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Comment: Re:don't drive with nobody in it? (Score 5, Insightful) 435

by dpidcoe (#47468015) Attached to: FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars
That would remove a huge amount of the utility of driverless cars. Things like having it drop you off at the airport, or let you out at the mall while it finds a place to park, or any other number of other activities that require a bit of preplanning and someone else to drive (and often be inconvenienced for it).

+ - The First Person Ever To Die In A Tesla Is A Guy Who Stole One

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Elon Musk can no longer say that no one's ever died in a Tesla automobile crash. But few people will be pointing fingers at the electric car maker for this senseless tragedy. Earlier this month, 26-year-old Joshua Slot managed to successfully ride off with a Model S he'd stolen from a Tesla service center in Los Angeles, but police quickly spotted the luxury vehicle and gave chase. According to Park Labrea News, the high-speed pursuit was eventually called off after officers were involved in a fender bender of their own, leaving the police department strained for resources and without any feasible way of catching up to Slot. Reports claim he was traveling at speeds of "nearly 100 mph," but losing the police tail apparently didn't convince Slot to hit the brakes. Instead he sped on, eventually colliding with three other vehicles and a pair of street poles. The final impact was severe enough to "split the Tesla in half" and eject Slot from the car's remains. The Tesla's front section wound up in the middle of the road and caught fire. Its rear portion flew through the air with such force that it slammed into the side of a local Jewish community center and became wedged there."

Comment: Re:another language shoved down your throat (Score 1) 415

by dpidcoe (#47418259) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language
But it's not teaching good practices, it's forcing them for what appears to be arbitrary reasons to the students. As soon as they switch to a language where whitespace isn't required, they see no reason to have proper indentation anymore since the compiler isn't forcing it.

If indentation isn't forced, then they can learn the hard way (e.g. tracking down a bug through their own horribly formatted code) about why you pay attention to making it look nice and readable even if the compiler doesn't force you to do so.

Comment: Re:Built-in A/C and UV light (Score 1) 427

by dpidcoe (#47329099) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

Anyway, unless you don't sweat I don't see how you wouldn't notice the nasty looking (and smelling) whiteness every night you took the thing off. I guess you could have low sweat and fare skin, or something.

I never take my watch off and have never ever had even a hint of that problem. Since you mentioned "on the spectrum", I'd bet there were some sensory issues going on and you were cranking the band down tight.

Comment: Re:Acceptable battery life (Score 1) 427

by dpidcoe (#47329045) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?
That's great and everything, but I (and the poster I was responding to) were both referring to plugging in an android phone. Presumably you already take your phone out of your pocket before going to bed, so I don't see how that's an extra step unless you're in the habit of wearing your phone on your wrist.

Also, I'd find it more annoying to have to charge my phone every other night. It's a lot easier to have something as a routine you do every day at the same time, rather than to try and remember to do something on only odd days.

Comment: Re:Built-in A/C and UV light (Score 1) 427

by dpidcoe (#47320521) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

Built-in A/C and UV light to compensate for the sweatiness and tan-marks that come from wearing a watch. This is the no. 1 reason why I would never consider wearing a watch again. Obviously I'm joking with the subject line.

I wish you were joking about the reason too.

I've worn a $15 casio watch (I replace it every few years as the faceplate gets scratched up) for the last 15 years and I've never gotten a tan line (and no, I actually do do a lot of outdoor things) or suffered from issues with sweat or hair being caught.

Are you buying some kind of metal banded watch and then shoving it up your arm to make it as tight as you can or something?

Comment: Re:Long Overdue Use of "free space" (Score 1) 81

by dpidcoe (#47318397) Attached to: Maglev Personal Transportation System Set For Trial In Tel Aviv

Homeless people do not piss in inconvenient places because they hate your freedom, they do it because they have nowhere else.

No, they do it because they're mentally ill homeless people. Or do you think that all of them are just normal guys who just got a little unlucky and couldn't find a job for 20 years straight?

Comment: Re:The world... (Score 1) 236

by dpidcoe (#47232463) Attached to: Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

today's EE's dont' even know how to solder. its pathetic. they run a sim and type on keyboards. some don't even use test gear, like scopes.

I think that's more of a "todays college graduates" issue than anything specific to EEs. I'm a computer science major and I can solder, use a dmm/osciliscope/spectrum analyzer, program PICs and microcontrollers, design (simple) PCB layouts, design (simple) circuits, etc. I'm even working on a summer project to build a theremin using surface mount parts. This is all in addition to the standard CS skillset, and I do it because my immediate reaction to coming into contact with something I don't know or don't understand is to try and learn all that I can about it.

But then I've got classmates who don't know any of that stuff, and also constantly struggle with even simple CS concepts. They don't want to learn new things, they just expect that now because they did the bare minimum of effort to obtain a degree they'll land a 100k a year job doing "coding". Even though they still have only the vaguest idea about what coding actually is or how to do it. I know someone who's theoretically starting on their junior year, yet struggles with things such as implementing a function in a java program (and the entire early CS curriculum is basically in java, so it's not like a language issue or something). The scary bit is that a lot of these people have already graduated.

+ - Getting the most out of the space station (before it's too late)!->

Submitted by bmahersciwriter
bmahersciwriter (2955569) writes "NASA administrators are strategizing a push to do more science on the International Space Station in the coming years. The pressure is on, given the rapidly cooling relations between the US and Russia whose deputy prime minister recently suggested that US astronauts use a trampoline if they want to get into orbit.
Aiding in the push for more research is the development of two-way cargo ships by SpaceX, which should allow for return of research materials (formerly a hurdle to doing useful experiments). NASA soon aims to send new earth-monitoring equipment to the station and expanded rodent facilities. And geneLAB will send a range of model organisms like fruit flies and nematodes into space for months at a time."

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Comment: Re:Fine ... (Score 1) 245

by dpidcoe (#47203759) Attached to: NSA's Novel Claim: Our Systems Are Too Complex To Obey the Law

If you can't have your data available to demonstrate what you're doing it lawful, and you are going to delete it, then only reasonable conclusion is what you are doing cannot be proven lawful.

Therefore, the program is not lawful, and you need to stop.

So if you're not going to answer the questions to demonstrate your innocence, and your memory is fuzzy anyway, then the only reasonable conclusion is that you're guilty and therefore need to be thrown in jail?

That's a bit of a dangerous precident to be setting.

+ - West Antarctic Ice Sheet, is being melted by geothermal heat from below->

Submitted by bricko
bricko (1052210) writes "Thwaites Glacier, the large, rapidly changing outlet of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, is not only being eroded by the ocean, it's being melted from below by geothermal heat, researchers at the Institute for Geophysics at The University of Texas at Austin (UTIG) report in the current edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The findings significantly change the understanding of conditions beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet where accurate information has previously been unobtainable.

The Thwaites Glacier has been the focus of considerable attention in recent weeks as other groups of researchers found the glacier is on the way to collapse, but more data and computer modeling are needed to determine when the collapse will begin in earnest and at what rate the sea level will increase as it proceeds. The new observations by UTIG will greatly inform these ice sheet modeling efforts."

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