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Comment: Re:Why would you ever need more than the kernel? (Score 1) 43

by fractoid (#48862437) Attached to: Canonical Launches Internet-of-Things Version of Ubuntu Core
In this case your lawnmower shouldn't have anything more electrically complicated than a magnet and a coil for the spark plug. Maybe if you want to get really fancy, an EFI computer or brushless DC motor controller. But once your lawnmower is doing laps of your back yard automatically, and you want to connect to it from work via your house WiFi to check whether you left the pool cover on or not, it's gonna have an operating system.

Comment: Re:Any experienced teacher already deals with this (Score 2) 388

by fractoid (#48809529) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them
You raise an important difference between computing teachers and other school teachers. Your friend can legitimately teach the same course every year, because the (say) mathematics syllabus only marginally changes from year to year. A computer teacher teaching the same course for 10 years would be teaching far out-of-date software, languages etc.

Comment: Re:Hypersonic weapons lead to nuclear war ? (Score 1) 290

by fractoid (#48710799) Attached to: War Tech the US, Russia, China and India All Want: Hypersonic Weapons
Yeah, they would like to remind you how they were killed by some tribal faction trying to make the U.S. look bad.

Seriously, that whole region is a mess of different factions who all want to fuck each other up and take over. The U.S. just upset the current top dog when they went in in 2001, and now are copping the blame for what's been happening since the Jews ran away from Pharaoh.

Comment: Re:Liability? (Score 1) 90

by fractoid (#48659331) Attached to: Google Unveils New Self-Driving Car Prototype
That's a good way to look at it. You might even achieve these goals by having all autonomous vehicles be part of a 'union'. You pay fees to the union to own an autonomous vehicle, the union provides insurance in case of accidents where the vehicle is at-fault, and provides software updates for the vehicle.

Comment: Re:Butt Ugly (Score 1) 90

by fractoid (#48659303) Attached to: Google Unveils New Self-Driving Car Prototype
But they don't! Look at pretty much every electric vehicle not made by Tesla. They're all fugly car-cancers that nobody in their right mind would be seen dead in. It's like they're trying so hard to differentiate themselves from conventional cars that they've jumped off a cosmetic cliff. And no-one buys them. Not, primarily, for any reason involving performance or range, but because owning one immediately disqualifies you from ever having sex again.

Comment: Re:Innovative sheepdips (Score 2) 91

The Australian radio-astronomer John O'Sullivan developed a key patent used in Wi-Fi as a by-product in a CSIRO research project, "a failed experiment to detect exploding mini black holes the size of an atomic particle".

So a researcher at CSIRO developed some patentable technology during a research project, patented it, and then enforced their own patent?

That's how patents are meant to work.

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