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Comment: Re:related news today re: Apple Car (Score 1) 49

What makes you imagine Musk can make an electric car company from scratch and Apple can't? Musk is rich, but even so he nearly ran out of money, what with Tesla And SpaceX. He got so near to the brink at one stage he was going to have to pull out of one - but won some space contracts just in time.

As well as the design chops and the desirable brand, Apple has effectively limitless amounts of money to throw at making a car.

Yes, buying Tesla is an option, but there have been car related hires at Apple going on for some time now - if they were going to buy Tesla, you'd expect it to be before the hires.

For the car buying public it is better that they compete. There will be more innovation, quicker that way.

Comment: Re:Lol (Score 1) 204

by BasilBrush (#49786663) Attached to: A Text Message Can Crash An iPhone and Force It To Reboot

You guys that are talking about sanitizing the input don't understand the bug. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the input. This is not injection of escape codes. It's valid text in a different language, and changing at at input would constitute a second defect. The problem is connected to the eliding algorithm.

And in fact the argument where in the code the problem lies is not that helpful anyway. The bigger problem is that there wasn't a test case for it.

Comment: Re:Defective (Score 1) 360're just another asshole.

When your first shallow attempt to cast a bad light on the car manufacturer failed ("..defective, period."), you just went ahead and tried a different shallow method ("..then you have to ask.."), yet amazingly its not you thats the asshole, its other people.

Here is the thing. When you pick a theory first, and then just keep manufacturing more and more arguments in the hopes that one of them will stick, YOU are the asshole. You are the asshole because you are literally hoping that the car manufacturer did something wrong.

Comment: Encounter (Score 5, Funny) 266

by SuperKendall (#49784751) Attached to: How Much C++ Should You Know For an Entry-Level C++ Job?

Don't think he was a duck. From the fact that he was about to give us a list of real languages but then failed to do so, I can only assume the last "ducks" was him exclaiming at being overwhelmed by a wave of ducks, that subsequently ate him.

Yes, I am quite sure the real problem is he was a victim of.... fowl play.

Comment: Re:Defective (Score 1) 360

but then you have to ask whether the driver reasonably understands how the assistive technology works well enough to be able to supervise it

No, you dont have to ask that. You choose to ask that just like this driver chose to jump on the gas peddle with pedestrians in the way.

Both of you are idiots.

Comment: Radiation not a problem, an opportunity (Score 2) 258

by SuperKendall (#49780003) Attached to: How To Die On Mars

I forget where but recently I read a really good point - the radiation shielding someone on Mars might want to wear a lot (especially outside) is actually quite useful, because it adds weight that puts stress on your bones to the same degree Earth gravity would, thus reducing the problem of bone loss through everyday movement instead of just exercise periods.

As mentioned though, it seems like any mars settlement could make good use of the canyons there to help with shielding.

Comment: Re:Machine learning? (Score 1) 183

by circletimessquare (#49779299) Attached to: DNA On Pizza Crust Leads To Quadruple Murder Suspect

on the issue of racism, no

i do not know many things about many topics. all of us are ignorant of many things

but i know enough about racism to understand that racists are not intelligent people. i am absolutely certain of that

oh i am certain you can find some mathematician who can do complex topological analysis in his head who is a fervent racist. there's also mathematicians who can't balance their checkbooks or know how to talk to girls. much like autism, extreme intelligence in a small domain does not often extend to basic social intelligence. on a site like slashdot, i am certain there are minds brilliant in small esoteric areas that are social morons, aspergers syndrome types

but anyone of average social development and of ordinary iq can easily spot the logical fallacies with racist "thinking"

and so you must be socially retarded to be a racist. i am certain of that to an absolute degree

there are certain beliefs, like creationism, antivaccine, racism, that to believe in those things *requires* you to be mentally deficient and socially stunted

if you are racist, you are a low intelligence individual. truth

Comment: Re:Well there's the problem... (Score 1) 201

by BasilBrush (#49778293) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

Beg to differ all you like, having lived in one of those countries most of my life and another of them for a number of years, I'm not impressed.

Certainly it affects all those things. The drivers get a decent wage, the schedules and routes mean they run all day, and often all night, when purely commercial operations would not operate outside busy hours and routes, and unlike the unlicensed systems you mention, they tend to have stops with electronic countdowns to when the busses are due.

In Britain they partially "deregulated" the busses in the 1980s, and the services got worse and more expensive.

As I said, your opinion is prejudice, not reality.

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.