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Comment: Re:Too much good content is deleted at Wikipedia. (Score 1) 235

by mysidia (#47735155) Attached to: Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

I tried reading some of their justification for deleting the article, but it made absolutely no sense. It's a perfectly good topic to cover, and clearly I and others want to read about it!

Non-notable is Wikipedians' codeword for Spam / Self-Propaganda.

In other words, they are concerned that interested parties are writing articles about themselves, using their own publications as a source as a form of self-promotion, creating a systemic self-selection bias within the encyclopedia.

Comment: Re:so what is the problem? (Score 1) 127

by mysidia (#47735123) Attached to: Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

If Google doesn't want to subject itself to that criteria, then that's a tacit admission the simulation is not guaranteed to catch all the problems real world testing can catch, and I would consider their proposal to be invalid on its face.

I think this is more along the lines of them wanting to avoid the time and expense, since every new model will have to be tested after every code change, I guess.

The problem is.... can we really trust the simulations?

I would rather it be required to have a small fleet of at least 5 development vehicles log a few thousand road hours and cover at least 20,000 miles of road each. Say with a minimum of 15,000 miles city driving per vehicle in metropolitan areas, a minimum of 15,000 miles highway driving per vehicle, a minimum 5,000 miles high-speed interstate driving, 5,000 miles country road driving, and 5,000 miles driving around small towns. With at least 500 miles of driving within every category during each specific hour of the day, at least 50 of those miles [for each hour of the day within each category] in light rain at least 50 in heavy rain at least 25 in light fog at least 25 in dense fog at least 25 in light snow at least 25 in dense snow at least 25 in freezing rain/sleet at least 10 in heavy winds at least 25 miles in combination with 3 or more hazardous conditions, at least 1000 miles of the city driving and of the interstate driving and of the highway driving operating on congested roads during rush hour. Must include driving in at least 4 states with no less than 5,000 miles per state and at least 5 different cities with a population of 300,000 or more and at least 10 different towns with a population of more than 10,000 but less than 100,000, with no less than 2000 miles for each large city and no less than 1,000 miles driven per each small town.

All driving must be video taped and reviewed for safety failures. Testing must include at least 5,000 railroad crossings and at least 5,000 drawbridge crossings, at least 100 trials of crossings must show the vehicle being required to yield or stop due to a hazardous condition.

Any 1 failure on the vehicle's part, and the entire test fails.

Comment: Re:Media Viewer (Score 2) 235

by mysidia (#47725177) Attached to: Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

by default, and removed the ability for site admins to disable it by default

The problem is these "admins" are acting on behalf of the various Wikipedia communities as a whole. How WP is run, is supposed to be decided by the community.

If these "admins" actually administered the underlying infrastructure as well, this would be a non-issue, as they could simply refuse the software upgrade, or patch it.

The WMF is entrusted with this task, but the WMF is betraying the trust of the community. I think I might ask for my donations to be returned to me, since they are no longer acting according to their mission.

Comment: Re:heh (Score 1) 537

by mysidia (#47719951) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

We've noticed that you have an Ad Blocker, as we're depending on advertisement revenue to provide you with free services - we will kindly ask you to turn your Ad Blocker off and reload the page to see your content.

PHASE 2: We need to get Google and other search major engines to identify sites that degrade experience for users running Adblockers, which is basically just a new form of cloaking, and either display a warning or demote them in search results.

Comment: Re:best and worst for wildlife are (Score 1) 507

by mysidia (#47719877) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Psh, the radiation levels coming out of a nuke plant are 1/1000th of that coming from even coal ash ponds.

People miss the fact that coal-based power generation releases a heck of a lot more radiation into the environment than nuclear does.

Also, water does not become radioactive when exposed to radiation in the plant, as long as the fission products are properly contained and no chemicals leak out --- which is one of the reasons water is considered such a great coolant.

Comment: Re:best and worst for wildlife are (Score 1) 507

by mysidia (#47719839) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

but dont forget both geo and nuke are bad for the fish. indian point is facing some wrath now from the environmentalists for the water intake sucking in fish

Current implementation of nuclear technology requires water for cooling and steam generation. So I see how it can affect fish, if there is not an artificial intake pound and artificial lake for mixing warm water exhaust, before releasing back into the river/sea, but I think coal has an even worse affect.

Also, it is very likely that developments in nuclear power generation and new types of reactors such as LFTR could eliminate the problem of requiring large volumes of water to be sucked in and released.

Comment: Re:god dammit. (Score 2) 507

by mysidia (#47710945) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Lots of things kill birds, and actually wind turbines are pretty low on the scale. Even nuclear plants kill more by some estimates:

Nuclear power is still likely bird-safer.

I don't want aggregate stats on total number of birds killed by different technologies.

I want Number of birds killed per hundred thousands of watts generated. If all power plants were nuclear, then 100% of the birds killed in power generation would be by nuclear. That doesn't mean that Nuclear plants are safer for birds than wind turbines.

Comment: Re:Left or Right? (Score 1) 473

by mysidia (#47710199) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

It is already updating "rules" all the time. It has to. Maximum clearances on road. Weight restrictions

I don't think so...

Speed Limits, One Way, Carpool, Toll Roads

I expect a self-driving car to not require to know exactly where it is on a map to know that it is driving safely and down the right direction and side of the road.

If GPS stops working, "just shutdown" is not an option.

Comment: Re:Left or Right? (Score 1) 473

by mysidia (#47707133) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Rules are loaded with the map.

Don't like that idea. Too much risk of exposure to bugs applying the wrong rules.

My car is never going to Europe, or even out of state. I would rather it only know about RH rules, just to be safe.

It should not be willing to go out of state or accept a different state's rules without special permission, either.

Comment: Re:Web browsers aren't self-documenting (Score 1) 198

by mysidia (#47706099) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

Which doesn't help newcomers to the Web, such as seniors and children.

Sorry about that, but someone will serve their needs. Children will have adults to show them, and they usually learn pretty quickly.

Seniors, sorry, they might not be the target market ---- they will need to attend training or have a friend/relative show them.

Comment: Re:Web browsers aren't self-documenting (Score 1) 198

by mysidia (#47693871) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

That might be true.... but I've never known a web browser to include documentation either; it's good enough that people were familiar with the first browsers, so if you make a good web browser, then you don't in general need to produce much documentation for end users.

Comment: Re:Truly sad (Score 1) 358

by mysidia (#47693829) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

No, it's fear mongers like you who are the problem. Ebola is spread by coming into contact with bodily fluids of an infected person. I don't know how you interact with people on the bus, but rarely do I get bled on on my way to work.

Ebola can be transmitted through saliva. Often people cough, and there is a "fine mist"; if any of this lands on your skin, you can contract the disease through micro-abrasions in your skin

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