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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

eightball Re:For Starters (320 comments)

Nay, a true self-driving car'll hae a name like Kitt - a true scotsman

about a month ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

eightball Re:For Starters (320 comments)

I'd like to see code that can "not hit people" equally or better than human drivers, but that also manages to hit stationary and larger than human targets worse than human drivers.

about a month ago
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Haier Plans To Embed Area Wireless Chargers In Home Appliances

eightball Re:Sounds wasteful and stupid ... (61 comments)

In theory, it could send out low-power pulses and check for reflections from antennas, then only go to full power if there is a nearby device that could use it.

about 1 month ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

eightball Re:metric you insensitive clod! (403 comments)

Seems like as much an argument for km/l than for l/100km.

about a month and a half ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

eightball Re: Seems fine to me. (184 comments)

You don't even need to go this far. Just say, "I'll gladly disable any other cameras on my person if you can find them, too".

about 3 months ago
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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

eightball HBFTW (150 comments)

Brian: Lady, seven bucks for a used Kenny Loggins record? I'll give you five.

Record Store Customer: Ugh-huh, he autographed it himself.

Brian: All right, I'll give you four.

about 7 months ago
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Google Axes Free Google Apps For Businesses

eightball Re:Newspeak citizen (141 comments)

As far as I know, you can still add multiple domains to your account (I have two)

about 2 years ago
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OnStar Gives Volt Owners What They Want: Their Data, In the Cloud

eightball Re:Nissan does something similar (92 comments)

There is some convenience in not being caught unawares by quick speed limit changes.
The important question is when a few transmitters at the beginning of a reduction are "out of service", will that indemnify you against the speed trap?

about 2 years ago
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DRM Could Come To 3D Printers

eightball robble robble (off topic) (315 comments)

posting to undo a bad moderation.

Just to stay on topic a little, the patent holders are likely to only be able to use this patent to try to protect specific 3d parts that will enable manufacturers to extend the service while keeping it under some semblance of control.

more than 2 years ago
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'Universal' Memory Aims To Replace Flash/DRAM

eightball Say hello to the memory hole (125 comments)

I didn't know they axed duplicates now..

"Memory On Demand" Cuts Energy Use
Posted by CmdrTaco on Wednesday January 26, @09:00AM
from the cut-it-off dept.
judgecorp writes
"Researchers are testing memory that can be powered down when not in use. This could slash the power used by computer memory, combining the benefits of DRAM (speed) and Flash (low power, non-volatile). The memory could also allow "instant-on" computers, according to an IEEE Computer Society report of the research at Carolina State University."
Read More

http://it.slashdot.org/story/11/01/26/1342246/Memory-On-Demand-Cuts-Energy-Use

more than 3 years ago
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Mom Arrested After Son Makes Dry Ice "Bombs"

eightball Re:yes, the government is corrupted by corporation (571 comments)

Threshold too high..

You have the option of dealing with which corporations you wish to do business with. The government is not optional, it is at best slightly changeable.

If a corporation violates your rights*, that is a good place for the government to step in. For example, if corporation destroys your property, they are just as liable as an individual that does the same.

*no, not violate your sense of moral outrage

more than 4 years ago
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Afghan Tech Minerals — Cure, Curse, Or Hype?

eightball Re:We're forgetting someone (184 comments)

The Taliban has only existed since 1994, so that gives them at most 7 years of funding opportunity before they ran afoul of the US. Even so, I can only remember some anti-drug money going to the Taliban.

Ok, so you respond, we armed and funded the mujahedin, part of which eventually formed the Taliban. This is not what you stated in this post, though. Glad to know you never made a decision that went against your initial hopes, though.

more than 4 years ago
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Afghan Tech Minerals — Cure, Curse, Or Hype?

eightball Annoucements are PR (184 comments)

That much is true. However accounting requires discovery, then investigation.

If the US government had announced three years ago a large estimate of mineral wealth based on the fact that some soldiers noticed a lot of ore lying around, would we be saying "at least they are not trying to make a big deal out of 3 year old news!"?

My impression is politically, POTUS would rather be saying "so Afghanistan, you got the check? I'm outta here" as opposed to "great another set of targets to defend!".

more than 4 years ago
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2 In 3 Misunderstand Gas Mileage; Here's Why

eightball Re:MPG and GPM are both useful (1042 comments)

A thousand comments and you pick my hidden nested comment to say YMMV? Shall I take you at your word and disregard your preference for the useless GPM measurement?

more than 4 years ago
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2 In 3 Misunderstand Gas Mileage; Here's Why

eightball Re:question is academic (1042 comments)

I agree. If the question were worded the way people experience their car's cost, it would go something like this:
You spend $60 a week in gas for the pickup truck. You spend $18 a week in gas for the compact sedan. Which vehicle should be replaced to spend less on gas?

more than 4 years ago
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2 In 3 Misunderstand Gas Mileage; Here's Why

eightball Re:MPG and GPM are both useful (1042 comments)

Exactly, sometimes you know how much gas you have and sometimes you know how far you need to go. One number is not innately superior to the other.

As far as the situation goes, if someone really has a 10mpg and a 33mpg car and both are driven roughly equal miles (or even the 10mpg car somewhat less), they are reminded quite often which of the two cars costs the most if the guzzler needs to be filled three times as much as the other car.

more than 4 years ago
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White House Issues New Gas Mileage Standards

eightball No (or little) change to mpg (555 comments)

CAFE was already set to go to 35 in 2020, the only major thing (ignoring .5mpg) is that it was moved forward 4 years.

more than 4 years ago
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Could Colorblindness Cure Be Morally Wrong?

eightball Tetrachromat (981 comments)

I am waiting for the tetrachromat patch. So, I think you can assume my position.

more than 4 years ago

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An announcement

eightball eightball writes  |  more than 5 years ago

The slashdot gods have bestowed upon me moderation points after a drought of 7 years. I thank them.

It would be uncharitable of me to mention that this happened a little over a month since I finally wrote about it (though as an AC reply to my first "troll" post)

Actually, now that I think about it, it has been just over 7 years. Perhaps that is what the period of banishment was..

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