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Comment Re:Quick question... (Score 2) 90

The somewhat clever answer would be that the computer would have already contacted Google Maps and been rerouted around a problematic area. When the computer is making the route instead of a far less knowledgeable driver, it should be an easy thing to require all roadwork to be submitted to a central database that would inform all routing operations. In other words, this scenario is anachronistic - in the future, the routing accounts for all those weird situations.

Comment Re:Fuck religion. (Score 1) 903

Funding and acting are different things though. I morally oppose several wars that the US has been involved in and have the option to register as a conscientious objector, but my taxes fund them. Same story here: no one is forcing the nuns to use contraceptives, just fund them.

Submission + - UT Dallas student and amateur astronomer catches a rare astronomical wonder->

abhi2012 writes: "Hall may be the only person in the world to capture a video of an apparent object hitting the planet Jupiter. The impact created a bright fireball on the planet that lasted only a few seconds, but catching the event resulted in several hours of fame for the unassuming Hall. He has uploaded the video on his flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/19299984@N08/7976507568/ and his website contains more information regarding the same: http://georgeastro.weebly.com/jupiter.html."
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Comment Re:Remote search in home lens hurts privacy. (Score 1) 255

In theory, amazon could gather information about every file you search, every program you launch through the lens, and such

AGAIN. From TFA:

Why are you telling Amazon what I am searching for?

We are not telling Amazon what you are searching for. Your anonymity is preserved because we handle the query on your behalf. Don’t trust us? Erm, we have root. You do trust us with your data already. You trust us not to screw up on your machine with every update. You trust Debian, and you trust a large swathe of the open source community. And most importantly, you trust us to address it when, being human, we err.

And:

There is even a bug report, marked as confirmed, questioning this very thing.

That is marked as confirmed because it affects multiple users, and relates to a more broad list of concerns than what you infer. The way you word it points to a bug about Amazon seeing your keystrokes, while the bug report is more of a list of concerns such as opt-in vs opt-out, making the amazon lens separate from home etc.

Comment Re:Private information leakage. (Score 2) 255

From the TFA:

Why are you telling Amazon what I am searching for?

We are not telling Amazon what you are searching for. Your anonymity is preserved because we handle the query on your behalf. Don’t trust us? Erm, we have root. You do trust us with your data already. You trust us not to screw up on your machine with every update. You trust Debian, and you trust a large swathe of the open source community. And most importantly, you trust us to address it when, being human, we err.

Comment To: Slashdot readers (Score 2) 289

When you desire more information from a story mentioned in a summary, try clicking the underlined phrase in the text. This is called a hyperlink and will take you to the full article with all the details.

Wise posters of Slashdot past shortened this idea into an easily remembered acronym: RTFA

Comment Re:So what? (Score 3, Informative) 193

Saying NYT made an incorrect calculation and explaining why is fine. But what was Apple's tax rate, then?

We won't know until the actual profits are calculated at the end of the trading year, when Apple pays the remaining balance.

If you can't answer that, then you can't say the figure itself is incorrect, only the means used to arrive at it.

What?! Yes, you can. Because it was derived from 2010's, it doesn't reflect what Apple's actual tax rate will be for its 2011 profits, which were much higher than 2010's. Therefore, the figure is totally useless.

Comment Re:You shouldn't. Nobody should. (Score 1) 240

You know, every time I see someone on a forum defend PHP, they eventually admit that they write PHP for their job. If you have a vested financial interest in PHP, it's understandable that you'd have a desire to defend your source of income, but it doesn't change the fact that PHP is objectively a terrible language. Just because the PHP bashing is old doesn't make it wrong.

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