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Comment Re:fairly common to blacklist devices (Score 4, Insightful) 149 149

hardware firmware is commonly buggy. Device drivers often have to work around buggy hardware, so blacklisting devices for various functionality is not at all unusual.

If the code seems to work with other devices and breaks with a new device, then the first instinct is going to be to assume the new device is doing something wrong.

Another way of seeing things, is even if the bug is in the kernel, black listing still prevents damage to data on said vendor's hardware. When it comes to data corruption the first thing to do is limit damage, no matter who is it at fault. Afterwards, you can work together to try to isolate source of problems. Having unhappy users and customers is never good, unless you are the competition.

Comment Re:Cars have lights (Score 1) 213 213

AA, what do they know!!

The vast percentage of roads in the UK have no Street Lights at all and cars that use these roads do not crash due to there being no street lights because CARS have LIGHTS.

Alot of the Motorway network has no lights and cars are crashing all over the place because they can not see.

Turn all street lights off and save the world and SAVE CASH

Cars aren't the only users of our streets. There are these things called pedestrians. /s

Cars certainly have lights, but sometimes they are overly bright, such as the xenon based ones and are enough to stun a pedestrian, but again the car is not the only entity benefiting from street lights. Also, in town pedestrians are wanting to be aware of obstacles or other risk factors, without having to resort to flash-lights - the population density warrants the use of street lights, where it might be the case out of town.

Comment LED based street lights and movement sensors? (Score 1) 213 213

One of the problems with traditional street lights is they take a while to warm up. If street lights are replaced with LED based ones, would having them fitted with movement sensors be practical, such that they only stay on while they sense movement and then after that either dim down or turn off?

There is certainly research going into this:

I would be curious whether there are any off the shelf solutions, for retrofitting existing light sockets? This would be useful for apartment buildings and court yards, such that they don't need a complete overhaul.

Comment Re:Yes. (Score 1) 128 128

Yes, yes I would.

This so called article is simply scaremongering of the highest order. You should be ashamed!

Myself I would say yes, on the condition it has been cleared by the Japanese health and safety regulators. If it shown to be bio-equivalent, then why should we be worrying? I would say this of food from any source.

Comment Re:We need better legislation (Score 1) 102 102

The problem is probably not the regulation, but people buying drones who arent aware of the regulations. The onus is on the drone operator to get informed, but until there is an education campaign, people are going to do whatever they think is okay.

One thing I would like to see come out of this is open data airspace data. Currently you need to pay a hefty fee for this, but allowing drones to benefit from this data would help make better next generation drone, IMHO. It should be optional to use it, but encouraged.

Comment More that 60fps useful and hints? (Score 1) 114 114

Stepping beyond the frame rate difference, why are we needing more that 60 fps for single view and 120 fps for steroscopic?

Back to AMD, do they provide any other method to hint at the sort of optimisation an application is needing, if it is a question of games vs non-games, for example?

Comment Re:Weight has always been a "quality" factor (Score 1) 134 134

Is it really the weight or the structural feel of the body? If it feels light and flimsy, then I would be worried, but not with light and sturdy.

The choice of materials and the way it feels in the hand when you try to flex is really what is important, IMHO.

Comment Just bad press Siemens and go for another motor (Score 1) 107 107

I know it is a bit late, but maybe we should be flame-baiting news headlines with "Siemens electric motors incapable of flying over water, teams goes with company X". I wonder how fast Siemens makes a retraction?

Siemens may be making a legitimate request, but the way they went about it does make you wonder?

Comment Please forget history (Score 2) 146 146

My question is at what point does the right to be forgotten interfere with the need for historical record. For example, the British asking Google to forget about that wholeb Boston Tea Party thing which made them look bad. Sure this is not about an individual, but where is that line drawn?

Comment Targets okay, but method usually vague (Score 1) 242 242

The issue I generally have with governments defining targets to meet, is that they rarely have an indication of how they plan to achieve these goals. Plucking an election pleasing number is fine, but without a real method it is just meaningless marketing.

Is anyone aware of any document or site that indicates how various countries are planning to meet their targets?

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