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Ford's parallel PARCing: Motor giant tries to craft new tech just like Xerox

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The cars would use the cameras when a user is getting out to prevent them from leaving something behind, umbrellas, handbags, the usual stuff.

If they 'see' something suspicious like puke, they can flag a human operator, and send another car to the next user.

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Re: @fandom (was:"Cars already decide when to change gear for you")

"People die during sex "

They do? Are you sure it is not just an excuse they are using so you will leave them alone?

No wonder you have to drive to get some satisfaction.

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Re: "Cars already decide when to change gear for you"

Don't worry, if it is only you getting killed because of your hobby, I don't want it banned, I actually encourage you to practice it as often as possible.

I'll think of it as evolution in action.

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Re: @fandom (was:"Cars already decide when to change gear for you")

"Intake of nicotine, fat, alcohol, salt and sugar is far worse when it comes to mortality ... Do you want those banned in your lifetime, too?"

If my eating sugar, fat or salt sure would kill other people, then sure, does it?

But wait, smoking does kill other people, could that be the reason that smoking is illegal in many places?

This, 'but I enjoy driving, it's the one time in my life in which I feel I am in control, who cares how many people get killed?' whining, won't stop the ban, get used to the idea.

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Re: "Cars already decide when to change gear for you"

"and I suspect we always will be."

I hope that will be banned in my lifetime, driving is a hobby that kills hundreds of thousands of people every year, it has to be banned as soon as feasible.

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The US taxman thinks Microsoft owes billions. Prove it, says Microsoft

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Re: Corporations are not people...

No, it is not true, Wesley Snipes went to prison for acting on that believe.

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Apple Watch is such a flop it's the world's top-selling wearable

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Expectations

Not that many years ago, if a Microsoft product didn't have a over 90% market share it was considered a bit of a flop.

Maybe the same is happening to Apple now.

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Being common is tragic, but the tragedy of the commons is still true

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Valencia's Water Court

When they gave the Nobel price to Olstrom I thought:

Are they really giving someone a Nobel price for describing how the Water Court works?

Kind of easy, isn't it?

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Google robo-car in rear-end smash – but cack-handed human blamed

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Re: I ride motorcycles so...

I drive a car, so I treat all drivers, cars, motorcycles and bicycles, plus pedestrians as complete idiots.

Not that I see myself as an exception.

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"People, on the other hand, appear to be bloody ignorant apes."

Was there ever any doubt?

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Han Solo to get solo prequel flick in 2018, helmed by LEGO men

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Re: No matter how many times....

I was one day watching the edited version with my father and bother and I had to pause and show the scene a couple times so they could see that Greedo had fired a shot.

I am not certain they ended up believing me, the scene is so badly distorted that it is hard to see.

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Samsung stuffs 2 TERABYTES into flash drive for ordinary folk

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Re: 10yr Warranty?

They did? The register article only says that their profits are decreasing.

But then making over six billions dollars a quartet doesn't seen too bad.

Well, maybe it does to Apple.

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

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Re: How about more annoying the French!

The British were incredibly lucky that Hitler ordered Guderian twice to stop his advance, thing were going so well that Hitler thought it had to be a trap.

He had to order it twice because the first time Guderian asked for permission to send reconnaissance patrols and then proceeded to send all his troops to "reconnaissance".

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Windows 8.1 market share grows, Windows 7 slips, Windows 10 lurks

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Re: Win7 usage

Lots of Android desktops for sale, whether they are a significant number or whether this survey counts them as desktop computers I don't know.

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Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

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Re: Engine ground runs?

The crashed plane was going to be Turkey's third A400M

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Google's Cardboard 2.0 virtual reality device is a triumph for humanity, said no one sane, ever

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Re: Desperation...

"Of course they don't sell your data: they keep it to themselves, profile it and allow companies to pay to target stuff at you."

You mean ... they show ads??!!!

Thanks AC, what would become of the world without people like you doing in-depth research on our behalf?

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Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

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Re: Ah, No.

"willing to" != "delighted to"

If you have ever watched an ad without being physically forced to do it, then you were willing.

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Finally! It's the year of Linux on the desktop TITSUP

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Re: Sad, but not unexpected

They run into trouble with Mandrake the Magician.

That they used 'magic' imagery, like magician hats and wands, didn't help their cause

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PEAK PC: 'Most' Google web searches 'come from mobiles' in US

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Re: a tremendous opportunity for marketers

Actually, it is kind if surprising that nobody has come here to boast about using AdBlock.

Seriously, those are even more annoying that iFans.

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Why should I learn by ORAL tradition? Where's the DOCUMENTATION?

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Re: The only thing better than a weird CMS ...

"That's why I tend to stick with Open Source projects now."

Which open source CMS would you recommend?

Serious question, by the way.

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Your new car will dob you in to the cops if you crash, decrees EU

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Sure, they need this because nobody fell for their smartphone trap.

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Re: Too right

Just like all the other brands then

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

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"Fuck you, AC."

Says someone posting as "Anonymous Coward"

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REVEALED: The 19 firms whose complaints form EU's antitrust case against Google

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Re: @LDS - A question

"False. A lot of PC don't (and didn't) come with Windows pre-installed"

How many was a lot at the time? 1.5%?

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Top Spanish minister shows citizens are thick as tortillas de ballenas

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That rule not to mention evolution didn't last long, after all in 1978 they aired the series "Once Upon a Time… Man", whose first episode explained evolution.

At the time there were only two tv channels in Spain, and only one in some places, so 'everybody' watched it.

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>Ring, ring< Hey Wall St. Yeah, it's Google. Yeah, bad news again, fellas

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There is this thing call buybacks in which a company buy it's own shares, which increases the Earnings per Share and is meant to raise the stock price.

Historically management haven't been too good, on average, at deciding where to buy, they usually buy shares back when they are too expensive. Dell used to be a good example of that.

Besides what you propose seems to be a good way to bankrupt a company, let's say management offers to buy at 80$. Well ok, but then a crises comes for whatever the reason and their is a sell off in the stock market.

The company has two options either they buy all the shares until they run out of money or they have to reduce the price at which they are willing to buy, in which case they would set up an alarm and more stockholders would sell, and they would run out of money anyway.

And if there a time of economic bonanza, they would need to raise the price not to sell too cheaply but then, the stock market does that already.

And when the bonanza ends, as it always does, it triggers the sell off, which bankrupts the company.

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Re: The real Evil

"No, you're complaining it doesn't rise fast enough."

And, therefore, the shares aren't worth as much.

And it is not really about complaining, it's more about:

Ok, with the estimates I had, I calculated a fair value for the shares of XXX$, with the new data just released, my estimated fair value for the shares is XXX - 50$, since it is now higher than that I am selling.

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Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly

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"the exact same as for Microsoft and Internet Explorer."

Nope, Microsoft forbade OEMs to install another navigator.

On the other hand, the Galaxy tablet my mother got has chrome relegated to a 'Google' collection of icons while Samsung's 'Internet' app is to the front and center of the screen.

Seriously, if you want to make Google look bad don't compare them to Microsoft, you get the opposite result.

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Re: Harm..

guess which is number 1?

Let me check....

Poor abused Microsoft, they are relegated to the second link.

Only the most sofisticated users will find it there.

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Re: Harm..

Funny, I searched for Webmail on Google and Gmail doesn't appear until the third page while Office365 appears in the first.

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Re: So....

"But Microsoft didn't get in trouble for forcing Windows to be the de facto desktop OS. "

But they did, as in "even if you ship a computer without windows you still have to pay it us the windows licence it doesn't use"

Or as in "no, you can't ship a computer with both Windows and BeOs"

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BOFH: Explain? All we need is this kay-sh with DDR3 Cortexiphan ...

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Re: Allocation mismatch.

"Dual Dunham" as in Olivia and Folivia.

"Bishop Gating Protocol" as in Let's build a gate to cross into another universe.

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Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers

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Re: Translation

"3. Obscure a significant portion of the image with a big black rectangle."

Dubbing actors have been know to complain because they are send copies in which they can only see the mouth of the screen actors.

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Sure, the new season was going so unnoticed in the press that they needed this.

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Google open-sources Santa Claus

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Re: Come on, El Reg

Yeah, this article feels like someone repeatedly got coal in his stocking.

I wonder why.

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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No, but every year some people upgrade theirs.

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SCARESTEROID of the week to miss Earth on Friday

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Re: The UNIVERSE will end on Friday

Don't you know, the universe is on the brink of collapse

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Guardian: 'Oil reserves will soon be worth NOTHING!' (A bit like their stock tips, really)

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" Compared to about, what, zero for the general share market?"

In the last three years the S&P 500 is up somewhat over 50%.

But please, don't let that stop you from gloating about you amazing stock picks

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Re: Oh look...

"You have pointed out that they have incorrectly re-arranged the deckchairs on the Titanic!"

Unlike endlessly nitpicking an argument in these forums which, as we all know, is earth-shattering important.

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Google Glass DIED from TOO MUCH ATTENTION, Captain Moonshot admits

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Mandatory xkcd reference

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Re: Oh myyyyy....

But of course it's the other monkeys that are dangerous, not you.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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"I was talking aloud to myself. A habit of the old: they choose the wisest person present to speak to"

Hey! it's funny

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Pathetic PC sales just cost us a BILLION dollars, cries Intel

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Re: Industry is hurting itself

Indeed, how dumb it is to build laptops that work for years? Don't they know they should just collapse a day after warranty expiration?

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Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?

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Re: How about

That would be to easy, if the example were to catch on all those political nuts that make a living on criticizing the pharma industry would be out of a job, and we can't have that, can we?

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Re: Well…

"that's good practice."

I doubt it.

Actually I am pretty certain that starting from scratch will make them spend lots of time fixing bugs that were already fixed years ago in the current code.

But then refactoring code means reading and understand code written by other people and, really, where's the fun in that?

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Trolls prevail because good men do nothing: boffins

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Nice beating

I am afraid this is the only way to make them stop.

Unfortunately, it could land you in jail.

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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Re: Barbra would be proud

But then, we are not buying the phone.

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May the fourth be with you: Torvalds names next Linux v 4.0

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"He might as well just give them silly names."

And that's why v4.0-rc1 is actually called "Hurr durr I'ma sheep"

The numbers are there for legacy reasons as some people insist they are significant.

But then, some people are just weird.

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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Re: Red shirts

You didn't get the reference? Really?

Well, ok then.

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