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Comment Re:The problem is depth perception (Score 1) 45

Not just that, the data from radar or lidar is rather different from visual information. But if they are going to train cars just on what they can see with a single cam, I have a way more fertile training ground for self driving cars: Russian dash cam vids on Youtube. Endless dangerous situations and vehicular asshattery to hone AI driver skills on.

Comment Re:Potential to be quite the powerful lawsuit! (Score 1) 76

Only if he actually wrote down the purchase history. At a glance there is no difference between remembering such data and storing it on paper or electronically, but in practice there's a reasonable limit on what a clerk can remember... and shoppers would be suitably freaked out by a clerk who has perfect recall of each customer's history; it's probably not going to be a big selling point for the store. Another difference is that the clerk's memory cannot be mined or stolen.

But I am sure some legal eagle can come up with a much better demarcation. No need to quibble over semantics.

Comment Re:Potential to be quite the powerful lawsuit! (Score 4, Insightful) 76

Time for a complete ban on collecting information about minors and targeting them with marketing, a complete across the board ban.

How about it's time for a complete ban on collecting information about anyone without consent. Make it opt-in. If targeted ads are better and really lead to "an enriched and engaging experience that customers will enjoy interacting with", as all privacy-averse marketing drones claim, then people will opt-in en masse in order not to be stuck with the boring old untargeted ads.

Comment Re:That's going to be tought to prosecute (Score 1) 352

I don't know the particulars of applicable US law, but it doesn't seem unreasonable to be punished for knowingly spreading classified materials. If you don't have a security clearance, didn't sign an NDA, and wasn't sworn to secrecy, there's probably still some articles that apply. A quick google turns up 18 U.S. Code 798

Comment Re:Do we really need sandwich police? (Score 1) 285

It's a sandwich, not a nuclear reactor. If you like the way it tastes, great.

Adding ethylene glycol to white wine improves its taste, but I doubt that you really want to drink it.

If adding antifreeze to your wine improves its taste, you should maybe consider changing your brand of wine.

Comment Re:Irrelevant Studies (Score 1) 285

If the studies are correct, you can't sue a news reporter for reporting factually correct news.

In America, truth is an absolute defense against libel. In the UK it is not, and you can be found guilty if someone's feelings were hurt. I don't know about Canada.

This is nonsense.

The problem with UK libel law is that truth is a defence, but the burden of proof is on the defendant.

Comment Re:Economics is hard (Score 1) 167

I'm well aware of the overheads, and see this from both sides. For us, procurement rules make it trivial to spend £3000 on a laptop that we'll replace after 2-3 years, but almost impossible to spend £1000 on a chair that comes with a 15 year warranty and is likely to reduce absences due to back pain by a month over its lifetime.

Comment Re:Of all the problems that needed $9 million... (Score 2) 167

That's one of the nice things about Kickstarter: you can pitch your idea and gauge the market before spending or raising a dime, but those who say they'll buy it if you build it will have to put their money where their mouth is. And apparently thousands of backers did think having a lot of cards was a problem worth solving. Ages ago I too had a thought that it would be nice if I could clone all my cards onto a single one, but over here things have been moved to chip & pin for years now.

Comment Re:It happens (Score 2) 167

It's not always the unknowns and setbacks in turning new hardware into a product that trip up these projects, often it simply comes down to inexperience with the process. Time, effort and cost to go to manufacturing are underestimated, and sometimes entire steps are missed. "It costs how much to have an injection mould made?". "Oh right, we need FCC, EC and GOST certification to sell in these markets... how do we get these?" Even making a simple product like the Plinth turned out to be a struggle (the guy posted every single bit of progress (or setback) back when this was a kickstarter project).

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