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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

gatfirls Fully autonomous, no but.... (505 comments)

I can see the early days there being "enhanced cruise control" type thing that people can be licensed for that can be used on freeways only in the near future. I would basically be cruise control that can brake and accelerate and then maybe steering capabilities included, etc.

I don't think it would be possible to have some mix of fully autonomous cars with regular ones on the road at any time.

about a week ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

gatfirls ...that lasts thousands of years? (202 comments)

We should be using that on our roads instead of whatever stuff we are using now.

about a week ago
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

gatfirls Re:Google is Early; Rich; Everywhere (71 comments)

I kinda thought that same thing with Google+.

Microsoft with Xbox is not really analogous. They came out with a completely new device with new games. Music Key (sounds like) just another content delivery service.

Who knows maybe they will bring something new to the table.

about two weeks ago
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

gatfirls Too late (71 comments)

Sorry google, you missed the bus on the music thing. Play Music is a flop because it's competing in a saturated market where everyone has picked a pony already. Unless you're gonna offer some earth shattering new thing Music Key will be a (relative) flop also.

about two weeks ago
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Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

gatfirls Great! (151 comments)

No I will have to hear endlessly about this completely misleading article from people who know nothing about avionics.

That you article writer and slashdot submitter for adding to technology hysteria.

This article is basically saying someone can hack your washing machine from your cable modem without any supporting evidence that is true.

about a month ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

gatfirls Re:Not surprised. (570 comments)

I heard this is the new tactic by collection agencies. They try to get you to pay some tiny amount on a debt long off your credit report and as soon as you pay 1$ it becomes active again on your CR as a debt in collections.

Not sure how true it is.

about a month ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

gatfirls Re:Not surprised. (570 comments)

They're probably valid debts and I imagine that's how a lot of people end up in this study. They moved and lazy billing/collections just fire out to whatever address they have and the person is unaware the debt exists until they try to go buy a car or something.

about a month ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

gatfirls Re:Not surprised. (570 comments)

See above, basically if a company "verifies" the debt you are boned without getting the courts involved.

about a month ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

gatfirls Re:Not surprised. (570 comments)

I had a like problem with AT&T long ago. I had proof of payment and spent months trying to resolve it but they were basically like "f you pay me". It went to collections and basically the same run around. Years later I was buying a house and ended up paying the friggin thing because I had a short window and really no recourse other than taking them to court.

about a month ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

gatfirls Not surprised. (570 comments)

Once you have something go into collections it is always there until you pay it. (medical bills/school debt probably drives a lot of this)

You're only 30-90 days lat for a short period.

"Many consumers were burned for relatively small amounts -- about 10 percent of the debts were smaller than $125, Ratcliffe says"

This kind of thing probably drives the numbers way up too. That late fee from blockbuster, etc.

about a month ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

gatfirls Secret Service? (419 comments)

They investigate retail fraud/theft now? Don't they have better things to do? You would think once discovered it would be pretty easy for the store to identify the person and forward the information to the police.

about a month ago
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Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

gatfirls Re:Old news... (78 comments)

You must be a blast at parties.

about a month ago
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Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

gatfirls Re:Old news... (78 comments)

Pretty sure I was passing 1Mb per sheet when I was 9.

When I got assigned sentences when I got in trouble I would write them as small as possible to be a little jerk.

about a month ago
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Investor Tim Draper Announces He Won Silk Road Bitcoin Auction

gatfirls Re:Tim Draper is engaging in powertalk, not fact t (115 comments)

I wasn't speaking to his intelligence I was referencing his statements that are blatant sales pitch or mission statement type quotes. It's the same thing we have seen all over the internet about how this new idea is going to be great because...bitcoin.

I fully expect he will (has) make a profit off of his investment.

I guess I can be proven wrong if someone explains to me how "no one is totally secure in holding their own country’s currency". I mean I have never really met anyone who isn't totally secure in the dollar.....well except a couple of the nuts who hoard guns because Obama is setting up fema camps.

about a month ago
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Amazon Sues After Ex-Worker Takes Google Job

gatfirls business-development position? (272 comments)

I think they might have a leg to stand on here. He's probably taking all of his contacts with him so to speak. That's not like some C++ developer taking his learned experience it's a person who can directly and immediately affect their business by poaching customers. I'm sure they're all going after the same "big fish". And those are multimillion dollar contracts.

My guess is that they are basically trying to block him from doing that.

Non-competes are usually completely useless HR drivel, but in this case it seems like it's a necessary evil, otherwise every employee can obtain and then resell (by proxy of employment) customer information.

about a month ago
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Investor Tim Draper Announces He Won Silk Road Bitcoin Auction

gatfirls Re:Weak != Bad (115 comments)

Yea, this guy is proof that vulture capitalists are no better than the retards trading pink sheets and posting on the yahoo finance forums about how strong their portfolio is.

His quotes read like something from the onion.

about a month ago
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Venture-Backed Bitcoin Miner Startup Can't Deliver On Time, Gets Sued

gatfirls Perpetual Motion... (120 comments)

...Machines, get yours here at the low price of $45k. Don't bother asking for any proof of concept or supporting data.

I wonder if the guy paid in bitcoin.

about 2 months ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

gatfirls Yay! (619 comments)

More regressive taxes! Maybe we can cut out the middle man and just enslave the working poor to rebuild our infrastructure.

about 2 months ago

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