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Comment: Re:Efficiency. (Score 1) 937

by dknight (#45909031) Attached to: Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

you're not wrong, but I just want to throw out there (because this gets ignored a lot) that it depends largely on the car in question.

For the *vast* majority of cars, you are 100% entirely correct.

However I have owned several cars (usually of the performance variety) that actually get their peak MPG around 75-80mph - I had a Corvette, rated for under 30mpg highway, that could cruise at 75mph and get 35mpg, as an example.

Comment: hearthstone is *addictive* (Score 4, Informative) 131

by dknight (#45673893) Attached to: Game Preview: <em>Hearthstone</em>

I'm a pretty hardcore RTS gamer (StarCraft II) but holy cow HearthStone is so fun that I've mostly abandoned SC2 in favor of racking up time there instead.

I definitely want the iOS release to hurry up so I can play on my iPad.

The thing that is surprising is, even with only a handful of emotes for communication, people still find ways to BM you :D But seriously, this is a REALLY REALLY fun game, and is going to make Blizzard some ungodly sum of money.

Comment: Re:Bring on the wearable interfaces. (Score 1) 453

Dude, I used to work for a defense contractor. I can daydream like nobody else.

Thankfully, my current employer is vastly better, and I almost never have to deal with useless meetings anymore. But oh man, back in the day? They were *awful*

My bad attitude at work... got me an incredible job offer from an amazing company who actually respects me. :D

Comment: Re:Bring on the wearable interfaces. (Score 3, Insightful) 453

I'm sorry, but that is largely a load of crap.

I have had to attend a great many meetings in my day that were entirely irrelevant to me, my job, etc. There was no reason for me to be there, other than the fact that a manager wanted me to physically be there.

Now, you can argue that I should not have to attend useless meetings, but the older generation is stuck on them and so we have little choice. That is not to say that no meetings have merit, of course.

Being able to sit quietly in an irrelevant meeting isn't actually a particularly useful skill in the rest of life, so I can hardly blame anyone for wanting something to do or some other distraction during them.

You may consider it impolite or disrespectful. I consider it disrespectful to make me waste an hour of my time because you feel the need to show your self-importance by calling unnecessary meetings and forcing people who have no need to go to them to be there.

Comment: Re:Ahh yes the old fanboy standby (Score 1) 369

by dknight (#44868847) Attached to: Gabe Newell Talks Linux As the Future of Games at LinuxCon NA

I hope I missed something here!

you arent the only one!
I'm a 30 year old married gamer, with a good job (I work for a reasonably prestigious silicon valley company).

I game a *lot* on my PC. StarCraft II mostly, but I play a lot of Diablo 3 and WoW as well.

So I've got to assume the GP is insane or joking or something. Either that or he's a troll.

Comment: Re:multiply (Score 2) 308

by dknight (#43535395) Attached to: Cause of LED Efficiency Droop Finally Revealed

while I mostly agree with you, I couldnt tell you how many kWh of electricity my home consumed last month. I could tell you what I paid for it, but no idea the actual consumption numbers - the cost is what is relevant to me, so I never feel any particular need to know the kWh. I'm sure plenty of other folks are the same way.

Data Storage

+ - How do you manage an overly large media collection?

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dknight writes "I have an extremely large media collection. Probably 1500 DVDs and 400-500 Blu Ray discs. While I love having such a large collection, it is so big that its impossible for me to find anything. I've finally decided that it may be worth my time to invest in buying or building some sort of automated storage/retrieval system, much like those tape robots. I assume buying one may be prohibitively expensive, but I do have access to lots of electronics components and some expertise. Am I better off buying? Building? How would you do it? If at all possible, I'd like to keep the media in its case while in storage, and have the device retrieve the case rather than just the disc."
The Internet

+ - ISP Withdraws Week-Old Service That Skirted Video Geoblocks->

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aesoteric (1344297) writes "A New Zealand internet service provider has withdrawn a controversial, week-old service that allowed users to circumvent geographic restrictions on US and British video services like Hulu, Netflix and BBC's iPlayer. The company said it was taking more advice on the legality of the service, but earlier seemed sure of its legal position."
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Earth

+ - High School Students Take Global Warming to Court

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Hugh Pickens writes writes "Katherine Ellison reports in the Atlantic that a group of high school students is suing the federal government in US District Court claiming the risks of climate change — dangerous storms, heat waves, rising sea levels, and food-supply disruptions — will threaten their generation absent a major turnabout in global energy policy. "I think a lot of young people realize that this is an urgent time, and that we're not going to solve this problem just by riding our bikes more," says 18-year-old Alec Loorz, one of the plaintiffs represented, pro bono, by the Burlingame, California, law firm of former US Republican congressman Paul "Pete" McCloskey. While skeptics may view the case as little more than a publicity stunt, its implications have been serious enough to attract the time and resources of major industry leaders. Last month, Judge Wilkins granted a motion to intervene in the case by the National Association of Manufacturers who says the plaintiffs lack standing because their injuries are too speculative and not likely to be reduced by the relief sought. "At issue is whether a small group of individuals and environmental organizations can dictate through private tort litigation the economic, energy, and environmental policies of the entire nation," wrote NAM spokesman Jeff Ostermeyer. The plaintiffs contend that they have standing to sue under the "public trust doctrine," a legal theory that in past years has helped protect waterways and wildlife. While the adults continue their argument, Loorz says kids his age are much more worried about climate change than many of their parents might imagine. "I used to play a lot of video games, and goof off, and get sent to the office at school," says Loonz. "But once I realized it was my generation that was going to be the first to really be affected by climate change, I made up my mind to do something about it.""

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