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New Smartphone Tech To Alert Pedestrians: 'You Are About To Be Hit By a Car'

anarcobra recipe for disaster (136 comments)

So you start to cross the street and get a message on your phone. Now you're distracted, you look at your phone, and it says: "congratz you're dead". Instead of looking at the road, you are reading some message about the car that just hit you. Ideally people would respond to the car rather than the phone. But then again, ideally people wouldn't drive off a cliff just because gps said to turn right.

about a year ago
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SimCity Mac Launch Facing More Problems

anarcobra Re:Same shit, different day (177 comments)

And EA still doesn't understand why they are chosen as the worst company year after year.

about a year ago
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What percentage of the software you use regularly is open source?

anarcobra Re:Not Many (222 comments)

I did actually look. Apparently I suck at reading.

about a year ago
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What percentage of the software you use regularly is open source?

anarcobra Re:Not Many (222 comments)

As far as I know notepad++ (I assume you meant this) isn't open source. It's just free.

about 10 months ago
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NJ Court: Sending a Text Message To a Driver Could Make You Liable For Crash

anarcobra Re:Idiocracy (628 comments)

I think the interesting question is what do they expect to do if one of the persons (i.e either the texter or textee) is in a state where texting while driving is accepted? Will I still be fined for sending a text to Bob who I know is driving, but he's in a state where it is legal to text while driving? And what if I send text to Bob who is driving in NJ, but I'm in a state where it is legal? Will they turn it into a federal case based on some perverted interpretation of interstate commerce?

about a year ago
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If I search online for my full name...

anarcobra Full Full name? (213 comments)

If I search for my full name I get some publications by me. If I search first name last name I get nothing a bunch of other people.

1 year,11 days
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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

anarcobra Re:Uh oh, you've attacked their Jesus. (1501 comments)

If only she had complained about Balmer yelling at her. Then everyone would be up in arms about how he should be more professional.

1 year,12 days
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Disney's Titling Problem With Its Star Wars Movies

anarcobra Just rename everything (279 comments)

The movies formerly known as star wars.

1 year,24 days
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The Average Movie Theater Has Hundreds of Screens

anarcobra Re:I go to a fair amount of movies (924 comments)

I guess I see your point.
Personally I just put my wallet in my right pocket and my phone in my left.
Checking the time isn't really something I do often enough to justify carrying an extra device around just for that.

1 year,27 days
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The Average Movie Theater Has Hundreds of Screens

anarcobra Re:I go to a fair amount of movies (924 comments)

Why would I carry a separate device for telling time when I have my phone with me anyway?
At this point, as far as I can tell, a wrist watch is mostly a fashion statement.

1 year,28 days
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The Average Movie Theater Has Hundreds of Screens

anarcobra Re:Too Bright (924 comments)

They can't eject people if no one reports them.
Usually they have a number you can (ironically) text to report people being obnoxious on their phones.

1 year,28 days
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Ask Slashdot: IT Spending In Engineering?

anarcobra Re:Welcome to reality (146 comments)

I agree.
I think they could reduce IT spending even more.
From my detailed analysis of his company I can say that they should reduce IT spending to 10.
10 what, you ask? Just 10.

1 year,28 days
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The Father of Civilization: Profile of Sid Meier

anarcobra Re:I memorized the algorith! (208 comments)

I'm not saying humans would act randomly.
If they notice that you are using a certain strategy they will change their own strategy.
Whereas a computer program will react in exactly the same way every single time.
(they could add in randomness, but just adding randomness might cause very bad decisions)

If humans always reacted exactly the same way from memorized patterns, each game would end exactly the same.

1 year,28 days
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The Father of Civilization: Profile of Sid Meier

anarcobra Re:I memorized the algorith! (208 comments)

No that's not what he's saying at all.
Perfect AI would be able to learn your behavior and adapt to it.
That way there would be no fixed behavior for you to learn, and you'd have to adapt constantly.

Saying that you can't plan if you don't know exactly how your enemy will react is kind of sad.
It's sort of like admitting that you can only follow a fixed formula yourself and that you are incapable of adapting to your opponent.
How do you deal with playing against another person? Are you unable to plan for them because they might react in unexpected ways?
Or do your friends all play according to some fixed recipe?

1 year,28 days
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Snowden: NSA Spying On EU Diplomats and Administrators

anarcobra Re:Russia? (417 comments)

Or, more likely, he released a report about spying on EU states.
Since Russia is not a member of the EU as far as I am aware, that might explain why they are not on the list.

1 year,28 days
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I'd most rather, of the following, search with:

anarcobra Re:Here's another idea for a poll: (277 comments)

I choose walking.

It took a little more than an hour, but I did it once.
I had to take an airplane to the border first of course, but I think it still counts.

1 year,28 days
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I'd most rather, of the following, search with:

anarcobra Re:nerd names (277 comments)

Yeah, no one uses products made by companies with nonsense names like Xilinx, Altera, Monsanto, Linux or Mozilla.

1 year,28 days
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Tesla Faces Tough Regulatory Hurdle From State Dealership Laws

anarcobra Re:Now there's a petition on whitehouse.gov... (309 comments)

My uncles theory is that if they let you walk out of the store, you really have the lowest price they'll give you.

about a year ago
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Why Engineering Freshmen Should Take Humanities Courses

anarcobra Should take law (564 comments)

Engineering students should take courses in law so they can have some idea how to avoid legal problems.
Also, it could give us some lawyers who actually know what they are talking about.

about a year ago

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