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Comment: Re:I could see it used in specific cases.... (Score 1) 247

by swb (#48214195) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

I listened to an economics podcast that discussed the role of automation in the economy.

The Google car came up and the MIT professor who was being interviewed said that contrary to what a lot of people think, the Google car is highly dependent on very detailed annotated maps and can't just detect stuff like traffic controls (lights, signals, etc).

I can see a driverless cars happening in urban areas if "self-drive" features start getting built into roads, like RFID chips embedded in lane stripes, traffic controls that have RF signalling. Even then you would probably need car-car signalling.

But at some point it seems like they aren't driverless cars as much as they are trackless trains or some kind of personalized mass transit. Decide you want a ride someplace, request a car and it follows GPS + signalling to your house from its parking place and then delivers you to a destination. Uber without the driver.

Comment: No, they won't agree on a definition (Score 1) 346

by swb (#48212435) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

Can we first then agree one what exactly constitutes a troll?

Of course not. Defining it would undermine the censorship power of people who want to ban/control/censor "trolls". A vague definition that includes anything from "classic" trolling -- inflammatory opinions about a topic designed to elicit responses ("If Macs didn't suck so much...") to whatever existing harassing, threatening or fraudulent behavior has been re-labeled trolling allows maximum latitude for those given the authority to censor it.

I think "the new trolling" is a complicated concept, driven by the large number of people who weren't users of longtime Internet social forums (web-based message boards, USENET) but have come online in the age of Facebook and have sort of everyday expectations of civil social engagement which are less common. They may see what passed for heated debate in years past (EMACS! vi!) as pretty hostile.

Another driving force seems to be really extreme people who seem kind of publicity-driven who really seem to embrace what amounts not to trolling but to harassment and defamation, either just for spite and publicity or with some kind of weak self-righteous justification.

Comment: Re:I could see it used in specific cases.... (Score 1) 247

by swb (#48211365) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

This seems to be the way its actually being adopted if you start to consider the collision detection, adaptive cruise control and lane detection systems in some cars.

There was an article hear about a luxury car that has the ability to let you take your hands off the wheel for a certain amount of time under "cruise control" conditions and it will actually drive itself for a brief period. I think the article was about some "hack" that let you evade the built-in time limit for taking your hands off the wheel, meaning that the self-driving component was manufacturer-limited to avoid being used as a self-driving car.

I'd guess that self-driving cars will get adopted more this way than suddenly buying a car that can drive itself everywhere perfectly.

Comment: Re:Actually, yes. (Score 1) 135

by swb (#48211283) Attached to: U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

I've bought clothes from LL Bean for over 25 years. On more than one occasion over that time I've noticed new pants bought in the same size and style as I've been wearing suddenly getting a little roomier.

I'm not sure if the sizing changes were the result of changes in fashion or adaptation to a clientele with more girth. If you look at magazines from the 1960s and 1970s, a lot of mens clothing was much slimmer fitting and perhaps a looser fit became the fashion standard. But it could also be that people were simply buying larger sizes to accommodate weight gain and vendors adapted their sizing in ways that made them looser fitting without specifically altering the specific dimensions of waist size or leg length.

It could be just changes in contract manufacturers, but I think that kind of variation would be too small to notice.

Comment: Re:Dear Canada.... (Score 1) 500

by Mashiki (#48209869) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Criminals do the same things all over African and even Eastern Europe. I don't see us invading them. Screw Iraq, we have no business fighting in the middle east unless they attack us.

Except we go after their financial networks, launch targeted attacks against them and so on. So yes, we do indeed go after them. It's much harder when their networks are using liquid assets traded through the black market now isn't it.

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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide? 259

Posted by samzenpus
from the have-and-have-nots dept.
First time accepted submitter dkatana writes Having some type of fiber or high-speed cable connectivity is normal for many of us, but in most developing countries of the world and many areas of Europe, the US, and other developed countries, access to "super-fast" broadband networks is still a dream. This is creating another "digital divide." Not having the virtually unlimited bandwidth of all-fiber networks means that, for these populations, many activities are simply not possible. For example, broadband provided over all-fiber networks brings education, healthcare, and other social goods into the home through immersive, innovative applications and services that are impossible without it. Alternatives to fiber, such as cable (DOCSYS 3.0), are not enough, and they could be more expensive in the long run. The maximum speed a DOCSYS modem can achieve is 171/122 Mbit/s (using four channels), just a fraction the 273 Gbit/s (per channel) already reached on fiber.

Comment: Re:Photo-realistic drawings? (Score 1) 468

by swb (#48209193) Attached to: Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

But that's what we do, legislate morality.

Stealing is morality. Killing is morality. We legislate all of those things.

That's what makes this something of an intellectual puzzle to me. I agree with the idea that illustrations, no matter how realistic, don't harm anyone directly. But sex and children are an indefensible combination in any way, shape or form. I don't know that I can say even pictures of children in a sexual context made and seen only by their creator are ever ok. Trafficking in them just guarantees its immoral.

Comment: 18 years? (Score 1) 1

Yeah. 18 years. That's the same bullshit climate change deniers have been using for a long time. Why the past 18 years? Because once you start going back farther in time, the evidence is undeniable and clear.

But if you limit what you look at and ignore the numbers that give clear evidence, yeah, you can force data to say whatever lies you want it to say.

Comment: Re:Dear Canada.... (Score 3, Funny) 500

by ScentCone (#48208119) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

About 6 billion of the world population are muslims, that's around 23% of the world population.

I'm going to bet that even some of the most jihad-obsessed radicals, fresh from what passes for school Taliban-land, are better at math than you are.

If there are 6 billion Muslims, and they make up 23% of the world population, that means the world as a population of over 26 billion people.

Do you know some secret place on the planet where we're hiding almost 20 billion extra, previously unknown people?

Comment: Re:Dear Canada.... (Score 1) 500

by Mashiki (#48207647) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Can you name the "other extremists" that have been busy either successfully or unsuccessfully launching terrorist attacks in the last 10 years? Here in Canada this will be the 5th one by muslims. Though we've had two attacks in two days, one in Quebec and likely the one in Ottawa as well.

We jump back a bit, we've got the muslim nut who wanted to derail a via train, and was planning to do a chemical attack. A couple of others, the 18 muslims who wanted to attack parliament hill as well. Previous to that, we've had environmentalists who tried to blow up sour gas lines, sikhs blowing up an airliner and home-grown separatists who did some shit in quebec.

Comment: Re:Virtual monitor splitting (Score 1) 112

by swb (#48206113) Attached to: Microsoft Introduces Build Cadence Selection With Windows 10

The solution there is to unfuck those apps, not to goof around with weird screen-splitting ideas.

Yeah, but it's a reasonable one-size-fits-all solution to do screen splitting versus trying to unfuck a lot of applications which will never be unfucked.

Windowing is great, but somewhere down the road window management got lost. Manually sizing and positioning windows is tedious and the Windows UI provides very little in terms of tools for managing windows. Snapping is of limited value and not configurable AFAIK.

Making regions of a single display act like separate monitors may be a kludge, but it's a kludge that goes a long way towards making window positioning and sizing more manageable.

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