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Comment: Re:The license isn't the issue... the insurance is (Score 1) 340

by GuB-42 (#49189445) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

Same as when a selfdriving machine of any kind does it. The owner or the manufacturer. The owner if it was being operated/maintained in the wrong way. The manufacturer if it was an technical error.

... or the one who is run over, or no one at all.
Right now, when a car runs someone over, it is usually assumed to be the fault of the driver, even if he did nothing wrong. Blaming an individual is easy, but this could change if a large manufacturer is behind it. The manufacturer will have the data from the car sensors, skilled engineers to interpret them and a whole team of lawyers to defend them in court. If they can get away by proving that the victim was reckless, they will

Comment: Re:Boy you know you're old (Score 1) 88

by GuB-42 (#49188087) Attached to: Khronos Group Announces Vulkan To Compete Against DirectX 12

I'm assuming you know what DirectX is ;-)

Don't assume too soon, as many people don't know what DirectX really is.
DirectX is a collection of libraries for sound, input, 2D and 3D graphics, video, etc... 3D graphics and GPU computation is only part of it, and the only part that OpenGL/Vulkan compete against. There are other libraries that reproduce other parts of DirectX such as SDL, OpenAL, mplayer, ....

Comment: Re:Several Ph.D.s? (Score 1) 129

by GuB-42 (#49173707) Attached to: Photo First: Light Captured As Both Particle and Wave

The hard part of quantum physics is not the maths, it is the interpretation.
We have formulas that work, you can apply them and predict the results of experiments, they can be used to design microprocessors, etc... But it is just manipulating numbers. Having a gut feeling of what it means in human terms is so much harder that even the best scientists cannot agree on an interpretation.

There are areas like fluid dynamics where the maths are not easier, however it is easy to visualize things like air swirling around.

Comment: Re:Bad move (Score 2) 374

by GuB-42 (#49166143) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links

I didn't read the paper but I think that big debatable facts ("global warming is caused by humans", "vaccines cause autism") won't count as much as small unquestionable facts ("Barrack Obama is the president of the USA", "A marathon is 42.195 km").

For example :
site 1 : cell phone radiations are bad for your health because ... plenty of true facts
site 2 : cell phone radiations are not a problem because ... plenty of true facts
Because both sites are full of unquestionably true facts (such as frequencies, laws, city populations, etc...) yet they disagree on some point, the point will be probably marked as "debatable" and will be of a lesser importance.

I also don't think "truth" will be reduced to academic truth. The goal here is to evaluate the quality of a website, not promote some kind of universal truth. For example, religious sites opposing well established scientific principles but correctly citing sacred texts and correctly identifying church leaders will be marked as high quality, whereas a site more inline with mainstream science but full of small mistakes (ex: "the earth diameter is 6371 km") will go down.

Comment: Re:cruel (Score 1) 210

by GuB-42 (#49148393) Attached to: Surgeon: First Human Head Transplant May Be Just Two Years Away

There will probably be some pain where the head is cut off, and not having a functional body is not fun, however how will the body feels pain is a much more complex question. Perhaps the pain will be unbearable, perhaps the new body will be incapable of feeling pain at all. Weird sensation are to be expected but will it be painful ?
A lot of research is being done about pain, and maybe one day, this research will also benefit animals. Genetically modifying lab animals so that don't feel pain maybe. Some people don't feel pain at all, and others are literally fearless, these are dangerous medical conditions but these are clearly useful traits in some situations.
But for now, "cruel" animal testing is a necessity if we want medicine to advance and make further testing less painful... Unless we bring back Josef Mengele.

Comment: Who to believe ? (Score 2) 99

by GuB-42 (#49129857) Attached to: Gemalto: NSA and GCHQ Probably Hacked Us, But Didn't Get SIM Encryption Keys

Every time there is the slightest hint of the NSA doing something bad, especially if it is somehow related to Snowden, everyone here seem to believe it without question. However, every time there is a response saying that it may not be as bad as it seems, there are cries of LIES.

I'm not saying that intelligence agencies don't lie and that big corporations don't try to downplay serious problems but critical thinking goes both ways. For example, why focus on the keys, even in the office network, there are plenty of interesting stuff from accounting and employee data to network architecture and source code.

Comment: It is not against tablets, not e-readers (Score 1) 260

by GuB-42 (#49128957) Attached to: The Case Against E-readers -- Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading On Paper

E-readers are very specialized devices. They are usually e-ink based and the only thing they do is display pages from a book. No web browsing, no apps.
When you start adding things like connectivity (except maybe syncing of books and annotations), web searching, or anything that isn't about reading books, you have a computer, not an e-reader.

Comment: Re:He actually could be right. No joke. (Score 1) 320

by GuB-42 (#49128531) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

I believe it means diagnosis through talking with the patient ("medical history" in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...).
And it is indeed a case for alternative medicine, as doctors commonly do not take the time to talk to their patients.

Alternative medicine practitioners typically spend a lot of time listening to their patients, making them feel at ease, while at the same time encouraging them to improve their lifestyle (eat healthier food, exercise, better sleep habits, etc...). And guess what, most of the times, it works. The ritual they use (sugar pills, planting needles, calling spirits, trinkets, ...) doesn't really matter.

Comment: Re:Who's watching pro porn? (Score 1) 285

by GuB-42 (#49120887) Attached to: Google Knocks Explicit Adult Content On Blogger From Public View

Maybe because there is more to porn than poorly filmed videos of people having sex. Like properly filmed videos of people having sex.

I like my porn with proper lighting, interesting camera angles, decent acting, quality sound and even plot. Like a real movie. I don't expect IMDB top 10 material but I prefer not to be distracted by the incompetence of the filmmakers. I've seen some of these actual amateur material, it sucks, and not in a good way. In fact many so-called amateur video are in fact professionally made.
And while is is easy get pictures of naked people for free, getting your actors on time in your studio while making sure they don't just waste time for everyone else is much more difficult.

Comment: Re:Hopefully will be FLOSS, Oculus compatible (Score 1) 48

by GuB-42 (#49120047) Attached to: Valve To Reveal Virtual Reality Dev Kit Next Week At GDC

Generic APIs are cool but one needs to watch out for abstraction layers.
One of the biggest challenge with VR is latency, and when it comes to latency, the less layers there is between the input and the output, the better. It means that genericity may need to be sacrificed at some point, at least until things stabilize.

VR is hard, and I believe it is too soon to think about standardization. First, do something that works really well, then draw the standards based on this.

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