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Comment: Re:HUD should only show vital information (Score 1) 116 116

by drinkypoo (#50016965) Attached to: Study Suggests That HUD Tech May Actually Reduce Driving Safety

Sure, there will be some fancy expensive cars with it. But look around at the cars on the road.

I have. The average age of the American car is 11 years, and that's an all-time high. They're putting fancier and fancier tech into cheaper and cheaper cars because it doesn't cost them that much and it's a way to compete. V2V works best when it's in the most vehicles, so they'll want to put it in a lot of vehicles. They just won't put the HUD into a lot of vehicles, they'll want to charge you extra for that.

Comment: Re:The problem... (Score 1) 116 116

by drinkypoo (#50016955) Attached to: Study Suggests That HUD Tech May Actually Reduce Driving Safety

Actually I think that was the point. A "big red box" popping up is going to distract the driver more and they are going to be paying attention to the box and will miss seeing the moose.

That depends. If the big red box is a present, they will think they are getting a gift. If the big red box is drawn around the moose, they will probably see the moose.

Comment: Re:HUD should only show vital information (Score 1) 116 116

by drinkypoo (#50015971) Attached to: Study Suggests That HUD Tech May Actually Reduce Driving Safety

V2V is coming whether it's a good idea or not, but on the plus side it will produce a lot of data which would be useful on a HUD. It could tell you which vehicles are braking even when the sun is in your eyes and you can't see their lights, for example. It could also guide you to one side of the lane or the other (or to another lane entirely) in order to dodge a pothole or other road obstacle that you can't possibly see, well ahead of time. So yeah, there's a whole lot of data coming which could well be useful for the driver. Night driving is another place where the HUD could be amazingly useful, alerting you of invisible obstacles outside the sweep of the headlights.

Comment: Re:If you can't keep your eyes on the ROAD (Score 3, Informative) 116 116

by drinkypoo (#50015961) Attached to: Study Suggests That HUD Tech May Actually Reduce Driving Safety

And wait for your night vision to get completely turned to ass when they start introducing these HUDs in different colors as a fashion statement. Anything other than red - you're much more likely to crash at night because your night vision is being fucked with.

No, there is substantial debate on this subject still. There are two camps: red light does not affect your night vision, and blue light helps you stay awake. Actually, night vision is regularly impaired while driving anyway, so that's a dumb argument. Get a car with good headlights, use them.

Comment: Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 226 226

by drinkypoo (#50015937) Attached to: Uber France Leaders Arrested For Running Illegal Taxi Company

- Minimum number of cars on the road/company.

A problem that solves itself if you permit anyone to perform as a taxi.

- ratio of handicap accessible taxis.

That actually seems useful. Could better be served by handicapped-specific public mobility services, however.

- standards of cleanliness.

That must be nice. No taxi I've ever been in has been clean. Some have been not too nasty.

- anti-discrimination

False everywhere in the world.

- driving record checks
- criminal record checks

Basically worthless

- frequent vehicle inspections

Everyone should have these based on mileage

- professional driver's licenses

A scam to produce revenues

Comment: Headline is bollocks (Score 1) 116 116

by drinkypoo (#50015909) Attached to: Study Suggests That HUD Tech May Actually Reduce Driving Safety

Study shows that when you misuse HUD, it can distract drivers.

But if you're showing them an alert about something they're clearly not aware of, then are you making them more or less aware of their surroundings?

If they don't have to look down to see the next navigation instruction, are you making them more or less aware of their surroundings?

Bullshit story is bullshit. Welcome to Slashdot!

Comment: Re:And ticket prices? (Score 4, Insightful) 92 92

by Lumpy (#50015279) Attached to: Airplane Coatings Help Recoup Fuel Efficiency Lost To Bug Splatter

American corporations will instead do the following.

Get a government grant for the coatings, claim the actual full purchase price at full retail as the cost and pass that cost to ticket buyers.

Use the 5% fuel savings as a ,"we are saving the planet.... see? SEE?" advertising campaign.

Also add the costs of the advertising to the ticket prices.

Profits go up an additional 75%, claim they need more government subsidies.

Comment: Re:Stop responding to polls! (Score 1) 113 113

by drinkypoo (#50014777) Attached to: My relationship to 4th of July noise:

I seriously don't care if polls are in the main story stream. I seriously think that the people complaining about it must have something wrong with them. Just skip over it. Whogivesashit.

Also, while I'm ranting, Slashdot polls have always been lame. So what if this one is also lame?

The one valid complaint about these polls... CowboyNeal Option

Comment: Re:Why the Secret Service did what they did. (Score 1) 100 100

by drinkypoo (#50013205) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Steve Jackson About Designing Games

Do you have any idea what possessed them to do something that incredibly stupid?

Is there any doubt that someone led them on? And once they discovered the magnitude of their idiocy, they had no choice but to ride it out lest they reveal how easily led they are?

Comment: Re:Renewable versus fossil - where is nuclear? (Score 3, Insightful) 225 225

by drinkypoo (#50013177) Attached to: Bill Gates Investing $2 Billion In Renewables

Most here are science types, and realize there is only one thing that can be done with it. Burn it up.

That'd be fine, but we're not talking about doing that in this country yet. That's the only kind of nuclear power I would promote. Show me an effort to fix that in the USA and I'll get behind it. Also, there is still some waste left over from that. I'm going to have to see some evidence that we'll handle that responsibly. So far, nope.

Comment: Re:You know, it's funny... (Score 5, Informative) 187 187

by drinkypoo (#50013041) Attached to: How Television Is Fighting Off the Internet

Oh yes... I think these were the same people who said, "we will put catalytic converters on cars. it will cost more, but they will convert the noxious fumes into harmless water and carbon dioxide."

Yes. They add a couple of hundred dollars to the price of the average car and they make the world a better place; unburned hydrocarbons are the most foul emission which automobiles make. You might also be interested in knowing that we averted the ozone depletion crisis by banning CFCs. Meanwhile, the O2 sensor that came along with those catalysts actually lets you make more power while burning less fuel.

Comment: Re:Renewable versus fossil - where is nuclear? (Score 4, Insightful) 225 225

by drinkypoo (#50012995) Attached to: Bill Gates Investing $2 Billion In Renewables

And yet, to date, nuclear power has done less damage to the environment, as well as killing fewer people (by several orders of magnitude) than just coal mining, much less coal power in general.

Give it time. It's got thousands of years, even if we stop using it today.

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