PeterScott’s Techdirt Profile


About PeterScott

PeterScott’s Comments comment rss

  • Mar 8th, 2021 @ 12:47pm


    I really don't get the YT region blocking thing. All that accomplishes is making me look for an "alternate" source. I ended up watching this weeks episode all about the Unemployment benefit (lack of) debacle in the USA. Just another horrendous (and mainly Republican) mess of policies making life worse for the most vulnerable.

  • Mar 8th, 2021 @ 10:36am

    Safer evidence preserving suggestion.

    Find external water valve, shut off the water, then knock and announce warrant.

    At most, they get one flush...

    No one should be raided for one flush worth of drugs. At most that makes you a user, not a dealer.

    The "war" on drugs, is just another example of how FUBAR the USA is. I have to wonder if anyone in the rest of world looks at them as an example of anything positive. USA only get recognition because of wealth creation for a tiny privilege few, and perhaps fear of it's military, but as far as treatment of it's average citizens, and worse yet, it's most vulnerable, it lags the entire 1st world IMO.

  • Feb 24th, 2021 @ 4:59am

    We are trapped at home and can't even buy a GPU, and ...

    Gamers are trapped at home, and can't even buy a GPU and Stadia is still going nowhere. It should be the perfect storm for Stadia winning, and it's shutting down studios.

    Of the online services Stadia has the worse model from a consumer perspective.

    From Microsoft, you get a streaming Buffet, like Netflix, so only pay a small monthly flee for a large choice. The Netflix of games. Which is kind of what people were expecting from Google before the details emerged.

    From NVidia. You bring your own games, and you can obviously take them with you when you leave.

    Stadia: You buy full price "Stadia only" version that can only be played online with them. This is buy far the worse option for consumers. You are locked into paying full price for games, that you can't take with you and could just be rendered dead at a moments notice.

    I really have to wonder why everyone doesn't just choose one of the superior online models from Microsoft or NVidia. Though last I heard NVidias service is so popular it's hard to get in.

  • Feb 22nd, 2021 @ 10:38am

    (untitled comment)

    That's epic irony...

  • Jan 28th, 2021 @ 11:29am

    Re: Re: Re:

    "Only spend what you are prepared to lose."

    It's hopelessly naive to assume that everyone would heed that or even read that.

  • Jan 28th, 2021 @ 10:52am


    I am more concerned with retail investors getting screwed when the house of cards collapses.

    I thought I was pretty clear on that.

    This is being painted as a victimless crime since it's only hedge funds getting hurt, but in reality a lot of small retail investors are likely going to get burnt as well when the inevitable collapse happens.

  • Jan 28th, 2021 @ 9:47am

    Reality check needed on this.

    While I love that some hedge funds are feeling the pain, you have to recognize that many retail investors that drove up the stock price, will have bought in at very inflated prices, and many of them will be left holding the bag when it comes crashing back to earth.

    Also likely that many instigators of this mass buy in, that were doing this to enrich themselves at the expense of late coming retail investors (and future bag holders) that they exhorted to drive the price up.

  • Jan 26th, 2021 @ 4:34am

    It might be reasonable for impairment behind the wheel.

    Alcohol is legal, but if you are stopped, and the cop is met with the odor of alcohol, that seems like it would be reasonable suspicion for alcohol impairment.

    Wouldn't it be the same for marijuana?

  • Jan 19th, 2021 @ 4:50am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: More moderate than I was expecting.

    I just came back and now it appears the same thing I was seeing elsewhere has broken out here, though I am happy that it seems to be almost all "Anonymous cowards" spouting the BS about forcing companies to host repugnant content.

  • Jan 15th, 2021 @ 7:26pm

    Re: Re: More moderate than I was expecting.

    Maybe I expected more people arguing for leaving Parler up, because this tends to be a strong free speech, distrust big tech site, and I keep seeing it all over other sites. But a lot of those were from new accounts, that could just be angry Parler users.

    I really don't buy the "fester out of sight" argument. Deplatforming tends to quell recruitment, and shrink the scale of the problem, making it a smaller problem for law enforcement to monitor for threats.

  • Jan 15th, 2021 @ 6:22pm

    More moderate than I was expecting.

    When you started with something like: Read the whole post and avoid kneejerk responses.

    I was expecting a more polarizing article. Though perhaps, I am not as much of a Free Speech absolutist as some readers, and they may be more upset with Amazon kicking Parler off, so it might seem more controversial to them.

    My feelings echo the article to a large degree. I have no problem with companies have TOS that set community standards, and then boot out bad actors.

    In fact, I would prefer them to be more stringent and do even more to curtail hate cesspools like like Parler.

    It seems right now, companies only start really doing something about these hate cesspools after someone dies. After the Capitol riots, Parler loses it app store placement and it's hosting.

    IIRC, Daily Stormer ran into similar issues after Charlottesville.

    I'd really like to see more sites refuse to host hate cesspools, BEFORE people die. That I expect may be an unpopular stance here.

  • Jan 13th, 2021 @ 10:05am

    This attack was MUCH worse than 9/11 and needs stronger response

    9/11 killed more people. But ability of Al-Qaeda to continue damaging America was trivial compared to the Al-Qanon poison that is everywhere in masses inside the borders already.

    We were extremely lucky it wasn't MUCH worse on 1/6.

    We nor more vigilance than after 9/11, not less.

  • Dec 4th, 2020 @ 5:55am


    It sure seems like it would have been better for the company overall if it had just told the truth.

    If they told the truth, there would be no company. This is the ultimate example of "fake it, before you make it".

    Nikola appears to be nothing but smoke and mirrors. They make big claims, then they setup partnerships and book orders all on terms so favorable that no one could say no. But Nikola isn't really doing anything. All the work is done by partners.

    But with all the parnerships and orders, they can just sit in the middle and hype, and they managed to IPO on this vapor.

    It's a house of cards, waiting to collapse. The founder of this sham has taken the money and ran.

  • Oct 24th, 2020 @ 6:30am

    Good Fallout music...

    I am replaying Fallout 3 recently (GoG DRM free), and this seems like very good Fallout 3 music.

  • Sep 30th, 2020 @ 11:32am

    Zero sympathy. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

    Usually I agree with Techdirt.

    But IMO, making terrorist hoaxes should be a crime. The end goal is likely the same. Fear.

    Obviously the punishment should not be (and isn't) as severe as real terrorism, but this isn't a game that should be condoned.

  • Jul 11th, 2018 @ 4:16pm

    (untitled comment)

    He is going to end up with mad code debugging skills.

    Fighting his way through purposefully obfuscated code, will give him extremely good skills debugging unintentionally obfuscated code, that lives in too many old large code bases.

    GOG is my only source of games, and CDPR have shown that the best way forward is respecting your customers.

    While I won't use his product. I cheer the dismantling of DRM, in hopes that more companies can see the light on respecting customers and selling DRM free games at GOG, which is the only way I will buy them.
  • Mar 26th, 2018 @ 2:53pm

    (untitled comment)

    Wow. That's like preschool level whining.

    Johnny is is still making fun of me...

    Did his mother never tell him about "Sticks and Stones"?
  • Mar 23rd, 2018 @ 10:57am

    Re: Re: Re: This is a watcher problem

    Why are we calling them the "safety driver" then? It seems to me that it's exactly what the public expects of them. "Normal drivers" aren't necessarily "engaged" either. You don't get away with killing someone because you had cruise control on, or Telsa's autopilot.

    Misnomers and bad assumptions don't change the realities of human reaction.

    The person in the seat, is NOT the driver. The car is doing all the driving.

    The person is monitoring the car. We should call them Autonomous Vehcile Monitors.

    AV Monitors are effectively passengers. If an emergency happens, the car is supposed to handle it. The monitor is not pressing the brakes every time the AV gets close to something. They are really assuming the AV will hit the brakes because the AV is driving.

    If an emergency happens an AV monitor would have to:

    1: Recognize it. But since they are in relaxed passenger mode, it would almost certainly take longer than an actual driver, who would be more engaged.

    2: Recognize that the car isn't going to handle. Because they are used to the car doing all the driving and handling all the situation, this could be a long pause.

    3: Shift into driving mode, grab the controls and take action, and this will take time because unlike a normal driver, they aren't already using the controls.

    Regardless of how you try to legislate this, there are many more cognitive and physical steps for an AV monitor to take than a regular driver, an it will take them a multiple of the time a regular driver would to react.

    Thus considering them a safety element in any fast developing emergency is absurd.

    As I said in a previous post:

    If an AV isn't considered safe enough to operate on it's own without a backup/safety driver, then it should not be considered safe enough to operate with one, because the difference between those two is mostly illusory.

    IMO, given the failure by this Uber platform, it does NOT meet that safe enough standard, and shouldn't be permitted on the road with or without a backup/safety/monitor in the seat.

  • Mar 23rd, 2018 @ 9:50am

    Re: BMW/Mercedes/Audi infrared would have spotted this cyclist

    None of the thermal systems apply brakes for collision avoidance.

    They just put a video image on a screen. Thermal cameras tend to be too low resolution to provide meaningful data for self driving cars.
  • Mar 23rd, 2018 @ 9:32am

    Re: Re: Uncharacteristically poor slanting by techdirt.

    First, Uber should be on the road if the car is at least as safe as the human driver that they allow on the road.

    There is no evidence that Uber AV's are safe. You fail to grasp the "watcher" problem, that makes a human observer much less effective than a normal human driver.

    Second, the human driver isn't a scapegoat, he/she is there to make sure the car is at least as safe as a human driver (which is the standard the law holds us to). If the car was less safe than that standard, it's the human driver's fault.

    As someone already posted. The human backup is NOT required under Arizona law. So you can't claim her role is to intervene and make it safer.

    The role of such backup/safety drivers is mostly about providing the illusion of safety. A real driver that is already operating the controls of a car, will usually take ~1.5 seconds to react to an emergency. Someone who isn't actually driving the car is obviously going to take MUCH longer to react to an emergency, so there is no way this backup driver can be as safe as a normal driver.

    If an AV isn't considered safe enough to operate on it's own without a backup/safety driver, then it should not be considered safe enough to operate with one, because the difference between those two is mostly illusory.

More comments from PeterScott >>


This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it