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Comment Re:Good job guys! (Score 1) 132

While Firefox is not exactly super crash-prone, I noticed over the last 2-3 years that it has a nasty habit of gobbling up memory. When I run my machine non-stop over the weekend, it is totally normal for it to eventually reach about 1.5 GB of memory usage (no matter how many tabs I have open at that point) and then strange things happen - like graphics not loading correctly, GUI elements not showing up anymore, web pages freezing etc. So I can totally understand it if people who use Firefox more than me, e.g. at work, have problems at least once a day. It is simply not stable under heavy usage.

Comment TI-99/4A (Score 1) 857

A TI-99/4A which was given to me by my uncle, with a tape deck for saving stuff. Got a bit annoyed because I was the only one around with such a system, so half a year later, I convinced my parents to buy me a C64 for christmas. After that one, Amiga 500, then Amiga 2000, then a 386DX-33 (around 1990). After that (and gathering some experience upgrading the machine), I built my own systems.

Comment Re:Appeal (Score 2) 215

Fuck taxi companies

This Uber hatred is astonishing. They had a great idea and it's spread across the world quickly and rewritten the rules of getting from a to b.

What "great idea"? Ordering a cab, getting into the cab, getting from A to B and then paying? I think that idea was around already before Uber and I think people called it a "taxi".

Comment Re:Uber? (Score 2) 641

It's a misunderstanding of the units used. In Germany, we measure blood alcohol in "per mille": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

So it is normal here to hear something like "he had 0.5 blood alcohol" and everybody knows that this means a slight buzz, because it is "per mille", so the 0.21 (without units) mentioned in the article - to a German - sounds like "she had one beer", when instead it is equivalent to a German 2.1 per mille, which is more like "it's a wonder she was even conscious".

Comment Re: Good idea, bad name (Score 1) 167

Yes, every word has its origin:

auto = word-forming element meaning "self, one's own, by oneself," from Greek auto- "self, one's own,"

pilot = "one who steers a ship," from Middle French pillote (16c.)

so, "autopilot" = "a device which steers a ship/car on its own". So I'd guess that anybody who knows what "auto/automatic" and "pilot" means but who is NOT a trained pilot and does not know precisely what the autopilot on a plane can and cannot do would immediately guess that a Tesla autopilot CAN steer the car fully on its own.

(btw, as for the plane autopilot - there are enough news stories and videos out there about how modern autopilots can even start and land a plane fully automatically, so why would people NOT think that it can do everything in between fully automatically, too? https://www.youtube.com/watch?... )

Comment Re:Bad Idea, but that's what Germany is up to now. (Score 1) 65

The correct way to do this is with a heads-up display. Projecting images on the road will have all sorts of unintended consequences,
including but not limited to distracting the drivers of oncoming cars ( those people who are so inconsiderately sharing the road
you imagine you "own" ).

While the road projection seems like a dumb idea, some of the other features of these smart lights as shown on their site actually sound really useful, such as intelligently not blinding oncoming traffic by blocking your headlights from projecting light at their faces while still lighting up the rest of the road in front of you.

But that part is not really new, something like that is already in production on many current cars. For example, my VW Golf has "dynamic light assist", which is exactly like that "no blinding" function - the main beam can be left on all the time, and when oncoming traffic is detected via a camera, the main beam is partially masked to avoid blinding: http://en.volkswagen.com/en/in...

Comment Re:Typical Elon Musk bait and switch (Score 2) 174

... according to US tests. In European tests, the Tesla Model S is just a standard car. Here are the Euro NCAP best cars of each class: http://www.euroncap.com/de/bew...

For comparison, here are the numbers for the Model S: http://www.euroncap.com/de/res... and here are the numbers for e.g. a Volvo XC90. http://www.euroncap.com/de/res...

Just look at the numbers, e.g. "safety equipment" Volvo 100% to Tesla 71% or "adult passenger safery" Volvo 97% to Tesla 82%. "Safest car in the history of cars" my ass.

Comment Re:self-driving or assisted driving ? (Score 1) 186

It will still be years before any driverless car (note that lvl 5 autonomous driving means "no driver needed", i.e. stuff like "summoning your empty car to wherever you are right now") can handle a situation like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?... - this is not just about detecting lanes and checking GPS data, the car would need to actually detect that there is a traffic cop actively regulating the traffic and then understand hand signs. Since it would be a bit silly to expect the car to be able to do that, we would need a completely new traffic control infrastructure (i.e. transmitters everywhere - and I mean everywhere, even non main roads) to send information to and from autonomous cars. Or what if this happens and the map data has not been updated yet, will all autonomous cars then drive right into whatever danger lies ahead? http://i.istockimg.com/file_th...

Comment Re:Elon Musk reaction (Score 1) 108

Yup, it shows that Elon Musk apparently is not aware that that "Auto" in "Autobahn" does not mean the same as the "auto" in "autopilot" (German "Auto"="automobile" vs. "auto" as in "automatic"). Just because a word uses the same letters does not mean that, in two different contexts, it means the same thing.

Comment Re:Don't buy a Mac for Specs. (Score 1) 472

I'd hardly call Retina Display merely a cosmetic difference.

I'm not defending the use of old CPU, but the display is a far bigger deal for me.

Well, it's not as if a Retina display is at the forefront of technology these days, either. In the Mac notebook price range, most other manufacturers ship higher resolution displays. Many people just think that "Retina" = "best display on the market", when every standard 3200x1800 notebook display actually beats it in resolution (15" retina=2880x1800, 13" retina=2560x1600).

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