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Comment Re:Well... (Score 2) 218

Statistically insignificant. Tesla stats will only matter when tens of thousands, if not millions, of trips have been made under autopilot.

The problem with waiting around for better data is that you're asking consumers to be the guinea pigs for an untested and potentially dangerous device. Through their overreaching marketing, and their lack of transparency, most would not trust Tesla with their life, and those that do, do so at their peril. A safer (albeit slower) approach would be for Tesla to demonstrate safety through public testing data.

Comment Book Scanning (Score 1) 92

One of the major potential uses for this technology is the ability to scan and OCR books. The current process requires either cutting the binding and then scanning each page one by one, or using error prone page flipping machines. Both are slow and expensive to operate. With this tech, one could conceivably take a single 3D image, and capture all of the pages in the book without ever opening it.

Comment Re:My first criterion for a cloud provider: (Score 1) 59

Does the cloud provider have IPv6 support? If not, I look elsewhere. Not necessarily because I need IPv6 support now, but because i don't want to be using a cloud that is transitioning to supporting IPv6. That has the possibility of being very disruptive.

There are so many factors in determining a cloud provider, solely choosing one based on IPv6 is silly. Who cares if it'll be disruptive in the future if you can't get to where you want at all.

Submission + - Proposed "Startup Visa" to Allow Entrepreneurs to Stay in US for 5 Years (

speedplane writes: New York Times reports that the Department of Homeland Security has proposed a new visa that would would permit startup entrepreneurs to stay in the U.S. for up to five years. The new regulation requires entrepreneurs to have a 15% stake in a company founded in the last 3 years and at least $345k investment from an established U.S. investor (so your rich uncle can't just buy you a visa). While clearly targeted towards the tech industry, the proposed regulation is not limited to tech. The regulation also does not require congressional approval, so after a 45 day comment period, this piece of immigration policy is expected to be implemented.

Comment Re:Off the rails (Score 2) 321

here is the rub: Hollywood depiction of women is, in the aggregate, whatever the fuck the movie watching wants it be

Not at all, you're greatly underestimating the influence of the major movie studios. Americans fork out their $12 tickets and watch pretty much whatever Hollywood shoves down their throat. Assuming Hollywood creates movies based on a democratic and unbiased worldview of the aggregate U.S. viewing public is incredibly naive.

Comment Re:Peter Thiel didn't bankrupt Gawker (Score 1) 242

Gawker's behavior bankrupted Gawker, end of story. Peter Thiel picked up the legal bills so that the person they wronged could afford to sue them.

This is only one of the cases we've heard about. I would not be surprised if Thiel picked up legal bills for every lawsuit against Gawker. Put together, it's a full-on campaign to use the legal system to destroy a company for a personal vendetta. If Thiel didn't like Gawker, he should have sued them.

Comment Re:Big surprise some jackhole Silicon Valley (Score 1) 242

startup wanted to cash in on this. Lawsuits as a Service! Can't wait until this extends to software patent litigation.

This idea is nothing new, and in fact, there are many companies out there that are already doing the same for patent litigation. Patent litigation was really where litigation funding hit the mainstream. This is a neat company, but the ideas and tech are all old.

Comment Ups and Downs (Score 3, Interesting) 102

This list is interesting, but hardly anything new. I'd like to see a list of tech millionaires and billionaires that lost the most amount of money. That is, take their peak net worth and subtract their current net worth, and rank the decline. I'm sure Elizabeth Holmes would make that list.

Comment Another Case of Palsgraf (Score 4, Informative) 140

I skimmed the full opinion, but a 1928 case is instructive. In the 1928 case of Palsgraf v. LIRR a women in a train station was injured when another passenger dropped a box of fireworks that caused some heavy equipment to fall on the women. The women sued the railroad company (as they likely had deeper pockets than the person dropping the fireworks). The court found that the rail road was too far removed from the events that occurred to find them liable. Here too, Twitter is too far removed from the actions of terrorists to find them liable.

This is a pretty interesting example of classic legal concepts being applied to new technology. Anyone who says that the law is outmoded or needs to catch up, only needs to read this opinion.

Comment Re:H.265 (or HEVC) (Score 1) 204

You're wrong about H.265. It offers massive compression improvements but also requires massively greater processing power to play back.

I've heard that on real-world cases, you typically see a 20-30% improvement. That's laudable and will certainly reduce YouTube's bandwidth bill, but hardly groundbreaking. It doesn't seem to be significant enough to enable new use-cases. And given the increased playback requirements, it may actually be a step backwards on mobile devices.

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