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Comment Re:No Thanks (Score 1) 451

I don't want to spill my beverage or hurt my dog when my car decides I need to brake more quickly than I actually need to, nor do I want to be rear ended when I see a clown coming in hot behind me and needing another foot to stop while I've got 3 feet in front of me.

When the automatic emergency brake activates, you already don't have that foot. You might have an inch, if you're lucky. If that other guy then still rear-ends you, at least your back is probably quite a bit more damaged than your front, which leads to the assumption that he pushed you into the car in front. That way, he gets to pay the whole accident. He probably was tailgating you anyway.

Comment Re:Translated (Score 1) 451

I see it often too, just the other way around. Most cars are doing about 120 km/h (which is the speed limit) and some people are overtaking them at 140 km/h at least. They don't know about velocity matching nor speed limits.

Overtaking at a significant speed difference is ok. However, when you want to join another lane, you should match velocities, not force everyone else to match yours.

Replying to the grand-parent:

While we're talking about driving.. what the hell are they teaching new drivers these days, that they don't know you're supposed to match velocities with the rest of the traffic when entering a freeway? I'm serious, they're getting on a freeway that's humming along at 70-75mph, and they're doing it at maybe 60mph. I see this every single day, too. Do they think they're going to break their cars or something, if they stomp the accelerator pedal?

A while ago, I was watching a video from a trucker, who was also mad at idiots not accelerating on the onramp. In the comments, a person just having gotten his driving license spoke up and said he was trained to gently accelerate when joining the freeway, to save fuel.

Apparently, the trainer never considered it saves much more fuel when the truck coming up from behind doesn't have to brake and accelerate again...

Disclaimer: what I described happened in Germany, with a truck speed limit of 80 km/h, the person merging doing maybe 70. (70 km/h == about 44 mph)

Comment Re:Still.... (Score 1) 1051

That is true, but Linus was still being an ass, and unfortunately, seems to be doing his utmost to establish a reputation as a geek bully who uses his success as a club to beat up enthusiastic volunteers. He should know better. And this is not the first time, far from it.

I don't think Linus was being an ass here. From what I could see, this email was just the last in a fairly long discussion where someone introduced an unexpected behaviour that manifested itself in a whole lot of places as a bug. Mauro then claimed it was the userspace apps' fault. After debating for a while, Linus blew his top and told the guy to stop making excuses.

I can certainly relate to that.

I wonder, though, what's the procedure for introducing incompatible changes that will break userland, e.g. if there is some design error that causes a security flaw...

Comment Re:Career (Score 1) 338

I'd love to see someone try to make a career out of this! Pick a game like WOW and then advertise that you will make the game hell for whoever for a fee in an attempt to get them to quit. Two main clients I'd image: dad's and girlfriends. Wonder how long before Blizzard or lawyers step in.

I think, no lawyers at all. I don't know the TOS, but in Eve Online, this is considered Grief Playing (deliberately destroying the game experience for someone else) and can be prosecuted by kicking the offender out of the game. No lawyers needed.

I think WoW has something similar in their TOS.



Comment Re:Surprise sensors. (Score 1) 82

Install AndroSensor and check out what you phone supports.


(Hint: I own a Galaxy Nexus too, it does have a barometric sensor. Btw, the proximity sensor has only two values: 0 inch and 2 inch. It's used to lock the and unlock the screen when you put your phone on your ear during a call)

Comment Re:The bottle requires power ... (Score 1) 173

Not having any moving parts helps reliability, though. Good when you set them up in remote conditions and/or large numbers.

I'm also imagining having these collectors in fairly humid conditions, where you have lots of dirty or salty water out in the open.

Imagine having these collectors along the coast, collecting all the water e.g. LA needs, or Houston, or New Orleans.

Another added advantage: you can build it decentralized, reducing the dependency on the big pipe from the Colorado River...

Comment Re:I am not so worried about hacking (Score 1) 95

Once I have been there a couple of times, I can usually remember the route and drive without GPS. I still use GPS when driving on the highway so I don't miss the exit, but if the receiver was not working, I still could go to my destination

Same with me. An additional reason for me using GPS on long distance trips is traffic jams, or rather, getting warned of them in time, getting them evaluated about impact on route, and if necessary get an alternative routing.

Comment Re:Difference to now? (Score 2) 346

At least I can complain to my own government and vote out politicians. Where do I go to complain against the UNs policies?

In theory? Also to your government. It's their job to try and keep the UN from issuing bad policies.

In another theory, if you're not a citizen of the US? Well, your government has less weight now than it would if the net were under the UN...

In practice? As another poster said, nowhere - working as intended.


Comment Difference to now? (Score 0) 346

You will hate it, because all of a sudden all that freedom, all that flexibility, you'll find it shipped away for one good reason after another,' Schmidt said. 'I cannot be more emphatic. Be very, very careful about moves which seem logical, but have the effect of balkanising the internet,' he added, urging everyone to strongly resist the moves.

Just curious - in what way would that be different from the situation we have now? I didn't RTFA, but IMHO, such a move is long overdue.

IMHO, handing over the governance of the internet to some UN mandated body would probably be a good idea, further removing the net from the influence of a single nation. I'm not sure the ITU would be a good body, since I think they have a history of being a body to regulate in favor of the large telecoms providers (in fact, I think that's what the ITU is made up out of).

Anyone care to shed some light on this?


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