California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels
No. Google cars don't drive on a "virtual track".
They reference map data for general route planning, and then defer to onboard cameras and other sensors which feed into image-recognition systems to drive in the same way as a human (by paying attention to the environment, and not blindly following GPS).
These cars use cameras, lasers and radar to look for lines on the road (or other markings), road signs, cyclists, pedestrians, other vehicles, etc., and use this to build a live 3-dimensional map of the surrounding area. The software builds a stack of triggers, sorts them according to priority, and then reacts, by turning, braking or accelerating.
Philips Ethernet-Powered Lighting Transmits Data To Mobile Devices Via Light
Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds
As the guy who tells other guys to stop being so damn idiotic, I'm sick and tired of all these articles stereotyping men as misogynistic animals.
Look, I'm actively fighting this problem (and it is a problem, nobody is saying otherwise), with you. So why are you so quick to group me with the monkeys in our society?
Seriously. I'm sick of these articles saying I'm a bad person, and I hate women, and I'm a pig, an animal, and a rapist who should be ashamed of my physical urges.
Please focus on the individual bad apples, instead of grouping them as "men".
Why Speed-Reading Apps Don't Work
As someone who discovered Spritz when it started making headlines, and tried out a similar RSVP app with the novel I'm currently reading, I can tell you that my comprehension didn't suffer. I tend to adjust the speed while I read, ranging from 500-700 wpm, and I can still clearly recall and describe the plot and detailed events of the book over the sections that I read using the app.
I do agree that it's not an ideal way to read, as the flow of text tends to be robotic and lacks some of the conveyance of emotion. In this regard, it's probably better for reading non-fiction or purely informational texts. I can't say it hurt my comprehension, though.
Door-To-Door Mail Delivery To End Under New Plan
"The idea that somebody is going to walk down to their mailbox in Buffalo, New York, in the winter snow to get their mail is just crazy."
Seriously? Are people that god damn lazy?
In the town where I grew up, we had mailbox clusters for neighborhoods. Not just apartments and townhouse communities, but actual separate-houses-fences-and-yards areas. Oh, and get this, in the winter, we deal with an average of 14ft of snow annually. That doesn't stop anyone from walking or driving often as much as 1/2 a mile to the nearest mailbox cluster. It doesn't stop the elderly either, who sometimes rely on family, friends, and/or neighbors, but more often use it as an excuse to leave the house, even in blizzard white-out conditions.
Seriously. Walking to your curb isn't a huge deal. Better if it gets your fat, lazy ass off the couch, and may even help you be more fit and able to walk to the curb when you're older.
Small Town Builds Its Own Gigabyte Network; Cost To Citizens $57/month
It says it costs people "the same as what they currently pay for 100mbit". So it's giving them gigabit speeds for what they used to pay for 100mbit. ($57-$90)
The summary is poor, and the headline is just plain wrong. This is fail on a level I've not seen since...
Interviews: McAfee Says House Fire Was No Accident
You say it like a joke, but that would be Warner Brothers:
Cracked Game Released To Get Back At Pirates
Except it's only inaccurate in pirated copies of the game, as a clever "anti-piracy" measure.
In a legitimate copy, piracy has a negative effect, but not enough to seriously affect sales of your virtual game.
Cracked Game Released To Get Back At Pirates
It's possible that right now, the Humble Bundle is showing the last mobile bundle, but the games are usually top-tier, cross-platform indie games. Some games have even made their debut on Humble Bundle.
European Researchers Propose Quantum Network Between Earth and ISS
What happens to the Anomalous Materials they need for their experiments? Do they have the means for Residue Processing, or do they just seal all the waste in a Blast Pit? As far as pollutants go, We've Got Hostiles leaking into our atmosphere, oceans and rivers. So before you get On A Rail, and Power Up your Lambda Core, you need to consider the environmental Interloper.
Post "Good Google," Who Will Defend the Open Web?
There's only one company on that list that seems qualified to me, and that would be Mozilla.
My reasoning (and this is based on my opinion, so mod how you will):
- - Yahoo is slowly dying, having failed to gain a real foothold in the era of cloud computing
- - IBM and Red Hat have enterprise customers they will put before "openness"
- - Microsoft, despite it's attempts, still doesn't really understand (from a corporate perspective) what "openness" is, or how to use it
- - The Wikimedia Foundation definitely doesn't have the clout
Mozilla has long championed open standards, and although they once toppled the "invincible" Microsoft, whether they still hold that kind of power remains to be seen...
New Process For Nanoscale Filtration Holds Promise of Cheap, Clean Water
Well, at least now they know how many holes it takes.
Microsoft Admits To Being Hacked Too
If by "sideloading from who-knows-where and installs themselves" you mean "downloading from approved app channels (Google Play Store)"...
Han Solo To Reportedly Return For Star Wars VII
I've nicknamed the new Die Hard movie "DIE HARD OF OLD AGE" because of this.
Intel Supports OpenGL ES 3.0 On Linux Before Windows
He explained it in the comment: "there's less vertex data to generate and pass to the GPU"
Ask Slashdot: Why Is It So Hard To Make An Accurate Progress Bar?
You know what I'd like to see more than a working progress bar? A "Cancel" button that actually stops the f*%! process! .
I don't want to finish the sub-process I'm currently doing (which has probably stalled)... just FREAKING STOP.
If you (programmer) want to close connections, or save the changes to the disk, do it in the background. Making me sit there for another 10 minutes while you're "cancelling..." is not helpful. I will force close your program. Failing that I will hard-reset the computer. Seriously.
Twitter, American Express Letting People Purchase Goods Via Hashtag
300 shares of each Blackberry/Apple/Microsoft/Oracle
Hard Drive Revenue About To Take a Double-Digit Dip
Apple doesn't have 3tb hybrid drives... theirs is a software solution.
They include a 128gb off-the-shelf(-ish) SSD, and a 3TB platter-based hard drive. Their volume manager software "intelligently" shuffles data around, to optimize access speeds. Not sure how effective it is, but it sure sounds appealing in their advertising material.
The Pirate Bay Launches Free VPN
That's pretty awesome. I'm suddenly very interested in hearing your music.
What kind of music is it? Could you link me to your website, or a source for your tracks?
Sealed-Box Macs: Should Computers Be Disposable?
Going anywhere NEAR the mag-safe connector needs so many rubber-stamp approvals from Apple. They'd either never allow it, or you wouldn't live long enough to see your idea come to fruition.
Case & point: http://arstechnica.com/apple/2010/09/apples-magsafe-lawsuit-tests-limits-of-first-sale-doctrine/
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