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Comment: Re: Easy grammar (Score 1) 626

What is curious is that small children almost always regularise verbs. In English, I've heard children say "buyed" instead of "bought", for instance. The only other language I know is Spanish, and my Spanish friends have told me that the same thing happens there too - kids saying "sabo" instead of "sé" for example.

Comment: Re:I'm pretty sure Jesus said not to do this (Score 1) 1168

by Alioth (#49386969) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

The problem is that the holy rollers won't lose money. Gays are a tiny minority. It is estimated that at most 5% of the population is gay, and only a fraction of them are "out", the rest miserably pretending to be heterosexual to fit in.

It is entirely possible that there will be *no* photographers in your small town who will photograph a gay wedding.

Comment: Re:Death traps. (Score 1) 451

by Alioth (#49291863) Attached to: Lyft CEO: Self-Driving Cars Aren't the Future

You are somewhat the rarity with your vintage car. For most people, drive by wire is already a thing. The throttle has been drive by wire for years on most cars, and some of today's cars are steer by wire. (Yes, there is manual reversion if it fails, but in normal driving you have no mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the wheels of the car). Many cars can brake independently of the driver. Even my 2007 Civic has traction control and ABS fitted as standard.

Comment: Re:Buggy whip makers said automobiles aren't... (Score 1) 451

by Alioth (#49291749) Attached to: Lyft CEO: Self-Driving Cars Aren't the Future

Traffic would probably flow considerably better in a city full of self driving cars. A lot of the chaos of city driving is because of human error and human reaction delays.

You only have to fly over a traffic jam on a major highway to see problems that could be significantly alleviated by self driving cars that communicate with each other. Quite often you see traffic jams with no explanation - a mile of stationary traffic, but there's no obstacle in front and none behind. What happened is two hours earlier someone slammed on their brakes, someone following too close had to brake harder, and eventually the whole highway stops. As long as traffic is not leaving the stopped area faster than it is arriving, you get a self-sustaining traffic jam long after the original cause has gone away. The self driving car will reduce the instances in the first place of the cause, and if it does happen will be able to as a group moderate their speed in such a way that you don't end up with a mile of stopped cars. Instead of the next car only starting after it has seen the previous one begin to move + reaction delay, all cars will be able to start moving at once or nearly so.

Comment: Re:Unicomp Keyboard (Score 2) 452

by Alioth (#49274333) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?

I have a Unicomp at home.

Our department is constantly criticised for "being lacksadasical", "not having enough urgency"... because our jobs involve sitting down and thinking a lot. (The finance director suggested we "walk quickly" to get rid of this perception).

My suggestion is we kit the entire department with Unicomp buckling spring keyboards. Not only will we enjoy typing more, but we will sound like an old fashioned typing pool, and we will sound hugely productive.

Comment: Re:I must have the math wrong somewhere... (Score 1) 328

by Alioth (#49249439) Attached to: New Crop of LED Filament Bulbs Look Almost Exactly Like Incandescents

I have dozens of LEDs and had so far only one failure in 4 years (I thought I had a new failure the other day, but there's a bad connection in the lighting circuit - the lamp works fine when put in another fixture), so "rarely last more than 4 years" seems unlikely at this stage.

The colour rendering is good enough, I replaced my kitchen lights with LEDs about 4 years ago and have not noticed any issues with colour rendering. A turn-on delay of 100ms is functionally instant (I can't imagine any case in my home where 100ms for a light to turn on will be significant - and tungsten bulbs will require at least this long to warm up and glow at full brightness), and they are full brightness immediately (unlike GU10 CFLs that take 4-5 minutes to warm up). The EM emissions are utterly trivial. At the frequencies the current regulation electronics works at, there is nothing on the internal circuit board that is long enough to act as anything remotely close to an efficient antenna, and none of the lights I have bought are "dodgy" - they have all been tested for conformance to EM emission standards. They do not interfere with any radio equipment I have.

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