I for one would buy Google car tomorrow if it could get me to work in brief bursts at 120mph shaving seconds off my commute.
FIFY. Get real, self-driving cars aren't magic, and will still need to deal with traffic.
Why does everyone always assume that life requires water, anyway? Couldn't there be a planet out there infested with silicon-based life forms who live at 300 degrees Celsius, or whatever?
So now anything we understand is not intelligence???
When I was in grad school back in the 80's, I knew a guy who was researching AI. He complained that as soon as some technique was understood, people would say it wasn't AI any more, so as a result the AI profession as a whole never got much credit for advancing.
The other way to hide the backdoor is to make it a hard to find bug. Plausible deniability is quite high.
Reading a huge codebase is an unlikely way to spot backdoors anyway. After a few thousand lines the reader's eyes would glaze over, and anything subtle would be missed. This isn't as easy as looking for two-digit year fields a la Y2K reviews.
Besides, the Heartbleed bug should have been a clue that open source alone doesn't make security issues "transparent". Somebody has to both read and understand the code to detect these things, and an OS like WIndows is so huge that nobody can understand the whole thing. Even a relatively small, specialized module like OpenSSL slid by for years without anybody noticing the problem.
I'm disappointed that you're disappointed.
And I'm disappointed that you're disappointed that he's disappointed. Snowden has sure been bad for morale.
The biggest problem with general jury duty is it is unbounded.
IMO, the biggest problem is that the two sides get to reject jurors. If they just picked 12 random people without any challenges allowed, then required (say) only 10 of 12 to agree on the verdict, the system would work more efficiently and with less gaming. Maybe exceptions could be made for hardship or disruptive jurors could be ejected (and fined), but the current system is mostly gamesmanship. Lawyers don't want intelligent jurors, they want jurors they can manipulate.
Disregarding that a year is one orbit around the sun, if you consider a year that is 1/13th of the current one, we would all fry.
This redistribution of orbital motions is trickier than I thought.