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Comment: Re:Do pilots still need licenses? (Score 1) 82

by phantomfive (#49185979) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

Unless you are over 80 it is going to happen in your lifetime.

Why are you so certain? The technology we have today is certainly not fully autonomous, and the stuff Google is working on isn't leading towards that. Do you have a reasoning behind your estimate, or is it merely a guess?

Comment: Re:Why can't they fairly negotiate? (Score 1) 49

by hey! (#49184405) Attached to: SpaceX's Challenge Against Blue Origins' Patent Fails To Take Off

There was a period in the early 00's when one of the my company's manager would periodically walk through my office door and the first words out of his mouth was "I just read about this patent..." and I'd stop him right there.

"This is going to be one of those things where the extent of the filer's 'invention' was to take something people were doing with LORAN fifty years ago, cross out 'LORAN' and write in 'GPS', isn't it?"

"Well," he'd begin.

"I don't want to hear about it. It's guaranteed to be invalid on the basis of obviousness, but if they get lucky in court and I've actually read or even heard about that specific patent they'll be able to take us to the cleaners."

You'd be amazed at some of the technology patents the patent office grants. Stuff anyone who'd been a practicing engineer for more than a few months would laugh his ass off at if he were patent examiner.

Comment: Re:Jerri (Score 1) 523

if romney or mccain had won versus obama, we would have no ACA.

This is another example of your partisanship. Every republican candidate (and democrat candidate, for that matter) in 2008 had a healthcare plan. Obama ended up implementing something that looked a lot like McCain's plan.

Comment: Remembering Nimoy this way is illogical. (Score 5, Informative) 159

by hey! (#49183661) Attached to: <em>Star Trek</em> Fans Told To Stop "Spocking" Canadian $5 Bill

His family has requested that donations be made in his memory to one of the following charities

Everychild Foundation http://everychildfoundation.or...
P.O. Box 1808
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Foundation http://www.copdfoundation.org/
20 F Street NW, Suite 200-A
Washington, D.C. 20001

Beit T’Shuvah Treatment Center http://www.beittshuvah.org/tre...
8831 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Bay-Nimoy Early Childhood Center at Temple Israel of Hollywood http://www.tiohnurseryschool.o...
7300 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Source: http://www.startrek.com/articl...

Comment: Re:Politics aside for a moment. (Score 1) 521

Clinton is a psychopath, and her supporters are enablers.

The problem being that all of the candidates can be painted with that very same brush. We've been voting for the lesser of two evils for a very long time. Looks like someone is frustrated that we currently see her as the lesser evil.

Comment: Re:The obvious solution (Score 1) 55

by hey! (#49183073) Attached to: US Air Traffic Control System Is Riddled With Vulnerabilities

How it was initially deployed is known only to its makers, but Stuxnet was designed to enter an isolated facility on a USB drive. Once on the LAN it would propagate to other computers, and potentially to other networks via an infected laptop, which is how it ended upon the Internet.

You can use your imagination as to how they got the USB into the target facility. It might have been as simple as dropping the USB stick in the parking lot of a vendor, but given the resources needed to create the worm itself you can't rule out some kind of black bag job or human asset.

Comment: Re:Blackberry (Score 1) 316

Here is what was actually in the article, both more modest and more banal:

Microsoft’s taking the right steps to becoming relevant in mobile again, tying software like Office 365 and services across all devices, O’Donnell said on the show floor.

O’Donnell projected Windows 10 to have a 10 percent smartphone OS market share by 2020.

Office 365 and services across all devices are going to save Windows Phone. I think that was last year's big push. Or even two years ago.

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