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Comment: Re:I wish I could find it again (Score 1) 26

by holophrastic (#49429887) Attached to: Mobile 'Deep Links' and the Fate of the Web

Nah, that's not the one. That's pretty concise.

Imagine just the lyrics, each one linked far far away. So one term might be to a wikipedia article, another to some russian site, a third to a research centre in bolivia, a fourth to a county web-site in the middle of nowhere, a fifth to a boxing club, etc..

I can read your page in 20 minutes. But that site in 1995 took days to read -- because each word was another site with new interests.

But this was in 1995, back when "surfing" the web was actually possible -- when sites linked to other sites. That's kind of the point of this thread, sites don't do that anymore. So there's no getting lost surfing the web anymore. I do miss that.

Comment: another 2-9's useless metric (Score 1) 258

by holophrastic (#49411017) Attached to: A Robo-Car Just Drove Across the Country

So, a typical commute here is about 10km. 99% would be 9'900 metres, leaving 100 metres as the 1%.

Now, I agree that only driving the last 100m would be convenient for many. But that's not the 99% here.

In this case, it's as bad as driving 1m every 100m. It's actually much worse. It's MAYBE driving 1m every 100m.

So, either I'm staring at the road, effectively "driving" without touching anything, so that when the car suddenly beeps, I suddenly grab the wheel, or I'm reading my book and writing an e-mail, and then instantaneously stopping, looking up, grabbing the wheel, and figuring out what the hell is going on -- assuming I heard the car's beep.

This isn't robo-car. This is car-as-train -- with paint and cameras acting as train tracks and train wheels.

It's never been about the perfect highways. You won't find a 10km stretch of highway here without construction, detours, stopped cars, emergencies, and roadkill at any time of the year. Add snow, ice, rain, black ice, debris, fog, sand, salt, and sun, and I spend over a quarter of my driving without being able to see the lane markings at all.

Comment: Silly two person rule (Score 0) 385

by holophrastic (#49356289) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

Two persons in the cockpit won't help a thing.

First-off, a flight attendant ain't going to be able to counter a pilot's suicidal actions. So that's just theatre as usual.

Second, even another pilot ain't going to start by assuming that his co-pilot is suicidal. The pilot is going to assume that something is wrong with the plane. Any co-pilot worth his salt would easily be able to crash the plane while the pilot is trying to diagnose the problem.

The only problem here is that a trusted authority (i.e. a pilot in control of a plane) isn't trust-worthy. That problem isn't solved in the air -- because it's not a plane problem and it's not a cockpit problem. It's a trust problem. So it's solved at the point where the co-pilot became trusted. Maybe that was a year ago, maybe it was that morning. But it wasn't in the air. That's already too late for any documentable procedure.

Comment: Some Quebec Gambling Background From Ontario (Score 2) 237

This isn't as anti-gambling or even as anti-competition as it sounds. Quebec's gambling laws have always been very different from the rest of Canada, in a very interesting way.

For example, in Ontario, gambling is really for lotteries and contests and casinos and that's about it. Everything else is illegal -- just like you can't buy alcohol in a grocery store, you can't gamble in a bar.

In Quebec, however, there are slot machines (fun ones) in bars all the time. Gambling is available everywhere -- especially where alcohol is. It's governed and licensed and available.

Two very different ways of controlling gambling, in a country where gambling is seen as an addictive activity to be controlled. Quebec's not wrong in wanting to control on-line gambling -- it's totally consistent with their gaming laws.

And, most of all, I promise that no one in Quebec is at a loss for opportunities to gamble. They are everywhere.

Comment: So much for science (Score 1) 375

by holophrastic (#49160795) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links

So every time science changes, google will ignore it -- or crash. I want to know what will happen to the site that say pluto is a planet. Then the ones that say pluto is not a planet. And then, I want to know about the next time pluto becomes a planet.

So google's going to ignore every site that says anything new that contradicts something old. climate change will be fun. so will vitamins, vaccinations, and any new religions.

But hey, google already doesn't believe my city, just because my city is 300 miles away from another city spelled with 4 of the 6 letters the same. I'll never find a bakery this way.

Comment: Um, advantage? (Score 2) 156

by holophrastic (#49066451) Attached to: Bill Gates On Educating the World

"Before a child even starts primary school," -- so, that's kindergarten.

"she will be able to use her mom's smartphone to learn her numbers and letters, giving her a big head start." -- we call that parents talking to their children.

"Software will be able to see when she's having trouble with the material and adjust for her pace." -- we call that parenting.

"She will collaborate with teachers and other students in a much richer way." -- richer than the human teacher being right there in the room? Explain that one to me, then you can replace hookers with software too.

"If she is learning a language, she'll be able to speak out loud and the software will give her feedback on her pronunciation." -- we call that conversing with humans.

So this whole concept is not to bring education to the world. Instead it's to bring childhood development problems due to lack of parenting to the world. Excellent.

Comment: Umm, SMALLER! (Score 1, Interesting) 215

by holophrastic (#49055161) Attached to: Japan Now Has More Car Charging Points Than Gas Stations

So, let's understand this. In smaller countries, where no one drives very far at all, and electricity is everywhere, gas is going electric. No shit. Gas requires transport, electricity does not.

Oh wait, electricity requires continuous unbroken well maintained infrastructure. So given a 2'000 mile broken road, electricity doesn't exist.

But there's something much more fundamental going on here. This isn't a question of gas or electric. This is a question of portable fuel or infrastructure energy.

I don't really care if it's gas or hydrogen or some other fuel, I'm always a big fan of the independence of carrying my own fuel. But I'm a little biased, since all mammals carry their own fuel. Maybe you'll get a different answer from your plant friends.

Comment: Not at all true (Score 3, Insightful) 271

by holophrastic (#48991571) Attached to: Why Gmail Has Better Security Than Your Bank

I can't sue google if my information is stolen. My google products are not insured by my government. My bank account, however, has a huge paper-trail, and is insured, and I can sue my bank.

It's not about access security; it's about content security. My bank has more content security. It doesn't need access security -- that's just to reduce the number of times we need to go through the content recovery procedures.

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