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Comment Re:Not all wrecks can be avoided (Score 1) 213

I think you're massively over-estimating the capabilities of self-driving cars. I do not mean souls at all, when I say I do not mean souls that means I do not mean souls. You're the one talking about souls, not me. If you look at the definition of aware, it says nothing about souls. I'm not religious and I'm not coming at this from any kind of spiritual angle.

These cars do not have situational awareness, they don't know 1% of what your average adult knows about the world around them and as such can't make the same kind of judgment calls.

Comment Re:Not all wrecks can be avoided (Score 1) 213

No, I'm not talking about souls, I'm talking about the difference between the data the car reads in via video and laser etc and what the car then interprets that data to be. The cars don't have knowledge = they do not have awareness relatively speaking.

And see the definition of aware:

Comment Re:Not all wrecks can be avoided (Score 1) 213

Wrong, a self driving cart is not *aware* of anything at all, it's software doing it's function. There is also a big difference between what a car scans(some might erroneously call this 'aware of') and what the car then recognises. If you watch google car videos, you'll see that what the car actually recognises is simply defined as some moving cubes, some static items etc, sometimes these things are highlighted as being further categorised, sometimes they aren't.

Autonomous vehicles have got a long long way to go before they start recognising what moving objects and stationary objects actually are and whether they might potentially move and what kind of movements they might make.


App That Lets People Make Personalized Emojis Is the Fastest Growing App In Past Two Years ( 36

From a report on Axios: Bitmoji is the fastest-growing app in America, per comScore, with a more than 5000 percent increase in monthly unique visitors over the past two years. E-commerce apps OfferUp and Letgo are the 2nd and 3rd fastest-growing apps. The findings from comScore's latest study highlight three of the fastest-growing mobile market trends:

E-commerce: Letgo (3), OfferUp (2), Flipp (4), Venmo (5) and Wish (7), are facilitating real-world marketplace transactions.

Travel: Uber (6), Waze (8) and Lyft (9) all help users travel from one point to another via auto.

Social connectivity: Tinder (10), Bitmoji (1) and GroupMe (11) all facilitate gatherings and social interaction.
FastCompany wrote a profile of Bitmoji and why so many people seem to be a big fan of it.

Comment Re:The best one... (Score 1) 141

Have you considered that maybe your brain and eyes are damaged or inferior? I put it in that way because you seem to have anger at people who don't get motion sickness from VR and went out of your way to preemptively belittle and insult.

I've had a dozen or so people over to play with my Rift ad Sony VR systems, and only one person indicated discomfort, and that was at the teleport mechanic in a couple of games.

Mostly I find games are substantially more immersive, and the only issue I have is when I run into a real-life obstacle that isn't visible in VR. I have scraped knuckles from smacking into a (very real) wall when trying to pick something up in VR.

Comment Re:A better question (Score 1) 243

I wanted a netbook but ended up with a laptop because no-ones selling good spec netbooks which is odd considering how easy they should be to make now with great screens readily available because of tablets and intel chips with the latest intel hd video is surprisingly good, stick 1 stick of 8gb memory and some ssd on there, could be cheap and awesome but they're just not doing it.


New Bill Would Allow Employers To Demand Genetic Testing From Workers ( 397

capedgirardeau quotes a report from Business Insider: A little-noticed bill moving through the U.S. Congress would allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing or risk paying a penalty of thousands of dollars, and would let employers see that genetic and other health information. Giving employers such power is now prohibited by U.S. law, including the 2008 genetic privacy and nondiscrimination law known as GINA. The new bill gets around that landmark law by stating explicitly that GINA and other protections do not apply when genetic tests are part of a "workplace wellness" program. The bill, HR 1313, was approved by a House committee on Wednesday, with all 22 Republicans supporting it and all 17 Democrats opposed. The 2008 genetic law prohibits a group health plan -- the kind employers have -- from asking, let alone requiring, someone to undergo a genetic test. It also prohibits that specifically for "underwriting purposes," which is where wellness programs come in. "Underwriting purposes" includes basing insurance deductibles, rebates, rewards, or other financial incentives on completing a health risk assessment or health screenings. In addition, any genetic information can be provided to the employer only in a de-identified, aggregated form, rather than in a way that reveals which individual has which genetic profile. There is a big exception, however: As long as employers make providing genetic information "voluntary," they can ask employees for it. Under the House bill, none of the protections for health and genetic information provided by GINA or the disabilities law would apply to workplace wellness programs as long as they complied with the ACA's very limited requirements for the programs. As a result, employers could demand that employees undergo genetic testing and health screenings.

Comment Re:I call bullshit (Score 1) 73

Blockchain size:

Bitcoin isn't popular yet and the blockchain size has already exponentially mushroomed to over 100GB.

Fanboys like to point out that not everyone needs to have a copy of the block-chain, but that completely negates the 'decentralised' part. IE back to square one with banks running it.

Have you got a few peta-bytes of storage handy for when Bitcoin becomes popular?

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