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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

fivepan Non-Issue (506 comments)

This is a non-issue because no one actually expected to make a car like Google's prototypes. Google isn't even trying to get into the automobile business with this technology. That's not what they do. They sell tech and software services. They're just trying to show their prospective customers what their tech is truly capable of. The real automakers like GM, Ford, Toyota, etc will use Google's tech in the cars they produce and I don't think anyone ever expected them to make a car without a steering wheel. I'm sure they'll eventually include "automated driving assist" as an option in some of their vehicles but they're still going to sell cars drivable by humans. Don't get me wrong, it did need to be clarified in the laws...but no one was actually planning to build a real car without pedals and a steering wheel.

about 5 months ago

Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

fivepan I want physical books and magazines (165 comments)

I realize my tech nerd status may be jeopardized with this statement, but I have zero interest in e-books and magazines. I've tried them...I really, really have. The reader I bought specifically for this purpose now sits somewhere in my kid's room after I gave it to him. Other than for a quick look at recent news or sports scores, I don't read on my phone or tablet. I want the paper versions I can hold in my hand or pluck from the shelf and skim through. As others have mentioned here, public libraries are so much more than just a repository for books but even the books alone is enough for me to never want to give up my library card.

about 6 months ago

Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

fivepan Re:This makes sense. (280 comments)

As a sysadmin, it is much more than just my perception that I need to have secure access into the network. There are different levels of security within the network, but that initial entry has to be highly secure. I'm going to require my users to change their passwords every 90 days and it must consist of 9+ characters using lower/upper chars and symbols. That's really the only serious password I'm asking my users to create and remember. Once they're inside the network, they can do whatever they want in regards to passwords (or rather, it's someone else's rules on the databases themselves). But it is a lot more than just some sociopathic need on my part.

about 7 months ago

Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

fivepan Re:Guy is a moron (358 comments)

I know if someone did that to me, I'd go 'stand my ground' on his ass and delete him from the gene pool.

This is why I do not like guns in the hands of "normal" people.

about 7 months ago

Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

fivepan Re:This is fraud. (289 comments)

It isn't fraud because the specs listed reflect the items being purchased. It's just that when the older reviews were placed, the specs were better. Reviewer comments on Newegg, etc may be useful for a company in selling products (or detrimental if they have a bad product) but that isn't advertising by the company so therefore can't be "false advertising".

about 7 months ago

Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

fivepan Prototype (583 comments)

Everyone seems to be missing the point that Google built this as a prototype to show off its technology. It has no plans to actually build these things commercially and get into the auto business. They want real auto manufacturers to adapt Google's tech into their cars. So forget about the lack of a steering wheel, brakes, or a stereo. Google is just trying to show that it isn't necessary. It would be up to the car manufacturers and law makers to decide whether manual steering wheels and brakes will be included.

about 8 months ago

The True Story of Website Results

fivepan Re:Value of human life (668 comments)

Everything you have said does not matter. It is not your place to decide what the peasant's life is worth. The only person that has the right to decide that is the peasant.

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