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Comment Misleading headline (Score 5, Informative) 1167 1167

Hillview Police detective Charles McWhirter of says you can't fire your gun in the city.

He wasn't charged for shooting a drone, he was charged to discharging a gun within city limits. Reckless endangerment doesn't have anything to do with drones it means he was being a risk to public safety.

Comment Nice (Score 1, Insightful) 434 434

Dozens of the emails provided by Hillary Clinton have been retroactively classified as part of the review of her emails as they are screened for public release.

Nice. Retroactively classify information, then open a criminal inquiry over the release of classified information.

Absolutely no political motivation behind this witch hunt-- I mean investigation.

Comment Re:Crash Mitigation (Score 2) 549 549

A human will, for the forseeable future, be potentially far greater at this kind of improvisational disaster-avoidance than any computer when dealing with limited data in situations where no course of action is clearly favorable.

That is a completely bogus argument. Machines don't have to match humans in every ridiculous driving scenario. Self-driving cars only have to be +1 better than the average human driver to take over. Google's self-driving cars are better than 90% of drivers on the road and that's good enough.

The biggest obstacle to driverless cars isn't the technology, it's the arrogance of human beings with illusory superiority.

Comment Re:Finally the problem is clear (Score 1) 549 549

A human driver could easily make the decision to swerve up onto the sidewalk, or even to brake-check and nudge itself closer to the car in front, thus giving the car behind time to stop.

Baloney. The car was stopped at a red light. Thinking a human driver is going to pull some amazing shit to avoid getting rear ended is just retarded.

Machines are better drivers than humans. Get used to it.

Comment I used to see that all the time (Score 5, Interesting) 251 251

Before NMCI came along, I was tasked with taking over a mapping application for the Navy and discovered the app was sending admin credentials in clear text in the URL string. Instead being of grateful I found the obvious sloppy coding they accused me of trying to pad my billing with make work and blaming the previous programmer. When I explained their application was crap and a giant security hole they would say, "Well, it works for us."

So I totally understand how apps like that make it online.

Comment Re:Shocker... (Score 2) 278 278

A segment of the population has views that are different from the average of the entire population.

You don't get a "view" on conclusions that are supported by an overwhelming weight of facts and data. You are also not entitled to a "view" that comes from a coordinated and deliberate effort to mislead by news outlets with a political agenda.

It boils down to the simple reality that one side of the debate thinks they're entitled to their own facts.

Comment Re:Criminalization of homelessness (Score 1) 940 940

I walk by piles of homeless people's feces on my way from the parking garage I use in the mornings to the building I work in every morning (Downtown, Houston TX) and I wish they'd criminalize the homeless. This shit (literally) is getting out of hand. On the North side of downtown there's a small army of bums who wander the streets constantly looking for handouts and shitting/pissing in every flower bed, parking lot, and alley they can find. These aren't "poor unfortunate families facing hard times" either. They're fucking hobos who spend whatever you give them on alcohol and drugs. I know this because I watch them go into the little no-name liquor store that opened right across the street from the community center (translation: "handout factory") and watch the police bust them for drugs daily. I don't want to sound like a completely heartless asshole (I'm only mostly a heartless asshole) and I get that "poor unfortunate families facing hard times" exist, need help, and should be assisted in getting back on their feet but there are too many lazy SOB's just getting wasted and high using the few systems we have in place to help those the legitimately needy to subsidize their leeching lives.

Comment Re:Maybe, maybe not (Score 1) 529 529

Now, there may actually be a very few people who do genuinely have the problem, but when you come to do the studies, you sample a large number of people. You do the statistics. You do not conclude that there is no link - studies like these cannot show that there is *no* link. You conclude - correctly - that there is no statistically significant link. But there still might (or might not) be a real problem for a very few people.

This is like people who claim they have ESP and magical abilities. If there were even ONE legitimate case, they could simply walk into a casino and repeatedly win multi-million dollar wins until every casino on the planet bans them.

All it takes is ONE "electrosensitive" who can consistently answer yes/no to whether an antenna is broadcasting. Much like ESP and other supernatural abilities, so far they do not exist.


Comment Re: Tell me... (Score 4, Insightful) 172 172

The 'purchaser' doesn't pay less, but the writer gets paid less because Amazon just wants to pay them less.

That's it right there. If the reader turns the pages and you end up getting more at the end of the book, then I can work with that. But that's not what's happening. If someone buys your book and doesn't read it, you get squat but Amazon still gets paid.

It's kind of a ripoff for authors.

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