about 3 months ago

A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

Macdude I invented one of those years ago... (67 comments)

I invented one of those years ago when I was just a babe, I call it a larynx. I wish I had thought about patenting it...

about 4 months ago

DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

Macdude "Braking Hard Alert" (261 comments)

How about we just implement a system that when a vehicle brakes hard it also send out a low power directional signal (to the rear) that reads "Hard Braking, #1 vehicle, ".

Then every vehicle that receives it replies with "Hard Braking, #2 vehicle, " and every vehicle that receives it replies with "Hard Braking, #3 vehicle, ", etc. Then at some predetermined cutoff point (number dependant on the vehicle's speed) the vehicles stop propagating the message.

The point of the random number is so that your vehicle can ignore multiple receipts of the same braking event while not identifying the vehicle.

That should cover the vast majority if situations that you want your vehicle to warn you about.

about 5 months ago

Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

Macdude Re:better question... (355 comments)

...would you be willing to receive a brand new $2000 frig/freezer for free IF it showed ads on it?

Can I tape a piece of paper over the screen? Perhaps a piece of paper with a nice photo on it?

about 8 months ago

Russia Quietly Passes Anti-Blogger Law

Macdude Re:That's a squirrley definition of free speech. (284 comments)

[Sigh] It is not illegal to yell "Fire" in a crowded theater. What the first amendment doesn't do is protect you from prosecution if your yelling "Fire" causes a panic. So you have the right to yell "Fire", you will just be held accountable if doing so causes a panic.

From Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.'s (unanimous ) opinion, "The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic".

about 9 months ago

60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Macdude Re:Top Gear was worse. (544 comments)

At least they didn't fraudulently claim the battery went flat during a test run.

60 Minutes --> Newsmagazine Program
Top Gear --> Entertainment Program

about 10 months ago

Chevron Gives Residents Near Fracking Explosion Free Pizza

Macdude Class action (207 comments)

A Pizza is more than most people get as the result of a class action lawsuit...

about a year ago

Why Letting Your Insurance Company Monitor How You Drive Can Be a Good Thing

Macdude Re:No F#$KING way (567 comments)

What are the parameters that define a "good" driver. Going below the speed limit on a highway in the left lane. Being lucky when you don't look right or left making a turn onto a street? Taking way to long to brake?

That's the real question isn't it, how are they going to define a safe driver vs. a risky driver. One way is to collect telemetry from people for a while and then compare the telemetry of the people that have collisions with the people who don't and look for statistically valid differences.

I've been driving for decades, I've put over 300,000 miles under me, but I bet those damn things would label me a bad driver

Any time I hear something like this I'm reminded of the fact that when asked, most people rate themselves as above average drivers. Not to say that you're not a good driver, but your driving ability is anecdotal at best. Why would you think they would label you a bad driver? Note I'd prefer to use the terms safe driver and risky driver.

for I accelerate firmly coming onto a highway, I don't brake forever coming off a highway,

With, I'd imagine, long periods driving at a constant velocity in between, why would you think that makes you a risky driver? That's what you're supposed to do. The risky driver is the guy who accelerates firmly and brakes firmly repeatedly and often in city traffic.

I tend to exceed the posted speed limit by a few miles when in the left lane and certainly when passing

Any rational system wouldn't rate someone as risky for exceeding the speed limit in a calm manner by a small percentage, particularly on a highway.

and i do my best to maintain situational awareness when behind the wheel.

By looking at vehicles' telemetry it would be very easy to identify the people who tailgate (due to their need to constantly adjust their speed), change lanes frequently and abruptly, drive significantly faster than the surrounding traffic, etc. It would also be easy to identify the people who practice good defensive driving techniques.

These devices will do nothing to bring about "safe" driving because that term is still relative to skill, conditions, and environment.

Actually it's got a good chance to reduce collisions. People drive at their own acceptable level of perceived risk. If driving in a risky manner puts them at risk of higher insurance rates they will modify their driving habits.

Flo can take her device and shove it somewhere dark, just not in my car.

That's OK, once these become standard you will always be able to opt out. Of course that means you will be placed in the highest risk category and pay the highest premiums, but at least they won't have a tracker in your car.

My issue with this sort of device isn't that it will be used in determining insurance premiums, my issue is "What else will it be used for?"

about a year ago

UK Police Seize 3D-Printed 'Gun Parts,' Which Are Actually Spare Printer Parts

Macdude In a related story... (279 comments)

A Manchester plumber was arrested for having a van full of "bomb" making material.

His pleas of "It's just pipe for a sink" went unheeded.

about a year ago

New High Tech $100 Bills Start To Circulate Today

Macdude Re:All that, and yet ... (302 comments)

They'd also do well by dropping the one and two dollar bills, replacing them with coins; the currency has devalued so much, it's not worth keeping the low value notes as notes. You could also make a case for ditching the penny, to boot.

What are you? Some kind of closet Canadian?

about a year ago

GTA V Proves a Lot of Parents Still Don't Know or Care About ESRB Ratings

Macdude That's how it's supposd to work. (621 comments)

While ESRB ratings and other warnings about violent games for kids have good reason to exist, many parents still ignore them, aren't aware to them, or simply don't care about their warnings

"Many parents still ignore them", which is fine, they are warnings not commandments.

"or simply don't care about their warnings", which is fine, they are warnings not commandments.

"aren't aware to them", which is a publicity issue for the ESRB and not the fault of the parents -- assuming for a moment that anything more than a statistically insignificant number of people aren't aware of them.

The ESRB warning are there so that parents can make decisions about their own children themselves. That their decisions differ from yours isn't a failing of the warnings. It's a failure of you for wanting to control other people's lives.

about a year ago

"Ballooning" Spiders Use Electrostatic Forces To Generate Lift

Macdude Spider Silk powered flying car... (213 comments)

So how long until this technology can be used to build the flying car I've been promised for several decades?

about a year ago


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