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Comment: Re:Open Source! At least it isnt DRM laden like St (Score 1) 88

by Joshua Shaffer (#46002507) Attached to: Valve Working on GNU/Linux Native Open Source OpenGL Debugger

(never mind that GOG also requires you to log in for first download, and they get praised as DRM-free).

Eh? I can run the installers without logging in.

Are you saying that you think DRM should be classified as needing to be logged in to download it after your purchase? How else would you get the installer?

Comment: Re:Tesla owner's findings... (Score 1) 239

by Joshua Shaffer (#45622379) Attached to: Tesla Model S Battery Drain Issue Fixed

You say this, but if you ever went to check out a car and had to wait 20 seconds after turning the key how likely would you be to view that as a positive thing...

We're talking about a car here, people just expect them to work. This is why they even added "creep" as a feature because some people complained that the car didn't behave exactly like they expected a car to work. Perception is more important than practicality.

Comment: Re:Huh (Score 1) 567

They do measure speed, it's literally visible on the site (you can see a pretty graph of your speed throughout the day, including bars showing 'high risk' times of day and such). The only 'guarantee' they make is that your rate won't be based on speeding. There is a guarantee they won't raise your rate based on the SnapShot thing alone IIRC, but if you trigger a rate adjustment in some other way there's no way you could really tell they used that data against you.

Whether the data they have is subpenoable I don't know. I haven't sent it back after the initial 6 months or so (I don't know what the person that said weeks was referring to, I had mine in much longer back when I originally enrolled on the policy).

Comment: Re:Is this a surprise? (Score 1) 453

If I am in a meeting I scheduled, and someone my rank or lower answers their phone, I almost always immediately end the meeting, to be rescheduled later. I run meetings so as to waste the minimum amount of time required for everyone; I expect the same from others. The public shaming seems to work well at my current workplace.

So to reduce wasting people's time... you re-hold entire meetings if they ever get interrupted?

Wow, we'd never get anything done in meetings at my work if we dropped them at the hat when someone had to step out... people have schedules outside meetings. But then we also don't have a lot of meetings.

Comment: Re:communications system? (Score 1) 149

by Joshua Shaffer (#44804645) Attached to: Cadillac SRX Converted Into Self-Driving Car

I've been around software far too long to put implicit trust in any of it. I have no doubt they've made great strides, but there's no way I'd put my life in its hands just yet.

Oh, I'd agree there. But the keyword is "Yet" to me. They have a ways to go, but 5, 10, 20 years from now? I think we'll be a lot closer to the reality of a self driving car.

Till then there's plenty of legal and practical issues to solve though. So... I'll continue waiting.

Comment: Re:Overcoming the Fear of the New (Score 1) 662

by Joshua Shaffer (#44648021) Attached to: Concern Mounts Over Self-Driving Cars Taking Away Freedom

Yup, I can agree with this. I think the major hesitation right now is that automated cars are an essentially unproven technology. Give it 10 years and if all the bugs are worked out, and we have some numbers that can show they really are safer than humans at the wheel*, it will get adopted.

Of course, there's still a bit of an if there. They do actually have to turn out to work in most conditions and be safer. But I think that's more of a "how long till we can do that for a reasonable cost" than "if". Hopefully less than decades in any case.

*I mean with really large sample sizes too, not the current pilot programs, we need huge numbers of these cars on the road.

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. -- Niels Bohr