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Comment Re:Poor example (Score 5, Interesting) 451

As it turns out, we do. A Google Self Driving Car and a cyclist on a fixed gear bike met at a 4-way stop. The cyclist was doing a track stand (staying upright on the peddles, sometimes peddling backwards and forwards a small ammount) instead of balancing on a foot. This caused the Google car to think the cyclist was going to enter the intersection after the car had started moving, causing it to stop and "wait" for the cyclist, which by this point had "stopped", which the car took to mean that he (the cyclist) was waiting for the car to go (which was actually the case), and so the car would start moving again until the cyclist started his next forward motion to balance himself.

Comment Re:Another piece of software to uninstall (Score 1) 275

What part of "I've been using Transmission" do you not understand? Seriously, ActiveX errors should have been the first and only red flag for any techie. I'm fine with simple gif, jgp, and png based ads, but since ActiveX has access to so much stuff it was easily crossing the line. Ads themselves were never really the issue. Ads that could potentially leak sensitive information were.

The only reason that this is a story is because there are still a large number of people using uTorrent. That group shouldn't include readers of Slashdot. If you're reading this, and you were using it until you read this story (and especially if you're still using it), you're doing it wrong.

Comment Re:Another piece of software to uninstall (Score 2) 275

No, the time to abandon uTorrent was when they started showing ActiveX ads. That was a while ago. I've been using Transmission running on my DroboFS ever since (which considering that was where most of my downloads were going in the first place ended up simplifying things).

uTorrent is just the latest piece of software that started off pretty awesome, and was ruined by greed.

Comment Re:And... (Score 1) 720

This. The only good reason for your main computer to be in the living room is if all the bedrooms in your dwelling are routinely occupied by people sleeping. I doubt this is the case for OP since it's obvious the OP and his wife are living in a house (which they apparently own).

Comment Pleasantly surprised (Score 1) 296

Although I'm not sure which is more surprising: the fact that this was written by a member of the government (or at least an aide to such a member), the fact that it came from the Republicans, or the fact that the chair of the committee that drafted it is basically completely opposite to me, politically. With any luck, at least some others will look at it and take it seriously.

Comment Re:War of 1812 is an odd example (Score 1) 248

Took the words right out of my mouth. I would be very surprised if view counts didn't return to say 2010 levels in several months, after the recognition of this historical event subsides. A more appropriate candidate may have been the US War for Independence or the Boer Wars, as it isn't an important anniversary year for either.

Comment Re:Checkout PostGIS (Score 1) 316

I'm with ^. We use Postgres in association with dynamic location data and haven't had any major issues. We haven't integrated PostGIS, but have definitely contemplated it, as it would make many of our queries an order of magnitude easier to write and (at least from what I hear) wouldn't compromise on speed when post query filtering is also accounted for. The only reason we haven't done it is that we haven't had the time and budget to make sure it was bullet proof, and we've been able to make do without the finer control offered by PostGIS. I believe another project in my office has been using PostGIS, and as far as I can tell, it's been paying off for them. While we're generally happy with a flat earth NW to SE bounding box, this other project needs much finer control for determining if a point is within an area.

Comment Old age (Score 1) 317

The only computer I can really say I've lost was an Intel P4 from when I started University. One Thanksgiving after graduating, the fan on the Radeon 9800 went, causing the card to overheat and fail, taking the motherboard with it. She was a good little secondary machine, filling the roles of mythbuntu machine and server machine well while she was alive.

Comment Wind and rain, but not worried (Score 1) 147

The projected track puts Irene about 500km (300 miles) to the northwest of me, so I'll get lots of wind, lots of rain, but no serious storm surge here. Also, it'll have been downgraded to below hurricane strength half a day to a day before it hits here. The worst that'll happen here is loss of power or water coming in through my crappy window sills.

Comment Re:Restricted doesn't mean anything (Score 1) 187

What should be done and what is done are two completely different things. The only real requirements for storing Restricted documents is that they be stored in "secured areas". I work for a defence contractor. If I have physical possession of Restricted documents (I don't, and I rarely would), I would only need to place them in my desk drawer at the end of the day since the office meets the requirements to store material that's classified higher than that. They don't need to be in a safe, or even in a locked filing cabinet. Consider that (at least in Canada), an Access to Information request can get you many restricted documents (albeit usually with an attached NDA), and you see that Restricted documents aren't all that special.

Comment Re:Island only accessible by boat.. (Score 1) 270

Actually, my cell coverage is pretty darn good, for someone "out east". It's piss poor inside my office, but that's to be expected. Otherwise, I have a full 3G connection between where I live, and where I spend my weekends in the summer weekends several hours away. Okay, that's a bit of a lie, as the 3G will sometimes drop out on the road, but I can't complain about the coverage here.

Comment Back in 2022? (Score 1) 183

How about we wait to calculate the next closest approach until after it's left Earth's gravity well. I know our understanding of spatial dynamics is pretty much complete (between Newton and Kepler, we have almost all the knowledge we need), but we've only known about this thing for, what, 3 days? Also, there's the whole "Orbital predictions indicate that its flight path will be significantly altered by this close approach" thing, which tells me we aren't 100% sure which way this thing will be leaving our neighbourhood. I don't want to be thinking that we won't be seeing this thing until 2022 when it comes a knocking in 2020.

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