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When Cars Go Driverless, What Happens To the Honking?

r2kordmaa Re:Having been in Lima, Peru recently... (267 comments)

The correct way to treat it is to establish a fine and treat it as free income to municipality. Problem gets solved real fast.

about 7 months ago
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When Cars Go Driverless, What Happens To the Honking?

r2kordmaa Re:Cars are not going driverless... (267 comments)

Just stop this alread. Personal computers aren't a cool idea, they are just stupid.

Pardon me, wrong decade

about 7 months ago
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When Cars Go Driverless, What Happens To the Honking?

r2kordmaa Re:There is no need to honk. Ever. (267 comments)

Inertial navigation for cars, on road network? Overengineer much? Theres this invention called a map out there. Turn left you are now on this street, turn right you are now here. Not exactly rocket science. For driving cars, GPS is a convenience, life will not stopp if you dont have it.

about 7 months ago
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When Cars Go Driverless, What Happens To the Honking?

r2kordmaa Re:There is no need to honk. Ever. (267 comments)

And how often do GPS outages happen? There is also GLONASS and a few others out there. If they are all out it means you are in a war zone, being jammed, and your maps not working is probably least of your problems.

about 7 months ago
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When Cars Go Driverless, What Happens To the Honking?

r2kordmaa Re:Ridiculous premise (267 comments)

" The problem is that reality tracking technology and heuristics are not even close to making a safe autonomous street robot."

Safe as in comparison to say industrial robots, no that might be hard to achieve indeed. But you dont need that, you only need "safer than human" rating, and as tech development goes that is easy pickings.

about 7 months ago
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Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'

r2kordmaa Re:But it is horribly wrong anyway. (458 comments)

Proofs excist only in mathematics. Physics has to get done with only disproofs. An apple falling towards ground for ten times, unfortunately does not logically prove that it will do that for eleventh time, even if it makes it a pretty reasonable assumption.

about 7 months ago
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Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office

r2kordmaa works if you do it right (314 comments)

Depends on how you do the open office, I work in one and I'd say it works great. But the ones I saw in trailer, urg, no thank you. The operative word in "open office" is "open", not cluttered with crap that everyone leaves lying around, or stuffed so tightly nobody has a decent amount of deskspace or even room to move. Sure it can be a pain in the backside when you are concentrated on some task and get interrupted, but well, you are hardly the only one with an important task are you, whatever you are interrupted with is probably quite important for someone too. And well, if you are doing something you really dont want to get interrupted on, headphones send a pretty clear message.

Open office can work just fine, maybe better in many cases when you have many people working on same project. But do it right, make it comfortable, not just the coffee room but actual work area, enough deskspace, enough room to move etc. And if someone insists on cluttering work are with some crap, enforce some cleanliness, if you havent needed something for a month, it probably shouldnt be on your desk. For many people, computer is really only thing you need on your desk, maybe some temporary note papers, but not piles of crap. Clean up and you'll feel better working in an area with some air in it.

about 6 months ago
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Porn Will Be Bitcoin's Killer App

r2kordmaa Re:Pay for pr0n (216 comments)

If your business focuses on morons you will never lack for customers, seems like a great plan to me.

about 7 months ago
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NSA Collects 200 Million Text Messages Per Day

r2kordmaa Re:What is the signal/noise ratio? (287 comments)

So to bypass snooping you text: "i have a business proposal for you, omg, luzor, attack at dawn, :P O_o buy viagra here"

NSA - defeated by spam

about 7 months ago
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Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

r2kordmaa Re:here we go again... (489 comments)

"Education should weed out the weak" - true, but based on results, not a look in the face.

about 7 months ago
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Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

r2kordmaa Re:here we go again... (489 comments)

The gener ratio in tech industry is ridiculous. Claiming "I don't believe that there are any negative influences early on dissuading women from working tech" makes no sense. Do you seriously think gender dictates your ability and willingness to understand technology? No - it most deffinetly doesnt, its a cultural bias. One that is "brainwashed" into children very early and continues throughout life. Just think about what are toys for girls and what are toys to boys, there are no hello kitty robots on shop shelves. Girls get fluffy plushies and barbies, boys get toy robots, cars whatnot, tell me this is not an obvious gender bias in technology. Women dont want to work in tech sector because they have been dissuaded from it all their lives, all the way down to "let the man in the house change the lightbulb". This is a huge waste of humanities resources.

about 7 months ago
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Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

r2kordmaa Re:People are different... (489 comments)

I seriously doubt anyone who matters wants to keep ethnic minorities or women out of tech sector. There is lots and lots of money in tech sector, and only reason there isnt more is because of the constant shortage of qualified tech heads. Industry needs more engineers, programmers, etc and industry really doesnt care whats between the legs or what color the skin is.

In european culture space cultural heritage keeps women out of tech secor, planting dolls and expectations of housewifery to girl heads early in the game

I guess other culture spaces have similar baggage.

This is basically cultural rudiment from middle ages, and its really hard to change, no matter how obviously harmful it is.

about 7 months ago
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Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

r2kordmaa Re:Already exists. (219 comments)

Well yes and no, transcend-s wifi card is a bloody stupid product that you can hack into something usable. But you have to go around some very silly limitations. For example nobody has figured out how to get direct IO capabilities, instead what they do is haxor themselves root access and then reading and writing to local flash. Then external controller reads and writes that from file - hey presto, IO capability (sorta). Incredibly stupid way to do it and doesnt work so well. On top of that there is no proper documentation for the card. So yeah, you can hack it, but its not something you would do proffesionally. On top of that you dont have much of RAM and you could have much better cpu core in there than ARMv5. Instead there is 32GB of flash you cant do anything useful with. Instead of a bloody stupid original linux build you can use a new build that has been made, but its kind of raw, for example wifi doesnt work in client mode.

So for hackaday project - go ahead have fun with this card, but you are not going to build your commercial product around it.

Intel Edison will not have these silly limitations (it might have other silly limitations, but i doubt it will be this bad) so you can probably use it to build your actual product, that you can actually sell. And for haxors it will be a better platform to build on.

about 7 months ago
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Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

r2kordmaa Re:Strange form factor (219 comments)

Yeah, they can be hacked, but really - its a hack, these things have no public documentation. You basically have to reverce engineer the particular SD card. Not something you are going to do for a commercial product.

This "Edison" is something entirely different - dont let the SD form factor confuse you - its a chip PC. SD card is simply a good package, because SD card slots are off the shelf components, and using a plug in socket is somewhat better than soldering the thing on a pcb. Altho I would be totally happy with that too.

Wearable computing is a hype, seriously, i dont need a blinking shirt with wifi.

Now PC on a chip, complete with opsys, file system, (wireless) networking, x86 archidecture for third party software support... this is like the holy grail of electronics engineering.

about 7 months ago
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Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

r2kordmaa Re:Cloud Storage (219 comments)

I dont think this thing is going to have a real SD interface, this would ruin the whole point of it. What good is a chip PC with only an SD interface, you need half a computer to do anything with a SD interface

SD card is just a form factor, like various types of chip package standards.

about 7 months ago
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Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

r2kordmaa Re:Strange form factor (219 comments)

Its trivially easy to attach stuff to it, an SD slot on a PCB and hey presto. Try routing MCU, memories, etc in Nx100 pin BGA-s and then getting your electronics whatnot working without an opsys, using a jtag cable. And then you can talk about "difficult to attach"

This is awesomest thing since invention of beer. Only downside is that i have to drool half a year before i can buy one.

about 7 months ago
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RAF Fighter Flies On Printed Parts

r2kordmaa Re:i question the wisdom of this (100 comments)

The problem here is that 3D printer can only be used to make a very small subset of spare parts. And these are the type that usually dont break. Seriously, radio will give out the genie 10x before the front panel cracks. Plastic parts are usually ornamental in nature, a plane will not be inoperable because there is a scratch or a crack on some plastic part. Unless the platic part is the canopy - and no 3D printer will make you one of these.

3D printer is a powerful tool for the right job. Like any tool it has its advantages and limitations. All the media hype tends to forget the limitations, or never bothers to find out about them in the first place. 90% of 3D printing related articles seem to think that any day now we will be able to download plans from pirate bay and print ourseves our very own starship Enterprise complete with photonic torpedoes - not gonna happen.

Dirt Cheap(tm) 3d printers can make you cruddy glumps of plastic that somewhat resemble 3D models you fed it, but really have no practical use

Reasonably Priced(tm) 3d printers can make plastic parts with reasonable quality that could be used in a commercial product - after further surface treatments, milling where neccesary, adding thread inserts and whatnot

Very Expencive(tm) 3d printers can make metal and plastic parts with good enough surface finish that they can be used as is in some cases, but mating surfaces still need to be milled to tolerances

And they all take forever to make a single part. One redeeming quality of 3D printing is that you can make geometries that are simply impossible with any other manufacturing method and that is the only reason why anyone uses 3D printing in proffesional setting at all. But if original part was made with conventional manufacturing methods, there is no reason to make a spare part with 3D printing.

about 8 months ago
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RAF Fighter Flies On Printed Parts

r2kordmaa Re:Fools (100 comments)

You really think 3D printing needs less human operators than injection molding? Or is your comment aiming for "funny" raiting?

PS: obvious piece of wisdom - if a man can be replaced by a machine - the man is not worth his paycheck

about 8 months ago
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RAF Fighter Flies On Printed Parts

r2kordmaa i question the wisdom of this (100 comments)

"The parts include protective covers for cockpit radios and guards for power take-off shafts"

Sorry but this is simply moronic, these are cheapest possible parts in the airplane - plastic covers for stuff. It doesnt make much of a price difference if you make 100 or 200 of such plastic parts, its the first one that costs you. Once you have made all that were needed for a batch of machines (aircraft in this case) that were actually ordered, you make a little more and store them for spare parts. The main cost here is spare parts storage - something you need to have anyway. Replacting some storage space with a very expencive 3D printer (you really thought they want to use a 300$ one? think again) makes no sense, you get lower quality parts and making them takes longer than it would take for you to get the parts from storage.

When you get to printing turbine blades - then you are talking business, but for plastic parts.. makes no sense.

about 8 months ago
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NSA Trying To Build Quantum Computer

r2kordmaa operative term "trying" (221 comments)

Theres a world of difference between trying and succeeding. Still its not bad that money is pumped into quant computing research, someone is going to crack the problem sooner or later anyway, and it will cause problems for cryptography and security anyway. But cracking crypto is hardly the only thing you can do with practical quant computer, having one would literally mean quantum jump in engineering and science research. The boost it would give world of science greatly outweighs the risk of NSA cracking your porn archive open.

about 8 months ago

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