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Comment: Re:carsickness (Score 1) 435

by Venerable Vegetable (#49674943) Attached to: Will Robot Cars Need Windows?

Why would I be thinking about all that in a driverless car? I'll probably be playing a (tabletop) game with my family, enjoying dinner or watching a movie.

The car might want to see through other cars, but I suspect that is rather difficult for an AI anyway and it will probably just be communicating with the other cars about their positions.

Comment: Re:They trained their replacements (Score 1) 612

And that's the problem. They were overqualified, which usually means too expensive. Probably they were difficult as well. Taking sick days, complaining about their shift hours, demanding attention, hard to manage by the lower management.

In my opinion these are not acceptable reasons to replace someone, but for companies they sure are. You either need better laws, unions (ideally both), or deal with the consequences.

Comment: Re:Progressive Fix 101 (Score 1) 622

by Venerable Vegetable (#49529595) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

How does that even make sense? The same could be said for many regular cars. Most cars on the road are heavier than my car. Are all those drivers jerks? Besides, by the same logic all car drivers are jerks, because they put cyclists and pedestrians at risk for their comfort and convenience.

Comment: Disrespectful (Score 5, Insightful) 61

by Venerable Vegetable (#49473419) Attached to: IT Consultant Talks About 'Negotiating for Nerds' (Video)

"Despite noise from a few yammerheads about Matt getting 'free advertising' on Slashdot, which is unlikely since the vast majority of Slashdot users are more likely to compete with him than to hire him, most of the people who saw that video (or read the transcript) knew he was giving helpful advice"

We've all read the comments of "what Slashdot has become". Although I do think it is on a slippery slope, I still enjoy most articles and comments and consider it a respectable site. But this article is a disgrace. Not because of the content. While I really don't care what mr Heusser has to say, I didn't really care about the 4K smartphone display either. So I just skip these articles.

But the trollish and rude editing is not what I expect from this site. Be respectful to all your readers. Don't call your readers yammerheads, even though you don't agree with their points. While some are trolling (don't feed them), others are honestly concerned. The rest of the phrasing is just as rude. Are you putting "free advertising" between quotes because it wasn't free? The other people who saw the video, who apparently didn't "know" mr Heusser was giving free advise, not your target demographic anymore?


Comment: Re:been there (Score 2) 22

I just got an LG phone (a budget model) and it works fine. However, it keeps nagging me to agree to a privacy agreement, which says LG will collect ALL my data and use it for ANYTHING they like including selling personally identifiable data to third parties and using it for advertising. I don't even want to use the preinstalled LG apps but the privacy agreement keeps coming up anyway.

Additionally it wants to do a system update which "will improve my experience". That's literally all it says. No details on what it will actually improve and no version number.

This annoys and worries me enough to skip LG next time I buy a phone.

Comment: Re:I'd expect lots of cross-over branding crap (Score 1) 208

by Venerable Vegetable (#49175169) Attached to: What Would Minecraft 2 Look Like Under Microsoft?

You can buy packs of basic building blocks (LEGO classic). The creator, technic, city and even Minecraft sets also have a lot of generic bricks.

It's not really fair to compare a space ship against a dragon either. The dragon is very specific and has a lot of specialty blocks due to its organic nature. The Jedi interceptor for example still has plenty of generic blocks.

Besides all this, I play with my kids' LEGO almost as much as I played with my LEGO when I was a kid and I love the specialty blocks. It is still easy to dream up new creations and the "specialty" pieces aren't. They get repurposed just fine, but add a lot of variety.

And what's most important, my children have just as much fun with their LEGO as I had, and are just as inventive/creative, so I don't think anything of value was lost.

Comment: Re:Wrong solution (Score 1) 327

by Venerable Vegetable (#49038759) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Panic Button a Very Young Child Can Use

Huh, you think he didn't talk to a doctor? In the real world a doctor will tell you his: You have a condition like millions of other people, here is some medication and live with it.

Most people simply cannot afford nursing. If you have frequent and severe attacks and live in a first world country you will get an alert dog. But most people who might get an epileptic seizure hardly take any precautions at all, because it is a calculated risk like everything else in life.

This guy wants to go the extra mile and gets blasted for it? You are the one who is nuts. You have seen one worst case example of epilepsy and think this aplies to all cases. Did you know that in by far the most cases people have only a few attacks in their life? That often they don't even realize it? In most other cases it goes away with the right medication. If you take medication, usually you can stop taking it after a few year, without the epilepsy ever returning. You don't need medical attention during or after an attack, unless you hurt yourself during the seizure.

Usually epilepsy isn't what you seem to think it is.

Comment: Re:Crazy idea, I know... (Score 1) 424

by Venerable Vegetable (#38167558) Attached to: Ubisoft Blames Piracy For Non-Release of PC Game

After installing the game you need to start it one time while being online to verify. Which shouldn't be a problem as you need to be online to download the game in the first place. After this you can always start it offline.

The game doesn't need to be fully patched. The second link you provide even specifically states that you can use offline mode if you do not want to patch your game.

Your steam client, not the game, must be updated to enable offline play. Which again is no issue as it only knows that there is a new version available if you have an internet connection anyway.

Comment: Re:moronic proposition (Score 3, Insightful) 427

by Venerable Vegetable (#36645396) Attached to: Calling BS On Unpaid Internships

In many countries it is illegal for (for profit) companies to employ volunteers. For example in the Netherlands volunteer work cannot be for profit, it cannot replace a paid job and it has to have a benefit to society. All volunteer work has to be registered. Other european countries have similar laws.

Always draw your curves, then plot your reading.