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Comment Re:Three Laws of Self-Driving Cars (Score 1) 157

A self-driving car may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm except if it breaks the traffic regulations. A self-driving car must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law except if it breaks the traffic regulations. A self-driving car must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws except if it breaks the traffic regulations.

Comment Not new - Previous R&D projects (Score 1) 583

I just wanted to state that, although Google is making impressive progress in the field, other actors in the R&D arena have already implemented this kind of automated vehicles in the past, and made different pilots and field operational tests. As an example, take a look at the European project CityMobil 2: This project is already making demonstrations around european cities and there is more to come.

Comment Reason of this decission (Score 1) 199

The origin of this trial is, among others, the story of a person that had debts, paid them finally, but google displayed results of the period he had still not paid them (forums, webpages, blacklists...). This guy even changed his name, because employers would not hire him after they had made a small search on google. He decided to confront the big google in court, and after many years, he has won. This is the main reason, the "right to be forgotten".

Comment Re:It's about money, as usual (Score 0) 186

They are using 802.11p. A modified version of 802.11a, due to latency requirements for safety applications and services (time to collision is critical, and you also have to add the mean response time of human beings). There is also a lot of R&D in access protocols (diificult when lots of vehicles are accessing the medium omnidirectionally and constantly moving).

Comment Re:Sample Video ... catfish catching pigeons (Score 0) 115

Here is another sample. This was shot in Zaragoza, Spain. Catfish were introduced in the seventies by the germans, with no license to do so and for recreative reasons. 40 years later, catfish have become the main predator in Aragon rivers. The fact is that from a biodiversity point of view it has been a disaster, but from the economic one, a whole new tourist industry has arised.

RIP, SunSolve 100

Kymermosst writes "Today marks the last day that SunSolve will be available. Oracle sent the final pre-deployment details today for the retirement of SunSolve and the transition to its replacement, My Oracle Support Release 5.2, which begins tomorrow. People who work with Sun's hardware and software have long used SunSolve as a central location for specifications, patches, and documentation."

Comment Good games just to have a good time (Score 0) 418

The last game I really enjoyed, had no plot, storyline, cinematics or any of those things, just a bunch of zombies walking towards my house. Plants vs. zombies its simple, fun and well done. It has a good learning curve and funny parts. I know, it just does not look for grown up players, but, damn, I had a hell of a time. And it has no bugs.

Antidepressants In the Water Are Making Shrimp Suicidal 182

Antidepressants may help a lot of people get up in the morning but new research shows they are making shrimp swim into that big bowl of cocktail sauce in the sky. Alex Ford, a marine biologist at the University of Portsmouth, found that shrimp exposed to the antidepressant fluoxetine are 5 times more likely to swim towards light instead of away from it. Shrimp usually swim away from light as it is associated with birds or fishermen.

Comment The Spain's Game Industry destruction (Score 0) 1115

Although I am not an expert about this issue, is good to remember that sometimes piracy can really hurt an industry. Back in the 80's, during the golden age of 8 bit computers (Commodore, MSX, ATARI...), there was a good and important software developers community in Spain. Commercial expansion of low cost home computers helped different groups of programming enthusiasts became game developers. And with great succes by the way, which positioned Spain as the second country in game development (I do not know if after Japan or any other country). This is when piracy gets into scene. Remember those old cassette/tapes and how it was possible to achieve functional copies if you had a double deck system. So, I still remember how we copied every new game and how "forum style" groups of each computer model were created in the schoolyard. Sales falled heavily and as a last attempt to cut out piracy (people held that they pirated games because they were very expensive) developers lowered the cost of videogames to a very low minimum (I was 12 and I could afford to buy games with such prices). Two years later there was only one company left. Until Commandos was launched, no new spanish videogame had succes in the world again.

Nintendo 3DS GPU Revealed 133

An anonymous reader writes "The GPU for the Nintendo 3DS has just been revealed, and it's not made by Nvidia, ATI, or even Imagination Technologies. Instead, Nintendo has signed up Japanese startup Digital Media Professionals (DMP) in a deal that sees the company's PICA200 chip churning out the 3-D visuals. For the first time in Nintendo's history, the 3DS will feature a GPU with programmable shaders, rather than a fixed-function pipeline, meaning the 3DS is more graphically versatile than the Wii. Among the PICA200's features are 2x anti-aliasing, per-pixel lighting, subdivision primitives, and soft shadows. As well as featuring DMP's own 'Maestro' extensions, the PICA200 also fully supports OpenGL ES 1.1. The architecture supports four programmable vertex units and up to four pixel pipelines."

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