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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

Mycroft-X Re:Who would have thought (194 comments)

Along the same lines, it doesn't seem difficult to take control of the system while it's actively driving. It's not hard to disengage cruise controls or stop a car using Park Assist or Lane Assist from turning into something not seen by the sensor system. Why is it hard for me to grab the wheel from the "hands" of the auto-pilot in the Google car?

...just my thoughts.

Here's the best example I can think of -- let's say you are the understudy for a radio actor with narcolepsy. You both have the script, you the understudy are following along word for word as the actor is performing. Suddenly the actor falls asleep and the words stop. How many seconds pass before you pick up where he left off? You are as aware and able as you can possibly be without actually anticipating something you can't anticipate, and I believe it would still take me a few seconds to switch myself from simply paying attention to audibly reading words.

Second scenario is the same except that you are both in sound booths reading the words and the actor is the only one with a hot mic. I believe it would be faster for me to be reading aloud with the actor and trigger my mic to go live at the necessary time -- however in doing so I am saving no effort over doing all the reading myself in the first place, so the application to automated vehicles is somewhat limited.

about two weeks ago

Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

Mycroft-X Re:Small government (157 comments)

So what you're saying is that when describing the democrats in office from the 1950s onward, when these franchise laws were made, the term democrats is consistent with today's usage? What a twist!

about three weeks ago

Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

Mycroft-X Re:Small government (157 comments)

Well, actually it had an uninterrupted string of Democratic governors from 1872 to 1999.

about three weeks ago

Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

Mycroft-X My eyes! (109 comments)

But surely the goggles do something.

about a month ago

A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Mycroft-X [Citation Needed] (158 comments)

United States is shown as:

But they don't say what these things are and which ones are violated. Without the context and citations the results are meaningless -- I could create the same thing in Paint.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

Mycroft-X Protip (209 comments)

When asking a detailed question about your employer, try not to include enough information that you can actually identify the company with a pretty good degree of confidence. If they find out who you are you might get a good rheeming out.

about 2 months ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Mycroft-X Help me understand (390 comments)

So maybe someone can explain this to me because I don't entirely get it.

Right now Level 3 doesn't pay Verizon any additional money for the data being sent its way (yes, requested by Verizon customers, but transport is usually paid by the shipper -- when I order a physical product I pay for shipping to the vendor, who pays the transporter).

The reason Level 3 doesn't pay any more is because they are using settlement-free links established to provide basic bi-directional communication between the two networks. Because of the way they are using them, these links (which are set up to provide balanced access) are saturated in one direction while only 30-60% utilized in the other direction.

The point made by both companies is that fixing the congestion is a simple matter of hooking up a couple ports (which would increase the utilization of Verizon's network).

Level 3 wants Verizon to agree to expand the settlement free ports to allow for the imbalance of traffic. Verizon says "our settlement free ports are sufficient for normal traffic, and if you want to avoid congestion for the additional traffic you are charging Netflix to carry then you're going to need to purchase additional ports and pay for that traffic."

Neither wants to budge and so they fight a PR war about it. Level 3 says "It's just a couple ports and a little cable" while disregarding the downstream impact on Verizon's network. Verizon says "Level 3 is taking undue advantage of our mutually beneficial arrangement and wants us to help them do it for free."

Is this accurate?

about 2 months ago

Time Warner Sells Telecom Business to Level 3

Mycroft-X NOT THE SAME COMPANY (38 comments)

Do a little checking -- TW Telecom (TWTC) is a completely separate, publicly traded company from Time Warner Cable (TWC) which is a completely separate (though historically linked) company from Time Warner Inc. (TWX).

about 3 months ago

House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Mycroft-X Re:Democrats voted (932 comments)

Agreed -- any citizen should be able to vote in any publicly funded election. If political parties want to organize their own private elections to determine who they will have run in a public election, then they are free to do so and limit voting to whomever they please. But if my tax dollars are paying for it, I want to be able to vote in it.

about 3 months ago

Killing Zombies In VR With the Latest Version of Project Holodeck At E3 2014

Mycroft-X Re:Clip vs magazine. (23 comments)

No they aren't you dimwit, your magazine is in your rifle and loaded by your clips. Magazines have springs. Clips do not.

about 3 months ago

Comcast-Time Warner Deal May Hinge On Low-Cost Internet Plan

Mycroft-X Already here? (114 comments)

Time Warner Cable already offers 2MBps service for $14.99 across its footprint.

It isn't hard to find, it's right next to all the other speed options on their web site.

Customers can buy their own modem from Best Buy or wherever or they can lease a TWC modem for $6 a month.

I have a feeling that most customers who need a $9.99 or $14.99 internet plan probably aren't going to front $300 for Google Fiber to be installed, or even own the place they would be paying for it to be installed in.

about 4 months ago

Police Departments Using Car Tracking Database Sworn To Secrecy

Mycroft-X Re:Not surprising (202 comments)

Could someone subpoena their data, if say they were charged with crime? Or as part of a civil suit? I would think not since they really aren't a part of the issue unless perhaps the cops used the data to locate someone or in an investigation, in which case this layman's view is the accused would have a right to see the data and challenge its use.

Yes, if it was relied on as evidence in court. However, it wouldn't be -- see "parallel construction."

Police, having determined something via illegal or inadmissible methods, use that information to know exactly where to look to back into an admissible method. It's the second one that gets introduced in court, the first tactic never sees the light of day (or public inquiry).

about 5 months ago

To Save the Internet We Need To Own the Means of Distribution

Mycroft-X Re:Wha? (338 comments)

Not confused -- they are owned by anyone with $50 who wants to own part of them. The version of "publicly owned" we're talking about just has a government using tax dollars to pay $50/person whether the people represented by that government want them to or not.

about 5 months ago

To Save the Internet We Need To Own the Means of Distribution

Mycroft-X Wha? (338 comments)

Let me get this straight --- you want to either nationalize or purchase (Verizon, Comcast, etc. are already publicly owned -- about $50 gets you a vote in what they do) the infrastructure so that governments can treat it like they treat roads?

You want them to be able to extend the network into new areas with the promise that once the infrastructure is paid for the higher rates they are charging those new areas will go away?

You want them to supposedly spend use fees on maintaining the infrastructure, but through slight of hand actually use it to pad underfunded pension programs?

You want your internet service to be as smooth and reliable as the average downtown public road?

about 5 months ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Mycroft-X Re:Bad suggestion (1633 comments)

To a European, used to being able to walk down the street without being threatened by guns

Most places in America are exactly like this as well, and while there are a few that aren't, it isn't because of guns, it's because of the people who view you as a target and mean you harm. You wouldn't want to wander around their European equivalents either.

about 5 months ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Mycroft-X Re:It's crap (1633 comments)

The US Military has spent ten years wearing out its combat troops trying to pacify a country the size of Texas, opposed by goat herders and drug smugglers. You think that a military that is fractured by domestic conflict would be able to control an area 14x as large if there was a widely distributed insurgency sparked by some egregious violation of the constitution? Dream on.

about 5 months ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Mycroft-X Re:Militia, then vs now (1633 comments)

When the constitution was ratified, the militia was the only defense that the United States had, and all able bodied men were expected to be ready to serve.

Only because they had just kicked out the standing army that had been there 15 years prior to that.

The intent of the second amendment is to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity by ensuring that the descendants of the people who did so retain the ability to do so again.

The fact that we have a standing army again today does nothing to take away from that intent.

about 5 months ago

Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Mycroft-X Re:A win? (328 comments)

Except your analogy is wrong. And it's why most people don't understand Net Neutrality. Netflix's packets don't weigh any more than Crackle's or Hulu's.

Just as a truck's molecules don't weigh any more than those which comprise a motorcycle, but in aggregate streaming video is a much greater contributor to network congestion than browsing a web site or accessing gopher. If you are saying that streaming video should be treated the same much the same way as all trucks pay the same toll, then I do agree with that.

There is no congestion at the moment Comcast is just exercising their right of non neutrality.

Well, unlike most internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon, or TWC they actually don't have that right -- they gave it up as part of the NBC Universal purchase and acquiring TWC will expand their required net neutrality over those customers as well.

Comcast approaches Netflix and tells them "You wouldn't want something bad to happen to your packets now would you? We can protect your packets from harm on our network if you just pay the protection fee." Netflix resists but finally caves and pays the fee. All of the sudden your video flies faster than you've ever seen it before but Comcast hasn't upgraded anything on their network.

Nice story. How about this:

Netflix pays InterCo, a backbone provider, for access to the internet, including Comcast's network. InterCo doesn't give a crap about Netflix's traffic or their customer experience -- InterCo doesn't serve end users -- and sees Netflix, which consumes 70% of internet traffic, as a network killer that negatively impacts their ability to sell mostly empty fat pipes to the rest of their customers. Comcast and InterCo have a peering arrangement where neither charges the other for access to their networks -- InterCo gets access to Comcast customers, Comcast gets access to the rest of the internet.

So Netflix says, "Why are we paying all this money to a company that doesn't even really want our traffic?" and so they go talk to Comcast directly about connecting directly to the Comcast network. They work out a deal, and now they don't need to pay as much to InterCo because it's only running traffic for non-Comcast customers, and they are able to give Comcast customers a much better, more controlled experience.

Who is losing out on this deal? InterCo gets to better manage their traffic. Netflix gets to better serve their customers, and Comcast gets to trumpet that Netflix is better on their service than it is on Verizon, AT&T, or other competitors.

about 5 months ago


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