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Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 4, Insightful) 504

Apple tries to control as much as they can on their platforms. Other platforms like Android and Windows take an approach of sharing responsibility for the overall quality between several different companies who can each point at each other and say "not it!" when a problem arrises.

Comment: Re:Good job. (Score 1) 43

by mad flyer (#48307981) Attached to: Japan's Annual Nuclear Drill Highlights Problems

kidding me right ? 45 years after the start of fukushima's plant, 3 years after a major disaster, the local clowns can't factor in the meteo to get their evac plan right... YES A DRILL IS TO IDENTIFY PROBLEMS... NOT 45 YEARS AFTER THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN MADE.

Dear god, I feel like Jane Goodall among those chimps...

Comment: Two thoughts (Score 1) 287

by soft_guy (#48213749) Attached to: Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?
Why do we have to assume we can't make any changes to the nature of traffic lights to make them more easily machine readable? Since it requires a car with a lot of cameras to maintain the road information accurate enough for the self driving car, why would lots of cars with fewer cameras do an equally good job? For things like potholes, we can't self driving cars report information about how smooth a particular path along the road is so that pot holes are mapped?

Comment: Re:Sleeper cars (Score 1) 261

by soft_guy (#48041137) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?
Another good way to get ticketed is to drive a car with identifiers that you are from a different part of the country. After moving to Washington State, my ex-wife got pulled over and ticketed twice for bullshit because she had dealer logos on her car from where she bought it in Houston, Texas. Both times she was asked when she was returning to Houston and how long it had been since she had been to Houston. The car itself had Washington plates.

Comment: Re:Risk aversion (Score 4, Insightful) 203

by soft_guy (#47964831) Attached to: Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails
What is so wrong with a project failing? I really don't get it. This is a site to donate money for people to do a cool project. If none of the projects are allowed to fail, it would only be really conservative projects. If you aren't willing to take that risk, don't fund a kickstarter. It is not a shopping site.

Comment: The advertising is okay (Score 2, Interesting) 250

The questions raised in the advertising are pretty good ones. If the city bungles the fibre network and loses a lot of money, you'll be forced to pay for it in taxes. If Comcast fucks up and their costs go out of control, you at least have a choice to opt out. As much as I don't like Comcast and AT&T, I have no faith in government to be an ISP.

Fundamentally, there may be no basis for anything.