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Comment Terms of Use (Score 1) 216

I wonder what would happen if you sent a nice letter to Facebook's CS department, copied to Legal, saying:

You have stated that you wish to use my likeness in commercial content that will earn you revenue. If you wish to do so, my standard rate is $10 per view of said likeness. You may not use my likeness without compensation to me. By using my likeness you agree to pay my standard rate for each view. If you do not wish to pay, you must refrain from using my likeness. By using my likeness you agree that the terms of this agreement and the rates stated therein apply to you, that you will pay them, that this agreement supersedes any and all prior agreements and that no future agreements may supersede this agreement without an express agreement in writing between myself and Facebook.

Comment Re:Where is the innovation? (Score 1) 179

Punching holes in NAT is a fucking nightmare

I thought it was just a case of getting both parties to attempt to send packets to each other on an agreed UDP port - that's how I thought Skype did it anyway.

Depends on the NAT. There is absolutely no guarantee that the NAT won't alter your source port (which means the traffic from the other end that is directed at that port won't get to you). This stuff isn't too bad if one end is behind a NAT, but it becomes unreliable once you have both ends behind a NAT because there's just no way to guarantee the NAT will behave how you need it to behave.

Comment Re:Amazing idea (Score 2, Interesting) 732

What kind of grade A moron would make a car brake to match a speed limit? It'll just turn the engine off to slowly reduce speed.

The same grade-A idiots that make you brake by reducing the speed limit too sharply to meet by engine braking alone and then whacks a speed camera in to catch anyone who didn't slam on the brakes.

An example I drive with reasonable frequency - the variable speed limit on the west-bound M4 near Newport, Wales. When they decide to reduce the limit to 50, the first 50 sign you see is too close to slow from 70 before passing it without braking. And every other gantry has a set of speed cameras in it, so you've basically got to hit the brakes on a motorway to avoid getting a NIP. This could be easilly solved by making the first sign a 60, and the next one a 50 to give you plenty of slowing down time.

Comment Re:Three reasons why this won't work (Score 1) 732

1. Cars will fail to read the road signs correctly
2. Someone will hack the road signs, leading to mayhem
3. Only a certain percentage of road fatalities are caused by people exceeding the listed speed limit

Why not fit cars with a voluntary limiter that users can enable themselves?

4. Automating all this stuff probably makes drivers less aware, which in itself may be bad for safety.

Also, the speed limits are frequently completely nonsensical - there are a number of roads I drive down with 30mph limits, which have "traffic calming" that would likely destroy your car if you did more than 10mph. In these situations, speed limits seem to serve no purpose - they used to tell you how fast you could safely drive in good conditions, but these days they are frequently intentionally making it dangerous to go anywhere near the speed limit...

Comment Re:Human Arrogance (Score 1) 111

I'm not clear here. Are you actually asserting that human activity cannot have an effect on the climate, or more specifically the weather? I just want to get clear what you're claim is, because, on the face of it, what you just wrote is completely false. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that you're just ignorant, because the alternative is that you are immoral.

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