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Comment Re:What's the big problem? (Score 4, Interesting) 675

As a Canadian that recently moved the US, the system here is utterly ridiculous and broken. I never know when I should swipe vs insert the chip, I have never been asked for a pin, sometimes I have to sign and sometimes I don't (there doesn't seem to be a clear limit), and there's no tap-to-pay. It's that last part that was killer; I used tap-to-pay for 90% of purchases in Canada, with chip+pin being the remaining 10% of larger purchases like electronics.

There's also an obsession with literal cash, here. People see it as the default, whereas in Canada, cash tended to be a fall-back for most people.

It's truly bizarre. I find it much more annoying to pay for things here.

Comment Re:Huffman alternative (Score 2) 135

Depending on the cost of extra CPU cycles vs. the cost of reduced storage, and the relative mix of JPEG files vs. other data files, this could save DropBox quite a bit of money.

Better yet, do it in the client at no CPU cycle cost to Dropbox, and also reducing data transport. Dropbox controls the desktop, mobile, and web clients, so this would be easy to do, and could revert to server-side translation from LEP to JPG for e.g. API clients etc.

Comment Teslas are not self-driving cars. (Score 1) 440

Please stop referring to Tesla's autopilot feature as "self-driving". It is not. At best, it is an adaptive cruise control with lane keep assist and some basic collision avoidance capability.

We don't know what the right path to fully autonomous self-driving cars is, but that is almost certainly the long-term solution. I expect the legislative issues to be far more difficult to resolve than the technical ones, and we'll have enough difficulty with it as is; we don't need people muddying the waters by claiming Tesla's autopilot feature is anywhere near an autonomous self-driving vehicle controller.

Comment Re:To put it into perspective (Score 1) 237

Don't forget water; it will be the most valuable space resource for the foreseeable future. You can use it as propellant, you can make rocket fuel out of it, it's necessary for most chemical processes you may wish to setup, you need it to live (if you are sending people), you can use it as a radiation shield, ... it's a pretty amazing resource.

Comment Re:may might predicts (Score 4, Insightful) 655

The problem with parking isn't that there's no parking, it's that there's no parking sufficiently close to where you want to go that you don't mind walking the remaining distance. With self-driving cars that can drop you off then go park themselves, and be summoned when you are ready to leave, this won't be a problem.

Comment Re:Ship landing? (Score 2) 115

Also, a longer term plan is to be able to touch down on land, the sea provides a good environment to practice soft landings because when you fail you are a really long way from any people/infrastructure and because with the motion of the landing ship, once you can reliably do sea landings, surface landings should be relatively easy

That was originally true, but the order kind of ended up getting swapped: SpaceX has already successfully landed a Falcon 9 first stage on land, back at the launch site (different pad, but nearby): https://youtu.be/1B6oiLNyKKI

Comment Re: Code for Encryption Backdoors, obviously. (Score 5, Insightful) 452

So we shouldn't be concerned with sidewalks or pedestrian crossings or bicycle paths. Forget about railroad crossing alarms and barriers. Who cares about how many people die because of drunk drivers? Don't worry about whether or not the doctor has washed his hands. More health practitioners die from hepatitis every year than have ever died of AIDS, so why the sudden rush to use rubber gloves all the time? How many other ways of preventing "insignificant" numbers of deaths can you think of? I mean, we all eventually end up dead from some cause or another, right?

I don't hear any presidential candidates demanding unwarranted access to my private, encrypted information to tackle any of those issues.

Comment Re:Quicker (Score 1) 488

Why does anyone require 'due diligence' and fact-checking against insane violent assholes like these Sunni extremist fuckstains that laughingly call themselves the 'Islamic State'

Well, for a start, to make sure that's who's actually responsible. (Not saying they're not - or that they don't deserve action anyway, but if it weren't them, then another guilty party could be getting away with no action due to a lack of due diligence)

Here is a perfect example: Toronto Games Critic [Veerender Jubbal] Falsely Linked with Paris Attacks .

Comment Re:The fastest unpaced bicycle (Score 2) 21

Just pointing out that the focus of this attempt, and thus the record category, is explicitly the human-powered aspect; they set their sights on the human-powered land speed record because it aligns with their ambitions and mission statement. To them, the speed is really just a metric to measure the efficiency of their design. AeroVelo is all about what we can achieve using the power output of the human body, which is why their world-first human-powered ornithopter and human-powered helicopter were also Big Deals(TM).

Slip-streaming would take away from the human-powered aspect; to them, it's about a lot more than just the speed. That's not to take away from other record categories, which are all impressive in their own right; I'm just trying to explain why AeroVelo targeted this one specifically and why the fact that it is unpaced (and even the very low limits on legal wind) is part of their identity.

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