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Comment: Re:Does HFCS count? (Score 1) 149

by tibit (#47936929) Attached to: Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

There's no easy way to avoid "making" of your own glucose -- it's simply the digestion of carbohydrates that you eat. If you're not living on a carbohydrate-free diet, there's glucose absorbed in your small intestine, continuously, and it has nothing to do with whether you eat sugary snacks or not. If you eat anything with flour in it, you're absorbing glucose in the gut :)

Comment: Re:Translation... (Score 1) 195

by tibit (#47920891) Attached to: WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

Just look inside of Dragon 2 and tell me, with straight face, that we'll be seeing anything remotely contemporary from Boeing within the next decade or two (by which time they'd be 2 decades behind times). I don't see that happening. I'm fairly happy to see that at least one aerospace company out there recognizes the value of industrial design, and of using modern UIs in the aerospace context. Their interior design is at least something to look forward to spending the trip in. Maybe to everyone here it's just form without substance, but I think it's important.

Let's not forget that at the end of the day, it's all done for us -- humans. The most hardcore astronauts out there can recognize the a beautiful design just as well as us "mere mortals" can. I'm frankly said tired of aerospace man-machine interfaces looking like if the 80s called. With the right team, they at least work on developing something that feels contemporary and seems like would be a joy to work on (as in: fly/ maneouvre/dock etc.).

Comment: Re:This is insane... (Score 1) 324

by tibit (#47911203) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

I think that this is really the "famous last words", if there were any. Those "people who know more" have seemingly been wrong for more than a decade now. See the dot-com bubble, the housing bubble, the mortgage securitization fiasco, etc. All done by people who "know more". I'm almost inclined to start shorting MS.

Comment: Re:Who would have thought (Score 2) 193

by tibit (#47883401) Attached to: The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

The hard part is that the car must absolutely be able to read the horizontal markings on the pavement. This is not a trivial problem at all, since those markings are often of poor legibility in ideal circumstances even to a human, never mind a machine. I'm talking about the U.S., Western Europe is probably much better in that respect.

Comment: Re:Who would have thought (Score 4, Interesting) 193

by tibit (#47883391) Attached to: The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

The only slight problem with that is that in order to react at all in time, you must be paying the same amount of attention as you would if there was no autonomous drive system at all. This is otherwise known as the human being in the loop. Removing the human from the loop in aircraft automation has been a source of unending problems, and only recently one could say that it's a reasonably well understood problem - if not quite solved just yet. Don't forget we're talking about trained professional pilots here.

So, when faced with a self-driving car, the relatively untrained non-professional driver will always be so far out of the loop, that there's no way for him to overtake control safely in real time.

Of course, the solution for that is simple: the car's control transfer must, by default, happen in a fail-safe state - with the car stopped, with emergency blinkers on, etc. Only if the control transfer is explicitly acknowledged in a preset time, would the fail-safe be bypassed.

Comment: Re:Why do they think this is a good idea? (Score 1) 185

by tibit (#47881195) Attached to: GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

I hope that any reasonably modern transmission/transaxle electronic control software prevents that sort of behavior. Sure as heck my 14 year old Volvo behaves appropriately and prolongs the upshift interval when driving uphill. Eventually it seems that you need to be driving at no more than 30% power for at least 15 seconds for it to decide to upshift, unless the revs at below WOT go above 4.5kRPM or thereabouts. It seems to deal with mountain driving OK. There's initial hunting, but after 2-3 minutes it subsides as the control loops back off from the aggressive stance.

Comment: Re: We need to carpet bomb Nigeria (Score 1) 160

by tibit (#47881139) Attached to: The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

I think it is disingenuous to use the term "IP spoofing" to mean taking control over a part of the networking stack of another machine somewhere on the network. Because that's what a tor exit node software does. I think the real issue is that an IP address is not a personal identity, and can't be used a such.

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