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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

gnasher719 Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (206 comments)

The problem you have is, someone like that wont let the car drive itself because a self driving car will stick to speed limits and slow down at pedestrian crossings because it will be programmed to anticipate stopping at a pedestrian crossing (like a defensive driver is trained to do). Nope, someone that self adsorbed and with such poor time management skills will be taking manual control with the pedal pressed to the floor whilst screaming into their phone. You simply cant overcome selfishness with a new technology.

If an accident happens, and you have a car that could have driven itself, and recorded what speed it should have gone and what speed it did go (like "crossing ahead, slow down from 50mph to 30mph" vs real speed accelerating to 60), you have an excellent witness. Jailtime for killing a pedestrian can overcome selfishness.

6 hours ago
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

gnasher719 Re:The obvious question is (111 comments)

Does it print *naked* figurines?

It does print naked figurines, which don't require any quotation marks, if you take off your cloths inside the booth when the scan is taken.

6 hours ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

gnasher719 Re:A few things... (307 comments)

I'd say they let the ISP's figure out the amount of tax, and then the government sets up a dozen accounts that each download exactly one GB of data each month, to verify that the taxes are correct.

At least that's what I would do, putting my evil hat on.

yesterday
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

gnasher719 Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (391 comments)

ou have a population that expects a warning a certain time before a condition applies.

The correct way to handle the light turning yellow was told before: You stop if it is safe to do so. You don't stop if it isn't safe to do so. Very simple.

Now whoever installs the traffic light should set it up so that people going at or below the speed limit who don't stop because it's unsafe will not collide with any traffic, and won't be given tickets for crossing a red light. Remember what I said: You only cross the traffic light if it's unsafe to stop. And avoiding something that is unsafe shouldn't give you a ticket.

Clearly if the yellow phase is too short, then the short term effect is that people will get tickets who have done nothing wrong. The long term effect will be that people don't want to get tickets, so they try stopping at a traffic light when it isn't safe to do so.

2 days ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

gnasher719 Essex police (391 comments)

... will tell you that they aren't actually making money on speed cameras. They have about 100, of which 25 are active at any time; whenever they get the impression that people figured out one is inactive, they swap.

According to them, having 100 speed cameras, even with the majority not actually doing anything, is enough to serve the purpose, which is keeping speed down. Well, that's what the police tells you.

There are areas in London where things are different. And don't go 71mph on the motorway in Cornwall.

2 days ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

gnasher719 Re:good (322 comments)

absolutely .... there should be a strict law about this 3D printed guns .... man imagine if ISIS gets this technology ... it can do more disasters than now ...

You're being daft here. The man wasn't jailed for having a 3D printed gun, he was jailed for having a gun.

2 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

gnasher719 Re:Much as I despise trolls (484 comments)

As for internet harrassment, it might be better to sentence people to perform ass kissing services for the harrassed for some period of time. The movement of the justice system away from pushing people to make restitution for harm done, and instead toward universal incarceration for every possible infraction, is a second injustice to victims, as well as being corrosive poison to society. If a guy is an asshole and threatens someone but didn't really mean it, do we really want to spend societal resources to imprison them for TWO FUCKING YEARS! Does anybody ever think? I mean really THINK about the implications of what they are saying when they cheer on the state to put the boot to more faces? Do you really think the "there ought to be a law" model can go on forever without that boot ultimately winding up on your own face?

It is surely a good idea to have alternative punishments than just prison. Take fly tipping (which is a horrible nuisance in some place): Convict anyone who is caught to keep the area clean that he messed up, until the next guy is caught and convicted. That would keep the country clean and teach them a valuable lesson.

But also keep in mind that two years is the _maximum_ sentence. Like fly tipping should have a maximum punishment that works for someone emptying a dozen 30 ton trucks full of rubbish, this also needs a suitable punishment for the worst imaginable cases.

3 days ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

gnasher719 Re: Perfectly-timed? (250 comments)

You might want to review that statement, Apple appears to be cleaning house on the money side, taking 87% of the profit in the market. [businessinsider.com]

Worse for Apple's competitors, that was in Feb. 2014. Since then Samsung is in trouble (sorry, Samsung isn't but I bet some Samsung executives are) because their profits in the mobile market have dropped by 70% from last year, and Apple can't build the iPhone 6 fast enough (about 20 million sold worldwide and 20 million pre-ordered in China alone).

3 days ago
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iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

gnasher719 Re:Set the record straight (106 comments)

Also, Dell announced a 5k monitor before the iMac was announced, which probably uses the same panel. We should be able to compare the two soon. In the past Apple displays have proven to be exactly the same as other displays with the same panel and similar glass, so I wouldn't expect any surprises.

Dell announced earlier, Apple deliverd earlier.

Both monitors cost the same (comparing Apple's real price and Dell's announced price), but Apple's monitor contains a nice computer :-)

3 days ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

gnasher719 Re:They are competitors (328 comments)

How is that different from Apple using its position in the high-end phone market to unfairly favor its product in the headphone market?

1. Strange how we are always told that Apple's market share is dropping, but when it suits people, they change the goal post and talk about "high-end phone market share".

2. Microsoft, Apple, and everyone else are free to sell whatever they want to sell (if they have the right person's permission obviously).

3. Microsoft manipulated the market so that other browsers couldn't compare fairly; even if they were better than Microsoft's browsers, they were very hard to sell. If you go to a shop selling Bose, Beats, and other headphones, there's nothing that stops you from buying what you like.

3 days ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

gnasher719 Re:Tit for tat (328 comments)

I imagine Beats/Apple isn't too happy with Bose's shenanigans regarding telling NFL players they can't wear their Beats headphones until 90 minutes after the end of the game.

Could it be just the simple fact that every time Beats headphones are sold Apple makes profit, every time that Bose headphones are sold Bose makes profit, and Apple prefers Apple making profit vs. Bose making profit?

3 days ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

gnasher719 Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (328 comments)

Yeah, I can also install vmware on my PC, and run MacOS in it, because some people have worked around the roadblocks that Apple put in the way to prevent users who pay for their software from doing that. How odd that Microsoft will permit me to virtualize their OS, but Apple won't. It's almost like they're bigger assholes than Microsoft. No, wait. It's exactly like that.

Microsoft's _business_ is to sell their operating system. Apple's _business_ is to sell computer hardware. If you claim that you can't see the difference then you are either deeply dishonest or an idiot.

4 days ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

gnasher719 Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (328 comments)

When was the last time YOU wrote a fuckin' bootloader? Last time I did that was oh, about... a week ago.

And you think that makes you qualified to talk about the value of commercial hardware? I don't think so.

4 days ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

gnasher719 Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (328 comments)

And so is Apple.

Apple: 5K display with a powerful computer built-in: $2,499. Dell: 5K display: $2,499.

Which one is overpriced?

4 days ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

gnasher719 Re:ipoo (250 comments)

Apple can shit in a box and people will buy it.

Strange. Apple makes the best products, the best laptops, the best desktops, the best phones and the best tablets, and people are buying them.

You claim that Apple could make products that are worse than rubbish and people would buy them. What makes you think that?

Or are you trying to say that Apple is so much better than the rest that even if they built something that is way below Apple's usual standards it would still be good enough to sell?

4 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

gnasher719 Re:Well (180 comments)

What the fuck are people doing using non-free software that claims to protect their privacy? If you can't even see the source, what do you expect?

Seeing the source doesn't help when (a) you are not a software developer, (b) you are a software developer with a job who doesn't have unlimited time to look at source code, (c) you are a software developer with lots of spare time but the source code that you are shown isn't the source code used.

And open source gives the bad guys an easy way to create hacked versions of secure software that aren't secure. Someone stealing your secrets is unlikely to be impressed by GPL and copyright.

about a week ago
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Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

gnasher719 Re:Responsibility yes, automatic liability no (322 comments)

If you are going to make me liable for something then I has to be something under my control. Short of tying my kids up in chains and never letting them do anything there is no way for me do absolutely guarantee that they will never do anything which causes liability. Not only would I refuse to do that it would be illegal and society does not want parents to do that: kids have to learn to control their own behaviour and that means giving them the freedom to do things wrong.

If you read at least the summary, the parents weren't liable for their kids making a post (which kids can do since you can't control them permanently). The parents were liable for their kids not removing a post, which is something the parents should have been able to control.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

gnasher719 Re:Confucius say: (354 comments)

How easy is it to replace a Mac battery 8 years on? Actually how easy is it to replace it 8 months on?

Eight years on: You buy a battery, either from Apple or on eBay. You need a coin to unlock the battery and swap it out.

Eight months on: Doesn't matter how hard, because it will be under warranty.

A bit older: Very easy. You take your MacBook to the Apple Store, hand over your cash, and they put in a new battery.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

gnasher719 Re:Confucius say: (354 comments)

On two different occasions I sold 5 year old MacBook on Craigslist for $500. I don't know what the expectation would be for an hp or whatever, but I was satisfied with this.

While I congratulate you on that sale, I really don't get it. You can get a refurbished MacBook Air, 13", latest model, better in any way imaginable and as new, with a year warranty, for $849. Why does anyone pay $500 for a five year old Mac?

about a week ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

gnasher719 Re: Apple Pay (354 comments)

I don't know how this compares to PayPal or Google Wallet as I don't use them. I do know that Apple has made it easy to add Apple Pay to apps and websites, and the user experience counts provided the security holds up. PayPal still looked a complex mess when I viewed the API last month.

The difference to Google Wallet is that Google Wallet transactions are visible to Google, and Apple Pay transactions are not visible to anyone (except the bank paying and the merchant getting money obviously).

about a week ago

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