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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

Stuarticus Re:Have they solved liability? (183 comments)

No, liability will be assumed when you click OK on the 50 page EULA agreement that appears everytime you press the start button.

6 hours ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

Stuarticus Re:Er, that's a bit confusing (155 comments)

Yeah, I'm pretty sure you don't need to sign any disclaimers when you accept payment to participate in a clinical trial of new drugs, those dumb multinational drug testing companies would never think to cover their ass like that.

8 hours ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

Stuarticus Re:Er, that's a bit confusing (155 comments)

The main point these idiots seem to be ignoring is also the fairly obvious point that there are perverse incentives here for the subjects to take part in multiple trials, they can't be monitored properly as they are hard to find (He's dead in a storm drain as a result if the test drugs but we can't find him so he was never part of the study). Also the big one: "Are you suffering any negative effects from these drugs we have a massive financial stake in, remember we're paying you"

8 hours ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

Stuarticus Re:30% for publisher? Why have a publisher? (256 comments)

The publisher does a lot more work than Amazon in this scenario, they literally just add the information you give them to their database... I completely fail to see how they figure that is worth 30%, I think they have chosen that number as it is the highest possible amount they can add while making themselves look like they get the least.

8 hours ago
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Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

Stuarticus Re:Monopoly Claims Are Only A Cover Story (97 comments)

Unfortunately for Microsoft, they likely would have been better off actually breaking the law,

Who says they didn't? Your quote from the chamber of commerce (a business lobbying group, wonder where their interests lie) seems to imply they are using anti-monopoly laws to encourage competition, isn't that kind of the point?

11 hours ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

Stuarticus Re:None of them. (361 comments)

Obviously not or he'd be seeing adverts.

yesterday
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

Stuarticus Re:no problem (333 comments)

Welcome, brother, grab a cowl and toss your razor in the bin on your right. Is it state the obvious Friday already, or is this just another opportunity for an argument about human impact on the climate?

about a week ago
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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

Stuarticus Re:Price of using scientists as political pawns (296 comments)

Why is it idiots like you are always so obsessed with the founders and the collapse of the Roman empire? Did you all read the same book or have the same history professor or something?

about a week ago
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Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek To Control the Internet

Stuarticus Re:Nothing to see here (117 comments)

Isn't that a bit like asking a traffic warden to investigate corruption in Interpol?

about two weeks ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

Stuarticus Re:Microsoft craps its pants (346 comments)

Isn't this totally the wrong thread to complaint that Linux's weakness is a changing desktop in? What's next on your script, I'll bet it's wireless drivers.

about two weeks ago
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The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

Stuarticus Re:Not France vs US (309 comments)

Supermarkets crushed the little local shops because they were better and all the nostalgia in the world couldn't change that fundamental reality.

No, it was because they were cheaper, for as long as they need to be to generate a monopoly.

about two weeks ago
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The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

Stuarticus Re: Not France vs US (309 comments)

You don't have milkmen? I do, I don't order milk from him as it's a bit overpriced compared to supermarket milk, but he still drops some off now and again if he has extra. If you've ever been to France you may notice that they still have lots of nice little shops, cafes and bars in their small towns. Some people believe that these things provide a tangible benefit to quality of life and are worth preserving.

about two weeks ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

Stuarticus Re:Stop throwing good money after bad. (364 comments)

The F-35 is not built as an air superiority platform. It needs the F-22,”

Translation: Yeah, I know you just bought me a PS4 but I'm going to need to keep my PS3 as well. In fact you better saving for a PSP as well fro when I'm out and about.

about three weeks ago
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Watch Dogs Graphics and Gameplay: PC Vs. Xbox One, With Surprising Results

Stuarticus Re:Bad Ports (210 comments)

I don't think they worked properly on xbox from what I remember, the mini games were awful in that game...

about three weeks ago
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Why China Is Worried About Japan's Plutonium Stocks

Stuarticus Re:Serously? (398 comments)

You do realise that Carthage is still inhabited don't you? It was inhabited shortly after the Romans destroyed it, the "sowing the fields with salt" thing is a myth. Sorry, couldn't help myself.

about a month and a half ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

Stuarticus Re:Bad! (619 comments)

For example, the states that thought they'd pay for their health care systems by increasing the taxes on cigarettes have learned that increased price per pack has resulted in a decrease in revenue as more people stop smoking. Increasing the gas taxes will cause less use and less tax revenue, so it will be harder to pay for the things the gas tax is intended to pay for.

Shocked you're modded insightful when you seem to have overlooked the obvious point that the idea is to reduce consumption, which will help attain reductions in costs of managing smoking/gas externalities. Also overall revenues will not necessarily go down, certainly in the case of gas tax. Typical Libertarian logic fail.

about a month and a half ago
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Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

Stuarticus Re:Dead on arrival (345 comments)

Stop deceiving yourself on your true intentions and buy a sybian then,

about a month and a half ago
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Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

Stuarticus Re:Dangerous (345 comments)

Dominos has an electric bike scooter doing delivery in the Netherlands that has a noise machine.

More for pedestrians than cars, to stop them walking in front of the bike because they don't hear it, this happens to me fairly often when I'm cycling. People won't even check the road but will assume that because they can't hear anything nothing is coming.

about a month and a half ago

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Large scale data management- Search and tagging

Stuarticus Stuarticus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Anon (1205322) writes "I work for a project that is digitising a very large (circa 18,000 hours) collection of audio. Data is being digitised now to be sent to cataloguers who will: Break the longer sections into MP3 tracks. Provide a one sentence summary. Provide a full summary. Fill in a keyword section. There are also vague plans afoot to try and fit the data into categories, eg religion, songs, tales etc, then to split these down into smaller categories. However this is eating into a lot of project time and causing a lot of headaches due to the fact that many items will defy categorisation. My question is: In the age of the semantic web is the forced categorisation of any value, or would the data be more accessible from searches purely based on the summaries? How would you organise data on this scale? P.S. the audio incorporates 3 languages."

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