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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

sound+vision Re:Not surprising (463 comments)

Lol, are you for real? I guess you've never accidentally backed out of a driveway with the parking brake still on - it's definitely possible and not particularly hard to do either. If the car is already in motion, and the throttle is floored, that brake won't do much at all. This has been my experience with both foot- and hand-type parking/emergency brakes across different manufacturers on 1980s through 2010s models.

11 hours ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

sound+vision Re:Not surprising (463 comments)

It's possible for bits to flip, at least in consumer-grade PC hardware, from normal background radiation. I'm not sure what kind of hardening, redundancies, or error correction were used in Toyota's systems...

11 hours ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

sound+vision Re:Short term (463 comments)

I'm reminded of the song "Red Barchetta" by Rush, look it up if you're not familiar and don't hate classic rock.

11 hours ago
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Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

sound+vision Re:Additional "benefit" (117 comments)

I dunno how DLC works on consoles, but in the PC world, DLC is actually installed to your computer and is generally playable whether or not the developers are continuing to run some kind of server for the game. Even in those devilish games that do use "phone home" DRM dependent on an external server, there's always a crack available to remove that DRM. Even supposedly "unbreakable" DRM like Assassin's Creed 2, which stored your save games on Ubisoft's servers. IIRC it took about 1 week for a crack to be developed for that. In fact, I've never played it without a crack.

yesterday
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

sound+vision Re:Why not just use hard drives and then store... (193 comments)

I'm having a hard time imagining a situation where waterproof and temperature-resistant would be significant factors for enterprise-grade storage. The storage isn't left out to the elements, and localized issues like broken A/C or a burst water pipe might kill a hard disk, but there should be backups in at least a separate room, if not a separate facility, where it would be isolated from those types of issues. Also, even if you can submerge a blu-ray disc without damage, I doubt the blu-ray drives take kindly to having water poured on them.

3 days ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

sound+vision Re:It's a complot (210 comments)

This is exactly what I was going for... the system that is being implemented currently can be described as "the worst of all worlds".

3 days ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

sound+vision Re:Just not enough content! (358 comments)

Perhaps no one's said it here yet, but it's definitely what I was thinking. The last episode of MythBusters I downloaded focused on Star Wars myths - things like "Is it possible to swing over a 40 foot chasm with a grappling hook?" and some others that were only marginally more interesting.

This was also the first episode I've seen in say 5 or 6 years. I did watch another just to make sure it wasn't a fluke, but the other one sucked too. I was stunned at how much suckage the show developed - even 5 years ago I think I could feel it slipping, which is why I stopped. If it were just the filler and time-wasting content, that would be one thing. But they have clearly run out of actual concepts to test, as well.

Maybe it'd be better for them to save the myths for one or two episodes per year.

3 days ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

sound+vision Re:Modern Television Style - Thanks Beyond Product (358 comments)

Top Gear definitely does the recap/preview thing though, and not always at the beginning of the show. Admittedly it is done much more tastefully than the new Mythbusters. Commercials and the recaps are separate issues, but they can both combine for a multiplicative annoyance.

3 days ago
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Anomaly Triggers Self-Destruct For SpaceX Falcon 9 Test Flight

sound+vision Re:what does auto-termination mean? (113 comments)

Looks like someone doesn't know the word "attitude" has a very specific meaning in the field of aeronautics...

3 days ago
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2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

sound+vision Re:Stupid metric system (137 comments)

What a load of rubbish. Fahrenheit degrees are intuitive for those who grew up with them.

4 days ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

sound+vision Re:It's a complot (210 comments)

This mishmash of overlapping but non-integrating state, federal, and private health care systems, each party taking their cut and adding another layer of inefficiency, is "decent health care"?

4 days ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

sound+vision Re:American car companies... (426 comments)

It stands as a mark against GM's corporate culture and their handling handling of the situation from both an engineering and PR perspective. Similarly to the problems with Toyota's acceleration pedals and all the backtracking that went on there.

about two weeks ago
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Fukushima's Biological Legacy

sound+vision Re:Population declines (116 comments)

The simplest answer to what spilled is "Everything" - nearly anything that human civilization has produced was present on the Japanese coast. Not even including industrial sites, you have pesticides, photographic developers, cleaning supplies, oil, medicines, antifreeze, fermenting garbage and excrement, etc etc... Have you seen video of the tsunami hitting a populated area? These aren't beach waves, it's more like a flash flood that buries the city under 30ft of water within minutes, then that water sucks everything back out to sea. Anything in that city is going out with the water, unless it's purpose-built to withstand a tsunami. You'd think that would be the case for chemical storage, but it looks like even the nuclear plant wasn't built for it.

about two weeks ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

sound+vision Re:serious confusion by the author (235 comments)

I wish email would die, but only because it's a really shitty protocol by today's standards. If you've ever had to maintain a mail server with any amount of traffic through it, you know what I'm talking about. In addition to the spam and all the spam-related problems with blacklisting... the protocol is inherently unreliable in guaranteeing that a message gets delivered, in a timely manner, without it being intercepted, and that the sender is who he says he is.

There are an array of extensions to email that tackle these problems piecemeal, like PGP, SPF, and DKIM. The issue is that people don't use them properly, or at all. Improperly-configured SPF can actually cause messages that would otherwise send successfully to fail.

I think the solution to this would be for major email providers to agree on a comprehensive suite of extensions to use, which I'm sure someone will call "Email 2.0". Messages from domains/servers with the Email 2.0 protocols enabled will be marked as "Verified" or "Registered", clearly in the user's inbox.
Right now, there is nothing visible to the end-user to indicate whether a message has been sent securely or not. The end-user isn't aware that email is insecure or that there are solutions available. If big email providers and email clients (Outlook etc) add this indicator, the issue will become apparent. Once that happens the small-time mail server operators will begin looking at it as well. Once adoption hits a tipping point, you may even have end-users calling businesses up about "Hey, I received this email from you, but it's not verified? Is this really yours?" That will take care of the stragglers.

about two weeks ago
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Knocking Down the Great Firewall of China

sound+vision Re:How about backing off? (167 comments)

The software in question isn't forcing anyone to do anything, it's giving the option for people to get around a filter.

about two weeks ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

sound+vision Re:Yep (418 comments)

America's Army has actually changed quite a bit. The version you're describing is AA 1 or 2 which came out around 2003. It hasn't been supported for many years. AA3 did away with the mandatory training and classes, even for snipers and medics.
A few months ago they launched the latest game in the series, "America's Army: Proving Grounds", which has yet further changes. In-game, many people have commented on how AA is being turned into Call of Duty. The gameplay is now much more similar to CoD, they have even brought back jumping, which lets you bunnyhop to dodge bullets. None of the previous incarnations of AA allowed unrestricted jumping for this reason. There are many other changes too to make it more CoD-like, but they are difficult to verbalize - It's a free game, so grab it on Steam if you're curious.
One thing of note is that, as of last month's update, there are now essentially recruiting videos that play on the loading screens.

about two weeks ago
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The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

sound+vision Re:Follow the money (160 comments)

Very true - I would date the start of NASA's decline as the 1980s, if not earlier.

about two weeks ago
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Hemp Fibers Make Better Supercapacitors Than Graphene

sound+vision Re:No THC? (178 comments)

The concept of dirtweed or ditchweed is well-known to US stoners as well - if you find it growing naturally there is a good chance it's a hemp strain, not suitable for smoking. It's not that the these plants don't contain any THC, it's that they don't contain appreciable THC in doses large enough to get high. It's a minor distinction, and probably good not to mention it lest the government try to clamp down on supercapacitor research. But, I would expect the scientist in the article to be more precise.

about two weeks ago
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Hemp Fibers Make Better Supercapacitors Than Graphene

sound+vision Re:How unfortunate ... (178 comments)

The good part is, instead of throwing the stems out I can now recycle them!

about two weeks ago

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novocain stain

sound+vision sound+vision writes  |  more than 8 years ago

"With fear and fascination
On what was here
And what's replacing them now
Interchange plazas a mall
And crowded chain restaurants
More housing developments go up
Named after the things they replace
So welcome to Minnow Brook
And welcome to Shady Space
And it all seems a little abrupt
No I don't like this change of pace"

-Modest Mouse

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