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Comment: Re:Summarry is misleading... (Score 1) 166

> If a self driving car is seeing something in front of it and launches an app to
> determine what that object is, then that app needs to return an answer
> before the car hits the object and in time to brake to a stop, if necessary.
> It needs a time signal to understand how much time it has left.

What are you talking about? Time to impact = distance-to-object divided by your current speed. Distance is obtainable by radar/sonar/whatever, and speed comes from the same tachometer connected to your car's wheels that provides speed info to the speedometer display. It self-driving-car shouldn't care or need to know what time it is. BTW, how would a GPS system operate in an underground (and/or underwater) tunnel

Comment: How do electric vehicles handle cold weather? (Score 1) 229

GM has a cold-weather test facility at Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada Ordinary batteries tend to lose power when cold. Cold weather doesn't just happen in Canada, but also in a lot of the US "Northern Tier" states. E.g. Minnesota, Wisconsin, the North+South Dakota, etc. And let's not forget Alaska. Is there noticable power/range loss in cold weather with GM's electric cars?

Comment: Re:Full blooded American here (Score 1) 671

by knorthern knight (#49194647) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

> But what if POTUS was a lame duck?

American ex-presidents are protected by the Secret Service after their terms, because there are a lot of people around the planet (including in the US), who have grievances (real or imagined) against said ex-president.

> The original act provided for lifetime Secret Service for former presidents.
> In 1997, it was reduced to 10 years for presidents taking office after 1997.
> The 1997 amendment was reverted by the Former Presidents Protection
> Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-257).All living former presidents and their
> spouses are now entitled to receive lifetime Secret Service protection.

Snowden's info releases embarressed the USA. But it is believed that several US agents died or were captured by other countries due to Pollard's espionage. The Secret Service is part of the US "intelligence community". Do you, as a former US president really want to pardon the man who was responsible for thr death of comrades of the people charged with protecting you?

Comment: Re:Fuck it - everyone for themselves. (Score 1) 374

by knorthern knight (#49141555) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt

> Whoa cowboy. With net metering we have an additional source of resources for
> the monopoly that controls electricity in a given region. And its generated at
> the point of use, reducing distribution cost. If they're too stupid to figure out
> how to use new technology and load balance, they should be obligated to
> figure it out or rescind their monopoly.
> "Its well known" that you make shit up. There are many different scenarios and
> some are not conducive to solar. However in my state (high coal usage), my
> rooftop solar panels are currently cheaper today than coal generated
> electricity. They'll generate back the power that it took to make them within
> a year or two and over 20 years I'm looking at an 8-10% ROI. How is eliminating
> coal power to a house for less money not cost effective?

Is that "less expensive" with or without massive subsidies? Gee it must be a nice racket;

1) produce 15% of the power you need
2) sell it to the utility for 8 times the market rate
3) buy back 100% of you power needs at market rate
4) Profit

In Ontario...

By the end of 2013, Ontario household power rates will be the second-highest in North America (after PEI), and they will continue to accelerate while they level off in most other jurisdictions. Even more alarming for Ontario's economic competitiveness, businesses and industrial customers will be hit by almost $12-billion in additional costs over the same period.

Such is the legacy of the provincial government's 2009 decision to establish feed-in rates, ranging from 44.5 cents to 80.2 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for solar power, and 13.5 cents/kWh for wind power. These solar feed-in rates average 11 times the 5.6 cents/kWh paid for nuclear-generated power, and 18 times the 3.5 cents/kWh for hydro-generated power. The wind-power rates are more than twice as high as nuclear, and four times those of hydro.

Comment: Talking points for your management... (Score 2) 112

by knorthern knight (#48815989) Attached to: Facebook Targets Office Workers With Facebook At Work Service

...if they ever consider "Facebook For Work". Mark Zuckerburg is backstabbing sleazebag who has no conscience. Consider how he joined the Winklevoss twins' "Harvard Connection" (aka ConnectU) project, stole their ideas, and delayed the ConnectU project whilst he set up his own project ( His attitude to users is one of absolute contempt, and total disregard for their personal data confidentiality. Does your management really want him having access to your internal emails? If it's not blocked by your worksite due to NSFW language, point your management to Here's a relevant snippet from the article

=== Begin Snippet ===
The technology site Silicon Alley Insider got hold of some of the messages and, this past spring, posted the transcript of a conversation between Zuckerberg and a friend, outlining how he was planning to deal with Harvard Connect:

        FRIEND: so have you decided what you are going to do about the websites?
        ZUCK: yea I'm going to fuck them
        ZUCK: probably in the year
        ZUCK: *ear

In another exchange leaked to Silicon Alley Insider, Zuckerberg explained to a friend that his control of Facebook gave him access to any information he wanted on any Harvard student:

        ZUCK: yea so if you ever need info about anyone at harvard
        ZUCK: just ask
        ZUCK: i have over 4000 emails, pictures, addresses, sns
        FRIEND: what!? how'd you manage that one?
        ZUCK: people just submitted it
        ZUCK: i don't know why
        ZUCK: they "trust me"
        ZUCK: dumb fucks

=== End Snippet ===

Comment: Re:Will SystemD feature creep ever stop ? (Score 5, Informative) 553

by knorthern knight (#48815261) Attached to: SystemD Gains New Networking Features

> Why do you care how other people build their Linux systems?

I don't. If Poettering and company had simply forked GNOME Lenna-X off of GNU Linu-X, there wouldn't be all this complaining. The problem is that Poettering and company have hijacked mainstream linux that almost all linux users use and changed it into something unrecognizable. udev is now built into systemd. The "udev install process" on Gentoo consists of building systemd, but only installing the udev portion. That's why the eudev fork. And some people are running with busybox/mdev in place of udev.

Then there's also dbus, which is being rammed into the kernel. Gnumeric was a great spreadsheet a couple of years ago. But now it's picking up GNOME dependancies all over the place, including dbus. And Skype now requires PulseAudio, another piece of crud from Lennart.

+ - Facebook Targets Office Workers With Facebook At Work Service

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook unveiled its rumored "at Work" service to a handful of partners today. Facebook at Work puts co-workers into a standalone social network and allows them to share posts and images appropriate for the workplace but looks and acts just like regular Facebook. “We have found that using Facebook as a work tool makes our work day more efficient,” Lars Rasmussen, Facebook’s director of engineering, tells WIRED. “You can get more stuff done with Facebook than any other tool that we know of, and we’d like to make that available to the whole world.”"

Comment: Re:What's odd is that (Score 1) 112

by knorthern knight (#48713859) Attached to: Ebola Patient Zero Identified, Probably Infected By Bats

> a) don't catch the disease, we don't know if that was genetic or
> luck, likely no influence on 'breeding'

> The plague is under control because of much much better
> sanitation, not because humans suddenly became 'immune' to it.

European Jewish communities had lower infection rates for Black Death, Bubonic Plague, etc. Back then, society knew nothing about bacteria, viruses, or sanitation. Jews followed their religious laws regard washing of dishes before meals, and washing their hands before meals. Non-Jews didn't. The resulting lower Jewish death rate contributed to anti-semitism, claims of Jews being in league with the devil, and pogroms. Nowadays it's considered standard to wash your dishes and your hands.

Comment: Re:Oh how great is this! (Score 1) 158

> a) not have the right to be "disgruntled" unless

Note that the part of the post you quoted talks about posting "angry statements". E.g. don't publically claim you're gonna make them sorry. Stay off social media.

BTW, this is not exclusive to cyberspace. In meatspace, if you go around badmouthing someone, talking about how you're "gonna make him pay", and that someone is soon found murdered, you're a potential suspect.

Comment: The judge said no such thing (Score 2) 48

by knorthern knight (#48674397) Attached to: Federal Judge: Facebook Must Face Suit For Scanning Messages

> According to this judge,

The judge turned down a motion to throw out the lawsuit, rather than letting it proceed. This is not a final ruling on the case. You need extremely strong evidence in your favour to throw out a lawsuit at this early stage. The judge merely ruled that the lawsuit was not entirely without merit. The judge (and jury) that hears the actual case will decide who did what to whom, and if compensation is called for.

With your bare hands?!?