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Comment Idea already implemented, already failed (Score 4, Informative) 525

Perhaps the Peter principle applies to bad ideas, as well as people. Perhaps a 'headphone-ports considered harmful' meme has arisen to its level of incompetence within Motorola. And it attempts to propagate itself every decade or so...

In 2006, I remember being bugged that my Motorola SLVR required a special USB headphone jack. Plus, you couldn't charge the phone and use the headset at the same time (say, for listening to music). Other people thought so too... from this phone's top rated Amazon review :
"CONS... No dedicated headphone jack ( form over function compromise)"

So the idea failed and Moto went back to headphone jacks.

Now its 2016. Bluetooth and Apple seem to have encouraged this meme to reemerge at Motorola. So we now have ... the Moto Z Force, with its innovative USB headphone port. And it appears you cannot charge the phone and use the headset at the same time. .

Submission + - 60 people killed and many more injured in terrorist attack in Nice, France (

An anonymous reader writes: A truck slowly drove towards a crowd, accelerated and then hit people on the famous Promenade des Anglais shortly after celebratory fireworks had ended. July 14th is a national holiday in remembrance of the attack on the Bastille which started the French Revolution. The truck reportedly drove more than a mile before the driver was shot and the truck stopped.

Comment Hmmm... society by design? (Score 1) 354

This happened with Independence Day 2 as well.

"We have a gay couple in the film. We don't make a big deal out of it. You start small and then you get bigger and bigger and bigger, and one day you have a gay character as the lead and nobody will wonder at it no more."
-- Roland Emmerich, speaking of Independence Day 2.

So we have the director gently ushering society 'towards the light' -- some ideal that he has in mind. Great!

ID4 (the first film) had 2 writers: Dean Devlin, and Roland Emmerich (in that order). The second film has 4-5 writers, with Roland Emmerich credited as lead.

Roland, stick to your day job.

Comment Hey, you can do this too (Score 4, Interesting) 102

1. Your main computer (call it 'right brain') automatically takes a 'VM snapshot' of itself at a point in time.
2. Another computer ('left brain') inspects the VM to check if data files are still accessible
3. If not, left brain 'diffs' the VM with previous 'known-good' VMs to find the source of the problem
4. Swap VMs
5. profit!

Comment Untrue (Score 5, Informative) 765

No. There Is No Effective Fiduciary Duty to Maximize Profits

I realise what you are saying is effectively believed to be true by millions, but its little more than a cultural myth. I'm writing in the hope people starting new companies don't behave in the crass manner you describe.

Comment Why the shyness to look inward Tesla? (Score 2) 392

They also said Autopilot "is an assist feature that requires you to keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times."

With outward sensors almost capable of highway driving (almost, but not quite), you'd think inward-facing sensors (that ensure the driver's attention is on the road) would be a piece of cake for Tesla.

But no. Instead, Telsa 'requires' something, and simultaneously makes it trivial to ignore that requirement. Tesla must enforcing inward looking sensors. With power comes accountability.

Unless, in some weird way, avoiding the 'look in' is a hallmark of Tesla's culture.

Comment Telsa: monitor the driver, not just the road (Score 1) 440

This comment says it like it is - the Tesla autopilot lulls the driver enough that when he must intervene, he is unprepared (And intervene he must -- the Tesla autopilot does not use LIDARs, as Google's cars do. Musk pooh-poohed that approach as unnecessary and went with a cheaper camera and computer vision based approach.).

  I hope he reverses course. Tesla needs inward-facing tech - cameras and FLIR sensors, gaze detection algorithms, steering-wheel grip sensors - to ensure the driver is 'driving'.

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