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Comment One big screen , 1PC + RPi's (Score 1) 197

Check out:


Seriously, one PC for the horsepower then just networked rpi's to create 1 giant screen. who needs KVM when it's just one screen?
depending on the screens you choose the rpi's can easily mount to the back of the monitor, get power from the screen's USB port if it has it, hdmi to the output and the only "wire" you have to manage is the screen power and 1 network cable. Seems simple and scalable.

Comment "It has to be perfect before it'll work" (Score 2) 258

"A truly intelligent self-driving car needs artificial intelligence that can figure out where it is even if it has no map or GPS, and manage to navigate highways and follow routes even if there are diversions or changing in lane markings, he said." - from tfa

Frakly this is BS... I drive a large portion of my day for work (not a trucker, IT guy going to clients.) I run into "diversions or chaning in lane markings" and have to stop and think about what to do at times too! Why should an AI have to understand the intentions of a road worker/civil engineer better than we do before it can be accepted as intelligent?

" that can figure out where it is even if it has no map or GPS" ... OK, I'm going to drop you off in the middle of Kentucky mountain area with no GPS and no map, leave you stranded with noone to talk to and you should just magically know where you are.... sorry but NO. Unless I had been there before (i.e. prior knowledge or.... mapping) I will have no clue where I am and will have to basically start driving in one direction (which these cars can do) until I figure out where I am.

I know the media hype's this up, but he's going the other way and just being all doom and gloom.

Comment Re:How is this legal? (Score 1) 256

OK, There are many of us american's that feel that way!

The problem is finding out who is ACTUALLY running the smear campaign. 90% of the time the money is filtered through 3rd 4th 5th parties that hide the true originator.

In this case, it's a smear campaign that is designed to look like it's truth coming from the news. Thank god this generation doesn't blindly trust the news media anymore.... I hope.

Comment Re:Investigating if laws were broken (Score 2) 312

That is a great point! My beliefs on the quality of a law are as simple as this:

Laws that are there to prevent the abuse of something (gun, knife, rock) are good.

Laws that are there to prevent the potential for abuse of something (see examples above) are bad and impose on the freedom of citizens.

This is clearly someone that is not abusing anything. The potential for abuse is high, yes I give you that, but the potential for abuse of a steak knife is high too.

Comment Wow... Definitely not hunters (Score 3, Interesting) 333

So I can say that without any stimulation I can sit for about a day and a half without any real problem. I get along with me just fine.

I know this rather well due to hunting deer in Wisconsin. Yes, you sit there for a little over a week with very limited interaction. You can't make noise, you can't move too much. It's you and nature. Yes it is a type of meditation when you are not seeing any deer. For me this is what happens:
First half a day: I have tons of things to think about. Little niggling problems that I haven't had the time to sit and think about. Typically things like how can I best fix this at the house, what would the optimal method of doing this in this program be.

Second half of the day: Things quiet down a bit start thinking about the Wife, kids, finances... Figuring out what to do when this one or that one does something, how to best react...etc.

Day 2 first half: Hey look... nature... that tree is kinda neat... I wonder why it grew that way...

Day2 second half: Ok, ummmm what now.... kinda bored... what time is it... oh, two minutes since I last checked.

Day 3+: Find things to be interested in... a single squirrel or bird can be hours of entertainment and the highlight of your day.

6-15 minutes!?!? Man, I haven't even finished thinking about that hot girl I saw on the way in! lol

Comment This will change shipping forever (Score 1) 287

When true autonomous vehicles emerge (as in no-driver needed) I think the shipping companies are going to change in a big way.

So step 1, fully autonomous vehicles are very possible. If the vehicle gets in trouble it can "call" to say "hey, I'm stuck for whatever reason at GPS coords X" and I'm pretty sure this will be VERY rare.

Step 2, They will need to be able to automatically fuel themselves. This has basically already been solved. There won't need to be a station on every corner though, it will go and get fuel (of whatever type) by itself when you are not using it.

The shipping companies will completely change. When I can "send" a vehicle to a specific address without a driver, and I really don't care how long that vehicle stays there (I'm not paying it hourly.) And that vehicle can call a customer to say "I'm in your driveway, come get your package." Well, that changes things big time. In fact, lets say I run "Big Company X" I can offer Express shipping where I plop the package in my own vehicle as soon as the order is processed and it immediately drives out to your place.

Public safety will change big time. Fire: the firemen hop in the truck if they are at the firehouse. If they are not, they go directly to the fire, the truck(s) meet them there. Ambulances the same thing. Oh, you have a second hurt person that we didn't know about, another ambulance fires up immediately and makes it's way to you. Police could send autonomous vehicles on patrol that use video and audio sensors to "detect" disturbances (gunshots, domestics, grass that is too long ;) ) The nice part of this is that they can send these vehicles into areas that are hard to normally patrol. (I live within a couple hours of a very large city, so yes there are plenty of areas like that.)

And these are the things I can think of in just a few minutes. Like someone said, we are only scratching the surface of how this will change society. Like the internet, this can completely change a large portion of society.

Comment Re:Watching Gurus? (Score 2) 162

I have to say that quite a few people would call me a guru, I work on a command line most of the day. I have to say that I kinda like this site. (I know it's unpopular on slashdot to actually like someone else's effort but I do.)

I have to agree on the points that the submitter's type rather slow (watched quite a few tutorials ... some on things i know about, others I didn't.)
However I have to say that if you do not already know what to do, the speed is reasonable.

Unix is a very large beast, there are always new more elegant solutions problems. Much like the world of math. I think this site could work well for people of quite a few skill levels. After using unix for over 20 years everyday I still find that I'll learn a new command or pattern every couple months that adds to my toolkit. If this site adds to peoples toolkits, I'd say it's a plus.

Comment Re:Linux Version (Score 4, Interesting) 153

you may laugh, but it is BECAUSE of the linux version that I and my entire family use skype.

The reason, it's simple. 3 of the 6 family members use either linux or mac.

What that means is 3 platforms all able to video chat. We don't care about versions or the "latest" features. If linux or mac support is dropped, we'll have to find something different. Video support just works on all the platforms with skype.

Comment It's not making money (Score 2) 367

"the commission estimates that the program costs between $4 million and $5 million each year while bringing in only about $3.5 million annually."

So it's not making money. Surprising and rare (since red light cameras are generally a cash-cow), but I'd guess that's the main reason to kill it. If it were making $10 a year I bet they'd keep it going.

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