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Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

wildtech Politicians playing at looking busy? (226 comments)

Doesn't broad legislation like this hinder new technology advancements that could benefit drivers and improve safety? How about HUD displays wearable or projected on the windshield providing information at a glance instead of turning your head and looking for the idiot lights on the console. Some of these HUD systems can improve safety by improving early warning during poor visibility as well as traffic alerts such as warning about accidents ahead and warning you to reduce speed.

Where was the legislation when complex audio systems were introduced that require more attention from driving to operate? Handheld devices are just 'another' example along with Google Glass that are additional distractions 'when used in an unsafe manner'. Better get rid of the AC/heater controls as they are just a distraction from the driving task as well. There are already laws on the books to address negligence. Do we really need to add laws specific to each new device type that comes on the market?

about a year ago

Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

wildtech Why does anyone even watch tv anymore? (424 comments)

Not much worth watching on TV these days anyway. Hasn't been much for a while.
Between Redbox, NetFlix and Hulu I have enough entertainment on demand and don't waste my time watching crap by 'channel surfing'.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Programmer At 40?

wildtech I agree (314 comments)

Go for it. The only one that should be telling you what you can or can't do is yourself.
If you have a passion for something you will enjoy it and may become very good at it.

about a year and a half ago

EA Repeats As 'Worst Company In America'

wildtech Worst company in America? (346 comments)

I think this is somewhat simplistic. EA operates by the use of unethical practices to milk their customers out of money, but this is a video game company. If they folded tomorrow, the country's economy would not be impacted. Wall Street would not really care. The only people who would be impacted would be their employees.

There are worse businesses out there that do cause significant harm to people in the US. How about Oil Companies? How about Walmart?

This is as silly as Barack Obama and Al Gore winning the Nobel Peace prize for playing politician at their day jobs.

If you don't like EA that much, then Don't give them your money. End of story.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Video Games Keep You From Using Linux?

wildtech My short list of what's missing from Linux... (951 comments)

The only reason I have reinstalled Windows on my PC's at home is for games and NetFlix. BattleField 3, Torchlight 2.
I am able to do everything else that I need with Linux.

more than 2 years ago

GNOME 3.8 To Scrap Fallback Mode

wildtech Re:And that will also mark (378 comments)

Bye bye Gnome. Last straw and all. The only way I could stomach using it was Classic mode.
However, there are some really good alternatives. XFCE, KDE, etc.

more than 2 years ago

Privacy Advocates Slam Google Drive's Privacy Policies

wildtech Re:More explicit descriptions than others (219 comments)

If they are being more explicit about it, then it should not involve a 'take' on it. It should be stated clearly.

We will only use your data if you mark it public. We will only use it in these explicit ways. ie., We will aggregate types and number of files, we will target ads to you in other Google services based upon content within your drive... Only when marked public. We will not scan your personal naughty documents and serve ads based on those unless they are marked public.

If it is explicitly well stated, then I shouldn't need to ask for clarification.

more than 2 years ago

The Dead Past: the Biggest Threat To Privacy Is Us

wildtech Because one gives up his rights willingly, must I? (130 comments)

Just because my neighbor doesn't close his blinds and hides nothing doesn't mean I do the same.
Why should my desire for privacy be limited by the little regard that my neighbor holds for his own.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Classroom Eco-Projects Suited To Alaska?

wildtech Possible options (157 comments)

Simplest would be a laptop with the right software. I don't know what might be available software-wise, but a little research should turn up something.

Is there a reason you can't use a grow light instead of solar power from the sun?

For an elaborate solution, assuming you have internet access from the remote sites... Do a 'Silent Running' type Biosphere somewhere sunny, with robots that can be remotely controlled to perform tasks as needed in this biosphere. The students would love it and you would get good publicity for the program as well as some corporate sponsorships if you pull it off.

That's all I got for you.

- WildTech

more than 3 years ago

Asimov Estate Authorizes New I, Robot Books

wildtech He's dead... (426 comments)

Since he is dead, he will not care if the series goes on. His wishes stopped carrying any weight when he stopped breathing.

The part that irks me is that the rights persist with his heirs. Too many people are getting by on the success of their ancestors.

If you are a musician, artist or author and you die, then you are not longer contributing to society. Your family needs to succeed or fail on their own ability and merits.

I can see a case for some rights to persist for a short term. Under the current system those rights are blown out of proportion to their relative contributions to society. Give the family 2-5 years to capitalize on the death of the rights holder, then put it in the public domain. Allow their contributions to society to really be a contribution and not a measure of greed.

As to whether or not a series should be continued against the 'dead' authors wishes, the market will show the viability of the product/work. If no one buys it then it speaks for itself. If it is popular, then it reinforces the reality that the original authors are not the only source of good ideas on that theme.

Some authors actually seem to understand this... They open their 'Story Universes' up to other authors to explore.

You can disagree if you like... That's what makes this system work... The 'right' to agree or disagree.

more than 5 years ago

Discuss the US Presidential Election

wildtech Vote Rational (1912 comments)

Done. Fill in the circle with a sharpie. Very easy.

Tried to pick the ones that will do the least damage.

Too many people are emotionally involved and can not make rational choices that help rather than hinder.

more than 6 years ago


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Technology Rant

wildtech wildtech writes  |  more than 10 years ago

The more technology replaces humans, the more humans sink into poverty. It seems that technology is being used to create a wealthy, powerful minority and a poor, used majority that is now dependent upon the technology.
Consider Agri-Business. Non germinating plants for food? seems like a bad idea. Electronic voting that the general public does not understand and will eventually be forced to use in spite of distrust. How about providing the poor voters with a computer so they can be indoctrinated more easily. Politicians could then provide politically correct (as in their views) information to the voters. Bye bye informed population. You don't really need to know about that, trust us (and our propoganda).

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