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Comment: Re:Good points, bad points (Score 1) 271

by hackertourist (#49334187) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

In my country, the police issue ca. 7 million speeding tickets each year. With around 7 million cars registered, every car owner gets one speeding ticket/year on average. To get this many tickets, speed is checked automatically and rigidly, with a margin of only 3% to allow for measurement errors.
This means situational awareness is not enough to avoid speeding tickets. If you rely on situational awareness alone, you end up with a margin of 10% (more on motorways), which is just too much.
Last year I bought my first car with cruise control. One of the big surprises was how much the cognitive load dropped from not having to constantly micromanage my speed and look out for speed cameras. My situational awareness improved (less time spent glancing at the speedometer).

Comment: Re:I'd expect lots of cross-over branding crap (Score 1) 208

by hackertourist (#49179045) Attached to: What Would Minecraft 2 Look Like Under Microsoft?

Do you know how the Lego Minecraft set came to be? Mojang submitted a proposal to Lego Cuusoo (since renamed to Lego Ideas). On this site anyone can submit ideas for Lego sets, when an idea attracts 10,000 votes Lego will look into producing it as a set. We got some cool stuff that way: the Curiosity rover, for instance. The Minecraft set also got lots of votes, and the rest is history.

Comment: Re:Wrong conclusion (Score 2) 135

by hackertourist (#49149561) Attached to: Adjusting To a Martian Day More Difficult Than Expected

Damn you for making me read the entire FA ;-/

They did do a study that contradicts earlier experiments:

A person's natural circadian rhythm averages about 24 hours and six minutes for women, and 24 hours and 12 minutes for men. It varies for each individual, but doesn't stray very far from 24 hours. At about the time Pathfinder landed, Czeisler and his team began conducting studies at the hospital's special laboratory that shielded study subjects from all outside influences. With their test subjects in isolation, they simulated the Martian sol to see how the test subjects adjusted to the longer day. "What we learned was none of the people adapted their circadian rhythms to the Martian day," Czeisler said.

So either earlier studies were off, or Czeisler's experiment was wrong (having e.g. the HVAC on a 24-h cycle, or background noise etc.).

Comment: Wrong conclusion (Score 5, Insightful) 135

by hackertourist (#49148837) Attached to: Adjusting To a Martian Day More Difficult Than Expected

Living on Mars time is difficult when you're living on Earth and are subject to Earth's day/night cycle.

Sensory deprivation experiments where people live without clocks and daylight for more than a few days show that people tend to lengthen their "day" to much more than a Mars sol (up to 36 hours IIRC), indicating that adjusting to Mars time is feasible when you're actually on Mars.

Comment: Re:This is (sort of) good news for Americans (Score 2) 215

by hackertourist (#49037247) Attached to: Russia Seeking To Ban Tor, VPNs and Other Anonymizing Tools

That didn't work the last time. Remember the '80s? Oh, how we laughed at the KGB, Stasi et al. and their invasive ways. Listening to everybody, having half the population on the payroll and informing on the other half, reading all mail etc.
How superior we felt, with our freedoms.

Now look where we are.

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."