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Comment Re:Bigger Danger: AI to Deliver packages (Score 1) 66 66

Also, people losing proficiency in skills like flying an airplane, such that when the automatic pilot is confused and gives up, the human pilots are also confused and keep pushing up on the stick when the plane is in a dive. (aka flight 447) I'm sure we'll see similar situations when self-driving cars happen... suddenly something strange happens that the computer can't handle, and it says "Here, you drive!" to the human passenger who wasn't even paying attention to the road... because the car is supposed to drive itself, right?

Comment Re:Sling me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast (Score 1) 112 112

Honestly cable should be crystal clear.

Of course the best part of all this is that to keep with the bazillion different cable channels out there, and the limited (125 or so) RF channels that they also have to share with cable modems, they try to cram as many sub-channels on the same RF channel as possible, at least 10 or so for SD channels, re-compressing them to lower quality. Meanwhile, my antenna gets a full-quality HD signal that maybe only has to share with one or two SD channels. (FWIW, I think cable QAM gives twice the bit rate per channel as antenna ATSC, but still.)

Comment Re:DC power (Score 4, Informative) 235 235

The main advantage of AC is that you can use higher voltages safely, and higher voltages mean higher wattage with the same wires. And bigger wires are more expensive.

AC versus DC load breaking comparison with a knife switch

That was 220 volts, but 110 volts isn't much better on the DC side. There's a reason why DC-powered telecoms equipment uses 48 volts; much more than that and switches start arcing.

Ohmic loss is an issue when DC power is transmitted over power lines, but not so much when the DC is generated in the same building (solar panels, etc.).

Comment Re:Danger keys (Score 1) 684 684

At work I have to use Windows. (At home I use a MacBook Pro so there are basically no danger keys.) While currently I only have the keycaps for F1 and INS removed, in the past I have also pulled F12, caps lock, and the Windows/menu keys. I just leave them in a small plastic bag next to the keyboard.

I don't know how you missed the Windows menu key, since it yanks focus away from your current program if it gets tapped by accident, then you have to waste time getting back to normal. It's almost as bad as F1.

The insert key is bad if you have an editor that tries to implement "overwrite mode" in a mouse-based text editor, which is pretty silly. It can also rarely get engaged by pressing the keypad zero key under certain conditions. (like with the shift key hald down, I think)

Actually there is one important danger key with OS X. I don't know why UI implementers insist on being able to do all sorts of file manipulation functions in contexts where you are supposed to be selecting or viewing a file (instead of, you know, switching to the file manager program), but they do. Windows goes out of its way to support moving and deleting files when you need to select a file, and various OS X programs insist on deleting a file whenever you hit command-delete (aka command-backspace).

The problem is that command-plus and command-minus are used for zoom in and out. (Very useful in the image viewer.) Be off by one key when zooming in, and your file is suddenly moved to the trash, and its window (if it has one) closes. In a file viewer program. WITH NO UNDO AVAILABLE. WTF. Now you get to fish it out and put it back where it belongs. At least it also insists on playing a (non-configurable!) sound when it does that, so you can have some idea that something has happened.

Submission + - The Graffiti Grammarians Correcting Street Art in Ecuador->

keithlynpitts writes: Graffiti artists in Quito, Ecuador better bone up on their spelling and grammar, lestÂa group of vigilante street-art editors take a can of red spray paint to their tags. Since November 2014, AcciÃn OrtogrÃfica Quito has been patrolling the streets for graffiti in need of a little copy editing.

Their name references AcciÃn Poetica, a movement that began in Monterrey, Mexico in 1966 and whose members have beenÂgraffitingÂlove poems and quotes about friendship and optimism across Latin America for decades. The intentions of AcciÃn Poetica are noble, but their grammar isn't always up to snuffâ"which is why AcciÃn OrtogrÃfica frequently targets their graffiti for correction.

The group is comprised of three men in their 30s, one of whom is primarily responsible for running their active social media accounts while the other two correct grammar mistakes out on the streets. Although they describe what they do as tryingÂ"to take a vandalistic act and put some order in whatâ(TM)s anarchic by nature," that doesn't mean they're legally in the clear. To avoid run-ins with the police, AcciÃn OrtogrÃfica works at night. First, they drive around scouting error-riddled graffiti, then the two active members grab a beer while they discuss edits. Afterwards, they return to carry out the corrections.

In an anonymous conversation with COLORS Magazine, they defended their efforts, saying, "itâ(TM)s a public service and a moral obligation. Weâ(TM)re against spelling vandalism and we wonâ(TM)t break nor give up until we see a society free of spelling mistakes."

Si en tus besos encontrara la escencia de vida, serÃa no besarte el peor pecado que cometerÃa.#HéroesAnÃnimos

Posted by AcciÃn OrtogrÃfica onÂTuesday, February 10, 2015

Their edits range from simple first letter capitalization to a full-sentence overhaul. Their first job contained 13 errors in just two lines of text.

"Thereâ(TM)s a big difference in saying: âNo quiero verteâ(TM) (I donâ(TM)t want to see you) and âNo, quiero verteâ(TM) (No, I want to see you)," one of the members said. "Many times, someone does not realize how a comma or an oversight can completely change the meaning of a sentence. It can change your life."

Recently, they've taken their copy editors' eye to Twitter, where they've corrected spelling and grammar mistakes in tweets by Ecuadorâ(TM)s president Rafael Correaâ"although they stipulate that their concern is strictly linguistic, not political.

Hoy, con @PrensaQuito, corregimos una de tres publicaciones.
#aQUITOdos también nos equivocamos.

â" AcciÃn OrtogrÃfica Q (@AccionOQ) February 11, 2015

Their plans for the future involve spreading beyond Quito and launching a hotline where passersby can leave tips about graffiti in need of a little editing.

"We recently received a complaint about a nice graffiti that talks about how unbelievable a momâ(TM)s love is. We think itâ(TM)s important that the message get through."

[h/t COLORS Magazine]

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Comment Re:Wait.. WTF... There's a SAFE that runs WIndows (Score 1) 147 147

Apparently because it's some sort of "drop off" safe.

In the normal operation of the safe, the majority of operations are executed by way of a touch-screen on the safe. Once the money has been inserted into the safe, it is automatically deposited to the retailer's bank, which means that it's the bank's money and a store manager cannot remove cash from the safe. Typically, to remove cash, there is a requirement for both the store manager and a Brink's employee to be present.

That still doesn't explain why people in this sort of industry think you need Microsoft freaking Windows for a simple UI screen. Perhaps they are using Visual Basic? (rolls eyes)

This is 2015, folks, this is the kind of crap you can do with a Raspberry Pi, and if it's long-term support you want, you will still be able to get boards ten years from now, at most needing software changes in the form of a few different kernel drivers.

Radioactive cats have 18 half-lives.