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Comment: Re:Simulations are limited by imagination (Score 0) 173

by WinterSolstice (#47734193) Attached to: Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

Or just drive the damn car.

I swear, I'm SO sick of this driverless car crap. I don't want one, I don't want to share roads with one, I don't want to even see them.
It's bad enough dealing with humans, the last thing I want is this.

We HAVE a way to get around without you having to drive. It's called public transportation. Get on a damn bus, taxi, or train.

+ - 'MythBusters' drop Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci 1

Submitted by rbrandis
rbrandis (735555) writes "In a video announcement Thursday on Discovery Channel, "MythBusters" hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman revealed that longtime co-hosts and fan favorites Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, and Tory Belleci are no longer on the show.

"This next season we're going back to our origins with just Adam and me," Hyneman said in the video, which explained that the change took hold as of the season's last episode on August 21."

Comment: Re:OMG, it's full of static stars! (Score 2) 34

by WinterSolstice (#47732267) Attached to: A Movie of Triton Made From Voyager 2's Fly-by 25 Years Ago

I gotta agree. I mean, we know that they just made a sphere and mapped the photos onto it as a texture, but I would have preferred them to use either no star map or whatever was visible in the real photos.

NASA doing crappy CGI just makes it harder to convince people of the real stuff.

Comment: Pick a different job. (Score 1) 548

Yup, same here. I never *chose* to be a programmer, I wanted to work on AI/robotics. It just sorta happened, and I got out of that field *fast*.

IT in general - just - kids, don't do it. When you do good work, they want to lay you off or outsource you. When you screw up, everyone hates you.

My kids saw my work and decided to go into autos and welding. Says it all right there.

+ - Smartphone Kill Switch A Consumer Safe Haven Or Just More Government 'Tyranny'?->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "We're often told that having a kill switch in our mobile devices — mostly our smartphones — is a good thing. At a basic level, that's hard to disagree with. If every mobile device had a built-in kill switch, theft would go down — who would waste their time over a device that probably won't work for very long? Here's where the problem lays: It's law enforcement that's pushing so hard for these kill switches. We first learned about this last summer, and this past May, California passed a law that requires smartphone vendors to implement the feature. In practice, if a smartphone has been stolen, or has been somehow compromised, its user or manufacturer would be able to remotely kill off its usability, something that would be reversed once the phone gets back into its rightful owner's hands. However, such functionality should be limited to the device's owner, and no one else. If the owner can disable a phone with nothing but access to a computer or another mobile device, so can Google, Samsung, Microsoft, Nokia or Apple. If the designers of a phone's operating system can brick a phone, guess who else can do the same? Everybody from the NSA to your friendly neighborhood police force, that's who. At most, all they'll need is a convincing argument that they're acting in the interest of 'public safety.'"
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