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Comment Re:Sorry - whose car is this? (Score 1) 301

If it's good enough to drive at all, it's good enough to be put to use for the purpose I bought it.

The problem is there's likely regulatory issues involved. In states where legislation to regulate self-driving cars has been introduced, they've largely been treated as experimental vehicles where their usage is restricted. Using it for commercial purposes would likely violate the limited scope under which these vehicles have been allowed in the road.

Comment Re:It's not rocket science.. (Score 4, Informative) 314

Oh for God's sake. You're citing Philippe Rushton, a textbook definition of a racist, past president of the Pioneer Fund and frequent contributor to American Renaissance, both organizations classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as hate groups, and you want us to give equal weight to his arguments that blacks have smaller brains and unrestrained libido? He's been thoroughly debunked by many, but Joseph Grave's debunking of Rushton is one of the most thorough.

It's a sad day for slashdot when works by a noted racist thinker gets modded +5 and conspiracy theories on a presidential candidate's health make the front page.

Comment Re:Enforce current regulations (Score 1) 239

There is no ambiguity in law. Air rights are well established enough by law that the airspace above a property can be sold for millions of dollars in dense urban areas like New York, and the FAA is required to provide compensation for property owners near airports to provide navigation easement for low flying aircraft. While the exact height limit may vary depending on the jurisdiction, the notion that one owns the air above your property is very clear in law.

Comment Enforce current regulations (Score 5, Interesting) 239

There are already existing regulations covering drones, and I see no need to add additional rules:
  • If you're flying above 500ft, you're flying in FAA regulated airspace, and air traffic control becomes an issue. Heavy regulation is a necessity.
  • If you're flying below 500ft and over private land without permission, you're potentially trespassing, and should be pursued as such. Landowners own air rights over their land up to the FAA-regulated height (500ft but as low as 83ft near airports).
  • If you're below 500ft, over public land or over private land with permission, there is no real issue in my opinion, and no need for additional regulations.

Really, the existing regulations work fine if they were enforced properly.

Comment Re:Insufficiently Realistic (Score 1) 323

If you can't actually fill them with a truly realistic substitute for unwanted infant fluids, they're worthless.

They're worse than worthless, they're giving a false idea that having a baby is easier than it seems.

By not fully simulating all the aspects of having a baby - from cleaning dirty diapers, to the financial aspects of dealing with the baby, to the changes in your social life - they're giving a false impression of what having a baby is really like. Instead, they made it seem like a game that only required them to press a button every few hours when the "baby" wails. They made having a baby similar to performing a series of in-game quests for the Pokemon generation, so it's no surprise those with the baby dolls had a much higher rate of pregnancy.

Submission + - Uber Loses at Least $1.2 Billion in First Half of 2016 (

An anonymous reader writes: The ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc. is not a public company, but every three months, dozens of shareholders get on a conference call to hear the latest details on its business performance from its head of finance, Gautam Gupta.

On Friday, Gupta told investors that Uber's losses mounted in the second quarter. Even in the U.S., where Uber had turned a profit during its first quarter, the company was once again losing money.

"It's hardly rare for companies to lose large sums of money as they try to build significant markets and battle for market share," said Joe Grundfest, professor of law and business at Stanford. "The interesting challenge is for them to turn the corner to become profitable, cash-flow-positive entities."

Comment Re:Does anybody really doubt it (Score 1) 706

Well, it wasn't a robbery since nothing was taken...

In most cases that robberies go wrong and a shot is fired (typically because the victim resists) nothing is taken. This is because the sound of gunshot will attract attention very quickly. And for a robber, lingering around a homicide is far more dangerous than lingering around the scene of a robbery.

Comment Re:Of course not. (Score 1) 1010

I would point out that the director of the FBI, James Comey, who recommended not pursuing charges, is a Republican who's donated to Republican candidates in the past, and who served under George W. Bush. And Lynch had already vowed to follow his recommendations. So while I see a lot of grumbling here about political bias in Hillary's favour, just as strong of a case could be made of a Republican bias against her in the investigation.

Comment Re:Bloody F!@#ing Idiots. (Score 2) 202

Most of the cost of paving a road is not the surface material, it's the labour and the equipment.

Agreed, which is why I think solar roadways are doomed to failure. Patching a crack in a traditional roadway involves throwing a patch of asphalt in the pothole by a couple of unskilled construction workers. Patching a damaged solar roadway would necessitate replacing an entire segment of roadway.

In engineering, when combining two functions in one item you're usually looking for complimentary requirements that can be used to provide synergy between the two. The requirements of roadways and solar panels are fundamentally different with little to no overlap. It would be far simpler to construct a roadway and solar panel network, with the solar panels installed in the median of the road, than trying to combine the two into a product that will likely be more expensive and more inefficient than building a separate road and solar panel network.

Comment Re:Nonsense editorializing (Score 2) 117

There are LEED rated buildings designed to maximize air circulation in a building and minimize the use of air conditioning, but still allowing for air conditioning when the need demands it. One can have a building with good air circulation and also have air conditioning - the two are not mutually exclusively. His point perhaps is that some of the buildings built around air conditioning can only exist with active cooling - many of the modern glass buildings constructed would become uninhabitable greenhouses without air conditioning.

This seems similar to the debate centering the role of artificial lighting in buildings. During the heyday of Brutalism in architecture in the 60s, many large public buildings were built without windows in the belief that windows were no longer needed when artificial lighting was ubiquitous. Fortunately architects now realize that maximizing natural light is more desirable, and having a building depend on artificial lighting makes for a poor building design.

Comment Re:It's the security line, stupid (Score 1) 307

Indeed. The reports from the attack are indicating that one of the attackers detonated a bomb in the car park outside the security perimeter, and the other two attackers entered through the arrival halls, where one of them shot his way through security zones. Increasing metal detectors and x-rays would have done nothing for the first bomber, and would have hardly have stopped the other two who shot their way past the x-ray detectors.

Comment Re:Have to give it to Apple..... (Score 5, Informative) 771

The 3.5mm is a miniaturized version of the 6.35mm audio jack which was originally introduced for telephone switchboards in 1878. It is the oldest existing electrical standard in use. Given its age and longevity, pretty much the entire audio industry has developed around this standard. Replacing it would require replacing every piece of electronic audio equipment produced over the last 140 years, from audio jacks in cars and airplanes to laptops,camcorders, as well as phones. It takes a lot of arrogance from Apple to think they can upend a widespread and ubiquitous standard that has withstood the test of time, and force every single audio equipment to use a connector to connect with an iphone.

Comment Re:How to gain influence... (Score 1) 412

What you're talking about is electoral fusion. It used to be widespread in the United States and minor third parties in the US such as the Populist Party used it successfully to gain influence as suggested. However, the major parties joined together to ban the practice and it is currently illegal in all but 8 states, making it a non-viable alternative.

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