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Comment: Re:quirky wacky name syndrome (Score 1) 153

by quax (#48917545) Attached to: Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

What's in a name? I also thought Bluetooth was idiotic when it came out, but there are only so many short and descriptive names. Getting a trademark is actually not that easy, and in the end the only thing that matters is that it is unique, and that your competition can't take it away from you.

Firefox, Chrome etc. aren't particular descriptive names but everybody now knows what they stand for.

Comment: Had a pleasure to see early self-driving footage (Score 4, Insightful) 167

by quax (#48749419) Attached to: Mercedes-Benz's Self-Driving Concept Car Is Here

That was in 1997 when I worked at what later became the KIT.

Back then they tested an early artificial neural net controller under real life conditions on the Autobahn A8. The driver just sat with his arms folded behind the wheel.

This technology has been a long time coming and still lawmakers haven't caught on to it.

+ - The real story about Quantum Computing doesn't get reported->

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quax (19371) writes "Depending on who you ask Quantum Computers have already arrived (after all Google and NASA joined forces to buy one) or they are still about twenty years away. Rarely does an online article bother with differentiating all the various technologies and computational models that are labeled quantum computing. The headlines and news stories seem to be all over the place. Even Nature doesn't seem to be able to pull off an online article that actually asks the important questions and covers all aspects of the current race. Is this kind of shoddy journalism unavoidable? How can science journalists be prodded to ask the pertinent questions and go beyond superficial reporting?"
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Comment: Re:Is it just me ... (Score 1) 390

by quax (#48489057) Attached to: First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

Really have no idea what your are talking about. As far as I am concerned Frozen and Tangled are perfectly fine, but my favorite remains Lilo and Stitch.

Doubt that you've watched any of them, but if you have then please get a bit more concrete about what you consider to be negative 'feminist' influence. I.e. plot points characterizations etc.

Comment: Re:Is it just me ... (Score 1) 390

by quax (#48486799) Attached to: First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

So far you made the most well reasoned argument on behalf on the whiners and than you lost me with this:

"... the last Disney movies are also feminist porn of the bad kind."

See, I have two daughters, and the classical Disney princess role model just makes me want to hurl. So I very much appreciate that they at least try a little bit to break away from this. Yet, with Frozen it still was way too much about the dress and being pretty. But at least they got nicely across that just because a dude's a prince, and a smooth talker, doesn't mean you should just fall for him.

The latter is a message that any dad will very much appreciate. If you think that's feminist you obviously don't have a daughter.

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