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Comment: Re:A Progression of Complaints (Score 1) 170

by Alioth (#47572899) Attached to: UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

My observation of the UK is that people do NOT run yellow lights (at least in northern Britain) and most people - especially on single carriageway roads - drive about 50 (the speed limit is 60 on those roads). With the cost of fuel I have also noticed that the vast majority are sticking to the 70mph limit and a significant minority do about 60. Britain is also infested with speed cameras.

It seems only about 10% of drivers or so play "fast and loose".

Comment: Re:A Progression of Complaints (Score 1) 170

by Alioth (#47572891) Attached to: UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

You have to do a ton of overtaking. When I go to the UK, I stick to the motorway speed limit because it saves a huge amount of fuel. However, there are so many speed limited (56mph) lorries that you're constantly having to pull out to overtake lorries. The worse is lorries overtaking lorries on the M6 between Manchester and Birmingham. You have one lorry with a speed limiter at 55.99999998 mph, and another with a speed limiter at 56.00000001 and the faster one is overtaking the slower one, and it takes about 15 miles to complete the manuevre, and in the right lane you have a van overtaking the lorry overtaking the lorry, but the van is only doing 60 causing all the speeding repmobiles to suddenly slam on the brakes and slow to 60, causing a standing wave traffic jam in that lane.

If we could get autonomously driven lorries that can communicate and agree on a speed to drive so they never overtake each other, then it'll hugely increase the capacity of the M6.

Comment: PCI DSS (Score 1) 322

If you are going to be working with credit cards then read NOW and not later the PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry - Data Security Standard) standards and follow them, or the company could be liable to penalties from your financial institution. Firewalls are indeed mandatory, as is proper documentation, management and review of the firewall rules.

Download PCI-DSS v3.0 here: https://www.pcisecuritystandar...

Comment: Re:If you want to earn big bucks... (Score 1) 306

by Alioth (#47564605) Attached to: Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

Unfortunately I've not had more time than enough to just dabble in Erlang and the related OTP, but it struck me that you could do a lot of things very elegantly with Erlang. In particular the very light weight share nothing threading model, years ago at university we used Jackson Structured Design where everything was designed as if it had its own process all to itself (no matter how trivial), and it seems that in Erlang you can actually implement it that way rather than flattening the design out.

Comment: Re:um yea... (Score 1) 514

by Alioth (#47564437) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

I have a credit card but I don't pay a 7% or 30% fee on anything. The card is paid off in full each month. It costs me nothing but at the same time gets me buyer protection, I don't have to carry as much cash (so if I get robbed, less is lost and I can cancel the card). If someone gets hold of my credit card number and CVV, they can't drain my bank account with it and leave me with nothing to buy this week's food (and I get fraud protection and can dispute the charge).

Credit cards are stupid if you don't pay them off in full, then they become very expensive. But paid off in full they have benefits that paying in cash does not.

Comment: Re:So! The game is rigged! (Score 1) 514

by Alioth (#47564421) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

The thing is the way it works with mortgages in Europe (at least the bit I'm from) is my bank didn't look at my credit history because it turns out I don't have one.

They looked at my income and expenditure and the deposit I was putting down on the house, and decided whether the amount I had to pay would be affordable, and that was it. (The good thing is I got a standard variable rate mortgage, and with interest rates so low I'm paying something like 0.75% interest at the moment)

Comment: Re:Gee, isn't Iron Dome supposed to be worthless? (Score 1) 171

oblivious to anything but their point of view, and to be rude little bitches with their fucking ignorance.

be a fucking cunt

brain instead of your ass

worthless twat

You sure are projecting your fears onto others. Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against unpleasant impulses by denying their existence in themselves, while attributing them to others. For example, a person who is rude may constantly accuse other people of being rude. I can't help but notice the sexist insults as well - what will your friends the feminists think about that? Please be consistent if you're going to be a bigot.

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