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Comment: Make up your mind ... (Score 1) 336

by johnlcallaway (#49187883) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

So which is it ... do we legislate GMO foods to make sure they are 100% safe before they are ever sold, or not legislate self-driving cars until crashes happen and we know what to do to make them safe.

Ah ,,, the hypocrisy and FUD in it all. The GMO group wants to outlaw things they don't want and deny them from everyone because they know what is best, while the other group doesn't know enough yet and wants to make sure no one stops them from getting what they want.

I sure as hell don't want the first batch to be driven without someone behind the wheel for a few years. And that person needs a regular driver's license and the ability to take over if anything either fails or the car can't cope with a situation.

As someone who just drove over 2,000 miles, some of it in snow, I would love to have some of the tech that self-driving cars are making available. But 100% door-to-door service with 100% accuracy?? I just don't see it happening anytime soon. The GPS I used sent me the wrong way twice, and I just updated the maps before I left. Once was not a big deal, it just picked a route that wasn't as efficient. The second failure took me to a non-existent gas station which appeared on the map to be in the middle of a corn field.

We do need regulations. Or do you really want to see a bunch of people killed by an automated car, and the heavy-and of the law come down then.

There is no overriding reason to rush these to market, the percentage of the population that really needs them is very small. For the rest of us, they are just a convenience factor. It's possible they could lower traffic accident rates. Or it's possible that they could increase them since in the beginning, only a very small percentage are going to be automated, so they will have to deal with the millions of bad drivers out there.

I do have one prediction though .. self driving cars are not going to be the market share everyone thinks. Why?? I can almost bet that very few drivers/riders will tolerate a car that follows all the traffic laws, such as not speeding and coming to a complete stop at every stop sign.

Comment: -- Crowd funded back-country tablet (Score 1) 214

Earl is the end all to beat all of a back country Android tablets: solar charger, e-ink, BT-4.0, GPS, built in maps, GMRS, weather radio, FM radio, weather sensors,
walkie-talkie", ...

Although not a kickstarter project, it is a crowd funded project with an "advertised" funding of $699,000 of a $250,000 goal. This "project" was supposed to be delivered well over a year ago. The updates are somewhere between sad and funny. Now, it is supposed to be delivered this "Spring". Yeah? That's what they said last year. At first I watched their progress because I'd like to have one of these. Later, it was laughable confirmation why I would never back a project like this. I don't know who these people are who actually fund vapor-ware on sites like KickStarter.

I have only supported one KickStarter project that was recently funded Star Trek Continues:

Read the updates for the Meet Earl project ( it's quite funny. Here is a grab of a few of their update headlines:

May 5th, 2013
We're on track to start production in July and if all goes to plan, we'll have Earl in your hands before the end of Summer.

June 21st, 2013
Exciting news! Our forum is now up! ... [This is my favorite update announcement ... wow! it is exciting news that they have a "forum"! Way Cool!]

January 23rd, 2014
We’re still here! Just busy beyond belief. But there is light at the end of the tunnel! ...

May 8th, 2014
May we introduce EARL! ...

July 1st, 2014
One year in. Is Earl ready yet? ...

October 18th, 2014
Simply put, Earl’s delayed.There’s never an easy way to spin bad news. I cringe at the thought of announcing each of the delays we’ve faced over the last 18 months...

January 27th, 2015
Hello? Yes we’re still here! ... but at this point Earl’s release date is a moving target.

Comment: Re:Last straw? (Score 1) 532

I am not saying you are wrong but you are not right.

Da'esh got their initial serious funding from Kuwaiti and Saudi citizens who had family wronged by Iraqis during the US-led invasion of Iraq. Da'esh went into Iraq in small teams and started killing ex-military personnel, judges, etc. They made a video of these executions and other activities (which I can not say more about) and distributed the video to the "proper" personnel to prove what they had done. Those personnel then provided much larger funding and MUCH better equipment.

In short, Obama's actions may have created some of the "environment" but it was Bush, Kuwaitis, and Saudis who really created Da'esh, aka ISIS/ISIL.

Comment: Re:I can't bike. I live in a dangerous big city! (Score 1) 304

by yayoubetcha (#49138629) Attached to: I ride a bike ...

Well if Fred Beckey is OK it must be bullshit. I mean, Fred Beckey!
Because a single data point is absolutely representative of reality. I never did understand all these people claiming to live in poverty, I do just fine. Poverty must be a lie.

You want a fucking citation? Okay?

The results, which were published last week in PLoS One, were telling. The ultra-runners had a low, although not nonexistent, incidence of high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats, with about 7.5 percent of the runners reporting one of those problems. But less than 1 percent had been diagnosed with heart disease or had a past stroke, and few had experienced cancer, with basal cell skin carcinoma being the most common malignancy, occurring in 1.6 percent of the runners. Those percentages are generally lower than among age-matched American adults, especially considering that a majority of the ultra-runners were aged 40 or older.

Glad to help.

Comment: Re:hackers oligarchs & thugs (Score 1) 270

by strikethree (#49134933) Attached to: It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy

Eh? The results are clear and effective. General Petraeus and Mr. Spitzer found out the hard way.

I would be surprised if these capabilities were not abused to blackmail or otherwise coerce leaders of industry and members of congress.

Someone has a LOT of power at their fingertips now because of these "programs". People are getting hurt already.

Comment: Re:This is hilarious... (Score 1) 270

by strikethree (#49134733) Attached to: It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy

They're doing it so that US businesses will pressure the NSA to stop, and then if it succeeds, China will have the upper hand in espionage.

Boo fucking hoo. If the NSA had not abused its privileges, they would not be in this position now. They should have stuck to their job instead of trying so hard to become Big Brother. This could potentially tumble America into destruction. They should have thought of that before they started this bullshit.

Comment: Re:we already have killer robots (Score 1) 318

Missile defence systems normally have a fully autunomous setting.
The machine is trusted not to shoot down airlines.

Worked real well in the Ukraine recently eh? (CAPTCHA is grossly relevant this time: obituary, are these really random coincidences?)

Comment: I can't bike. I live in a dangerous big city! (Score 4, Informative) 304

by yayoubetcha (#49121537) Attached to: I ride a bike ...

Get off your lazy asses!

"Oh I live in the big city." "It is dangerous to ride a bike." "Bikes are for pussies!"

I have heard it all. You want a dangerous activity? How about sitting all day in front of your computer. The health risks of inactivity trump the dangers of activity.

I commuted from Fremont, CA to Belmont, CA across the Dumbarton Bridge. I started doing it because the driving commute was two hours and 10 minutes. I rode it in two hours and 15 minutes. In six months I went from 260 pounds to 185.

I didn't start riding to get healthy. I got healthy because I started and kept riding. Now, I also run ultra-marthons and do fast-packing long distance hikes.

Comment: Re:I'm pretty sure it's irrelevant (Score 1) 213

by strikethree (#49111379) Attached to: Sony Offers a "Premium Sound" SD Card For a Premium Price

Whan I want to really listen to music, I far prefer my Sony noise-cancelling ear-cup headphones to using speakers. Ambient noise in this place is just too high to really enjoy music any other way.

Then you are not turning the speakers up loud enough. Funnily enough, the CAPTCHA is demolish.

Seriously, someone was asking me to tell the difference between a wav file and an mp3 file, both were sent to me as a wav. Once I turned the volume up loud enough I was correct on one song 100% of the time (Primus - My Name is Mud) and 2/3 of the time for a Metallica song. I would have had perfect detection for mp3 on the Metallica song but I had my amp (accidentally) still munging music to make MP3s sound better. The Primus song is never in question when encoded as an MP3. Something about it defeats the algorithm no matter how you tune it.

Comment: "Free Market" will 'fix' bad ISPs (yeah, right) (Score 1) 237

by yayoubetcha (#49100919) Attached to: Ten Lies T-Mobile Told Me About My Data Plan

I would switch to one of the many other data providers. If you don't like T-mo, then go with Consumer Cellular, Virgin Mobile, or one of the many quality providers who give you honest data service for an honest dollar.

Certainly, we do not need Government regulations. The free market is auto-correcting here.

Comment: Re:Now they just need intensity from the actors. (Score 1) 165

by strikethree (#49086907) Attached to: Star Trek Continues Meets Kickstarter Goal, Aims For Stretch Goals

It had more than its share of gimmicks (engineering failures used as plot devices, apparently the concepts of fail safe and even the lowly circuit breaker don't exist in the 24th Century) but on balance it stands the test of time.

What annoyed me the most is that no prisoner could ever be contained. Every. Single. Prisoner. Left. Their. Cell. Every. Fucking. Time.

Really? They don't know how to do security? Oy oy oy.

Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.