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Comment Re:Never Down (Score 1) 221

Um, you do realize that there are networking technologies to protect the network from practically every scenario that you mentioned?

Four nines availability means that a network is down 52 minutes per year. Five nines means five minutes per year, less than a second a day. I'm sure few are actually timing it, but I highly doubt Apple is even achieving 4 nines with all of their services. Would anyone notice if iTunes is down for a few seconds a day?

Comment Re:No biggie (Score 1) 162

Looks like my next car will be a Leaf.

I love what Tesla is doing with technology, but I'm really disappointed with their marketing. If they could explain their story and their limitations clearly, without calling it "self driving" or "autopilot", they would gain so much credibility and advance the state of the art without endangering the public's acceptance of self-driving cars by needlessly pushing social limits.

Comment Never Down (Score 5, Insightful) 221

This team was responsible for building a network at Apple that was so reliable it would never down. Not rarely — never.

Leave it to business insider to make ludicrous claims about network availability. If Apple's network had 99.99% uptime, and it would cost ten billion dollars to add another 9 to it, I'm pretty sure they'd rather pocket that money than spend it on more redundant switches/routers.

Comment Let's Take a Moment and Look to Samsung... (Score 1) 45

Let's take a moment and look at a company that is really doing right. I've been incredibly impressed with the way that Samsung has handled this situation, given the amount it will cost them. The vast majority of companies (e.g., Toyota brake systems, Apple iPhone batteries, XBox power issues) would continully deny the existence of a problem right up until the recall and then do the absolute minimum necessary. The fact that Samsung is going above and beyond what it would take to limit their liability should be lauded.

Comment Re:2 years seems rather excessive (Score 3, Funny) 87

2 years to build a new Soyuz capsule after it's ordered? It takes Boeing and Airbus about 80 days to build a 777 or A380.

Wow, 80 days to make a 777? It takes Toyota only 17 hours to make a car! Wow, 17 hours to make a car? It takes my corner deli three minutes to make a sandwhich!

False comparisons anyone?

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 87

ISS, like the Space Shuttle program before, is more of an ongoing PR promotion (and jobs program) than any kind of useful scientific mission. Either send humans to Mars or stick with unmanned missions.

How would sending a handful of astronauts to Mars to live on life support for a few days be any less of a PR stunt than the ISS?

Comment Re:Building wealth (Score 2) 490

The thing that made America great in the last half of the 20th century was the ability for citizens to build and keep wealth.

Maybe it was also that all the factories and wealth in Europe was destroyed, and that the U.S. was one of the few countries in the world with working infrastructure. Maybe all of this is just inevitable.

Comment Re:Every generation has a similar problem (Score 1) 84

There are always things that distract parents from family time.

Television has been far more harmful than smartphones or the internet. An entire generation grew up from the 70s to mid 90s totally glued to television programming and their sponsors. Smartphones have a bad side, but they are at least moderately active, requiring users to search and find content they like. TV is as passive as it gets, total brain rot.

Comment Re:Mandate higher speeds NOW!! (Score 3, Insightful) 168

It is just unfair, that the rich have a better life than the poor... The government must mandate equal quality of life for all!

I get that you're being sarcastic, but if you believe that the internet is as trans-formative as electricity, roads, or in-door plumbing, then there is a good argument that it should be available to all.

Comment Re:What's the new DUI? (Score 1) 36

My guess is the lawyers will go after whomever has the deepest pockets that they think they can force to a settlement, liability be damned.

In a perfect world people wouldn't be dirt bags so this wouldn't happen. In our world i would guarantee you're 100% correct.

They're not necessarily dirtbags for doing so. Those with the deepest pockets also have the greatest ability to prevent accidents. If you have the ability to prevent an accident, you're more responsible for preventing one.

Comment Re:Neither Necessary Nor Sufficient (Score 2) 168

Do smart cars need lines on the road they can actually see or are the faded-to-nothingness lane and directional dividing lines sufficient?

Absolutely, faded lines should be sufficient! Nobody would get into a car if they knew they would die if the lane dividers were faded.

That said, it's reasonable to assume that having brightly lit lines will allow cars to move faster on closer. Similarly, with smart roads: I can see them being used to increase efficiency, but they should not have to be necessary.

Comment Re:Speaking of contradictions... (Score 1) 50

But three former Yahoo employee have now said that actually the court-ordered search "was done by a module attached to the Linux kernel -- in other words, it was deeply buried near the core of the email server operating system, far below where mail sorting was handled... They said that made it hard to detect and also made it hard to figure out what the program was doing."

Why is this a contradiction? Yahoo deals with billions of messages of a day. It's entirely possible that Yahoo built Kernel modules to handle mail sorting to squeeze out more performance from the kernel.

Comment Re:Why Should I Care About ArchLinux? (Score 1) 77

I guarantee you in the last year /. has done at least 3 articles each on Ubuntu, Mint, Red Hat, and Gentoo (and OpenBSD and FreeBSD), and at least 1 on various others.

Ubuntu, Red Hat, FreeBSD, and Gentoo have been popular for long enough to deserve the attention. But both Arch (and Mint too) seem like upstarts. Before broadcasting every release, I think we should see more articles explaining their benefits.

Comment Neither Necessary Nor Sufficient (Score 5, Insightful) 168

Smart roads are neither necessary nor sufficient to realize driverless cars. They are unnecessary, because imaging technology is increasing at a nice clip, obviating their need. All of the applications addressed in the article could be realized with smart cars communicating with each other, rather than smart roadside sensors communicating from the street.

Further, road sensors won't be sufficient, because even assuming the cost of these smart sensors becomes relatively inexpensive, there are simply too many less traveled roads to install them on. There are many millions of miles of unpaved dirt roads, newly constructed roads, and roads that are damaged by nature. Cars will need to drive effectively without roadside sensors.

The one application I can see of roadside sensors is possibly to increase accuracy on major highways, thus increasing the max speed of the driverless cars on the road.

Comment Re:This should have been put together by Unicode (Score 2) 175

The Unicode consortium should have published glyphs like these as part of the effort of defining the standard.

Why did it take a separate private company to do this?

Probably because building a consortium to even define the characters is hard enough and expensive. Getting buy-in from everyone in the consortium to develop high quality glyphs for orphan languages would have reduced overall support. I agree they should have, but I don't think most company's are as generous as Google.

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