Comment Re:The best way to make cycling safer (Score 1) 947

All of those requirements are easily gotten around just by riding on the sidewalk. That's what they do here.

Riding on the sidewalk is actually legal in quite a few states. In many cities, it's also the only sane thing to do for a cyclist if you value your health. Of course, it means that you have to go slower, since you're now sharing the road with pedestrians.

Comment Re:It already exists! (Score 2) 389

Anybody care to guess how long it'll take cities like New York to pass a law making it illegal for driverless empty cars to follow any route besides one leading directly to a parking space somewhere, to avoid having 40,000 driverless cars doing laps around lower Manhattan for hours at a time since it's cheaper to run the car for 2 hours than to actually pay to park for two hours?

I can definitely see driverless cars causing massive collapse in downtown parking rates across America. In a city like Miami, the difference between $2-4/day parking (in a reasonable neighborhood) and $17/hour parking is usually about 3-4 miles, max. I can also see lots of tension as urban residential neighborhoods a mile or two from the skyscrapers that traditionally had adequate curbside parking suddenly find themselves inundated daily with self-driving cars looking for a cheap place to park.

Comment Re:"What's In It For Me?"Counts For Open Source To (Score 1) 227

just because a lot of people are using an open source product doesn't necessarily mean someone else will take it up. They will only do it if there is something in it for them, regardless of the currency. i.e. a profit.

When a lot of people are depending on an open source project, the ability to earn a profit from maintaining and supporting is pretty much automatic because there are a lot of potential customers with unmet needs. Sorry, but the flaw is in your understanding of economics.

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Comment Intellectual Property (Score 1) 162

If intellectual property (such as patents) are really property, why does it matter if you're using the invention or keeping it for later?
If you own a bike, it does not and should not matter whether you ride it, store it in your garage or use it for parts.
If ideas can also rightly be owned, then it does not matter whether the patent holder uses the idea to produce anything yourself or stores the patent in a drawer.
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The spinal cord is much more than a mere conduit. By moving the stimulation up, you get the advantage of using the low level processing ability of the spinal cord. That means automatic compensation for shifting weight. For example, if someone puts something in your outstretched hand, the added tension in the tendons signals the spinal cord to increase muscle contraction to compensate so your hand doesn't drop. It seems to also have more complex functions to coordinate muscle groups.

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Comment What's the problem? (Score 3, Interesting) 188

If you use your card online, you're telling the retailer who you are and where you generally are, and having them do their homework is nothing but a good thing. Making people go through more verification steps if red flags are thrown is nothing but a good thing. If you use Tor and then buy something with a personal credit card or debit card, you're doing it wrong.

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Comment Re:Insurance (Score 1) 389

I don't think this is as big a problem as you expect. First, there will never be a day D when there aren't autonomous cars, and a day D + 1 when there are. They're going to be integrated slowly and continuously. Think, cruise control, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, automated parallel parking.

In the near future you won't have driverless cars, both for technological and social/legal reasons, any commercial car will require a person in the driver's seat. That makes liability easy, whoever's in the driver's seat is responsible for the car and its actions. It's exactly the same as if you turn on cruise control in a "non-autonomous" car and rear end someone on the highway. You're liable, even though you're using technology.

The auto acceleration isn't really apples to apples with this. That's just a potential product failure (Like car's catching on fire when they get rear-ended). It doesn't really apply to autonomous cars more than non autonomous cars, except for the potential "autonomous cars are more complex", which is questionable anyway, considering how complex current cars are.

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I am afraid you are quite wrong, the issue is PEAK volume, not total.

True - I missed a point there. But I'm not sure it changes the argument much; when people use a lot of bandwidth their usage is more likely to overlap that of other users, increasing the likelihood of reaching max capacity and therefore making it necessary to extend that capacity. That's why with many ISP's, data volume between 2AM and 8AM doesn't count towards your data cap - they don't care then, because most people are sleeping and there's much less likelihood of maxing out the system.

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Comment Re:Well yeah (Score -1) 228

I live in a country where states are allowed to pass so-called "right to work" legislation and then fire people on the basis of those things, and as long as they do not admit this as the reason for the dismissal, it is perfectly legal.

- I sell my software to companies, I build software for companies, everything is in a contract. Any side can let the other side go for no reason with a 2 week notice. I must be able to terminate any one of my employees' contract by giving them a notice and that's that.

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Comment Re:Idleness (Score 4, Interesting) 136

Have you ever noticed how being idle REALLY pisses off the masters and drivers of our economy? People like Edison HATED idlers (though he himself took naps ALL the time) If we were idle, what then would we consume? Not nearly as much, I wager. We might think, might eventually interact with each other in the real world, and might accomplish more than moving a few pixels about a screen or some metal and plastic from one place to another. Forfend!

And now... I'm going to go take a long, delightful snooze.

Comment vpn use triggers the 'cancel the order' logic (Score 3, Informative) 188

I was trying to buy something from an online merchant. I happened to have been using my vpn at the time but I paid using my paypal account and the merchant accepted my order.

an hour later they canceled it. gave no reason. I emailed them and they asked 'are you on vacation?'. no. they still canceled it.

this has happened more than once.

its annoying as hell. the world is slowly becoming vpn-unfriendly.

Comment Re:Easy (Score 2) 139

2. Freedom of assembly MUST mean that employees have a right to agree not to work with someone who isn't in the union - otherwise it isn't freedom of assembly;

Absolutely, and they have the right to quit their job if they don't like you, but forcing you to leave at their behest is definitely crossing the line. This is actually the basis upon which the first successful unions were formed in the 1800's - keeping Chinese laborers from taking their jobs, later extended to keeping blacks from taking their jobs.

The nice thing about a right to work state is that unions don't have the power to force you out of a job. If the union itself doesn't like it, it is free to leave. Unions can and do exist in right to work states, they even have strikes on occasion. In right to work states unions are focused on being a collective rather than being focused on having power over both their members and their employers. Some say unions are toothless in right to work states, and I would say that is also correct because they don't have the ability to bite their own members - nor should they anyways.

Comment Come on... (Score 4, Insightful) 188

". But it also raises the question of whether targeting anonymity services to hunt out fraudsters could have chilling effects for harmless Tor users trying to protect their privacy online—particularly this year in light of the NSA-spying scandal."


Why would you ever need to "protect your privacy" via Tor etc, from an ONLINE SHOPPING SITE that you are GIVING YOUR CREDIT CARD AND SHIPPING INFORMATION TO?

I mean, I'm as much anti NSA crap as the next guy. but come on. That said, cool tech. It would make sense that retailers would do this. I see this is a good thing, not a reason to slam the lizards running our government.

Comment Re:when you become a monopoly you can relax (Score 1) 185

So putting up an advertisement on a free service is 'evil' now?

Non-sequtiur. The entire issue is *banner* ads.

Google makes their money by advertising. They provide a free service for you and pay for it by selling advertising space to others.

And for a long time they did it without banner ads. In fact, a major reason why Google became the search engine of choice for so many people were their non-intrusive ads. You see, when advertisers are given a small image bar to advertise in, many try to be as loud and obnoxious as possible to get your attention. You say, "but then I'd not buy from them". Yet very few ads are geared towards informing people or convincing people of the worth of a product. Instead, usually the focus is try to create a strong emotional connection of any kind with a brand to make people remember the brand--be it humor, drama, shock, or whatever.

In short, the text-only ads that Google really pioneered removed the ability to push the sort of shock/humor banner ads that, even if they were infrequent, were a very large eyesore for many. Further, the removal of banner ads made it a lot harder to run all sorts of con ads--those that look like legitimate OS-generated messages--which itself was a really blessing. And let's not even get into flash ads or javascript ads...

Really, Google can do whatever they want when it comes to their advertising space. But Google built a brand on "Don't be evil". You may not consider banner ads evil. And even plenty that do may (a) already use ad blocking for the rest of the net and/or (b) not really switch because they're "hooked" on using the service. Further, I doubt it'll result in them losing much traffic overall as there'd have to be some new Google-like company to start up and start over again with them.

In any case, you obviously have missed the point--which is sort of ironic as Google's advertising didn't work on you.

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