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Comment: No worries (Score 1) 282

by CODiNE (#47791935) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

They'll have a nice big BETA on the sides and the public will be very understanding of little bugs here and there.

Of course manufacturers will need a little bit of time to integrate their value-added enhancements so you may want to wait for the Nexus cars for trouble-free firmware updates. Or if your model can't be updated simply get a new car every 2 years.

Comment: Because collections agencies do not accept fault. (Score 1) 570

by CODiNE (#47561923) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Twice I've had problems with phone companies making a billing mistake, working it out with me over the phone, waiving it from my bill and THEN selling it to a collections agency.

They're double-dipping it as a write-off AND making back 10% or whatever they sell it for.

I have excellent credit and pay my bills on time, but nothing can convince a collection agency that they were sold bad debt. Why would they ever listen to or trust the person they're hassling? Not like they care anyways, say they know I'm right, why would they stop bothering me when they can hassle family and shame me into paying a debt I don't owe? It's extortion.

Comment: Sure (Score 4, Informative) 170

Since you're a C guy, there's http://onboardc.sourceforge.net/ that compiles right on the Palm Pilot. A bit tough by modern standards, if there's an API call you want that's not in the standard header file you have to find the ROM address for it and put it in yourself.

Much easier but of course limited is http://smallbasic.sourceforge.net/ which runs on Palm OS and has a lot of little games in the forums.

Comment: Scales to feathers (Score 1) 139

by CODiNE (#47534149) Attached to: Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

I've never understood this idea. Sure at a macroscopic scale there is some resemblance between scales and feathers, but on looking close you get an entirely different structure.

Scales being basically flat plates and feathers being long rods with interconnected hooks on them.

If this story is correct and way more dinosaurs had feathers than previously thought, then why force it?

Comment: Could YOU resist? (Score 1) 109

by CODiNE (#47431577) Attached to: Google's Experimental Newsroom Avoids Negative Headlines

For centuries researchers have lamented the difficulty in studying society and accurately running social experiments. Now for the first time in human history companies such as Google and Facebook have a real window into how ideas and emotion spread. They can see the relationships between philosophy, religion, gender and culture in how they define our dealings with each other.

I disagree with what they're doing and how they're doing it. Yet I pause and think to myself... In the same position, could I resist the temptation to pry and to tinker? Power corrupts, those who deny their power deny their abuse of it. It's frightening what they hold in their hands, the power to shape society and attempt to bend it to their will. The law of unintended consequences is going to bite down on them HARD.

Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.

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