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Comment: Re:Backward-thinking by the DMV (Score 1) 503

by Cabriel (#47758439) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

And what about for a situation the car doesn't have programmed to deal with? Such as narrowly avoiding an accident that takes up the road in front of it? How does a driverless car deal with that? Just sit there assisting in blocking traffic? What about when an officer on the road is directing traffic? What about when something else is blocking the lane of traffic, like road construction where the workers direct traffic into the lane travelling the opposite direction?

Yes, human error is most likely to cause accidents, but that doesn't mean there's no need at all for a steering wheel for the just-in-case moments that Google didn't think of ahead of time or just can't deal with in software.

Comment: Re:The world we live in. (Score 2) 583

by Cabriel (#47748715) Attached to: New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

One who is aware of this could check up to 10 drinks for their friends. Through effectiveness, that one might be able to convince others. Everything starts with a few who convince others.

Look at Google, for example. It used to be a nerd-only thing (I remember a time before Google was). Now, I can't think of anyone who doesn't understand when someone says "just google it".

But, really, if you want to educate people, teach them to drink only from a bottle and to keep their thumb over the neck when they aren't drinking it. Alternatively, convince them that if they ever take their eyes off of their drink, even for a second, and there are other people within arm's reach, just leave the drink and hit the dance floor for a while then get a new drink.

The only "safe" way to drink open drinks (cocktails/hiballs) is to drink them all in one go over a period of five or ten or fifteen minutes without putting down the drink, then do something else for a while, like dance or get some fresh air or hit the washroom, or just have a conversation with someone. If you're concerned about getting too drunk, a good bartender will not judge anyone, especially women, for ordering water, and if the bartender does give the person a hard time about it, that person should never return to that bartender.

Obviously, the safest way is to not go to the bar, but no one will listen to that advice, so if they're going to go out, they should be well-informed with good advice.

Comment: Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (Score 1) 459

by Cabriel (#47730393) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

While a download might not equal a loss, a download does not therefor equal an inspired buyer. If even 1/7 of the people who got the film from him didn't see it in theatre, that would by $1million in lost revenue for the movie, but let's be honest, we all know the number of people who watched the pirate-version but not the theatre-version is much higher than 1/7.

Comment: Re:our presidents origin story (Score 1) 115

by Cabriel (#47695369) Attached to: Feds: Red Light Camera Firm Paid For Chicago Official's Car, Condo

In non-altruistic practice, Public Office is a method for improving one's image and reputation while also making connections to important people in the business world so one can get a great position in an industry after their term is finished. If they're being bribed/illegally rewarded while in office and it amounts to more than they think they'd make for the same effort in an industry, then there's a strong reason to become a career politician--a very different kind from the presumably-good people who actually want to change the world.

Comment: Re:(sigh) what happened to English? (Score 1) 47

by Cabriel (#47665049) Attached to: DEFCON's Latest Challenge: Hacking Altruism

Really? Lulz is where you draw the line? Not "google" (verb), or worse, "irregardless"?

What happened to English is that it's not Latin--never was. It's always followed less-than-static rules. It's a conglomeration of half-a-dozen different base languages. You should stop making idealistic assumptions about what it should be that most people don't share and accept what it is.

Comment: Re:Fuckin' C*nsorship (Score 1) 739

by Cabriel (#47546989) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

As someone pointed out, above: Dumb censors aka Automatic censorship, whether through school/business firewalls or those people who didn't opt out of their ISPs auto-censorship, etc. It's better to throw in the asterisk to reach a wider audience sometimes than to prevent a number of people from being able to load the page.

Personally, I hate the idea of automatic censorship, but it's not like I can stop it from existing.

Comment: Re:Democrats getting a pass here? (Score 2) 225

by Cabriel (#47380309) Attached to: Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

Who else is on the subcommittee? Turns out it's 7 republicans and 4 democrats. While I can believe that the Rs may have dominated the vote, it's about as valid as assuming both sides agreed on the cut, since the quote from Senator Lamar Alexander specifies "We've withdrawn..." meaning it wasn't just his decision.

Really, though, you expect one single person is the only one ever asked to decide anything? Well, you might, but I don't think you should admit to it, if you do. But in case you do, perhaps you should examine this:

"Instead, appropriators will zero out ITER spending until DOE comes up with reliable numbers, said Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chair of the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, at a hearing today. "We provide no funding for ITER until the department provides this committee with a baseline cost, schedule, and scope," she said.

Source

Don't ask me why I decided to go to google for this stuff, but I didn't really need to. Even the first link in the submission specifies that it was a Democrat who chairs the subcommittee and who warned almost 3 months ago that the funding was in jeapordy.

Comment: Re:Lines to purchase new Apple products. (Score 1) 242

by Cabriel (#47362351) Attached to: Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

Besides, what better way to make sure you know what the consumers are experiencing by making sure your gear (no pun) is acquired from the same place?

If Apple (or any company) gave him special supplies, maybe they might deliberately make his item somehow superior (whether through special hardware or software options or optimizations that aren't available for the general public)?

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