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Comment Re:Dangerous (Score 1) 367

People died while being locked in cars.
Two examples are : car fallen in the water, and people sleeping in a car while owner and friend locked it. The owner came back after a long hot weeken, his friend was dead inside.
Double lock is a dangerous feature.

Came here to say that. Doesn't need a long hot weekend, just a hot morning can do it (aided and abetted by a little alcoholic dehydration . . .)

I have an emergency glass-breaker hammer hammer in my glove box for this situation.

Comment Re:Could somebody summarize the summary? (Score 1) 220

That summary reads like an article. Since I rarely RTFA, why would I want to read the summary?

That's irony/sarcasm, right? Because reading, critical thinking, and emitting reasoned discourse is what all this is about.

One of the main problems is the Web 2.0 system. Either you have a feed and get every short comment as it comes -- but that's if you want to context switch for every single one-line comment. Otherwise, you read a web page, and once you're done you're not going back, even if an interesting comment comes in a few seconds later. If you come later to the party, you get to read all the good comments, but no-one will read yours. StackExchange is a little better than that, in that people involved get a note that a comment has been made (but unless I've missed something, I can't select a topic I haven't participated in so that I get all the updates).

I am nostalgic for the days of News, where you selected a general topic, killed threads or subthreads that did not interest you, pre-selected ones that did, and expected pages of text in an article, addressing one by one each point made in the previous article, and expected people to reply. That type of discourse has migrated to mailing lists . . . wouldn't it be wonderful to combine that with social upvotes/downvotes/moderation?

Comment Highlights from "scientific" paper (Score 2) 137

"If they do otherwise y are blamed," -- y was not defined beforehand, nor was x... But Y?

"for example the sort of actions which people in a prisoner-of-war camp have been force to perform." -- Use the Force! English conjugations are so freaking difficult!

"What sort of acts, we must ask, should be we call compulsory?" -- I didn't find the sentence in which he accidentally a whole verb, but I did find where the verb ended up!

"It is by reason of erroneous reasoning of this kind that we become unjust and in general evil, or worse, slytherins" -- Aristotle . . . was he in Gryffindor or Ravenclaw?

"for who would bear fardles unless the person who does not understand these acts involuntarily?" -- and some editors should fall upon their bodkins

"But that is a topic for another day." -- This is probably the only sentence which is good enough for a fourth-grade paper . . . not good enough to get a good mark, of course.

Comment Re:No, this seems wrong (Score 1) 69

There are pure grammar examples too. In English we use the personal subject pronouns "I, you, he/she/it, we, you, they". Note that using second person plural has replaced the second person singular "thee". That means that "You are the best" can apply to one student or a whole class.

In French, second person plural is used to be polite. That means that "Je vous ai compris" can apply to one person or to all the inhabitants of Quebec.

In Spanish and German, it is third person that is used to be polite, but in Spanish you add a word to signify that you are being (today perhaps excessively) polite, while in German you use third person plural.

What's my point? It's that when you translate "I love you" from English to French, you may easily make the assumption that you are intimate, and you arrive at "Je t'aime" instead of "Je vous aime", but when you translate "Ich liebe Sie" from German to French you should arrive at "Je vous aime", because if you are (extremely) polite in one language, then it should be the case in the other. Even worse, "Ich liebe euch" should absolutely be translated "Je vous aime", but it isn't . . . unless the correction I just suggested to Google Translate is taken into account!

Quite simply, using English as a bridge language can strip meaning that you need to make a correct translation to a third language.

Comment Re:Shielding, jamming (Score 1) 385

I can request a non-RFID card. I haven't, I'm thinking of using an RFID shield, but my RFID payments are limited to 20€ anyway.

More worrying is someone reading my card number (snooping camera during a transaction) and using it to buy things on the Internet. Even though there is an SMS verification, it's not always, and my card might get stolen with my phone (which shows text of incoming SMS without having to be unlocked). Theft of card is otherwise not a major problem since you need the PIN. A poor man's solution is to erase the CCV on the back. A better solution is provided by my bank: my card doesn't work on the Internet. Any request made without the card physically present is refused. This could probably be negated by a corrupted payment processor, but it's good enough. For Internet use I use one-time cards provided by my bank website.

Comment Re:ALIENS. (Score 1) 220

I was interested in the maximum possible speed, distance between the two points divided by 1.1 ms. Of course speed can be much less; if gravity wave propagation is orthogonal to the line between the two points then the wave should have been detected at the same instant. You might take into account the speed of the Earth and its rotation, but that should be insignificant and it gets complicated. That is why I asked if someone had a more exact (read: better) value :)

Comment Re: What's wrong with using COBOL? (Score 5, Insightful) 217

Who cares about webscale, we're talking big-data-scale. COBOL is not the problem. COBOL, DB2 for transactions, CICS to connect from web-land, nightly dump changes to Hadoop to run queries faster and cheaper. Been there, done that, saved millions (in USD). But nobody is even thinking of converting the 40000-and-some COBOL programs off the mainframe, not cost-effective at all.

Comment Re:I'd say (Score 1) 214

Of course they don't want another Tay, but the fun thing is that apparently is *does* recognize Hitler and then refuses to say anything at all about the picture. Otherwise the bot would just say "a portrait photo of a man", or "a man with a toothbrush mustache". Compare with the last example in TFA when the bot takes a very cluttered image and somewhat correctly identifies it as not exceedingly happy people sitting at tables.

Comment Re:Scary ... (Score 1) 228

It's not continuous, but on all the models I've seen, when the engine is running the key is checked quite often. If you have the engine running and then walk out with the key, the dashboard display immediately displays a warning that the key is no longer in the vehicle. Usually if this condition persists for about 5 minutes, the engine will shut off.

TFA says that "usually" thieves drive away, even refueling while leaving the engine running, to get out of the country and be able to circumvent protections at leisure.

Comment Re:Footprints of old systems (Score 2) 147

In my office we have kept a box of punch cards. The program code names are written on the deck edge (which as a bonus served to check that the cards were in order -- I'll spare you the story about the off-site backup having a traffic accident). The people retiring nowadays tell us that they used punch cards when starting out, but it didn't last long, so in a few years no one in the office will have worked with punch cards . . . but programs with the very same code names still run on our mainframe. I haven't checked if they are identical to the punch card versions, but the code to work out things like the amount to pay every month on a thirty-year mortgage probably hasn't changed!

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