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EU Parliament Rejects Asylum For Snowden

zmollusc Re:IOW (88 comments)

Well, a punt is too heavy to carry (irish people may argue with this) so floating it on water is the obvious way to move it around. You could fit wheels to it, i suppose, but then it would be more of a cart.

about 2 months ago

Amazon: We Can Ship Items Before Customers Order

zmollusc Awesome (243 comments)

I have an idea where Amazon can set up their delivery nodes which will store goods until the nearby customers actually place an order! They can utilise all those defunct bricks-and-mortar shops which used to store goods until the nearby customers actually wanted them. They all went bust for some reason.

about 3 months ago

Nissan Leaf Prototype Becomes First Autonomous Car On Japanese Highways

zmollusc Re:But does it ... (140 comments)

"Whew! That was an expensive monthly trip to Walmart. Come pick me up, car, we have a shitload of shopping to get home."

"I am sorry, I can't do that, Dave. Kids have dragged a trashcan across the exit of the parking lot again. I and 1500 other cars are stuck eight miles away from your current location"

"Little Bastards. Okay, I will get a cab. See you at home when the cops clear the exit"

"Hello, you have reached Johnnycabs. We are sorry, but we are experiencing unprecedented demand at this time. Please hold. You are number 1500 in a queue."

about 4 months ago

Nissan Leaf Prototype Becomes First Autonomous Car On Japanese Highways

zmollusc Re: I think people just won't own these cars (140 comments)

Like when you have a stroke. Your brain knows that it is impaired and you go get medical attention.

How many layers of sensors and redundancy will be enough?

about 4 months ago

Nissan Leaf Prototype Becomes First Autonomous Car On Japanese Highways

zmollusc Re: I think people just won't own these cars (140 comments)

The brakes on my car went from good to bad rather quickly when a seal failed in the slave cylinder, likewise my power steering failed entirely when a belt to the pump snapped.

about 4 months ago

1.5 Million Pages of Ancient Manuscripts Online

zmollusc Neat! (79 comments)

We can crowdsource all the Dan Brown clues-hidden-by-the-ancients malarky and discover thousands of Holy Grails, Atlantises, Lemurias, El Dorados, Alien Saucers etc.

about 4 months ago

Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You

zmollusc Re:Show time (722 comments)

If we do away with speed limits, we will have to create a whole new set of phoney baloney jobs for the people currently devising/impementing/enforcing speed limits, otherwise we would have to put billions of dollars through a wood chipper every year.

about 6 months ago

Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You

zmollusc Crash data. (722 comments)

If i built my own data logger and was involved in an accident, my data would show that I was the innocent party, too.

about 6 months ago

Tesla Working On Autonomous Cars: Musk Wants Teslas With Auto-Pilot

zmollusc Re:Pointless (287 comments)

I will enjoy watching robocars negotiate roadworks where they need to go on the 'wrong' side of the road (or off the road entirely), obey hand/audio ('stick it between those cones a minute, while we back the digger out, thanks mate') signals from workers, read diversion route information from improvised signs etc

about 7 months ago

Windows 8.1 RTM Trickling Out, With Start Menu and Boot-to-Desktop

zmollusc A step in the right direction! (496 comments)

It appears that Microsoft are responding to the needs of their customers. This is a good start. Next they need to dump Trusted Computing and a whole load of other crap.
Keep going down this road, Microsoft, and I will be gladly forking out my hard-earned money for Windows 15.

about 8 months ago

College Students Hijack $80 Million Yacht With GPS Signal Spoofing

zmollusc Well, Duh! (140 comments)

Of course you can spoof wireless signals, that is why I ran cat6 to my GPS sats. Even if a solar EMP thing destroys the circuitry I can get a pretty good approximation from the slack in the cable.

about 9 months ago

How Ubiquitous Autonomous Cars Could Affect Society (Video)

zmollusc Re:Social Chaos (369 comments)

WTF? Robotic vehicles will not get tickets? Why not? Because they don't break the law? Traffic law will soon adapt to robotic cars.
Police departments will cut jobs because there is less work to do? In what universe? The paperwork will expand as officers ticket robocars for displaying 'excessive grime build-up on sensor areas' , 'refusal to pull over in a timely manner when instructed' etc.

about 10 months ago

How Ubiquitous Autonomous Cars Could Affect Society (Video)

zmollusc Autonomous? Vulnerable! (369 comments)

Thanks to the internets, we have a good idea how many jerks there are in society (looking at youtube, it seems to be about 60%).
Autonomous vehicles will have to be super-dooper cautious to avoid innocent people getting injured and suing the bejesus out of the owner/operator, and this will result in them being mercilessly trolled by people jaywalking in front of them/creating cardboard roadblocks/dazzling their sensors etc. I can envisage bored people ordering pizza so they can watch the pizza delivery vanbot try and negotiate the maze they have built.

about 10 months ago

British Foreign Secretary on Surveillance Worries: '"Law Abiding Citizens Have Nothing To Fear"

zmollusc The devil in the detail. (404 comments)

"Only terrorists, criminals and spies should fear secret activities of the British and US intelligence agencies."

Very true. The problem is that the intelligence agencies also get to decide who is labelled a terrorist, criminal or spy.

about 10 months ago

Space Junk 'Cleaning' Missions Urgently Needed

zmollusc Re:My Idea! (165 comments)

Yes. The trick is to use an electromagnet and rapidly cycle the current.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Are There Any Good Reasons For DRM?

zmollusc Re:Naysayers (684 comments)

I will come round your house and mow your lawn for a dollar, but i then own the copyright of mowing your lawn. Anyone else mowing the lawn has to get my permission first and give me a dollar, I reserve the right to increase my fees, you can't sue me if i screw up my records and your lawn is never mown again. etc

about a year ago

Windows 8.1 May Restore Boot-To-Desktop, Start Button

zmollusc Re:Too little too late (628 comments)

Your honey can change gears with her free hand, surely?

1 year,2 days

Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM

zmollusc Really? (394 comments)

If their crappy content delivery method is susceptible to glitches and quality degredation, I will only subscribe if they are happy for my payments to suffer from similar quality degredation (bounced cheques/ washers and buttons instead of coins/ refused transactions).

1 year,2 days

Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Preserve a "Digital Inheritance"?

zmollusc How dare you! (191 comments)

That stuff you paid for isn't yours to leave to anyone! What are you, some kind of pinko terrorist?

1 year,3 days

The History of the Floppy Disk

zmollusc Re:Yeah , they were pretty unreliable (204 comments)

I yearned for a floppy disk drive while i pissed around with audio cassettes. Booting and running dos 3.3 from floppy (many years later) was sheer joy.

about a year and a half ago


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