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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

new death barbie umm... excuse me? (475 comments)

But how do you actually tell a driverless vehicle to pull over so you can give it a speeding ticket?

about 2 months ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

new death barbie Re:What the hell... (347 comments)

"more or less exactly" == "approximately", more or less exactly.

about 4 months ago
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Starbucks Offers Workers 2 Years of Free College

new death barbie Re:No good for anthropologists (169 comments)

If I was in Starbucks and had ordered that double skinny latte... I would drink it, sir.

about 4 months ago
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Should Self-Driving Cars Chauffeur Shopping 'Whales' For Free?

new death barbie What a seriously stupid question. (213 comments)

"Should Self-Driving Cars Chauffeur Shopping 'Whales' For Free?"

It's a just PATENT APPLICATION, for criminy's sake. They're not asking for anybody's permission. It's not going to come up for a vote on Slashdot. Nothing like a rabble-rousing headline to get those hits up.

Why SHOULDN'T merchants be allowed to underwrite the use of a self-driving car? Why shouldn't a high-end merchant offer to pay for the taxi of (or send their own car for) a big-spending customer today (would that be prior art)? Some do. It's their call.

It's not like there are no other taxis for the rest of us, and it's not like if there are SOME self-driving cars out there, underwritten by merchants, there won't be others out there for the rest of us, if we're willing to pay.

about 9 months ago
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Should Facebook 'Likes' Count As Commercial Endorsements?

new death barbie I belong to an antisocial network (189 comments)

We have a "Dislike" button. It does NOTHING. Because when I choose to share my opinion, IT WON'T FIT ON A FREAKIN' BUTTON.
I have a wall. It's very tall and very thick, and made of stone. Post on it all you like, if you can get across the moat. Watch out for the archers. They will poke you.
I'd invite you to join, but IT'S AN ANTISOCIAL NETWORK. DUH.

about 10 months ago
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Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?

new death barbie Depends, obviously (249 comments)

Management is inherently interrupt-driven: phone calls, meetings, other interactions with the organization

Development is generally NOT interrupt-driven; in fact each interruption has a productivity cost. You want your developers 'in the zone' as much as possible. A phone call, a question, a meeting, not only take time in and of themselves, but in the time it takes for the developer to get back in the zone, which could be much longer than the "quick" question you just interrupted them with.

A good manager (technical or otherwise) keeps interruptions away from their developers as much as possible, A non-technical manager MAY be at a disadvantage, if they cannot do their job without a technical 'guide dog'; but if the organization is structured in such a way that technical proficiency is not required (i.e. not expected to estimate tasks or understand or explain the internal workings of a particular subsystem), then they might be able to manage just fine.

So... depends. Duh.

about 10 months ago
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Japanese Aircraft-Carrying Super Submarine From WWII Located Off Hawaii

new death barbie DAYUM! (123 comments)

"able to travel one and a half times around the world without refueling"

Even their SUBMARINES get great mileage!

about a year ago
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Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android

new death barbie Re:so tell me again... (476 comments)

okay, I caved and read the article. But the summary sucks, really.

about a year ago
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Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android

new death barbie so tell me again... (476 comments)

... how is this a strike against Android?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Bruce Schneier Be Trusted?

new death barbie seriously? because SCIENCE! (330 comments)

Bruce Schnier may be the front-line spokesperson for the security community, but that should be completely separate from his body of work in cryptography. At the bottom line, he's doing mathematics, and mathematical proofs can be reproduced and confirmed -- or debated and disproven -- by anyone else in any country with sufficient background to understand them.

He is not some guru spouting unprovable wisdom from a mountaintop, he is a member of a scientific community, and if he is able to earn and keep the respect of that community, then that's a pretty good indication that he knows what he's talking about.

1 year,2 days
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Ask Slashdot: Legal Advice Or Loopholes Needed For Manned Space Program

new death barbie Let me ask a question (201 comments)

If this same question came from a group in, say, Afghanistan or Iraq, would you be for or against some government taking a supervisory interest in their missle-building activities?

1 year,3 days
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Ubuntu Touch On a Nexus 7: "Almost Awesome"

new death barbie "Almost Awesome"? (116 comments)

Have the Ubuntu releases wrapped around, then? I thought we were at "Teething Tapir" or some such thing.

1 year,3 days
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ITER Fusion Reactor On Track To Generating Power By 2028

new death barbie Excuse me? (232 comments)

FTFA: "Crucial to that is getting to the point, scheduled for 2027, when the first nuclear fuel would be injected into the reactor. "

So... the first *actual attempt at fusion* is some FOURTEEN YEARS AWAY, but the scientists are confident they're on track...

Yeah, I don't think I'll get excited quite yet., Check back in fourteen years and we'll see.

1 year,9 days
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California Outlaws 'Revenge Porn'

new death barbie Why does this only apply to naked exes? (528 comments)

Why should the law care about whether or not there has been a romantic relationship, or even if there's nudity?

How about, if you have pictures of another person, given with reasonable expectations that it was for your private use (i.e. you do not have any signed permission to the contrary), why not just make it illegal to make these public with intent to bully, defame, humiliate, or shame?

Celebrities and other people in the public eye excepted, as always, or half the entertainment industry would crash overnight.

1 year,22 days
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Oracle Promises 100x Faster DB Queries With New In-Memory Option

new death barbie Okay, fast database - high transaction rate, BUT (174 comments)

...how do you replicate this to an offsite hot standby, so that you don't look stupid when the power goes out? Or whatever other disaster occurs, because you just KNOW a single basket full of this many eggs is going to attract tornadoes, Cat 5 hurricanes, earthquakes, and meteors. Also coffee spills, hungry rodents, and burst pipes.

Also I believe OTLP == Oracle Typical Ludicrous Pricing

about a year ago
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Social Media Is a New Vector For Mass Psychogenic Illness

new death barbie Sorry, not convinced. (373 comments)

Slapping a 'mass hysteria' label on a phenomenon you cannot explain might make you feel more comfortable in your little corner of the universe, but it should not be confused with actually determining a provable cause. Mass hysteria isn't any more provable than demonic possession or alien mind control. It's a catchall for 'I give up'.

about a year ago

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