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Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

danomatika Ticket for Tailgating? (297 comments)

Lot's of rear end crashes, you say? How about people get nailed for tailgating more often?

Where I live in the north east, people routinely travel 70+ mph with as little as 4-5 feet between them. It's like the automatic driving car caravans of the future minus the automatic and future part. NO WONDER there are so many huge pileups month after month when most people do not see to even attempt to maintain a reasonable minimum distance between themselves are other cars at speed.

We really don't *need* more automatic features. I predict the majority of people buying braking assist now assume they don't have to worry about distance because "the computer" will "hit the brakes for them". It's like how people with 4WD or AWD assume they can drive full speed on ice.

2 days ago

Quake On an Oscilloscope

danomatika Vector Graphics (71 comments)

The irony is that it's only taken 40+ years to get to display resolutions for raster graphics to approximate vector graphics.

Not to say this isn't cool. I like that the youtube video is basically the following chain: raster Quake -> custom vector renderer -> vector scope -> raster camera capture -> raster video upload -> raster youtube video stream -> you eyes

In *no way* is the video as cool as that scope in real life!

about a month ago

Apple Pay For the UK

danomatika Bank wants data (75 comments)

Maybe the issue is really that the BANK wants that data and Apple isn't giving it to them ...

about a month ago

"Infrared Curtain" Brings Touchscreen Technology To Cheap Cars

danomatika No thanks (123 comments)

I'll stick with actual buttons, thank you very much.

about a month ago

Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

danomatika Bewitched? (222 comments)

Has she even had enough time? Did they expect her to have a magic wand or twiddle her nose when she was hired? Short-term investors just need to pucker more.

about a month ago

Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

danomatika Why not talk to black people??!! (448 comments)

Really? Really?! We need a VR SIMULATOR to understand what it's like to be black in America??!

How about you TALK to your black neighbors? Is making a computer simulation somehow easier than listening to another person explain how life is like for them? NO WONDER things are the way they are.

about a month ago

Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

danomatika Ignored? (574 comments)

"We cannot quite know what will happen if a machine exceeds our own intelligence, so we can't know if we'll be infinitely helped by it, or ignored by it and sidelined, or conceivably destroyed by it." I'm betting on "ignored."

Well that's fine, I guess, if "ignored" is in not in the sense of humans ignoring ants aka easily destroyed without remorse when necessary or annoying.

Also, how long until Google attains self-realization that our ant brains are easy to pick? Oh, wait ...

about 2 months ago

The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

danomatika Re:Just how Apple wants it... (229 comments)

I half expect to see a developer unlock for OS X, so that by default, you can't install anything on OSX that isn't from the App Store.

They already have this, it's called Gatekeeper. You can simply turn it off in the Security settings. The moment you can't I won't be using OSX ...

about 3 months ago

NASA's Space Launch System Searches For a Mission

danomatika Mars Flyby in 2021 (53 comments)

The SLS could have a mission: an Apollo 8 style Mars flyby in 2021: http://www.space.com/19985-pri...

That would actually fit within the current flight plan if it became EM-2. 580 days with a larger, livable service module could do it. That would be a mission worth a heavy lift vehicle and an actual date as opposed to "maybe we'll go to Mars in the 2030s" ...

about 5 months ago

Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

danomatika Re:The Stasi & Stripes (217 comments)

How is this different from what the Stasi did?

It's *alot* easier now?

about 6 months ago

Wearable Robot Adds Two Fingers To Your Hand

danomatika Re:Third hand? (77 comments)

Some context from Stelarc's website:

The hand was completed in 1980 in Yokohama. It was based on a prototype developed at Waseda University. It was constructed with the assistance of Imasen in Nagoya. It has been used in performances by the artist between 1980- 1998 in Japan, the USA, Europe and Australia. It has become the best- known and longest-used performance object for the artist. Originally it was designed as a semi- permanent attachment to the body, but because of skin irritation from electrode gel and the weight of the hand, support structure and the battery pack (approx. 2 kgms), it could not be worn continuously and thus it became a special performance device. The Third Hand has come to stand for a body of work that explored intimate interface of technology and prosthetic augmentation- not as a replacement but rather as an addition to the body. A prosthesis not as a sign of lack, but rather a symptom of excess. The Third Hand performances, with amplified body signals and sounds, have contributed to cyborg discourses on the body, included in more recent performances such as FRACTAL FLESH, PING BODY and PARASITE. See documentation of the performance postcards for a conceptual context.

about 6 months ago

The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

danomatika Re:Why is this news? (443 comments)

He probably wasn't wearing a seat belt. Judging from the pictures the driver's compartment and front seat were intact, so the crash would have probably been survivable if he was buckled up.

about 6 months ago

The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

danomatika Obama! (443 comments)

It's Obama's fault!

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

danomatika UDOO (183 comments)

Check out the UDOO: http://www.udoo.org/

A pretty capable machine at a decent price and low power draw. Yes more than a Raspberry PI, but multi cores and real USB controller is worth it (at least for my realtime audio needs).

about 7 months ago

Thousands of Leaked KGB Files Are Now Open To the Public

danomatika Re:Strictly speaking... (95 comments)

Strictly speaking, trove is an adjective.

Strictly speaking, you're wrong. Trove is a noun for "a collection of objects" and short for "treasure-trove". Ref: http://dictionary.reference.co...

about 7 months ago

ESA Shows Off Quadcopter Landing Concept For Mars Rovers

danomatika Kilrathi stole yer name (104 comments)

StarTiger's Dropter

What the hell kind of name is that? Is this Wing Commander?

about 7 months ago

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal By Google Over Street View Data Collection

danomatika boo hoo (113 comments)

its Street View cars were accessing email, web history and other data on unencrypted Wi-Fi networks. A Google spokesman said the company was disappointed that the Supreme Court had declined to hear the case.

Boo hoo Google. By their logic, if I leave my door unlocked, the Google Street View car driver can stop his vehicle, open my door, and read the documents on my desk? Hey, I left my door unlocked so I was asking for it!

about 7 months ago

The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

danomatika Re:No one is ever influenced by advertising (254 comments)

I find myself preferring name brands simply because I've just seen their logos and heard their names before.

That seems rather silly, if that's your only reason.

It's totally silly. I'm not defending advertising or supporting it. I'm ashamedly acknowledging it's effect on myself. I certainly don't like it! It's gotten to all of us to certain degrees. If we don't recognize what that extent is, were truly doomed.

about 7 months ago


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