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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

supervillainsf Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (301 comments)

A monopoly is a direct attack on the free market and therefore upsets true free market believers.

There is nothing inherently wrong with a monopoly. If I build a widget that no other company cares to build - I have a monopoly and that is perfectly ok. The problem comes when I abuse my monopoly position in the widget market to either stifle competing widget manufacturers or unfairly benefit my sprocket offerings - which is essentially what the EU Commission is accusing Google of doing. Does Google do this? I don't know and honestly I don't care. But, then again, I don't spend a whole lot of time using Google products so I guess that somewhat speaks to their (lack of) ability to manipulate markets for their non-search related services.

2 days ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

supervillainsf Re:Just Tack on a Fee (626 comments)

Whenever I have seen them they have been in the #2 or #3 lane (with four lanes total) and generally going with the flow. I have never seen one noticeably impede traffic. I do recall once "needing" to get around one that was pacing traffic to the right with an open lane in front and heavier / faster traffic left, but it wasn't a big deal. I don't recall having ever seen one in heavy freeway commute traffic so I don't know how they operate in that environment. The few times I have seen them when they appear autonomous driving in city traffic. They have been well behaved, but that was light traffic conditions in mostly residential areas. The two times I have seen them in heavy surface street traffic, it appeared that the human was in control and was doing stupid crap (coincidently both events happend at the same intersection).

A slightly tangental note - they have this big spinning LIDAR (? I assume) on the roof of the vehicle. I'm pretty sure that thing is damn expensive and I admit I would be sorely tempted tot liberate one if they were all over the neighborhood. Also, it appears to make the roof rack unusable, so the weekend warrior types would need to find some other way of dragging their bikes / kayaks / foam top surfboards around if that continues to be a part of the sensor array.

about 6 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

supervillainsf Re:Just Tack on a Fee (626 comments)

I see google cars on a regular basis - On the freeway they are frequently ~10mph over the limit. I read this article last night so today when I encountered one I made a point to check to see if it was being driver operated or not. It appearted, though I am not positive that it was running autononomously. If CHP felt like enforcing the actual speed limit they definately ticket. Also anectodtal, but twice I've been cut off by them when the drivers got impatient while waiting for a left turn arrow and have jumped out of the turn lane into traffic going straight, so while the AI of the car might not make mistakes, the abillity to override the car means the driver can still make all sorts of violations.

about 6 months ago
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US Government To Study Bitcoin As Possible Terrorist Threat

supervillainsf Re:Sounds reasonable (210 comments)

The real reason you go through the scantron is to keep you from packing hundreds to your torso and walking out of the country.

What if I forgot a #2 pencil and used a pen - can the scantron still see them?

about 7 months ago
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Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

supervillainsf Re:So I was sitting behind a Gbus/Fbus on 85 today (692 comments)

Except for the fact that there is no city bus that runs from San Francisco or Berekely to Mountain View, so the competition would be with CalTrain which is owned by Amtrak. As for Bus service, anyone who does the SF - South Bay commute will be familiar with Bauer's busses and they are a private company doing exactly what you are saying can't be done. So, the whole "can't compete with gubment" thing is a bit stupid in this context.

about 10 months ago
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Ferrari's New Car Tech Idea: Make Car Go Really Fast

supervillainsf Re:My Mazerati does 185 (226 comments)

If you don't even know how to spell Maserati, I seriously doubt you own one.

Whoosh - that's the sound of a Maserati passing over your head.

about a year ago
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Curiosity Rewarded: Florida Teen Heading to Space Camp, Not Jail

supervillainsf Re:Good to see intelligence rewarded for once. (241 comments)

If the GP had children of their own, would they not know what children are like? Thus, if they do not know what children are like, they clearly have none of their own. And, yes, I have intentionally posted something redundant in order to point out your redundancy.

I know quite a few parents who have no idea what children are like. You presume a level of interaction with ones spawn that is not necessarily present.

about a year and a half ago
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Make Your Own Invisibility Cloak With a 3D Printer

supervillainsf Re:Ready made missile cloak? (80 comments)

Why would you need to be invisible to radar to hang out in front of Starbucks?

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Planks Would You Want In a Platform of a Political Party?

supervillainsf Re:Mandatory gun ownership (694 comments)

I think there's something to this, but I think it should be an annual hunting trip. The kids will actually have to kill something, clean it and eat it. Might even have the side benefit of helping people understand that meat doesn't originate in the grocery store.

about a year and a half ago
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UK Privacy Watchdog: 'Right To Be Forgotten' On the Web Unworkable

supervillainsf Re:NO, FUCK YOU (134 comments)

If you're worried about it, I'd suggest not using g+ to log into sites that don't require it. Also, just stop using any web service that doesn't respect the privacy rights you require. In fact, I see a business opportunity right there - you should build a google/facebook/whatever competitor that is totally private and secure and doesn't track anything - people will flock to it and you'll make money hand over fist, i'm sure.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft, Partners Probed Over Bribery Claims

supervillainsf Re:Hate to defend M$ in any way, but (137 comments)

Yup, it's why the whole "expediter" industry exists - to isolate American business from the "bad things" while still being able to operate in countries where you can't even get the most basic permits without money being passed under the table.

about a year and a half ago
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Obama Administration To Allow All Spy Agencies To Scour Americans' Finances

supervillainsf Re:There may still be some money stashed in a matt (405 comments)

Out of curiosity, could you expand on how you do it. Cash only seems like a difficult proposition with car/rent/mortgage/paychecks etc. Thanks in advance

about a year and a half ago
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Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph

supervillainsf Re:It's called the key (1176 comments)

If you read other articles it is mentioned that his car is modified for an unspecified handicap and couldn't be turned off or shifted into neutral. The police had even patched him into a call with an engineer from Renault who was unable to solve the problem.

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Sales Below Projections

supervillainsf Re:It wasn't time (663 comments)

It's really called the Charm Bar? Sounds like a hookup spot for Twinks.

about 2 years ago
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Man Arrested At Oakland Airport For Ornate Watch

supervillainsf Re:materials... (519 comments)

Dude, he's probably one of the maker set and built a watch from an arduino. The only crime is against efficient system design.

about 2 years ago
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Canadian Island's Historic Hot Springs Dry Up After Earthquake

supervillainsf Re:Fracking (97 comments)

I have some really good friends from Canada and they all seem to have a sense of humor so I can only assume you have some totally irrational dislike of your southern neighbors that impairs your sarcasm detector, or you're just dumb as shit.

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Turn Air Into Petrol

supervillainsf Re:cold fusion fraud again? (580 comments)

I know, right! I was so suprised when I found out that our grid in the United States was powered by one big plant in the middle of the country. And even more suprising is that it is fueld by the bodies of all the uninsured people we heartlessly let die on the front steps of our hospitals. But then again I guess that explains the constant black outs we experience here. Dumbass!

more than 2 years ago
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Counterfeit Air Bag Racket Blows Up

supervillainsf Re:Well, that explains it (288 comments)

I don't RTFA, but there's not a single thing in TFS saying the "counterfeits" are defective or dangerous. Indeed, no one's been hurt. Sounds like it's just a case of trademark infringement, a practice that usually saves the consumer money.

Let me translate your post:

"I got really poor marks in reading comprehension and am way too lazy to actually click on a link and spend a whole 2 minutes of my life reading something that isn't distilled down to LCD levels, but I really felt the need to post something that demonstrates my bias"

Thank you for posting I am a better person for reading your intelligent comment.

more than 2 years ago

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