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Comment It won't be safer for long (Score 1) 176

I have no doubt based on the behavior I see on the road every day in the large American metropolitan area I live and work in that once self driving cars become ubiquitous, somebody is going to figure out how to hack the AI to make it more aggressive. I see people all the time who take crazy chances on the road to get in front of other drivers. Human beings are really good at being jerks and ruining a good thing for everybody else by exploiting it first. So I expect somebody to figure out how to make the AI make the car its controlling go as fast as possible after a light goes green and do other perhaps risky behaviors under the assumption that the others cars will have AI that will let them. Once that happens, it probably will get very unsafe with large numbers of hacked cards jockeying for position all the time on the road under the assumption that the other guy will obey the rules so they don't have to.

Comment Re:Black Sox, Part Deux? (Score 1) 197

White Sox last time, now the Red Sox? What's with teams named after socks?

The Cincinnati Reds were originally the Cincinnati Red Stockings and the name got shortened a long time ago to just Reds. I guess it was just an easy nickname to use and no chance of offending anybody to name yourself after socks. One of the more interesting baseball team names is the Nippon Ham Fighters in the Japanese league. Many Americans incorrectly parse that as Nippon - Ham Fighters like "Ham Fighters" was a thing when actually it should be Nippon Ham - Fighters. Fighters is the team name and Nippon Ham was the owner for a while. It probably didn't help that it was officially spelled as Nippon - Ham Fighters in English. Not sure why they put the - in that location.

Comment Re:Hands tied? (Score 1) 817

I don't tend to expect much from Trump (other than crazy uncle-style Tweeting at all hours) but even he seems to want to do something for the Dreamers. Hopefully, a deal can get done soon.

I don't know how you can seriously believe that. This is just red meat for his supporters, just like talk about The Wall is. One of the things about Trump is that he's actually pretty smart and I think everything he does is according to a plan, it's just not always a good plan and it doesn't always work. He knows full well that Congress will never, ever, pass a law on this for the reasons stated by others here - Republicans who do so will lose in the primaries and Democrats will have to give up something they'll never agree to (ie. funds for the wall) to get it done.

Comment Re:Well (Score 2) 47

Blocking YouTube is a bit harsh, but I can understand blocking Facebook.

Don't worry. Zuckerberg is trying everything he can think of to change this. That's part of the reason he's learning Mandarin - so he can personally beg the CCP to let Facebook in. If he ever succeeds, I can promise you that what he's going to have to agree to in order to make it happen is going to make freedom advocates very unhappy.

Comment China has a good reason to ban this (Score 1, Interesting) 67

And it's not a case of big, bad commie government doesn't understand anything it can't control. The Chinese government wants stability in the country because if the general population doesn't revolt, they can stay in power. I have been to China several times within the past 10 years and my last 2 girlfriends were born and raised in China ladies. I can tell you that China has quite possibly the most unsophisticated investors on the planet. Here in the USA, if people don't have the money to invest in the stock market, they won't do so. Sometimes they don't have time to research it so they won't invest. And I know some people who have the money but aren't interested in doing it themselves so they just pay people to invest their money for them. In China, lack of knowledge about the stock market and limited funds do not discourage investment. It's crazy, but it's like the entire country is filled with people who fall for Ponzi schemes. The most recent of the two Chinese ladies I mentioned earlier knew on some level that it actually was possible to lose money in the stock market, but she seemed to think that only stupid people ever lost money and the fact that I wasn't putting every dime I had into the market meant that I was throwing away free money. She didn't claim to know what I should be putting that money into, and I do actually put some money into investments, but she often complained that I wasn't putting enough in. Everything I've read about investors in China just convinces me that the general public sees the stock market as a "can't lose" proposition and I can certainly understand the government not wanting to see tons of rip offs done with ICOs that go nowhere and then the population gets upset and social upheaval results.

Comment Re:A problem of Sun's making. (Score 1) 239

I agree that Sun made mistakes, but I see 2 major mistakes that you overlooked in your otherwise fine post.

1) I don't have the numbers to back this up, but the internet bubble had to have had a catastrophic effect on their finances. Almost all of those startups that went bust were using Sun equipment and there is no way that equipment was fully paid for by the time those companies went bust. What looked like a huge sales win for Sun suddenly rebounded on them when the market got flooded with excess equipment that wasn't fully paid for.
2) The change in the early 2000s to really cheap Intel/AMD CPU hardware running Linux was completely unanticipated by Sun and they had to scramble after the fact to make something for this market. HP and IBM looked bad in the internet bubble because nobody wanted their stuff, but they rebounded big time when businesses switched to commodity hardware running Linux because they had the ability to make those kinds of machines. Sun lost tons of sales and by the time they competed in that market with their own offerings, the lost business didn't come back.

Comment Re:other inevitabilities they can consider. (Score 1) 177

Oracle Linux: you squandered solaris, one of the great operating systems of our time, and did everything you could to make it a complete pain in the ass to own.

Yeah, Solaris really was great. I spent years as a Solaris admin on my 2 jobs previous to this one and I do miss Solaris at times. I'm not knocking Linux at all, which we use at my current job, but I did like Solaris. Now if you want to talk about not very good OSes, I'd put AIX, DGUX and HPUX as some of the ones I worked with and didn't like much. Every now and then on my current job, and by the way as a company I think we don't officially support Solaris internally any more, I run into people who if they even hear the word Solaris they start foaming at the mouth in anger. I press for details and the typical story is that they only got Linux training and not much of that and their previous employer had maybe 1 old Sun box somewhere in a data center and they didn't know how to administer it because they never got Unix admin training, only a scant amount of Linux admin training, and they aren't always the same. Sorry folks, but don't be playa hatin' just because you didn't get the right training. Totally agree with you here.

Comment Re:I can't be arsed (Score 1) 501

to go pay $15 dollars to watch a movie meant primarily for the Chinese. Start making movies for America again and I might show up. And that means more complex plots and dialog (which are harder to dub) few or no foreign product placements (which make no sense and break the movie flow even worse than regular product placements) and stop randomly including Chinese actors (I'm lookin' at you Rogue One).
Hollywood stopped making movies for me so I stopped going. Go figure.

Disclaimer: I'm white.

It's not often we get such unabashed racism here at Slashdot. Just so you know, Donnie Yen from Rogue One is a huge star in Asia, just about on the same level with Jackie Chan and Jet Li. Donnie also lived in Boston as a teen and speaks excellent English. Asians are very badly underrepresented in Hollywood right now along with Hispanics and Native Americans. I like Asian films and Donnie has made a lot of interesting films over the years, perhaps being best known for playing Ip Man, Bruce Lee's martial arts teacher in Hong Kong. I'd like to see more Asian faces in Hollywood and greater appreciation for Asian cinema in general here, so no problem for me what Rogue One did. The reality is that Chinese money is backing a lot of Hollywood films and they're going to demand spots for Asian actors, so you're living in the past.

As pointed out elsewhere, the 5th Pirates In The Caribbean movie was a world wide box office smash and disappointing only in the USA. But it still turned in what I think was the 2nd best US box office performance this year of a non-super hero movie.

Comment You don't understand the law at all (Score 1) 420

You missed several points. The biggest one is ownership. Until you pay the car off, the dealership is the actual owner, so it is perfectly legal to disable THEIR car whenever they like.

I can only speak specifically to in the USA, but I'm sure it would be the same in Canada. You simply can't disable a car someone is driving whenever you like. Your statement implies that the dealership could do this for any reason at all including the amusement of the people at the dealership. It's not hard to imagine a scenario where the car is disabled in the middle of a high speed road or highway or intersection and a fatality results. That certainly would involve liability issues for the dealership and possibly jail time for the disabler. The law is not going to be amused that you acted irresponsibly and got people killed over a $200 debt you tried to recover.

Comment Yet another New York/Los Angeles problem (Score 1) 175

And yet again the problems that are unique to massively large metropolitan areas that have a lot of rich people living there is extrapolated to become an "everywhere in the USA" issue when it isn't. Maybe next they can tell us about how data analytics can help with caviar, which just simply must be a problem every restaurant in the country has to deal with.

Comment CleanFlicks already tried a similar model (Score 1) 180

Curious people can look up the now defunct company CleanFlicks which in the previous decade tried a different variation of this approach. They bought movies and edited them themselves to remove objectionable content (as they and their customers defined it) and sold those edited DVDs and VHS tapes. They lost in court and went out of business. I get that VidAngel isn't actually selling physical copies, which is their way to try to sneak around the CleanFlicks ruling, but a Fair Use argument was almost never going to fly. If you use, for example, 10 seconds of a movie, you can probably get away with Fair Use. If you use almost the entire movie, no, you can't get away with Fair Use. Fair Use has never been legally defied as to exactly what it is and isn't, but previous cases suggested that this argument was going to fail here.

Comment Re:My guess (Score 4, Interesting) 281

Plot twist: FaceBook can't tell her, because they don't know. They've long ago given control of this functionality to machine learning algorithms and primitive AI and they have no idea what it's doing either.

Yes. Very likely this. Or it could be blind luck and nothing more. Facebook is estimated to have over 2 billion users. They periodically suggest I may wish to know people who aren't related to me in any way, they just happen to know somebody I know. It could just be that maybe the author and this aunt both like, say, the same TV show and follow it on Facebook and that led to a connection that was pure luck and had nothing really to do with a family relationship.

I wish Facebook could find my relatives as I've got cousins on one side of the family that I've lost touch with. I found 2 of them by spending some time searching. Facebook didn't find them at all. And to show you how "nice" that side of my family is, both rejected my friend request on Facebook. The author probably doesn't know how incredibly lucky they were to get a message through to the aunt. If you aren't friends with someone on Facebook and send them a message, by default you go to a spam part of Facebook messages that doesn't open by default and the vast majority of users never look at because they don't know it exists. I've also found cousins on the other side of my family who did accept my friend request and in no way did Facebook help us to find each other. It actually took the blind luck of a cousin I am in touch with finding an entry on Find A Grave that another cousin none of us knew how to contact had placed there for a common relative. The Find A Grave listing had an email address that we used to ultimately get back in touch with 6 family members we'd all lost track of. So yeah, I am not convinced that Facebook really knows the author's family connection as much as they just suggested a connection for another reason and it was just pure lack that there was a family connection.

Comment Inductive reasoning at its finest (Score 4, Interesting) 214

What the article should have said is this:
I use GarageBand and only GarageBand and this is how GarageBand works.

For what it's worth, CoolEdit and Audacity don't work that way. I've never used GarageBand so I can't speak to what it does that you apparently can't live without and/or think that nothing else can do, but I've used Audacity for editing and CoolEdit for sophisticated transformations and neither of them look anything like GarageBand does.

Comment SJWs gone wild (Score 4, Insightful) 338

The article linked to raises questions about speech codes of conduct, especially at universities, and points out that some people may have neurological diseases like Tourette's Syndrome that don't make them dangerous but may make them unable to comply with such codes. How exactly this is a "Men's Rights Activist" article is beyond me, although I guess men and men in IT may have more tendencies towards these issues. So some SJW got butt hurt because a writer dared to suggest compassion for people with different neurological wiring and this led to the vote and fork. Know what I find most disturbing? That 40% of the people agreed with the SJWs. If this is all it took to make them lose their minds, it's truly a sad day.

Comment Re:"clean" "meat" (Score 2) 243

I would imagine that they'll label it in some way just because I can't imagine vegetarians or vegans objecting to eating it.

You must be new to this planet. Of course some of them, maybe even most of them, are going to object to this. People who are vegetarian for religious reasons (ie. Hindus, Buddhists, etc.) may not object to it. The main religious objection is that meat comes from killing a creature with a soul and you incur a karmic debt by participating in the killing it took to get you the animal flesh. This doesn't mean you can't find people with religious beliefs that oppose eating animal flesh that will do so anyway at times, but the main religious objection should be taken away. Still, don't be surprised if some of these folks still object because they will likely claim that the original source of the cells came from a killed animal.

Some vegetarians and vegans are going to object but not for religious reasons. There are plenty of people who are vegan and vegetarian because they think that eating animal flesh is a really bad idea from a health standpoint and this isn't going to change that kind of belief at all.

Does nobody consider the possibility that consumers may consider such meat to be inferior in terms of taste? If so, unless it's really cheap it may not sell very well. I wouldn't be surprised if this idea fails in the developed world and only finds an audience where cost is the number one factor. And if they price it higher than regular meat, yeah, that's just never going to work.

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