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Comment Re:Yeah... I don't think so (Score 1) 393

This is based on FreeBSD, so are they using it's installer?
It's been a while since I've installed freebsd from scratch (freebsd-update from release to release is pretty seamless*) but isn't it still a horrible curses nightmare?

* except for that time that for whatever reason my network driver didn't work after the kernel update until I'd updated the userland libs, forcing me to go find the physical box and dig up a keyboard/monitor for it.

Comment Re:asshole (Score 1) 248

But devs follow the users, and users won't use it without software. So you have to spend money to get the users to want your product first, often that means in-house or subsidised developers to kickstart things (think console exclusives)

The problem is that once you HAVE the users you have to fight not to lose them by pissing them off and making your competitors look good or the developers will jump ship.

Comment Re:Arbitray precision (Score 1) 226

Most of the time arbitrary precision is not necessary and it's easier (and faster) to just use a float. There are times when it matters, but for the most part people aren't doing things where it matters.

The submitter should know better about using integer operations for things that require precision though.

Comment Re:Cell phones already provide the data. (Score 1) 81

Multiple news reports indicate that, even when turned off, a current cell phone still provides information to track the cell phone. Since many current cell phones have internal batteries, removing the battery is no longer an option to tracking.

Multiple news reports published bullshit!

Comment Re:Autonomous safety (Score 1) 287

I would assume the AI would apply maximum brakes and that's it. A human (especially an experienced driver) could take more extreme action, like going off the side of the road to avoid a head-on collision.

Seriously? "You assume"

Your whole rant smacks of Dunning-Kruger effect.

What makes you think that you are a better driver than a computer? Do you think you are an above average driver? Did you realise that the majority of drivers think they are above average?

Comment Re:Maybe its a blessing for the consumer (Score 2) 110

I actually just realised that I do have a non-chip card; my American Express. Apparently my particular bank has chosen not to migrate those to chip cards yet, although Amex have done so on their directly issued ones.

Of course since it's "American" Express i'm going to stand by my "it's America's fault" title.

Comment Totally the fault of the USA (Score 4, Informative) 110

It's about time that US banks caught up with the rest of the world and put chips on all their cards, then we can finally get rid of the magstripes.

While chip&pin has it's security flaws it's way better than the 20 year old magnetic stripe system, in Australia and most of Europe the only reason they still put the stripes on cards is because the cards have to work when people travel to the US.
It's been at least a year since I've seen a reader without chip support in Australia and the only time the magstrip is used is when the chip or contactless read fails.

The program isn't debugged until the last user is dead.