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2 Mars Missions Set For Arrival, Both Prepare for Orbital Maneuvers

MindStalker Re:a collision wouldn't surprise me (65 comments)

You have no idea about how big the vastness of space is. The chance of them colliding is like the chance of two bullets being fired in a high arc across New York city, and them colliding. Sure that chance happens once per orbit, but its simply not going to happen especially as they both will eventually establish stable orbits that simply will never cross.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

MindStalker Video phones? (194 comments)

Or how about you just buy the video phones like
http://www.sophiesystems.com/g...
There are some that are skype compatible. You can then encourage the families to buy a video phone or if they are tech savy they could skype as well.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Personnel As Ostriches?

MindStalker Re:Simple Answers to Simple Questions (246 comments)

As you don't know the details you simply stop reading. There could be any number of "irregularities in the pension fund", maybe a transaction was reversed or a simple typo, it happens all the time. Unless you continue reading to know the full details such a headline means nothing. In reality pretty much no matter what you accidentally read, most "small snippets" are almost never accurate towards the full content.

about 4 months ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

MindStalker Re:He just doesent' get it.. (514 comments)

http://www.nber.org/digest/sep...

The National Bureau of Economic Research sent out 5,000 resumes to 1,300 jobs randomly assigning black or white sounding names to the resumes. The black sounding names received 50% less callbacks than the white sounding names.

about 4 months ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

MindStalker Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

The male Thor had no armor. So the armor is more for show/dress than it is for usage.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

MindStalker Re:Visualing this? (155 comments)

He's my vision, though I haven't been able to get Amazon to think about it..

Truck drives down neighborhood road slowly. Drones enter and leave the back of the truck as it drives delivering packages to houses within a 500 feet distance.

Truck can skip every other road or so.

about 4 months ago
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Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi

MindStalker Re:What? (139 comments)

There is a difference between regulation and anti-corruption.

Uber is showing that a deregulated system can work. You need true competition though and a government to enforce anti-monopoly policies and crack down on mafia corruption. Many cities over regulate the taxi industry and limit the number of cabs to a ridiculously low number to keep prices high. In your other case a mafia (a semi governmental entity in itself) is doing the same thing. //Randians are crazy, but there certainly is room for balance.

about 4 months ago
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Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi

MindStalker Re:What? (139 comments)

It appears so.
http://www.taxiautofare.com/us...

I didn't know taxi fare in NYC was so reasonable. I guess there is more competition in NYC. They also make up for it in quantity. Many other places the taxis sit around waiting for fares much longer.

about 4 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

MindStalker Re:Touch Server (681 comments)

Doesn't advertise this idea.

I meant .

about 5 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

MindStalker Re:Touch Server (681 comments)

An interesting sidenote. There is "some" advantage to Metro for 2013 Server. Its lighter weight than the full desktop. If you have a suite of custom .NET management apps, 2013 Metro will run those apps and be much lighter weight than a full desktop. //MS does advertise this idea, I have no idea why.

about 5 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

MindStalker One switch to rule them all? (681 comments)

Microsoft made it quite clear that much of the "issue" is that there are now simply too many options in Office. They tried to make a menu structure for 2007 and would have had to make several menus multiple submenus deep. They couldn't design a classic menu interface that they felt was workable for the features they added.

about 5 months ago
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Bye Bye Aereo, For Now

MindStalker Aereo can I at least get my PBS stream? (93 comments)

Aereo can certainly stream PBS and other must carry stations legally by this ruling.

Please Aereo, continue carrying these streams while you work for a solution.

about 5 months ago
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The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test

MindStalker Re:How is that stranger? (136 comments)

And that was the test, to see if a computer could mimic a women as often as a man can mimic a women.

The computer has to do as well as a typical man, not as well as a typical women at being a women.

about 5 months ago
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California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs

MindStalker Re:"Safety Requirements"? (314 comments)

This has Little to do with the cabs themselves. This is about the Airports.
Airports are legally "private" property (even though they are run by the city). All airports in the US at least have a long standing history of charging cabs and limo services for picking up, dropping off customers. Its a simple fact that if you run a private car company you have to pay the airport, period, full stop. The airports in turn will and have charged people with "illegal trespassing" for not paying.
Many private car companies nowadays accept Uber Black and they do pay the airports their share. UberX drivers being "regular people" don't know to pay the airport, and don't have the appropriate tags/markings for the airport to know what they are. Uber has been trying to work out a solution, but it requires privately negociation between Uber and each and every airport in the country. A LONG and costly operation. California, one of the prime places where the airports have been treating UberX drivers as trespassers is making this as "safety regulation". Ultimately I guess it is a safety issue, as its creating a physical confrontation between drivers and the security officers attempting to ticket them.

about 5 months ago
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Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development

MindStalker Re:He continues to show himself to be ... (230 comments)

Why? He will make licensing fees from each car sold. AND he can charge per KW for other cars to plug into their quick charging ports.
Little known fact, for the baseline Tesla S (the one that cost 69k), it doesn't come with free supercharging capability, but its available as an option as purchase for $2000 (its also available as a after purchase option, but probably cost more). The higher models come with supercharging standard.

Weither they sell access to their stations are $2,000 up-front of if they meter it, I don't know. I'd guess they would meter it.

about 5 months ago
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Kids With Wheels: Should the Unlicensed Be Allowed To 'Drive' Autonomous Cars?

MindStalker Re:no (437 comments)

Yeah, we aren't talking about strapping an infant into the car and having it go somewhere (yeah that would be kinda cool, but we are far, far away from that, maybe once we trust robots as nannies). But no reason a 12 year old shouldn't be able to, with adult permission, ride an autonomous vehicle.

about 6 months ago
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Report: Samsung Building VR Headset For Its Phones & Tablets

MindStalker Re:It.. can't be true! (49 comments)

A lot of Oculus tech is actually in its software. It uses predictive head tracking to make the output much more seamless to the user.

Watch this example of timewarping
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... //I believe this is one of the things Zenimax feels they own.

about 5 months ago
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Adobe Creative Cloud Is Back

MindStalker Re:Only Creative Cloud? (74 comments)

I decided to look into it a little bit more.
https://forums.adobe.com/messa...
Apparently the creative cloud is offline applications that while they use online functions they do work offline for 30 days of non conductivity.

Still stupid.

about 6 months ago
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Adobe Creative Cloud Is Back

MindStalker Only Creative Cloud? (74 comments)

So what happens when they no longer sell their products and you have no choice but to have the Creative Cloud. Should the entire design industry shut down when Adobe has an issue?

about 6 months ago

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