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Comment: I'm confused (Score 1) 173

by daniel142005 (#47733865) Attached to: Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

Why is it so hard for the test track to be outside the place where they're manufactured? When a car is done it would drive through a "course" by itself, since it is autonomous... or at least they want us to be believe it is. Can see the job description now: Driver required for autonomous vehicle test course, must be able to maintain the stability of the vehicle with automated cars on the road that may occasionally divert from their intended path. Comes with great benefits.

but seriously, Tests could be simulated with the same kind of course a drivers ed student supposedly goes through, and there's no reason these things shouldn't be able to drive themselves to an offsite storage facility, even if it is controlled roads or roads with caution signs. Simulations don't account for faults in the design or manufacturing.

Comment: Interesting. (Score 1) 876

by daniel142005 (#46301965) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

I mean, as computers have gotten more advanced so has programming. There are multiple "layers" to it, some examples in order from low level to high level: assembly, c, c#/java/etc., html5/javascript/css. That doesn't even count the advancements in the IDEs that have come about because of it. So what's the next logical step? Javascript can already interpret other programming languages, like LUA... it's an endless cycle.

Text-to-speech and gesture recognition are still too slow, and drag-n-drop with shapes is still too inefficient and gets incredibly complex. Drawing on the other hand, probably mostly thanks to OCR and the endless desire for people to try to break CAPTCHAs, can be interpreted fairly well. It would give programming languages an entirely new form and be similar to drawing schematics.

Not saying it would be easy, but by using a digital pen pad or tablet the IDE could simplify it with reminders and yes, even auto-complete. It's digital. It's also not going to be for everyone. I personally would prefer to type.. but only because it's how I learned. I'd make a simple application out of it to try it, but that's probably as far as it'd get.

Comment: Re:It's Called 'Plausible Deniablitiy' (Score 2, Insightful) 173

by daniel142005 (#38586260) Attached to: Google Punishing Chrome Results For 60 Days

Exactly. It's actually a well known fact that Google sucks at marketing their own stuff. A perfect example is their Nexus One phone.

The leader of marketing (and brainwashing) is (IMHO) Apple, because no matter what it is, they can spin it to get people to buy it. Apple could probably find a way to successfully market dog shit if they wanted to.

Comment: Re:Who/What is Video Professor? (Score 1) 385

by daniel142005 (#30259834) Attached to: Calling Video Professor a Scam

I can confirm this. I just went to WoW's site and signed up for a free trial and it did not ask for a credit card or anything. Although, I think it used to at one point in time.

Anyway, there is a major difference in how Blizzard, Netflix, and other sites that offer "free trials" work compared to Video Professor. When you sign up for a free trial at Netflix, it makes sure you are aware that it is a 2 week trial and that afterwards you will be billed. I went to Video Professor's website, and the only time it even mentions the word trial is in the fine print on the left side. If you are aware that it will bill you then it should not be considered a scam, but Video Professor doesn't even make it sound like a subscription, let alone a trial. Then again, who needs Video Professor anyway? eHow and Youtube have tons of videos on how to do pretty much whatever. Its just getting the word out to the non-tech-savvy crowd that free alternatives do exist.

Comment: Re:Google dodged the point (Score 4, Informative) 150

by daniel142005 (#29547891) Attached to: Google Barks Back At Microsoft Over Chrome Frame Security

Do you have any idea why they released Chrome Frame in the first place? Its because Google got tired of Microsoft not meeting web standards. Google will be releasing Wave soon and the majority of the population would not be able to use it because IE does not support HTML5. Chrome Frame is just as secure as IE if not more, not to mention, if a bug or exploit is found with Chrome or Chrome Frame, it takes Google hours to days to push out a fix.

"There's just no reason to get this installed in corporate networks where IE6 is being used"

Do you have any clue what Chrome Frame even does? It does not force EVERY website to use itself. Only websites that request it or websites that you told to use it. And believe it or not, there are a lot of newer applications in the business environment that do not work with IE6 or even IE7/8.

"anyplace where IE8 is being used (surface of attack expanded in exchange for little benefit)"

I guess you are unaware of exactly how much IE8 does not include compared to Firefox/Safari/Chrome, and your obviously not a web developer. Most of the time websites have to have code dedicated for IE otherwise the website will not work right. Google is sick of Microsoft not following standards and them as well as everyone else having to waste their time to make patches so it will work in IE.

Comment: Re:history... (Score 1) 821

by daniel142005 (#27864285) Attached to: Windows 7 "Not Much Faster" Than Vista
This is part of the point that everyone seems to be missing. Not only does the OS get upgraded, but the hardware does too. I bet when win2k was released it was moderately fast on moderate hardware. Windows XP did the same when it came out. When you try to install Vista on your XP machine with 512mb to 1gb of memory and a 1.5-2ghz processor then yeah, its going to be slower. I have Windows 7 installed on both my laptop and my desktop, and I noticed a performance increase on both. XP -> Vista had a larger performance gap, but once hardware caught up (and SP1 fixed a few things) the OS ran fairly smoothly. I work for an IT department and if I remember correctly, when XP came out, we didn't upgrade for a long time and mostly had windows 98 or 2000 because XP ran slower. Stop trying to use an up to date OS with way out of date hardware and you may notice that it isn't so slow after all. (No, I'm not a Microsoft fanboy, but I'm sick of people complaining and expecting the latest software to run on their old school hardware)

Comment: Re:FireFox extensions (Score 1) 308

by daniel142005 (#26409733) Attached to: Chrome On the Way For Mac and Linux
Its simple. They want market-share for their browser so they will allow extensions such as AdBlock. If people are going to go through the trouble of blocking ads then they are going to do it whether its through a proxy or an extension. So yes, you will most likely see out of the box compatibility with AdBlock for Chrome.

Comment: So what about services that stream video? (Score 1) 591

by daniel142005 (#22075920) Attached to: Time Warner Cable to Test Tiered Bandwidth Caps
If they are going to be capping the monthly usage what about services like NetFlix that offer (now unlimited for some plans) video streaming? These videos are obviously going to be a good size (probably 300mb-1gb, haven't tried it personally). I also heard that iTunes is letting you rent movies via download. All these new services are coming out that require heavy bandwidth, and the ISPs response is to cap it? If they do cap it, what kind of cap are we talking about. I currently have a 10mbps connection and pay $70/mo for it.. if its capped at 10-20gb/mo (although I probably would never use that). That pretty much limits you to what you can do... I didn't pay extra for a faster line so I could download less...

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