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Comment: Re:IBM has quite a patent culture (Score 1) 41

by Pollardito (#42550695) Attached to: 2012 Patent Rankings: IBM On Top, Google Spikes
I can't think of examples off the top of my head, but it seems like "employees are used to identifying what might count as patentable and submitting it" really amounts to "employees know to just go ahead and patent almost anything, and IBM can decide later if they want to enforce it"

Comment: Re:Very Different (Score 1) 453

by Pollardito (#42500163) Attached to: Why JavaScript Is the New Perl

you won't find that many people that wouldn't wish for the languages said bits were taken from. I mean, if people actually liked the language, would we find things like Coffeescript and objective-J out there?

The existence of alternatives like Coffeescript and Objective-J doesn't mean everybody (or even a sizable majority) hates JavaScript. It just means that at least one person hates it or even that someone decided to reinvent the wheel. That's why we have a million languages that are essentially acting as CGI replacements on the server-side: Perl, Java, ASP, Ruby, PHP, C, ...

No language is perfect for everybody or for every job. I'm not sure JavaScript is even especially objectionable, but you're right in saying that as long as it's the only language that all browsers support you're basically stuck with it (or at least stuck compiling down to it)

Comment: Re:too expensive (Score 2) 308

by Pollardito (#42447983) Attached to: A Subscription-Based Movie Theater
They don't need "the usual person", they need the 15% who watch the most movies:

They ran models of Nelson's subscription-based theater idea, showing that to break even they would need 3,000 people, or 15% of the mountain communities, to sign up

For them this is a good deal and saves them a lot of driving. For other people $16 for a day pass is also a good deal

Comment: Re:it only makes sense (Score 1) 233

by Pollardito (#42419603) Attached to: China Set To Surpass US In R&D Spending In 10 Years

Actually it's more like "all the money we were spending on R&D was producing technology that China was stealing anyway"

Copyright infringement is not stealing.

This thread isn't about downloading the latest pop album. I was talking about Chinese companies stealing hardware and software technologies in order to resell them or to use them to outcompete the original developer in the market. Most people (even on Slashdot) would regard that as stealing

Comment: Re:There would be no need... (Score 1) 337

by Pollardito (#42419569) Attached to: How Do You Give a Ticket To a Driverless Car?

1) If an operable, but safety related issue is detected, restrict the driving destinations to either the repair shop or the hospital (you know, the repair shop for those organic units) and drive with the hazard lights on.

My GPS doesn't know about entire streets. Apple Maps doesn't know about entire cities. What if I pick a destination that is a hospital or repair shop that it doesn't know about? What if the only one it does know about is closed or is tens of miles further away? You're adding new liability in order to guard yourself against liability

2) Not the manufacturer's fault... hardware failures happen; if it's that critical then call a taxi (budgeting enough time is YOUR responsibility).

I'm not sure a judge is going to listen to that argument if he believes that the only reason the detector that failed was added to the car is because the manufacturer didn't want to potentially lose a court case over a broken taillight.

3) Legally disallow tickets for equipment violations on the way to the repair shop.

Step back and look at the big picture here. We're making a lot of changes here (paying for broken taillight detectors and hundreds of other detectors to be installed, adding other laws that have their own wrinkles) in order to save on a few court appearances where a car owner tries to pass on the blame for his ticket. Cases that the car owner may lose anyway and therefore would have solved themselves fairly

4) The car would get authorization from you before setting off. If you are home alone and need to go to the hospital ASAP, call 911.

Then my medical insurance company is probably going to take the car company to court for the ambulance bill, which can be pretty steep

Comment: Re:There would be no need... (Score 1) 337

by Pollardito (#42419439) Attached to: How Do You Give a Ticket To a Driverless Car?

The original post played Devil's Advocate and said essentially "shouldn't a car manufacturer make a car that can't get repair tickets", and I'm just saying that sometimes even a reasonable person would use a technically ticketable car in an emergency. And if a reasonable person would do that *ever*, then blocking someone from using a technically ticketable car is a potential new liability. If we're playing Devil's Advocate, then you can't just play it on one side.

So right now in the current system, if you had to go to the hospital and you were alone you wouldn't drive there if your taillight was broken? You wouldn't assume that people can see your other taillights or brake lights, or maybe it's even daytime? Cops can give tickets for broken taillights even if you have other working lights and even if it's daytime. Usually they'd give a warning or an order to show proof of maintenance at a later date, but they *can* ticket because technically that's not "100% safety compliance” as the original poster mentioned.

Comment: Re:Google Fiber (Score 3, Insightful) 207

by Pollardito (#42419343) Attached to: How ISPs Collude To Offer Poor Service
The primary purpose of Google fiber is to threaten anyone in the industry that would charge Google (as a content owner) a fee to move data to their customers (i.e. network neutrality). "You charge us to reach your customers, and we'll make them our customers or less profitable customers with a price war." They probably only need to successfully wire one city to do that, so we'll see what happens after that. They try to avoid entering industries that require a lot of customer service, so it seems unlikely they'd follow up K.C. with a lot more deployments unless they feel they need to do so to prove their point.

Comment: Re:There would be no need... (Score 3, Insightful) 337

by Pollardito (#42385909) Attached to: How Do You Give a Ticket To a Driverless Car?

There would be cases where the car's owner would deserve the ticket - busted lights, missing first aid kits, no winter tires,.... So give the ticket to the car's owner, then have the manufacturer reimburse the owner if it was the fault of the 'driver'

Devil's advocate here. For insurance/liability reasons shouldn't the car refuse to operate unless it's operating with 100% safety compliance? If it does, than it would be a manufacturer that would be liable. A car should sense when maintenence is required and, if it's prudent to, drive itself to the repair shop.

That's just introducing new liability:

I needed to go to the hospital, but the car wouldn't drive because it said I had a broken brake light
I missed my flight and lost my job, because the broken brake light detector was faulty
My car drove itself to the repair shop, and got a ticket for a broken brake light on the way
My car drove itself to the repair shop while I was indoors, and I came out to drive to the hospital and had no car

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