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Comment: Re:I actually don't see a problem (Score 1) 264

by mysidia (#47792049) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Also, most roads are out of WiFi connectivity anyway.

I think you're totally out of touch with what the technology is capable of. After you have logged the trip, you will be within WiFi range at your destination or at other points in time.

Also, it's up to the vehicle to distill that information, so they aren't necessarily uploading Gigabytes.

Even if they were, it's quite doable.

It's also quite possible analysis of the data may be distributed, and different vehicles could share that data with each other, and once many vehicles have the data, they would start seeding the same Torrent.

Comment: Re:I actually don't see a problem (Score 1) 264

by mysidia (#47791769) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

I'm going to map my drive to work, by driving it a few dozen times. Then the car can take over.

Why not provide a mechanism so that when you drive over the road, data is sent to Google. Once enough people have driven the road, the data gets shared with all the vehicles, so it's as if they all have the latest map of the road.

Also, there could be some mechanism designed for the DOTs, Police and construction workers, to "FLAG" a position and broadcast based on GPS coordinates as "X event now", OR "X event next Friday from 12pm to 4pm", "Emergency", "Danger STOP/SLOW", "Lane Closure", "Lane Detour", "Flagman", or "Change Made", "Signal Removed", "New Signal Added", "Stop Added", "Intersection Added", and specify a number miles radius, so the first approaching vehicles to encounter will automatically approach with extra caution, until they have collected sufficient new data

Comment: Re:R.I.P. Mozilla (Score 1) 169

by mysidia (#47778945) Attached to: Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

You can have for this much but you have no control over anything that happens to the browser.

Before or after you accidentally click the tile?

I'm sure the advertisers will insist that their bit of javascript runs, as well; the tile's content will probably be a script src= tag pointing to the advertiser's webserver.

Comment: Re:Turn tiles off... but for how long? (Score 1) 169

by mysidia (#47778921) Attached to: Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

Seems to me that the evangelism and product referrals come from a tiny, but vocal minority.

There, fixed that for you. Never forget, that the same "minority" that take issue with changes to the product, also tend to be the same minority that espouse your product from the mountain tops and get people actually using your product. This small group also often includes consultants, IT admins, and other influencers, who if sufficiently dissatisfied have a great deal of power to persuade current users to switch to another product.

Yeah, because every change breaks someone's workflow.

Comment: Re:Rule of thumb (Score 4, Insightful) 122

by mysidia (#47778757) Attached to: No, a Stolen iPod Didn't Brick Ben Eberle's Prosthetic Hand

If something sounds too crazy to be true without substantial evidence to back it up

If something sounds crazy, on the internet, especially Facebook,etc; It's probably click-bait. They just want your clicks to earn ad revenue.

They will earn money, even if it's false or bogus. Also, there are unlikely to be any negative ramifications at all.

"Sorry, our bad"

And everyone will forget.

Sort of.... i'm sure there will be many repeats, and we'll just never get it.

Comment: Re:Aiding and abetting infringement (Score 2) 158

by mysidia (#47762735) Attached to: A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Under the definition you suggest, any WTO member recognizing the legal theory of aiding and abetting infringement

If by that you mean posting just a link to someone else's content might be illegal if the material at your link contains something infringing in the content, then you bet that's "partly free" and non-free in a particularly troublesome way.

Comment: I'll go with #3 (Score 1) 194

by mysidia (#47760471) Attached to: $75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

3) This is an intentionally bad design to generate revenue. Maybe GM should do this with car keys? "Oops, lost the keys to the corvette. Better buy a new one."

Ever hear of an iCloud backup? Also... note what the article states about how the prosthetic will be replaced:

The money will come from the government, but a new hand is worth $75,000, authorities said.

If such tragedy happened to you or me, govenrment would not pay, and insurance would probably find a way to not pay.

I support the troops strongly and all, however, I have to question if gov't paying for $75,000 iPhone-dependant prosthetics is appropriate at all. They should use their economic clout to force more reasonable pricing and not accept bullshit reasons to require a replacement.

"The vast majority of successful major crimes against property are perpetrated by individuals abusing positions of trust." -- Lawrence Dalzell