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Comment Re:culture dependent (Score 1) 437

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) 437

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) 331

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...)

Comment Editor fail (Score 1) 120

We always suspected that submitters and editors do not understand maths, but now we know it.

The key word is "percent", not annualized. There is nothing sneaky about annualizing - they just compare one quarter to the same quarter next year. But putting it into relative growth figures makes it look impressive.

Personally I think we will see tremendous growth in 1Gb connections for a while. It is a standard technology transition process, and it is clearly entering the rapid growth phase.

Comment Re:Experts know more than non-experts (Score 3, Interesting) 112

This is the key problem. Only experts are able to assess the risk of a password manager and use it appropriately. How can a normal user know whether a password manager is trust worthy? Do any of the big web sites recommend a trust worthy password manager?

The only viable solution for a normal user is SSO. Login in Facebook, Google, Microsoft Live, that is the way forward. 3 accounts are easy to remember, and it would also be faster to detect suspicious activity. But does any bank offer SSO?

No, of course not. In fact my bank requires me to remember 4 PINs, 3 passwords and one user ID. How idiotic is that?

Comment Re:Critical IE vuln (Score 2) 58

Defence in the depth is the only option we have - relying on a single piece of software to be "secure" is obviously more than optimistic.

But even defence in depth fails if the government throws enough money at a hacking company. They will just buy the exploits and string them together to take over the flash player, escape the sandbox, escalate privileges, and then jump across the network. Defence in depth makes this a tedious, expensive and uncertain exercise, but by no means impossible.

Comment Re:What happened to Common Sense? (Score 4, Insightful) 363

> Pedestrians have the right of way, which is true.

> Far too often I see pedestrians step into the crosswalk in such a way as to make it all but impossible for the left turning car to safely stop.

I think you fail to understand the concept of right of way. If you are going too fast to safely stop, you are going too fast.

Comment Re:Who the fuck would use something like that? (Score 3, Informative) 206

To be honest, the idea that anybody who can see your credit card can take your money is not really security at all. Usually transactions require additional evidence - either the physical card, the PIN, the address, or the security code.

"The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in times of moral crisis, preserved their neutrality." -- Dante