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Comment: Re:Boston, in the winter? (Score 1) 97

The cars should be smart enough to stop for any object blocking the road...

A policeman in the center of an intersection is not blocking either lane of the road.

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Also, around here, there's a habit (started long, long ago, before there were cars) of putting flagpoles in the center of main intersections.

Comment: Re:Boston, in the winter? (Score 1) 97

Will the Google cars be smart enough to evade the college kids crossing the street against the red light while buried in their smart phone displays?

Are google cars smart enough to stop at an intersection that has a green light, but also has a policeman with his hand up telling the car to stop?

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Did you know Google's self-driving cars can't handle 99% of roads in the US?

Comment: Re:Still My Favorite (Score 1) 272

by QuietLagoon (#49196185) Attached to: Mozilla: Following In Sun's Faltering Footsteps?

Firefox is still my favorite Windows browser....

A sample size of one is insignificant in the browser marketspace.

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When a larger, more representative, sample size is used, Firefox is losing marketshare. Where is Mozilla in the mobile marketspace?

Mozilla's commands of "wait for us, we're the leader" are falling on deaf ears.

Mozilla is becoming irrelevant.

Comment: Re:And why is hiding shit the default in Win serve (Score 2) 562

by QuietLagoon (#49171965) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

...I'm kind-of-sort-of willing to concede to the demands by that fuckstick hipster who works in marketing who thinks that aesthetically filename extensions make the product too technical for other fuckstick hipsters who are also wound up about appearances....

Hiding filename extensions predates the hipsters by decades. Don't blame the hipsters for everything you don't like...

Comment: The root problem was the album wasn't wanted.... (Score 1) 201

by QuietLagoon (#49165051) Attached to: That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was
The root problem was that many, many people did not want the album pushed to their devices.

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Of course there are going to be more people listening to the album, whether by accident or intent. The album resides on more devices. For all we know, cats could be listening to it (and if you search youtube, you'll probably find a video of a cat listening to the album).

In order to determine whether or not the stunt was actually a success, you need to look at the future U2 sales increase or decrease vs. the negative effects of the backlash.

The cited survey does none of that.

Comment: 30 seconds per song? (Score 1) 57

by QuietLagoon (#49158113) Attached to: Genetic Data Analysis Tools Reveal How US Pop Music Evolved
I would offer that there is a significant portion of the songs they samples for which the 30 seconds of sampling would yield an incorrect perception of the song.

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What they did was cool, but they tremendously overstate the ramifications of their efforts.

How US pop music evolved, indeed.

Comment: OEM version key doesn't work (Score 2) 132

by QuietLagoon (#49153095) Attached to: Microsoft Finally Allows Customers To Legally Download Windows 7 ISOs
Since I build my own PCs, I buy an OEM version of Windows at the same time I'm buying the hardware for the PC. When I tried to download the ISO yesterday, the site told me that my key does not qualify, and that I need to contact the system builder to get the ISO.

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Microsoft really hasn't thought this through.

I have the friggin' key (three of 'em), all valid, all legal. Yet Microsoft spit in my face. Again.

Is Microsoft admitting that the key system for unlocking Windows is so insecure that they won't just provide open downloads of the ISO?

Once again, Microsoft's DRM is punishing the innocent customer.

Comment: First, get your story straight... (Score 4, Insightful) 347

by QuietLagoon (#49141671) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

...Software project estimates are too often wrong, and the more time we throw at making them, the more we steal from the real work of building software...

...developers' back-of-the-envelope estimates...

From the above two quotes, it looks as if the author does not even know if too much or too little time is spent on estimates.

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No wonder his managers are frustrating with the time estimates provided. The guy has not a clue.

Comment: Re:What would a Nurse Do (Score 1) 162

by QuietLagoon (#49128139) Attached to: Should a Service Robot Bring an Alcoholic a Drink?

...So most likely, any nursing robot would refuse to serve booze to any patient...

The title of this thread speaks about an alcoholic.

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An alcoholic is not, by definition, a patient. So a nursing robot could refuse to serve alcohol to any patient, but that still does not answer the question posed by this thread's title.

Comment: Comodo, shame on you! (Score 1) 95

by QuietLagoon (#49116747) Attached to: Advertising Tool PrivDog Compromises HTTPS Security

...insecure HTTPS traffic interception ... an advertising product with ties to security vendor Comodo...

Comodo is a vendor that I [currently] rely upon for my PC firewall and my SSL certificates.

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So, on one hand, I'm looking to Comodo to help me secure my computers and usage of my computers.

And on the other hand, Comodo is looking to install HTTPS traffic interceptors on my computers that increase the security vulnerability of my computers?

What frigging kind of security company is Comodo? Is Comodo a security company at all?

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