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Comment Re:If self driving cars take off (Score 1) 194

I wish they would alleviate some of this now. Its completely within the realm of current technology and probably wouldnt be all that expensive to implement. Just start implementing a localized wireless network for cars that broadcasts the speed of your car and if you are suddenly breaking, and don't put any bullshit remote controllable crap in there, just data broadcasting. Now when a far 100 feet in front of you suddenly starts to slow down because of a car in front of that person driving slowly, your car can suggest a speed at which to drive to avoid having to stop. Maybe put this shit into stop lights as well. Of course, abuse would need to be mitigated by police by restricting them from using this signal to issue tickets and require that they independently obtain a measured speed to issue a ticket. They could also just fix the damn speed limit situation for most places.

Submission + - Vinyl Record Sales Highest in 30 years (

retroworks writes: Wall Street Journal taped interview describes reinvestment in new vinyl LP record production, based on high demand for turntables. What old technology will be the next to resurface?

Submission + - Samsung to render Galaxy Note 7 useless with update that stops it charging (

drunkdrone writes: In a final push to stop people using the fire-prone Galaxy Note 7, Samsung will roll-out a firmware update that will completely disable battery charging. The update will be pushed to handsets before the end of the month, turning all remaining Note 7s into little more than an expensive paperweight.

Submission + - Toronto school board ends all new US trips for students (

alqaly writes: Toronto school board ends all new US trips for students
Canada's largest school board is cancelling new school trips to the United States until further notice.

The Toronto District School Board announced the decision citing "uncertainty" with regards to who may be affected by US President Donald's Trump's latest travel restrictions.

Twenty-five already scheduled trips will go ahead as planned.

The school board joins the Girl Guides of Canada and a few other schools in temporarily halting travel to the US.

Under the new US travel ban, citizens from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen would not be permitted to enter the US, unless they have already been issued valid visas, for a 90-day period.

However, the ban is suspended pending a number of court challenges.

In a statement released on Thursday, Director of Education John Malloy said that the district school board faced "a difficult choice".

"We strongly believe that our students should not be placed into these situations of potentially being turned away at the border," said Mr Malloy.

"For the trips that will be continuing, should students with the appropriate documentation be denied entry to the US for no legitimate reason, the entire trip will return to Toronto and will not proceed."

The board is among the largest in North America with some 246,000 students in 584 schools throughout Toronto.

Trump travel ban: Five questions about the revised executive order
Is it more difficult now for Canadians to enter the US?
The school board says that, should the US travel restrictions be fully implemented, pre-approved trips will also be cancelled.

Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts, and Hawaii have all launched legal challenges against the Trump administration's executive order.

Some individuals from those countries would be exempt from the order, including legal permanent residents of the US and dual nationals travelling on a passport from a country not on the list.

Last week, Canada's Girl Guides announced they would not be travelling to the US until further notice.

Greater Essex County school board in south-western Ontario decided last month to cancel a handful of trips over concerns about equity.

The Ottawa-Carleton District school board recently sent a letter to parents asking whether their children would participate in upcoming trips across the border to determine whether plans should go ahead.


Submission + - Terrifying anti-riot vehicle created to quash any urban disturbance (

drunkdrone writes: A formidable remote-controlled anti-riot vehicle called the Bozena Riot has been designed to make light work of angry mobs with a giant expanding shield and packing an arsenal of crowd dispersal tools.

Built by Slovakian company Bozena, the high-tech security system keeps law enforcement units safe with its shock-absorbing barrier, which can be expanded out to 7.5 metres to protect 36 officers and features a rising platform to give riot police an elevated view of their surroundings and provide tactical advantage against aggressors.

The shield has ports for firing non-lethal projectiles and is equipped with tear gas guns to "guarantee control of crowds" when things get dicey. Mounted loudspeakers can be used either to issue instructions to officers or to appeal to crowds, and the vehicle can optionally be equipped with smoke grenade launchers and a radio jammer for blocking mobile communications.

Comment Re:Priorities (Score 1) 240

I get that these companies don't want to be associated with the message of these videos and that is a completely legitimate concern. No company wants to be accused of promoting race hating or anything of the sort (unless you're Hobby Lobby/Chic-Fil-A). But realistically, these videos are most likely rarely watched by people outside of the group interested in the content and who follow similar lines of thought. These people, no matter how badly some would wish them gone, still exist in this world and still buy products too. From a marketing perspective, it seems silly to undercut yourself. Just put a statement at the bottom of each of your ads that states, "This ad is independent of the video you are watching and is in no way an endorsement of the content you are watching." Thought they had this figured out with TV already...

Submission + - Why You Should Care About The Supreme Court Case On Toner Cartridges (

rmdingler writes: A corporate squabble over printer toner cartridges doesn’t sound particularly glamorous, and the phrase “patent exhaustion” is probably already causing your eyes to glaze over. However, these otherwise boring topics are the crux of a Supreme Court case that will answer a question with far-reaching impact for all consumers: Can a company that sold you something use its patent on that product to control how you choose to use after you buy it?

Here’s the background: Lexmark makes printers. Printers need toner in order to print, and Lexmark also happens to sell toner.

Then there’s Impression Products, a third-party company makes and refills toner cartridges for use in printers, including Lexmark’s.

Submission + - Astronomers Observe Supermassive Blackhole Ejected by Gravitational Waves (

An anonymous reader writes: From NASA:
"Astronomers have uncovered a supermassive black hole that has been propelled out of the center of a distant galaxy by what could be the awesome power of gravitational waves.

Though there have been several other suspected, similarly booted black holes elsewhere, none has been confirmed so far. Astronomers think this object, detected by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, is a very strong case. Weighing more than 1 billion suns, the rogue black hole is the most massive black hole ever detected to have been kicked out of its central home.
Researchers estimate that it took the equivalent energy of 100 million supernovas exploding simultaneously to jettison the black hole. The most plausible explanation for this propulsive energy is that the monster object was given a kick by gravitational waves unleashed by the merger of two hefty black holes at the center of the host galaxy."
The findings of the study will be published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics on March 30th.

Comment Re:People are starting to notice... (Score 1) 468

Haha, you got me. That is quite clearly exactly what I meant! /s

Populism is not without flaws. Tyranny of the majority is a very serious problem and much has been done to try and quell that problem. However, tyranny of the powerful minority is also a significant problem. The broad scope of things is that there needs to be a balance between the two and right now, the scale is heavily tipped in favor of the powerful minority. For the last couple of decades, the US government has worked to make things better for the powerful minority, leaving the commoner majority the table scrap wedge issues that only serve to show that they did at least one thing beneficial for you.

That needs to change and balance needs to be restored where the US government is being beneficial to most everyone. In doing so, some harsh realities may be faced by the powerful minority. This will likely include items such as having to pay more taxes which reflects upon how much more they utilize and benefit from the economy and infrastructure of the US. Intentionally ineffective regulations may be replaced with new versions that make it difficult to pollute the environment we all share, or new privacy restrictions that make it illegal for an ISP to retain any of your data or other companies to use your data to profit without proper compensation.

A hundred years ago, people were regularly exploited and thrown out as trash after they were injured or killed while on the job. Wise people saw this as a problem and sought ways to correct that problem and it brought forward a much more powerful country. People like to say the aftermath of WWII is what brought the US out of the depression. What they forget is that the US was already well on its way, fast tracking out of the depression before it even entered WWII. The laws and regulations passed in the decade before were what made it possible to even consider entering the war in the first place. A struggling country would never have the ability to produce enough supplies for such an event. If you need further proof of this, just look at the countries that fell so easily early in WWII, all struggling countries, trying to deal with the problems caused by the depression.

Currently, we're on a march back in time against all these policies that were enormously beneficial. It brings to mind the famously wise quote from George Santatana:

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

We are in for hard times if your line of thought is to be the norm.

Comment Re:People are starting to notice... (Score 1) 468

This is a great example of a hyperbolic bullshit comment.

Don't bother relating anything from the ideals of Sanders to the suggested "semi-feudal system". That would make it too obvious that you know jack shit.

Progressivism as an ideology is quite populist. Populism is where the majority takes the reigns and says, "no, we're not going to do it that way, we're going to do it our way because it provides the most benefit to us, the majority." Trump is suggested to be a populist because his supporters see him as a dramatic departure from the norm (he isn't), politician to business man. Sanders on the other hand, holds ideals that support pushing for more individual rights and taking away some of the power and authority currently held by the ultra-rich and mega corporations. How in the hell is taking power away from the people that are supposed to become the nobility in this aftermath of feudalism by progressive trends, if the progressive philosophy made them far less powerful?

Comment Re:So now we need warning labels on jobs??? (Score 1) 468

And if you do, well you've already fucked yourself by being stupid as fuck and society doesn't need that stupidity in it.

Are you unaware that half half of the population is less intelligent than the other half? Are you suggesting that since the more intelligent half of the population is more knowledgeable and probably less likely to make poor decisions, that the less intelligent half should be exploited due to their lack of knowledge in the matter?

Oh but I'm sure you are so much better than all those stupid fucks on the bottom half. You made it clear in the above. All those stupid fucks can continue to make poor decisions and hurt themselves and hurt others because who gives a fuck about them. Hope they don't make a poor decision that hurts you though. That would be tragic. Poetic justice on their part, but tragic.

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