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Comment Re:HAHAHAHA! (Score 1) 177 177

This is going to play out over decades. It's not like we will wake up one day and find autonomous cars everywhere. The first vehicles will be hybrids - not always or fully autonomous. The liability for these cars MIGHT be different, but at first there won't be many of them. Insurance companies might not notice for a while.

Over the years, there likely will be a big transition but the insurance companies, the DMVs and 16 year old boys will have some time to get over the twilight of the American Dream.

Comment Re:HAHAHAHA! (Score 1) 177 177

Oh, and the guy with flags and straight pipes on his POS pickup truck: If I ever find you parked on my street, I'm ripping out your valve stems with a Vise-Grip(TM). Jerk.

No, no. Foam insulation from a can, applied in the tail pipe judiciously to leave enough exhaust flow to sort of let the truck running. If you use the extension nozzle, he won't see this until he has disassembled the rest of the engine.

Subtlety is important. Even if he doesn't get it. And of course, there is always the concentrated sugar gas treatment. It's got electrolytes!

Comment Re:awkward! (Score 1) 179 179

Nonsense. It is true, however, that Windows and Linux use different (overlapping) subsets of the SATA (and SCSI) command sets and, in particular, use very different sequences of commands in common use. If you test heavily with Windows and not with Linux, then you may find that there are code paths in your firmware that Linux uses a lot but which are mostly untested.

Comment Re:Difficulty (Score 1) 256 256

The 'tray' that Raymond describes in his second article looks very much like the Shelf from OPENSTEP 4.1, which was released just after Windows 95. I wonder if some of the NeXT people were playing with early betas of Windows 95 and, as their company CEO later quipped, started their photocopiers...

Comment Re:Major change? No. (Score 1) 256 256

Win32s was released for Windows 3.1, but it just added some win32 APIs, not the UI. The UI was first introduced in the Chicago betas, which were eventually released as Windows 95. NT4 was released shortly afterwards and wasn't a bad OS, but hampered by the lack of plug-and-play support and perpetually having old versions of DirectX.

Comment Re:MenuChoice and HAM (1992) (Score 5, Informative) 256 256

There are a few differences. First, symlinks are a property of the filesystem. This means that the normal filesystem APIs just work with them and you need special APIs for things that care about whether it's a link or not. In contrast, shortcuts are just another kind of file and everything that wants to follow them needs to know what the target is. Second, shortcuts contain a lot more information than just a path: they include the path to the destination file, an icon, the set of command-line arguments to pass, and some other flags. For example, I used to have a load of different shortcuts to the WinQuake (and, later, GLQuake) executable that all had different -game flags, for launching different mods. Many of them also had different icons, if the mod came with its own icon. You can't do that with symlinks.

The closest thing to symlinks on *NIX systems is .desktop files.

Comment Umm, I hope that translation is to blame. (Score 1) 34 34

I really hope that "proud to declare that we are at the cusp of a reclaiming our heritage of being connected to each other and connected to the world." made a lot more sense before some translator mangled it; because otherwise it seems like absurd nonsense. If people were connected long enough and far enough back in time for it to count as 'heritage', the technology behind those connections must have been comparatively primitive. Is he saying that communications have regressed since that time? What golden age of connectedness is he talking about?

Comment Re:Obviously Chinese Espionage (Score 1) 18 18

Look, why does everyone think China is involved? Just because the IP addresses point in that direction? Weak sauce. Here is a much more nuanced way to look at things. Yeah, they use China IP addresses. But much of the high tech part of China is on the eastern coast. This is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, a whole bunch of active and extinct volcanoes ringing the Pacific Ocean.

Now, there aren't a whole lot of fiber optic cables that run directly to volcanoes. The business case really isn't there. So, if you are an evil villain bent on world domination, holed up in said geologic structure, where would you get Internet access from? AT&T? Comcast? Nope. You're neighbors in friendly, capitalistic China. You can even pull some plausible deniability out of it.

Come on guys, think harder. What kind of world do you want to see? Millions of plastic knick knacks at Wal-Mart.

Or sharks with lasers.

"There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know yet." -Ambrose Bierce