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Comment: Re:"as a means to raise awareness ..." (Score 1) 36 36

by drinkypoo (#50018389) Attached to: Asteroid Day On June 30 Aims To Raise Awareness of Collision Risks

The awareness they are raising is that they want to waste our tax dollars on Yet Another Irrational Fear.

It became a rational fear when we began to get the technology to deal with it. If you can't do anything about it, then you just go about your business. Once you can, then it's worth worrying.

Comment: Re:Don't Do IT! (Score 1) 80 80

by drinkypoo (#50018309) Attached to: The Programmer's Path To Management

There are many kinds of people, but for the purposes of this comment there are only two: those who went into programming because they love programming, and those who went into programming because they heard it paid well. Those people should go into management (or marketing) where they can do less damage.

Comment: Re:Wrong person for the job? (Score 1) 61 61

by drinkypoo (#50018241) Attached to: How Computer Science Education Got Practical (Again)

Just keep in mind that in many areas, using an unlicensed engineer on certain projects is illegal. When is software engineering going to finally step up to the plate?

Not any time soon. This situation where it's difficult to prove whose fault it is benefits everyone but the consumer, which is why it won't change.

Comment: Re:GUNS (Score 1) 252 252

by drinkypoo (#50018155) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: For What Are You Using 3-D Printing?

The one thing a 3D printed gun can do that a normal gun cannot: Not yet exist when authorities come to confiscate guns, and then exist once the authorities have departed.

Well, any hidden gun can do that. If you can't get your hands on an improperly licensed weapon, you must not live in the USA.

Comment: Re:HUD should only show vital information (Score 1) 123 123

by drinkypoo (#50016965) Attached to: Study Suggests That HUD Tech May Actually Reduce Driving Safety

Sure, there will be some fancy expensive cars with it. But look around at the cars on the road.

I have. The average age of the American car is 11 years, and that's an all-time high. They're putting fancier and fancier tech into cheaper and cheaper cars because it doesn't cost them that much and it's a way to compete. V2V works best when it's in the most vehicles, so they'll want to put it in a lot of vehicles. They just won't put the HUD into a lot of vehicles, they'll want to charge you extra for that.

Comment: Re:The problem... (Score 1) 123 123

by drinkypoo (#50016955) Attached to: Study Suggests That HUD Tech May Actually Reduce Driving Safety

Actually I think that was the point. A "big red box" popping up is going to distract the driver more and they are going to be paying attention to the box and will miss seeing the moose.

That depends. If the big red box is a present, they will think they are getting a gift. If the big red box is drawn around the moose, they will probably see the moose.

Comment: Re:HUD should only show vital information (Score 1) 123 123

by drinkypoo (#50015971) Attached to: Study Suggests That HUD Tech May Actually Reduce Driving Safety

V2V is coming whether it's a good idea or not, but on the plus side it will produce a lot of data which would be useful on a HUD. It could tell you which vehicles are braking even when the sun is in your eyes and you can't see their lights, for example. It could also guide you to one side of the lane or the other (or to another lane entirely) in order to dodge a pothole or other road obstacle that you can't possibly see, well ahead of time. So yeah, there's a whole lot of data coming which could well be useful for the driver. Night driving is another place where the HUD could be amazingly useful, alerting you of invisible obstacles outside the sweep of the headlights.

Comment: Re:If you can't keep your eyes on the ROAD (Score 3, Informative) 123 123

by drinkypoo (#50015961) Attached to: Study Suggests That HUD Tech May Actually Reduce Driving Safety

And wait for your night vision to get completely turned to ass when they start introducing these HUDs in different colors as a fashion statement. Anything other than red - you're much more likely to crash at night because your night vision is being fucked with.

No, there is substantial debate on this subject still. There are two camps: red light does not affect your night vision, and blue light helps you stay awake. Actually, night vision is regularly impaired while driving anyway, so that's a dumb argument. Get a car with good headlights, use them.

Comment: Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 233 233

by drinkypoo (#50015937) Attached to: Uber France Leaders Arrested For Running Illegal Taxi Company

- Minimum number of cars on the road/company.

A problem that solves itself if you permit anyone to perform as a taxi.

- ratio of handicap accessible taxis.

That actually seems useful. Could better be served by handicapped-specific public mobility services, however.

- standards of cleanliness.

That must be nice. No taxi I've ever been in has been clean. Some have been not too nasty.

- anti-discrimination

False everywhere in the world.

- driving record checks
- criminal record checks

Basically worthless

- frequent vehicle inspections

Everyone should have these based on mileage

- professional driver's licenses

A scam to produce revenues

Comment: Headline is bollocks (Score 1) 123 123

by drinkypoo (#50015909) Attached to: Study Suggests That HUD Tech May Actually Reduce Driving Safety

Study shows that when you misuse HUD, it can distract drivers.

But if you're showing them an alert about something they're clearly not aware of, then are you making them more or less aware of their surroundings?

If they don't have to look down to see the next navigation instruction, are you making them more or less aware of their surroundings?

Bullshit story is bullshit. Welcome to Slashdot!

Comment: Re:Stop responding to polls! (Score 1) 117 117

by drinkypoo (#50014777) Attached to: My relationship to 4th of July noise:

I seriously don't care if polls are in the main story stream. I seriously think that the people complaining about it must have something wrong with them. Just skip over it. Whogivesashit.

Also, while I'm ranting, Slashdot polls have always been lame. So what if this one is also lame?

The one valid complaint about these polls... CowboyNeal Option

Comment: Re:Why the Secret Service did what they did. (Score 1) 101 101

by drinkypoo (#50013205) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Steve Jackson About Designing Games

Do you have any idea what possessed them to do something that incredibly stupid?

Is there any doubt that someone led them on? And once they discovered the magnitude of their idiocy, they had no choice but to ride it out lest they reveal how easily led they are?

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