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Comment The 1980's called - wants their news back (Score 1) 55

I was doing superconductor levitation back in the 1980's, as a kids's science fair project. Now, at the time, I shouldn't afford enough materials to stand on, but this is exactly the same thing.

Lots of techno-babble in TFS & TFA.

For those who haven't seen it in action, random youtube link:

Comment Assumptions (Score 4, Interesting) 184

The premise behind these simulations is that giving directions to crowds will improve flow of people.

It's a mighty big assumption that the folks in the crowds would follow a signal to "slow down". Between the culture in general (ever see a tidy British style queue in the middle east?), and the general human dynamics of large crowds of people, I don't have much hope of this being a success.

Perhaps a better solution would be to increase the time window for this event- spread the crowd over a few months instead of a few days.

Comment Re:DMCA to the rescue? (Score 3, Interesting) 370

OP said the forum owner was not within the US, so it's a fair guess that the hosting site isn't either. A DCMA request will be met with either a "Aww, how cute. [delete]" - or a new round of "Hey everyone, check out Op's attempt to stop us! Let's get him!"

In either case, a DCMA takedown request has done nothing positive.

Comment Wait it out? (Score 1) 370

Not sure how to attack this problem, but a couple ideas:

Like you said, you can't change your name, and you probably don't want to move. Said information is therefore static. If you fight it, you risk the Barbra Streisand effect. Raising a ruckus and loudly complaining will only draw more attention.

I think your best bet is to wait it out. The best way to become invisible is to be boring. Lay low, wait for the mob to some some new, more interesting person to bother.

Comment Re:Glass houses (Score 2) 80

Making a moral equivalence between a riot that killed 1,000 and an app that defaults to "on" for location tracking.... um, not even close.

India has a loooong way to go to catch up to the ethics of even the worst Silicon Valley startup. Pushing for them to advance is a good thing.

Comment Re:Tail lights are wrong (Score 1) 549

Or one better - why are brake lights digital? There's no way to tell if the guy in front of you is lightly tapping the brakes or stomping on it hard.

Brake lights should be a "progress bar" style light, showing how hard the car is decelerating.

Once driving get totally automated, cars will be wirelessly sending that value to everyone around them, probably with some legacy old style brake lights for the few human driver holdouts...

Comment Re:Crash Mitigation (Score 4, Insightful) 549

Sure, there could be some optimizations for reducing damage in an imminent crash scenario. That's just fine tuning. Google's real goal is to get a machine driving a little bit better than the average human. It's looking like, at least in known, well mapped cities, they have achieved that.

As for letting off the brakes when getting rear-ended, that may not be a good idea - the guy in front of you may not appreciate turning a 2 car wreck into a 3 car wreck. Especially if said impact pushed them into crossing traffic.

There's some room for "can I dash out of the way" thinking, but in general that's probably a bad idea too. Being predictable to other cars is better than flitting around erratically, possibly causing other accidents.

Comment Managers & HR take note (Score 5, Insightful) 124

Mangers! Learn this lesson from history: Intel lost one of the word's greatest computer chip designers, and created their own competition by making arbitrary work requirements, and not recognizing work-life balance.

Employees are people, not machines. Your greatest talent will, at some point, say "screw you" - and start competing with you. Unless you take care of them like human beings.

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