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Comment: Re:Some things you can automate, some things won't (Score 2) 55

by Mashiki (#49342067) Attached to: Amazon Robot Contest May Accelerate Warehouse Automation

General Motors has tried this a number of times at a variety of different warehouses including the National Parts Distribution Centers in Canada at Woodstock, Edmonton and in the US at the facilities in Ohio and Colorado. Even at the wage that most of the people make between $21-29/hr they're more efficient, have fewer errors, and process the orders more quickly than any automation system did. And they've been running tests and trials of it since the 1980's, and every time a human beats the machine. In the one case where they went with a full automation field trial, the warehouse was losing money. Where as a warehouse like Woodstock makes money hand over fist.

Comment: Re: How many minutes until this is mandatory? (Score 1) 271

by Mashiki (#49333331) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

Strange, because on my GMC Terrain I can download the map updates for free. That car is almost 4 years old now, strange that it *was* the companies that made the stand-alone GPS units that didn't have lifetime updates for a very long time, I've still got my garmin from 6-7 odd years ago, where they wanted to charge $190/year for map updates.

Comment: Re:I'm disappointed in Canada (Score 4, Insightful) 201

by Mashiki (#49320141) Attached to: Leaked Snowden Docs Show Canada's "False Flag" Operations

This has happened before, it's one of the reasons why CSIS exists and is no longer under the umbrella of the RCMP and why an investigative committee exists which examines all CSIS actions. I expect the same to happen to CSEC, it may take a few years but it'll happen.

Comment: Re:Not really new on Windows either (Score 1, Informative) 178

by Mashiki (#49318679) Attached to: Gaming On Linux With Newest AMD Catalyst Driver Remains Slow

I jumped from nvidia to amd because nvidia drivers have become so bad if you're not on the "current flagship" card. There have been a hell of a lot of serious problems with nvidia drivers over the last two years on windows machines. Off the top of my head: TDR problem caused by drivers, the original thread on the nvidia forums was nearly 700k posts long, with 3m views. The fix apparently was due to them dropping voltages so low it caused the card to crash, that was fixed for about three releases and then right back to the beginning. The 400,500,600 series hard-crashes and lockups, that caused their driver to be revoked. A variety of HDMI audio bugs, probably the most famous was the "take over" of the system audio and resetting it to HDMI when no HDMI device was connected. The fan throttle bug that burned out video cards.

There are performance issues, but I haven't seen any earth shattering problems like that on the amd side. And most of those problems on the nvidia side have to do with them moving their core driver team too quickly to the most current cards, and failing to leave enough documentation for the "b squad" driver team.

+ - Canadian Federal Court issues financial ruling on Teksavvy vs Voltage->

Submitted by Mashiki
Mashiki (184564) writes "Defending privacy is expensive, as has been shown in the months on legal case between Teksavvy and Voltage. Voltage, is currently demanding subscriber information from Teksavvy, who've asked for $335k in expenses and Voltage who stated that it would only cost them $884. The judge ordered the payment at $11 per subscriber, or $22k in expenses. So does this mean that people who've been given a "notice and notice" will now be getting more legal threats from Voltage? It may end up back before the courts if Teksavvy decides that the requested amount is too low or whether or not Voltage will even pay the requested amount. Or it may end up quietly going away, if Voltage does pay, they will likely end up going after the individuals in question. As the courts have already stated, that filing a notice and not following through is considered copyright trolling."
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Comment: Re:EA got too greedy (as usual) (Score 1) 256

by Mashiki (#49280337) Attached to: SimCity's Empire Has Fallen and Skylines Is Picking Up the Pieces

SC2K was made when they were still pure Maxis, SC3K was made when they were a part of EA, both are exceptionally great games. I used to re-make Canuck Cities in 2K and 3k, posting them to BBS's, I'm sure someone could find them still if they wanted. Off the top of my head, I did Toronto, Windsor, London, Kitchener/Waterloo, Hull, Ottawa, Halifax, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Victoria, Vancouver. Small cities and towns like Woodstock, Ingersoll, Kingston, etc. They were very popular for people to tinker with, I think I was 15 or so at the time.

Anyway, I grabbed Cities: Skylines. I have a few complaints, one of which is the lack of building diversity. Though modding gets around that very easily. Overall, it's like the days of 3K, where there is micromanagement, you can buy up neighboring plots of land to expand your city and watch just how great or screwed up things can get.

After Goliath's defeat, giants ceased to command respect. - Freeman Dyson