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Comment Re:For those bitching about the "Special Editions" (Score 1) 423

If you're concerned about legality, just be sure you own the most recent Blu-Rays- much is based on those, and if you have an edit of a product you own (the Blu-Ray), that's totally legal.

No it's not, unfortunately. The edited version is still a derivative work, and it is illegal without the permission of the copyright holder, even if you own the original. It is not considered fair use. People have tried that argument in court in the past, and lost.

Comment Re:Why should? (Score 1) 397

ABS = I don't need to learn basic car control techniques.

I agree with most of your post but not this one. In fact I think it contradicts your main point that people can't do what they don't practice. Expecting people to remember and apply correct emergency braking techniques in the few seconds they have to react during a panic-inducing situation, despite never having the opportunity to practice them never worked all that well. It is unrealistic for the same reason that expecting people to be able to manually control of a normally autonomous car in an emergency situation is unrealistic.

Comment Don't require a computer (Score 4, Insightful) 508

Are any of my assumptions wrong? Are there any other options I'm not considering?

Yes, you shouldn't design your curriculum assuming students will have limitless access to a computer and internet. Don't have paper turned in online, print out resources to pass out to the student, show the videos in class, and make the amount of typing such that it can be done on school/library computers without excessive burden. There is nothing about learning the English language that requires a computer.

Comment Re:The cars can detect gestures. (Score 1) 236

Yeah, I had a cop put his signal on in the middle of a construction zone where there were barrels blocking both the shoulder and the median. I pulled over at the end of the construction and he was pissed that I waited so long. I guess he wanted me to just stop in the middle of the lane. Then again he was also insistent that I must be stoned, and was interrogating me as to why I was in his city when my car is registered in a different county, all over a dead tail-light, so it was probably just him.

Comment SJW's say 'It Sucked' but admit they didn't read (Score 1) 1044

I find it funny that all these people are saying that the puppy noms didn't win because 'They sucked', when so many of them, and their leaders freely admitted that they did NOT READ any of the puppy noms.

Because the politics of the author are more important than the story written.

Three Body Problem only won because the 'Rabid Puppies' voted for it as a block. Does that mean Three Body doesn't deserve it's award? That it sucks? And what about 'Guardians of the Galaxy'? That was a puppy nom, why didn't that get blackballed as well?

And lets not even mention the months and months of harassment and libel that has been taking place. I find the lying of the establishment to be pretty funny.

Comment Re: Worst of both worlds (Score 4, Informative) 93

I seriously doubt that. I only have global sales number, not US specific, but there are many online retailers that are larger. Newegg had around $2.7 billion in revenue in 2013. The same year Amazon had $68 billion, Apple had $18 billion, Staples and Walmart both had around $10 billion in online sales. Sears (a company that every talks about as dieing) and QVC (yes the website for that crappy home marketing TV station) both had nearly $5 billion in revenue. Even among consumer electronics CDW and Best Buy had more online sales at over $3 billion each. And again, while these are global numbers, most of those companies are US based, with strong US sales.

Newegg is one of hundreds of online retailers of simular size. While it is a great company, it's adoption of bitcoin is by no means an indication that something has gone mainstream.


Comment Re:Possible but rather unlikely I think (Score 1) 252

but also because autonomous cars are more likely to be shared and constantly in use, rather than sitting in your driveway 90% of the time.

I'm not convinced of this one either. Possible but hardly a certainty. A lot of people don't really like to share cars and nobody rides the bus because they like it. I can see automated cars getting abused rather badly. Trash, bodily fluids, etc. People don't tend to respect property that isn't theirs. I really don't look forward to the prospect of taxing an automated taxi that smells of urine or worse.

And it doesn't work for the borrowers either. If people make their cars available for use when they don't need them, then that will mean that most cars will only be available for use during times of low demand, and will be occupied during time of high demand. With that availability, shared cars will barely dent the existing taxi and public transportation systems.

I have seen a ton of articles lately pushing the idea that once automated cars are reality that no one will need/want to own cars. I'm sorry, but taxis have been around since before the car was invented and they still only fill a minor role in our transportation needs. There are reasons for this, and automated cars don't address any of those issues.

Comment Re:C'mon.... (Score 1) 628

Practically none would fit your scenario, but quite a few have good reasons to defer downloading and installing of updates for a short time. Like if you are on limited bandwidth, or want to finish some important work first. The new options don't allow that. They only give you a choice of when to reboot after updates are automatically downloaded and installed without your confirmation. And besides, simply having automatic updates the default takes care of the lowest common denominator. Removing the option all together only impacts people who know enough to change the option to begin with.

Comment Re:I believe it too, and also a pitch for Ghostery (Score 1) 327

I absolutely agree with using Ghostery (or something like it) for privacy reasons. That said Ghostery and AdBlock both use quite a bit of memory*, and IMHO slow things down as much as the ads they are blocking (apart from flash ads which FlashBlock or native click-to-play capability solves with much less overhead). Furthermore, I almost never see ads when running Ghostery, and conversely the EasyPrivacy filter list for AdBlock does much of the same thing that Ghostery does. So I would recommend trying them both out, and then sticking to just one rather than running both at once. Also, if you use Ghostery make sure it is configured to block new elements by default.

Lastly, if you (or someone you do tech support for) refuses to use Ghostery (or NoScript) because it sometimes break webpage functionality, Disconnect is a good option to look at. It doesn't block nearly as much as Ghostery, and isn't as informative about what it is (and isn't) blocking, but it is better than nothing. I have never had it break a website, and requires no config tweaking.

*Note, the memory usage issue may get better in a couple releases.

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb