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Comment Re:Nail everyone? (Score 1) 618

> This case seems very egregious, but the truth of ethics in real life is often difficult to determine, and it's being thought about by a human whose livelihood may depend on the choice.

And what is more, corporations are carefully design to give everybody the impression they are "only doing their job", and certainly not responsible for any decisions. That's why there are so many meeting and procedures...

Comment Re:When you didn't ask to install it. (Score 1) 165

Indeed. The definition is actually quite simple:

If software intentionally does something the user does not want.

It is a subset of bad software (which does not require intent).

Of course intent is difficult to prove, but any kind of revenue sharing is usually a pretty good clue.

Comment Re:Get used to it, this is the future (Score 1) 279

Exactly. Sure, I did invest into my current bicycle, but it is also getting 20 years old now! A yearly service costs peanuts, and every once in a while you need a new gear, tyre or brake pad. Compared to the cost of a car, the bicycle is 2 orders of magnitude cheaper.

Comment Re: So how is this different (Score 0) 101

No, Google Wallet was a payment service just like Paypal, but not as good.

Of course Google has a tendency to join an already established market with inferiors products. They tend to linger for years before they are finally retired. Google is just not a fast follower.

The problem with Android pay is that I have a phone (my previous one) with NFC which is stuck on Android 4.0. My current phone has Android 5.0, but no NFC. Why can't they just use a bar code instead?

Comment There are options (Score 1) 508

Actually there are a few options, especially if you already have a screen or TV.

Raspberry PI 2 starts at 50 USD - any power supply will do, and a basic keyboard and mouse are cheap.

Intel Atom based compute sticks with full Windows start at a similar price.

7" or 8" tablets are a bit more, but more useful, too. Some have HDMI.

Used laptops can be very cheap, especially the Windows XP generation.

Finally most kids have a phone? Old Androids start at about 50 USD.

Internet access may be a problem, under 100 USD a year you will not get much.

Comment Re:oops (Score 1) 440

I don't understand why people are disparaging about the case. As as far I know, the Apple II is the original desktop PC - it is something you can put in an office and get work done on. The case is a key part of any desktop PC.

My school bought 8 Apple II at the time, and I think one of the key arguments was that everything stacked nicely with cables at the back, whereas the C64 was a bunch of devices sitting on the desk and cabling was a mess. And, you know, they were right.

Comment Re:culture dependent (Score 1) 451

PS: Unsafe is usually interpreted to mean using an acceleration that may not be available to all vehicles. Obviously a sports car on special tyres can stop a lot faster than an old banger or a truck, and and therefore you should never use maximum deceleration (emergency stop).

Whether the driver behind you is paying attention is not your problem. Anybody not paying attention at a traffic light should not be on the road.

Comment Re:culture dependent (Score 1) 451

Yes, you are supposed to stop safely when the light goes amber, unless it is unsafe or impossible to do so before the stop line.

And this is one of the areas where autonomous vehicles will struggle, just as the speed limit. Because it is very hard to justify that autonomous vehicle should speed or run red lights, like most people do. It is the difference between a decision on polity and a decision on an individual case.

I for one am curious how this is going to be solved. I think it will also reveal that following the rules is not always (or maybe not usually) the safe thing to do.

Comment Re:You keep using that word. I don't think it mean (Score 4, Insightful) 346

I agree - especially if tethering is not allowed.

You can use a few GB if you watch a few movies. You can even use 20 or 100 GB if you tether. But 1TB and more is really not typical *private* internet use any more. If people want to serve websites or torrents, they should not do it on their phone.

Comment Re:truth is... (Score 1) 93

> Yea, because open-source software is famous for having well-designed, easy-to-use comprehensive instructions. ;>)

You forgot to mention that great UI and UX.

The difficulty with FPGA is that the primitives are really primitive. It seems simple, but the lack of any kind of abstraction means that you have more freedom in programming, and much more freedom in your tool chain.

Comment Re:Already propagating (Score 1) 663

Yes, it is a different, but it is a relevant question.

Sugary drinks have been proven many times to cause strong weight gain.

Diet drinks have also been proven to cause weight gain, although the effect is weaker and not always confirmed.

And remember: humans are not ovens, so thermal calories are a slightly flawed measure in the first place.

Comment Re:NoSQL is the solution. (Score 1) 190

Am I missing the irony here?

Big data is great - based on the assumption that you have so much data that the individual record hardly matters. Ergo consistency is a probability rather than guarantee.

However, if you want to hand out driving licenses, individual records do matter. And it is not big data: it easily fits onto a PC.

Yes, Oracle is small data. But it works, while treating it as big data doesn't.

(And I just got a Big Analog Data T-shirt...)

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