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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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Re: The kid I saw on the BBC News this morning...

@DropBear

Coding is the act of writing anything which is a code, that's pretty simple, and not really up for debate, just go and read a dictionary.

HTML is a form of code.

Therefore, writing HTML, is coding.

Actually the mistake is mis-using the word 'coding' when what is meant is 'programming'. Coding is writing in code (and therfore coding is in fact an extremely accurate term for writing HTML) whereas I would define programming to be the use of algorithms to complete a task. Unfortunately programmers have taken to describing themselves as 'coders' (I'm sure I've done so myself on occasion) which is where the confusion has arisen.

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Re: The kid I saw on the BBC News this morning...

Look up the definition of the word 'code', please. HTML is a code, as are all programming languages, as is morse code, as is pig latin. So working in it is coding. As a programmer myself, I get tired of snotty programmers sneering at HTML.

Is it a complex code? Actually, it can be, when you throw CSS and the DOM into the mix. Is it 'computer programming' such as the old farts among us understood it 20 years ago? No, not really, but it IS coding.

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Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

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"OK. Book the 9pm one and hire a Hertz car at Charles De Gaulle airport for my arrival"

I think you are significantly underestimating the complexities of writing software to do this kind of thing.

It would essentially require some kind of unified global payments API or protocol which currently does not exist. Right now, 'Siri' or whatever, would need to essentially 'spider' the mentioned website and intelligently work out how to enter your personal/card details, navigate the booking pages, deal with problems (no car available) etc. That or have a custom-written plugin handling every possible such request.

So while I think that there is some truth in what you are saying, that obviously Google, Apple, Microsoft are walking a fine line - providing a marketplace for app developers while also being the biggest competitive threat to those same developers - the actual 'phone that does everything for me' scenario you seem to be describing is not currently anywhere on the horizon.

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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Sex Sells

Basically they need some sex in it nowadays for it to be viable - or at least that's clearly the conclusion they have reached, not entirely sure I agree - and Capaldi is a little old to be flirting with the current intergalactic companion totty, so they felt the need to over emphasise the lesbo-lizard action. A bit heavy handed, but that's modern Who for you I guess.

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

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Re: So basically...

Sometimes it's right to bite the hand that feeds you, if the body attached to the hand is doing stuff which merits a biting.

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One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot

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This will be great

Assuming you have a floor which is already almost clear of obstacles, of course.

I, on the other hand, have something called a 'child'.

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

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Re: Whales

Given that aircraft can be downed easily enough by geese, I suspect collision with a whale will result in both the whale and the sub getting 'shredded'.

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

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That's not a mechanical keyboard. Cherry keycaps or GTFO.

Also no mention of N-Key rollover or similar.

You're right that the prices are silly, however. Still, these keyboards are aimed at people who don't know any better and are impressed by LCDs and the like. Keyboards from companies like Ducky, Filco are better but less flashy and a little less pricey (though still expensive).

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Sin COS to tan Windows? Chinese operating system to debut in autumn – report

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Re: Good luck with that

Given that by the sounds of it it's mostly Yet Another Gnu/Linux Mashup, porting applications might not be much of a struggle.

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The Therapod diet: From HUMUNGO DINO to TINY BIRD in 50m years

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Obligatory

Someone will inevitably link this, it may as well be me:

http://xkcd.com/1211/

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Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'

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Re: Aiding and Abetting?

The problem with a tip-off for something like that is that for every actual murderer grassed up, there would be a dozen wannabe crime novelists and fifty people with ghoulish imaginations who were simply bored and/or curious.

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XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources

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Re: The only way to watch whatever ya want

Plex is also good. Tried Xbmc and various other alternatives, and having actually paid for plex I don't feel like I wasted my money, it's very nicely presented, and has that 'it just works' thing down nicely.

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We told you jailbreaking your iThing was dangerous

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Re: Ads are good …

Yup, nothing has done more to damage my opinion of oracle than having to uncheck the bloody 'ask toolbar' option every time java needs an update (which seems to be every day ending in a 'y' as far as I can work out). Just makes them look cheap: "You're a multinational seller of enterprise software, and yet you need to make that extra buck by bundling crapware with your installers?"

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Twitter can trigger psychosis in users

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Re: @Dan 55 (was:To say nothing of the addiction factor ...)

Sons and daughters of siblings-in-law are customarily referred to as niece and nephew. If you want to be anal about it you can say step-niece. "Wife's brother's child" isn't "accurate", it's silly.

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Microsoft OneDrive tip-off leads to arrest over child abuse images

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Re: Google copying

What's this "Bing" thing? Never mind, I'll google it.

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What's that? A PHP SPECIFICATION? Surely you're joking, Facebook

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Re: PHP is like democracy

Perhaps you're right, I've never been an OO purist, but it has native support for objects and my previous language of choice was perl which had OO grafted onto it in the most monstrous way imaginable (although I understand that the semi-mythical perl 6 improves on this).

Putting aside high-falutin' arguments about it not being pure OO because it has raw scalars or whatever, it is a language which let's you encapsulate logic using the object oriented paradigm, and so far as I'm concerned discussion beyond that is into the realms of 'how many angels can dance on the head of a pin' navel-gazing.

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PHP is like democracy

In that it's the worst programming language for the web, except for all of the others.

Perl - I love Perl, but if you want to write code which other people can easily grok, this is not the correct language to do it in.

Java - appeals to enterprise scale application writers perhaps, but the overheads are just too high for typical use cases.

C# - I have a lot of respect for C# as a language, and it's solid for web development, the only problem being that it's a gateway drug leading to Microsoft as a wider environment, which most people don't really want on their webservers.

Ruby / Python / Node.js / Insert name of other trendy contenders - Sure, if you like. But at the moment they all a bit far out to ever see the mainstream appeal of PHP.

So people live with PHP because despite it's quirks and inconsistencies it is fundamentally a relatively sane OO language with syntax which is familiar to anyone with a background in a c-like language.

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Dusty pre-Facebook, pre-Twitter laws will do for social media crimes

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Re: What, not how

Yup and do we really want a whole load of money being spent on making up new laws for this? That would probably requires a small flotilla of lawyers, a gaggle of 'social media analysts' on consultancy fees, and a squadron of civil servants to co-ordinate them.

If the existing laws can cover the scenario I'd rather the money was spent on nurses / the police / filling potholes or generally anything more urgent.

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Microsoft bakes a bigger Pi to cook Windows slabs

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Re: Irrelevant

At the price the pi comes at, if it works it's a bargain, really.

The funny thing is that Microsoft and journos (not just the Reg, all the other usual suspects went for a similar bollocks headline dragging in the Pi) are piggy-backing on the success of the Pi to get publicity. Not bad really for a computer which started out as the pet project of half a dozen well-placed nerds and costs less than an evening in the pub.

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The END of the FONDLESLAB KINGS? Apple and Samsung have reason to FEAR

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@20legend

That's exactly what he said..

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UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know

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Revolutionaries

Odd the way basically everyone other than MS is being characterised as a 'Revolutionary' here. I guess it's just the usual Reg vision of the 'wild eyed, beard-wielding sandal-wearing freetards' who are apparently waiting to smash down the edifice of capitalism and usher in a new anarcho-communist state.

It's just common sense - publicly owned data should be stored in a public data format, otherwise you just handed the keys to the kingdom to a corporate body. The only shock here is that MS failed to grease the right palms so as to ensure that their agenda gets pushed through.

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Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s

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Re: As a Galaxy Note User...

The stylus will be Apple's next invention...

Apple don't copy, they "retroinnovate".

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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Guessing he probably didn't snag the Christmas number one that year round.

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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Re: re. " ... digital vagina analogues ..."

Sounds like a "new media" remake of the "Vagina Monologues".

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Thought PCs were in the toilet? They're STILL eating Apple's lunch

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Trollface

That's because

Macs never really escaped from the desks of graphic designers or others chained to Adobe products, only the media wonks and Nathan Barleys of this world want to pay that much over the odds for what is now basically completely generic X86 PC hardware in a fancy box with a massive premium on the price.

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Apple rats on Google to FTC: You thought WE were in-app-ropriate?

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Re: Amazon is a bit of a jungle

You mean that "it's massive?". Very true.

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UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

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Re: squek squek

It's not that we are spineless, more just that we are massively cynical and have an 'oh not this shit again' attitude which results in a tendency towards political apathy. The fact that all three political parties are in on this gives you some idea why, we pretty much have one political party with three different colour schemes and a 'monster raving racist' party as the only alternative.

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Re: First person on the dangerous persons' list

Yeah, he does seem to be that rarest of oxymorons, the honest politician. Probably means he won't last long in the business, sadly.

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Oh SNAP! Old-school '80s Unix hack to smack OSX, iOS, Red Hat?

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Re: True bug location.

Quite.

Apparently though, if you take a unix trick which has been known about, documented and worked around for thirty years and throw it into a document with the words 'exploit', 'vulnerability' and the names of popular current unix-derived operating systems, you have 'news'.

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Re: directory write access?

Yes. Basically what they are suggesting is that

- if you have the ability to create files (e.g. some webserver that allows you to upload files and stupidly doesn't rename them using an internal, safe, naming scheme)

- and if the operating system happens to also have some scripted shell glue which runs wildcard commands on the contents of that target upload directory

- and if that shell glue didn't use the ./* convention named above which has been widely used since the 80s to avoid this kind of cockup

Then there might be a problem. But this is in no way a 'newly discovered exploit'.

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Re: which is why...

Indeed, this was well known about when I was first exposed to unix in the early 90s.

So basically some 2014 script kiddies just learned about a 80's era issue which has been worked around since forever, and now it's news?

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Facebook: Yes, we made you SAD on PURPOSE... for your own good

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The possibilities are huge

That's a nice citizenship you have there, it would be a shame if someone were to turn up the 'angry' dial on our Regional Mood Control Panel for the UK for a few weeks before the election...

So, about this 'tax on global megacorps' law you were about to pass...?

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REVEALED: Google's proposed indie music-killing contract terms

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Re: Hmmm....

It seems of late that they have decided that it's not "Evil" if you're not actually shooting bunnies or similar, and that just being ruthless and dirty like every other big corporate entity is "fine".

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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Re: @JDX

Ah, you mean the £1500+ imacs? Those are even worse value for money. Who the hell spends £1500 on a computer with an i5 and 8GB of ram? The mind boggles at the sort of PC you could build for the price (and yes, that's INCLUDING a 27" monitor using the identical panel apple used).

Obviously, if you throw enough money at something you would expect a nice monitor. The point still stands though: Apple just buy their panels from LG or Samsung like everyone else, and if you build a PC instead you can always buy the same panel in a monitor with a different sticker on without paying the fruit tax. So claiming that apple is value for money because they have super duper screens is a peculiar argument - when you get down to it they have the same screens as everyone else, and until apple start building their own panels (not going to happen) that will remain the case.

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Enjoy your ugly computer/girlfriend and rejoice - from your perspective saving money is all there is so congratulations, well done. You got what you paid for.

Well, with women as well as computers I find that in the long term it's wiser to look at what's under the surface.

So the same to you: enjoy your shallow, dedicated-follower-of-fashion existence, and the expensive trophy wife which from the sound of it you would consider ideal. For me, as for many engineering and science types, form comes second to function.

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@JDX

It's a 1920 x 1080 21.5 inch IPS screen, made with an LG panel. You can get a very similar screen made using the same panel (but with an LG sticker on it) for a desktop PC for £120. While perfectly decent, it really is nothing all that special, and I'd factored that cost into my estimate.

The one defence you could reasonably make for the pricetag is to compare it to other all in one systems, such as those made by Lenovo, in which case it only looks moderately overpriced instead of stupidly overpriced.

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It's a laptop part in a desktop chassis though, so unlikely to be thermally constrained that much, and will probably spend a good portion of it's time at the 2.7GHz turbo frequency.

It's not a desktop chassis, I believe - pretty sure these are all-in-one units with the hardware packed into the 'monitor' - so performance is going to be very much like a lappy I would imagine.

And I'm not saying it won't do the job of web browsing and basic office tasks very nicely. However you can easily build a PC for £400 - including a monitor and keyboard - with much better specs - admittedly in more boring and generic cases, but with the upside that you can tinker and upgrade it should you be so inclined.

And yes, probably they will sell. But let's face it, apple could slap a logo on an iTurd, charge £100, and it would probably still sell. That doesn't make it good value for money, however.

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From the specs? It's just PC hardware, and a 1.4GHz dual core Intel Core i5 is a 1.4GHz dual core Intel Core i5 whether it comes in a box with a fruit themed sticker on, or not.

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

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Never underestimate the ability of politicians - of any flavour - to make it worse, whatever 'it' happens to be.

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YouView loses YourView trademark fight, may have to pick new name

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Seems stupid

I suppose this means that British Telecom and British Petroleum should go war - BP vs BT, clearly us poor dim punters are going to get confused and start trying to make calls using petrol pumps.

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Alienware says it WILL ship a Steam Machine in 2014 – running Windows

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Re: Breaking News

Yup, Alienware are overpriced anyway, so I guess adding the 'windows tax' into the equation won't make a huge difference.. they'll still be expensive, but people will buy them anyway because they don't really know any better and they have pretty adverts and the dell brand behind them.

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Anonymous plans hacktivism against World Cup sponsors

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You're making the classic mistake in assuming that 'Anonymous' is some big sinister organisation with a hierarchy and a leadership, or a strategy and a set of goals. Hint: anyone can be part of 'Anonymous' just by claiming to be. That's sort of the point.

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GAME ON: Top 10 tellies for a World Cup kicking

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Re: WTF is this "article"?

Pretty standard stuff from the reg really, like all the reviews of the "latest macbook" they churn out whenever there's a new model, which always conveniently overlook the pricetag while banging on about how great it is.

I think anyone sane knows that this is not a place to come for detailed product reviews, let's just let them have their fun - my guess is that this might give them some leverage to try to get hold of some cool toys for the office 'for review purposes, you know!'.

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Londoners urged to cut landlines and take up wireless broadband

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Quite, would want to know about the latency, also. Everyone blathers about 'Up To MB/sec' speeds but if you care about anything beyond common-or-garden web browsing then low ping times are important too.

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Apple: We'll tailor Swift to be a fast new programming language

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The main thing wrong with C is that life's simply too short. Operating systems written in C - great. Fart apps? Overkill really. Just not the right tool for the job.

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How Bitcoin could become a super-sized Wayback Machine

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Well the network would obviously use a high level or redundancy, effectively your storage contribution would be one part of a very large virtual raid array, if you like. So you would have no duty of care.

As for earning coins, I guess it would have to be based on both time availability and storage, in which case coins would not be lost when you 'switched off' (or blew up) your storage - basically you would be paid for the contribution you make to the 'virtual drive', and you should be able to enter or leave as you wish - nothing else would be practical.

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I suspect that the protocol could check for that using checksums to verify that data was actually being stored fully and completely. In fact it would need to do this anyway really, so I doubt that it would be easy to adopt the 'cheap high capacity chinese pendrive from ebay' strategy you're suggesting.

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Glassholes beware: This guy's got your number

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Re: There's plenty of stories about “Glassholes”

Yeah that line stood out to me as well. So far as I can make out, most of those stories get the bulk of their bandwidth footprint from The Register anyway.

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SPB's mountaintop HQ menaced by WOLVES

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Re: Eh Hello?

LASER - Lupine Alert System - El Reg

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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Re: FUD

Yup, for a technology related site El Reg does seem to spend a lot of time screaming "New Idea! Kill it! Kill it with fire!".

Obviously nobody at Google thinks these are going to be replacing human driven cars in the next few years, but that doesn't completely invalidate the point of the research. Even if it never results in actual computer driven cars running on normal roads I would imagine there's a hell of a lot which has been learned about things like robotics, image processing, software anticipation of complex environments, etc.

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