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Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 352

One of the problems with actually doing rather than saying is that reality makes things complicated. How does it "sense" you're done with it? What if someone's using it to heat something and it needs to remain on and immobile? Unless you could make it telepathic, having it ask you if you're done seems like a great way for it to find out.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 352

I haven't heard of internet connected irons...

Actually, there's a use case to be made there. You're driving in to work and you get a text that your iron has been on for 45 minutes and would you like it turned off?
Sort of related: NEVER wash your fiberglass embedded ironing board cover with your underwear. You will rue the day.


Cadillac's Hands-Free Driving Option Also Nags Inattentive Drivers ( 68

Using LIDAR sensors, Cadillac mapped 160,000 miles of U.S. highways "within five centimeters of accuracy" to give its hands-free-on-the-highway cars the ability to better anticipate the roads ahead -- and to know when a human driver should take over. An anonymous reader writes: "The car can see farther than the sensors on the car with the map..." says the chief engineer for Cadillac's new "Super Cruise" hands-free driving option for highways, "so if we have a sharp curve, we can anticipate that." The system also gives Cadillac's vehicles a safety check not available to Tesla, which can't stop drivers from using Tesla's semi-autonomous Autopilot even when they're not on a highway. "We know where the car is because of the LIDAR map and the other data in the car," says a product communications manager at Cadillac. "Therefore we have the ability to geofence it."

In addition, The Verge reports that if drivers look away for more than 30 seconds, "the car will know thanks to an infrared camera attached to the top of the steering column. Eyes closed? The car will know and start a sequence of alerts to get the driver's focus back on the road. It can even see through UV-blocking sunglasses." While the camera doesn't record or store data, it will flash a strip of red LED lights embedded in the top of the steering wheel "if the driver is caught not paying attention."

Cadillac plans to create and transmit an updated map every year, and will also regularly update its map by "constantly" checking the database from the Transportation Department, and deploying own trucks to draw new maps of construction areas.

Comment Re:I would read the Qur'an (Score 1) 259

So why the downmod? Did the AC have wrongthink about the religion or is the Koran not a book?
If you wanted to know more about a religion and that religion is based on a book, reading that book seems like an excellent place to start.
I'd go even farther.
Read the Bible! Witches, talking donkeys, genocide, slaves (how to buy and acceptable beating of), rape (how to do it right), gods, devils, angels and one zombie. It also tells you things like how it's bad to murder and steal, in case you haven's already worked that out for yourself.

Comment Re:Source of the data? (Score 2) 356

So GWXerog posts some verifiable facts going back to the source material, and your argument is that these facts should be disregarded because GWXerog appears to be a man who has views on feminism different from yours. Can you get past your bias enough to realize what a weak argument this is?

Comment Re: IOT good. IOT + forced shit BAD! (Score 1) 421

I really don't understand all the hate if the devices aren't talking to a corporate server.

Unfortunately, that's how they monetize the "service". The app on your phone connects to the same server as your thermostat and you pay for that. Surely they won't create another revenue stream by tracking the use of your devices, that wouldn't be nice, would it? What happens to your hardware when they go belly up? Are you certain there are no security issues that could give someone control of your stuff? Maybe just watch when you turn on your lights and turn up the heat, thus knowing when you are home?
Think it through man!

Comment Re:Potential Damages? (Score 1) 318

At which point you have to consider the value of the missile vs. the value of the material...

The problem, he said, wasn't effectiveness... the issue is economics.

Let's posit that the "ally" doesn't care how much the missile cost to make because they didn't pay for it. Its cost at that point is very low (it still has to be manned and maintained). From the allies' perspective then, they are comparing that low cost (and maybe opportunity cost) to the value of taking out the drone.
Sometimes things get much simpler if you just don't give a shit.

Comment Re:Yeah... (Score -1, Troll) 374

No, you post is just bland stupidity.

At least I made an argument. Your. You're welcome.

It's not enough to invoke hugely strong emotions.

I'm not trying to start shit, just express my opinion.

The best you'll get is a very mildly despairing (sic) sigh...

Stricken to the quick, I am! That was sarcasm, I'm not really upset. Also, it appears I offended you enough you made a response telling me how inoffensive my post was. You just couldn't resist, could you? In a very small way, I'm going to call that a win.

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