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Comment Re:What does this even mean ? (Score 1) 365

there is no statistical power to any of the claims that "self-driving" is safer, or even as safe as human driven cars.

Also, there is no production-ready self-driving car so it may be just a little too early to demand such data.

Mercedes-Benz is painting a target on itself for claims it didn't need to make - the function in these situations is to stop the car and nothing else.

You know, besides affecting the length of the speed vector the self-driving car is also capable altering the heading of the speed vector so yes, there is more to it than simply stopping the car.

Comment Re: Reading too much /. (Score 1) 111

You can't trademark sound or lyric because they belong to copyright category.

Trademark and copyright are two distinct aspects that have nothing to do with each other so there's nothing to prevent a thing to be both a trademark and under copyright protection (Mickey Mouse is a very prominent example of such).

And of course you can trademark sound - even the USPTO website displays a collection of trademarked sounds.

Comment Re:Oh yeah? Then what are you gonna do about it? (Score 2) 410

What is sketchy is the retrospective nature of the "and grab a few billion from Apple while you're fixing it".

Not really, it goes all according to the rules. When you are cheating with your taxes, does the Tax Office just say that you should not cheat any more or will it demand all the money you should have paid? Of course the latter.
And as such, there's also a time limit, in this case 10 years (it goes back to 2003 as the 10 years begins from the start of the investigation, 2013) so although there was some shady business going on between Ireland and Apple since 1991, not all of the unpaid taxes have to be paid.

Comment please, editors (Score 5, Informative) 87

So, to get this right:
  - it's an update of the basic Kindle
  - the "memory" referred to in the summary is the system RAM, the storage space probably remains 4 GB (but Amazon is not very good at supplying exact specs for the Kindle line)
  - its screen has nothing to do with the Paperwhite's, it remains the same old 167 ppi, unlit screen of Kindle 4 vintage
  - the touchscreen was introduced by the 2014 update, it stays the same
  - the price also stays the same, $100 or $80 with ads
  - it actually got a little lighter and smaller

Comment Re:Energy density per kg (Score 2) 242

Instead of electric engines they used regular jet engines, with the combustion chamber using heat from the reactor instead of burning fuel.

Actually what they have managed to do (both the USA and the russians) is to put a working nuclear reactor on a aircrafts using conventional engines - the reactors had nothing to do with moving the aircrafts. After that point, the projects were abandoned because there were too many problems (radiation shielding was a big one).

Comment Re:Quality was never the problem (Score 2) 565

Not so long ago, on an Ubuntu VM (I think), I was trying to change some system configuration or another.

There simply was no interface to edit whatever it was I was trying to do. You just sort of ran off the end of the earth, and then you were on your own.

The same also applies to Windows, nothing new here.

Comment Re:Notch is abhorrent (Score 2) 63

Zachary Barth made infinimer, of which Notch took the unencrypted source code and made Minecraft.

That's a pretty serious allegiation that would be easy to prove since the source code for Infiniminer was leaked and the source code for Minecraft was reversed - yet nobody came up with this but you.
Do you have any proof or we can just assume that you are spewing bullshit?

Notch Persson gave nothing back.

I would think helping out Humble Bundle (with money and with spreading the word) in itself classifies as giving back to the indie scene.

He shit all over the Indie scene, having made himself thie authoratitve voice in indy culture.

Oh, yeah, we all know the story of the extrovert Notch who has pushed himself into the limelight... oh, wait, no, it's something you have fabricated.

Frankly, if you dislike someone, just say so, but do not make up shit and especially do not make up shit that is obviously not true.

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