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Comment Re:Abuse? (Score 1) 212

I take a different angle. It's normal that at some point you think you can offer unlimited storage because you have an estimate of what it means in practice. Then if people really start to store huge amounts of data, your estimates were wrong and you change your mind. No big deal.
I take issue though with how this is connected with the current reduction of 15GB to 5GB. 15GB is 4000 times lower than the single problematic instance. It has no relation. Also with a factor 3 you're not going to change your business model in any way. It's a simple optimization. There one would start to think that if you commit to offering 15GB, don't change it shortly after it or whenever you feel like it because then I start to think you're just doing whatever you can get away with.

Comment Re:Autodrive car's may have to be at FAA software (Score 1) 297

I think most car safety devices are smartphone assists: they allow you to spend more time phoning, browsing and texting. For those who want to remain in control it does what it advertises , but many people will use it for its convenience value. That's how it's going to be with self driving cars too. Some people will be all too eager to let the car drive itself, whatever the risk.

Comment Re:old wisdom (Score 1) 387

I think you need to distinguish their speculative thinking about where the solutions could be from criticism of how science is done. The latter is obviously valid.
Healthy science works with a good cycle of theory and verification. When you have to wait too long for experiments, when they become too expensive and rare, while the theoretical part takes longer and longer, then science becomes less and less healthy. And that's what fundamental physics has become.

I'm sidestepping claims here that it's no longer science because I think that's the wrong question to make. Too much discussion about whether something can be tested in principe or not, as the great decider of whether something is scientific or unscientific. I'm talking about whether it can and will be tested soon.

I'm also sidestepping claims about whether current fundamental physics is valuable or not. As a scientific process it may not be healthy, but as math with possible long term value it's perfectly fine. Still it makes you reconsider how large a part of your brainpower you want to allocate to it.

Comment Re:technicality (Score 1) 101

I doubt he would have been studying for his midterms. He would have just looked for another source of a way to attach infidels.

This is completely wrong. I mentioned Marc Sageman in another post, he's an expert on these things. Statistically many people are somewhat sympathetic to terror attacks in some form, but only the tiniest minute fraction will actually go ahead by themselves and do it. Even the fact that some people are very radical in their statements is no indication. The FBI approach of coaxing someone into a terrorist attack is completely useless. Just look up one of his speeches on youtube.

Hell, even my late dad often had vengeful fantasies about taking out a few people. It comes with frustration. Maybe you can claim that's not terrorism, but the difference between revenge and terrorism is a bit thin.

Comment Re:technicality (Score 2) 101

Well the guy did attempt to murder people, so it's hard not to convict him for it. On the other hand for every terrorist there are 1000 times more people who play around with the idea but are never going to act on it unless someone else really takes him by the hand and guides him through it. So the attempt would not have happened unless it was for the FBI. That is why a terrorism expert like Marc Sageman in his studies doesn't even use the people the FBI turns up with. The FBI is only helping themselves with these cases, not reducing terrorism.

Comment They want the full biometrics (Score 1) 67

The FBI certainly has no intent to limit their access to just your fingerprints. See for instance https://privacysos.org/blog/fb....
Got that link from this interview here http://scotthorton.org/intervi... .
So I don't know what currently happens to the fingerprint you're using to log in but I'm pretty sure it's soon all going into a central database - and from there to other databases of people with nothing but the best intentions.

Comment Re:Ever heard the parking brake? (Score 1) 365

It's been a long time but I liked the book a lot and never forgot the main message.
In the video of the shifter you can see that they took care to add multiple ways of visual feedback on the dashboard , probably to compensate for the loss of tactile feedback. This year old review describes well how drivers need to adapt to it. It doesn't show the dashboard, for that I checked other reviews.
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Comment Re:Ever heard of the parking brake? (Score 1) 365

I agree manufacturers should work more on functional design instead of focusing on coolness. It's not an easy subject , and looking at a movie of how this one works it doesn't give the appearance of being that flawed. I still have a book that discusses functional design of door handles(some even need instructions on them , such as 'push') and gas cookers(alright, which knob is for which unit again?)

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