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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

Toshito Re:You Don't Need A Minicomputer... (251 comments)

You don't need a minicomputer to call 911. You don't need a minicomputer to text your wife that you're running late. You might be surprised what a smartphone is useful for though.

I don't know if you need a minicomputer for that, but you definitively don't want to lug one around, since it's much bigger than a microcomputer, which is already much bigger than a smartphone.


2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Toshito Re:Hints from an over-the-hill programmer (488 comments)

To be a great programmer, you need to write code that reads like English.

So what's you're telling us is that we should use COBOL? ;-)

5 days ago

Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Toshito Re:Lucas has lost it. (420 comments)

Now, J.J. on the other hand is being made fun of for his "flares" etc, but he actually made us Trekkers be the cool kids for once! Yes, it was not "Star Trek" in the traditional sense, however it was highly enjoyable action sci-fi.

I don't think you can speak for Trekkers if you think Star Trek should be "action sci-fi".

about a week ago

Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

Toshito Any system? (307 comments)

Where's Netflix for my Commodore 64?

about two weeks ago

Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

Toshito Re:It's about time. (138 comments)

It's not a matter of following canon or not, the problem is it's not following the original intent of it's creator.

But TNG was my favorite series, so we're probably worlds appart in our tastes.

Enjoy the new Trek movies, I won't watch 'em, they're boring.

about two weeks ago

Elon Musk Plans To Build Hyperloop Test Track

Toshito Re:Digital Age? (165 comments)

Want to invest money in something new, consider the Arcology http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A..., a place where many can live, work and play, year round with minimal total impact and where people do not feel the need to escape from a regular intervals.

The digital age should give us the opportunity to live anywhere on earth, even in very remote areas, and still be able to do productive work. Not pile ourselves like sardines. If that's the future I don't want to be part of it.

Looks like a prison to me. I would rather die than live in one of these abomination.

about two weeks ago

Tesla To Produce 'a Few Million' Electric Cars a Year By 2025

Toshito Re:Tell me it ain't so, Elon! (181 comments)

Since, for the most part, a Tesla requires far less maintenance than a modern internal combustion car

I don't know where that meme comes from, but on my last 2 cars and my current one (all bought brand new), I've never had a repair done that was related to the engine or transmission.

All problems where electrical (radio, door locks, etc..), brakes (the parking brake was frozen in place) or suspension (links, ball joint).

So appart from the 2 or 3 times a year oil change that's so cheap they can't do more than 2 or 3$ profit on, I don't see where a Tesla could bring in less work for the dealer since it has the same electrical, brakes and suspension components.

about two weeks ago

Ford Touts Self-driving Car, Launches Global Mobility Experiments

Toshito Re:When will this stupid crap-o-rama end? (73 comments)

2. They use road space much more efficiently, increasing the carrying capacity by a factor of five.

When you have forced everyone to abandon their regular car and motorcycles... Seriously, this increase in capacity won't be possible until 100% of the vehicles on the road are autonomous. We're talking about at least 30 to 40 years before that happens.

about three weeks ago

Mercedes-Benz's Self-Driving Concept Car Is Here

Toshito Re:"while not intended for production" (167 comments)

Voice recognition is a joke. 9 times out of 10 my gf's android phone is way off and can't recognize half the words.

And yesterday I tried Youtube's automatic close captionning, on a video with a guy speaking correct american english, in a very quiet room, and it was really funny, as ALL sentences where complete and utter garbage.

about three weeks ago

Mercedes-Benz's Self-Driving Concept Car Is Here

Toshito Re:Need the Concept Bus (167 comments)

I don't know where you live but here in Canada garbage trucks are run by private companies, the contract being awarded by the city to the lowest bidder.

So good luck having those private companies invest in anything else than trucks that are crapped out and barely legal on the road, and the lowest wage they can give to any driver which has a driving permit.

about three weeks ago

Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

Toshito Overwriting ROM? (163 comments)

Can someone explain to me how you can write to Read Only Memory?

about a month ago

Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

Toshito Re:ridiculously bad summary (285 comments)

I've been driving for a few decades and have seen many serious injuries and fatalities, but not a single serious injury or corpse in a rear-end crash.

Except when you're on a motorcycle, then you're screwed. That's why I NEVER stop on a yellow when I'm on my bike, I much prefer to get a ticket than to be mowed down by the teenage girl texting while driving her father's SUV.

about a month ago

Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

Toshito Re:Full-circle (415 comments)

Along came guys like Jobs, Wozniak and Gates

And Jack Tramiel...

about 2 months ago

Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

Toshito Re: Federal Funding is not contingent on speed lim (525 comments)

I have never had a car not able to maintain a steady 80-85 mph, hill or no hill, even my first car, a 1983 Ford Escort with something like 65hp...

And I've been on the road for 22 years, with 14 different cars. 90% of these cars had small 4cyl engines.

I think the problem is most drivers can't be bothered to maintain their speed on hills, I'm often overtaken by cars going faster than me, and then I pass them on a hill, to be overtaken by them again after the hill, while I'm on cruise control and maintaining my speed +-1mph.

about 2 months ago

Here's What Your Car Could Look Like In 2030

Toshito Driving IS relaxing! (144 comments)

What if I find driving a relaxing and fun thing to do?

When I get out of the office to go home, why on earth would I want to continue doing office work???

about 2 months ago

I'm most interested in robots that will...

Toshito Re:I don't mind driving (307 comments)

Great idea, but how do you plan on doing those things while wearing your seat belt?

about 3 months ago

A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin

Toshito Re:The Real Problem (136 comments)

higher quality of life??? in the city???

about 3 months ago

NASA Eyes Crew Deep Sleep Option For Mars Mission

Toshito Re:Even better idea... (236 comments)

So we just don't have to take a trip to anywhere now?

And it's not an argument against sending robot, it makes a lot of sense from a science point of view and I'm all for it.

But it's boring as hell. Last January I went to Paris for the first time, and let me tell you that it's way different than looking at beautiful pictures and exploring via Google Street View.

I would love to be able to go to the Moon or Mars someday... not that I think it will come to be in my lifetime sadly.

about 4 months ago



Canadian Grand Prix dropped from 2009 calendar

Toshito Toshito writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Toshito (452851) writes "Montreal faces losses of up to 75 million dollars (49.7 million euros) after Formula One's governing body, the FIA, excluded it from next season's Grand Prix circuit. It has been replaced by an inaugural race at Abu Dhabi. After the loss of the US Grand Prix last year it means there will be no F1 race in North America. In fact the only remaining race in America is Brazil. This is another step of F1 toward a greater presence in Middle East and Asia, where there is no tobacco advertising ban and a lot of money to build state of the art race tracks."
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