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Comment Re:Huh?!? (Score 1) 85

One common definition that would apply to both cars and planes would probably be "the vehicle has to have at least X seconds unobstructed travel path before it, so that it is save to take the hands of the controls" Then that would also somewhat fit missiles and rockets, although in their case the human intervention is mostly confined to an "abort and self destruct" button.

That way a highway scenario could one day become "hands of wheels" territory, for example when there are autonomous vehicle only lanes.

Comment I just realized the REALLY interesting question. (Score 1) 159

So far a lot of software has been able to claim somewhat confidentially "Compatible with windows 3.11 / 95 / 2000 / XP / 7" and so on.

But now Microsoft is adding new and completely unexpected new subsystems to their OS, without making that in any way "obvious" to the customer (and other software vendors) that there is a big change in the OS that might (and most definitely will) break existing software.

This basically means that most (if not all) third party Window software will become more of a "might or might not work this week" gamble to both the customer and the third party software vendor.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 4, Informative) 675

Seems it's the other way around in Europe. We run a retail with several outlets. When we do "Chip/Mag + Signature" we pay for what fraud we get, when we do "Chip + Pin" the bank is responsible. *But* since Chip+Pin has a "higher transaction cost", we basically do Signature, and only when the fraud happening in that area rises above the cost of the higher pin transaction cost we switch to pin.

( Then again, most of those are direct debit cards which is a whole other beast than the US credit cards )

Comment Re: I'll take the bait (Score 1) 47

Then they have lost it.....

There are of course ways to "store" data so that nobody knows where it is (Freenet for example) but in that scenarios ....

1) you never know when the data will drop out of storage
2) I suspect that when they can't *prove* that the data is out of the jurisdiction, then they will probably go with the last entity "receiving money to store it"

So while it might be a good way for people (and maybe even corporations) to store their *own* data, I don't see how they can make a business model storing other peoples data.

They can of course switch to not offering data storage for specific data, but maybe "1-Terra Freenet nodes", (where the customer running it has no way of knowing what data is stored on his node)

Comment Re:A thoroughly ridiculous concept (Score 1) 103

Once there were high priest, who divined the will of the Gods to the people that sacrificed to them, because the people were told they don't understand the will of the Gods.

Then the people thought "Bullshit, we don't need the gods, we make our own laws!"

Now there are high priest, who divine the will of the Laws to the people that sacrifice to them, because the people are told they don't understand the will of the Laws.

Comment Re:You simply don't have home automation.. (Score 1) 183

Of course you CAN do automation without the internet. You can even do automation without any "real" computers.

Heck, an old friend did some pretty cool stuff in the late 70s basically with electromechanical relays when he completely rewired his flat. Basically all lights, thermostats, radiator valves, electrical sun-blinds, etc... where wired directly into one central cabinet. And instead of normal light switches beside the doors he had 1-3 panels of 12 little sci-fi looking push buttons that even lighted up.

So in the filing cabinet he cold "re-program" each of the little buttons to activate something or other pretty quickly. Add a few timers, and light sensors, and aside from "being controlled it from some place far away" it pretty much did everything all those new-fangled solutions can do.

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