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Comment: Re:Look outside, not inside (Score 1) 76 76

by mjwx (#50015853) Attached to: Study Suggests That HUD Tech May Actually Reduce Driving Safety

My wife's 'vette has a hud in it and the first thing I do when I drive the car is turn the hud off. When flying the best advice is to keep your head 'out of the cockpit', in other words scanning the skies around you. New pilots' are always glued to the instruments, mature pilots eyes are focused outside except for quick scans of the instruments.

This, a thousand times this.

I was trained to drive defensively from the word go. This means keeping your eyes outside the car. You'd only need to scan your instruments (which realistically means just your speedo and maybe your rev counter if you drive a manual and cant hear or feel the engine (AKA: the most incompetent manual driver in the world)). I check my instruments every 10 to 15 seconds, about the same interval as I check my mirrors.

As such I've never understood the argument "I keep getting speeding tickets because I dont want to constantly stare at my speedo". This tells me a few things that make you a terrible driver.
1. It takes you a while to figure things out. My speed registers in my brain in a fraction of a second, if it takes you longer to read a number I'd hate to think how long it takes you to register a real hazard like a dog or cow in the road.
2. You cant keep a consistent speed. If your speed changes that drastically in 10 seconds, its time to admit you need lessons.

Comment: Re:How does that compare to desktops? (Score 4, Interesting) 76 76

by mjwx (#50015831) Attached to: Study Suggests That HUD Tech May Actually Reduce Driving Safety

Similar statements could be made for desktops, where tray icon pop-ups for updates, email and chat notifications distract and interrupt workflows.

This. This is why when I want to get work done and not get distracted I shut down Outlook, IM, my browser and any other thing that might distract me. The difference is if I get distracted on my PC, I get distracted. If I get distracted in my car people could die.

A big popup interface on the windscreen is going to serve as a fantastic distraction. Especially as it's primary use is going to be Facebook, Twitter and so forth. People who are already terrible drivers will be staring right at the back of the car as they plough into it because their brain wont even register that the car is coming closer as their too distracted reading the latest tweet about gluten free mittens or some such.

As such, I'm filing this study under N for "No shit".

Comment: Re:Or (Score 0) 76 76

by mjwx (#50015767) Attached to: Airplane Coatings Help Recoup Fuel Efficiency Lost To Bug Splatter

Or you could wash the wings once in a while. You're on the tarmac for over an hour while:
- Passengers are busy boarding despite their boarding group not being called.
- Crews are not loading your luggage.
- The pilot is working on his second cup of "sober up" coffee.
- The flight attendants are gossiping about who fucked whom.
- Etc.

Might as well have a guy spend 2 minutes hosing off the wings. Impact of build-up during a single flight surely falls below the point where applying and maintaining a fancy coating is cheaper than having Jose hos-e off the bugs.

Knowing the way airports work. They'll have to spend at least 25 minutes hosing down the wings with a special machine (which is just a Karcher that costs 18 times as much) which will only result in all your luggage getting wet as the handlers will be hosed down as they go through it for anything worth stealing.

Comment: Re:Yelp sponsored study? (Score 1) 106 106

by mjwx (#50015717) Attached to: New Study Accuses Google of Anti-competitive Search Behavior

Nobody noticed the so-called study was sponsored by Yelp, who is suing Google in Europe? So many news web sites reported Google screwing your search result, but so little mentioned who sponsored this.

The article I read pointed it out, they pointed out the study was funded by Yelp

The article also points out that Yelp are launching a browser extension to "fix" search results. So it seems Yelp is trying to do exactly what its accusing Google of doing. This "study" is an exercise in astroturfing for a browser plugin that at best manipulates search results (I think that assuming it will also collect data on the user is not a paranoid delusion).

Personally I dont blame Google for demoting Yelp search results. I've never found anything useful on there and having some friends in the hospitality industry, their tactics in extorting money out of hotels and restaurants would make the Mafia blush.

Comment: Re:French citizens should be looking at Greece (Score 2) 124 124

by mjwx (#50015673) Attached to: Uber France Leaders Arrested For Running Illegal Taxi Company

I dont understand France or Greece

There, fixed that for you.

Greece is in it's predicament because of it's endemic corruption. Tax evasion isn't just a national past time in Greece, it's considered an inalienable right. France does not have this problem.

Comment: Re:It redefined the RTS genre?? (Score 1) 40 40

by mjwx (#50009011) Attached to: Reverse-Engineering a Frame of "Supreme Commander"

How young are you? It was Total Annihilation (a close to 20 year old game) with nicer graphics.
Total Annihilation made the RTS world what it is. It was one of the very few Real Time STRATEGY games, in a world of misnamed Real Time TACTICAL games. You look at Star Craft and it is entirely about tactics.

Those of us who are old enough to remember know that SupCom was essentially a modern day remake of Total Annihilation.

TA suffered from some huge, glaring UI problems (specifically around hotkeys, which are essential when playing an RTS). However for proper stratergy you need to look beyond RTS to turn based strategy. Games like Civ make SupCom and TA look minuscule in scope.

Comment: Re:why not crack down on the rioting protesters? (Score 1) 176 176

by mjwx (#50008959) Attached to: After Protest, France Cracks Down On Uber

If there were more taxis again in Paris, there would be some competition, price would go down and quality of service increase.

Reality disagrees with your assertion.

Quality is the first thing that goes in a race to the bottom and that's exactly what you're proposing. I've lived in places where there was an oversupply of taxi drivers. Eventually you reach a point where there are so many taxis they start to resort to any number of dirty tricks. These range from grabbing you and manhandling you into a cab to dodgy meters to forming gangs and enforcing turf.

One thing that is consistent is that the quality of driver is very, very low. This is consistent from my experience with Phuket's Tuk Tuk drivers to the Dominican Republics Motoconchos to Filipino trike drivers. Quality always suffers when its a free for all. Its like saying that a buffet will be better quality than made to order because it's cheaper.

If it wasn't profitable to be a taxi as there could be more supply than there's demand, people would switch to a different job and it would regulate automatically.

Every place with deregulated taxis disproves this assertion. The system does not regulate automatically, if the government does not regulate it, someone else will. Typically when regulation is left to the drivers they form gangs, establish turf and are pretty violent in enforcing it. Its not the clean, rational system you imagine.

Also, self regulation leads to higher prices, not lower prices. A taxi in well regulated Bangkok is very cheap, 400 Baht from the airport to the city centre. A taxi in unregulated Phuket is extremely expensive, they wont turn on the engine for less than 200 baht.

Comment: Re:Are We Too Quick To Act On Social Media Outrage (Score 2) 364 364

by mjwx (#50008863) Attached to: Are We Too Quick To Act On Social Media Outrage?

Outrage is almost always a sign that someone is trying to manipulate you (either for page views, or something else).

This, and social media is just the latest form of doing it.

For a long time this kind of manipulation has been the domain of major news agencies. They'd print inflammatory statements and headlines with the express intent of stirring up public outrage, trial by media such as the Chamberlain case is a classic example. With social media its gotten worse as a single person can fabricate enough half truths, exaggerations and outright lies to create the same kind of outrage.

On one hand, people should be more sceptical and mistrustful of random news sources, on the other hand humans are emotional and irrational creatures. The one unintended and good side effect of regular false outrage that we're experiencing is that people are developing a resistance to outrage, which explains why newspapers like the Daily Mail which relies on creating false outrage to sell hate social media outrage.

I would guess that the answer is "yes" we are too quick to act on media outrage (no matter if it is social or traditional) but that's human nature.

Comment: Re:DailyWail (Score 2) 364 364

by mjwx (#50008793) Attached to: Are We Too Quick To Act On Social Media Outrage?

The catch is whether to trust anything at face value. Don't take the Daily Mail article at face value, just like you don't take Ms. St-Louis' comments at face value.

The thing is, ironically the Daily Mail is trying to point out that we should be more sceptical when the DM in itself is one of the publications which is most deserving of scepticism.

The DM may be having one of it's "broken clock" moments, but even then you can bet there's an agenda behind it.

Point in short, you should never take the Daily Mail at face value.

Comment: Re:Seriously (Score 1) 364 364

by mjwx (#50008709) Attached to: Are We Too Quick To Act On Social Media Outrage?

Sexism/racism/homophobia are the new witchcraft.

Accusation is enough to justify burning someone at the stake.

Progressives are essentially puritans, only without explicit mention of a god.

Utter bollocks.

I dont know when it became popular for people who are racist, sexist or homophobic to claim they're persecuted when someone points out their obvious flaw, but it's complete bullshit and a really poor attempt to poison the well.

I guess it's just a slightly more advanced effort than prefacing a racist statement with "I'm not racist but...". It's childish, immature and it doesn't work.

Comment: Re: "Are" or "could be"? (Score 1) 102 102

by mjwx (#50008683) Attached to: 79% of Airbnb Listings In Barcelona Are Illegal

But running around naked is illegal on its own right. It has nothing to do with unauthorized rental of homes or airbnb.

Public nudity isn't illegal in Spain. Please stop assuming everywhere in the world has the same laws and prudishness as your homeland.

However people having a rowdy party every 2-3 nights right next to your sleepy casa is a serious problem. This is one of the big reasons that hotels are typically not put in residential areas.

Comment: Re:Broken Content (Score 1) 221 221

by mjwx (#49991571) Attached to: Warner Bros. Halts Sales of AAA Batman PC Game Over Technical Problems

Yes, and I don't care for that one bit. Though with previous consoles, PC Gamer "masterrace" types claimed that the ability to patch was an advantage.

It can be, but it doesn't turn out that way due to laziness or being rushed.

We were referring to the ability to add new content after release which used to be quite common for the PCGMR.

Only since the plague of consolisation have major releases been shipped broken. Console peasants put up with it, the PCGMR does not and realistically with the Steam sales being over and picking up over a dozen functioning PC games for under A$200, I really couldn't care less about this crappy port.

Comment: Re:Stop interconnecting systems (Score 1) 165 165

by mjwx (#49982257) Attached to: Car Hacking is 'Distressingly Easy'

There's no reason why the infotainment system can't have read-only access to the engine control module (with write access physically prevented by the hardware). You won't be able to modify the engine management without physical access to the car, but that's the way it should be anyway.

The biggest reason the infotainment system cant (or more accurately, wont) have read only access is the fact that a lot of cars use the infotainment system to adjust things in the engine, suspension, braking systems, throttle response and so forth. BMWs and Mercs are especially bad for this but other manufacturers are catching up.

Comment: Re:It's necessary because people want it (Score 1) 165 165

by mjwx (#49982209) Attached to: Car Hacking is 'Distressingly Easy'

So the problem is not that "it is not hard to find a bare bones vehicle" but that I can't find the model I want with limited electronics: I want xenon lights, "oh, well, that comes with the comfort package that also comes with lane departure and blind spot alarms and remote start".

Thats when you tell the dealer you only want Xenon lights.

If he says no, you thank him for his time and leave. He'll call you back in a day or so telling you that he's "pulled some strings and got it done" (which like everything that emerges from a car dealers mouth, is utter bullshit, he always could do it but he was hoping you'd cave in to the more expensive package).

You can also always go aftermarket which wouldn't be any more expensive than going through the dealer, even in the EU.

The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination -- but the combination is locked up in the safe. -- Peter DeVries