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What qualifications should the 'driver' of a fully autonomous car need?

ockegheim Re:Age restriction only. (301 comments)

My wife finally got driverless cars a few days ago (or why I’m always going on about them). We were talking about our baby daughter being a teenager. When she realized that driverless cars would let our daughter get home from parties (without us picking her up) and that there would be less temptation for her to get in a car with drunk & stupid teenage drivers, my wife was “Bring it on!”

Moving gradually to driverless cars by giving the human less and less to do is a bad idea. It’ll just be more temptation to check their iPhone, whereas if the car is doing the driving they can do what they like.

about 5 months ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

ockegheim Re:How about (285 comments)

AFAIK, capsaicin doesn’t actually have a flavour, or at least a significant one. It chemically induces pain receptors to feel pain, so if you’re tolerant, you can enjoy the flavours of the dish. As parent says, searing pain may distract you from flavours.

Peppers can vary greatly in heat. I read recently some farmers talking about their peppers. They said that one pepper in ten would cause serious pain, and the others were significantly milder.

about 7 months ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

ockegheim Re:How about (285 comments)

That said, when I was in my twenties I would sometimes go to an Indian restaurant that did up to vindaloo, then vindaloo +1, meaning extra chilli. One of the most fun nights I ever had was watching two friends make their way through a +1. The most I managed was +2. If you ate a +5 you got on to the honour-board, and the theoretical maximum was +13. Fun times.

Apparently the local university rugby club would take their new recruits there for a machismo initiation. That would have been fun to watch.

about 7 months ago
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I think wearable computing will take off...

ockegheim Re:First! (254 comments)

You two could probably talk pirate together, me maties!

about 9 months ago
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A Year With Google Glass

ockegheim Re: in the moment!? (292 comments)

She'd probably object to me using any networked appliance (including my phone) to take photos of her lady parts

Stay up at the support end. The business end is for the professionals

about 10 months ago
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ITU Standardizes 1Gbps Over Copper, But Services Won't Come Until 2015

ockegheim Nice idea (153 comments)

That would be great if there weren’t any House Republicans. Our new conservative government in Australia has decided that the previous government’s plan to do that (to 96% of houses) was not a good idea, and instead we’ll all be getting 25Mbps by 2019. Good one!

about 10 months ago
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Monthly net electricity use in my household:

ockegheim Re:And I thought I was inefficient (327 comments)

In November 2012 we used 140kWh (we were away for part of October 2012 which rules it out for comparison). In October 2013 we used 311kWh. Getting a new sauna will do that! Thanks to the smart-meter, it looks like a sauna takes about 8kWh over about two hours. It’s an 8kW heater, but only uses full power during the initial phase.

My electricity retailer has just been bought by a company I can never use because they appointed a debt collector for money I didn’t owe them. So it’s time to search for another one. Last time I analyzed pricing they were all much the same when all their pricing idiosyncrasies are accounted for. If my new company hadn’t made me the angriest I’ve ever been in my life I would say that I would be prioritizing doing my tax over choosing yet another electricity retailer.

about a year ago
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Critics Reassess Starship Troopers As a Misunderstood Masterpiece

ockegheim The trailer did it no justice (726 comments)

My friend dragged me along to see it. I’d seen the trailer, which was just troopers & bugs, and gave no idea of what the movie was actually like. I really enjoyed the satire, and Denise Richards’ cute smile as the “piloted the spaceship”. And it had Neil Patrick Harris, who is awesome!

All the people in the movie were thinking exactly what they’d been told to think. Maybe Verhoeven was playing a joke on all the people who thought what it looked like the movie was telling them to think.

about a year ago
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Do You Need Headphones While Working?

ockegheim Re:Klipsch Rugged earphones FTW (262 comments)

I don't want any frequencies boosted or attenuated, I want a flat frequency response. I don't want it to "sound good" I want it to faithfully reproduce the original performance. I want it to sound like the musicians are in the room with me, and you won't get that with MP3s.

If you were really keen, you could listen to some music on a high-quality speaker system, then try to approximate that in your headphones with appropriate EQ. But the next best thing is flat- let professional sound engineers do their job!

about a year ago
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How long before most automobile driving is done by computers?

ockegheim Re:It won't be until... (472 comments)

Hehe, the car I bought this year was a bit cheaper because no other buyers wanted manual transmission. Talking to people who actually know about cars, it seems (good) automatic transmission is just as good as manual these days. I’d rather be reading than watching the road or changing gears.

1 year,17 days
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How long before most automobile driving is done by computers?

ockegheim Re:Missing option: (472 comments)

+1

I don’t really like driving and I absolutely hate parking. Both problems solved.

This year I bought a 2011 car to be able to use a child’s seat. I really hope it’s the last human-driven car I buy.

1 year,17 days
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MuseScore Aims Make 50,000 New Braille Scores Available To Blind Musicians

ockegheim Re:How do you use braille sheet music? (49 comments)

To not really answer your question, blind singers (who do have both their hands free) follow the music with one hand and the lyrics with the other.

In 2007 I had a lot of choral music at my wedding, including an original piece. One of our friends is blind, so a few weeks before, I sent off all the music to the local Institute for the Blind where someone put all the music into braille. Automatic tools for putting music into braille would save choirmasters a lot of planning and free up the volunteer transcribers to do other things.

1 year,23 days
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The Most WTF-y Programming Languages

ockegheim Re:What's wrong with Lua? (254 comments)

Yes, I was surprised, because Lua is the only programming language my brain has taken kindly to. Of course, it could just be my brain, but is more likely to the WoW’s WTF folder, as mentioned elsewhere.

1 year,27 days
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Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

ockegheim Re:Missing alternative (587 comments)

I think we have a winner. Even my abacus had more storage than that.

about a year ago
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Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

ockegheim Re:Missing alternative (587 comments)

I so wanted one of those... a Spectrum seemed too much to wish for.

In the end my VIC-20 had 3K.

I've had this signature for a while:

about a year ago
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The Average Movie Theater Has Hundreds of Screens

ockegheim Re:Just stop going to movie theaters (924 comments)

I suppose I rarely see films at theatres these days, and when I do go it’s to see films that idiots would avoid. If they made a “use your phone” rule I would never go again, but it’s an economic thing– how many people can’t do without their phones vs. how many people absolutely wouldn’t tolerate them. A low-attention-span idiot’s money is as good as mine to the cinema.

Of course it would be possible for the cinemas to have different sessions for different people.

about a year ago
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Most precise measuring tool I've used ...

ockegheim Grams/samples (328 comments)

Last summer I devised my optimal hot chocolate recipe using my wife’s electronic kitchen scales. I came up with 9 grams good quality cocoa powder, 11 grams caster (or superfine) sugar, and 175ml milk. Sifting the cocoa and sugar makes it much more amenable to being mixed in with the milk.

Working with PCM sound at work, it’s occasionally necessary to measure lengths down to the sample, or 1/44100 of a second. I didn’t answer the poll because nothing was anywhere near, unless “has an accuracy in 454ths of a pound” is close.

about a year ago
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In terms of general neatness, I am ...

ockegheim Re:Chaotic order (181 comments)

My boss and I (who share the same studio at different times) both share the same ‘piling system’. It works absolutely fine 98% of the time, which I think is fine in terms of the low energy we put into it.

about a year ago
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In terms of general neatness, I am ...

ockegheim Re:You call it messy . . . (181 comments)

As long as there’s somewhere where high entropy is OK, it’s easy keep the rest of the house neat. When I was a bachelor sharing houses, this area was my room. Now I’m married, it has been the (otherwise unused) second bedroom. Unfortunately (entropy-wise, anyway), our imminent baby will get the second bedroom, and eventually will start to care about its surroundings. So I think the plan at the moment is to try and defy the second law of thermodynamics.

about a year ago

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ockegheim ockegheim writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chuckerbutty writes "Wendy Harmer, a well-known Australian comedian, has written an article about leveling a Paladin with her 8-year-old son on World of Warcraft. Like it or not, it seems there are lots of kids younger than I ever imagined running around in Ironforge and Stormwind. If only they all had their moms (or mums as we say in Australia) giving them tips on teamwork and mature behavior."

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