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Comment Re:No steering wheel? No deal. (Score 1) 583

The important thing is, that there is an easy and safe fall back mechanism for the automation in case of catastrophic failure.
In this case it is:
- cut the engine, apply brakes.
Easy to perform, even if automation completely fails and can be engineered with multiple rendundancy.

For a plane:
- lower altitude, find safe landing spot, try to land the plane, ???
Can not be done with malfunctioning automation -> human has to be there to take over this job (good luck human..)

Comment Re:Ridiculous (Score 2) 334

This is not at all a bizarre ruling.
It is totally in line with Germany's privacy laws and there are a lot of similar rulings.

The fact you are talking about copyright, when this has nothing at all to do with it, shows that you do not understand the laws ('Persönlichkeitsrecht') the ruling is based upon.

Comment Re:Liable *of not acting upon obvious infringement (Score 1) 164

Investigating this would involve a lot of work:
1) Figuring out who, or what 'Robin Thicke' is.
2) Matching the music on the site, if there is any, with whatever this person/band produces and see if its the same stuff.
3) Check wether they have the rights to distribute it.

I personally would not know how to even manage step 3 and I do not see how it could be economical for the company to go through this procedure for every email/automatic complaint they receive.
Forwarding the complaint seems like the reasonable solution. They are not even the hoster of the material/website after all.

Comment Re:Wii U problem is not underpowered. (Score 1) 559

If the target market is defined as casuals, that do not care that much about graphics and just want the cheap entry level, but fun gaming console, then why would those people buy an upgraded Wii?
The Wii sold a lot of consoles, so I'll assume this target demographic mostly already owns a Wii.

What does the upgrade offer these Wii owners? Better graphics? But we just defined graphics as not important.

The way I see it, the only really important upgrade in graphics is the one that makes it look acceptable on the current standard of fullHD TVs.
And this seems to be a problem while maintaining super cheap.

Comment Re: For / While in C (Score 1) 533

This would usually happen in (microcontroller-)hardware, not in code:
a hardware counter (running on a specified timebase) and a hardware interupt.

The code which would be in every watch would be the one for loading the counter, but it would not be the same in every watch, as it would differ depending on clock frequency and controller used.

Comment Re:Bike helmet? (Score 1) 317

That incredibly naive calculation only adds up if cycling was for some reason the only physical activity a human could undertake.
Which as you might know, is not the case and anyone giving up cycling because of the helmets can just switch to any other physical activity.

Comment Re:And this is somehow supposed to be a surprise? (Score 2, Insightful) 1010

'humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time'?
If this is really how they presented the question, then I dare say that a good amount of those 33% did not understand what was being asked here.
Someone who has no preference on the topic, or in science in general, would not necessarily make the connection to evolution, or even biology with such an abstract wording.

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