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Submission + - Google's Robotics Group Lacks Leadership (

An anonymous reader writes: Google has been snapping up promising robotics companies for the past several years, placing them in a division internally called "Replicant." But the division itself is struggling to come together, not having consistent leadership since Andy Rubin left in 2014. One robotics employee said, "The technology pieces we have are incredible. We just have to commit to a particular direction to go in and focus." While Google has accumulated bleeding-edge hardware and software systems, it hasn't been able to bring them together yet in any meaningful way. "Sources say that after Rubin left, there was no one who knew how to tie all the disparate acquisitions together. Rubin had provided a destination, but the team no longer had a road map or a guide to get there."

Comment Re:Our friends up north are just like us apparentl (Score 1) 220

Or maybe you're talking about the liberal government that promised "I will repeal the GST?" Easy to have extra money when you realize your budget kinda sucked, but if you just decided to out and out lie, hey, good to go extra cash in hand!

They promised to replace the GST with a harmonized tax, and the HST is still an option for any province that wants it.

I am one of the "wealthy". My family's income is just a bit more than twice the minimum wage Trudeau proposes. I claim the full Family Tax Cut. I am scared to see what Trudeau believes is poor. Perhaps there's children scavenging garbage dumps? Because, damn, earning well below the average family income in Canada and being able to max out that "Tax cut for the rich" instantly makes ones wealthy.

What is this minimum wage you speak of?

I worked out what I will lose under the new regime. $1200. That's a lot of money when you live hand to mouth. Trudeau is giving tax cuts to the moderately rich (richer than me! $89,000 a year!!!) and taking it from those earning less but able to use the "rich" tax cut. I can't wait to pay for a double tax cut for those who happen to have two mediocre jobs (totalling more than I earn) instead of one decent one. That will be "rich"

Please post the math. I'd love to see it.

Comment Re:Our friends up north are just like us apparentl (Score 1) 220

Being investigated and being found guilty of something are two completely different things. The Liberals booted everyone involved in Adscam and prosecuted them. They did not give hush money to senators, or prorogue parliament to avoid answering questions about it, or pass laws retroactively absolving people for it like the harper cons did.

Comment Re:Our friends up north are just like us apparentl (Score 1) 220

Harper spent the entire 2008 election saying there was no recession, he didn't know what everyone was talking about. Stimulus spending would be irresponsible. Then after he was elected there was stimulus spending and it was significantly lower than $56 billion that year. It was misdirected spending like building $100,000 gazebos in Tony Clement's riding. Since then and even today we have very little growth. We are the only ones still in recession because everything is about Oil to them, and now oil is cheap.

Comment Re:Our friends up north are just like us apparentl (Score 2) 220

I can't WAIT to check back with you in 6 months to a year, to listen to you whining about how bad the liberals are, and how they sold everybody a big lie, because they're not as liberal as they promised.

The previous Liberal governments that preceded the one we just kicked out, worked out very well. It's very nice to have them back. They balanced our federal budget back in the 90's and used surpluses to fund debt repayment and personal income tax cuts for the middle class mixed with corporate tax cuts. Within a few years the Harper Conservatives turned a 8 billion dollar surplus into a record 56 billion dollar deficit. They gave tax credits and cuts to corporations and the wealthy, and wondered why their trickle down economics didn't work. It was always somebody's fault. Sometimes it was the Americans fault, sometimes Chinas that our economy didn't grow for 10 years.

Comment Re:Our friends up north are just like us apparentl (Score 0) 220

A leader whose actions are dictated by public opinion is not a leader at all,

Thats the kind of stuff that gets a "leader" like Harper tossed the F out. During the last election, he promised to not make any changes to the Canadian Wheat Board (A crown owned grain marketing firm) without giving farmers a vote first. He won, didn't give them a vote, they held their own plebiscite and voted overwhelmingly to keep it. The "leader" decided to sell it anyway. Farmers wanted to buy it themselves and put in a bid. They sold it to Saudi Arabia for less money instead.

Good riddance to Steven Harper and his tough-on-crime, Reaganesque war-on-drugs. Go far, far away Harper.

Comment Re:Our friends up north are just like us apparentl (Score 3, Informative) 220

Well, it can. About the only time I was proud of my country was when Schroeder said no to Iraq war. A conservative government would have followed Dubya without even thinking twice about it.

Oh they definitely thought about it. Some Steven Harper quotes:

"[Y]our country [the USA], and particularly your conservative movement, is a light and an inspiration to people in this country and across the world."

I don't know all the facts on Iraq, but I think we should work closely with the Americans.

This party will not take its position based on public opinion polls. We will not take a stand based oÂn focus groups. We will not take a stand based oÂn phone-in shows or householder surveys or any other vagaries of public opinion⦠In my judgment Canada will eventually join with the allied coalition if war on Iraq comes to pass. The government will join, notwithstanding its failure to prepare, its neglect in co-operating with its allies, or its inability to contribute. In the end it will join out of the necessity created by a pattern of uncertainty and indecision. It will not join as a leader but unnoticed at the back of the parade.

Having this new government is like waking up from a terrible nightmare.

Comment Re:Nothing good (Score 3, Interesting) 220

Trouble is, Canada has a two party system that pretends to have more parties, but has never once elected them to run the country.

The Liberals have also promised this will be the last election under our current first-past-the-post system. Depending on the result of that, there may be a lot more MPs elected who arent from the two parties, and it may be the last majority government in Canada.

Real programs don't eat cache.