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Comment: Re:And it won't be (Score 1) 144

by number17 (#48405681) Attached to: What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy
In Canada the mega-congolmerates control the news and the cables it runs on. Just look at the big 2



And then in 2012 these guys bought 75% in MLSE who own the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC.... and around 6 stadiums that they either own, invest and operate, or are invested in. They've gone complete vertical in the Toronto market.

Comment: Re:Was impressed until.. (Score 2) 144

by number17 (#48405579) Attached to: What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

Yes, its the same idea as cell phone usage. You get a certain up/down speed and a bandwidth cap. Based on the pricing, the GP is likely talking about Teksavvy who leases their cable and DSL lines from either Rogers and Bell.

Here is an example of Rogers pricing:

Comment: Re:No deaths? (Score 1) 174

by number17 (#47855217) Attached to: Denver Latest City Hit By Viral Respiratory Infection That Targets Kids
To be clear, you don't want the IRS to have the power to prosecute those who don't pay their taxes or are fraudulent in reporting them? If that's what you meant I would ask that you rethink the consequences of having no repercussions for not paying your taxes.

You don't happen to work for one of those big US telecom companies like AT&T or Comcast do you? Is that why you want to get rid of the FCC regulations and those pesky Net Neutrality folks?

Comment: Re:I can't wait (Score 1) 137

by number17 (#47827759) Attached to: New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

They can track it day and night, the phone will never get used whether I'm behind the wheel or in my house :-) I can't wait.

Good luck with that. Where I live an odometer reading is required as well as the occasional drive clean test for plate renewal. Let us know what they say when you report the same reading each year.

Comment: Re:stopping who? (Score 2) 322

by number17 (#47822599) Attached to: The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban
Explain yourself if you are going to cite the search term "Australia Gun Ban".

Australian Firearm Laws

State laws govern the possession and use of firearms in Australia. These laws were largely aligned under the 1996 National Firearms Agreement (NFA). Anyone wishing to possess or use a firearm must have a Firearms Licence and, with some exceptions, be over the age of 18. Owners must have secure storage for their firearms. Each firearm in Australia must be registered to the owner by serial number. Some states allow an owner to store or borrow another person's registered firearm of the same category.

Comment: Re:Baby steps (Score 1) 289

by number17 (#47791783) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

With a car 'improvise' is generally stop or swerve or avoid, it's not like these cars have to win at chess.

Stop or swerve to avoid doesn't resolve driving on snow covered roads. All they've dealt with so far is directional driving. Nobody has mentioned anything to do with traction. So far other companies technology involves winter tires and transmission modes to prevent slipping when accelerating. This this car requires an AI than can improvise. It has to know that the hill you are about to go up is snow covered which means you have to gun it and not stop, otherwise you will get stuck. Its the type of things they don't teach you on the driving test.

Comment: Re:Steering wheels are nice, but... (Score 1) 506

by number17 (#47759963) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels
The computer can't just hand over control to the human without adequate warning. If you are barreling down the highway at 55mph and the computer decides its in a situation it cant control I dont think it can just say "here ya go bud, good luck". Bringing the car to a stop in a live lane is not a good idea either.

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