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Comment: Re:Infrastructure (Score 1) 287

by 1800maxim (#44893065) Attached to: Tesla Working On Autonomous Cars: Musk Wants Teslas With Auto-Pilot

What it does. This is not easy to explain to women and the mechanically innocent....

More from the article:

Under the hood there's a shiny hunk of mechanism, smaller than a breadbox, that houses a reversible electric motor, a flyball governor, and associated electrical gadgetry. A flexible shaft resembling a speedometer cable feeds in car-speed information; a rod leading to the carburetor linkage executes commands to the throttle.

What's a breadbox?

Comment: let us celebrate instead (Score 4, Funny) 249

by 1800maxim (#44241663) Attached to: City-Sized Ice Shelf Breaks Free Of Antarctica
The oppressive regime of Antarctica has long been opressing its constituents.

The world celebrates the ice shelf's newly found freedom, and hopes this will pave the way to democracy in the entire region. When asked about what the ice shelf plans to do with its newly found freedom, it humbly replied "just going to drift a few kms that way, hopefully leading the way for many others to follow."

When asked for comment, the visibly agitated Penguin Brotherhood declined to comment beyond blaming the west-sponsored Carbon Revolution.

Comment: Just to call out on the VW thing (Score 1) 583

by 1800maxim (#43995271) Attached to: Snowden's Big Truth: We Are All Less Free
VW/Audi group has opened up its software to third parties... It is THE MOST OPEN car platform you can scan, hack, and play with, bar none. That's why guys like Ross-Tech sell their VAG-COM / VCDS software and ANY COMPETENT mechanic who knows what he's doing will use that software instead of cheap generic OBD-II scanners.

You also need to educate yourself before doing any repairs on the car, that's part of the process.

Disclaimer: I'm a successful DIY-er on my Audi, and I use aftermarket VCDS software to access and program all computer modules of my car.

Comment: You must not be familiar with keyless (Score 5, Informative) 398

by 1800maxim (#43918135) Attached to: Keyless Remote Entry For Cars May Have Been Cracked
A driver carries a pass, a credit card sized remote (or a keyless fob). As the driver approaches the vehicle, the vehicle scans the remote and is ready to unlock if you touch the handle. The door handle also has a sensor where your thumb goes. As soon as you touch it, and if the vehicle registers the keyless remote, the door is opened.

Such cars (usually) have push-button start systems that also work based on the proximity of the keyless remote.

It is very convenient if your hands are full and you want to open the rear door, for example, without having to search your pocket and fumble with buttons.

Approach the car, open the handle, press the button - drive. No need to even touch the key/remote, which sits in your wallet or pocket.

Comment: Many testers are paid comparable to devs (Score 2) 220

by 1800maxim (#43644949) Attached to: A Case For a Software Testing Undergrad Major
But then you'd actually have to pay them like developers.

Many testers are. Correction - many good testers are.

Do you really want to graduate from college, after paying all that money, and have your primary skill set be "to develop system diagrams, build complex SQL, run log analysis, set up a cloud test environment, and write automation scripts?" That sounds like a couple semesters at DeVry.

Agreed. Computer Science is what you learn in university, programming and use of products (such as SQL) is self-learned. If you can't self-learn, you go to Devry.

Comment: Right... and we never had to learn languages? (Score 1) 39

by 1800maxim (#43590209) Attached to: How Facebook Built Natural Language Into Graph Search
Although human beings think nothing of speaking in 'natural' language, a machine must not only learn all the grammatical building-blocks we take for granted—it needs to compensate for the quirks and errors that inevitably pop up in the course of speech.

We, humans, had to "learn" to speak, and the process began at a very young age - at birth (or some say even before that). We only take it for granted because we managed to learn and excel at languages.

We also need to compensate for the quirks and errors that inevitably pop up. Hang around Slashdot, and you'll read story summaries that will test this ability to the limits.

The difference is that we do self-learn, and machines do not (at this point).

Comment: Gotcha! So THAT's why they allowed the bombings (Score 1) 508

by 1800maxim (#43558583) Attached to: NYC Police Comm'r: Privacy Is 'Off the Table' After Boston Bombs
It was a way to get people to agree to more cameras... Right?

In any case, how will more CCTV cameras prevent bombings? The Tsarnaev brothers set off their bombs amidst one of the heaviest police/security presence, who were incidentally running a drill.

Neither surveillance cameras nor police presence will prevent terrorist bombinbs. They could potentially make it easier to catch the perpetrators AFTER a terrorist act has been committed.

In any formula, constants (especially those obtained from handbooks) are to be treated as variables.

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